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  • October 24, 2011 "Remodeling" Natural Products

    The field of diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) has been very fruitful in providing access to numerous new molecules with diverse shapes and chemical structures in order to discover candidate molecules for therapeutic use.  Chemistry professors John Porco and John Snyder and postdoctoral fellow Brad Balthaser, in a paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, present a new approach to accessing new, biorelevant structures by "remodeling" natural products.

  • October 22, 2011 CAS Student Researchers, Advisors Win Top Prizes at UROP Symposium

    CAS student researchers and their faculty advisors won three out of a total of four poster prizes in a field of about 170 contestants at this year’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Symposium. The symposium took place October 21 at the GSU.

  • October 12, 2011 Computer Science Students Reach Finals in Cybersecurity Competition

    A team of Computer Science students from the BUILDS program placed in the top ten out of 74 teams in the first round of the CSAW Capture The Flag Cybersecurity Competition. BUILDS is a student-run research lab and workshop that provides BU students with tools and resources for conducting collaborative student-led tech projects.

  • September 28, 2011 A New BU Research Center

    Boston University’s leadership in the field of neural and computational science has entered a new phase with the chartering of a new research center, the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technologies. Known as CompNet the center is located at 677 Beacon Street. The Director is Barbara Shinn-Cunningham of BME (ENG) and the Co-Director is Nancy Kopell of Mathematics and Statistics (CAS).

  • September 1, 2011 Econ Professor Named One of BU's Best Young Profs

    Each year, Boston University has the pleasure of recognizing a handful of talented young educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through the award of Peter Paul Professorships. This year, one of the three awardees was CAS Assistant Professor of Economics Johannes Schmieder.

  • August 31, 2011 Name Change: BU Humanities Foundation now Boston University Center for the Humanities (BUCH)


    Since 1981, the Boston University Humanities Foundation has provided support and encouragement for research and discussion in the humanities. Last year, the Foundation’s Executive Committee voted to change the Foundation’s name to the Boston University Center for the Humanities (BUCH), effective September 1, 2011.


  • August 31, 2011 NASA-Funded Study Refutes Claims of Drought-Driven Declines in Plant Productivity

    A new, comprehensive study by an international team of scientists, including scientists at BU and the Universities of Viçosa and Campinas in Brazil, has been published in the current issue of Science (August 26, 2011) refuting earlier claims that drought has induced a decline in global plant productivity during the past decade and posed a threat to global food security.

  • August 31, 2011 BU researchers predict seasonal temperature extremes to become the norm

    In an article in the current issue of the journal Climate Change, Boston University researchers have estimated the impact meeting a 2°C global warming target will have on global, seasonal mean temperatures (“Near-term increase in frequency of seasonal temperature extremes prior to the 2°C global warming target,” Climate Change, [pub data]).

  • July 28, 2011 1998-2008: A Dimmer Switch on Global Warming

    The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide increased steadily between 1998 and 2008, but Earth’s temperature declined. Why? Chair of Geography and Environment Robert Kaufmann, along with three colleagues from other institutions, recently published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that answers this question.

  • June 30, 2011 CAS Professor Co-Directs “Costs of War” Study

    Nearly 10 years after the declaration of the War on Terror, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have killed at least 225,000 people, including men and women in uniform, contractors, and civilians. The wars will cost Americans between $3.2 and $4 trillion, including medical care and disability for current and future war veterans, according to a new report by the Eisenhower Research Project based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and co-directed by Boston University political science Professor Neta Crawford.

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