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CAS News August 14, 2014
Where are Dorothy and the gang? Perhaps they're strolling along Comm Ave on their way to Kansas. Photo by Cailyn Criniti (CAS'16)
BU Co-Hosts Neutrino 2014
On June 2–7, BU co-hosted Neutrino 2014, the 26th International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics, with Harvard, MIT, and Tufts. This major conference in particle physics is the largest of its kind, rotating worldwide every two years. Over 500 registrants attended the event to learn about notable progress in theoretical and experimental work in the fields of neutrino physics and the impact of neutrino physics on astronomy and cosmology. The conference consisted of invited plenary speakers and poster sessions.
CAS Marine Biologist Leads a Push to Save Cambodian Lake
Cambodia's Lake Tonle Sap is known as Cambodia's "beating heart." Its "flood pulse" cycle helps the lake yield 300,000 tons of fish each year and also deposits sediment across land for rice and other crops. Today, the Tonle Sap is threatened by the competing needs of a rapidly developing nation. This summer, Professor of Biology Les Kaufman led a team of researchers in creating a new conservation mechanism to try and save it. Read more (You can also watch a video of Les Kaufman discussing the project here)
CAS Neuroscientist Shares His Cutting-Edge Research with NPR
Assistant Professor of Psychology Sam Ling was one of 11 young neuroscientists featured in NPR's special series, "Brain Matters," where they shared what they're working on and why their research is important. In the series, Ling discussed his studies of competition within the brain for visual awareness. Bobby Kasthuri, a junior faculty member in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology who teaches at both BU and Harvard, was also featured in the piece. You can watch the videos here.
Campaign Update: $100,000 Estate Gift Endowment for Graduate Student Travel
When Pat Cadigan Armstrong (CAS'42), a longtime annual donor to CAS and the Ault fund, passed away this January, she left CAS a substantial gift that would help students travel for research. With her $100,000 estate gift, Armstrong created the Patricia Cadigan Armstrong Travel Fund, a "merit-based travel award for PhD students in history, selected by the chair, in consultation with the faculty." In addition, Armstrong left $15,000 to the CAS fund. For more on the campaign, read the campaign update from arts&sciences magazine.
Lectures & Events
First Annual Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Lecture: "Advancing the Human Condition: An Agenda for Research & Education" (Tsai Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.)
Alumni Weekend
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Faculty Meetings & Deadlines
Departments post tenure and promotion candidates' materials on the CAS T&P server
First Day of Classes
Social Sciences Curriculum Committee Meeting (CAS 200, 12-1 p.m.)
Humanities Curriculum Committee Meeting (CAS 132, 12-1 p.m.)
Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Meeting (CAS 200, 1:30-3 p.m.)
CCD Meeting (CAS 326, 4-5:30 p.m.)
Natural Sciences Curriculum Meeting (CAS 200, 2-3 p.m.)
CAS Faculty Meeting (CAS 522, 4-5:30 p.m.)
Annual CAS Faculty Reception (Tsai Lobby, CAS, 5:30 p.m.)
Social Sciences Curriculum Committee Meeting (CAS 200, 12-1 p.m.)
Humanities Curriculum Committee Meeting (CAS 132, 12-1 p.m.)
Academic Policy Committee Meeting (CAS 200, 4-5:30 p.m.)
Tenure & Promotion: Department reports due
administrative calendar
From BU Today

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Taps CAS Prof for Membership
Leonid Levin joins leading national honorary society

CAS Alum Heads Peace Corps
For Hessler-Radelet, service is a family tradition

CAS Archaeologists Explore Turkey, and Blog About It
Team sends timely reports from the Gygaia Projects

Computer Scientist is BU's Innovator of the Year
Mark Crovella makes computer networks work better

Good-bye, Professor Bacevich
CAS scholar-soldier reflects on his military and academic careers

