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Stan Sclaroff Named Dean of Arts & Sciences After nationwide search, interim dean chosen for strong and consistent leadership

The new dean of Arts & Sciences reflects its liberal arts mission: Stan Sclaroff was a double-major in computer science and English as a Tufts undergraduate. Photo by Cydney Scott

Stan Sclaroff embodies the philosophy of a liberal arts education. An accomplished computer scientist, he majored in that subject at Tufts—as well as in English.

“I loved both subjects very much from the start,” Sclaroff says. “In the end, it seems less important what majors I combined; instead, it’s the combining that mattered most.… All the reading and learning about methods of critique in my English major honed my appreciation for good writing. It also led me to see and seek out the interconnectedness between contemporaneous movements in literature, politics, philosophy, science, and the arts—how different disciplines inform and feed each other.”

The Renaissance man has been named dean of BU’s liberal arts citadel, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, following a nationwide search. Sclaroff, a CAS professor of computer science, has served as dean ad interim during the just-ended academic year.

In his letter to the search committee applying for the permanent deanship, Sclaroff wrote of the key challenge he’d face as dean, noting that CAS is at “a pivotal moment in its history” as the University updates its strategic plan for the next decade.

In that process, he wrote, BU will seek “to reimagine the ways in which disciplinary boundaries can be made more permeable, encouraging more collaboration between interdisciplinary units and traditional departments. CAS is a long-standing innovator and partner in interdisciplinary research and education…”

In reviewing tenure and promotion cases during the last year, Sclaroff wrote, he saw the next generation of “outstanding scholars who work at the intersection of multiple traditional disciplines. In strategic planning for CAS, it will be important to recognize that multidisciplinary work and collaboration manifests itself in many forms and at various scales—from larger-scale centers and institutes, to smaller-scale multidisciplinary centers and programs, down to the individual level.”

Continuing the college’s efforts to both boost faculty diversity and communicate the importance of a liberal arts education, in an era when some question its value, he wrote, also top his bucket list as dean.

Sclaroff became dean ad interim of CAS—the largest of BU’s 17 schools and colleges—following the departure last summer of Ann Cudd, who left BU to become provost at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been on the CAS faculty since 1995, and during that time he was associate dean of the faculty for mathematical and computational sciences. He also chaired the computer science department from 2007 to 2013.

An internationally respected scholar, Sclaroff founded the computer science department’s Image and Video Computing Group, a research initiative into machine learning, human-computer interaction, and computer vision (which seeks to automate functions performed by the human visual system). He developed one of the first content-based image retrieval systems, which uses computer vision to search for visual images in large databases.

Sclaroff also holds an appointment in the College of Engineering electrical and computer engineering department. He earned a PhD from MIT and has authored almost 50 journal articles and is the coauthor of the book Visual Saliency: From Pixel-Level to Object-Level Analysis (Springer, 2023).

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Six Terrier Athletes Named To Bu Hall Of Fame

Six Terrier Athletes Named to BU Hall of Fame Special 50th induction ceremony tomorrow

John Curry (CAS’07) holds BU men’s hockey program records for career goals-against average (2.07) and career save percentage (.923). Photo courtesy of BU Athletics

In a special ceremony tomorrow evening, six former Terriers, spanning three decades and five sports, will be inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame. The occasion marks the 50th induction ceremony honoring former BU athletes being recognized for their contributions on and off the field during their BU careers.

Headlining the 2014 class is John Curry (CAS’07), one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of BU’s storied ice hockey program. After joining the team as a recruited walk-on, Curry proceeded to set new goalkeeping records while leading the Terriers to three Beanpot titles and a Hockey East championship. He was named Hockey East Player of the Year in 2007.

“Before I came to BU, I played hockey, but I didn’t truly understand what it was about,” says Curry. “During my time at school I learned so much about the sport and about being part of a team, and that really molded me into the person I am today.”

Currently a member of the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, Curry signed a free-agent deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins after graduating from BU. He spent four years with the Penguins organization before joining the Iowa Wild. Curry says he’s looking forward to returning to campus for tomorrow’s ceremony. “It’s been too long since I’ve been back to Boston and seen all my old coaches and teammates. I owe so much to the BU hockey program, and it’s difficult to articulate what it means to receive this kind of honor,” he says. “It’s something that I know I couldn’t have done without help from so many people. It’s just very humbling.”

