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2010 Archived News and Features

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Returning to God

Anatheism: Returning to God after God by Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney is among reading recommendations from The New Yorker's Book Bench.




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Gambling as revenue

Lured by the promise of new jobs and tax revenues, more and more state and local governments are permitting some form of casino gambling. Economist Rev. Richard McGowan, S.J., discussed the growing trend on NPR's 'Fresh Air'.




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Theologian's book honored

Theologian Catherine Cornille's latest book The Im-Possibility of Interrreligious Dialogue has won the Frederick J. Streng Award for Excellence from the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, given annually to a book that 'makes make an important contribution to issues relevant to the context of Buddhist-Christian dialogue.'




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50 years - and counting

Voices of Experience: Economics faculty members Frank McLaughlin and Harold Petersen each boast a BC tenure of 50 years - and counting. BC Chronicle




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The new English missal

As Catholics prepare for a revised English translation of the Roman Missal, there is disquiet about its rendering of a usable and sacred vernacular, theologian Raymond Helmick, S.J. - who was among those involved in the 1960s translation- writes in The Tablet.




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'Professor of micropopularity'

James Schamus of Focus Features makes the most successful 'small' movies around, by spiking the mainstream with just a touch of weird, writes English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella for the New York Times Magazine.




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Essay Prize

English Associate Professor Andrew Sofer has received the inaugural ASTR Essay Prize of the American Society for Theatre Research for his Theatre Journal article on 'Doctor Faustus.' According to the award citation, the essay's 'rigorous and insightful interweaving of theatre and literary history, performance and critical theory, and cultural and textual analysis' renders it 'a model of elegant scholarly inquiry.'




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Sleep and memory

Sleep seems to reorganize memories, picking out the emotional details and reconfiguring them to help people produce new and creative ideas, according to an article co-authored by Psychology Associate Professor Elizabeth Kensinger in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. UPI | Hartford Courant | Science Daily




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Teaching and research

Computational biologist Jeffrey Chuang discusses BC's strong focus on both research and teaching, and the opportunities here for student research, in the November issue of Genome Technology magazine.




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Nabokov's Judaic Interest

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer argues for the centrality of Judaic interest in the life and art of young Vladimir Nabokov through exploration of the author's early short fiction.




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The new normal

At a recent Lowell Humanities Series event, sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg spoke of the extraordinary rise in the number of people living alone. English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella reflects on this 'new normal' in his column for the Boston Globe.




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Bin Laden's Backfire

In his recently released audio recording targeting France, Osama bin Laden demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of the current French social landscape, according to an op-ed co-authored by Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence. Foreign Policy




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Justice for Magdalenes

The Irish Human Rights Commission has requested a formal inquiry into violations against women and girls in Ireland's Magdalene Laundries, based on an application by advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes, which was coordinated and co-authored by English Associate Professor James Smith. Sampling of coverage: Irish Times | Irish Examiner | RTE Television News.




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Food and home

Lynne Christy Anderson, English adjunct professor and ESL coordinator of the ESL Program, discussed her book Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens - and the symbolic role of food in the assimilation process - on WBUR's 'Here and Now.'




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'What the father came to see'

The sestina What the Father Came to See by University Professor of English Paul Mariani - dedicated to sculptor Peggy Parker, upon whose religious icon 'Reconcilation' the poem is based - is published in First Things.




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Solar cheaper than coal?

Ferris Professor of Physicis Michael Naughton and other like-minded scientists are rethinking fundamental elements of solar cells, aiming to make solar energy cost-competitive with coal and natural gas. Discover Magazine




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Election '10: gender gap?

Poll data confirm reports from the campaign trail that women are moving sharply towards the GOP in this election. What is less clear is whether the gender gap is closing, writes Moakley Professor of Politics Kay Schlozman in the New York Times blog "Room for Debate."




