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July 22, 2015

Boston University Mock Mediation: An Undergraduate Powerhouse

This year, a group of BU undergraduates settled the case of a factory worker who lost his hand on the job, gaining the victim a settlement of close to $1 million. While it gave the students invaluable practice in legal negotiations, the incident wasn’t real; it was part of the 2015 International Law School Mediation Championships. Such successes led the BU Mock Mediation Team to the semi-finals at the annual competition. Read more

Dean Virginia Sapiro Day

In recognition of Dean Sapiro's contributions to CAS, the Boston City Council has declared July 31, 2015, as “Dean Virginia Sapiro Day.” The resolution certificate states, "Dean Sapiro is to be commended for her vision and passion for higher education and for effectively elevating the largest college at BU to new heights." Congratulations, Gina!

Turkeys Deserve an Education, Too!

The mysterious BU turkeys were back on campus just in time for freshman orientation. Executive Assistant to the Dean Nancy Geourntas spotted this wannabe Terrier perched on a bench behind CAS. 


Second Annual Gitner Lecture to be Held September 17

Please join us at 6:00 PM on September 17, 2015, for the 2nd Annual Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Lecture, “Contesting Muhammad: Contemporary Controversies in Historical Perspective. Associate Professor of Religion Kecia Ali will lead the discussion along with respondents Stephen Prothero, professor of religion, and Teena Purohit, assistant professor of religion. The Annual Gitner Lecture is designed to highlight current BU faculty members whose teaching and research addresses topics of major important for the broad interest and benefit of the BU community. Learn more about the event here.

ASL interpretation will be provided. For additional access, please contact Sarah Speltz, assistant director of alumni educational programs.

Professor Robert Hausman Remembered for His Resilience 

Robert Hausman, professor of biology, passed away this April after a 2010 accident that left him paralyzed. Despite this setback, he returned to BU in 2012 to teach two courses. “I will always remember with great respect Rob’s enduring positive attitude following the accident…and his success in returning to the classroom despite what I’m sure were enormous challenges,” says Chair of Biology Michael Sorenson.
A cell biologist, Hausman’s research contributed to our basic knowledge of the mechanisms by which cells combine to form neurological and muscle tissue during embryonic development. He will be remembered for his great passion and energy; his legacy lives on through the two interdisciplinary graduate programs he helped build at BU and all of the students he helped during his tenure.

Department chairs, directors, and administrators, remember to review the CAS Chairs and Directors Guide for other important upcoming administrative responsibilities.

Faculty Meetings & Deadlines

July 24

Peter Paul Career Development Professorship Nominations Due
East Asian Studies Development Professorship Nominations Due

August 31

Chairs and Directors Orientation (8:30 AM-12:30 PM, location TBD)

September 2

First Day of Classes
Council of Chairs and Directors Meeting (4-5:30 PM, CAS 522)

September 16

Faculty Meeting (4-5:30 PM, CAS 522)
CAS Faculty Reception (5:30 PM, Tsai Lobby)


Administrative Calendar

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Faculty News

Archaeology of Food, a two-volume encyclopedia co-written by Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology Mary Beaudry, explains the origins of agriculture and how technological advances related to food have affected human development.
Assistant Professors of Political Science Dino Christenson and Taylor Boas
received a Hariri Research Award for their proposal, “Recruiting Subjects for Online Surveys: Facebook versus Mechanical Turk.”
Professor of Chemistry Linda Doerrer and graduate student Steven Hannigan were chosen as recipients of a BU Ignition Award. The award will fund their early-stage research on reducing nitrate in water.
Read more
Assistant Professors of Political Science Katie Einstein and David Glick won the Urban Politics Section’s Best Paper Award for their work, “Cities, Inequality, and Redistribution: Evidence from a Survey of Mayors.” The paper used research from the Initiative on Cities’ (IoC) Menino Survey of Mayors. In addition, IoC Director Graham Wilson
announced the 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors at the US Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting this summer. You can watch his speech here.
Assistant Professor of Archaeology Mac Marston has been awarded a Course Innovation Grant through the Provost’s Office and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. The funds will be used to develop the Fall’15 course AR 381/802: Paleoethnobotany.
Manjari Chatterjee Miller, assistant professor of international relations, was invited by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC to join as a non-resident fellow beginning in 2015.
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Neil Myler, assistant professor of linguistics, received the Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in Social Sciences from his alma mater NYU. Myler’s dissertation is titled “Building and Interpreting Possession Sentences.”
Anthony Petro, assistant professor of religion, recently spoke in Buenos Aires at the conference Religion in the Public Sphere: Law, Rights, and the Fight for the Body. His talk examined the religious history of AIDS on the US and recent debates about the criminalization of HIV. He recently published a
book on the topic.
The Humboldt Foundation in Berlin has honored Professor of Biology Richard Primack with a Humboldt Research Award. The award is granted to researchers “whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significan impact on their own discipline.”
For the next two years, Associate Professor of Archaeology Chris Roosevelt will be taking a leave of absence to take on the position of Director for the Anatolian Civilizations Research Center at Koç University in Turkey.
Catherine West, research assistant professor of archaeology, has been awarded a three-year NSF grant titled “Collaborative Research: Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Perspectives of Climate Change in the Aleutian Islands.” The goal of the project is to test for prehistoric changes in sea ice distribution in the Bering Sea, and to address how these changes influenced animal distributions and human hunting strategies in this region.

Staff News

Cynthia Brossman, director of LERNET, has received two awards for her efforts to encourage young women to pursue engineering: The WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award, which recognizes an outstanding project or initiative that serves as a model for other institutions, and INSIGHT into Diversity magazine's 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award.

Student News

Vicky Kelberer, who is getting her MA in international affairs, penned an article for the Huffington Post on the poor conditions endured by Jordan’s urban refugees. Read more
Anthropology graduate student Martha Lagace has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the BU Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship. The award assists outstanding PhD students whose research and scholarship involves vigorous engagement with civic life.  Martha’s research focuses on the daily negotiation of rights, responsibilities, and risks in northern Uganda’s Gulu region.

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