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Teach For America Chair Wendy Kopp Addresses BU Grads at University’s 140th Commencement Ceremony

May 19th, 2013 in 2013, Commencement, News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2013

CONTACT: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Speaking to nearly 6,700 Boston University graduates and 20,000 guests at today’s 140th commencement at Nickerson Field, Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All and Founder and Chair of Teach For America, encouraged the class of 2013 to think about what they will do to help change the world.

“There’s no how-to guide for how to change the world. But, it’s easy to get hung up by misconceptions about what it takes to make an impact.  So, today I hope to make the way forward a little less daunting by debunking a few of the myths that I’ve encountered and heard so often.

“The first myth is one I’m intimately familiar with, since it’s what most people think my story is all about. It’s the misconception that changing the world is about coming up with a big idea.

“Larry Page and Sergey Brin didn’t set out to revolutionize the Web. They were just Stanford graduate students trying to figure out how to prioritize library searches online. Once they founded Google, they didn’t stop when they had a good search engine. Their drive to try new ideas, evaluate and try again has allowed them to reinvent industries from advertising to publishing.

“That brings me to myth number two: that having an impact is about being first.

“The people who have most changed the way we see the world and live our lives – from Einstein to Steve Jobs – all understood that innovation is not primarily about coming up with new ideas. It’s about connecting good ideas to human needs — whether that means borrowing and adapting solutions that already exist or devising new ones. Our world needs more copy cats.

“The final myth about changing the world is one I often hear from new graduates — that it’s better to wait until you have more experience. It may seem from where you sit that the impact you can have at this point in your lives is negligible. But, I’m a big believer in the power of INexperience. It was the greatest asset I had when I started Teach For America. If I had known at the outset how hard it was going to be, I might never have started.”

Kopp concluded her address by telling the BU class of 2013 “I wholeheartedly agree with Anne Lamott, author of the wonderful book on writing Bird by Bird: “What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here. So go ahead and make big scrawls and mistakes. Use up lots of paper.

“If you don’t give yourself room to explore by starting early, immersing yourself in an issue you care about and embracing the iterative process, you’ll never end up with your best draft.”

Bishop Peter D. Weaver, Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops, kicked-off today’s formal commencement events at New England’s largest graduation ceremony, by delivering the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at Marsh Chapel. Weaver later received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the main service.

Also receiving honorary degrees at Commencement were: Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman (Doctor of Humane Letters), and renowned biomedical engineer and the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robert S. Langer (Doctor of Science).

Adolfo Gatti (CAS ‘13) delivered the student address.

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Complete info on BU’s 140th commencement weekend, including individual convocation ceremonies, can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/commencement/.  You can also follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook for continuous updates.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

 

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Teach For America Chair Wendy Kopp to Deliver Boston University Commencement Address

May 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Commencement, News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2013

CONTACT: Kira Jastive 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University today announced that Wendy Kopp, Founder and Chair of Teach For America and CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 140th graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th.

Ms. Kopp will speak before nearly 6,700 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony. Kopp will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement, baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2013 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.

Brown also revealed that Bishop Peter D. Weaver, Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops and retired Resident Bishop for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, will deliver the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Chapel. Weaver will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The prestigious list of honorary degree recipients also includes Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman (Doctor of Humane Letters), and the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT Robert S. Langer (Doctor of Science). In addition, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (HON ’01) will be honored at commencement with a Boston University Medallion for his service to the community.

Also announced today are the recipients of BU’s Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Receiving the esteemed Metcalf Cup is School of Medicine (MED) Assistant Dean of Admissions and Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology Deborah W. Vaughan. This year’s Metcalf Award winners are College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Associate Professor of Biology John R. Finnerty and School of Education (SED) Associate Professor Carol B. Jenkins. The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000 and the Metcalf Award winners receive $5,000. Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the awards established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.

Wendy Kopp, a native of Austin, Texas, attended Princeton University. There, for her undergraduate senior thesis in 1989, she developed a proposal for an organization that would address problems of educational inequality in America. Her idea called for recruiting outstanding recent college graduates from all academic fields who would commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, with the expectation that many of these people would become lifelong leaders in the education community.

