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Sept. 10, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 1

Nota Bene

Moakley Professor Kay Schlozman has won the 2004 Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching of Political Science. The award sponsored by the academic publishing house recognizes political scientists who have developed effective new approaches to teaching in the discipline, and is presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

The selection committee cited Schlozman's course Rights in Conflict as a model to be followed for its approach to "two pressing departmental problems-teaching of writing and teaching of teaching." Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smyer said her "ability to link her passion for the discipline with teaching both undergrad and grad students sets the benchmark for BC."

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Prabhdeep Singh '06, a political science and philosophy major, has been accepted as a 2004-2005 undergraduate fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC.

FDD is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that seeks to educate Americans about the terrorist threat to democracies worldwide. The foundation's independently produced analyses explore the historical, cultural, philosophical and ideological factors that drive terrorism and threaten individual freedoms guaranteed within democratic societies.

Singh is active in the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and this year is serving as chief of multicultural affairs in UGBC. He was selected out of hundreds of applicants to participate in the program, a foundation official noted. Successful candidates must have a distinguished record of academic achievement and campus leadership.

The FDD program began with a trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, during the summer, which included an intensive series of lectures by academics, diplomats and military officials from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the United States, as well as field trips throughout Israel. Fellows also will travel to Washington, DC, in January to learn more about America's leadership role in the war on terrorism.

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Prof. Solomon Friedberg (Mathematics) and three colleagues at Stanford, Brown and Columbia have been awarded $1.05 million in grants from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project in the area of number theory.

The three-year funding supports a joint effort to apply a concept called Multiple Dirichlet Series to analytic number theory, a central area of modern mathematics that is concerned with the properties of numbers, and is used in encryption and data-transmission algorithms.

"It is a chance to develop a new line of research of great potential that could tell us new things about some long-standing problems in number theory," Friedberg said.

Dirichlet series are functions of a complex variable whose properties capture the behavior of a family of related number-theoretic quantities, said Friedberg, whose team developed the study of multi-variable generalizations called Multiple Dirichlet Series.

The grants have been awarded under the NSF Mathematical Sciences Division's Focused Research Group Program, which supports investigative teams that share ideas and information from various scientific fields and disciplines.

Nota Bene highlights recent achievements and marks of distinction by members of the Boston College community.

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