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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.

  • 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.

  • June 15, 2011 African Language Scholar Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

    When he was growing up in Senegal, Fallou Ngom spoke six languages. He has applied his fascination with language toward cultivating knowledge of, and respect for, a written derivative of Arabic script called Ajami. Although long ignored by colonial powers and the West, Ajami is found in villages all over Senegal, Guinea, and Niger, where it remains a leading written language of commerce, legal documents, journals, even poetry.

    Now the role of the College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of anthropology and director of the University's African Language Program in promoting Ajami has won him a 2011 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

    Read the entire BU Today article.

  • June 15, 2011 Slater Family Endows Behavioral Economics Chair

    BU overseer Kenneth Slater and his family have endowed a College of Arts & Sciences chair in behavioral economics, a field that explores, among other things, the ways that players in the financial market make decisions.

  • May 17, 2011 Jay Samons Announced as New NEH Distinguished Teaching Fellow

    Chair of Classical Studies Jay Samons has received the Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (DTP) from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Professorship was established in 1993 by the NEH with a challenge grant that matched funds from alumni and friends of CAS/GRS and the Division of General Education. The Professorship recognizes excellence in teaching by a prominent teacher-scholar associated with the Core Curriculum, and it funds undergraduate enrichment programs in the humanities generally.

  • May 12, 2011 BU researchers identify extensive methane leaks under streets of Boston

    Earlier this year, Boston University researchers and collaborators conducted a mobile greenhouse gas audit in Boston and found hundreds of natural gas leaks under the streets and sidewalks of Greater Boston. Nathan Phillips, associate professor of geography and environment and director of BU’s Center for Environmental and Energy Studies (CEES), and his research partners will present these and related findings at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Monitoring Annual Conference, May 17-18 in Boulder, Colorado.

  • May 11, 2011 Sugar Boosters Could Lead to Cheap, Effective Treatments for Chronic Bacterial Infections

    James Collins, a pioneering researcher in the new field of systems biology and a MacArthur Genius, and his team of scientists discovered that a simple compound – sugar – dramatically boosts the effectiveness of first-line antibiotics. Their findings appear in the May 12 issue of Nature.

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