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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.

  • May 3, 2011 Blueprint of a trend: How does a financial bubble burst?

    A joint study by academics in Switzerland, Germany and at Boston University sheds new light on the formation of financial bubbles and crashes. Wild fluctuations in stock prices caused by bubbles bursting have had a dramatic impact on the world economy and the personal fortunes of millions of us in the last few years.

  • April 28, 2011 BU Researcher Estimates Future Sea Level Rise by Looking to the Past

    BU College of Arts & Sciences Paleoclimatologist Maureen Raymo and colleagues published findings that should help scientists better estimate the level of sea level rise during a period of high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels 3 million years ago.

  • April 27, 2011 Seniors Bring Home BU Debate Society’s First-Ever APDA National Championship

    Two members of the Boston University Debate Society, Greg Meyer (CAS’11) and Alex Taubes (CAS’11) won the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) National Championship, the first national championship in the Boston University Debate Society’s history. Meyer and Taubes were part of a contingent of three teams sent by BU to the APDA Nationals, held this year at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

  • April 27, 2011 BU Neuroscientists Publish Theta Rhythm Findings in Journal “Science”

    In a paper to be published on April 29 in the journal Science, a team of Boston University researchers under the direction of Michael Hasselmo, professor of psychology and director of Boston University’s Computational Neurophysiology Laboratory, and Mark Brandon, a recent graduate of the Graduate Program for Neuroscience at Boston University, present findings that support the hypothesis that spatial coding by grid cells requires theta rhythm oscillations, and dissociates the mechanisms underlying the generation of entorhinal grid cell periodicity and head-direction selectivity.


  • April 27, 2011 Classicist Jeffrey Henderson Elected to AAAS

    Jeffrey Henderson, the University’s William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature and a world-renowned classics scholar, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

  • April 19, 2011 David Ferry Wins Lilly Poetry Prize

    Creative Writing Department Lecturer David Ferry has won the 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation. This $100,000 award recognizes lifetime accomplishments, and is one of the most prestigious awards given to U.S. poets. It is also one of the nation’s largest literary prizes.

  • April 19, 2011 Fallou Ngom Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

    CAS Associate Professor of Anthropology Fallou Ngom is among this year’s group of 180 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, one of the top honors in academia. Chosen from almost 3,000 applicants, Professor Ngom was chosen for both his prior achievements and his exceptional promise. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the winners on April 7.

  • March 31, 2011 Graduate Faculty of Political Science Showcases Discipline’s Strength at BU

    If the size and impact of academic departments within the University were based solely on the number of faculty members on departmental rosters, one would get entirely the wrong impression about the discipline of Political Science at Boston University.

    While the number of political scientists who call the Department of Political Science home may seem relatively small, the truth is, Boston University has over 30 research-active political scientists on campus in such places as International Relations, Geography, and the Law School, in addition to the eponymous department.

    Department Chair Graham Wilson has led the way to organize this strength into a new Graduate Faculty of Political Science (GFPS) who will work together to oversee and provide the faculty support for the already-existing PhD in Political Science.

  • March 30, 2011 H. Eugene Stanley Appointed to Warren Distinguished Professorship

    President Robert A. Brown last week named H. Eugene Stanley of the College of Arts & Sciences and Wendy Gordon of the School of Law as William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors. The second and third Warren Professors named this month, their appointments came less than two weeks after CAS biologist Thomas Kunz received the same honor. The professorships were established in 2008; Kunz was the first named since 2009.

  • March 30, 2011 William Grimes Named to Council on Foreign Relations

    The economic fallout from Japan’s nuclear crisis—supply interruptions and lost business—has caught the eye of William Grimes, a BU expert on Asian economies. His research had already yielded insights into Japan’s economic travails in recent decades and the economies of East Asia generally.
    That work has paid off with Grimes receiving life membership on the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • March 30, 2011 Bats Worth Billions To Agriculture: Pest-Control Services At Risk

    Thomas Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor in Boston University’s Department of Biology, has coauthored an analysis published this week in the journal Science that shows how declines of bat populations caused by a new wildlife disease and fatalities at industrial-scale wind turbines could lead to substantial economic losses on the farm.

  • March 30, 2011 NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact on Amazon Forests

    Researchers at Boston University, NASA and Federal University, Vicosa, Brazil have published a new NASA-funded study that shows widespread reductions in the greenness of forests in the vast Amazon basin in South America were caused by the record-breaking drought of 2010.

