By Emily Truax

BU’s African Studies Center Wins Title VI Grants

November 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases 0 comments

CONTACT: Jeremy Schwab, +1-617-358-1056, jschwab@bu.edu

BOSTON, MA Boston University’s African Studies Center has been awarded National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants from the US Department of Education. The African Studies Center, which joined the new Frederick S. Pardee School for Global Studies this fall, will receive more than $2.3 million over four years to provide fellowships for students and support Africa-focused education, particularly African language instruction.

Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School, said, “We are delighted that the African Studies Center has once again received this signature honor. The fact that their funding has been increased despite cutbacks in the national program budget and what was awarded to other universities, is particularly noteworthy and speaks to the quality and stature of African Studies at BU. The ASC is not only one of the oldest but also amongst the most prestigious centers of African studies anywhere in the country.”

Founded in 1953, BU’s African Studies Center has long been a national and international leader in training Africa specialists and supporting research focused on Africa. The Center’s mission is to promote knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, political, economic, and ecological diversity of the continent of Africa through maintaining a multidisciplinary community of students, faculty, and researchers from BU and the Boston area with an interest in Africa and encouraging a focus on Africa in teaching and scholarship.

NRC and FLAS grants, part of the Title VI program of the US Office of International and Foreign Language Education, promote greater understanding of countries and regions across the globe through foreign language and area studies instruction and research. According to Timothy Longman, Director of the African Studies Center, “These grants are a recognition of BU’s impressive long-term commitment to African studies and the strength of our faculty.” The Center currently has 114 affiliated faculty members in 35 departments across 11 of BU’s colleges.

The African Studies Center places particular focus on instruction in African languages, currently offering courses in Amharic, Igbo, Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, and Zulu. The new NRC grant will allow BU’s African Studies Center to add Twi, a major language spoken in Ghana, to develop on-line components for African languages, and to develop specialized African language courses for students of public health and other professional fields. Strong language instruction has been a major factor contributing to the success of BU graduate students in receiving outside financial support. Over the past year, five BU PhD candidates have won Fulbright-Hays grants and three have won Fulbright grants to conduct field research in Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The NRC grant will also support a variety of other programming, including developing new classes with Africa content in disciplines with few Africa-focused courses. The grants will allow BU to develop a partnership for African studies with the University of Massachusetts Boston, a minority-serving institution. The grants will support strengthening linkages with universities in Africa, including support for developing new study abroad programs on the continent. BU currently has programs in Zanzibar and Morocco, with plans underway to begin a new program in Ghana in 2016. The BU African Outreach Program is one of the largest and best-respected offices supporting the inclusion of African content in K-12 education. The new grant will allow the development of new Africa-focused teaching materials and an expansion of teacher training activities.

The FLAS grant allows the African Studies Center to offer fellowships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students taking African language and area studies courses. The grant also supports summer language study, including opportunities for advanced students to do intensive language study in Africa.

Boston University To Become First Seamlessly Integrated Digital Dental School in the Nation

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Mary Becotte
Director, Communications & External Relations Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) announced at the 2014 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas on October 11th that it has entered into an agreement with Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. that will help enable GSDM to become the first US dental school to transition entirely to seamlessly integrated digital dentistry.

One of the largest dental schools in the US, GSDM offers innovative educational, clinical, research, and community-based programs, including international initiatives. GSDM is committed to providing state-of-the-art technology to its students, faculty, and staff, and to fostering the understanding of advanced technology by practitioners in the community. In May 2013, an internal task force was established to determine the necessary facilities, equipment, and support required to create a seamless, all-inclusive digital patient record to facilitate comprehensive treatment planning and efficient delivery of oral health care at the highest level of quality using digital dental technologies.

The findings of that task force led GSDM to enter into an agreement with Sirona that will assist GSDM in becoming the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation. “Digital Dentistry is the wave of the future, and we are gratified to be collaborating with Sirona to make seamless digital dentistry a reality at Boston University,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter.

Once fully implemented, all patient data will feed into a comprehensive digital record. Intra-oral digital images, intra-oral exams, and digital scans of hard and soft tissues will then be accessible through a comprehensive record. Ancillary information such as photographs and CT, cone beam, cephalometric, panoramic, and facial scans will also be attached to the digital record. These data may be overlaid and interact to produce a complete digital representation of the patient, including 3-D renderings of the face. Students will then be able to engage in comprehensive treatment planning without the need for the physical presence of the patient, saving valuable patient time. Additionally, these data can be accessed remotely, allowing for consultation with experts around the globe.

