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The territory of belief

How can secularist intellectuals—particularly if they are Jewish—analyze predominantly Christian America? Very well, thank you, writes Alan Wolfe, professor of Political Science and Director of Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, in the Chronicle of Higher Education Review.




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A DNA-powered first

A research team including Chemistry professor Shana Kelley, has for the first time used the coding power of DNA to create nanowires on top of carbon nanotube tips.




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Wealth transfer report

A new study by BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy finds Washington, DC-area residents will bequeath $2.4 trillion over the next 50 years to heirs, charities, and estate taxes, reports Center Director Paul Schervish in the Washington Post.




Distinguished award

Sociologist C. Shawn McGuffey has received the Sally Hacker award given by the Sex & Gender section of the ASA for his article, Engendering Trauma: Race, Class and Gender Reaffirmation after Child Sexual Abuse.




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Russia and the U.S.

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer joins a discussion of the new and growing distance between the United States and Russia on NPR's On Point.




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"War requires some degree of compromising of ethics, no matter what"

Theologist Rabbi Ruth Langer recently participated in an e-mail exchange on the "just war" theory and its relationship to the Israel-Hezbollah conflict.




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Kidney exchange

The New York Times Magazine Freakonomics column brings awareness to the kidney exchange efforts by Economics Professor Tayfun Sönmez and collaborators. Kidney Exchange




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Teacher of the year

Historian Seth Jacobs has won the 2006 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. Nominated by students initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, Jacobs was described as "lively, entertaining and a joy to watch during lectures." BC Chronicle




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A scholar gives back

Physics Professor Zhifeng Ren’s efforts to assist China’s Daqiao Middle School, which serves more than 2,000 students from the poor eastern region of Sichuan Province, are featured by Catholic News Service.




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Exemplar of service

J. Joseph Moakley Endowed Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman is the recipient of the 10th annual Frank J. Goodnow Distinguished Service Award.




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Outstanding dissertation

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has selected Assistant Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence for the Harold D. Lasswell prize.




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Catholic ethics

More than 400 Catholic moral theologians from 63 countries gathered in Padua for the first international conference on Catholic ethics, organized by Theology Professor James Keenan, S.J. Catholic News Service reports.




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Retirement's risky for many Americans

Director of BC's Center for Retirement Research Alicia Munnell, discusses retirement in the U.S. with the Boston Globe.




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An honor to end all honors

The Finnegan Award, presented to the senior who best exemplifies BC's motto, "Ever to Excel", was presented to biochemistry major Elizabeth O'Day, who spearheaded "Women in Science & Technology", a program aimed at spurring high school girls' interest in science. BC Chronicle




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Conducting research in Canada

A team of scientists led by Geologist Gail Kineke visited Canada's Petitcodiac River to study fluid mud, a rare occurrence that develops in river systems with an unusually high concentration of sediment.




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Gold standard philanthropy

Paul Schervish, Director of BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, was quoted in The Boston Globe Opinion op-ed. Gates aims for major philanthropic impact: Schervish participated in the commentary on Warren Buffet's philanthropy on NPR Morning Edition.




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Forgiveness heart of reconciliation, BC theologian says

"It is forgiveness, not justice, that brings repentance and reconciliation", theologist Roberto Goizueta said in a Catholic Common Ground Initiative lecture. Catholic Online




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Getting back to roots

A massive project by a coalition of groups including BC's Urban Ecology Institute will involve cataloging every tree on Boston public streets, in an effort to help the city manage its tree population and bolster the case for more plantings in poor neighborhoods.




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Autumn in Yalta

The latest collaborative work by Jewish Studies Program Co-Director/professor of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Maxim D. Shrayer and his father, David Shrayer-Petrov, are deemed haunting 'beautifully honed fictions of foreign lands in starker times' in a Providence Journal review.




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Famous fiddler

BC’s Séamus Connolly, world renowned master Irish musician, was on the cover of the Boston Globe calendar.




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Among top influential people

Dubbed "a leading thinker on retirement and Social Security issues" Drucker Professor Alicia Munnell, Director of BC’s Center for Retirement Research, has been named among the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury and Risk Management Magazine.




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Media note

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Director Paul Schervish will discuss Bill Gates' decision to step back at Microsoft and step up in philanthropy on Tuesday's edition of NPR 'On Point'. Listen on-line




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Patrick goes on high-tech offensive

Political scientist Marc Landy discusses the public's view on campaign spending in the upcoming gubernatorial race.