How Fast Can a Drop Bounce?
Engineering the perfect water-repellent surface

It's Got a Great Beat, and Helps with Your English
CAS jazz class uses music as gateway for nonnative speakers

Jerusalem: How Did It Get to Be the Holy City?
Zank's class ponders centuries of conflict, zeal, and spin

Two Faculty Named BU's First Howard Hughes Professors
Million-dollar grants will allow them to integrate research with undergraduate education

Faculty News & Notes

Tulika Bose, assistant professor of physics, has been appointed as Trigger Coordinator for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator. CMS is one of two general-purpose LHC experiments designed to explore the physics of the Terascale, the energy region where physicists believe they will find answers to the questions at the heart of 21st-century particle physics. Bose was chosen among a handful of top leaders in one of the two largest collaborative experiments in history.

Two CAS professors were noted in Thomson-Reuters' 2014 list of highly cited researchers. Using citation data from 2002 to 2012, the list identifies the top 1% of researchers in 21 different scientific fields most cited for their subject field and year of publication. These professors making exceptional impact include Antonio Castro-Netto, Department of Physics, and Ranga Myeni, Department of Earth & Environment.

The Cost of War project, a collaboration between Professor of Political Science Neta Crawford and Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, has released updated figures for the human and financial costs of the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Cost of War researchers estimate that US financial costs for all three wars total $4.2 trillion since 2001, with an additional $7 trillion in interest on war debt which may be due over the next 40 years.

A paper co-written by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sharon Goldberg was featured on CBSNews.com. The paper, "Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution: Warrantless Bulk Surveillance on Americans by Collecting Network Traffic Abroad," details how the US government could "conduct largely unrestrained surveillance on Americans by collecting their networking traffic abroad" via secret loopholes. Read more

The University of Basel awarded Professor of Economics Laurence Kotlikoff an honorary doctorate for outstanding academic achievements in the fields of public finance, fiscal policy, social security, and pensions.

Richard Murray, professor of earth & environment, has accepted an offer to be the next Ocean Sciences Division Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Murray will be responsible for all ocean sciences research at NSF, and will be the organization's lead voice for interagency activities having to do with ocean and marine science. With over $350M per year for support of ocean sciences research and oceanographic facilities and infrastructure, stewardship of the Division of Ocean Sciences is an important role within the NSF.

Professor of Physics Anders Sandvik received the 2014 Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The fellowship provides funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations to focus on research. Professor Sandvik is a condensed-matter theorist specializing in computational research on interacting quantum many-body systems, in particular quantum spin systems.

Vivien Schmidt, professor of international relations and political science, was awarded a research fellowship by the European Commission, Directorate General of Economic and Financial affairs (DG ECFIN). With the grant, Schmidt will produce a paper titled "The Political Economy of the European Monetary Union: Rebuilding Trust and Support for Economic Integration," and will participate in three workshops during 2014–15, and will be available for 30 hours of consultations. Fellows are to provide advice to the new commissioner with regard to current and future policy. During her fellowship, Schmidt will be considering how to rebuild trust and support for economic integration and the problems with current policies that make rebuilding trust difficult.

Ben Siegal, assistant professor of history, wrote an article for The Marginalia Review of Books about the recent India elections, titled "The Multiple Ideas of India: Narenda Modi and the Meaning of Indian Secularism." In it, he discusses how Narendra Modi's election as India's sixteenth prime minister "is being heralded as a radical new chapter in the nation's political modernity." Read more

Student News

A cross-disciplinary team, including Department of Computer Science student Sarah Adel Bargal, won the BU Social Entrepreneurship Award at the BU Tech, Drugs, and Rock ‘n' Roll (TDRR) event on July 15, 2014. Their project, "Project SEARCH: Scanning Ears for Child Health," attempts to solve one of the longest-standing and most fundamental challenges in global public health: identifying individuals over time and space. This team has been attempting to solve this problem through the use of biometrics, and, more specifically, by imaging ears.

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