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Chemist elected AAAS Fellow

Vanderslice Professor of Chemistry T. Ross Kelly has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching and research, as well as leadership. 




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Scientist in the news

Professor of Chemistry Steven Bruner has won a Shared Instrumentation Grant from NIH. Bruner is also the recent recipient of a prestigious NSF Career award.




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The Poet Rumi at 800

BC theologian James Morris was among scholars discussing Jalaluddin Rumi, a great mystic poet of the Islamic world born eight hundred years ago this month, on NPR's 'On Point.'




BC physicists invent tiny cable that transmits visible light

Physicists Krzysztof Kempa, Michael Naughton, Jakub Rybczynski, Zhifeng Ren, and Andrzej Herczynski have beamed visible light through a cable hundreds of times smaller than a human hair, an achievement they anticipate will lead to advances in solar power and optical computing. Eurekalert | Reuters | New Scientist | Applied Physics Letters




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New findings on superconductivity 'glue'

A team of BC physicists led by Assistant Professor Vidya Madhavan has identified an alternative explanation for the origins of the 'glue' that binds electrons during high-temp superconductivity. Nature | PhysOrg.com 




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Promoting social justice through the teaching of writing

Assistant Professor of English Paula Mathieu has won the 2007 Rachel Corrie Courage in the Teaching of Writing Award. 




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When comedy meets politics

Professor of English Paul Lewis was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin show discussing the Fox News Channel comedy program and political satire. WPR




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A product of obsession and curiosity

Collecting photography books is an obsession for many photographers. A lot of us do it. But photographer and Boston College faculty Karl Baden has given his obsession a special spin. 'Covering Photography' project




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Fulton Debate establishes Quinn Award

In appreciation of his distinguished career as Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences and his long-standing support of Fulton Debate, Joseph F. Quinn was honored at the debate by receiving a Friend of Fulton Award and by the naming of a new student award after him, which will be given each year to an outstanding first year debater. Matthew Maerowitz, who appropriately is an economics major, was announced as the first recipient of the Quinn award.




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Prof's writing honored

English Professor Carlo Rotella is among the 2007 winners of the prestigious Whiting Writers' Awards, given to those whose work exhibits exceptional talent and promise. New York Times | Bloomberg | New York Sun | AP




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Gay and Gauche?

Professor of German Studies Michael Resler has written an op-ed piece entitled "Gay and Gauche?" for the February 6, 2007 issue of the campus newspaper, The Observer.




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Groundbreaking wealth study

BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, directed by sociologist Paul Schervish, has launched the first national survey ever to focus on the joys and dilemmas of the ultra wealthy.




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And divided we laugh

English Professor Paul Lewis looks back at the year in humor in the Boston Globe.




Peace Corps bound

Mareika Leask McLaughlin '05, daughter of Chemistry Professor Larry McLaughlin and one of 35 BC grads who joined the Peace Corps this year, reflects on her summer of training in Cape Verde.




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After the gloves came off

The ballad of one of the most potent, colorful partnerships and epic breakups in Boston sports - that of manager Norm Stone and world champ boxer John Ruiz - is played out by BC's Carlo Rotella in Boston Magazine.




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Just another plot device

Martha Bayles, A&S Honors faculty, writes in the Boston Sunday Globe on the normalization of torture scenes in mass media.




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Cell biology

BC biologist David Burgess is among researchers featured in a piece by the UK's New Scientist.com on new directions in cell biology. 




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BC biologists see diet as potential brain cancer therapy

A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet designed to treat epileptic children may also fight brain cancer--at a fraction of the cost of chemotherapy, radiation and neurosurgery, according to research by Biology Professor Thomas Seyfried and members of his lab. EurekAlert | UPI




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Ultimate gift guide

Center on Wealth and Philanthopy Director Paul Schervish provides a companion guide to the new feature film ‘The Ultimate Gift.’ 




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Mobilizing the religious left

Walter Rauschenbusch, leader of the Social Gospel movement of the early 20th century, is being rediscovered by those who hope to make more visible the presence of a religious left in the United States, writes BC's Alan Wolfe in the New York Times.




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Remembering Elvis

The sideburns, the haircut, the flashy clothes and body language - the image of Elvis Presley in the 1950s was no PR stunt. Now, 30 years after his death, the Memphis misfit still defies explanation, writes Martha Bayles of BC's Arts and Sciences Honors Program in the Weekly Standard.