Two standout members of BU’s disbanded football program will also be inducted as part of this year’s class. Bob Speight (SED’83) was the only Atlantic 10 Conference player ever named a First Team All-Star all four seasons. The offensive tackle graduated with three All-America awards, despite several shoulder injuries. Jay Hillman (MET’94), the only running back to lead the Terriers in rushing all four seasons, earned BU’s Mickey Cochrane Award as the top male athlete in 1992. Hillman left BU after the 1992 season to pursue a professional career in the World League and the National Football League before completing his degree in 1994.

Katie Terhune (COM’04) will enter the Hall of Fame as the BU women’s basketball all-time leading scorer. During the 2003 season, she led the team to the program’s sole America East title (and was the only women’s basketball Terrier to be named America East MVP) and is one of two players whose jersey number has been retired. She received the Mildred Barnes Award, given each year to the BU’s top female student-athlete, at the end of junior year.

Alyssa Trudel (CAS’05) made history in 2005 when she led the women’s lacrosse Terriers to their first NCAA tournament victory. That season, she captained the team to an 18-2 overall record, a program tie for most wins. She was named America East Player of the Year in 2003.

This year’s youngest inductee is Pam Spuehler (CAS’08), whose outstanding field hockey career helped the Terriers claim three straight conference titles. A three-time All-American, Spuehler was an assistant coach after graduating, then went on to play professionally in Australia and Germany, and was a member of the 2011 US National Team.

Despite her accomplishments, Spuehler says, she was shocked to hear she had made the Hall of Fame during her first year of eligibility. “When I made the cut along with these amazing athletes, I was absolutely blown away,” she says. “It’s given me the opportunity to reflect on what my time at BU meant to me, and I’ve come to realize that it changed my life forever.”

The six honorees will receive a Hall of Fame signature red jacket at the ceremony, and each is expected to speak about his or her time at BU. They join Terrier greats such as BU football star and Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis (SED’54), longtime men’s head hockey coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97), and Mike Eruzione (SED’77), captain of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic gold medal US hockey team.

“Our 50th Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be a special event, and this is certainly a special class that highlights the best of our best here at BU,” says Mike Lynch, an assistant vice president and director of athletics. “I had the privilege of watching four of these amazing athletes and the other two are football greats whose spots in our hall are long overdue.”

This year’s Aldo Donelli Leadership Award will be given to a current senior student-athlete who has shown outstanding leadership on and off the field, and the William French Memorial Award will go to a current or former BU coach or graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in the coaching profession in the past year. This year’s Roger Washburn Award—given to a BU alum who has demonstrated continuous support of Terriers athletics—and the Murray Kramer Memorial Award—going to a person or organization to honor outstanding media coverage or publicity of intercollegiate sports—will be presented as well.

Nate Weitzer can be reached at [email protected].

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Leading Texas Scholar Is New Dean Of Bu School Of Social Work

Leading Texas Scholar Is New Dean of BU School of Social Work Barbara Jones says that leaving one state ranked dead last in access to mental health services for a state ranked second will be a refreshing change

Barbara Jones, a leading expert in the field of psychosocial oncology and palliative care and associate dean for health affairs at the University of Texas Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work, has been appointed dean of BU’s School of Social Work, effective August 1. Photo courtesy of Barbara Jones

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Leading Texas Scholar Is New Dean of BU School of Social Work Barbara Jones says that leaving one state ranked dead last in access to mental health services for a state ranked second will be a refreshing change

Despite so much attention in the job market on the need for more data scientists, software developers, and IT professionals, arguably the need may be even greater for an underappreciated, low-paying, non-IT job: social worker.

For Barbara Jones, announced on June 13 as the new dean of BU’s School of Social Work by Provost Jean Morrison, the timing of her appointment comes at a critical moment in the social work field: The mental health crisis emerging after the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more mental health care and greater access to telehealth; states are struggling to fill social worker openings; and the US Department of Education has increased funding to create and fill more social worker positions in K-12 schools. 

