We are excited to announce the 2017 Commencement Guest Speaker: Olga Musatovova...
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has named Professor Joseph Harris a 2015-16 Faculty Research Fellow. “With seed funding from the Pardee Center, the 10 Faculty Research Fellows will launch two- or three-year interdisciplinary research projects on topics ranging from the implications of China’s investments in other developing countries to establishing the first urban nitrogen monitoring stations in Boston that will connect with a nationwide network of other nitrogen monitoring stations.” 
Professor Harris plans to “convene the First National Conference on Global Health and the Social Sciences, bringing together anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists working on global health from around the nation and world. The conference is intended to expose participants to colleagues from other disciplines, to new ideas, and to provide the opportunity for scholars to create new research pathways and chart new agendas in conference sessions with both disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes.” 
Professor Neha Gondal has been named a 2015 Hariri Instiute Junior Faculty Fellow. Recognizing “outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of computing and the computational sciences,” the Hariri Institute Fellows Program “helps connect like-minded researchers at BU and beyond, […] providing a focal point for supporting broader collaborative research.”
In an e-mail announcing the 2015 Fellows, Founding Director Azer Bestavros described the research profile of this year’s cohort as underscoring “the extent to which computational and data-driven approaches are fundamentally changing a growing number of disciplines and the fact that computing is emerging as the lingua franca for interdisciplinary research.” One of six fellows selected by the Institute’s Steering Committee for a three-year appointment, Dr. Gondal was recognized for her work using “quantitative and mathematical techniques to study culture and stratification through the lens of social networks.”
Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber is the recent recipient of two exciting awards in support of her dissertation work! She has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship from the University of Wisconsin Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Wiconsin’s National Resource Centers, FLAS fellowships assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. Rebecca plans to study Thai.
Additionally, Rebecca has also just been awarded a GRAF Short Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship. Established by the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) and the Humanities Foundation, these fellowships support foreign-based research by doctoral students whose research requires an extended period of residence in another country or countries. Rebecca plans to conduct pilot fieldwork in Thailand over winter break 2015-16.
Susan Eckstein, a Professor of Sociology and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies, has been awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for her research on Cuban immigration exceptionalism.
In its ninety-first competition, the Guggenheim Fellowship awarded 173 Fellowships to 175 scholars, chosen from over 3,100 applicants “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”
Author of The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the US and Their Homeland, Professor Eckstein has previously been awarded grants and fellowships from a number of prestigious institutes, including the MacArthur Foundation, Radcliffe Institute and the American Council of Learned Societies (among others). During her fellowship in 2016, Professor Eckstein plans to study U.S.-Cuban immigration policy, noting in an interview with the Pardee School that “Cubans get immigration privileges no other foreign born gets. Any Cuban who touches U. S. land has a right to stay, get a green card, and enjoy a path to citizenship.” She plans to study this “exceptionalism” and its historical and future impacts.
Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This competitive research fellowship supports three years of research and studies and provides international research and professional development opportunities.
Rebecca’s project is titled “Local Impacts of Medical Tourism in Thailand.” Congratulations, Rebecca!
Ph.D. Candidate Natalicia Tracy was interviewed by WBUR Radio 90.9 Boston (Boston’s NPR News Station) about her 2014 Petra Foundation Fellowship win and her work as the Executive Director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston.
BU Sociology Ph.D. Candidate Natalicía Tracy will be honored on November 15th by the Petra Foundation as one of four 2013 Petra Fellows. Established in 1988 in honor of Petra Tölle Shattuck, the Petra Foundation “seeks out and champions unsung heroes who are making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of others.” (1)
In addition to her Ph.D. work, Natalicía is the executive director of Boston’s Brazilian Immigrant Center, which serves 3,000 Latino immigrants each year in issues of labor, housing, consumer, civil and human rights. She is also the coordinator of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Congress.
Natalicía will be honored at the 24th Annual Petra Fellows Awards Dinner on November 15th, 2013 at the Omni Parker House.
Sociology Ph.D Candidate Elyas Bakhtiari was awarded one of three graduate student fellowships under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows Program. These prestigious national fellowships provide generous support for three years of study, available for fellows to use at any point in the next five years. Elyas works closely with Sigrun Olafsdottir, Assistant Professor of Sociology. The other new fellows from BU are graduate students Allison Gill (Biology) and Alissa Rickborn (Biology).
The American Council of Learned Societies awards a small number of highly-sought-after sabbatical fellowships each year. Congratulations to Professor Ruha Benjamin on this recognition of her important work. She will spend the 2012-13 academic year completing work on her book, People’s Science: Reconstituting Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.