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Postscript to Fulbright success

Kelly McClure '06 recently became the 14th Boston College student to earn a Fulbright award. More




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Many households at risk in retirement finances

A new measurement of Americans' finances by the Center for Retirement Research shows that almost half of working-age households are at risk of being unable to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Drucker Professor/Director of the Center Alicia Munnell is interviewed by Wall Street Journal | USA Today| CNN/Money




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Boston wealth study

A report based on research by BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Director Paul Schervish and Senior Research Associate John Havens for the Boston Foundation examines wealth, wealth transfer, and philanthropy.




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A strong debut

Professor of English Carlo Rotella reviews "Now You See It ...: Stories From Cokesville, PA" by Bathsheba Monk in the Chicago Tribune.




Can you afford to retire?Alicia MunnellJoseph Quinn

Drucker Professor Alicia Munnell and A&S Dean Joseph Quinn are featured in a PBS special on retirement. More




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Fulbright winner to study in his family's homeland

Justin Pine '06, the first in his family to attend college, will travel to his family's homeland of Portgual to study organic chemistry next fall. BC Chronicle




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Researcher wins summer scholarship

Kerry Heinzelmann, a sophomore in the Honors Chemistry Track, has received a Norris-Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship.




GrGifted Children: Myths and RealitiesowEllen Winnering pains of a child prodigy

During an interview with BBC News, Ellen Winner, Psychology professor and author of 'Gifted Children: Myths and Realities', advised parents of gifted children to "listen to your child and enable them to do what they want to do."




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Top finalist

Hidden Power, written by sociologist Charles Derber, was selected as a top finalist for the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the category of "Current Events."




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Enzymes and ambitions

As she wraps up an impressive undergrad career at BC, Elizabeth O'Day is looking ahead to a year of study at Cambridge University in England where she will research possible cures for Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s disease, "a lofty one-year goal," she acknowledges. Patriot Ledger




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A well-deserved honor

The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University has awarded Sociologist Juliet Schor the "2006 Leontief Prize for Expanding the Frontiers of Economic Thought". More




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Controversial topic

Theologist Harvey D. Egan, S.J. was interviewed on Channel 5 Chronicle Thursday, May 18 concerning the Da Vinci Code.




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Line in the sand

"President Bush has tried to find a middle ground where many political groups can join an effort to do something about illegal immigration. But the country is so divided that it is not clear that much consensus is possible," writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.




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Artifacts of church and state

Medieval wonders unscroll at BC's McMullen Museum of Art, writes the Boston Globe.




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"Innocents Abroad"—a new guidebook offers Americans advice on how to behave overseas

An article written by A&S Honors faculty member Martha Bayles was published in the Editorial Wall Street Journal.




MoNatasha SarkisianEva Garrouttedel research

An editorial in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has declared that a study by Associate Professor of Sociology Eva Garroutte and Assistant Professor of Sociology Natasha Sarkisian on disparities in health perceptions between Indian patients and their doctors "represents a significant advance and should serve as a model for future research."




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Teaching recognition

The Eastern Communication Association has awarded the 2006 Donald and Caroline Ecroyd Teaching Award to Adjunct Associate Professor of Communication Bonnie Jefferson.




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Selected for distinguished honor

The New England Psychological Association (NEPA) has chosen Psychology Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett to deliver a William James Distinguished Lecture.




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The things we carry

Associate Dean Clare Dunsford published an essay in the Winter 2006 issue of The Kenyon Review: "Base Pairs," a chapter from a book she is writing about raising a son with Fragile X Syndrome.




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One of the best experts in his field

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to Professor of Biology Peter Clote and his research team for their project titled, "RNA-Parafold: Algorithms and Web Server for Parametric Aspects of RNA Secondary Structure."




Citizen painPeter SkerryAlan Wolfe

 Political Scientist Peter Skerry discusses the immigration debate in the New Republic, while Alan Wolfe looks at the politics of the situation. 




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Stellar research team awarded grant

Biologist Daniel Kirschner is part of a research team to be awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease (MJFF).




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Scientist makes case for coyotes

Many Cape Codders view coyotes with a mixture of wonder and anxiety, while graduate student Jonathan Way sees the wild canines as a fascinating, if recent, part of the local ecosystem. Environmental Studies Program




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Four in four years

Sophomores Amanda Buescher and Kuong Ly have been awarded Institute for International Public Policy Fellowships, making them the 3rd and 4th BC recipients within the past four years.




