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Week of 29 January 1999

Vol. II, No. 21

Bulletin Board

Shimony named fellow of American Physical Society
Abner Shimony, CAS professor emeritus of philosophy and physics, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. His election recognizes "original contributions both to general questions in the philosophy of science, and to the analysis of nonlocality in quantum mechanics," according to a citation presented to Shimony in late 1998.

"Abner Shimony is one of the most distinguished philosophers of science in the United States today, as this award underlines," says Charles Griswold, CAS professor and chairman of the department of philosophy. "His presence on Boston University's philosophy and physics faculties honors us."

The society, headquartered in College Park, Md., comprises over 40,000 physicists worldwide. Fellowship is a distinction that goes annually to only half of 1 percent of its membership. Fellows are chosen after recommendation by a fellowship committee and rigorous review at several levels. Those selected must "have contributed to the advancement of physics by independent, original research, or . . . have rendered some other special service to the cause of the sciences," according to a letter sent to Griswold by Garrett Ripin, associate executive officer of the society.

"This strict quota requirement makes selection a true honor for only the most outstanding individuals," Ripin writes.

WBUR acquires Rhode Island station
Boston University's public radio station, WBUR 90.9 FM, recently acquired Westerly, R.I., station WERI 1230 AM from Bear Broadcasting Company in Westerly. Renamed WXNI, the station expands public radio service to South County and also covers southeastern Connecticut.

WBUR launched Rhode Island's first public radio station, WRNI 1290 AM, in Providence last April. Similar to WRNI's programming, WXNI airs Rhode Island news, weather, sports, and traffic reports as well as news and talk from National Public Radio, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and other NPR programs. The noncommercial format also includes international broadcasts from the BBC and WBUR's own shows, such as Car Talk, Only a Game, The Connection, and Hear and Now. WXNI made its debut on January 1.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to reach a whole new community with public radio programming," says Jane Christo, WBUR's general manager. "We hope area listeners will be as enthusiastic as we are. We'll look forward to hearing from them." Popular WERI-AM programs, including music, sports, NBC broadcasts, and local news, have been transplanted to WERI-FM, according to station president Mark Urso.