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Joys, dilemmas of wealth

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy's study of the ultra-rich, co-funded by the Gates Foundation, will explore the hearts and minds of the wealthy, not just their financial plans, says director Paul Schervish. Wall Street Journal




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Grant recipients

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to Clare O'Connor, Associate Professor of Biology, and Michael Piatelli, Director/Biology Laboratories, for their project, "Yeast and Oxygen: Incorporating functional genomics research into three advanced laboratory courses".




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The marriage penalty

When the honeymoon is over, will couples find all they have is each other? A study co-authored by BC sociologist Natasha Sarkisian suggests modern marriage reduces family, social and community ties. Washington Post




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Shannon Briggs says Nyet

On June 2nd in Atlantic City WBO heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs defends his title against Sultan Ibragimov, a southpaw from Dagestan, in the northern Caucasus. A mere title bout it is not, says English Professor Carlo Rotella who tells the back story in the New York Times Magazine.




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Sloan Fellowship Recipient

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Benjamin Howard has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship.




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CGS releases major report

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael A. Smyer, and fellow members of the Council of Graduate Schools' Advisory Committee, released their report, Graduate Education: The Backbone of American Competitiveness and Innovation, at a congressional briefing held yesterday at the Library of Congress.




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Life as a Sports Fan in Boston

The recent success of Boston's sports teams is giving fans a triple-barrel benefit writes BC psychologist Joseph Tecce.




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Media Note

It's a BC-broadcast evening on Monday, December 17 as WCVB-TV Ch. 5's 'Chronicle' features A&S Associate Dean Clare Dunsford's new book 'Spelling Love with an X' at 7:30 p.m., followed at 8:00 p.m. by an interview with Undergraduate Admission Director John Mahoney, Jr. on WBZ-AM 1030's 'Nightside with Dan Rea.'




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Gambling and religion

Jewish Studies Co-director and Romance Languages and Literature Professor Dwayne Carpenter, a participant in the recent Boisi Center conference on gambling in American culture, discusses religious traditions and gambling in the Boston Globe.




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China and Taiwan

For China, how to manage Taiwan - a leading symbol of Chinese nationalism - is a key question, writes BC politicial scientist Robert Ross in Forbes magazine.




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Spirit of friendship

The Campus School's 'Spirit Day' welcomed members of the BC football team, including Thomas Claiborne '10, seen here signing a poster for his new-found friend Joseph Weiss.




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Senior publishes in mathematics journal

Clare Duan '07 has distinguished herself in mathematics by being the first undergraduate who has published in a mathematics journal. Her research was conducted under Professor Nancy Rallis.




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Virginia Tech

BC psychologist Joseph Tecce discussed the Virginia Tech tragedy and the issues of grief and stress during an interview with New England Cable News.




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Hurricane hunter

BC geochemist Amy Frappier is among scientists searching for signs of hurricanes in the stalagmites of caves. Her team's summer research trip to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula is one of the latest efforts to build a record of Atlantic tropical-cyclone activity. Christian Science Monitor




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American Jews and Israel

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe was among guests discussing conflicts among American Jews over Israel on NPR's 'On Point'




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An aging workforce

A recent address by BC Center on Aging and Work Co-Director Michael A. Smyer focused on the competitive marketplace for labor that will face U.S. businesses in coming years. More from the Colorado Springs Gazette.




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Best wins 115th annual Fulton Prize Debate

Allen Best '07, an economics and political science major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the annual Fulton Prize Debate, held during BC's first ever Fulton Debate alumni reunion weekend. The debate was judged by a panel of twelve BC alumni, all previous winners of the Fulton Prize Debate.




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Electronically excited DNA

Research by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Torsten Fiebig's team is reported in the March 19, 2007 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.




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'The Undertaking'

Paddy Lynch '06 and his uncle - poet and journalist Thomas Lynch, who spoke at BC in 2005 - are featured in a PBS 'Frontline' portrait of Lynch & Sons' family business of caring for the living and the dead. Details | Video




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The ethics of gambling

The ethics surrounding the issue of gambling, both in theory and reality, is surprisingly complex, writes gaming expert Richard McGowan, S.J., of the Carroll School of Management in the Boston Globe.




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Lesson from history

Britain's bicentenary of the slave trade's abolition should remind us how easy it is to become comfortable with distant atrocities, writes English Professor Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace in the Christian Science Monitor.




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Behind the bricks and mortar

The history, topography, architecture, and folklore of BC's Brighton campus took on a sharper focus for those on a recent walking tour of the property led by Clough Professor of History James O'Toole. BC Chronicle




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Being single has its benefits

BC Sociologist Natasha Sarkisian's research, published last fall by the American Sociological Association, is cited in USA Today.