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BC senior wins national directing fellowship

Anthony Nunziata '06 has won a National Directing Kennedy Center Fellowship at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) held in April. More




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Three students are recipients of prestigious awards

Truman Scholarship recipient Nicholas Salter '07, Harriman Service Fellowship recipient Kelly McClure '06, and National Science Foundation Research Fellowship recipient Elizabeth O’Day '06.




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Great victory for BC's Russian program

Kristina Conroy '09 has won first place in the Seventh Annual American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.




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It’s all about having choices

Saheba Sahni, a BC junior from New Delhi, India, is interviewed about her decision to study in the U.S. with Voice of America.




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Rah! Rah! Dada!

Martha Bayles, faculty member in the A&S Honors program, pens the cover story in the latest Weekly Standard.




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The Whale Road

A poetry manuscript by English Professor Andrew Sofer was named a semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize.




Fabio SchiantarelliMark Reeder in the 2003 Boston MarathonBoston Marathon 2006

For the 2nd year in a row mathematician Mark Reeder finished in 104th place. Also completing the marathon was economist Fabio Schiantarelli.




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Rotella wins Guggenheim Fellowship

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a 2006 Fellowship to Professor of English Carlo Rotella, who will make use of the award to complete a new book on the place of music in the lives of various musicians.




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From bad to good

Professor of Political Science, Director of The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Alan Wolfe considers 'How Bush's Bad Ideas May Lead to Good Ones' in the Chronicle of Higher Education Review.




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Papal anniversary

Writing in the Boston Globe, Associate Professor of Theology James Weiss considers Pope Benedict XVI’s first year.




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A secret and a mystery

Professor of Theology Harvey Egan, S.J. was interviewed by Greg Wayland of New England Cable News (NECN) regarding the Gospel of Judas.




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Historian's book triumphs

America's Miracle Man in Vietnam, written by Assistant Professor of History Seth Jacobs, has been awarded the Stuart Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.




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BC marks 6th Truman Scholar since 1998

Economics major Nicholas Salter '07 has been selected as a Truman Scholar.




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Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor of Communication Ann Marie Barry will lecture on "Meeting of Minds Through Art: The Neurology Of Creativity and Aesthetic Appreciation" at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kern Conference on visual communication and the creative mind.




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A career in public service

Kelly McClure '06, a member of the A&S Honors program and an International Studies major concentrating in Political Science, has been awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, a 1st for BC.




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O'Day receives prestigious fellowship

Elizabeth O'Day '06 has been awarded a 2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Liz, already a winner of a Winston Churchill Scholarship to study at Cambridge University, has aspired to be a biochemist since the seventh grade.




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President elect

Associate Professor of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Margaret Thomas has been elected Vice-President of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, through 2007, to be followed by a two-year term as President.




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Idea of simple life takes hold

Surveys conducted by Sociologist Juliet Schor have found that the majority of Americans feel the United States is too materialistic. USA TODAY




TJohn McDarghhe CathoLisa Cahilllic Church and gay adoption

The WCVB-TV program Chronicle discusses gay adoption and the Catholic Church with theologist Lisa Cahill and offers a segment on theologist John McDargh and his family, including an interview with his adopted son.




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Senior citizens in the workforce

Michael Smyer, Dean/Graduate Arts and Sciences and Director/Center for Aging & Work, is interviewed on Retirement and Work on "CNN In The Money." Transcript excerpt




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St. Patrick in U.S. history

An op-ed by History Professor Emeritus Thomas O'Connor probes the connection between St. Patrick and Evacuation Day in the Boston Herald.




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Novel mixes romance and environmentalism

In its roundup of new books about the Northwest, The Statesman-Journal (Salem, Oregon) includes The Tree-Sitter, by English Professor Suzanne Matson. BC Chronicle




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The Pope and the poet

If his first encyclical Deus Caritas Est is any indication, it seems Pope Benedict XVI has not only been reading St. Augustine, but Dante Alighieri as well, writes Associate Professor of Theology Rev. Robert Imbelli in America.




Lord of the games

Long before the founding of Rotisserie League Baseball, Sociology Professor Emeritus William Gamson dreamed up a primitive forebear of the addictive fantasy game in 1960. Author Sam Walker describes Gamson’s role as the 'God Father of Fantasy Baseball' in his book Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball’s Lunatic Fringe.