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'Boxing Gym'

The great documentarian Frederick Wiseman has finally done cinematic justice to the gym as a place of teaching and learning,' writes English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella of the new film Boxing Gym. Boston Globe | Sports Illustrated




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Malaria research advanced

Boston College DeLuca Professor of Biology Marc Muskavitch and an international team of researchers have developed the first high-res microarray for a vector mosquito, which provided 400,000 genetic markers that can offer vital insights into the insect that transmits malaria. Video Science Daily | PhysOrg.com




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The Broken Tower

The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane, a biography of the American poet written by poet and University Professor of English Paul Mariani - has drawn the attention of actor James Franco, who has initiated a conversation with Mariani about making it his next film. Springfield Republican




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Missing Lucile

Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew by English adjunct faculty member Suzanne Berne 'distills the essence of an era in the history of one family' with 'remarkable cunning and sensitivity.' She discusses the work in a Q&A with the Boston Globe.




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Solar advocate

A solar energy project co-founded by Patrick Allen A&S '13 at his Minnesota high school has grown into an initiative that now encompasses other local schools and, most recently, has earned an international accolade.




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The problem of evil

'More people have abandoned their faith because of the problem of evil than for any other reason. It is certainly the greatest test of faith,' writes Philosophy Professor Peter Kreeft. The Integrated Catholic Life




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Pope Benedict and the Church

Theology Professor Rev. Kenneth Himes discusses the contributions Pope Benedict XVI has made to the Church in a Q&A with National Catholic Reporter.




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After the rescue

In the aftermath of their two-month ordeal and dramatic rescue, many of the Chilean miners may face difficulties reentering normal life, according to BC psychologist Joseph Tecce. Fox News Boston | WHDH TV News




New Monan Prof. named

Karen MacDonald, an award-winning Boston-based actress who has worked across the U.S. and internationally, has been named the Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ, Professor in Theatre Arts for the 2010-2011 academic year.




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Spotlight on nanotech

Boston College faculty in biology, chemistry and physics who are producing breakthroughs by developing devices engineered at the nanoscale are featured in the latest issue of AJCU Connections.




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In the news

Sociology Professor Lisa Dodson will be the “Writer as Witness” speaker for the incoming class at American University. Additionally, her book, The Moral Underground, was reviewed by Choice: Current Review for Academic Libraries as “Highly Recommended.”




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Emotion and visual attention

People who are angry pay more attention to rewards than to threats, according to a new study co-authored by Psychology Assistant Professor Maya Tamir, graduate student Brett Ford and colleagues, published in the journal Psychological Science. Sampling of coverage: Science Daily | Times of India | Bloomberg BusinessWeek




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A recipe for tradition

Lynne Christy Anderson, a member of the English Department faculty and author of the new book Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens, discusses the culture, traditions and memories that come with preparing family recipes on Vermont Public Radio.




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Ethics of the Word

A new book by Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today, explores the power of the word of God and the word of human beings, according to a review in America.




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A thoughtful city

After a visit to the fast-paced construction in China, English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella reflects on Boston's comparatively slow, thoughtful continuity with its own past. Boston Globe




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The debate among Muslims

The mosque near ground zero should be built, but not merely on account of the lofty principles about religious freedom articulated by New Yorks mayor, writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry. Boston Globe




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How Lincoln Learned to Read

Each fall since 2004, BC has chosen a book for new freshmen that represents the academic theme for the coming year. This year's book is How Lincoln Learned to Read by Daniel Wolff.




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Magdalene memorial

English Associate Professor James Smith has called on Galway's City Council to preserve a statue memorializing the women who lived, worked and, in some cases, died at the Magdalene laundry there. Galway Advertiser




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'Ghosts'/Boston

An excerpt from 'Ghosts' - an essay on Boston written by English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella for the U.S. State Department's forthcoming book My Town: Writers on American Cities - is now on-line at America.gov.




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What's so funny?

English Professor Paul Lewis recently discussed the state of teasing, ridicule and put-down humor in the U.S. on Good Radio Shows' 'Peace Talks' program.