From that proposal, she founded Teach For America, serving as CEO until earlier this year, when she became Chair of the Board. Ms. Kopp has spent more than twenty years working to expand the organization’s impact. Under her leadership, Teach For America’s nearly 38,000 participants have reached more than three million children nationwide during their two-year teaching commitments. Many have sustained their -commitment as alumni of the program, working inside and outside the field of education to ensure educational excellence and equity for all children.

Ms. Kopp is also chief executive officer and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent social enterprises that are working to expand educational opportunity in nations around the world by recruiting and developing promising future leaders to commit two years to teach in high-need areas and become lifelong leaders for educational excellence and equity in their countries.

Ms. Kopp is the author of the bestseller A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way. She is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards for public service. She resides in New York City with her husband, Richard Barth, and their four children.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

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Sequester will have a devastating impact on America’s research enterprise

November 19th, 2012 in News Releases, Science & Technology, University Affairs 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three organizations representing America’s research universities today launched a website that aims to inform policymakers and the public of the impact that the upcoming budget sequester would have on federal funding for university research.  The organizations – the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and The Science Coalition (TSC) – urge Congressional leaders and the President to act quickly to develop a comprehensive, balanced solution to America’s fiscal crisis that avoids steep cuts to scientific research, which pays a substantial return on investment in the form of job creation, workforce development and economic growth.

Collectively, the three sponsoring organizations represent more than 200 of the country’s leading academic research institutions.  Their website, www.ScienceWorksForUS.org, provides data on the impact that sequestration – the across-the-board spending cut scheduled to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013 – is likely to have next year on academic research in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  While the estimated reduction in research funding ranges from the hundreds of millions of dollars for large, research-intensive states to less than $10 million for smaller states, every state will experience a significant impact given the catalytic effect research universities have on local and state economies.  The website also provides numerous examples of the essential role that federally funded university research plays in today’s economy and the impact it has on society at large.

“Federal funding for research represents only 2 percent of the total federal budget, but it pays enormous dividends,” said Philip DiStefano, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder, which is a member of AAU, APLU and TSC.  “The numbers might not look huge, but the potential negative impact of reduced research on the economy would have long-lasting effects.  That is because basic scientific research produces the discoveries that lead to countless treatments and cures that improve health, provide for our energy needs, fuel the new technologies that spark businesses and economic growth, improve our security, and help us better understand the world around us. ”

Federal funding for research is currently at the lowest level in the past decade in real dollars.  The caps on discretionary spending mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 will likely further depress research funding over the next decade.  And sequestration requires additional cuts in federal spending on research and development – beyond those that will result from the BCA spending caps – of more than $12 billion in 2013 and nearly $95 billion over the life of the sequester.

“It is essential that America get itself on a sustainable financial path that reduces deficits and makes room for needed investments in the country’s future,” said Sally Mason, president of the University of Iowa and another AAU, APLU, TSC member.  “We urge Congress and the President to work together now to enact a long-term plan to reduce budget deficits, prevent the arbitrary and harmful cuts of sequestration, and provide for continued investments in scientific research that will help build a better America.”

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ScienceWorksForUS is a project of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U) and the Science Coalition (TSC) to demonstrate the tremendous impact that federally funded university based research has on the nation and on the lives of all Americans, particularly the role it plays in improving health and spurring economic growth.

Press Contacts:
AAU:     Barry Toiv: barry_toiv@aau.edu

or Ann Speicher ann_speicher@aau.edu, 202-408-7500

APLU:    Paul Hassen phassen@aplu.org, 202-478-6073

TSC:       Lauren Pulte lpulte@gga.com, 202-429-6875

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Boston University Launches First-Ever Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

September 21st, 2012 in News Releases, Uncategorized, University Affairs 0 comments

CONTACT: Tom Testa, 617-353-7628, ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston) — Boston University today formally launched the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in its 173-year history with a $1 billion goal — believed the largest for any school’s first-time effort — aimed at financing an array of new and enhanced mission goals envisioned for future stability and growth, according to President Robert A. Brown.

“It has become clear that our alumni and other friends are prepared to support this ambitious effort, so we are moving forward,” said Brown, who laid the groundwork for the campaign in 2005 when he became president and initiated work on a strategic plan that identified BU’s strengths and set priorities for its future that would necessitate changes in funding strategy. “Nothing will be more important for the future of the University than our success.”

