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2004 Archived News and Features

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Professor Ramsay Liem is Project Director of the upcoming exhibit Still Present Pasts, Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War.” This multimedia exhibition, created by ten Korean American artists and historians, features video, installation and performance art in conversation with the first systematically recorded oral histories of Korean American war survivors and their families, many of whom are from the Greater Boston area.




The December issue of the Journal of the European Economic Association published findings of a recent survey of the leading faculties in the Economics field, ranking BC's Economics faculty 24th among American universities. BC Chronicle




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Professor Zhifeng Ren (Physics) has been named Fellow of American Physical Society. The Physics Department now counts four APS Fellows on its faculty, with Ren joining Michael Naughton, Gabor Kalman, and Kevin Bedell. The Chemistry Department claims two, John Fourkas and Paul Davidovits, both elected in the Society’s Chemical Physics Division.




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Associate Professor Grant Balkema is remembered for his dedication to science and his students. More




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Elizabeth O’Day ´06 has been selected to participate in the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society German Exchange Program in Berlin, Germany.




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Professor Paul Mariani dedicates his poem Hopkins in Ireland to the Jesuit Community at Boston College. America Magazine




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Professor David Burgess has been awarded Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. More




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Professor Juliet Schor was interviewed on 60 Minutes regarding the viral marketing to tween girls—the use of slumber parties to market to kids, and also in-school marketing.




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The New York Times has credited Professor Paul Lewis with “One of the Best Ideas of 2004” for his op ed pieces about “the blue states” becoming part of Canada. NY Times—Neo-Secessionism




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Bonnie Rudner published an anecdote titled “A midnight caper” in the 11/26 edition of The Boston Globe.




ClareClare Dunsford (Associate Dean in Arts and Sciences DProfessor Stephen Pfohl (Sociology)unsford and Stephen Pfohl gave lectures at the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Pfohl presented “Data Banked Bodies: New Global Technologies of Power,” and Dunsford presented “Mutants and Wild Types: My Sequence, Myself”  from her book-in-progress.




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Conductor Max Hobart’s Civic Symphony Orchestra presented a world premiere by Professor Thomas Oboe Lee.




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Professor Juliet Schor writes about consumer materialism and its affect on today’s youth. Boston College Magazine




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“The Art of the Job Talk,” written by Marilyn Johnson is an insightful article about ‘job talk’ and the weight it holds during the on-campus interview process. Perspectives Online




Professor Jonathan Bloom ProfessoProfessor Sheila Blairrs Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair have reached an agreement to collaborate on the distribution through ARTstor of up to 25,000 high quality digital images of the art and architecture of Islam from the personal archives of this team of leading scholar photographers.




ProfessProfessor Michael Naughtonors John FouProfessor John Foulkasrkas and Michael Naughton have succeeded in building micro-structures on a human hair—a scientific first. 






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“Symphony No. 6: The Penobscot River,” composed by Professor Thomas Oboe Lee, was performed by The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and choral and dance groups in celebration of Bangor’s roots on the Penobscot River.




Alan Kafka’s project titled, “The Boston College Educational Seismology Project: Inviting Students into the World of Science Research,” is a unique educational opportunity for high school and middle school students to track earthquakes happening around the world.




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Shana O. Kelley has been named by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology magazine, Technology Review, to its list of the world’s 100 top young innovators. | BC Chronicle




Yang WangThomas KempaAndrezej HerczynskiKrzysztof KempaZhifeng Ren 

A team consisting of Yang Wang (Ph.D. doctoral student in Physics), his advisor Zhifeng Ren (Physics), Krzysztof Kempa (Physics), Andrzej Herczynski (Physics), Thomas Kempa ‘04 (Marshall Scholarship recipient), and colleagues at the Natick Army Laboratory have invented an antenna that captures visible light, similar to radio antennas capturing radio waves. Once properly developed, the device, made from tiny carbon nanotubes, might serve as the basis for an optical television or for converting solar energy into electricity.




DavAwake bookcoveriElizabeth Graverd Mehegan (Globe Staff Writer) gave an outstanding review to Elizabeth Graver's third book, Awake, in The Boston Globe. The Chicago Tribune hailed Elizabeth Graver as “one of our finest writers on the grand drama of simply growing up. BC Chronicle




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Monan Professor Lisa Cahill wrote in America magazine, “Protection of prenatal life is only one part of Catholic bioethics. Catholics also have a responsibility to stress the importance of a more just distribution of health care resources because they are essential to the common good, nationally and worldwide.”