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Global Catholic ethics

Catholic moralists from around the globe convened in Italy for 'Catholic Ethics in the World Church,' the second world-gathering this decade spearheaded by Founders Professor of Theology Professor James Keenan, S.J., and an international planning team. The Tablet ('Letter from Trent', last page) | America | Vatican Radio | Commonweal




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Songwriting Sophomore

The world's a stage for sophomore Patrick Lazour A&S '13, who is half of a fraternal songwriting team that has already scored two locally-staged musical productions. He and his brother Daniel are featured by the Worcester Telegram.




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Ruins of Viking Boston

English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella, guest columnist for the Boston Globe, writes on how one man's obsession jumped the truth and became history.




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What We Have

A new memoir in which English Associate Professor Amy Boesky relates her experience as a 'previvor'—one of the increasing number of women with cancer-ridden family histories who face genetic testing or preventive surgery—is cited as a 'book to watch' by Oprah's O Magazine | Boesky writes in support of a proposal to establish an annual Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer week in the Huffington Post.




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Boren Scholar

Erica Cross A&S '12 has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in South Africa




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Lure of the Underdog

Consumers strongly relate to - and are more likely to purchase - brands they perceive to be underdogs, according to a study co-authored by Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Associated Press | e! Science News | Science Blog




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The Yankee Spirit

Historically, New England has demonstrated an uncanny ability to adapt well to economic change. One contributing factor would be the spirit of Yankee enterprise, writes History Professor Emeritus and University Historian Thomas O'Connor. Dorchester Reporter




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Academic Crusader

A Boston Globe columnist explores how English Associate Professor James Smith's academic enterprise turned into a crusade to help victims of Ireland's Magdalen laundries.




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Genetic Testing Questions

Scientists have discovered a gene that may predict who among us will live exceptionally long lives. Are we ready for the ethical and pragmatic quandaries that come with this new information? asks English Associate Professor Amy Boesky. Boston Globe




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The immigrant experience

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, by Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer, is among books that 'challenge the imagination' as its stories shed light on the hidden hardships of the immigrant experience. Hadassah Magazine




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Instrumental emotions

A series of recent experiments led by Psychology Research Assistant Professor Maya Tamir found that people subconsciously prime themselves to feel emotions they believe will be most useful to them in an anticipated situation. The study is highlighted by the New York Times.




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The guru of toughness

What is it about retired boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward that draws men to him in the hope that some of his old-school tough-guy virtue will rub off on them?, asks English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella. Boston Globe




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BC Theologian Named CTSA President

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, associate professor of theology, has been installed as president of The Catholic Theological Society of America, the principal association of Catholic theologians in North America. National Catholic Reporter




Canada quake jolts N.E.

A seismograph at an Amesbury, Mass. middle school, hosted by BC's Weston Observatory, showed evidence from the magnitude-5.0 earthquake that struck on the Ontario-Quebec border in Canada on June 23, which was also felt by people across New England. Geophysics Professors John Ebel and Alan Kafka and seismologist Leslie Campbell of the Observatory assessed the quake. AP | Boston Herald | Salem News | Danbury News-Times (Conn.) | Providence Journal | FoxNews




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Mass. math panel

Mathematics Professor Solomon Friedberg has been appointed by the Massachusetts Commission of Education to a panel that will advise the state on the new K-12 mathematics framework, the Common Core.




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Global economic justice

The U.S. bishops' 1986 vision that moral principles guiding economic decisions could ensure that each person has the basic necessities of life remains an elusive goal, according to University Professor of Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, S.J.




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Military shake-up

Historian Patrick Maney discussed the firing of U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal as a guest on WGBH-TV's 'Greater Boston.' Video




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'Nanocoax' solar cell

A nano-scale thin-film solar cell inspired by the coaxial cable offers greater efficiency than any previous designs, Boston College physicists report. UPI




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What's that look?

Children take a surprisingly long time to grasp the meaning of adults' facial expressions of disgust, according to research by Psychology Professor James Russell and colleagues. U.S. News & World Report




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A cure for consumption

Combining new lifestyles at the household level with new priorities at the national scale is emerging as the smart way to move forward, writes Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, author of the new book Plenitude. Boston Globe




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Yom Kippur in Amsterdam

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer discusses his latest book, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, in a Q&A with the American Association of Jewish Libraries blog People of the Books. The book also earns five stars from Boston Bibliophile.




