Boston University Arts & Sciences
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October 11, 2016
Dean's Corner: A Digital Revolution in CAS
The digital revolution has enabled new ways of collecting, applying, and interpreting information in order to improve human wellbeing and advance new discoveries. Our CAS faculty and researchers in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and mathematical and computational sciences are ideally positioned to catalyze this revolution, and indeed many are already leading the way. Read more

BU Researchers Get State-of-the-Art MRI Scanner

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Boston University researchers $1.6 million for a state-of-the-art Siemens 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, a fundamental tool for studying the brain and the centerpiece of a new Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at BU. Read more


Third Annual Gitner Lecture Focuses on 2016 Election

Join us for the Third Annual Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family CAS Lecture, “Trump v. Clinton: How Does 2016 Compare?,” on Thursday, October 20. Learn more and register for the event here.

Carrie Preston to Lead Kilachand Honors College

Carrie Preston, professor of English and director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, is a scholar who blends academia and activism. She’ll have a chance to inspire some of BU’s best student minds with that passion starting January 1, when she becomes the second director of Kilachand Honors College. Read more

From BU Today

Board of Trustees Welcomes Six New Members
Two Board of Overseers members also named
Rite of Passage 2016: Learning from Adversity
For Abbey Janeira (CAS’20), a medical condition, family life, has shaped her destiny
Six Junior Faculty Receive Career Development Awards
Multiple CAS professors recognized
University-Wide BU Hub on Track for 2018 Launch
Leaders of the general education program task force provide support

From BU Research

Chemistry-Themed Piano Synthesizes Science and Art
Chemistry professor and students participate in Street Pianos Boston 2016
Why Do Monkeys Get Fat?
Biological anthropologist Christopher Schmitt on primates, genes, and obesity

Department News

The BU Marine Program held a successful public forum on regional ocean planning in September for more than 350 students. Three distinguished participants in ocean planning under President Obama’s National Ocean Policy spoke about (and critiqued) the brand new oceans plan for the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.

Arturo Vegas, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded the New Innovator Award by the National Institute of Health. He has received five years of research support for his proposal, “Targeted Immunomodulation of the Diabetic Islet Microenvironment.” Read more

Professor of Chemistry Björn Reinhard was awarded a three-year NSF research grant for his proposal, “OP: Plasmonic Enhancement of Chiral Forces for Enantiomer Separation.” Read more

Sean Elliott, professor of chemistry, was awarded a three-year renewal of funding to continue studying CO2 reductions. He has also been awarded four years of funding from the NIH for his research on the AdoMet Radical Enzyme superfamily--important enzymes in the production of natural products that can serve as drug molecules. Read more

Autism Speaks awarded neuroscience graduate student Sophie Schwartz the 2016 Royal Arch Masons Predoctoral Fellowship. Her research project, “Cortical Markers of Central Auditory Processing Disorder in Minimally Verbal Children with ASD,” will investigate how differences in the way the brain processes sound may interfere with language development in minimally verbal children who have autism. Read more

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