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February 2, 2016
A Note from Dean Cudd
A liberal arts and sciences education prepares our students well to engage with the world. They truly can go anywhere their passion leads them, particularly if they have an opportunity to apply their education while they are still our students. CAS is already offering an impressive number of high quality academic opportunities to our students, but how can we do better? Read more

BU Research Benefits from First Federal Funding Boost in Years

Thanks in part to CAS faculty leaders and their colleagues around the country who lobbied Congress to provide more funding for research, that funding increase has arrived in the form of Congress’s 2016 spending plan, passed in December. The bill boosts federal support across agencies and bulldozes roadblocks to certain types of research. Read more

BURECS: Exploring Better Ways to Educate the Public About Science

The exciting new BURECS (Research, Education, Communication, and Science) program brings 15-20 first-year students annually from CAS, COM, and SED to learn to connect scientific research to public education and outreach. The program has a particularly urgent mission to teach budding scientists how to integrate their climate change research with public education. The program recently published the BU Seminar Series on Climate Change, which brings distinguished researchers, educators, and communicators to BU to present and discuss all aspects of climate change. A number of CAS professors are showcased. Check out the videos here.

No Wasted Effort: How the Iowa Caucuses Work

The Iowa caucuses took place yesterday, February 1, and were the first major electoral event decision point in the nominating process for the United States' next president. But how exactly do caucuses work? Professor of Political Science Virginia Sapiro breaks it down in this helpful blog post.  Read more

Second Annual Assessment Symposium Submissions Due

The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from all faculty and staff for presentations at this year’s Assessment Symposium. Presentations could describe a new approach, a practical idea, or lessons learned at any stage of the assessment process. The deadline for proposals is Monday, February 22, 2016. More information can be found on the CAS Administrative Calendar.

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

Faculty Meetings & Deadlines

February 3

Chairs and Directors Meeting (CAS 522, 4:00-5:30 PM)

February 9

Supporting Humanities Research and Grantseekers

February 17

Faculty Meeting (CAS 522, 4:00-5:30 PM)

February 19

Nominations for Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology Due


Administrative Calendar

From BU Today

Black Classics Scholars, an Untold Story
Portraits of pioneering intellectuals on exhibit at Howard Thurman Center
BU Alum among Five Americans Freed by Iran
Matthew Trevithick released after 40 days in Tehran prison
CAS Prof Investigates “the Mother of All Gas Leaks”
Many sickened, thousands made homeless in California
Digital Learning Initiative Announces New Grants
Support for faculty developing online education innovation
Initiative on Cities 2015 Survey: What US Mayors Want
Funding for aging infrastructure, bike accessibility, police reforms
Razorfish’s Global Chief Technology Officer
Alum Ray Velez on a marketing-cum-technology career

From Research

Fighting Segregation with Song
Then, music inspired and united a movement. Now, we need to sing more than never.
Why Money Flows Uphill
Power brokers choose economic efficiency over equality—in contrast to average Americans—economist Ray Fisman finds in study

Faculty News

BU physicists, led by research fellow Mark Greenman, have received a grant from BU’s Digital Learning Initiative to develop an online AP Physics course for underserved high school students. The course will feature a blended learning model by combining online video lectures with face-to-face instruction and tutoring from local university faculty and undergraduates.
Mary Beaudry, professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy, delivered a keynote address, “Gastronomical Archaeology: Food, Mealtimes, and the Materiality Aesthetics of Dining,” at the 2016 Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food.
Department of English Writer-in-Residence Bill Loizeux’s novel,
The Tumble Inn, was the grand prize winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival. The Festival judges books according to “the story-telling ability of the author” and “the potential of the work to win wider recognition.”
Assistant Professor of Biology Peter Buston, along with PhD students Cassidy D’Aloia (first author) and John Majoris, co-authored a paper titled “
Patterns, causes, and consequences of marine larval dispersal” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
BU’s Hariri Institute for Computing awarded Associate Professor of Computer Science Rich West, along with fellow BU professors Cara Lewis and Sheryl Grace, to pursue their research on developing a Biokinematic Data Acquisition System.
On January 4, the Department of Chemistry welcomed Associate Professor Malika Jeffries-EL to BU. Jeffries-EL joins us from Iowa State University, and her research focuses on the development of organic semi-conductor materials.
Karl Kirchwey, professor of English, received the Cato Prize for Poetry, sponsored by the Classics Conclave and the Institute for Digital Archaeology. The award is given to a writer “whose work has advanced the cause of understanding the Classics and the ancient world.”
Thanks to the commitment of Professors of Chemistry John Snyder and Linda Doerrer, NSF funding for the Department of Chemistry’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program has been renewed for three years. The program provides students with opportunities to work in advanced research labs.
William E. Huntington Professor of History Bruce Schulman published his latest op-ed,
Trump Follows in the Footsteps of Man He Claims to Despise, on Reuters.
Rogerio Studart, an internationally renowned economist and development finance expert and former executive director and alternate director at the World Bank (2007-14) and Inter-American Development Bank (2003-2007), will be a senior visiting fellow at the Pardee School for 2016.
Read more

Student News

Mary Clarke, a graduate student in the Department of Archaeology, recently published a paper in the journal Advances on Archaeological Practice titled “The Digital Dilemma: Preservation and the Digital Archaeological Record.”

Alumni News

Greg O’Malley (CAS’99), an alumnus of the Department of History, has won two prestigious book prizes from the American Historical Association (AHA) for his book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807. They include the 2015 Morris D. Forkosch Book Prize for British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history; and the 2015 James A. Rawley Book Prize for Atlantic History.

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