This collaboration also includes digital technology that will be used in the Pre-clinical Simulation Learning Center, where dental students spend up to the first two years of their dental school education working on simulated patients. The use of digital preparation analysis software will allow the pre-clinical students to perform self-study and guided learning of tooth preparations. Pre-clinical training using CEREC and prepCheck software is an important part of the digital transition permitting students to fine tune their tooth preparation skills prior to entering the Patient Treatment Center. “We anticipate that our students will now enter the Patient Treatment Centers better prepared than in the past when this technology was not available,” said Dean Hutter, “Our vision is to be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. Transitioning to seamless digital dentistry will help us fulfill that vision.”

There will now be a sufficient number of CEREC systems so that every student will be expected to use the system routinely to develop a treatment plan and have the opportunity to deliver restorations in a single patient visit. We anticipate that incorporation of the Galileo cone beam system with CEREC intra-oral scan data (CAD/CAM) will allow for the creation of the “virtual patient”• and, thus, enable comprehensive treatment planning for endodontics, implants, orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, and TMJ and airway disorders.

Recognized as a leading research institution among dental schools, GSDM will conduct an innovative program of comparative effectiveness research on digital dentistry in both clinical and educational outcomes. Through this research, GSDM expects to play a leading role in advancing evidence-based dentistry in the US and the world.

Since digital technology is not static and will continue to rapidly advance, GSDM will also participate in a progressive program of events to educate the dental community about digital dentistry, including continuing education courses and educational forums.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

Boston University Reaches 2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal Six Years Early

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

(Boston) — In conjunction with National Campus Sustainability Day, October 22, Boston University today announced it reached its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent six years early. In recognition of this achievement, BU is selling some of its 2012 carbon reductions through the Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign. Chevy will purchase the University’s carbon credits and permanently retire them, furthering the company’s voluntary effort to retire carbon reductions across America for the benefit of the climate.

BU is also announcing today that it has doubled the value of its Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund to two million dollars in support of this effort. Chevy’s clean energy investment will further increase the value of the fund. These investments illustrate the value of Green Revolving Loan Funds, and the potential leverage carbon funding can bring to campuses nationwide and allows the University to continue in its carbon reduction and clean energy goals.

“We are excited to be invited to participate in the Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign,” said Boston University Sustainability Director Dennis Carlberg. “It’s a win for BU with funds building our Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund, it’s a win for the environment with these carbon credits being retired, and a win for Chevy as they work to strengthen the clean energy infrastructure needed for their line of electric vehicles.”

In 2010, Chevrolet made a commitment to target up to eight million tons of carbon reductions by 2015. Chevy’s efforts are comparable to BU reducing its emissions to zero for sixty-five years or equivalent to a year’s worth of CO2 emissions for 730,000 US homes. For the final reductions of this initiative, Chevrolet sought out schools and colleges across the country demonstrating leadership in clean energy.

Along with Boston University, other campuses being recognized today include the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Portland State University. Rather than sell carbon reductions on the open market these universities are selling their credits to Chevy at a premium, and having these credits permanently retired. This means they will not be used to offset emissions related to specific Chevrolet operations or products – or those at any other site.

“Campuses such as Boston University are aggressively reducing their carbon footprint,” said David Tulauskas, GM sustainability director. “We want to support their efforts and provide the ammo they need to continue investing in clean energy technologies. After all, we know a clean energy future goes beyond what one company or organization can do; it’s about collaborating with others to make an even bigger impact.”

Through the daily efforts of the University’s full-time sustainability staff, interns, and Facilities Management & Planning, Boston University demonstrated impressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across campus. While growing the campus facilities by fourteen percent, BU has made this progress and has earned recognition for its carbon reduction leadership from Chevy.

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Hashtags for Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign:

National Campaign: Follow the sustainability conversation on Twitter and tell Chevrolet about campus clean-energy efforts at #CleanEnergyU.

Boston University: #CleanEnergyBU

Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson

September 17th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

Newspapers. Magazines. Books. Videos. Podcasts. The Web. Can you relate to what David Carr describes as the paradox of too much choice?

Carr, the media and culture critic for The New York Times and the newly minted Andrew R. Lack Professor in the Boston University College of Communication, has the same problem that many of us do: too much media, too little time. How do we choose from all these options? And how do we ensure the strength of traditional journalism while embracing the irresistible new array of content at our fingertips?

David Carr and his guest, former Times executive editor Jill Abramson, will discuss all this and more in a fascinating, free look at the new media landscape – what Carr describes as the “present future,” when the production and distribution of media is in constant flux, with both good and bad results for all of us. Presented by WBUR, Boston’s NPR® news station, in partnership with BU COM, “Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson” takes place Monday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Tsai Performance Center on the BU campus.

