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Help with Social Security

As Baby Boomers retire, the Social Security Administration is flooded with demands for help with benefits, even as it reduces offices and employees due to cutbacks. Sloan Center on Aging and Work Research Fellow Philip Moeller offers steps to help people find the information they need. Money

Australia's education solution

Australia doesn't need to import education reform ideas from the U.S. or elsewhereits own Gonski reforms would remove the inequality holding its schools back, writes Lynch School of Education Professor Dennis Shirley. Australian Broadcasting Company

Global entrepreurship

Irish Institute Director Robert Mauro, executive director of BC's Global Leadership Institute, addressed the MBA program of Gulf University for Science and Technology--Kuwait's first private university--about innovation and entrepreneurship in large institutions and organizations. Kuwait Times

Relevance vs. replication

While a push to ensure research remains relevant can be a good thing, scientific integrity and replication shouldn't be sacrificed to meet political timeframes, contends Graduate School of Social Work Professor and Associate Dean for Research David Takeuchi in the London School of Economics' 'Impact Blog'

BC at CTSA conclave

The Theology Department and School of Theology and Ministry were a significant presence at this year's meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, where Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz completed his term as president, and University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, S.J., was elected vice-president, to be followed by the presidency in two years. BC Chronicle

Let the play begin

Free play is nature’s way of teaching children how to be adults—a purpose that is undermined when adults supervise or intervene, contends Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray. Boston Globe

Cooney Family Assistant Prof

Historian Penelope Ismay, who researches the social history of modernity in Britain, has been named the Cooney Family Assistant Professor, as part of a new initiative to support junior faculty research and early-career development. BC Chronicle

'Reading bee' buzz

Want kids to read more? Try a 'reading bee'—the invention English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella calls his 'single undisputable achievement as a parent.' Boston Globe

Citizen science

Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Mike Barnett is leading an effort to distribute Air Quality Eggs in Massachusetts, to improve understanding about air pollution and its causes. Fast Company | Science World Report

Impact of Redskins ruling

Law Professor Fed Yen discussed ramifications for the Washington Redskins--and potential societal change--in light of the U.S. Patent Office ruling to cancel the team’s registered trademark. Fox News Boston

Opportunity and older workers

When it comes to older workers, employers have a lot to gain. The trick is being open to the opportunity, writes Sloan Center on Aging and Work Center Research Economist Kevin Cahill for Idaho Business Review

'Right of Publicity' for the dead

Massachusetts may become of the states to grant people a legal form of privacy that extends even into death. Law Professor Ray Madoff discussed pending legislation to that effect on WBUR 'Radio Boston'

Education: East vs. West

Is education in the East superior to education in the West? Lynch School of Education Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves and his Uplifting Leadership co-author Alma Harris weigh in on what each region can learn from the other. Huffington Post

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

Jack, Bobby, Ted

Using the funeral Masses of the Kennedy brothers as markers, School of Theology and Ministry Professor John F. Baldovin, S.J., traces the real-life connection between the liturgy and society in an essay for America

Funding retirement

A rising stock market will cause most U.S. public pensions to achieve healthy funding levels this year, according to a survey from the Center for Retirement Research. Reuters, The Economist, Investor's Business Daily | Center director Alicia Munnell writes on what's next for funding, and on the effect of health care reform on older workers for Dow Jones Marketwatch. | Her contention that automation is a key to retirement savings success is featured by Forbes and Time.

Regaining social trust

Reactions to current events—and TV series such as 'Homeland' and 'The Americans' that portray the manner of everyday citizens as a mask covering evil intent—all reflect Americans' unease about social trust, writes Honors Program faculty member Martha Bayles. Boston Globe

Economics with class

Thomas Piketty's blockbuster book, Capital in the 21st Century, may be one of those rare works that transforms the national political conversation, contends Sociology Professor Charles Derber. Boston Globe 'The Podium'

Ode to fatherhood

Sending a last child off to college is a privilege and a joy, accompanied by the poignancy of participating in a series of 'lasts,' writes Law Professor R. Michael Cassidy for WBUR 'Cognoscenti'

What's in a name?

The ad opposing the NFL team name 'Redskins' was 'beautifully produced and well conceived,' according to Sociology Associate Professor Eva Garroutte, a researcher of racial and ethnic identity and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. USA Today

An Eagle at World Cup

A two-decade journey that included a standout career on the BC Men's Soccer team and led to professional leagues in Scotland, Sweden and France, has now brought alumnus Alejandro Bedoya '06 to the U.S. Men's Team, the World Cup, and the realization of a family's dream. Video | Sun-Sentinel

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

'Dubliners' goes digital...

A group of BC students in a course taught by English Adjunct Associate Professor Joseph Nugent has created Digital Dubliners, a multimedia Apple iBook that uses interactive technology to guide readers through James Joyce's classic collection of short stories, which marks the centenary of its publication this year. Chronicle of Higher Education  | 'These tech-savvy students are no longer mere absorbers of information...[but] makers and disseminators of knowledge to the world,' writes Nugent in the Irish Times

...and meets nanopublishing

Inspired by BC students' creation of 'Digital Dubliners,' Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton etched the text of Dubliners onto a 2.5-square-millimeter patch using a sophisticated nanolithography technique more commonly employed to build electronics than to print miniature editions of classic literature. Boston Globe

'The New Dad' 2014

The latest report in the 'New Dad' fatherhood series, released by Executive Director Brad Harrington and the Center for Work and Family, focuses on paternity leave, examining the issue in-depth from the perspective of fathers and HR leaders as well as through a review of global and U.S. policies. NBC 'Today,' CNBC, Washington Post,, Boston Globe Magazine, Fox News | The 'New Dad' series also was cited by the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, USA Today, Washington Post 2Fortune, NBC Nightly News, New York Times, Detroit Free Press

EVP Pat Keating announces plans to step down

Patrick J. Keating, Boston College’s executive vice president since 2001 and a key figure behind the University’s successful strategic planning and campus development efforts, has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of the fall semester. BC News Release

Germany in the 21st Century

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence looks at the challenges facing Germany in its quest for a foreign and defense policy to complement its economic might, in the latest entry in the Brookings Institution US-Europe analysis series

Volunteer Tribute Awards

Board of Trustees Vice Chair John F. Fish P'13; Vincent J. Quealy, Jr., '75, P'06, '07, '10; Patricia Randolph Williams, Esq. '77 and BC Hockey Head Coach Jerry York '67, MEd'70, CAES'73 have been honored with 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Awards

The ECB's Misfire

The European Central Bank's new measures to fight surprisingly low inflation and sluggish economic growth throughout the Euro area are, regrettably, likely to fall short of accomplishing their goals, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland. Economics21

'The Kindergarten Teacher'

Sarit Larry, a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department, stars as a woman obsessed with her 5-year-old student and his remarkable gift for poetry, in the Israeli film 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' chosen for a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Hollywood Reporter