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Teacher of the year

Bonnie Jefferson, associate professor of communications, has won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. Nominated by students initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, Jefferson was described as "an extremely knowledgeable teacher, an inspirational advisor, and a kind person." BC Chronicle




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Celebrating service

Andrew Leonard A&S '10, who will join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in August, has dedicated a musical composition in appreciation for the impact that BC service opportunities have had on his life.




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A&S Students to Remember

Meet four outstanding members of the Class of 2010. Benjamin Smith | Alexi Chi | Ayla Brown | Maria Alejandra Rivas




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Attempt for Islam's center

Political Science Professor Peter Skerry reflects on Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan's travels around the U.S. in an op-ed for the Boston Globe.




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Obit: Fr. Flanagan

Rev. Joseph F.X. Flanagan, S.J., a beloved Jesuit priest and highly respected professor of philosophy whose seminal programs helped shape both the Philosophy Department and undergraduate education at Boston College, died May 14.




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Beyond Business as Usual

A progressive economic vision is one that yields a sustaining planet, creative work and fair distribution. The business-as-usual economy is failing on all those fronts, writes Sociologist Juliet Schor in an essay adapted from her new book, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. The Nation




Gray matters

Graduate and undergraduate students in psychology have been on a semester-long mission to raise awareness in the local community of brain function and the importance of brain research.




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Students honored for local service

BC undergraduates were among students honored by the Allston Board of Trade for their exemplary service to the local community. A&S Senior Ben Smith, assistant captain of the NCAA Championship Hockey Eagles, was designated to accept the award.




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Odyssey of Russian émigré Jews

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer probes identity and faith in both his first book-length work of fiction, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, and his memoir, Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration, according to a review in the Jewish Advocate.




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Supporting evidence

Biology Professor Thomas Seyfried and a team of scientists take a fresh look at an 80-year-old theory on cancer. Video from @BC




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Tackling Cystic Fibrosis

Thanks in no small part to the efforts of freshman Gunnar Esiason and his father, former NFL quarterback-turned-broadcaster Boomer Esiason, the life expectancy of people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis has nearly doubled. Boston Globe




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Marathon running with age

English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella reflected on the 114th running of the Boston Marathon in the Boston Globe.




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Building a better battery

A tiny titanium structure of nanonets coated with silicon particles could pave the way for faster, lighter and longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries, according to a team of researchers in the lab of chemist Dunwei Wang.




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On a mission

Soumia Aitelhaj, A&S '10, is on a mission to keep alive the poetry of a dying culture - her own. BC Chronicle




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Advisor recognition

Associate Sociology Professor Eve Spangler has been selected to receive the Reverend John R. Trzaska, S.J. Award, which recognizes a faculty advisor who has contributed to student life at BC, as part of the 32nd Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony.




Earthquake recording

On April 4, 2010, our BC-ESP seismographs recorded a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Baja California, Mexico. Boston College seismogram (recorded in Devlin Hall) | CNN News article




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Whither civility?

Communication Professor Marilyn Matelski discusses society's growing desensitivity toward the use of vulgarity. NECN




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The long shot

English Professor Carlo Rotella, Director of American Studies, writes on NBA hopefuls trying to prove themselves in the D-League in a cover story for the Washington Post Magazine. | Q&A




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The talent show

Psychology Professor Ellen Winner assesses ways in which talented children's gifts may be exploited or commercialized by overzealous parents. Boston Globe




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Spence Award winner

Psychology Associate Professor Elizabeth Kensinger will receive a new Association for Psychological Science award that recognizes 'transformative' early career contributions.




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Sloan Research Fellow

Psychology Assistant Professor Sara Cordes has received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a highly competitive award given to the very best young scientists across the U.S. and Canada




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Plan for peace

If President Obama is serious about peace, he needs to dust off the Saudi Peace Plan and make it the centerpiece of his discussions with the Israelis, writes theologian Rev. Raymond Helmick, S.J., in the UAE's English newspaper, the Khaleej Times.