Professor Joseph Tecce studied the presidential candidate’s nonverbal communication–eye blinking–and determined that “Kerry kept his cool better than Bush” during the first debate.




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Professor Peter Kreeft participated in a panel discussion about “The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud.” WGBX




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Professor Marc Landy was a guest on WCVB-TV's “Chronicle” for a presidential debate preview.




Professor Juliet Schor ProfeBorn to Buy bookssor Juliet Schor is commended for her latest book Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. 






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For the fifth consecutive year Paul Schervish has been named to the NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50.”




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Professor Prasannan Parthasarathi has been awarded a Senior Fellowship at MIT's Dibner Institute for the 2004/05 academic year.




The CNewly appointed Associate Dean Dr. William PetriNewly appointed Associate Dean Dr. Robert Scottollege of Arts and Sciences announces the appointment of two new Associate Deans, Dr. William Petri and Dr. Robert Scott, one a longtime Boston College faculty member and the other a newcomer to the University.




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The struggle within the Democratic Party, says Alan Wolfe, is over religion and the role it should play in public life.




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Professor Paul Mariani is featured as “Guest Writer” on the website Today in Literature, a calendar of stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history.




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Professor Paul Lewis wrote in the Boston Globe that the ambivalence plaguing many Bush and Kerry supporters can be characterized as their Gollum mindset, in reference to the villainous character in J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.




AssAssociate Professor of English Carlo RotellaocCut Timeiate Professor Carlo Rotella, author of Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, discusses how boxing can prepare one for life's encounters. NECN (video player required) and Chronicle of Higher Education.




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Professor Maxim D. Shrayer has been named 2004-2005 Fellow in the Humanities by the Bogliasco Foundation. Shrayer also received a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship.




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Leslie Salzinger received Honorable Mention for “2004 Bryce Wood Book Award” of the Latin American Studies Association for her book Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico's Global Factories.




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Professor Andrew Sofer has received the Erika Mumford Prize for his poem on travel from The New England Poetry Club. In addition, his poetry manuscript The Whale Road has been named a semifinalist for the Kenyon Review First Book Prize.




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Professor Solomon Friedberg and colleagues from Brown, Columbia, and Stanford Universities have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project. The funding will support a joint effort to apply a concept called Multiple Dirichlet Series to analytic number theory, a central area of modern mathematics that is concerned with the properties of numbers, and is used in encryption and data-transmission algorithms. Friedberg stated, “It is a chance to develop a new line of research of great potential that could tell us new things about some long-standing problems in number theory.” More




Assistant Professor Pamela Lanutti received the 2004 International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Teaching Award.




DirecPaul Schervishtor PaJohn Havensul Schervish, Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, announced that The Boston Foundation has awarded them a grant to support their research project, "Geography and Generosity: The Boston Area and Beyond." The statistical analysis, directed by John Havens, Senior Research Associate, will offer an unbiased scientific assessment of how the reported findings were derived and whether the findings are valid.




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William Gamson book, Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States, was named Recipient of the ASA Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section Best Book Award.




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Professor Diane Scott-Jones has been appointed Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin, a bimonthly journal of evaluative and integrative research reviews and interpretations of issues in scientific psychology.




Assistant Professor Sarah Babbbook cover, Managing MexicoSarah Babb's book Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism has been named co-recipient of the 2004 Viviana Zelizer Prize for Best Book in Economic Sociology.





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Leslie Salzinger's book Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico's Global Factories was awarded Honorary Mention for the Sex and Gender Section's Best Book Award.




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Jeremy Bailey has won the American Political Science Association's 2004 E. E. Schattschneider Award.




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Vanderslice Professor T. Ross Kelly, the first scientist to be voted Teacher of the Year at Boston College by the students of Phi Beta Kappa, was interviewed in the July 2nd Watertown Tab.




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Kay Schlozman has been selected to receive the 2004 Rowman Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching of Political Science.




DuringSteven Almondbook cover of Candy Freak an interview with the Boston Globe, Steven Almond calculated he has at least 50 pounds of candy stashed throughout his home, and it keeps getting replenished thanks to his book, Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.




ProfAssociate Professor Carlo Rotellaecover of Cut Timessor Carlo Rotella, author of Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, talked about “the connections between boxing and college, scholarly life and real life,” during an interview with the Boston Globe.