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Award winning program

BC’s Global Proficiency Program, created by Adrienne Nussbaum, Assistant Dean/Director of International Students and Scholars, has won the NASPA Award for Best Practices in International Education and Learning in the Campus Based International Programming Category.




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Inside the minds of shoppers

The Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business has invited Associate Professor of Communication Ann Marie Barry to lecture on :Neuromarketing: Selling Through Mind."




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Women in science and technology

BC’s month-long program to inspire high school girls to consider a career in science, designed by multi-award winner Elizabeth O'Day '06, was a big hit with participants.




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The Nattering Nabobs of... Patriotism?

English Professor Paul Lewis offers a satirical op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.




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Mainstream surrealism

Karl Baden's recent book exhibition was described as an intelligent exhibit, requiring the viewer to actively make connections while absorbing the art.




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Artists remember the 'Forgotten War'

Thanks to the efforts of BC psychologist Ramsay Liem, an art exhibit allows Korean Americans to unearth and share stories from the conflict that tore their homeland apart.




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Mississippi Blues

English faculty member Susana Roberts is a finalist for The 2006 Mississippi Review Prize for her poem "Blues: ‘Bars’ work-clothes quilt", to be published in the journal’s Spring issue.




This research paper worked

Jamie Lee '06, nominated a Junior Fellow to the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (AAPSS) by BC’s Economics dept., has been chosen by the Academy to receive an Undergraduate Research Award based on his paper, "Did It Work? A Look at the Effects of Welfare Reform Nearly a Decade Later."




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Through a lens darkly

Two stints in India give budding documentarian, Elayne McCabe '06, some tough lessons about filmmaking, and life. BC Chronicle




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Not quite ready to retire

The number of older workers opting "bridge jobs" over full retirement is growing at a fast pace. "Why go from 100 m.p.h. to zero?" asks A&S Dean Joseph Quinn. "You wouldn't do that in your car." Time




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She aims at getting girls hooked on science

After hearing that many girls thought studying science was "lame, boring, too hard, and just plain uncool" Elizabeth O'Day '06, recruited 20 of her fellow women science majors at BC to help push more girls into science.




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Computer analysis suggests paintings are not Pollocks

Pollock scholar and BC art historian Claude Cernuschi was quoted in the New York Times regarding the authenticity of 24 newly found paintings believed to be the works of Jackson Pollock.




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Why are you laughing?

Studio 360, a national radio talk show that encourages listeners to view the world in a different way, interviewed English Professor Paul Lewis on humor and violence in the media.




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Outstanding research acknowledged

The Swiss Chemical Society has selected Assistant Professor of Chemistry Torsten Fiebig and his former collaborator, Achim Wagenknecht, to share the 2006 Grammaticakis-Neumann Award




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Appointed editor of math book series

The Executive Committee of the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) has appointed mathematician Solomon Friedberg an editor of the book series Issues in Mathematics Education.




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Successful research on solar energy harvesting

Physics Professor Krzysztof Kempa has won a Technology Assessment Award from The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center.




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History and language

English Professor Paul Marian offers a review of Lawrence Joseph's poetry dealing with the effects of 9/11 at Ground Zero. America




Born To BuyJuliet Schor Too much of a good thing

Researchers are finding that the pursuit of "nice things" harms your emotional well-being, causing damage to relationships and self-esteem, as well as a higher risk of depression and anxiety. During a Boston Globe interview Sociologist Juliet Schor reminds us that our children are also being harmed.




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Bracing for the baby boom

The White House Conference on Aging, attended by Dean Michael A. Smyer, listed a mental health resolution as a key priority that will be included in the conference’s final report. Monitor on Psychology




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Islamic rage: sometimes, it hurts to laugh

The free-press arguments offered by defenders of controversial political cartoons miss a key point: The question is not whether papers have the right to print any cartoons they choose, but whether they should have chosen to print these cartoons, writes Paul Lewis in the Hartford Courant.




Stephen Schloesser, S.J.RecogJazz Age Catholicism bookcovernized for original and significant contribution

A new book by Associate Professor of History Stephen Schloesser, S.J. won the John Gilmary Shea Prize and is reviewed in this week's New Republic. | The Catholic Register article 'Catholicism in the key of jazz'.




