News and Features
The economic challenge
On religion and politics
When the Church is perceived to be a cheerleader for one political party, a rich faith tradition is badly damaged and loses its prophetic voice, writes Monan Prof. of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill in National Catholic Reporter.
The new administration
Voter prudence, prioritization
Markets stall but spoiled always sells
Even in our declining market, "Consumers still focus on the media's message; success depends on the right clothing, right friends, and right decor," commented sociologist Juliet Schor in the NY Times.
Humor in the presidential race
Professor of English Paul Lewis discussed Sarah Palin's SNL appearance and the role of humor in the presidential race live on the CNN International Sunday World News program.
Work now, play later
How will America change?
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe was among thought leaders asked how America will change as a result of the economic downturn by The New Republic's blog 'The Plank'.
Judging presidential greatness
Sowing the Word
Psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett was called to testify before Congress to explain the role of social science, behavioral, and economic research in improving the nation's health and reducing the economic burden of health care. Subcommittee on Research and Science Education | Psychology department news
The election ed gap
Each presidential election, pundits say, hangs on a crucial variable that divides one party from the other. This year's big dividing point, if a new Washington Post/ABC poll is to be believed, is education, writes political scientist Alan Wolfe for TNR's 'The Plank'.
The duality of Sarah Palin
Sociologist Sharlene Hesse-Biber comments on public reaction to the 'beauty queen politician' duality of the GOP vice-presidential nominee in The Hill, the newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress. More
Praise for 'The Faithful'
A new chronicle of American Catholic laity by Clough Millennium Prof. in History James O'Toole is 'distinguished by its attentiveness to devotional life,' according to a review in America magazine. More
Profs weigh in on financial turmoil
A matter of honor
Party peer pressure
'The Given Day'
Author Dennis Lehane, a native son of Boston, paints a surprising and affectionate portrait of that staid burg as a snake pit of cutting-edge trouble, writes American Studies Director Carlo Rotella in a review of Lehane's latest book 'The Given Day.' Chicago Tribune
Scientists including biologist David Burgess are placing sea urchin eggs in snug, microscopic chambers shaped like triangles, stars and ice cream cones to learn what cues tell a cell to divide at the center. Science Daily
Chemist Dunwei Wang and colleagues have conquered a longstanding engineering challenge in nanotechnology by creating nanonets, a flexible webbing of nano-scale wires that has potential applications in microelectronics and clean energy. More | UPI | Science Daily | Cellular News (UK) | Daily India | Nanotechwire
1918 flu epidemic
Faith and Campaign 2008
Walsh Professor of Bioethics John Paris, S.J. discussed with CNN's Lou Dobbs the appearances of John McCain and Barack Obama at the Saddleback Church faith forum hosted by Pastor Rick Warren. Read the program transcript (segment begins about halfway through).
Sleep and memory
An 'amazing' anthology
Prof. of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer's anthology of Jewish-Russian literature is deemed 'amazing' and 'a fascinating cultural phenomenon in itself' by a review in the London's East European Jewish Affairs journal. More
Render unto Caesar
Alternative brain cancer treatment
AHANA student Jeremy Marsh's '08 research on brain cancer has been accepted for publication in Clinical Cancer Research. The study, conducted by Marsh in collaboration with BC biologists Purna Mukherjee and Thomas Seyfried, showed that the simple process of caloric restriction could reduce growth and extend survival in mice bearing a malignant glioma. More
Scientists concerned for Georgia colleagues
BC geoscientist Emanuel Bombolakis and alumni have been helping colleagues in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, monitor earthquakes in a region now rocked by conflict with Russia. More | Project background
As headlines warn Americans that their retirement years may be far from golden, Center for Retirement Research Director Alicia Munnell discusses their options with US News & World Report and on WBUR-FM's 'Here and Now'.
Professor of History Kevin Kenny is the recipient of the 2008 Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Faculty Teaching Award, for significant contribution to the teaching of students pursuing doctorates.
