Unoffice Hours

Unoffice Hours is a program that brings interesting staff and faculty members and students together over informal lunches in the various dining halls around campus. Attendance for each Unoffice Hours lunch is capped at eight students and students will be chosen on a first-come first-serve basis.

mdohertyMary Jane Doherty

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Friday , November 7, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Road

About Professor Doherty

Professor Doherty, a two-time finalist for the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, teaches a variety of film production courses including her specialized course on the narrative documentary. She’s also an award-winning freelance editor, director and cinematographer. Past productions include a short film for former vice-president Al Gore, a feature-length documentary on organized religion and a short experimental documentary on rapid land use change in China.


Past participants

Jeremy DeSilva

By Christian Cho
October 21st, 2014 in Featured, Unoffice Hours.

jdesilvaJeremy DeSilva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Warren Towers at 700 Commonwealth Ave.

About Dr. DeSilva

Jeremy is a functional morphologist, interested in reconstructing the locomotor habits of the earliest apes  and early human ancestors (hominins). His particular anatomical expertise–the evolution of the human foot and ankle–has contributed to the on-going debate of Australopithecine locomotion. See an article and video from Bostonia on Dr. DeSilva’s research.

He has also developed a method for inferring the size of the brain at birth in extinct humans and other primates, thus allowing more reliable inferences concerning labor and its constraints on the anatomy and evolution of the pelvis.

Sophie Godley, MPH

By Christian Cho
September 30th, 2014 in Unoffice Hours.


Sophie Godley, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

About Sophie

Sophie Godley joined the Boston University School of Public Health faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health in July of 2010. Sophie also serves as Director of Undergraduate Education in the School of Public Health, advising students enrolled in the public health minor and the innovative 4+1 program, BUSPH’s combined BA/MPH and BS/MPH. In 2013 Sophie won the BUSPH annual Education Innovation Award. Sophie’s current work in the community focuses on supporting healthy sexuality in communities and schools, and supporting families and parents of adolescents. Sophie also works with ROCA, Inc. in Chelsea, MA, a performance-driven anti-poverty and anti-violence agency. At ROCA Sophie is working on a process evaluation of a project focused on high-risk young mothers.

Willis Wang

By Christian Cho
April 14th, 2014 in Featured, Unoffice Hours.


Lunch with Willis Wang

Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs
Deputy General Counsel

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

About Mr. Wang

Willis Wang was appointed in 2009 to create and oversee Boston University’s first Office of Global Programs.

As Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Willis plays a senior leadership role in the development, coordination, and implementation of Boston University’s global strategy.

Dr. Fallou Ngom

By Christian Cho
March 26th, 2014 in Featured, Unoffice Hours.


Lunch with Fallou Ngom

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Director, African Language Program

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

About Dr. Ngom

Dr. Fallou Ngom’s current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the Africanization of Islam, and Ajami literatures—records of West African languages written in Arabic script. He hopes to help train the first generation of American scholars to have direct access into the wealth of knowledge still buried in West African Ajami literatures, and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner.

Dr. Andrew West

By Christian Cho
January 29th, 2014 in Featured, Unoffice Hours.


Lunch with Andrew West

Assistant Professor, Astronomy

Thursday, February 6, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

About Dr. West

Andrew West is an outstanding observational astrophysicist who joins us from a postdoctoral position at MIT. Dr. West earned his B.S. with honors at in Physics and Astronomy at Haverford College, and then his Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Washington in 2005. Dr. West is using the vast Sloan Digital Sky Survey to help assign ages to old stars by using measurements of their velocities. Older stars will have had more chance encounters with other stars, and because of these encounters are boosted to higher speeds. This technique is a novel approach that may solve a long-standing problem. Dr. West also is committed to increasing the diversity in the sciences. Although he is white, Dr. West is a member of the National Society of Black Physicists and routinely participates in mentoring programs for underrepresented high school students.

Dr. Ruha Benjamin

By Christian Cho
December 3rd, 2013 in Featured, Unoffice Hours.


Lunch with Dr. Benjamin

Friday, January 31, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Warren Dining Hall

About Dr. Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin received her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Center for Society and Genetics. Her teaching and research interests include the social studies of science, medicine, and biotechnology; racial and ethnic formations; the sociology of knowledge; gender and biopolitics.