The strategic plan — “Choosing to be Great” — identified priorities to enrich and nurture what were seen as the BU’s strengths, including a renowned faculty, increasingly gifted student body, healthy finances, and its international students and programs. The new comprehensive campaign seeks to bankroll those goals, Brown said, because “a vision without a budget is a hallucination.”

Specifically, the overall objective for the campaign is to allocate:

- $150 million for students to ensure BU remains accessible to highly qualified candidates;
- $200 million to help recruit and retain outstanding faculty, continue raising salaries to competitive levels, and increase the number of endowed professorships;
- $250 million to support research;
- $150 million to maintain and improve facilities;
- $150 million for special programs such as career services, libraries, and athletics;
- and $100 million for unrestricted and current-use gifts.

The campaign aims to expand the deans’ advisory boards at BU’s 16 schools and colleges and to double participation to 50,000 among alumni in the traditional Annual Fund. It also includes an unprecedented “Century Challenge” in which donations of $100,000 or more to an endowed undergraduate scholarship fund will have the annual payout matched from the financial aid budget for 100 years (up to a maximum of $100 million) – in effect doubling the impact of the donor’s named gift.

“Nobody’s ever done this,” said BU Senior VP for Development and Alumni Relations Scott Nichols of the Century Challenge concept. “I’ve been working in development forever, and I’ve never heard any institution figure this out – Bob Brown did.”

Nichols said BU trustees and overseers — recognizing that a major fundraising effort will ease the pressure to rely on tuition hikes – have collectively pledged $130 million of the $420 million already raised to kick-start the campaign during the two-year “quiet period” preceding the campaign’s formal launch. Gifts have included $25 million from trustee Rajen Kilachand, the largest in BU history, to endow the Arvid and Chandan Nadlal Kilachand Honors College, and $15 million from trustee Bahaa Hariri for the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. Gifts also made possible a new School of Medicine student residence, the expansion and renovation of the School of Law, and the New Balance athletic field now under construction.

“BU is now at a stage where it is breaking through,” said BU trustee and campaign chair Kenneth Feld. “The level of fame that has come to BU internationally is extraordinary. This is the absolute right time.”

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 32,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 16 colleges and schools and a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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BU Celebrates New Center for Student Services

September 21st, 2012 in News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

CONTACT:

BU: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu

Bruner/Cott: Dana Kelly, 617-492-8400 or dkelly@brunercott.com

(BOSTON) – Boston University and Bruner/Cott & Associates Architects and Planners, today held a dedication ceremony for BU’s new Center for Student Services. The building serves as an iconic campus gateway from the east for the University. The six stories house dining services and the relocated Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center, which better connects services previously housed in separate locations.

“The new center includes good responsive spaces for students to gather as a community,” said Kenneth Elmore, BU Dean of Students. “It’s a great way to pull the campus together.”

Located at 100 Bay State Road, the first two floors of the $65 million, 120,000-plus-square-foot center are dedicated to dining and seat more than 1,000 people. Called Marciano Commons, the area is named for retired businessman Arthur Marciano and his late wife Ann who donated $3 million for the dining facilities. The four floors above these house the Educational Resource Center (ERC), the Center for Career Development (CCD), and several College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) writing and advising programs. The basement has a bakery and coffee shop, a late-night kitchen and function room, bike storage, and cyclist shower facilities.

Built on an important corner in Back Bay’s Kenmore Square, the building is Bruner/Cott’s second project for the university, the result of a 2009 invited design competition seeking to present a fresh face for this new core facility that supports a mission of learning outside the classroom. The design for the center had to address both the private, residential nature of the BU campus surroundings and the more public character of the square. Responding to both of these influences, the building’s aesthetics bridge the historic nineteenth-century brick townhouse neighborhood along Bay State Road to the north and the brash twenty-first-century Kenmore Square/Fenway Park district to the south. Its materials and exterior detailing were chosen to respect and complement its architectural and urban environs. Particular attention has been paid to the primary entry façade, where the size, color, and detail of both the masonry wall and the windows and bays maintain and extend the traditional edge of the neighborhood.

Constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, the center embraces sustainable strategies specific to dining and student service uses. They include: avoiding thermal by-passes in the building envelope to ensure technical excellence; preventing vapor migration that can result in mold; and controlling moisture penetration that results in envelope failures, especially for those constructed of ferrous materials. Each of these aspects was considered and evaluated separately, then integrated into a system that works well for all parts of the building.

“Bruner/Cott believes that implementing sustainable design practices from the start of design and construction through to the operations of a building is a must,” says Principal-in-Charge Leland Cott. “The keys to its long-term success are cost control during construction and operation as well as the evaluation of post-occupancy performance to maximize its potential. We have achieved this with this building in a well-considered design developed to address a diverse context.”

About Bruner/Cott & Associates

Bruner/Cott is a design and planning firm with a forty-year legacy of creating memorable spaces.  Highly regarded for successful comprehensive campus initiatives, the firm is widely known for its award-winning planning and design work on academic campuses with projects including new construction and the rehabilitations of historically significant buildings. Among their seminal academic projects are Memorial Hall at Harvard University; the Blackstone Offices, also at Harvard; Bartlett Commons at the University of Chicago; the Commons Center at Vanderbilt University; and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. For more information, visit www.brunercott.com.

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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Sumner M. Redstone Gives $18 million to Boston University School of Law

September 13th, 2012 in News Releases, School of Law, University Affairs 0 comments

CONTACT:   Tom Testa, 617-353-2240 or ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University today announced that well-known media executive and Boston native, Sumner M. Redstone, has given $18 million to help expand and improve the facilities of the Boston University School of Law, including the construction of a new building adjacent to the School’s core facility; the new building will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Building.  Mr. Redstone serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of both CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS and CBS.A) and Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB and VIA). Mr. Redstone is the controlling shareholder of both companies through National Amusements Inc., a leading theatrical exhibition company based in Dedham, MA.

Located to the west of the “Law Tower,” the new Sumner M. Redstone Building will provide a new entrance to the Law School, as well as house the majority of the school’s classrooms. The Redstone Building will provide space for the expansion of the school’s library, as well as contain facilities to support clinical, transactional, and executive and professional education programs.

“This gift comes at a pivotal moment in the history of our School of Law,” said Boston University President Robert A. Brown, “and it will have a tremendous impact in two ways.  First, it will permanently link the school with the Redstone name, which will forever set a high standard for our work in legal education and scholarship.  And second, it means that our long-deferred dream of transforming the School of Law campus can now begin with the groundbreaking for this new building.”

“Boston University School of Law is one of the finest institutions of legal scholarship in the world and deserves a home that will enable it to continue to innovate and build on that legacy,” said Mr. Redstone. “As a former faculty member, native Bostonian, and the proud parent of a BU Law graduate, I could not be more pleased to provide this gift that will benefit generations of future students.”

Mr. Redstone’s relationship with BU long predates his current gift. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Law, where he created one of the nation’s first courses in entertainment law. Mr. Redstone also pioneered the school’s curriculum for protecting intellectual property in the entertainment industry, which continues to be one of the school’s strengths. In 1994, Mr. Redstone received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Boston University. In addition, for more than 30 years he has sponsored the Boston University Redstone Film Festival. Recognized as one of New England’s premier venues for film and television, the annual festival features projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from the BU College of Communication. Redstone winners and finalists have gone on to become some of Hollywood’s most successful directors, screenwriters, and producers.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

The BU School of Law is a top-tier law school that is nationally recognized for its premier teaching faculty and academic strengths in health law, intellectual property, and tax law.  With an enrollment of more than 800 students from across the country, the law school offers an expansive legal curriculum, extensive experiential learning opportunities, and a collegial student environment.  Since its founding in 1872, BU Law has admitted students of ability without regard to race, gender or religion.

In addition to his well know success in the media industry, through the Sumner Redstone Charitable Foundation and personal donations, Mr. Redstone has devoted himself to a wide variety of civic and community affairs efforts, contributing over $130 million to worthy charities around the world over the last several years. He has donated $2.1 million to the Global Poverty Project towards eradicating polio and funded the establishment of the Cambodian Children’s Fund child rescue center along with research and patient care advancements in cancer, burn recovery and mental health at several major non-profit healthcare organizations. Many of his major gifts have been focused on encouraging the acceleration of basic research into clinical trials and, ultimately, to individuals and their families.