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The meaning of minarets

The minaret - along with the dome - is one of the most characteristic forms of Islamic architecture, said Calderwood Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Jonathan Bloom, who discusses its origin and history in a Q&A with Quantara.de.




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Justice and reconciliation

Both injustice and the longing for reconciliation are visibly evident in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Jesuit Refugee Service work in eastern Africa, writes theologian Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., in Promotio Justitiae, the publication of the Social Justice Secretariat of the Jesuit order in Rome.




Earthquake recorded

On February 27, 2010, BC's ESP seismographs recorded the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Chile, near the city of Concepcion, 200 miles southwest of Santiago. Weston Observatory seismogram | News article




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MLK scholarship recipient

Catherine Duarte A&S '11 was named recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship




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Tracking 'economic' disobedience

The Moral Underground - a new book by sociologist Lisa Dodson that tracks how some Americans work to subvert an 'unfair economy' - is featured by the Boston Globe.




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The '3-S Syndrome'

Tiger Woods exhibited what Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce calls the '3-S Syndrome' - sincerity in the service of survival - during his recent public apology. FoxNews Boston | NECN | New York Daily News




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Catholic apologetics handbook

Philosophy Professor Peter Kreeft discusses his book Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith, co-authored with BC colleague Ronald Tacelli, S.J., on Catholic TV's 'This is the Day' (Segment begins at 20:00 into the video.)




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Catholic intellectual tradition

The latest issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education reflects on writings by theologian and Center for Human Rights Director David Hollenbach, S.J., on the Catholic intellectual tradition, social justice, and the Jesuit university.




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Inspiring future scientists

Founded and run by BC students, the Women in Science and Technology program offers a month-long series of weekend lectures, labs, and field trips for local high school girls interested in science. Testing cigarette smoke emissions on 02/13 in the Merkert Chemistry Center with students from North Cambridge Catholic HS (purple smocks) are Laura Barrett A&S '11 (L) and Jacqueline Valenza A&S '12 (R).




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A surgical mission

The Philadelphia Inquirer chronicles the efforts of alumnus and orthopedic surgeon Alex Vaccaro A&S '83 to save an injured Haitian earthquake victim from permanent paralysis. 




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Lessons from Haiti quake

Geophysicist John Ebel, director of BC's Weston Observatory, offers perspective on potential and past earthquakes in light of the Haiti disaster. NECN




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Beckman Scholars

Undergraduate Beckman scholars from Boston College, Boston University, Smith College, Wellesley College, and Yale University convened in the Merkert Chemistry Center on January 23 to present their research projects in chemistry and the life sciences. Reviewing a poster presentation are, from left, Courtney McKee A&S '11, Julie Olson of Smith College, and Stephen Bohlman A&S '11.




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Wealthy leaving N.J.

A study conducted by John Havens of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy reveals that from 2004 through 2008, $70 billion in wealth left New Jersey, while the state's charitable capacity declined by $1.13 billion. Wall Street Journal | Boston Globe | Star-Ledger (NJ) 12 | ForbesExaminer.com | The Record (NJ) | AP | New York Post




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Spotlight at Syracuse

Syracuse University has selected Fine Arts faculty member Karl Baden's Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence and Coincidence for their spring 2010 exhibition.




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N.E. quake risk

Geophysics Professor John Ebel, director of BC's Weston Observatory, discusses the history and probability of earthquakes in the New England region with the Boston Globe.




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New giving model

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy researchers Paul Schervish and John Havens have developed the first model designed to estimate future charitable giving by U.S. households on a quarterly basis. Boston Globe 




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Russian stories for our time

'Russia's new generation of writers, some of whom were still in high school when the Wall fell, is breaking away from the giants of the past,' writes Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer in Toronto's Globe and Mail.