“Those centers are known in the community of social work, and I’m thrilled to be joining them,” Jones tells BU Today. “As I was looking at opportunities, it was always BU for me. I could see myself there—incredible colleagues, staff, and there is so much that BU is doing that draws me in. A commitment to diversity and social justice. A lot of people throw those words around—BU has a real commitment to that. Not just the School of Social Work.”

“It’s a struggle here, a different part of the country,” says Jones, who will move this summer with her wife, while their daughter finishes college (studying social work) in Texas. “That’s been an adjustment for me. But people on the ground here, they are fighting. I’ve loved my colleagues. They are very inspiring. I am ready to be in a community where we can assume we will work together for everyone. That feels refreshing.”

In her letter announcing Jones’ appointment, Morrison also had words of praise for Delva.

“The School of Social Work he [Delva] leaves is stronger and positioned, both internally and externally, for growth and greater relevance as one of a premier producer of influential scholarship and as a training ground for dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars,” she wrote.

Morrison highlighted Jones’ track record of working across disciplines and collaborating through both her teaching and research.

“Throughout our extensive discussions, it was quickly evident that Dr. Jones’ energy, impressive track record of cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation in teaching and research and unique ability to listen and bring people together around common goals were the ideal characteristics we seek to lead the School of Social Work to further excellence,” Morrison wrote. 

Jones, in addition to her post as dean, will hold an appointment as a tenured professor in the School of Social Work clinical practice department.

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Four Young Scholars Named Peter Paul Professors

Four Young Scholars Named Peter Paul Professors Cited for cutting-edge research

Cara Stepp, a 2012 Peter Paul Professorship recipient, in her Sargent College lab, with Alan Pacheco (ENG’12). Photo by Cydney Scott

The simple act of swallowing is a herculean challenge for an estimated one-third of elderly Americans—stroke victims, for example—and triples their risk of death, says engineer Cara Stepp. She hopes to help these patients by having them play video games.

With their necks.

Those last two sentences aren’t typos. There’s some evidence that training the swallow-challenged with unusual tasks may foster faster motor learning than traditional therapy, says Stepp, a Sargent College assistant professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and a College of Engineering assistant professor of biomedical engineering. “We use noninvasive measurements of your muscle activity as the control signal, so patients literally play the game using their neck. Patients watch a video game screen and activate their muscles when they want to hit a target in the game. Electrodes hooked to the patient signal the game when the patient swallows. Coordinating their muscle activity to the game exercises their throat muscles and may improve their ability to swallow.”

Her work has secured Stepp one of this year’s Peter Paul Professorships, which provide $40,000 in research money annually for three years. Stepp, who has a doctorate from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, says the funding will allow her to hire an assistant and travel to local assisted living centers to record patients.

The other Peter Paul winners are Kathleen Corriveau, a School of Education assistant professor of human development, James Uden, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of classical studies, and Valentina Perissi, a School of Medicine assistant professor of biochemistry.

Corriveau’s research probes the social and cognitive influences that make children decide which adults in their lives can be trusted for reliable information. She has become a go-to source in her field, with her scholarly journal articles cited by peers almost 300 times in just the two years since she received her PhD from Harvard.

“As a junior faculty member, there are always times of self-doubt. Receiving this award gives me the confidence to know that the University believes that I can make a difference through my research,” says Corriveau. The Peter Paul grant will help fund her just-launched Social Learning Laboratory, which studies how children learn. “To learn the shape of the Earth, of the existence of germs, children often cannot rely on firsthand experience and instead have to turn to other people,” she says. “We investigate the cues children use to judge the credibility of the source, as well as how children incorporate the information into their worldview.”

Uden says his Peter Paul award will further his current project—a book about the Roman satirical poet Juvenal—and perhaps help him begin a new one. “I am becoming interested in ideas of intellectual freedom in the Roman Empire,” he says in regard to the latter. “How independent were scholars from political control? Could scholars become, in effect, critics of the society in which they lived?” Uden earned a PhD at Columbia University.