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A one-day Symposium on Frontiers in Organic Chemistry was held in the Merkert Chemistry Center to honor Professor Lawrence T. Scott on the occasion of his 60th birthday.




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Professor Ellen Winner has been awarded a two-year grant from the International Foundation for Music Research. In addition, Professor Winner's article, Art History Can Trade Insights With The Sciences appeared in the The Chronicle of Higher Education.




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Assistant Professor Linda Tropp has been elected to the Governing Council of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.




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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Professor Lawrence Scott an additional four years funding to support his research, “Methods for the Chemical Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes.”




SinceAssociate Professor Eric Strauss (Biology) Grad student, Jonathan WayFebruary 2002, Eric Strauss and Jonathan Way have been conducting “The Urban Coyote Study,” a research project of the BC Urban Ecology Institute, to gain an understanding of the hunting, mating, and general habits of coyotes.




StevSteven Almondbook cover of Candy Freaken Almond appeared on Chronicle series "Sweet Tooth," where he discussed his "Sweet Obsession" and latest book, Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.




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Adam Birnbaum ´01 has been named the 2004 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, after competing with five other jazz pianists over a two-day period, in the sixth American Jazz Piano Competition.




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Vanderslice Professor T. Ross Kelly has been voted Teacher of the Year at Boston College by the students of Phi Beta Kappa. Kelly, the first scientist to be awarded this distinction, was described as an “engaging teacher whose motivational skills and real-world demonstrations made the most challenging of subjects captivating.” Kelly was honored at the Academic Honor Society's Induction Ceremonies on May 23. BC Chronicle




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Professor Thomas Chiles and colleagues at BU Medical Center have received a 4.65 million dollar project grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to research a type of white blood cells called B-1a cells, which, if overproduced, can lead to serious diseases, including leukemia.




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Professor John Fourkas and colleagues have discovered a way to build microscopic structures on tiny biological materials using a technique called multiphoton-absorption photopolymerization (MAP), a revelation that could eventually be used to build structures on skin, blood vessels, and even in individual cells.




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Associate Professor Carlo Rotella was awarded a Fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation.




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“Kids 2 Cents” is a volunteer weekly writing workshop founded by Assistant Professor Paula Mathieu to give students enrolled in her Literatures of Homelessness course the opportunity to share their time and skills with school-aged children residing in family homeless shelters.




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The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society has selected Christopher Gilmore´05 to receive one of four Norris/Richards Summer Research Scholarships.




During Professor Juliet Schoran inbookcover Born To Buyterview with The Capital Times, Professor Juliet Schor shared her concern that, “Television encourages people to work harder so they'll have the money to buy what they're expected to have to look successful.”




Steven Steven AlmondAbook cover of Candy Freaklmond takes readers down “sweet memory lane” with his book, Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. 





ProfesBiology Professor Thomas SeyfriedsoBlyth ShepardElizabeth Venitr Thomas Seyfried, along with co-authors Blythe Shepard ´05 and Elizabeth Venit ´01, have learned that their research paper, Oxygenation Prevents Sudden Death in Seizure Prone Mice, has been accepted for publication in Epilepsia, the Journal of the International League against Epilepsy, as well as the leading scientific and medical journal in Epilepsy research.




TimotAssistant Professor Timothy Crawford, Political Sciencebook cover of “Pivotal Deterrence: Third-Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace”hy Crawford's book, Pivotal Deterrence: Third-Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace, has won the 2003 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award.





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Professor Maxim D. Shrayer and his father David Shrayer-Petere were co-speakers at the 24th annual Brown/Providence Journal Public Affairs Conference on Sunday, April 25. The theme of this year's conference is the immigrant experience.




ProfeProfessor of Mathematics Mark ReederMathematics Professor Fabio Schiantarellissor Mark Reeder finished 78th in the Boston Marathon (the 5th hottest day ever), 67th among the men and 7th in the Masters' category, with a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes. Professor Fabio Schiantarelli ran his first Boston Marathon in a time of just over 4 hours.




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Sociology Professor Diane Vaughan's analysis of the NASA space shuttle tragedies should reinforce to all social scientists that case studies can be invaluable. Vaughan, author of The Challenger Launch Decision, was an expert witness in the investigation of the Columbia disaster. BC Chronicle | Chronicle of Higher Education




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Army 1st Lt. Kate Tooley ´01 has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, in recognition of her “leadership and unwavering commitment to soldiers and her initiative and courage in a hostile situation.” New Bedford Standard-Times




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Seth Jacobs recently hosted his undergraduate history students in his Waban home for an enjoyable evening of dinner and relaxed conversation, encouraged by Dean Joseph Quinn's Faculty-Host Meals Program.