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BC scientists stretch carbon nanotubes

Physicists at BC have for the first time shown that carbon nanotubes can be stretched at high temperature to nearly four times their original length, a finding that could have implications for future semiconductor design as well as in the development of new nanocomposites. The BC Physics faculty include Jianyu Huang, Krzysztof Kempa, Zhifeng Ren, and Ziqiang Wang. Nature | Physorg.com




ScienMarilyn NumantifiMichael Numanc American features Numans' findings

Michael Numan and Marilyn Numan have shown that the action of pregnancy hormones on a part of the hypothalamus in the female mammal’s brain is largely responsible for maternal responsiveness, thus enabling mothers to be more attentive and caring toward their young. Numans’ lab




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Outstanding student receives award

The American Academy of Political and Social Science has named Sarah Carmody '06 a Junior Fellow




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Encountering John Adams

This summer Political Science Professor Marc Landy will be sharing his knowledge on John Adams, while conducting an American History and Culture workshop to community college faculty. More




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Becoming Jane Addams

Alan Wolfe, Professor of Political Science and Director of The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, reviewed Louise W. Knight's book Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy in Sunday's NY Times.




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The dynamic duo

Boston Marathon legends Rick and Dick Hoyt star in John Michalczyk’s latest film, "Rick's Eyes on the Prize: Running with Team Hoyt". The Hoyt story, filmed over a three-year period, is a segment of "I'm Here", a documentary series about people living with disabilities. Michalczyk directed the Hoyt movie, Philip DiMattia (Director of BC’s Campus School) served as executive producer, and Ronald Marsh (circulation assistant at the O’Neill Library) served as co-producer and co-director. MetroWest




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"Cavaliere" Mormando

The President of the Republic of Italy has inducted Franco Mormando into the honorary "Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana" with the title of "Cavaliere" (Knight).




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A look back at President Ford

Political Science Professor Marc Landy discusses the late President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon with NECN.




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The high price of the holidays

Sociologist Juliet Schor discussed holiday consumerism on the NPR program Here and Now.




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Recognized for outstanding efforts

Mark F. O'Connor, Adjunct Professor and Director of the A&S Honors Program, received the Amicus Poloniae award for outstanding efforts to promote development and cooperation between the Republic of Poland and the U.S.




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Three more BC faculty named to Endowed Chairs

James O'Toole has been appointed as the first Charles I. Clough Chair in History, while Lawrence Scott is the inaugural Louise and James Vanderslice and Family Chair in Chemistry. In addition, this month Jesuit Institute Director T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., was named the second holder of the Peter Canisius Chair. BC Chronicle




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He aims to balance people with nature

The words "university professor" and "motorcycle mechanic" don't often appear in the same resume. Clearly, Eric Strauss, Director of BC's Environmental Studies Program, took a roundabout path to climbing the ivory tower.




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Biologist awarded research funding

The Smith Family Foundation has awarded funding to Biologist Marc-Jan Gubbels for his research on Toxoplasma cell division.




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Meanwhile: laughing all the way to the war

Professor Paul Lewis' op-ed in the International Herald Tribune looks at pro-war satire and ridicule during the crucial run-up to the invasion of Iraq in March of 2003.




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Physicist wins Alpha Sigma Nu book award

A new book by Physics Professor Baldassare Di Bartolo was selected as a winner in the 2006 Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Awards, administered by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. BC Chronicle




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'HEAR NOW'

A holiday poem written by English faculty member and published author Elizabeth Kirschner.




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A cleaner, greener Christmas

When Santa Claus squeezes down the chimney in a few weeks, he won't be the only one leaving sooty footprints in the living room, writes Sociology Professor Juliet Schor.




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Gramaticakis-Neumann Prize recipient

Professor of Chemistry Torsten Fiebig is co-recipient of the Gramaticakis-Neumann Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society. More




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Listening to 'American Voices'

The way Matthew Porter '09 sees it, there's a very thin line separating politics, theater and journalism, and earlier this year he undertook a project that combined them all: "American Voices," a documentary about the act, and art, of protest in the United States. More




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How to stay married

Research data by Assistant Professor of Sociology Natalia Sarkisian is discussed in Times of London.




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Speak freely

On the topic of Israel, as on every topic, an open debate is in the best interest of international peace, stability and security, writes Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review.




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Research award

Steven Bruner, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received a Career Grant from the National Science Foundation.




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Scientist receives grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor of Physics Vidya Madhavan a Career Grant.