Carr and Abramson are uniquely positioned to survey the world of media, as both practitioners and professors. Abramson left the Times in May in a highly publicized newsroom shakeup; she is now a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, teaching undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction in the English Department. Her career includes stints as an investigative reporter, Washington bureau chief and editor for the Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Carr edited alternative papers in the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C., and covered business and entertainment for the Times before becoming its media columnist. His memoir, “The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own,” chronicles his personal struggle with cocaine addiction and his recovery. As a BU professor, Carr plans to teach both media criticism and the making of media, in what he terms “an intense, once-a-week immersion on the waterfront of modern media-making.”

For both journalists and the rest of us, their conversation promises to be a lively, fast-paced and provocative look at the rapidly changing world of media. They’ll be introduced by Jeremy Hobson, co-host of Here & Now on WBUR and NPR, who will also moderate a question-and-answer session with the audience. Questions can be submitted in advance to events@wbur.org or on Twitter @LouiseWBUR.

“Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson” is the first in a series of events looking at what lies ahead in culture and public life. It also marks the first public appearance for Carr and Abramson in their new roles as professors. And it’s free, but registration is required. Visit wbur.org/events to reserve a seat starting September 29.

Boston University School of Management Hosting Global Jam on Business Education

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

Bringing Industry and Academia Together to Envision the Future

(Boston) – According to a 2013 Gallup/Lumina Foundation Poll, only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree that higher education institutions in the US are graduating students with the skills their business needs. In an effort to better prepare business school graduates and to close the gap between industry and academia, Boston University School of Management is hosting an unprecedented global online Business Education Jam focused on the future of business education for 60 consecutive hours, September 30 through October 2, 2014.

Pioneered by IBM and fueled by their technology, a “Jam” is a large-scale, collaborative online event that explores specific topics. Participants are exposed to a variety of socially driven tools to prompt conversation such as polls, word clouds, and real-time collaborations and chats with featured guests. Ten content forums and themes provide the initial structure to help participants identify their areas of interest and launch the discussion.

“This isn’t your typical conference,” says Ken Freeman, School of Management Dean and Allen Questrom Professor. “For the first time, industry and academia will come together from around the world, including faculty deans and administrators, executives, human resource and talent development leaders, students and recent graduates to share, learn, and envision the future of business education.”

Through a series of ten discussion forums, including topics such as “Engaging New-Generation Students & Employees” and “Harnessing Digital Technology,” the Jam will enable thousands of participants around the world to engage in a free-flowing convergence of ideas on how to innovate business education. These forums will be attended by VIP guests, who will review emerging ideas, post comments, respond to questions, offer insight, and spark dialogue. Among the more than 70 VIP guests are senior officers of Fortune 500 companies, deans of international business schools, and leading business and education journalists.

Utilizing IBM’s data analytics capabilities, Boston University School of Management will draw key themes and highlight synergies following the Jam enabling a continuation of the conversation in the form of white papers, infographics, and best practices for taking action moving forward. Participants will expand their networks, collaborate on ideas, and gain new insights that will inform their own professional focus in industry and academia alike.

In addition to Boston University School of Management, the Business Education Jam is being presented by Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). The Financial Times has been designated the global media sponsor the Business Education Jam.

Collaborators include IBM, Santander Bank, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Boston University Human Resource Policy Institute. Additional support is being provided by Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Fidelity Investments.

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For more information and to register, visit www.bu.edu/jam or follow @BusinessEdJam on Twitter. 

Clinical Assessment May Benefit Postpartum Women with Methadone Treatment Changes

August 22nd, 2014 in 2014, News Releases, School of Medicine 0 comments

For Immediate Release, Aug. 25, 2014
Contact:
Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org

A recent study led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that women may not need significant methadone dose reductions in the first three months after pregnancy. Researchers reviewed the charts of 101 women who received care at a methadone maintenance treatment program between 2006 and 2010 after giving birth. They discovered that under the clinical assessment model—in which clinicians estimate patients’ methadone dose based on their individual physiologic parameters, rather than using a standard formula to reduce doses—women experienced on average only a small reduction in methadone dose. This suggests that, contrary to prior belief, changes in the physiology of women’s bodies from delivery to 12 weeks postpartum did not significantly affect their response to methadone.

