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Greater Boston PCC–Richard Leazott Memorial Scholarship Program

Last year the Greater Boston Postal Customer Council (PCC) renamed its scholarship program after the late Richard Leazott, former director of BU Mail Services, who devoted substantial time and effort to the program’s success. For the past nine years, PCC has awarded four $1,500 merit-based scholarships to high school seniors who are prospective first-year college students, including children of BU employees. For more information and an application (due March 14), call 353-6680 or pick up at Mail Services, 120 Ashford St., Room 158.

Honors to profs in ENG’s department of electrical and computer engineering

Venkatesh Saligrama and Enrico Bellotti, ENG assistant professors in the department of electrical and computer engineering, recently received recognition for their work. Saligrama received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award, which is conferred annually at the White House, is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent careers.

Bellotti was selected as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, a program that supports the best and brightest young American academic researchers for the exceptional promise they show for outstanding research and teaching careers.

African Studies Center staffer speaks at Museum of Science forum

Barbara Brown, director of the African Studies Center’s Africa in Our Schools and Community Program, participated in a forum entitled Nubia Connections as part of the Science and Society Public Forum at Boston’s Museum of Science on February 23. She joined a panel of experts on Nubia, archaeology, history, and education and spoke on how ancient African civilizations such as Nubia are studied in relation to the rest of the continent. Brown has taught at the University of Botswana, has worked in a number of African countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Benin, and has led numerous workshops on Africa as well as on the broader issues of multicultural education.

Two CAS physics profs receive Sloan fellowships

Pritiraj Mohanty and Martin Schmaltz, CAS assistant physics professors, were awarded Sloan Research Fellowships, which are given annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to 23 researchers in physics. The fellowships go to young scholars who have a solid record of independent research accomplishments and who are likely to make fundamental contributions to new knowledge in their fields of research. As a member of the department’s experimental condensed-matter group, Mohanty investigates nanoscale phenomena, ranging from the structure and behavior of material at the single atom level to quantum computing. Schmaltz, who is a member of the theoretical particle physics groups, explores the fundamental constituents of matter, such as quarks and leptons, and their interactions -- specifically the possibility that new kinds of forces exist between particles at very short distances.

SDM Science Day 2003

As part of Science Day 2003, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is seeking applications from predoctoral and postdoctoral dental students for the annual poster viewing and judging. The deadline is March 6, at 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Predoctoral Research Program at 617-414-1048 or e-mail ahourani@bu.edu.

Women’s crew holds Row for Humanity fundraiser

The BU women’s crew team is sponsoring a Row for Humanity fundraiser to support the team and the BU chapter of Habitat for Humanity on Friday, February 28, from noon to 6 p.m., at the George Sherman Union Link. Each hour, 10 BU crew team members will row on rowing machines to fulfill their fundraising pledges. Extra machines will be available for others to test their rowing prowess. Proceeds help with team travel expenses, equipment, and uniforms, with a portion going to BU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. For more information, call 353-5796.

Sign up soon for Mini-Med School spring program

Now in its fourth year, MED’s Mini-Med School features informative lectures from medical school faculty and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the worlds of medicine, science, and health. This year’s 10-part series, which runs from March 11 to May 6, introduces students to the basic principles of medicine and features topics that include anatomy, sports medicine, pulmonary disease, the eye, the brain, the cardiovascular system, infectious diseases, and psychiatry. Students will also learn about cutting-edge developments in medical research, including new discoveries in genetics and treatments for cancer. Lectures are on Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Bakst Auditorium, located on BU’s Medical Campus at 715 Albany St. One lecture, consisting of a hands-on laboratory investigation, will take place on a Thursday at MED’s CityLab. Tuition is $125 and includes a comprehensive course notebook and refreshments. A discount is offered to BU employees. To register for Mini-Med School or for more information, call 866-MED-MINI or e-mail psterlin@bu.edu.


28 February 2003
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