Perissi, whose doctorate is from the University of California, San Diego, is a cellular and molecular biologist studying “the role of inflammation in obesity-induced type 2 diabetes,” she says. Controlled inflammation helps the body protect itself against injury and disease, but can become harmful if chronic; studying helpful inflammation may lead to ways to keep it from running amok, she says. “I am really excited for this award, which will be critical to get our research going and obtain important preliminary data that will allow us to apply for other fundings.”

University trustee Peter Paul (GSM’71) created the professorships named for him in 2006 with a $1.5 million gift, later increased to $2.5 million. President Robert A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison select recipients from those recommended by deans and department chairmen. The grants are given to promising scholars with two years or less of teaching experience and no previous professorship, who might otherwise have difficulty securing research funding.

Morrison says the grants support the “talented researchers and teachers who are at the core of a successful institution. We extend our deepest gratitude to Paul for his belief in the importance of recognizing and helping to elevate future leaders in the classroom and laboratory.” The awardees’ work “furthers BU’s distinction as a research leader and incubator of exciting new ideas.”

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Cancer Expert Karen Antman Appointed Medical Campus Provost, Med Dean

Cancer expert Karen Antman appointed Medical Campus provost, MED dean

New Medical Campus Provost and MED Dean Karen H. Antman

This story was published in the BU Bridge on February 18, 2005.

Karen H. Antman, a prominent oncologist who is recognized internationally as an expert on breast cancer and other malignancies, has been named provost of the Medical Campus and dean of the School of Medicine. She will assume the positions May 1.

“Dr. Antman is an outstanding choice for these two posts,” says President ad interim Aram Chobanian, who held both jobs before stepping up to lead the University in November 2003. “She is a proven administrator and educator, she is an excellent clinician and clinical scientist, and she is an established leader on health policy issues. We are indeed fortunate to find an individual who combines all of these strengths, and I am sure she will be an exemplary leader for both our School of Medicine and the entire Medical Campus.”

As provost, Antman will be responsible for the overall operation of the Medical Campus in Boston’s South End, which includes the School of Medicine, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and the School of Public Health. In addition, she will oversee the University’s role in Boston Medical Center. Currently, MED Professor Thomas Moore serves as acting provost of the Medical Campus and MED Professor John McCahan as MED acting dean.

Antman has been deputy director for translational and clinical sciences at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for the past year. Translational research generally refers to early clinical trials of new drugs and treatments. Previously she spent more than 10 years on the faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was Wu Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center. She was voted Senior Faculty Teacher of the Year by medical residents at Columbia in 1993. Antman also has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has had hospital appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

“The opportunity to work with the outstanding group of educators, care providers, and laboratory, clinical, and public health investigators at Boston University Medical Center is an enormous privilege,” says Antman. “Under Dr. Chobanian’s leadership, each of the components of the Boston University Medical Campus has thrived, and we will build on the strong foundation already created.”

Best known among oncologists for developing a standard treatment regimen for sarcomas of the bone and soft tissue, as well as her groundbreaking research on blood growth factors, Antman also is outspoken on public health policy issues. She has written extensively about impediments that exist to conducting clinical research on cancer, and she has testified before Congress on the need for federal research dollars to support cancer research.

Antman has served as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. She was for seven years an associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and has been on the editorial boards of several other major medical journals.

She was inspired to enter academia, she says, “when as a young oncologist I realized that I could be the best possible physician and my cancer patient still could die. It seemed essential for me to get involved in research and education. When problems arose in obtaining care for patients, colleagues and I wrote editorials. I was invited to participate in committees and became involved in making medical policy.”

Among Antman’s goals at BU will be to increase philanthropic support to the Medical Campus schools and encourage academia-industry partnerships. “I think that it’s the best of times, in that the biomedical sciences never have had so much information and resources available,” she says, “and it’s the worst of times in that the National Institutes of Health’s budget is now constricting. So we’re going to have to use new strategies and be more efficient than ever to stay competitive.”

Antman lives in Weston with her husband, Elliott Antman, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor. They have two children, Amy, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, and David, a third-year student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In her free time, Antman enjoys backpacking and traveling with her family.