Mr. Redstone has supported such internationally recognized programs as A Place Called Home, The Child Rescue Association of North America, Autism Speaks, FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, based in Washington D.C.; the prostate cancer research of Dr. David Agus at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine; the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; Boston Latin School and Harvard University and Harvard Law School.  He has also been an active supporter of Los Angeles based organizations such as Friendly House and the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai.

Mr. Redstone has played a significant role in the affairs of the entertainment and communications industries. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees for The Paley Center for Media. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Theatre Owners, and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of that organization. Before that, he was President of the Theatre Owners of America.

Mr. Redstone enjoys and takes pride in teaching college students, and in addition to Boston University, he has lectured at a variety of universities, including Harvard Law School and Brandeis University. While serving as a Law Clerk in the Court of Appeals, Mr. Redstone taught at the University of San Francisco. In 2006, Mr. Redstone also received an honorary degree from George Washington University.

He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and currently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. He is a member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts General Hospital and is on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. Mr. Redstone has served as the Chairman of the Jimmy Fund (Children’s Cancer Research Foundation), and was a member of the Corporation of the New England Medical Center. He is a former Chairman of the Metropolitan Division of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

During the Carter Administration, he was appointed a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in 1984, was appointed a Director of the Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation. He also has served as a judge on the Foundation’s select committee to award the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, each year since the Award’s inception in 1990.

Mr. Redstone began his career as Law Secretary with the U.S. Court of Appeals, and then served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. Subsequently, he was a partner with the law firm of Ford, Bergson, Adams, Borkland and Redstone in Washington, D.C. In 1954, he joined National Amusements, Inc., one of the largest motion picture circuits in the United States.

Mr. Redstone served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II. While a student at Harvard, he was selected by Japanese history professor Edwin Reischauer (later Ambassador to Japan) to join a special intelligence group whose mission was to break Japan’s high-level military and diplomatic codes. In connection with these activities, Mr. Redstone received, among other honors, two commendations from the Military Intelligence Division in recognition of his service, contribution and devotion to duty. He is also a recipient of the Army Commendation Award.

Mr. Redstone’s education began at Boston Latin School, where he graduated first in his class. In 1944, after studying for two and one-half years at Harvard College, he was awarded a degree by Harvard University’s Special Board of Overseers. In 1947, Mr. Redstone received his LL.B. from the Harvard University School of Law.

Mr. Redstone’s autobiography, A Passion to Win, was published in 2001.

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Boston University Awards Full-Tuition Medeiros Scholarships to 12 Archdiocesan High School Graduates

June 1st, 2012 in BU In the Community, News Releases, Student News, University Affairs 0 comments

Contact: Stacy Roberts, 617/358-1688, stacyr@bu.edu

(Boston) — Boston University (BU) awarded twelve students among the graduating seniors of the parochial high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston four-year, full-tuition scholarships through the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship Program at a May 22 ceremony at BU’s George Sherman Union.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Provost Jean Morrison presented the students with their scholarships, cumulatively valued at over $2 million. Medeiros Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills and contributions to their schools and communities. The scholars were selected by a two-person committee composed of representatives from BU Admissions and the Archdiocese of Boston.

By the time these students graduate, the university will have enrolled a total of 374 scholars since the program’s inception in 1986, representing a contribution of over $40 million from Boston University to the Greater Boston area and the students of the Archdiocese.

The Medeiros Scholars are:*
• Michelle Abou-Raad, Central Catholic High School
• Sarah Blackwell, Academy of Notre Dame
• Brenton Bockus, St. John’s Prep
• Jennifer Collins, Bishop Fenwick
• Ryan Gelly, Boston College High School
• Christopher Laffey, Arlington Catholic High School
• James Lynch, Xaverian Brothers High School
• Thomas V. McTigue IV, Boston College High School
• Varsha Muralidhar, Academy of Notre Dame
• Alexander O’Donovan, Malden Catholic High School
• Joseph O’Keefe, Malden Catholic High School
• Luke Walsh, Xaverian Brothers High School

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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Philanthropist & Visionary Business Leader Rajen Kilachand Pledges $25 Million to BU

September 22nd, 2011 in News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 | ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston) — Rajen Kilachand, a Dubai-based global entrepreneur, has pledged $25 million to Boston University, announced BU President Robert A. Brown. Kilachand’s contribution, the largest in school history, will support and rename the University’s Honors College in honor of his parents, whose full name will become the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College.

