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Barfield receives Fulbright grant

Thomas Barfield, a CAS professor and chairman of the anthropology department, received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to participate in the conference of the International Association for Mongol Studies. He spent two weeks this summer in Mongolia at the International Congress of Mongolists, delivering the keynote address and chairing sessions. The Fulbright Scholar Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. The Senior Specialists Program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries.

Lumpkin directs new Glass opera in New York

William Lumpkin, a CFA assistant professor in the school of music and music director and conductor for the BU Opera Institute, conducted the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Academy of Music’s debut of Galileo Galilei, a new opera by Philip Glass, October 1 through 5. The production launched Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2003 Next Wave Festival. The opera, directed by Mary Zimmerman, is adapted from the turbulent life and surviving letters of the brilliant 16th-century scientist. The story unfolds backwards in time, opening with the astronomer as a frail, blind convicted heretic and reaching its end with Galileo as an infant watching an opera composed by his father. Lumpkin also conducted the Glass/Zimmerman production of the opera in Chicago this past summer. The October 3 New York Times praised the opera, saying “Mr. Glass’s music, which the Eos Orchestra played expertly under William Lumpkin’s direction, has a spare, chamber quality that allows the vocal lines (and text) to be heard clearly.” For more information about the opera, visit www.bam.org.

SPH offers new 2003–2004 graduate studies program

The School of Public Health is offering new master’s and doctor of science in health services research programs beginning in the 2003–2004 academic year. Both programs are codirected by James Burgess, an SPH assistant professor, and Gary Young, an SPH associate professor. Those who complete the master’s program will be prepared to become health-care consultants, project managers and research managers within large-scale research programs, and analysts for insurance companies, provider-based organizations, or public-sector organizations. The doctoral program, which is focused on the preparation of independent research scientists and scholars with excellent methodological skills and considerable substantive knowledge of health-care settings and policies, offers two fields of specialization: health outcomes and quality, and health economics. The primary career tracks for those who earn a doctorate are as university faculty members, in research and government policy, and in private sector organizations.

BU wins Four-Star CampusTours Award

As students increasingly turn to the Internet to augment traditional college search techniques, campus online presentations have shifted from simple picture-and-text galleries to interactive panoramic expeditions with flash-based presentations featuring audio narration, video snippets, and virtual tour guides. CampusTours, which was featured by the New York Times Learning Network as one of three top college resources, has given Boston University the October 2002 Four-Star Virtual Tour Award. BU’s site, at www.bu.edu/admissions, will be featured all month on CampusTours (http:// www.campustours.com). “To call the new Boston University virtual tours by the traditional ‘virtual campus tour’ moniker is a little misleading,” states the award citation. “In fact, BU’s new interactive ‘experiences’ offer a clear indication of where many colleges are beginning to take the traditional online tour, and it’s a far cry from today’s building-oriented presentations.” The BU virtual tour is divided into two presentations: the Freshman Experience and the Senior Experience. The Freshman Experience highlights the transition into college, while the Senior Experience offers up what life has in store for prospective students. “The Boston University Freshman and Senior Experiences continue the trend toward more movie-like online virtual tours,” says the citation. “The CampusTours Awards Committee found these to be comprehensive and compelling presentations, well worthy of the CampusTours Four-Star Virtual Tour Award.”


11 October 2002
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