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April 11, 2017
Dean's Corner | Recruiting Undergraduate Students to CAS
This month all across the nation and, indeed, around the world, high school seniors are deciding where to spend their next four years. Nearly 61,000 applied for admission to BU for Fall of 2017, and we accepted approximately 25% of them; now it's their turn to decide whether to choose us. At CAS, we host Open Houses on Fridays in April, and as Steve Jarvi says, it is one of the three most important days of a students' BU careers (the others being Move-In and Commencement). Read More.

Giving Day a Success at BU and CAS!

BU Giving Day 2017 was a tremendous success, raising $2.3 million (a 53% increase over last year’s Giving Day) university-wide from more than 11,000 gifts (a 5% increase).  The College of Arts & Sciences also had a successful and exciting day, raising $186,085 (up 69% from last year) from 978 gifts (a 55% increase), of which 236 were from CAS faculty and staff. 
The CAS Department Challenge again encouraged some health competition, with first place going to Biology (139 donors), second place going to Core Curriculum (82 donors). third place going to Earth & Environment (81 donors), and fourth place going to Economics (66 donors).
University-wide CAS raised the second most funds, coming in behind Athletics, who took first with $1,020,343.  Click here to check out the results across the University.


Deadline for Alumni Awards for Writing Excellence is April 20

To celebrate our graduating seniors' accomplishments in writing, the College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting nominations for its annual Alumni Awards for Writing Excellence. CAS faculty are encouraged to nominate their top writers by Thursday, April 20 at 5pm. Read more.

Meetings & Deadlines

April 19

CAS Faculty Meeting (CAS 522, 3:30-5:00 PM)

May 3

CAS Faculty Meeting (CAS 522, 3:30-5:00 PM)

May 10

Council of Chairs & Directors Meeting (CAS B18, 3:30-5:00 PM)

Administrative Calendar

Lectures & Events

April 12

American Political History Institute Seminar: "Prying Open the Politics of Privacy in Postwar America"

April 12

At the Crossroads of Protest and Participation: Three Decades of Environmental Justice Activism

April 12

Creating Communities of Support for DACA & Undocumented College Students

April 12

Venezuela: Is the Bolivarian Revolution Coming to an End?

April 13

International History Institute Seminar: Women Warriors: Female Fighters in the Red Army and Navy, 1942-1945

April 13

Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Readings featuring Tom Sleigh & Laura Marris

April 18

Annual Faculty Reading, Creative Writing Program

April 19

Language Analysis in Asylum Cases and African Ajami Literatures

April 20

CUBA AT A CROSSROADS: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Contemporary Cuba

April 20 - April 23

Mary Conroy's Every Piece of Me

April 21

Particular, Possible, Universal: Reflections on History, Literature and Philosophy

April 24

Joint Hariri Institute & Sociology DSI Colloquium: The Genesis of Homogeneity in Mating Patterns

April 24

Intelligence in a Volatile World, 9/11 to the Present

April 24

AGNI Magazine's 85th Issue Launch Party: Readings, Music & More!

April 25

The Humanities Today: Five Best Years of American Literature

Events Calendar

Department/Program News


Junior Dan Rybarczyk has recently been awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. This is an extremely prestigious, highly-competitive scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.  Dan is majoring in Astronomy & Physics and is doing his research with Professor Thomas Bania.
Earth & Environment

Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing, was elected to the prestigious committee of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)-Lenovo Science Prize in March. The latter is a yearly honor given to a scientist from the developing world. The winner receiveds $100,000. The funds for the award are provided by the computer manufacturer Lenovo, which supports scientific excellence. The 2017 award is dedicated to “geological sciences,” and the awardee must have lived and worked in a developing country for at least the past 10 years.

Assistant Professor Samuel Bazzi recently received an Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs for 2017 by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, in Kiel, Germany. The award is financed by a Porsche Fellowship. Sam's research covers diverse topics such as how income growth in poor countries affects international migration, the role of recruiter intermediaries in facilitating international labor mobility, the importance of migrants' skill transferability for regional economic development, and the effect of trade liberalization on labor reallocation across firms.

BU PhD students Chelsea Carter and Gianluca Russo both received Exploratory Data Grants from the Economic History Association. These grants are awarded to PhD students in early stages of dissertation research. Chelsea is studying the political planning process behind the interstate system and subsequent effects of highway construction on urban neighborhoods. Gianluca is studying the relationship between World War I casualities and support for facist regimes in the early 1930's. Both projects are being supervised by Professor Robert Margo.
English (Creative Writing Program)

Director of the Favorite Poem Project Duy Doan recently won the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize for his book manuscript We Play a Game. The book is scheduled to be published in April 2018.

Patricia Park (MFA '10) just accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at the MFA program at American University.


Associate Professor Cathal Nolan's most recent book The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost was released by Oxford University Press last month. The book has been reviewed by several major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Modern War Institute at West Point, and The New York Journal of Books, who called it "one of the most stimulating and controversial books on military history in a long time."

Professor Joseph Harris has been awarded a 2017-18 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Thailand for a project on the global diffusion of public health policies in the areas of HIV prevention, pharmaceutical access, tobacco control and others. He is the author of a forthcoming book from Cornell University Press titled Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism.
Doctoral student Jonathan Shaffer (in his first year) has won the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This is a very prestigious and competitive award that provides multi-year full funding for excellent research in the sciences.

Doctoral student Alexandre (“Sasha”) White has received an offer for the Johns Hopkins University Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. This opportunity is a competitive and prestigious postdoctoral fellowship that awards at least one year of salary and research resources while in residency at Johns Hopkins, and is devoted to helping postdoctoral scholars develop their research profile in preparation for tenure-track faculty positions at Johns Hopkins or elsewhere.

From BU Today

BU Global Days of Service: Volunteer Opportunities for Everyone
From entertaining orphans and young cancer patients to helping the homeless
First Latin American Alumni Summit Burnishes BU Bonds
On the agenda: global roles for the region and the University

Science Club for Girls Takes STEM to the Next Generation
GWISE grad students share knowledge and enthusiasm

Teaching, and Living, at BU
Faculty-in-Residence program offers profs, students a unique opportunity

From Bostonia

Mind Reader
To treat language disorders, Tyler Perrachione investigates what makes dyslexic brains different
Why Fungi Rule the World
Jennifer Talbot studies the surprising role that molds, mushrooms, and other dirt-dwellers play in climate change

From Research

(Some) Frogs Are Better Parents Than We Thought
Nocturnal fieldwork sheds light on how parental sex roles evolve

Studying the Benefits of Humility
Danielsen Institute engaged in multiple studies on the subject

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