Kilachand, who earned an MBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management in 1974 and is a member of BU’s Board of Trustees, is chair and president of the Dodsal Group, a multinational conglomerate that holds interests in engineering, mining, trading, and hospitality businesses.

“Rajen Kilachand is a person of extraordinary foresight and rare generosity. I am deeply grateful for his vision and his commitment to our Honors College, which serves our highest achieving students,” said Brown. “His magnificent gift will create an endowment for the Kilachand Honors College that will increase the quality of this innovative program and the range of opportunities it offers for all future generations of Boston University students. Equally as important as his gift, is his insightful understanding of the enduring importance of undergraduate education, both to him and to the University.”

“In this age of professional specialization, academic interest in the humanities is waning,” said Kilachand. “People don’t want to go into liberal arts, but I think for people to be future leaders you need a focused approach to humanities, the fine arts, so that you have a well-rounded personality. Now, I’m ready to do my little bit.”

Led by Charles Dellheim, also a professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Honors College offers students the opportunity at an interdisciplinary perspective in the liberal arts while maintaining focus on one of BU’s 16 existing schools and colleges. The curriculum brings together students in all existing liberal arts and professional programs, allowing them to work on interdisciplinary, collaborative research.”

“Rajen’s appreciation of the college’s mission makes him the perfect donor,” said Dellheim. “He once said that when he started in business, he had no idea that he would have to be a bit of an engineer and a bit of an anthropologist and a bit of a political scientist and a bit of a psychologist, but that is what he had to be. And here at the Honors College, what we do is try to prepare students for the very complex world they will be entering by exposing them to the same diverse branches of knowledge.”

A longtime philanthropist, Kilachand serves on the board of Pathfinder International, a global nonprofit that focuses on reproductive health, family planning, and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. He also supports Dubai Cares, an initiative of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. The only foreign sponsor of the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Kilachand has made a personal commitment of more than $50 million to philanthropic initiatives in health care and vocational training and education, including building libraries and teacher training institutions.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

New Leadership in Periodontology & Oral Biology at Boston University Dental

September 22nd, 2011 in Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – Three leadership appointments were announced in the Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) this week: Dr. Serge Dibart, Department Chair; Dr. Philip Trackman, Director of Oral Biology Research; and Dr. Oreste Zanni, Clinical Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics.

Dr. Dibart will also continue in his present position as Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, and Dr. Trackman and he will work collaboratively to develop a robust research agenda for the department.

About Dr. Serge Dibart:

Dr. Dibart received his DDS and Certificate in Pharmacology from the Aix-Marseilles University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. Following that, he earned a Certificate in Periodontology from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1985. In 1989, Dr. Dibart earned his DMD from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and in 2010 he was honored with the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Educator Award.

Dr. Dibart currently serves as Professor and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics in the Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology at GSDM; Clinical Professor of Dental Hygiene at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene; and Professor of Stomatology (Honorary) at the Henan Provincial Hospital People’s Republic of China. Previous appointments at GSDM include both Assistant and Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, and Manager, 2nd floor Post-Doctoral Patient Treatment Centers (Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Operative Dentistry). Prior to joining GSDM, Dr. Dibart served as Clinical Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Research Staff Associate, Department of Oral Microbiology and Periodontology, Forsyth Research Institute; and Senior attending periodontist, Children’s Hospital, Boston MA.

Dr. Dibart’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships in the American Dental Association, the American Association for Dental Research, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Board of Periodontology, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has authored a variety of books on periodontology and implant dentistry (Wiley Blackwell publishers), articles in peer reviewed journals, and is an invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dibart also maintains a private practice in Watertown, MA.

About Dr. Philip Trackman:

Dr. Trackman received a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio in 1975; a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Boston University in 1980; and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA from 1980 – 1983. He has been listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” since 1997.