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What can caves reveal about global warming?

A team of scientists led by BC's Amy Frappier have shown that cave formations could help settle the contentious debate on whether hurricanes are strengthening in intensity due to global warming. Mongabay




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Hopper's world

In a Weekly Standard cover story, Martha Bayles of the A&S Honors Program writes on Edward Hopper's world, in conjunction with an exhibition of the artist's work at the National Gallery.




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Ministry and management

A new BC graduate program to teach management principles to leaders of churches and religious nonprofits is about 'employing good business practices that enhance the mission of the church,' says theologian Thomas Groome, the program's founder. New York Times




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Making metathesis work

Chemical and Engineering News reports on the use of Joseph T. and Patricia Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda's olefin metathesis catalysts in industry.




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Hugs across a distance

During her sophomore year in high school, BC freshman Mireille Manzone founded Hugs for Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving support and encouragement to the troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, by sending care packages of goods and letters. "I figured that these people are over there sacrificing so much for us, and it just broke my heart," said Manzone. BC Chronicle | Hugs for Heroes




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Exploring centuries of Jewish-Russian culture

The latest work by BC's Maxim D. Shrayer introduces readers to the full range ofthe Jewish-Russian literary canon. BC Chronicle




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Award for innovative teaching

Laura Murphy of African and African Diaspora Studies has been honored for innovative teaching by an international scholarly collaborative. 




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Bernanke cites BC economist

At a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta last week, Chairman Ben Bernanke cited the research of BC economist Matteo Iacoviello. Remarks | Economics announcement




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Tunney keeps biographer at arm's length

Carlo Rotella reviews a biography of Gene Tunney, brainy former heavyweight boxing champ who upset the legendary Jack Dempsey. Chicago Tribune




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Hesse-Biber wins AESA Critics' Choice award

Sociologist Sharlene Hesse-Biber's edited Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis was among the books chosen as a Critics Choice Award Winner by the American Educational Studies Association.




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Tsunami interview

CBS & News interviewed Professor of Geology; Director, Weston Observatory John Ebel about Sunday's unexpected deadly tsunami that sent ten-foot high waves smashing into parts of the Solomon Islands.




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The high price of the holidays

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




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Geometry and the imagination

Mathematics Professor G. Robert Meyerhoff is among a trio of U.S. and Australian academics who have proven that the "Weeks manifold" is indeed the smallest possible hyperbolic space. Science magazine




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Sharing enlightenment

Sharing enlightenment BC professor of comparative theology John Makransky's latest book 'Awakening Through Love' illustrates how people of all faiths and backgrounds can access the Tibetan Buddhist practice of compassion and wisdom.




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Mastering the art of diplomacy

BC Presidential Scholar and Beinecke scholarship winner Emily Neumeier '08 is spending her summer as a curator, preparing for a first-of-its-kind exhibition on the Koran at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. St. Petersburg Times




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More on cancer study

Findings released earlier this year by Biology Professor Thomas Seyfried showing that a calorically restricted diet can decrease the growth of malignant brain tumors in lab mice are now featured by Reuters Health.




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Alumna hometown jazz debut

Maria Tecce '90, daughter of BC psychologist Joseph Tecce and a successful jazz-cabaret singer in Ireland, will make her Boston debut this week. Boston Herald




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American tales in India

"I knew . . . that it was going to be a rather unique adventure," says Fulbright Scholar Michael Scahill '05, one of a small band of American researchers in Asia featured by Science magazine. While a BC undergrad, Scahill worked in DeLuca Professor of Biology Marc Muskavitch's lab.




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The greedy marriage

"THE WEDDING SEASON is wrapping up, and many of the newly joined were no doubt advised that love is patient and kind. But now research by BC's sociologist Natalia Sarkisian says love can also be greedy."




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A market for kidneys?

The Wall Street Journal online mentions the kidney exchange research jointly conducted by BC economist Tayfun Sonmez.




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Cattell sabbatical awardee

Professorof Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett is a Cattell Sabbatical Award recipient.




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For 20 years, photographer had a daily obsession: himself

Fine Arts faculty Karl Baden was featured in the Boston Globe for his photo exhibit, "Every Day: 2/23/87-2/23/07, Twenty Years--Ten Bucks." The exhibit contained approximately 7,000 self-portraits.




