March 2, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 12


Concert of art songs this Sunday

"Like Cherubim Around a Golden Thread," a program of art songs by such composers as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bach, Mozart, Handel, Rossini, Schubert and Schumann will be performed this Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Mezzo-soprano Olga Bykovsky, accompanied by pianist William Merrill and violist Michael Zaretsky, will be the featured performers.

For more information, e-mail

Relay for Life seeks participants

Members of the Boston College community are invited to participate in the American Cancer Society's Boston All-University Relay for Life, an annual event held to raise funds to help those who have been touched by cancer.

The 24-hour event, consisting of teams whose members alternate walking around a track, includes a luminary ceremony that remembers and honors those who have battled cancer. All are welcome to either come show their support or start a team and raise money. This year's Relay for Life will take place April 21-22 in the Gantcher Center at Tufts University.

For information on how to register and other details concerning the Relay for Life, see the Web page

IREPM to present workshop on youth ministry

The Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry will sponsor "Faith for a New Generation: Trends in Youth Ministry," with Tom Dunne, director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston, on March 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

In this interactive session, Dunne will explore current trends in youth ministry and look at both the challenges and opportunities present to share matters of faith with teens and young adults.

To register, or to obtain more information, contact IREPM at ext.2-8440 or via e-mail at

MIT protein expert to present first Landmark Seminar

The Biology Department's newly launched series, the Landmark Seminar in Biology, will feature two talks next week by Massachusetts of Institute Professor of Biology Susan Lindquist, a member of the Whitehead Institute and a pioneer in the study of protein folding.

Lindquist will present "Prion Proteins: One Surprise After Another" on March 14 and "Protein Folding Potentiating Evolutionary Change" on March 15. Both events will take place at 3 p.m. in Higgins 310.

In her research, Lindquist has shown that changes in protein folding can have profound and unexpected influences in fields as wide-ranging as human disease, evolution and nanotechnology. Lindquist and colleagues have developed yeast strains that serve as living test tubes in which to study these disorders, unraveling how protein folding contributes to them. They have succeeded in reproducing many of the biological consequences of Parkinson's disease in yeast cells and are screening for drugs to prevent and treat the disease.

For more information, contact the Biology Department at ext.2-3540 or

Harp and guitar duo perform March 15

A unique blend of contemporary and traditional styles will be on display when harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman perform in Devlin 008 on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m.

The duo's renditions of vocal and instrumental Irish and Scottish music bring in such influences as swing jazz, baroque and bluegrass. Ni Chathasaigh and Newman, who appeared at the 2002 BC Gaelic Roots festival, have played in 21 countries and recorded five albums together.

Admission to the concert is $10. For more information, call ext.2-3938 or e-mail

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