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The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities has awarded a grant to BC for implementation of the “Still Present Pasts” exhibit, planned for 2005. Professor Ramsay Liem is Project Director and will research and edit all oral histories to be included in the “multi-media exhibit that explores the legacies of the Korean War and encourages reflection about the devastation of all wars.” Boston College Magazine Crossing Over




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Assistant Professor Kevin Ohi has accepted a Fellowship for next year at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.




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Thomas Kempa´04 has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship award in Physical Chemistry.




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Maxim D. Shrayer has been awarded a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a two-month grant to do advanced creative work or scholarly research at the Liguria Study Center on the Ligurian coast, east of Genoa.




Carlo RoCarlo Rotellaphoto of book, Cut Timetella has received The L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for his latest outstanding book, Cut Time: An Education at the Fights. Cut Time is also in the final round for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. BC Chronicle




ProfesProfessor SchervishsJohn Havens (Associate Director, Social Welfare Research Institute)or of Sociology Paul Schervish and John Havens' report, “Millionaires and the Millennium” was examined by the Philadelphia Inquirer to explore the effect inter-generational conveyance of wealth will have on future generations.




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Joseph Quinn was a guest speaker on Talk of the Nation, March 4, 2004, for a discussion about “Retirees Returning to Work.”




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Fine Arts Professor Jeffery Howe has created an extensive digital archive of American architecture with images of virtually everything Americans have lived or worshiped in.




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University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky has been selected winner of the 2004 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the American Library Association




ThomTheology Professor Thomas GroomeProfessor Thomas Groome's book What Makes Us Catholicas Groome discussed his latest book, What Makes Us Catholic, in a recent interview with National Catholic Reporter.






Gilda MAdjunct Associate Professor David WilkieoreGilda Morellilli and David Wilkie have received a 5 year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. 





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Professor Lawrence Scott has been appointed a member on the Editorial Board of the International Scientific Journal “Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds.”




ProfProfessor, Chairperson John Michalczyk (Fine Arts)essorAdjunct Associate Professor Philip Cunningham (Theology), Chairperson John Michalczyk and Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Cunningham discuss the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson’s upcoming film, The Passion of the Christ in the Boston Globe. Listen to Cunningham discuss the play on NPR's talk radio station The Connection. Also read Michalczyk's 2/22 interview with the Boston Globe.




AssistSarah Babb Sarah Babb's book, Managing Mexicoant Professor Sarah Babb has been selected co-recipient of the Myrra Komarovsky Book Award for her book, “Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism.”




ProfeProfessor Michael Keith (Communication)Michael Keith's book, Radio Stationssor Michael Keith will receive the 2004 IBS College Radio Award in acknowledgment of his longtime service and contribution to college radio, student achievement, and development.





The JoProfessor Arthur LewbelurnalProfessor Uzi Segal of Economic Education has announced the Top 800 Academic Economists. Two BC economists have placed in the top 100—Arthur Lewbel #30 and Uzi Segal #98, in addition to four placing in the top 500 Peter Ireland, Richard Arnott, Peter Gottschalk, and James Anderson.




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Professor Patricia Riggin has been named a recipient of a Kennedy Center Medallion by the American College Theater Festival.




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Historian Marilynn Johnson’s latest book, Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City, has received exceptional reviews in the New York Times.




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Professor Peter Ireland has been appointed Coeditor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control




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NASA has designated January 29, a day to remember the victims of the space shuttle tragedies: Columbia, Challenger, and Apollo I. And as the first anniversary of the Columbia disaster approaches, Diane Vaughan, author of The Challenger Launch Decision, and an expert witness in the investigation of the Columbia disaster, tells the Associated Press that it's an encouraging sign to see NASA seeking outside help to achieve cultural change.




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Professor David Northrup will serve as President of The World History Association for 2004/05.




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Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Society. In addition to Barrett, other BC faculty previously selected for this honor include Michael A. Smyer and James Russell.




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The University of Rhode Island has selected Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Keith to receive the 2004 Alumni Association's Achievement Award for the Humanities.