Christopher YoungSascha RubinErica MarcusGerman Studies students win scholarships

Erica Marcus, Sascha Rubin, and Christopher Young, all of the class of 2007, have received DAAD study scholarships for a full year of graduate study in Germany.




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Seasonal poetry

University professor of English Paul Mariani has published a poem in America magazine titled "Mantra for a Dark December Night."




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Achieving work/family balance

Research Professor Lisa Dodson presented her study on "family-caregiving responsibility" and effects on employment opportunity to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington DC.




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Exceptional artistic promise

The Institute of Contemporary Art has selected Assistant Professor in Fine Arts Sheila Gallagher as one of four finalists for The James and Audrey Foster Prize.




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He thinks and acts globally for refugees

Drawing on his family's experience living in Southeast Asian refugee camps, Truman Scholar Kuong Ly '08 is determined to make a difference in the lives of refugees around the world. Woburn Daily Times




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1.5 million dollar, three-year, NSF grant

Mathematics professor Solomon Friedberg is one of a team of investigators that have been awarded a 1.5 million dollar, three-year, NSF grant. The grant will fund research on combinatorial representation theory, multiple Dirichlet series, and moments of L-functions.




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Age in the workplace

BC's Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research, joined Washington Post columnist Martha Hamilton online June 26 to answer questions about making smart financial decisions while preparing for retirement. Transcript




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Memory and emotion

A study by BC psychologist Elizabeth Kensinger and colleagues casts light on why negative events may be remembered in more detail than positive ones. More from Science Daily.




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Spelling love with an X

BC's Clare Dunsford reflects on the things she's learned about her son, herself, her family, and the human condition in her new book 'Spelling Love with an X: A Mother, A Son and the Gene that Binds Them' - the first literary memoir about living with fragile X syndrome. 




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The word incarnate

BC theologian Rev. Robert Imbelli writes on Christ as the Word Incarnate as part of a collection of essays in America magazine titled 'What are Theologians Saying about Christology?'




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Health care to go

A&S Honors Program senior Stacy Brown spent her summer traveling rural New Mexico in a customized ambulance, offering mobile medical testing to area residents who lack access to preventive health care. BC Chronicle




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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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Appointed to Committee on Aging

Michael A. Smyer, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Work, has been named to the American Psychological Association's Committee on Aging (CONA).




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Outstanding research

The Dana Foundation has awarded a grant to BC psychologist Elizabeth Kensinger for her research project, The Neural Processes that Lead to Effective Emotion Regulation: Effects of Aging.




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And the winner is...

BC's Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Sheila Gallagher, is one of four finalists competing for the Institute of Contemporary Art's James and Audrey Foster Prize.




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Teachers must be up for count

It is vital that elementary school teachers be well-prepared to teach mathematics, writes Mathematics Professor Solomon Friedberg in an op-ed in the Boston Herald.




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Talk about long shots

The Boston Globe enlisted the help of three mathematicians, including BC's Nancy Rallis, to help calculate the odds of any team hitting four consecutive home runs, as the Red Sox did on Sunday night while sweeping the Yankees.




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Outstanding achievement

A research paper by Steven Englehardt '07 is one of four finalists in a competitive undergraduate paper competition. Englehardt's research was supervised by James Anderson, William B. Neenan, S.J. Millennium Professor of Economics.




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Emotional decisions

Keeping a cool head may not always be the best course when faced with a choice. Research by psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett finds emotion can enhance the decision-making process, even when choosing investments.




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American belgophile

BC art historian Jeff Howe tells The Bulletin, Brussels' leading English-language arts magazine, why he loves Belgium.




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Special recognitions

At the 2007 Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, John J. Neuhauser, newly appointed President of St. Michael's College and former Academic Vice President of Boston College, was initiated as an honorary member of the Chapter. The College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph F. Quinn received a special award in recognition of his contributions over the years.




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Lessons from the wounded edge

Colombia's image is that of a country where violence, illegal drugs and poverty are rife. But when members of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network visited, they found that through grass-roots Church-based initiatives the troubled country has become a school for peace, BC's David Hollenbach, S.J. writes in The Tablet.




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Waiting for America

'Waiting For America: A Story of Emigration' - the new memoir by BC's Maxim D. Shrayer, professor of Russian and English - is featured by Newton Magazine and wins praise from the Providence Journal.




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17 million words inspire an opera

Boston's chamber opera company Intermezzo premieres 'The Inman Diaries,' an opera by BC Music Professor Thomas Oboe Lee based on the colossal diary of Arthur Crew Inman, a notorious recluse and one of Boston's great eccentrics. Boston Globe 09/14/07 and 09/17/07.