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Researchers decode sea urchin genome

Biologist David Burgess and other BC researchers are co-authors of a major genome sequencing paper published as the lead article in the Nov. 10 issue of the journal Science. More




DistingMary Robertsuished facultyUdayan Mohanty

Professors Mary Roberts and Udayan Mohanty are Chemistry's newest American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. They join their distinguished Chemistry colleagues Paul Davidovits and Lawrence Scott.




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The new Muslim-Liberal Coalition

The victory of Minnesota’s Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the Congress, shows the changing alliances that were set in motion by 9/11, writes Political Scientist Peter Skerry in Time.




Taiwan earthquake

A major earthquake in Taiwan (magnitude 7.1) was recorded by Weston Observatory seismologists on December 26, 2006. Weston Observatory seismogram | BC Educational Seismology Project




NSF Grant awarded to Interdisciplinary team

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to an interdisciplinary team composed of educators, scientists, and psychologists from Arts and Sciences and the Lynch School, to enhance the quality of urban science education and vocational preparation.




Catholic colleges give Jewish programs a lift

From Boston College to Georgetown University, minors in Jewish Studies are taking root on campus. Maxim D. Shrayer and Dwayne E. Carpenter are the founders and co-directors of BC’s newly created Jewish Studies Program.




African and African Diaspora Studies

BC’s Black Studies Program has been renamed African and African Diaspora Studies, to reflect an expanded focus on African descendants. This interdisciplinary program explores how the slave trade, patterns of labor exploitation, and immigration and migration routes have shaped the experiences of African descendants from Africa, the Caribbean, the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.




Hope amid destruction

During BC’s winter break BC volunteers worked tirelessly to help the rebuilding efforts in Mississippi. The Heights




Weston Observatory records earthquake

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake near the South Pacific nation of Tonga was recorded by Weston Observatory seismologists. Seismogram




Noted scholar of English and American Poetry

Professor Emeritus Anne Ferry, author of seven books of literary criticism, died after a long illness. Ferry taught English at BC from 1966 until her retirement in 1991. She was also involved in the development of BC’s creative doctoral program in English. Ferry was a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to serving as trustee of Boston’s Commonwealth School and of Vassar College. In 2003 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.




Boston College lauded for outreach to Boston public schools

In 2003 BC received a $5 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, with a $5 million match from BC to launch Teachers for a New Era. This major undertaking involves a partnership among A&S faculty, LSOE faculty, and school-based professionals in area public schools. Chronicle of Higher Education




John Randall, Professor Emeritus

Professor Randall died after a long illness. Randall joined the BC faculty in 1962. After retiring from full-time teaching in 1998, Randall continued to teach part-time.




FULTON Debate wins George Mason Tournament

Allen Best ´07 and Mandy Castle ´07 won the varsity division of the 2006 George Mason Patriot Debate Tournament at George Mason University.




Weston Observatory records Russian quake

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake in Russia was recorded by Weston Observatory seismologists. Seismogram




BC undergrads excel at Fed Challenge

A team of economics students finished second in the national finals of an academic competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve




Elements, Boston College Undergraduate Research Journal

The Journal was founded in September 2004 by a group of twenty undergraduate students as a forum for the exchange of original ideas within and across disciplines at the University. Spring 2006 issue




Weston Observatory records Indonesian earthquake

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck central Java in Indonesia, killing more than 3,000 people, was recorded by Weston Observatory seismologists. View seismogram | News report




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Politics and humor

Professor of English Paul Lewis discussed his book and the current state of political humor in the U.S. on WBUR's "On Point".




Hats off to The Heights

BC’s independent student newspaper has been named a finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press for its 2006 Overall Newspaper Pacemaker award, the most prestigious award given to college newspapers. More




Competing for national championship

BC's Federal Reserve Challenge team wins first place in the Boston region and will head to the national championship in Washington later this month.




CRR receives record amount of federal support

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has received $2.7 million in new funding, a record amount, from the U.S. Social Security Administration. More




BC among America's ‘New Ivies’

Boston College has been named to the elite 'New Ivies’ list, introduced for the first time this year by Kaplan/Newsweek, which includes ‘colleges whose first-rate academic programs, combined with a population boom in top students, have fueled their rise in stature and favor among the nation’s top students, administrators and faculty—edging them to a competitive status rivaling the Ivy League. Boston Business Journal | NBC Today Show




Hawaiian earthquake

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake was recorded by Weston Observatory seismologists on 10/15/06. View seismogram. This earthquake was also recorded in classrooms of K-12 schools that are part of the Boston College Educational Seismology Project.