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An innocence project

Two students in the BC Law School Innocence Program played a key role in the exoneration of a man who had served 32 years in prison following arson and murder convictions stemming from a 1982 fire in Lowell, Mass.

Music and faith

Music scholars from nine countries convene at Boston College July 14-16 for 'Listening to Early Modern Catholicism: New Perspectives from Musicology,' a conference that will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound. 

Digital view of Colonial appeals

BC Law School Professor Emerita Sharon Hamby O’Connor and Professor and Lee Distinguished Scholar Mary Sarah Bilder have created a digital catalogue of appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies.

Encouraging vocations

A new report from BC's division of University Mission and Ministry examines what variables promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and calls for a more interconnected approach from dioceses, parishes, and colleges to foster such vocations. BC News Release | U.S Catholic, America Magazine, Patheos

Advance in THz imaging

An engineered metamaterial supports a faster, cheaper and higher fidelity technique to capture images using Terahertz light waves, according to a team of researchers including Physics Professor Willie Padilla, a lead author of the report in the journal Nature Photonics. BC News Release | PhysOrg, ECN Magazine, AzoNano

Advance in THz imaging

An engineered metamaterial supports a faster, cheaper and higher fidelity technique to capture images using Terahertz light waves, according to a team of researchers including Physics Professor Willie Padilla, a lead author of the report in the journal Nature Photonics. BC News Release

Catholic Press Awards

A number of BC scholars in theology have received book awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. BC News Release

2014 Eni Award winner

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda received Italy’s prestigious 2014 Eni Award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons on June 17 in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Rome. BC News Release | PhysOrg | AZOm

Distinguished Service Award

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling has presented its highest annual award, the Harry Carroll Distinguished Service Award, to Undergraduate Admission Director John L. Mahoney. Jr. BC Chronicle

100 days of 'BC Happy'

One hundred days and more than 300,000 views after the February 27 release of "BC Happy", the video orchestrated by the Office of News & Public Affairs is the most-viewed of the many college and university versions in the U.S. BC Social

Community Service Award

Marianne Carrabba, assistant director for off-campus housing in the Office of Residential Life, has been named winner of the 2014 Boston College Community Service Award, presented annually to a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC News Release

Environmental leadership

Boston College has received a Green Decade Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes significant contributions to preserving the environment. BC News Release

U.S. wealth transfer

An estimated $59 trillion—divided among heirs, charities, estate taxes and estate closing costs—will be transferred from 93.6 million American estates from 2007 to 2061, in the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history, according to a new report issued by researchers John Havens and Paul Schervish at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. | Think Advisor, Philanthropy News Digest, CNBC, Funding Logic

Commencement 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry J.D. '76 told the Class of 2014 that his BC education inspired him to serve others--and he urged the new graduates to draw on the same lessons to guide their own lives and careers. BC News Release | Commencement Highlights | Boston Globe, AP, Reuters, Boston Magazine, Boston Herald | Video: full ceremony

In Memoriam: Radu Florescu

History Professor Emeritus Radu Florescu--co-author of the bestseller In Search of Dracula, which revealed the historical identity of the legendary vampire for the first time--died in France on May 18 at age 88. He had taught at Boston College for 45 years. BC Obituary | New York Times, Boston Globe, AP,

FEA Scholarship winner

Connell School of Nursing sophomore Laura Mata is the first BC student, and one of only 21 nationally, to receive a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship, which will support her upcoming semester in Ecuador. BC News Release

Landmark study of U.S. Hispanic Catholic parishes

The explosive growth of Hispanic Catholics is overwhelming the Catholic Church in America, which is at risk of losing an ethnic group crucial to the future of the Church in the U.S., according to a landmark study of Hispanic Catholic parishes in the United States, conducted by School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino. BC News Release | Boston Globe, New York Times 1, New York Times 2, Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter Pt. 1, National Catholic Reporter Part 2, National Catholic Reporter Pt. 3, Catholic News Agency, Religion News Service (via U.S. Catholic Magazine), Our Sunday Visitor, Fox News Latino, WUNI-TV, U.S. Hispanic Ministry, Washington Post, Christian Post, Latin PostPatheos, Huffington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Commonweal,, The Pilot, Los Angeles Daily News, Telemundo Atlanta, MSN Latino, MSN Argentina, La Guia Gratuita (Condado Palm Beach)

2014 Deak Award winner

BC Law School alumna Samantha Miko J.D. '13 has won the prestigious Deak Award from Oxford University Press for her student note published in 2013 in the Boston College Law Review. This is the second consecutive year that a BC Law student has won the award and the third time since 2000.

Teaching excellence awards

This year's Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards, which recognize graduate students who excel as teaching fellows or teaching assistants, were presented at a campus ceremony April 30. BC News Release

Leadership in psychiatric nursing award

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Danny Willis, a men’s mental health expert, has been named the recipient of the Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award given by the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. BC News Release

Leadership in higher ed infocomm award

Director of Network Services Joe Harrington was honored for outstanding leadership at the 43rd annual conference of the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

Alumna, 'Book of Mormon,' 'South Park' producer returns for Arts Fest

Campus arts in all genres will be celebrated and showcased at BC's 16th Annual Arts Festival. Returning to campus as a special guest is alumna Anne Garefino, executive producer of the long-running TV series South Park and the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon. BC News Release

Public Understanding Award

Sociology Professor Juliet Schor has won the 2014 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, given annually by the American Sociological Association for exemplary contributions to the understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. BC News Release

Carroll School of Management ranked 4th in U.S.

The  Carroll School of Management is ranked fourth among the nation's best undergraduate business schools, according to 2014 rankings by Bloomberg Business Week | BC News Release

Goldwater Scholar

Biology major Matthew F. Evans ’15, whose research interests focus on the neurobiology of cell growth, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. BC News Release

Theatre Dept: For Colored Girls...

The Boston College Theatre Department presents For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf—an award-winning play which evokes the power of womanhood—in the Robsham Theater Arts Center’s Bonn Theater, March 19-23. More

Flex-time a myth?

Flexible work options are out of reach or limited for most employees, according to to a new Sloan Center on Aging and Work study conducted by the center's director, Graduate School of Social Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and colleagues. Investor's Business Daily | Business Standard

'Living Legend' in nursing

Connell School of Nursing Professor Emeritus Carol R. Hartman has been named a Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. BC News Release


Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on analytics and security data. BC Chronicle

A&S Dean David Quigley named University provost

University President William P. Leahy, S.J., has named David Quigley, a respected administrator and distinguished historian, teacher and scholar who has served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2009, as provost and dean of faculties. BC News Release |