Research Magazine 2010

Boston University at a Glance

Robert A. Brown, President
David K. Campbell, University Provost
Karen H. Antman, Provost, Medical Campus

Research Centers and Institutes

  • African Presidential Archives & Research Center
  • African Studies Center
  • Alcohol and Drug Institute for Policy, Training & Research
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Amyloid Treatment & Research Program
  • Anna Howard Shaw Center
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Arthritis Center
  • Biomolecular Engineering Research Center
  • Cancer Research Center
  • Cardiovascular Proteomics Center
  • Center for Adaptive Systems
  • Center for Addictions Research & Services
  • Center for Advanced Biotechnology
  • Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
  • Center for Applied Research in Language
  • Center for BioDynamics
  • Center for Biomedical Imaging
  • Center for Character & Social Responsibility
  • Center for Chemical Methodology & Library Development
  • Center for Computational Science
  • Center for Congregational Research & Development
  • Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology
  • Center for Energy & Environmental Studies
  • Center for Global Health & Development
  • Center for Human Genetics
  • Center for Information & Systems Engineering
  • Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling
  • Center for International Relations
  • Center for Mathematical Physics
  • Center for Molecular Discovery
  • Center for Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology
  • Center for Neurorehabilitation
  • Center for Neuroscience
  • Center for Philosophy & History of Science
  • Center for Polymer Studies
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security
  • Center for Remote Sensing
  • Center for Research to Evaluate & Eliminate Dental Disparities
  • Center for Science & Medical Journalism
  • Center for Space Physics
  • Center for Subsurface Sensing & Imaging Systems
  • Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science & Technology
  • Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease
  • Clinical & Translational Science Institute
  • Communication Research Center
  • Danielsen Institute Center for the Study of Religion & Psychology
  • Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
  • Framingham Heart Study
  • Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation
  • Gerontology Center
  • Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center
  • Health & Disabilities Research Institute
  • Health Policy Institute
  • Hearing Research Center
  • Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
  • Human Resources Policy Institute
  • Institute for American Political History
  • Institute for Astrophysical Research
  • Institute for Economic Development
  • Institute for Geriatric Social Work
  • Institute for Leading in a Dynamic Economy
  • Institute for Philosophy & Religion
  • Institute for Sexual Medicine
  • Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
  • Institute for the Advancement of the Social Sciences
  • Institute for the Classical Tradition
  • Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations
  • Institute of Jewish Law
  • Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs
  • International Center for East Asian Archaeology & Cultural History
  • International History Institute
  • Management of Variability Program
  • Memory Disorders Research Center
  • Morin Center for Banking & Financial Law
  • National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories
  • NeuroMuscular Research Center
  • Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
  • Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center
  • Partners in Health & Housing Prevention Research Center
  • Photonics Center
  • Prevention Research Center
  • Pulmonary Center
  • Science & Mathematics Education Center
  • Slone Epidemiology Center
  • Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center
  • Superfund Basic Research Program
  • Systems Research Center
  • Tanglewood Institute
  • Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute
  • Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center

Students

16,340 undergraduate; 13,497 graduate;
2,720 non-degree

Faculty and Staff

2,896 full-time faculty; 1,282 part-time faculty; 5,103 full-time staff; 325 part-time staff

Campus

133 acres, 321 buildings; 487 classrooms; 2,022 laboratories; 11,546 total residence capacity

Computing Facilities

Supercomputers

  • IBM BlueGene/L supercomputer with 1,204 nodes
  • IBM pSeries 655 with 112 processors
  • IBM xSeries Linux cluster with 60 processors
  • IBM Blade Center Linux cluster with 272 processors

Specialized High-Performance Computer Laboratories

  • Deep Vision Display Wall
  • Access Grid Conference Facility
  • Computer Graphics Laboratory
  • LIVE: Laboratory for Virtual Environments

High-Performance Networking

  • Fiber Optic Metro Ring interconnecting Boston University, Harvard, and MIT
  • Northern Crossroads (NoX)
  • Internet2

Computing Labs

  • UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh labs
  • ResNet Computer Labs
  • More than 30 additional departmental computer laboratories

Libraries

23 libraries and special collections; 2.9 million volumes; 57,755 periodicals; 4.8 million microform units

Research

Sponsored Program Awards FY2010: $407.8 million

Financial Resources

Endowment: $1.02 billion
Total assets: $3.9 billion