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A classic 'gentleman scholar'

Neenan Professor of Economics James Anderson, one of the world's leading trade theorists, takes center stage in the BC Chronicle's latest 'Heights of Excellence' profile. 




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Society was to blame, not just the Sisters

English (and Irish Studies) faculty member James Smith's new book, Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment, received a very positive review in The Irish Times.




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Dora, Barbie and the recalls

BC author and English professor Elizabeth Graver writes on fears, risks and realities of contemporary life in light of the recent spate of toy recalls. Boston Globe

 


 

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Fellowship recipient

Assistant Professor of English Lisa Fluet has been awarded a fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She will be a Visiting Scholar at the AAAS for 2007-2008.

 

 

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Pvt. Beauchamp: Proud of being ashamed?

BC's Paul McNellis, S.J. weighs in on the saga of "Baghdad Diarist" Pvt. Scott Beauchamp, military honor and modern journalism. Real Clear Politics




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He thinks and acts globally for refugees

Drawing on his family's experience living in Southeast Asian refugee camps, Truman Scholar Kuong Ly '08 is determined to make a difference in the lives of refugees around the world. Woburn Daily Times




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1.5 million dollar, three-year, NSF grant

Mathematics professor Solomon Friedberg is one of a team of investigators that have been awarded a 1.5 million dollar, three-year, NSF grant. The grant will fund research on combinatorial representation theory, multiple Dirichlet series, and moments of L-functions.




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Age in the workplace

BC's Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research, joined Washington Post columnist Martha Hamilton online June 26 to answer questions about making smart financial decisions while preparing for retirement. Transcript




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Memory and emotion

A study by BC psychologist Elizabeth Kensinger and colleagues casts light on why negative events may be remembered in more detail than positive ones. More from Science Daily.




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Spelling love with an X

BC's Clare Dunsford reflects on the things she's learned about her son, herself, her family, and the human condition in her new book 'Spelling Love with an X: A Mother, A Son and the Gene that Binds Them' - the first literary memoir about living with fragile X syndrome.




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The word incarnate

BC theologian Rev. Robert Imbelli writes on Christ as the Word Incarnate as part of a collection of essays in America magazine titled 'What are Theologians Saying about Christology?'




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Health care to go

A&S Honors Program senior Stacy Brown spent her summer traveling rural New Mexico in a customized ambulance, offering mobile medical testing to area residents who lack access to preventive health care. BC Chronicle




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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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Appointed to Committee on Aging

Michael A. Smyer, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Work, has been named to the American Psychological Association's Committee on Aging (CONA).




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Outstanding research

The Dana Foundation has awarded a grant to BC psychologist Elizabeth Kensinger for her research project, The Neural Processes that Lead to Effective Emotion Regulation: Effects of Aging.




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Emotional decisions

Keeping a cool head may not always be the best course when faced with a choice. Research by psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett finds emotion can enhance the decision-making process, even when choosing investments.




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Fighting cancer with diet

BC biologist Thomas Seyfried's research of dietary therapies for diseases is cited in a Time magazine piece on high-fat diets as a possible preventive measure against cancer.




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Barrett wins NIH Pioneer award

BC's Lisa Feldman Barrett has won a $2.5 million National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award for her groundbreaking study of emotion in the brain. She is only the second psychologist ever to win this award, given to 'exceptionally innovative' investigators. Boston Globe | NIH




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Studying stress and disease

'Oxidative' stress is known to underlie many diseases including atherosclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. BC scientists, including biologist Thomas Chiles, are learning more about its role in the development of diseases by studying it at the sub-cellular level. UPI | Medical News Today




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Neither and both

With two volumes featuring the work of more than 100 writers of prose and poetry, 'An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature'—edited and co-translated by BC's Maxim D. Shrayer—is deemed 'a wonder' by The Forward.




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Art for arts' sake

Art education should be championed for its own sake, not because of a wishful sentiment that classes in painting, dance and music improve pupils' math and reading skills and standardized test scores, according to a new book by BC psychologist Ellen Winner and colleagues. New York Times




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Undercover economist: stakes in kidneys

BC Economics Professor Tayfun Sonmez and his colleagues Alvin Roth (Harvard) and Utku Unver (U of Pittsburgh) have been working with transplant surgeons in New England to design a kidney exchange program. Thus far twenty-two transplants have taken place. Financial Times




Americans and religion

BC faculty members comment on a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, which found that most Americans consider themselves religious, yet non-dogmatic in their approach to faith. 




