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Table Of Contents: Features

From BU to Hollywood

Six alums who made it in the biz

Chelsea at Twenty

Does BU’s unique experiment in school reform add up to success?

Final Answers

School of Medicine professors are teaching students to talk about things no patient wants to hear

The Touch

Mickey Drexler (GSM’68) may be the best merchant in America

Table Of Contents: Commonwealth

Magic Flute's Magic Revealed

College of Fine Arts students talk about creating the set of the opera The Magic Flute

Fashionably Early

Student designer Sam Mendoza (COM'08) is already dressing for success

In the Field with BU's Bat Man

Infrared cameras and algorithms help biologist Thomas Kunz count bats flying in dark

Student ID

Mike Zales (SAR'08) says a trip to Tanzania changed his career plans

Cinema Physica

Andrew Cohen's introductory physics class for nonscience majors blends physics with film

Chinese Alumni Pledge $1 Million

Brown makes first trip to Beijing as president

Machine Dreams

BU's machine shop builds, well, anything

Rowing Machines

BU oarsmen look toward Olympic Summer Games

Class of 2012 Breaks BU Records

Largest applicant pool shows jump among minorities

Bringing the Posse

Partnership preps city kids for college

A Town's Contribution to the Health of a Nation

Framingham Heart Study celebrates sixtieth anniversary

Table Of Contents: Explorations

Scanning the Eye for Alzheimer's

Laser-based technology could make early detection possible

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Lift Weight, Lose Weight

Muscle built by lifting improves metabolic health in mice

A Stitch in Time

Archaeologist Mary Beaudry finds meaning in thimbles, bodkins, and other sewing tools

Table Of Contents: Perspectives

Have Architects Gone Mad?

John Silber casts a critical eye on ego-driven design

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Better Than Sex

Is spirituality an antidote to today’s hook-up culture?

Table Of Contents: Alumni Books And Reviews

Why Would She Stay?

Sue Miller's New Best Seller Explores a Political Marriage

Table Of Contents: Alumni Notes

A Mill Town's New Hope

At twenty-eight, Lisa Wong (CAS’00, GRS’00) is the mayor of Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Hometown Hero

Luis Chavez (GRS’04) is helping his Peruvian birthplace recover from disaster

Awards Honor Alumni Success

Five recognized with BU’s highest accolade

Winterfest Weekend a Big Draw

Alumni and their families and friends returned to campus for wintry fun

Table Of Contents: Obituaries

A Pioneer for Female Scientists

Biology professor Mary Erskine remembered for her research, teaching, mentorship

Table Of Contents: Alumni Notes | Letters To The Editor

Hot or Not

Carter Blanchard (COM’88) on the ups and downs of screenwriting