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"The Early Show"

Ayla Brown A&S '10, daughter of BC Law School alumnus and new Mass. Senator-elect Scott Brown, chatted with "The Early Show" anchors about her basketball career, her new album and her American Idol experience. Video




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On the court with Arne Duncan

English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella offers a wide-ranging profile of the U.S. Secretary of Education in the Feb. 1 issue of The New Yorker—including an account of some pickup basketball.




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On Salinger's Legacy

English Associate Professor Amy Boesky discusses the legacy of celebrated and reclusive author J.D. Salinger, who died Thursday at age 91, with NECN.




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A semester in Beijing

For economics major John R. R. Howie A&S '11, currently studying at Peking University, China 'is the most exciting and opportunistic place to be in the 21st century.' Boston Globe




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Numan named AAAS Fellow

Psychology Professor Michael Numan has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the understanding of parental behavior.




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Celebrity benefits

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Director Paul Schervish discusses the impact of celebrity benefit shows on major fundraising efforts. Forbes




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Theorem of the Day

Mathematician Jenny Baglivo is featured in the 2010 calendar "12 Theorems by Women Mathematicians"




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Tales of immigration

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer recently discussed his latest book, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, on WBZ's 'Jordan Rich Show.' Also, his literary memoir Waiting For America was featured by the journal Culture, Society Masculinities




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Disenchanted with the Democrats

Political Science Associate Professor Dennis Hale comments on the grassroots aspect of Scott Brown's senate victory in Canada's National Post, and on Mass. gubernatorial hopefuls seeking support from independent voters in the Boston Herald.




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A Bostonian 'evermore'

As today marks the 101st anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth, an 'expertly researched' exhibit commemorating Poe's Boston roots, curated by English Professor Paul Lewis, is highlighted by WBUR and WGBH-TV's 'Greater Boston'.




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Special election

Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe provides in-studio commentary on today's special election in Mass. to fill Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat. NECN




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Through the lens of a seismologist

The earthquake that occurred in Haiti is a fascinating reminder of the incredible power of natural forces in the Earth, and at the same time a reminder of the human tragedy caused by powerful earthquakes. Read Alan Kafka's blog describing his thoughts about this tragic earthquake and their work at Weston Observatory studying the science of the fascinating, but also tragic, phenomenon of earthquakes. Kafka's website




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Help for Haiti

David Manzo '77, a faculty member in the PULSE program, is marshalling aid for the abandoned and handicapped children served by Hearts with Haiti. Manzo, joined by BC staff and students, has volunteered with the nonprofit for four years. BC Chronicle | Lexington Minuteman




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Representing the non-profit group

The recent U.N. conference on climate change seemed to produce more controversy than results, but for student delegate Elizabeth Barthelmes A&S '11 - who met some interesting people at the event - there is cause for optimism. BC Chronicle




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Haiti aftershocks may persist

The aftershocks from Haiti's 7.0-magnitude earthquake may persist for days, posing risks for more damage and endangering rescuers, Weston Observatory Director John Ebel told the Boston Globe. | Weston Observatory seismogram | CNN news report| Boston Globe 1 | Boston Globe 2




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Pushing perfection

Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber discusses the stereotyping of 'perfect' bodies in light of a controversial photo on the cover of Marie Claire magazine. WBZ-TV




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New blockbuster formula?

If 'Avatar' turns out to be director James Cameron's biggest juggernaut, then expect others to include dollops of anti-American vitriol in the blockbuster formula, writes Martha Bayles of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Boston Globe




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Distinguished Scholar Award

M. Shawn Copeland, an associate professor of theology who published two books and edited a third in 2009, has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Black Religious Scholars Group. BC Chronicle




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A junior abroad

Integration is elusive for France's Muslims, writes Marina Lopes A&S '11, who is studying international relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Boston.com




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The lost decade?

The last ten years have brought many challenges - but also a valuable lesson, Boston College Economics Professor Harold Petersen said in an interview with American Public Media's 'Marketplace'.




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On the ropes

Boxer Arturo Gatti’s mysterious death has left the end of his story in the hands of the judges, whose decision will feel unsatisfactory, writes English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella in the New York Times Magazine.