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Nursing doctorate program set to begin next year The university announced last Thursday that a new doctorate program in nursing will begin in September 2007. The new program, which is open to registered nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, was founded partially as a response to shortage of researchers and faculty in the field. “Research in nursing is consequential to understanding the health care issues and needs of our diverse population,” said Nancy Hoffart, dean of the School of Nursing. “Producing more researchers is a responsibility of nursing schools and Northeastern’s new Ph.D. in nursing program aims to prepare nurses for a career of teaching and scientific research with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to collaborate with other researchers in a variety of disciplines.” The new program will also have backing from the faculty of Northeastern’s Institute on Urban Health Research and School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

– Chris Estrada, News Staff

$1.4 million grant awarded for nanotechnology study The National Science Foundation awarded a $1.4 million grant to a Northeastern team of researchers in the fields of political science, philosophy and engineering, the university announced last Thursday. The grant will go toward the study of nanotechnology and answer questions surrounding the study of the complicated technology. In a release from the university Chris Bosso, the Lead Primary Investigator (PI) for the research team, said some of the questions deal with whether the government can promote the development of the technology and the possible negative side effects and whether the proper institutions, laws and expertise exist to support the research of nanotechnology. “Whatever their broader views about the ‘proper’ role of government, citizens expect it to protect them from the potential harmful effects of technology and its applications. With this project, we are hoping to help the government prepare itself for what is coming,” said Bosso, a Northeastern professor of political science and associate dean of the School of Social Science, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy. Four other Northeastern faculty members will serve as co-PI’s on the project: Ahmed Busnaina, professor of mechanical engineering; Jacqueline Issacs, associate professor of industrial engineering; William Kay, associate professor of political science; and Ronald Sandler, assistant professor of philosophy and religion.

– Jessica Torrez-Riley, News Staff

Snell Library to host feminist author Sept. 20 Northeastern sociology professor Winifred Breines will hold a discussion on her new book, “The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement” on Sept. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 90 Snell Library. Breines, who was an activist of social movements in the 60s, will focus her talk on why a racially integrated women’s liberation movement never gained momentum in America and how that failure led to separate feminism for white and black women. The event is sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of African-American Studies, the Women’s Studies Program and the Northeastern Bookstore.

– Chris Estrada, News Staff

Law professor selected as Hall of Fame scholar Northeastern School of Law professor Roger Abrams, known for his work on law and the business of sports, has been selected to serve as the Scholar-in-Residence at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the university announced in a release last week. Abrams is the fourth professor in the history of the Hall of Fame to be given this title, which will allow him access to the Hall of Fame’s collection of baseball history items. Abrams will be working on his latest book, “The Dark Side of Baseball,” as well as giving lectures on various aspects of baseball history at the Hall of Fame during his residence. Abrams will return to teach classes on sports law for Northeastern’s School of Law when his residency ends in November. “I can’t think of a better place in the world that could provide me with the kind of direct access to history that the Baseball Hall of Fame will,” Abrams said in the release. “While many of my colleagues spend their sabbaticals in Paris or Rome, I feel privileged to be spending mine in Cooperstown!”

– Jessica Torrez-Riley, News Staff

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