Treatment for addiction in pregnant women is a complex topic. The gold standard for treatment is methadone maintenance, which has been shown to reduce illicit drug use and improve neonatal outcomes such as birth weight. Given the physical changes that happen to a woman’s body while pregnant, women often need higher doses to help them effectively manage their addiction during and after pregnancy. Yet, the optimal approach to adjusting methadone maintenance dosages during the postpartum period has long been unclear. Nonetheless, ensuring that women receive an appropriate dose is crucial to ensure ongoing sobriety while avoiding dangerous oversedation.

“This is an important issue because the postpartum period can be vulnerable for women struggling with opioid dependence, and it is crucial to ensure that the methadone dose is adequately high to continue to support recovery, while not causing oversedation,” said lead author Christine Pace, MD, an internist at BMC who specializes in addiction. “Oversedation is dangerous because women who are lethargic or sleepy are not able to care appropriately for themselves or their infants. In addition, patients who become over sedated from an excessive dose of methadone, with or without the addition of other medications or illicit drugs, may be at risk for overdose.”

The number of events where women appeared oversedated was slightly increased during the postpartum period, but still rare, occurring less than 6 times per 10,000 visit days. Many of the women who experienced these were also concurrently prescribed benzodiazepines. The authors caution that women receiving multiple sedating medications are particularly vulnerable and require more frequent surveillance.

“Our findings suggest that, given the physiologic changes and psychosocial stressors unique to the postpartum period, it is appropriate for methadone clinics to implement regular postpartum assessments at intervals extending at least up to 12 weeks after delivery. Clinicians also should take into account benzodiazepine use,” said Pace, also an assistant professor of medicine at BUSM. “Further studies are needed to guide safe and effective methadone dosing during the postpartum period in order to improve outcomes for both mother and child.”

Funding for this study was provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (award number R25DA13582) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (award AI052074-06A2).

 

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Farouk El-Baz Honored with “Distinguished Career Award” by the Geological Society of America International Section

August 21st, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

For Release Upon Receipt – August 20, 2014
Contact: Tom Testa, 617-353-7628, ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Geological Society of America (GSA) has announced the selection of Boston University Prof. Farouk El-Baz for its International Section’s 2014 “Distinguished Career Award.” The prestigious award recognizes worldwide scientific standing and the promotion of international geologic cooperation. It will be presented during the GSA Annual Meeting to be held on 19-22 October 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In 1986 Professor Farouk El-Baz established, and continues to direct, the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing (CRS). Under his leadership, the CRS was selected by NASA in 1997 as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.” Dr. El-Baz also serves as Research Professor in the Departments of Archaeology and Electrical and Computer Engineering of Boston University.

El-Baz is a veteran of NASA’s Apollo program of lunar exploration. He served as secretary of the Apollo lunar landing site selection committee as well as chairman of astronaut training in orbital observations and photography.  He is a pioneer in applying space images to the study of the origin and evolution of desert landforms, and is particularly noted for research on the location of groundwater resources in arid lands.

He served as Science Advisor to the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and was elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 1999, the GSA established the “Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Studies” to reward excellence in the field. It was followed by the “Farouk El-Baz Student Award” to encourage students (one male and one female) to engage in the study of arid lands.

The Geological Society of America (GSA), founded in 1888, is a global professional society with more than 25,000 members in 107 countries. It advances the geosciences, enhances the professional growth of its members, and promotes the geosciences in the service of humanity. The GSA provides geoscientists with a vehicle for expressing core professional values of science, stewardship, and service throughout a lifetime.

Coffee Drinkers—Your Gums May Thank You

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2014

Contact: Mary Becotte
Director of Communications & External Relations
Boston University Henry M. Goldman
School of Dental Medicine
617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – Coffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants fight gum disease. Does coffee, then, help fight gum disease?

That is the question researchers at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine explored in a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology.

Lead author and 2014 DMD graduate Nathan Ng said, “We found that coffee consumption did not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and, instead, may have protective effects against periodontal disease.”

Additional study authors were Drs. Raul Garcia and Elizabeth Kaye. Dr. Garcia is Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Director of the Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities. Dr. Kaye is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research.

Coffee consumption was associated with a small but statistically significant reduction in number of teeth with periodontal bone loss. Researchers concluded that coffee consumption may be protective against periodontal bone loss in adult males—the group examined in the study.

“This is the first long-term study of its kind that has investigated the association between coffee consumption and periodontal disease in humans,” Ng added.

Researchers looked at data collected from 1,152 men in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS) during triennial dental visits between 1968 and 1998. The DLS is a prospective study of the oral health of medically healthy male veterans that began in 1968. The men were 98% non-Hispanic white males ages 26 to 84 at the start.

