B.C. Hosts Several Summer Events

Boston College has hosted several major events this summer, including conferences on ethics and technology issues and computational economics, and the annual workshop commemorating Jesuit theologian Bernard Lonergan, SJ.

The fourth annual Ethics and Technology Conference, chaired by Associate Dean of Faculties Richard Spinello, on June 3 and 4 brought to campus approximately 80 legal scholars, business and medical professionals, philosophers, ethicists, and others to consider the Internet's impact on personal and professional lives. Participants discussed broad themes, such as Internet regulation along with access and equity on the global Internet, and presented papers on a wide range of topics, from recent efforts to regulate digital identity to the future of intellectual property in the digital economy.

The 26th Boston College Lonergan Workshop on June 14-18 welcomed scholars from institutions such as Fordham University, Seattle University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as from England, Germany, India and other countries.

This year's workshop was titled "The Millennium's Mind: Lonergan and the Human Sciences," and featured discussions on the applications of Fr. Lonergan's work in such disciplines as economics, culture and theology, and its relationship to Thomas Aquinas, Jane Jacobs and other notable authors.

BC also was the setting for the Society for Computational Economics Fifth International Conference during June 24-26, sponsored by the Economics Department and Carroll School of Management. "Computing in Economics and Finance '99" drew some 260 researchers, students and corporate professionals from 22 countries to discuss computational approaches to areas such as econometrics and statistics, finance, macro-modeling, Internet economics, programming languages, and the teaching of computational economics.

One major component of the conference involved developments in statistical and econometric areas, and how these will aid in conducting analyses efficiently and effectively, according to Assoc. Prof. Christopher Baum (Economics), who chaired the conference with Prof. David Belsley (Economics).

-Sean Smith

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