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Irish Studies Program has new leadership

Adjunct Associate Professor Robert Savage (History) and Associate Professor Marjorie Howes (English) have been appointed Co-Directors of the Irish Studies Program. Mary O'Herlihy has been appointed Director of the Irish Institute. BC Chronicle




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Group photograph to honor Paul Taylor ´04 (4th from left), one of two to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. Brett T. Huneycutt ´03 (not in photo) was the other recipient. Taylor and Huneycutt are the first BC students to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Photo also includes: William P. Leahy, S.J., Joseph F. Quinn, Donald L. Hafner, Kevin Bedell, and John J. Neuhauser.




Economics faculty ranked among top

The December issue of the Journal of the European Economic Association published findings of a recent survey of the leading faculties in the Economics field, ranking BC's Economics faculty 24th among American universities. BC Chronicle




Elements Journal publishes first issue

The Journal was founded in September ´04 by a group of 20 undergraduate students with a goal that the publication would become a forum for the exchange of original ideas within and across the University’s disciplines. Journal




Fulbright awards

Boston College ranked among the top 20 research universities in the nation in student Fulbright awards won this year.




BC Vigil

Members of the BC Community participated in San Salvador Vigil.




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Richard Sweeney ´04 was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Prague, where he will conduct an analysis of the post-communist transition of the Czech beer industry, focussing on the economic complications and social implications of the shift to the market and of European Union enlargement.




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Sarah Berger '04 has received a Fulbright Grant to study the enculturation of Catholicism with the Mapuche religion in Temuco, Chile.




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Melanie Getreuer ´04 has received a Fulbright Grant to study in Novosibirsk, Russia, where she will be researching the impact of American assistance on the development of local labor organizations in Siberia.




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Sarah Fox ´04 has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to study second-generation Turkish women in Germany next year. She will be living in Berlin and attending the Free University.




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Taylor Healy ´04 was granted a Fulbright Grant to study next year in Osnabrück, Germany. She will be researching the effects of the 2004 eastern expansion of the European Union on Germany's immigrant and migrant demographics.




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Caroline Kita ´04 has received a Fulbright Grant combined with a Teaching Assistantship to study at the University of Vienna in Austria next year. She will be continuing a research project on the philosophical and religious influences behind the music of composer Gustav Mahler.




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Elizabeth Paulhus ´04 has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to study at the Centre for International and European Law on Immigration and Asylum, run in conjunction with the University of Konstanz.




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Rebecca Simmons ´04 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Paris, where she plans to study Organic Chemistry next year. Becky's Fulbright Scholarship marks the 11th Fulbright won by BC Presidential Scholars since the first graduating class in 1995.




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Heather Stepanek ´04 was awarded a Fulbright Grant and will be studying in Bulgaria next year researching “Bulgarians' opinions about the proposed relocation of American military bases onto Bulgarian soil.”




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Hyungsik “Abraham” Choi, December CSOM ´03, has accepted a Fulbright Teaching Grant to Korea.




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Katherine Stainken ´04 has received a Fulbright Scholarship to study Atmospheric Science at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany next year, where she will be taking courses in isotope hydrology and trace elements in the atmosphere.




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Pasha Mirazimi has been named a Goldwater Scholar, one of 310 scholarships for the 2004/05 academic year awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from across the United States. While under the direction of Associate Professor Udayan Mohanty, Pasha's research has also won him an American Chemical Society (NEACS) Norris-Richards Summer Research Fellowship.




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In addition to the NSEP scholarship, Elayne also received a “Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan.” She will be studying at Waseda University in Tokyo next year.




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Joseph Halli ´05, one of 77 students nationwide to receive a Truman Scholarship this year, was interviewed by The Tuscaloosa News.




The TransCultural Exchange is a world-wide organization created to foster world peace and unity through art and other cultural programs organized by Mary Sherman.




The Biology and Chemistry departments have been granted a renewal of the Beckman Scholars Program, sponsored by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.




History ranked fourth in popularity in the College of Arts and Sciences. BC Chronicle.




Ghana was the site of a two week Computer Camp for local school children set up and taught by a team from Boston College lead by Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah. The group included nine A&S students, William Petri, and Arlene Wyman. Over 175 eight to fourteen-year-old Ghanian children were given the opportunity to learn the basics of computer usage, word processing, and digital slide preparation using retired MacIntosh laptops contributed by the Biology Department and Pat Keating. The children, drawn from over five different public schools in the region, were chosen from over 300 who applied for the program. In addition to donating 12 laptops for continued computer training and packets of school supplies for each child.