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Seminar on research and children Nov. 3

Three speakers will offer their perspectives on ethical issues in research involving children at a Nov. 3 seminar, as part of the University's efforts to promote discussion on the practice of responsible research.

The seminar, to be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in Higgins 300, will feature remarks by Prof. Diane Scott-Jones (Psychology), Assoc. Prof. Joan Lucariello (LSOE) and Susan Kornetsky, director of Clinical Research Compliance at Children's Hospital.

Scott-Jones served as a member of President Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission and is chair of the Ethics Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development. Lucariello was previously director of programs in cognitive and social and affective development at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Kornetsky co-authored Study Guide for Institutional Review Board: Management and Function and is a frequent writer and speaker on clinical research involving children.

The event is sponsored by the BC Responsible Conduct of Research Program in cooperation with the Connell School of Nursing, Graduate School of Social Work, Lynch School of Education and the Psychology Department.

Boisi Center to host discussion on religion

The Boisi Center on Religion and American Public Life will present a panel discussion, "The Future of American Religion: A Conversation about Two Books," on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 7:30-9 p.m. in Robsham Theater.

Boisi Center Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science) will join New York Times religion correspondent Peter Steinfels, Times columnist David Brooks, Atlantic Monthly contributing editor Wendy Kaminer and R. Scott Appleby, director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history at Notre Dame. Executive Director of Marketing and Communications and Special Assistant to the President Ben Birnbaum will moderate the discussion.

More information is available via the Boisi Center Web site, at

Thanksgiving Program seeks participants

Members of the Boston College community are encouraged to share their Thanksgiving Day with an international student, through the seventh annual Thanksgiving Day Host Program sponsored by the Intercultural Office.

Those interested in hosting a student (no overnight stay is involved) can fill out an online form at or send an e-mail to by Wednesday, Nov. 5. For more information, contact the Intercultural Office in McElroy 114, or at ext.2-8005.

Middle East expert to discuss Iraq

Charles Tripp, author of a book recounting Iraq's social and political development from the 19th century to the present, will present "What Iraq's History Tells Us About Its Future" on Nov. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Cushing 001.

Tripp is a senior lecturer in political studies at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. His A History of Iraq recounts the country's history from its roots in the Ottoman Empire, its transformation from monarchy to republic and the rise of the Ba'ath Party and ascendancy of Saddam Hussein.

The event is sponsored by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program and Political Science Department.

USA Today student nominations sought

USA Today is conducting its annual search for the nation's best and brightest students and Boston College faculty are encouraged to prompt students to apply.

Full-time undergraduates are eligible for the "2004 All-USA Academic Team." Winners will be selected on the basis of scholarly excellence, as well as their leadership roles on and off campus. Particular weight will be given to students' outstanding original academic or intellectual product, which they will be required to describe in an essay.

Nomination forms are available on-line at or from the Office of Public Affairs, ext.2-3350. All entries must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 1.

Warning issued on bogus seller

Recently, some members of the Boston College Community have received e-mail messages from a computer manufacturer called Electronic Parts Corporation, advertising inexpensive computers to BC faculty and staff. This company is falsely representing a relationship with Boston College. Employees are warned not to do business with this company, or with any similar entities.

For further information, contact ext.2-HELP.

College of Arts and Sciences

Scientific achievement

Two Boston College scientists, one a recent alumnus and newcomer to the faculty, the other a mainstay of the University's Weston Observatory, have received prestigious honors this fall.

Asst. Prof. Steven Bruner, a 1995 graduate who joined the Chemistry Department this fall, has been named a 2004 Damon Runyon Scholar by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which identifies and supports young scientists who are committed to discovering the causes and cures for cancer.

Bruner, as one of only five Runyon Scholars, will receive a three-year, $300,000 grant in support of his project "Mechanism and Structure of Natural Product Biosynthesis Machinery."

Meanwhile, Prof. John Ebel (Geology and Geophysics), director of the Weston Observatory, has been chosen for this year's Jesuit Seismological Association Award.

The award, given by the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America, honors outstanding contributions to observational seismology. The SSA, founded in San Francisco in 1906, promotes research in seismology, the scientific investigation of earthquakes and related phenomena, and seeks to help communities and public safety agencies in preparing for potential earthquake-related disasters.

Ebel is a recognized national authority on earthquakes, and has frequently discussed the likelihood of a severe New England earthquake in interviews with the media.

Graduate Arts and Sciences

Gates of opportunity

Tatyana Yakovleva, who received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry this past spring, was awarded a Gates Cambridge Fellowship to study biochemistry at Cambridge University for the fall semester.

A native of Kazakhstan, Yakovleva conducted research for three years with Prof. Anthony Annunziato (Biology) and completed a Scholar of the College project on human histone H3.

At Cambridge, Yakovleva is assisting in a study of chromatin structure and its role in the repression and activation of genes, in the roles and interactions of related protein-DNA complexes and in the modulation of chromatin structure by accessory proteins.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the fellowship through a donation to the University of Cambridge. The Gates Cambridge Trust supports an international scholarship program for outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom who gain admission to the University of Cambridge to pursue graduate study or a second bachelor's degree.

Law School

Strategic plan goes forward

The Law School's strategic plan, in development for the past two years, picked up strong support in a recent faculty vote, according to school administrators.

Faculty showed their approval for the report's main principles: solidifying the school's mission, improving faculty scholarship, focusing and enhancing the Law School's programs in several main areas, and providing housing and more financial support for students.

The plan will now move to the next stage of development, which will consider priorities and funding for new initiatives.

"I am pleased that the efforts of so many of our faculty, staff, alumni and students have been crowned with success," said BC Law Dean John H. Garvey. "This plan will be a useful guide to us over the next decade."

The strategic planning process has been evolving since the fall of 2001, when Garvey convened a Strategic Planning Committee to assess opportunities and challenges facing the school. Open meetings and brainstorming sessions helped to elicit comments and views from the faculty, says planning committee chairwoman Prof. Judith McMorrow, who credits an approach that encouraged "out of the box" thinking.

"We wanted to hear every idea, large and small," she said. "It was very important that we heard from as many people as possible, both to get a handle on our current perceptions of ourselves, where we want to go over the next few years, and what would make us a stronger, more focused institution."


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