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Week of 19 March 2004 · Vol. VII, No. 24

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BU faculty and alum nominated for LA Times book prizes

A new book of poetry by Rosanna Warren, a UNI professor, a CAS professor of English and modern languages, and the Emma Ann MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities, was selected as a finalist for a 24th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize, in the category of poetry. Departure: Poems explores “the intimacy and separation between mother and daughter, husband and wife, artist and muse, woman and demon lover,” says Poetry Daily. Warren's previous books of poetry include Stained Glass, which won the Academy of American Poetry's Lamont Poetry Prize, Each Leaf Shines Separate, and Snow Day. She has received numerous awards, including the May Sarton Prize, the Lavan Younger Poets Award, and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1999 she was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and in 2000 was the New York Times Resident in Literature at the American Academy in Rome.

The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature by David Baron, a visiting scholar at COM, is a finalist in the category of science and technology. Baron's book chronicles the struggle of the Boulder, Colo., community with its mountain lion problem, particularly after an 18-year-old jogger was killed — “the first fatal mountain lion attack in all of North America in more than 100 years,” says Baron.

The first novel of alum Jhumpa Lahiri (GRS'93, UNI'95,'97), The Namesake, is among the finalists in the category of fiction. It follows her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, a short story collection that won a 1999 Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and Best Debut from the first annual New Yorker Book Awards. The story is about two generations of Indians from Calcutta becoming Americans. “It's what my world is, and what I've always been aware of,” Lahiri said in an interview on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer in October 2003. “My parents came from Calcutta. They arrived in Cambridge, much like the parents in my novel. And I found myself sort of caught between the world of my parents and the world they had left behind and still clung to, and also the world that surrounded me at school and everywhere else, as soon as I set foot out the door. So I've never not been aware of that division in my life, and I wanted to write about that in the book.”

The Los Angeles Book Prizes honor outstanding literary achievement in nine categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult fiction. They will be presented April 24 in Los Angeles.

SAR prof emerita to speak at conference

Elisabeth Wiig, a SAR professor emerita of communication disorders and recipient of the 1976 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, will speak at the 25th annual National Student Speech Language Hearing Association conference, held at BU on March 29 and cosponsored by SAR's department of communication disorders. She will address language and communication assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults from several perspectives. Wiig, who is president of the Knowledge Research Institute, in Arlington, Tex., a company she established in 1995, is best known for her collaboration on the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, considered among the most reliable tools in diagnosing language disorders in children and adolescents. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.bu.edu/sargent/about/events.html.

Terrier women's lacrosse receives high rankings

The University's two-time defending America East champion women's lacrosse team was unanimously picked to finish first in the conference in a mid-February poll of the league coaches. This season, 9 starters and 17 letter-winners return from the 2003 squad, which compiled a 14-5 overall record, captured the America East title, and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament. In addition, the team was the 10th best in the nation in Inside Lacrosse magazine's 2004 Division I Preseason Top 10 list. The team opened its season on the road with a 12-9 win against UMass-Amherst on March 3 and a 12-8 win against Monmouth University in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 11. The first home game is against Yale on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. For more information, go to www.bu.edu/athletics.

GBYSO members to play in all-state ensembles

A total of 50 musicians from the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (GBYSO) have been accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educators' Association (MMEA) all-state ensembles. Of the 50 selected, 18 will play in the all-state band and 32 in the all-state orchestra; one-third of the Senior Orchestra have been awarded a spot. The musicians represent all four sections — string, woodwind, brass, and percussion — of the Senior, Repertory, and Junior Repertory orchestras. The GBYSO was founded in 1958 by BU and continues in residence at CFA. The goal of MMEA is to advance and strengthen music education in Massachusetts.


19 March 2004
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