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  • February 9, 2012 BU astrophysicist leads discovery of “sloshing” gas in galaxy cluster

    CAS astrophysicist Elizabeth Blanton led a team of researchers in the discovery of vast clouds of hot gas “sloshing” in Abell 2052, a galaxy cluster located about 480 million light years from Earth. The scientists are studying the hot (30 million degree) gas using X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.  The team’s findings were first published in the August 20, 2011 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

  • February 6, 2012 Richard Primack, professor of biology, co-authors study on evolving role of women in environmental studies
  • February 6, 2012 Richard Primack, professor of biology, updates climate change finds based on data from Thoreau at Walden
  • December 12, 2011 MLCL Gets Boost for MA Program in Teaching Arabic

    The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has awarded the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature $75,000 to help fund graduate fellowships for its new collaborative degree track with the School of Education: the Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic.

  • December 4, 2011 A First Discovery in the Milky Way

    BU Center for Space Physics researcher Jean-Loup Bertaux and his colleagues have detected for the first time ultraviolet (UV) emissions of neutral hydrogen within the Milky Way. Called Lyman alpha emissions, the emissions are used as indicators of the formation of stars in galaxies shortly after the Big Bang. Their findings were published in the December 2, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

  • December 1, 2011 In Game of Bingo, More Than Meets the Eye

    CAS researchers have shown that increasing the size and boldness of the font on Bingo cards can help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease improve their Bingo performance. The clearer font helps counteract Alzheimer’s sufferers’ decreased ability to pick up visual contrast. Led by Professor of Psychology Alice Cronin-Golomb, the research team has given us a better understanding of how normal aging, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s diseases affect the performance of everyday cognitive tasks.

  • November 28, 2011 He’d Like to Thank the Academy

    In recognition of a highly successful career thus far, Professor of Psychology Michael Hasselmo was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

  • November 1, 2011 A New Way of Imagining the Brain

    Over the past two decades, the increased ability to analyze relationships among neural structures has provided novel insights into brain function. Most network approaches, however, focus on static representations of the brain’s physical or statistical connectivity.

    In an article to be published in the November 2, 2011 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, a team of researchers at Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School present evidence that a dynamic, metastable frequency-band-dependent scaffold of brain functional connectivity exists from which transient activity emerges and recedes.

  • October 26, 2011 Research Discoveries Could Lead to New Ways to Control Deadly Diseases

    Researchers at Boston University have made discoveries that provide the foundation towards novel approaches to control insects that transmit deadly diseases such as dengue fever and malaria through their study of the Wolbachia bacteria. Their findings have been published in the current issue of Science Express, an online publication of selected papers in advance of the print edition of Science, the main journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

  • October 26, 2011 Cronin-Golomb Named United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year

    Each fall, a distinguished member of the BU faculty is recognized for his or her “dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution” with the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year award. This year’s winner is Professor of Psychology Alice Cronin-Golomb, a pioneer in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research.

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