Information on coffee intake was self-reported by the participants. Researchers controlled for risk factors such as alcohol consumption, education, diabetes status, body mass index, smoking, frequency of brushing and flossing, and recent periodontal treatment or dental cleanings.

Researchers suggest exploring their findings in a more diverse study population in the future.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

Boston University Names Mark Crovella 2014 Innovator of the Year

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

EMBARGOED until Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 5 p.m.

Contact:  Vinit Nijhawan, 617-353-0606, vinit@bu.edu

(Boston) – In a ceremony today, the Office of Technology Development honored Boston University Computer Science Professor Mark Crovella with Boston University’s 2014 Innovator of the Year award. The annual award recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

BU Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Gloria Waters presented Crovella with this year’s Innovator of the Year award at “Tech, Drugs and Rock & Roll” — BU’s annual networking event for individuals involved in University Technology Transfer in the Boston area.

“Professor Crovella is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose inventions have been licensed to two start-up companies,” said Waters.  “His accomplishments in the past year include ten peer-reviewed papers published, five patent filings and $30.0 million invested in BU-spinoff Guavus.”

The Boston University Innovator of the Year award highlights translational research at BU by recognizing an entrepreneurial faculty member and the potential for commercialization and/or wider adoption of their inventions.  It also encourages faculty to become entrepreneurial while promoting role models who can inspire graduate students to pursue entrepreneurial careers. Past winners are Mark Grinstaff of Biomedical Engineering, Avi Spira of School of Medicine, Jim Collins of Engineering and Ted Moustakas of Engineering.

Professor Crovella is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, where he has been since 1994. He also currently serves as Chief Scientist of Guavus, Inc., a venture-backed company founded by his graduate student Anukool Lakhina. Professor Crovella was also a co-founder of Commonwealth Networks, now part of Network Appliance.

“Mark has been a prolific academic entrepreneur but this past year was especially productive with the rapid growth of Guavus,” said BU Office of Technology Development Managing Director Vinit Nijhawan.

Professor Crovella uses measurement, data mining, and statistics to uncover important properties of networks.  He has mainly focused on computer networks, but also studies social networks and biological networks.  His work is data-intensive and often has applications that lead to improved designs for computer systems and communication networks.   He is best known for discoveries related to the “fractal” nature of computer network traffic; for methods of detecting unusual patterns in computer network traffic, including evidence of intrusions and malicious activity; for improvements to the design of web servers and content delivery systems; and for methods of measuring networks to uncover traffic bottlenecks, interconnection patterns, and geographic locations of networked systems.

His work on content delivery systems led to patents and a start-up (Commonwealth Network Technologies) that was eventually acquired by Network Appliance.  His work on detecting traffic anomalies led to patents and a start-up (Guavus, Inc) that is now a 500+ person company in San Mateo, CA, with over $87M in VC investment, where he serves as Chief Scientist.

Professor Crovella is co-author of Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic, and Applications (Wiley Press, 2006) and is the author of over two hundred papers on networking and computer systems. He holds ten patents deriving from his research and is a Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

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Office of Technology Development to Host Fifth Annual “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll” Conference

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

2014 Innovator of the Year Award will be announced by Provost Jean Morrison

Boston, MA – The Office of Technology Development at Boston University will host its fifth annual networking conference entitled, Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR), on July 15, 2014 from 4 – 8 pm at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

TDRR is a networking event designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. The event will showcase emerging technologies from Boston University’s research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures.

At 5:30 pm, BU’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Gloria Waters will announce the recipient of the 2014 Innovator of the Year Award. This award seeks to highlight translational research at Boston University by recognizing an entrepreneurial faculty member who translates his/her world-class research into inventions and innovations that benefit humankind.

Gloria Waters, the Innovator of the Year Recipient, and Managing Director of the Office of Technology Development Vinit Nijhawan will be available following the announcement of the award to participate in a photo-op and press conference.

In what has become an annual tradition, the event will also provide live music to foster a dynamic atmosphere for networking. This year, TDRR welcomes the live music of Parsonfield, formerly Poor Old Shine, an alternative Americana touring band based in Mansfield, CT.

TDRR will include participation from key translational research centers including the Evans Center – Affinity Research Collaboratives, Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Boston Biomedical Innovation Center among others. Additionally TDRR will showcase the first Social Entrepreneurship award where four projects that hope to make a difference in the world, will be competing for a prize of $3,000 to further their research. TDRR attendees will decide the winner the day of the event. Contestant projects include a smartphone-enabled biometric identification that can identify people by imaging their ears, and a cellphone card incentive system for new mothers to continue ART among others.