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Memorandum Of Association Vs Article Of Association

Difference Between Memorandum of Association vs Article of Association

The Memorandum of Association, as a key company document, outlines the principles necessary to lay the foundation, including the objectives, scope of authority, competencies, liabilities, and legal rights, to define the company’s relationship with its shareholders. The memorandum is a legal code of conduct that binds the company and its shareholders, investors, and beneficiaries, necessitating any sound organization to grow.

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Contents of Memorandum of Association

Under Section 4 of the Companies Act of 2013, a Memorandum of Association comprises of following clauses as discussed below:

1. Name Clause

For a public Limited company, the company’s name should end with the word ‘Limited’ as the last word.

For the private limited company, the name of the company should end with the words ‘Private Limited’ as the last words.

Moreover, these words are not covered under Section 8 of the Act; they must include one of the following words, as applicable.








Electoral Trust, etc.

2. Registered Office Clause

It specifies in which state the registered office is situated off the company.

3. Object Clause

It defines the objective of the company for which it has been incorporated. If the company does not serve the purpose, it has a right to change its name within six months from the date of incorporation.

In the memorandum, each organization member must clearly state their liabilities. Shares or guarantees can limit these liabilities. However, if unlimited liability exists, the entire clause will be abolished.

5. Capital Clause

It defines the maximum amount of capital the company’s members generate should be specified inside the Memorandum of Association. However, the company has no legal limit on the maximum amount of capital to be raised.

6. Association or Subscription Clause

The Memorandum of Association should specify the amount of authorized capital and the number of shares each company member owns.

Articles of Association(AOA)

Shares belonging to a specific class should have certain values and rights attached.

Calls of shares, transfer of shares, forfeiture, conversion of shares, and alteration of capital.

Directors, their appointment, power, and duties are also included.

Minute of Meeting circulation and their intimation.

Accounts and their audit at regular intervals of time.

Auditor’s appointments and their remuneration.

Dividends and Reverse.

Minimum subscription.

Formulation of rules to utilize and custody of the common seal.

Rules and regulations need to convert fully paid shares into stocks.

The proposed alteration increases the liability of existing members.

The alteration is allowed only to obtain better results.

The alteration can be done with a retrospective effect.

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Key Differences Between Memorandum of Association vs Article of Association

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MOA is a document that defines the necessary documents which are required to fulfill the registration of the company. At the same time, the Articles of Association is a document that defines the rules and regulations for the company’s administration.

The Indian Companies Act 1956; MOA is defined in section 2(56). However, the AOA is elaborated in section(5).

MOA is a subsidiary of the Companies Act, while AOA is a subsidiary of both MOA and AOA.

In any of the clauses, a contradiction occurs between the Memorandum and Articles; the Memorandum of an association will prevail over the Article of Association.

MOA is a supremacy body that contains information about the company’s powers. At the same time, AOA contains information about the rules and regulations which need to implement.

MOA comprises six clauses, while AOA is designed at the company’s discretion.

MOA establishes the relationship with external bodies for streamlining the organization’s operations. However, AOA regulates the relationship between the company and its members.

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Basis Of Comparison 

Memorandum of Association (MOA)

Article of Association (AOA)

Definition MOA specifies all the fundamental data required to incorporate a company. AOA defines the rules and regulations necessary to govern the company.

Registration MOA is registered during the time of incorporation Not mandatory to register.

Scope The Memorandum is the charter, which characterizes and limits the powers and constraints of the organization. The articles define an individual’s obligation, rights, and power, which are necessary to govern the organization.

Status Major document Subordinate to the memorandum.

Power MOM gives a right to the company to violet company act The act constrains the articles.

Contents Six clauses are mandatory to write a memorandum. The company’s decision is sufficient to write the articles.

Objectives The objective and power of the company are specified in the memorandum. The articles are the means to attain the objectives and power.

Validity MOA is a reserve of all the rights to attain the objective. AOA follows the defined procedure of MOA.

Defined in Section 2(56) Section 2(5)

Relation The relationship between the company and the outsider A relationship between a company and its members


The Memorandum of Association and the Article of Association are two documentation procedures that adopt different methods to cater to the fundamental data required to incorporate an organization and formulate definite sets of rules and regulations by the MOA. The mutual collaboration of both procedures helps the proper management and functioning of the company throughout its life. Due to this reason, every company requires to have its own memorandum and articles.

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