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Outstanding teacher

Walsh Professor of Bioethics John Paris, S.J. has received the 2007 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award.




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Up for the count

The Boston Globe features the juggling club founded in the mid 1970s by BC Roche Professor of Economics Arthur Lewbel, then an undergraduate at MIT.




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Converse book award

J. Joseph Moakley Professor Kay Schlozman and co-authors of Voice and Equality: Civic Volunteerism in American Politics have won the Philip Converse Book Award.




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'Best student paper'

Sociology doctoral candidate William Wood has won the highly competitive Edward Shils-James Coleman award from the American Sociological Association for best student paper in theory. His work '(Virtual) Myths' examines notions of territoriality and space. 




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Psychology of e-rumors

We all get e-mails with so-called safety tips, health alerts or warnings that must be read. With the help of BC psychologist Joe Tecce, Fox 25 News looks at where they all come from, and who's passing them on.




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Distinguished scholarship

English Professor Suzanne Matson received a Fellowship award from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for travel to Finland this summer as part of the research for her historical novel-in-progress, The Liberty Committee.




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More than one way of dying

The living conditions of forcibly displaced people violates human rights, writes Professor of Theology David Hollenbach, S.J. in the latest issue of America.




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Adapting to change

Center on Aging and Work Director Michael Smyer is a panelist on the PBS broadcast 'Life (Part 2)' - a new series 'by and about the whopping 26 percent of the American population who are 55 and older.' He appeared on the episode titled 'Adapting to Change.'




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Another victory

Elayne McCabe '06 has received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council in NYC to pursue a four-month research project in India. BC Chronicle




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Grow Boston greener

Charles Lord, Executive Director of BC's Urban Ecology Institute, was interviewed on WGBH's news program "Greater Boston" about the Institute's role in the "Grow Boston Greener" Campaign, a historic effort to plant 100,000 new trees in Boston's least-green neighborhoods by 2020.




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Birth order and achievement

Professor of Psychology Joseph Tecce gave his opinion to NBC News concerning the recent finding by Norwegian researchers that first-borns scored 2.3 points higher than younger siblings on an IQ test.




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Climate and consumption

BC sociologist Juliet Schor links global climate problems to 'incessant growth in consumption' in an interview with public radio's 'Marketplace.' 




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Vatican reverses Kennedy annulment

Professor of Theology Harvey Egan, S.J. was interviewed by Brad Puffer of NECN on the Vatican's reversal of the Kennedy annulment.




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Chemistry's Bruner in key antibiotic advance

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Steven Bruner and his team of researchers have taken a key step toward understanding how vancomycin, dubbed "the antibiotic of last resort," is produced in nature.




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Golf Journal: The Kid Is Alright ...

The Wall Street Journal quoted Ellen Winner, psychology professor and author of "Gifted Children: Myths and Realities", in an article on Michelle Wie.




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Hurricane hunter

BC geochemist Amy Frappier is among scientists searching for signs of hurricanes in the stalagmites of caves. Her team's summer research trip to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula is one of the latest efforts to build a record of Atlantic tropical-cyclone activity. Christian Science Monitor




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Following a Fulbright

Patrick McGroarty '06, among BC's record 21 student Fulbright winners this year and now in Berlin pursuing journalism, has just published his first article in Der Spiegel, Europe's leading news magazine. 




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Rocking and rolling

Earth shakes and quakes are in the spotlight as BC's Weston Observatory is featured in the Spring issue of Wellesley/Weston Magazine.




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Honored for innovative graduate teaching

Professor of History Peter Weiler has won the 2007 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.




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Financial futures

BC's Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research, joined Washington Post columnist Martha Hamilton online June 26 to answer questions about making smart financial decisions while preparing for retirement. Transcript




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The Vesper Sparrows

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




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Distinguished research

BC physicist Willie Padilla has won a grant from the Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator Program.




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Mentoring award

English Professor Christopher Wilson has won the 2007 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Geoffrey A. Marshall Mentoring Award.




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Why 'nappy' is offensive

For African-American women, the personal has always been political. As Don Imus found out this week, 300 years of a tangled and painful racial history cannot be washed away with a simple apology, writes Zine Magubane, associate professor of Sociology and African Diaspora Studies on the Don Imus controversy in the Boston Globe.




Earthquake in Kuril Islands

A major earthquake in the Kuril Islands (magnitude 8.2) was recorded by Weston Observatory seismologists on January 13, 2007. BC Educational Seismology Project seismograms | News report