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Dec. 16, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 8

Nota Bene

The Law School once again has earned honors in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 Communications Awards Program, picking up silver medals for its Clerkships Brochure and "Sidebar" electronic newsletter. Both are new products for the 2004-2005 academic year.

These medals add to four previous CASE Awards won by the Law School communications office during the past four years.

The Clerkship Brochure is sent to approximately 3,000 judges across the country in an effort to market BC Law students as clerks by highlighting the structure and strengths of the school's curriculum, such as its legal research and writing program, according to Law School Marketing and Communications Director Nathaniel Kenyon.

"BC Law has always done fairly well placing clerks in both state and federal courts, and we are stepping up our efforts to do even better," explained Kenyon. "The brochure will also be mailed to admitted applicants in the spring, to show them our commitment to getting them clerkships if they do choose to come here."

"Sidebar," e-mailed quarterly to BC Law alumni, students, faculty and staff, contains feature stories, news and announcements from the Law School, and serves as the primary communications vehicle for the school's 75th celebration, which will run through 2007. The newsletter contains features such as streaming video and slideshows, stories on students and faculty and student papers on various aspects of BC Law history.

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Prof. Zhifeng Ren (Physics) is the latest Boston College faculty member to earn the honor of being named an American Physical Society Fellow.

The American Physical Society's Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication; have been innovative in applying physics to science and technology; or have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics.

Ren was named as fellow "for pioneering contributions to the synthesis of carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowire arrays, and high-quality films enabling investigations of d-wave pairing in high-temperature superconductors," according to the society's citation.

With Ren, Physics now counts four APS Fellows on its faculty: department chairman Rourke Professor Kevin Bedell, Distinguished Research Professor Gabor Kalman and Prof. Michael Naughton. BC Chemistry claims two, professors John Fourkas and Paul Davidovits, both elected in the society's Chemical Physics Division.

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Boston College ranks among the top 50 institutions receiving the most federal support for chemical research and development, according to a recent issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

Based on the total amount of federal funds received during FY2002, BC ranked 49th, with $5,074,000. The FY02 total represented a 17 percent growth from the previous year, the C&E News figures noted; overall, BC recorded a 10 percent rise in federal funds for chemical R&D during 1992-2002.

University of California-San Francisco topped the rankings with nearly $21 million in federal funds for FY2002, followed by MIT, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University and University of Texas-Austin. Other top 50 schools included Harvard (6), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (17), UMass-Amherst (31), Virginia (38), Yale (48) and University of California-Santa Barbara (50).

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