  • March 21, 2011 James Jackson Announced as New Associate Dean for Research and Outreach

    Scott Whitaker has decided to step away from the position of CAS Associate Dean for Research and Outreach. He has served his colleagues in CAS and across Boston University in the capacity of Associate Dean of the Graduate School for a very long time, with great skill and dedication and to great effect. Department of Astronomy Chair James Jackson has agreed to serve as the new CAS Associate Dean for Research and Outreach.

  • March 11, 2011 What Massachusetts Residents and Other Americans Think About Global Warming: Results from an In-Depth Statewide Study and National Surveys

    In recent years, headlines on newspapers across the country have proclaimed: “Scientists and the American Public Disagree Sharply Over Global Warming" and "Public Concern About Climate Change Wanes." Is it really true? Do Americans really not accept the opinions of scientific experts on climate change?

  • March 1, 2011 BU Awarded Korea Foundation Grant

    Boston University has been awarded a grant from the Korea Foundation to support the establishment of a new professorship in Korean and Comparative Literature.

  • February 24, 2011 BU’s Thomas Kunz Introduces New Discipline of Aeroecology at AAAS Symposium

    A team of research biologists headed by Thomas H. Kunz, professor of biology and director of the Center of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University, recently conducted a symposium on the emerging scientific discipline of aeroecology at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. Aeroecology is a new discipline whose unifying concept is a focus on the aerosphere and the myriad organisms that inhabit and depend on this aerial environment for their existence. The symposium was held on February 19 in the Washington Convention Center.

  • February 24, 2011 Three BU Professors Win Prestigious Fellowship/Award

    Three members of the BU faculty have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships. The professors are Corey Stephenson, Chemistry; Xue Han, Neuroscience; and Pankaj Mehta, Physics. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars in recognition of achievement and the potential to contribute substantially to their fields.

  • February 18, 2011 Harris’ Article Picked as Top 20 All-Time by American Economic Review

    The American Economic Review recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, they put together a panel of Nobel laureates and others to choose the top 20 AER articles of all time. CAS Professor of Economics John Harris’ article on the Harris Todaro model of migration and employment in poor countries was picked as one of the top 20.

  • February 16, 2011 Using the Past to Predict Global Warming’s Future

    Raymo, a CAS research professor of earth sciences, and her colleagues are trying to predict just how high the oceans will rise as global warming melts polar ice sheets.

  • February 14, 2011 Project “GREEN” to Study EU’s Emerging Role in the World

    The project, “GREEN,” is funded by a ten million-euro grant from the European Union Commission and will study the current and future role of the EU in an emerging multi-polar world, investigating prospective directions of emerging global governance structures and identifying Europe’s role in the process.

  • February 14, 2011 International Relations/Political Science to Partner in Europe-focused International Programs

    Boston University’s International Relations and Political Science departments have been named associate partners in a multimillion-euro project to establish the Erasmus Mundus joint doctorate program to be called Globalization, the EU, and Multilateralism (GEM).

  • February 12, 2011 Earth Systems Forum Lays Foundation for Collaboration

    On February 4, CAS scientists and researchers from a range of disciplines and departments that included geography & environment, biology, and astronomy convened in the Photonics Center Colloquium Room. Their goal: identify complimentary core strengths and new, collaborative opportunities. The Earth Systems Forum gave participants an opportunity to compare notes on existing activities at BU related to the Earth's integrated physical, natural, and societal systems, and from there develop a shared vision for research, teaching, and facilities related to “Earth Systems.”

  • February 11, 2011 LGBTQ Faculty “On Track”

    On February 10, about a dozen people who responded to Dean Sapiro’s invitation gathered for lunch to discuss the special experiences of and opportunities and challenges facing tenure and tenure-track CAS faculty who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer (LGBTQ).

  • February 10, 2011 How Strong is the Weak Nuclear Force?

    After a decade of experimental development, data-taking, and analysis, an international research team led by scientists from Boston University and the University of Illinois has announced a new value for the muon lifetime. The new lifetime measurement—the most precise ever made of any subatomic particle—makes possible a new determination of the strength of the weak nuclear force. Experiments for this research were conducted using the proton accelerator facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villigen, Switzerland. The results were published in the January 25, 2011 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.

  • February 9, 2011 Pardee Center Director Invited to Serve on Advisory Panel for 2011 <em> Human Development Report</em>

    Professor Adil Najam, the Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and CAS Professor of International Relations and of Geography & Environment, has been invited to join the Advisory Panel for the 2011 Human Development Report, produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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