Boston University Arts & Sciences
CAS News
November 8, 2016
Dean's Corner: Diversity and Inclusion
According to the recent report from BU's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, BU "ranks near the bottom in its percentage of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority faculty compared to the available population.” The report raises serious issues about the degree to which our campus is welcoming to racial minorities and diverse others. To examine our commitment, we need to begin by asking: What is diversity? And why is it important to us as an elite American research university? Read more

CAS Faculty-in-Residence: An Enriching Experience for Faculty and Students

This semester, CAS faculty members made their way into Boston University residence halls and student centers to present their research as part of the University’s award-winning Rhett Talks program. Read more

Faculty Meetings & Deadlines

November 10

Last day to drop a course with a W

November 15

Hariri Institute Research Award proposals due

November 30

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


Administrative Calendar

From BU Today

2016 University Lecture: Climate Change Expert Richard Primack
Biologist shares research from Walden and beyond
Archaeologists Reenact 19th-Century Mummy Ritual
Halloween-centric ceremony at the Castle
CAS Launches New Minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Focus on the 20th- and 21st-century atrocities, and prevention
Man Booker Prize Goes to Paul Beatty
BU alum the first American ever to win British award
One Class, One Day: Scientific Diving
Teaching future marine scientists how to stay safe
POV: Hillary Clinton for President
She’s devoted her life to social justice

POV: Donald Trump for President
He is the real "hope and change" candidate
“Spiritual Resistance” to the Holocaust
UROP research explores rabbis’ efforts to maintain Jewish law
Threads: Arianna Davis (CAS’18)
Eclectic fashion sense leaps effortlessly across goth, girly, and vintage
Threads: Joshua Hinnant (CAS’17)
Fashion-forward student finds clothing and inspiration, online and abroad
University is 32nd in U.S. News Global Rankings
Holds steady in assessment despite expanded pool
Unraveling Alzheimer’s Disease: Work It Out
Can exercise help delay or prevent the disease?

From Bostonia

Navy Awards $7.5 Million to BU-Led Neuroscientists
Hasselmo to oversee multicenter effort on rule learning in the brain

Department News


Associate Professor Pam Templer made an appearance on HBO’s Vice News Tonight program, where she showed them her lab’s climate change simulation study in New Hampshire. You can watch the segment here.


Professor Sean Elliott 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

Earth & Environment

Professor Curtis E. Woodcock received the 2016 William T. Pecora lifetime achievement award sponsored by the US Department of the Interior and NASA. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals or groups toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing.
Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi received an award from the National Science Foundation to study climate change and ecosystems in Plum Island Sound, Massachusetts.


BU's Department of History is now home to a new journal from Cambridge University Press: Modern American History. The journal, edited by associate professors Brooke Blower and Sarah Phillips, is dedicated to US history since the late nineteenth century.

International Relations

William Keylor, professor of international relations and history, chaired a session and presented a paper at a recent conference on President Barack Obama’s legacy in foreign policy. Read more
Assistant Professor Jeremy Menchik recently received an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from BU’s UROP program. Read more


Melinda Lopez, adjunct assistant professor of playwriting, received a big honor by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: He officially named October 31 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the city to honor her contributions to the Boston theatre scene. Her latest work, “Mala,” runs through November 20 at ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Theatre. Read more

Political Science

On November 1, undergraduates from Professor of Political Science Gina Sapiro’s course, “Political Science 314: Election Campaign Practicum,” held a panel discussion for Evergreen students who are also learning about the election. Undergraduates talked about their experience in the political science course and the electoral campaigns they participated in this semester.

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