college and graduate school of arts and sciences
Donald Brown Award
Rayana Grace '13, a sociology major with a minor in African and African Disaspora Studies, is this year's recipient of the Dr. Donald Brown Award.
Pat majored in economics. This fall he will play professional hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
Rui majored in psychology, pre-med. After graduation he has a two-year commitment to Teach for America, followed by medical school.
Lisa majored in mathematics and will pursue a doctorate in pure mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. She plans on a career as a research professor.
Taylour majored in English and minored in Environmental Studies. She plans to pursue a publishing career in New York City.
Jobs and the economy
Economics Associate Professor Robert Murphy was interviewed about job growth and the state of economy for a front-page piece in the Boston Globe.
Simons Fellowship winner
Mathematics Professor Martin Bridgeman has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship to support his research in moduli spaces. BC Chronicle
A moral mimefield
With evidence that government forces in Syria have used chemical weapons, the U.S. and Britain are evaluating whether and how to intervene in the conflict. Theology Associate Professor Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., outlines reasons for a cautious approach in an opinion piece for The Tablet.
2013 Guggenheim Fellows
Biology Professor Peter Clote and English Professor Kevin Ohi have received 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, awarded to professionals who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. BC Chronicle
Maria Asdourian A&S '15, a biology major who conducts Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis research in Professor Dan Kirschner's lab, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. She explains her research in this short video. | BC News Release
Romero Scholarship Winner
Jessica Vallejo A&S '14 has been awarded the University's Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship, annually given to the junior who demonstrates a commitment to the values and ideals reflected in the life of the slain Archbishop of El Salvador. BC News Release
Reflection in the aftermath
Problems of identity trouble a reeling Boston in the aftermath of the bombing, writes Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney. Irish Times
Coming to grips with terror
Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce talks about how we should process the horrific events at the Boston Marathon. WCVB TV
"Do This In Memory of Me"
Vatican II calls Catholics to a renewed realization of the primacy of Christ, Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli writes in an essay for America Magazine.
2013 Truman Scholar
Narintohn Luangrath A&S '14—whose family’s experiences as immigrants inspired her interest in migration and asylum policy issues—has won a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate leadership potential and the capacity to 'make a difference.' BC News Release
As refugees from Syria stream into Lebanon, it's worth recalling how past movements in the region shaped the present order, writes Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh in the National Interest.
Goldwater Scholarship Winner
College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Maria Asdourian, a biology major who conducts Alzheimer’s disease research in the lab of Professor Dan Kirschner, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. BC News Release
U.S. Fulbright Specialist
Political Science Professor David Deese has been appointed to the United States Fulbright Program national roster of Fulbright Specialists, which promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions in more than 100 countries.
Bearing poetic witness
In his new book, I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer is the first to explore how Jewish-Russian poets became the earliest literary witnesses to the Holocaust. BC Bookmarks
Play's the thing
The importance of play to children’s healthy psychological development and ability to thrive in life is underestimated by parents and educators, according to BC psychologist Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.
Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., reflects on the election of fellow Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, writing for National Catholic Reporter, while Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli considers the legacy of Benedict XVI in a piece for U.S. Catholic.
Night at the museum
Twenty-three years ago this month, Richard Abath was thrust into the spotlight after the biggest art heist in history at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce provided analysis of Abath's body language during his first interview about what happened that night. WBZ-TV Ch. 4 News
The papal conclave
The most complex papal election since 1914 is now underway, writes Theology Associate Professor Rev. James Weiss in an op-ed for the Boston Herald.
Newton College Alumnae Chair
Theology Department Professor Catherine Cornille, an internationally acclaimed scholar in the field of comparative theology, has been named to the Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture. BC News Release
'The End of the Point'
Set in a fictional summer community on Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay, The End of the Point, the latest novel by English Professor Elizabeth Graver, is 'a beautifully orchestrated family symphony,' according to the Boston Globe. | BC Chronicle | She discussed the book on the 'Leonard Lopate Show' on NPR-WNYC and with the Mass. Cultural Council.
BC physicists have constructed a unique nanostructure that provides a newfound control in light filtering, Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton reports with Senior Research Associate Michael J. Burns and doctoral student and lead author Fan Ye in the journal Nano Letters. BC News | Nanotechnology News | Science Daily | PhysOrg | AzoNano
MLK Scholarship winner
Philip McHarris A&S ’14, winner of the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial award, has an impressive record of scholarship and leadership. BC Chronicle
Justice for Magdalenes
A new report that sheds light on the extent of state involvement with Ireland's Magdalene laundries ultimately will be remembered for whether the government responds with measures that bring justice, writes English Associate Professor James Smith, long-time advocate for the victims, in the Irish Times | He was interviewed by numerous news outlets about the report, including the New York Times 1 & 2 | BBC Radio 4 | BBC Radio 5 | Los Angeles Times | Irish Independent | Irish Central | Scotsman | AP and Irish Times.
Getting people to think about morality as a matter of objective facts rather than subjective preferences may lead to improved moral behavior, Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young reports in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. BC News Release | PsychCentral | Science Daily | Yahoo! News | Science Codex | Medical Express | NewsTrack India | RedOrbit | National Affairs
Off the grid in Boston
If you live anywhere long enough, the way of life there, the lay of the land itself, will sink into you, according to English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella in his column for the Boston Globe.
The gridlock illusion
If Washington seems to get much less done than it once did, it is partly because it is trying to do so much more, writes O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick in the latest edition of the Wilson Quarterly.
Seven students in the Class of 2014 (five from A&S) are participating in study-abroad programs this semester—in Japan, Ireland, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa and the UK—through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.
Subdued by the tube
A recent American tendency to treat political and nonpolitical expression as rough equivalents is encouraging people all around the world to do the same, according to Martha Bayles of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Boston Globe
Art and the Great Hunger
Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney joined a special broadcast of Ireland's RTE radio from Connecticut's Great Hunger Museum commemorating the Irish famine. RTE Radio (clip begins at approximate 34-minute mark).
Islamic Arts by Calderwood Chairs of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom has been selected by for inclusion in 'Muslim Journeys,' part of the new NEH/American Library Association 'Bridging Cultures' initiative. BC Bookmarks
Inauguration of sacrifice
President Obama must speak loudly and clearly about the sacrifices needed to restore the nation to fiscal sanity, writes Political Science Professor Marc Landy for WBUR's 'Cognoscenti'.
Charities after "the cliff"
One of the stones left unturned in the wake of the 'fiscal cliff' compromise is how new tax rates affect charitable giving. Sociology Professor Paul Schervish, director for the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, discussed how the budget deal affected rates of giving on WGBH 'Boston Public Radio'.
Music Professor Michael Noone's CD set featuring music by priest-composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, which recently won a Gramophone Award in the early music category, is highlighted by the Boston Globe (second item).
Econometric Society fellow
Economics Professor Uzi Segal has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the world's leading learned society for economists. BC News Release
The Foley abduction
Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause discussed unfolding events in the Middle East in light of the abduction of journalist James Foley in Syria in an interview with NECN.
Women and the Church
Associate Professor Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., co-director of Catholic Studies, was interviewed regarding women theologians' contributions to the Church, for an article that includes comments by doctoral candidate Rev. Dan Horan, O.F.M. U.S. Catholic.
A boxer's life
English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella writes on the late boxer Hector Camacho for the annual 'Lives They Lived' tribute section of the New York Times Magazine.
The Fiscal and Climate Cliffs
Sociology Professor Juliet Schor discussed the Senate deal approved by the House to avert the "fiscal cliff" and what it means to social and environmental programs as a guest on the syndicated independent radio news hour Democracy Now!