Dr. Trackman currently serves as Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology at GSDM and Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previous GSDM appointments include Assistant and Associate Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology. Between 1983 and 1987, Dr. Trackman served as Team Leader, Project Leader, and Staff Researcher at the American subsidiary in Wilton, CT of the biotechnology/pharmaceutical company that is now known as Novo Nordisk (Bagsvaerd, Denmark). He returned to Academia in 1987 and joined GSDM in 1992.

Dr. Trackman’s extensive research at GSDM has been continuously funded by NIH since 1994 and his current grants include two R01 awards from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, respectively entitled “Growth Factors and Gingival Fibrosis” and “Inhibited Intramembranous Bone Healing in Diabetes”. He also recently completed An Idea Award from the Department of Defense entitled “Lysyl Oxidase Propeptide as an Inhibitor of Prostate-to-Bone Metastasis”. His research has been widely published and he has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals.

Dr. Trackman’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships to societies including the American Chemical Society; Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Organization of North America; the Boston Section of the American Association of Dental Research; the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research; the American Society of Matrix Biology; the International CCN Society; the International Association of Dental Research; the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and the American Diabetes Association.

About Dr. Oreste D. Zanni:

Dr. Zanni received a B.A. in Biology from Merrimack College, North Andover MA in 1968 and a DDS from Case Western Reserve University, School of Dentistry, Cleveland OH in 1973. He also completed an Internship at Tufts New England Medical Center Department of Dental Medicine, Boston MA in 1974; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontics, Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry in 1976.

Dr. Zanni currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Postdoctoral Periodontics at GSDM; Senior Staff Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry at the Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA; and Senior Staff Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry at the Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA. He previously served as Clinical Instructor in Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Periodontics at GSDM. In addition, he maintains a private practice limited to Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in Methuen, MA.

In both 2009 and 2010, Dr. Zanni was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the residents enrolled in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics at GSDM. In addition, in 2008 and 2009 he was honored with the Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Zanni’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships to societies including: the American Academy of Periodontology; the Massachusetts Periodontal Society; the Merrimack Valley Dental Society; and the Greater Lawrence Dental Society.

Mission of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will 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.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.

Three New Boston University Faculty Tapped for Peter Paul Career Development Professorships

September 1st, 2011 in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Graduate School of Management, News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 | rtaffe@bu.edu

(Boston) — Three new Boston University professors have been selected by Provost Jean Morrison as this year’s recipients of the prestigious Peter Paul Professorships, providing $40,000 each for three years for unrestricted support for their scholarly and creative work as they launch their academic careers.

The 2011 honorees are Prof. Colin Fisher, an assistant professor of organizational behavior in the BU School of Management; Prof. Xue Han, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the BU College of Engineering; and Prof. Johannes Schmieder, an assistant professor of economics in the BU College of Arts and Sciences.

The professorships were established in 2006 with a gift of $1.5 million by entrepreneur, philanthropist and BU Trustee (and alumni, Graduate School of Management ’71) Peter T. Paul, president of Paul Financial, LLC, and owner and chairman of Grove Street Winery. Over the course of five years, the gift will have supported 10 appointments, each having three-year terms. All must have been at BU no more than two years and have held no prior professorships.

“The Peter Paul Professorships really serve to highlight the caliber, potential and continued vitality of Boston University’s diverse faculty,” said Morrison. “This year’s recipients have been cited for their expertise in their areas of study, their passion for the creation and transmission of knowledge, and their efforts to enhance the student experience.”

Fisher studies the role of improvisation on the development of teams in the areas of leadership, creativity and group decision-making. In addition to recently receiving a Ph.D. from Harvard Business School, his background includes a master’s degree in music from New York University and a bachelor’s in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Han develops highly interdisciplinary and translational neuroengineering approaches to treat neurological and psychiatric diseases. Her most recent postdoctoral work was at the McGovern Institute and Media Lab at MIT, preceded by work at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Beijing.

Schmieder works in two different areas: he studies the interaction of labor market practices with macroeconomic factors to generate employment fluctuations; and he studies the relationship between environmental pollution and infant health. He recently received his doctorate from Columbia University where he also earned two master’s degrees. His undergraduate degree was from the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.