After 15 books about a city torn by mob shootouts, gang wars, serial killers and street vengeance, Washington, DC crime novelist George Pelecanos may be ready for a little peace, writes American Studies Director Carlo Rotella in a cover story for the Washington Post Magazine. Q&A
Carbon in the clouds
The testing of new tools to study the role of tiny airborne particles of carbon-laden soot in global climate change brought nearly 20 U.S. researchers to the lab of BC chemist Paul Davidovits. More | Science Daily | PhysOrg.com | Malaysia Sun | The Hindu
Feast of St. Ignatius
Overflow Crowd for an Open-Air Chamber
Andrew Sofer's poem, "Wandlebury Ring," that was set to music by award-winning composer Kevin Beavers, was performed at the Washington Square Music Festival in NYC. Sofer's piece was praised by classical music critic Allan Kozinn in his NY Times review.
The new book 'Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge' by Alicia Munnell and Steven Sass of the Center for Retirement Research is featured by the New York Times. About the book
Political Science Professor Marc Landy discussed the results of a recent poll on Americans' views of Barack Obama, and was interviewed about the candidate's overseas trip, in two reports on NECN. Video 1 | Video 2
Lifetime Achievement Award
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. More
An action intellectual
An editorial in America, the national Jesuit weekly, deems Center for Human Rights and International Justice Director David Hollenbach, S.J. to be an 'action intellectual' whose work exemplifies Catholic higher learning in service to the poor.
Near perfect 'black'
Rage in South Africa
Seismology at Sea Lab
Local fifth-graders are attending a class on seismology at New Bedford's Sea Lab taught by BC geophysicist Alan Kafka - a partnership designed to help improve the quality of science education in U.S. schools. More
Remembering Bobby Kennedy
Texas custody case
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe discussed a Texas court decision to return children who had been removed from a polygamous sect on WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston." Video
Targeting anti-cancer agents
An enzyme within a powerful anti-cancer agent may prove useful in better targeting cancer cells and producing new drugs that are more stable, chemist Steven D. Bruner and colleagues report. More | Science Daily
A 'perfect' first
Social Security strategy
Down at the dump, townies mine for treasure
The forgotten philosopher
Chasing Utopia, Family Imagines No Possessions
Sociologist Natalia Sarkisian has won the 2008 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award from the ASA's Race, Gender, and Class section for her article, "Extended Family Integration among Euro and Mexican Americans: Ethnicity, Gender, and Class."
Israel at 60
Waiting for America
'Some enchanted quagmire'?
Is the musical 'South Pacific' - now a hit revival on Broadway - also a geopolitical allegory? That intriguing question is posed in a book by English Assoc. Professor Tina Klein, according to the New York Times' editorial blog The Board.
Ireland's Magdalen Laundries
Psychologist named Searle Scholar
Era of cheap goods ends
The era of cheap goods is over, write History Associate Professor Prasannan Parthasarathi and Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, and broad-based reforms are needed to cushion higher prices for basic needs. Boston Globe
On capital punishment, a message for all
Capital punishment and a commitment to due process are not compatible, writes History Professor Alan Rogers as Massachusetts approaches the 30th anniversary of its abolition of the death penalty. Boston Globe
Music builds bridges in the brain
Clough Professor of History James O'Toole, author of the book The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America, is interviewed on WBUR-FM's 'Here and Now'.
A 'war hero' candidate
Labor of love
A first in metamaterials
A team led by BC physicist Willie Padilla report in Nature Photonics engineering a new metamaterial composite to bridge the electromagnetic spectrum's 'terahertz gap,' a phenomenon that has defied researchers until now. More | Science Daily
The papal visit
Driven to succeed
The scholarly productivity and drive to succeed that characterize Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer - author of the new memoir 'Waiting for America' - are highlighted by the Boston Globe.
Late-night comics sock it to democracy
Cancer research first
A legacy of beauty
Birthday presents get a timeout from parents
Angry outbursts often are considered bad for any sort of situation - but such emotions are potentially useful in confrontational tasks, report BC psychologist Maya Tamir and colleagues. UPI | Science Daily | Times of India