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David Takeuchi
ASA Pearlin award

The American Sociological Association has named School of Social Work Associate Dean of Research David Takeuchi the winner of its prestigious Leonard I. Pearlin Award for his distinguished contributions to the sociological study of mental health.

Keith Pecklers, SJ
Malines Conversation Group

An international group of prominent Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians and church leaders, including former Gasson Professor Keith Pecklers, S.J., is gathered at Boston College for the third annual meeting of the Malines Conversation Group, a grassroots forum committed to dialogue and unity. BC News Release

A ‘warhead’ molecule

A research team in the lab of BC chemist Jianmin Gao details using a 'warhead' molecule to target deadly bacteria. BC News Release

Robert J. Morrissey
College of Arts and Sciences to be named for benefactor, alumnus Robert J. Morrissey

Boston College will name its College of Arts and Sciences in honor of Robert J. Morrissey ’60, a prominent Boston attorney and investor who, with this latest commitment, will become the largest benefactor in the University’s history. BC News Release | Boston Globe | AP via ABC News

Boosting battery performance

BC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang reports nano-coatings help stabilize a unique form of carbon, which could help pave the way for next generation, high performance lithium-ion batteries. BC News Release | PhysOrg, Nanowerk, ECN magazine, Nanotech Now, R&D Magazine

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BC Relay for Life hits $1M

Boston College has reached the $1-million mark in donations to Relay for Life, making it the first Massachusetts college or university to hit this fundraising level for the American Cancer Society, and one of the nation's top 15 collegiate Relay for Life events.

Sloan Foundation Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics David Geraghty has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to rising stars among U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars. His work focuses on number theory and a sub-area known as the Langlands program. BC News Release

James Najarian
Honored for poetry

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers has honored Associate Professor of English James Najarian with its Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Award for his poems 'Kleptomania,' 'From the Armenian Quarter,' and 'The Frat Boys.'  

Richard Clifford, SJ
Tribute for Fr. Clifford

Several hundred members of the BC community gathered to honor biblical studies scholar Richard J. Clifford, S.J., founding dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, who will transition to professor emeritus of Old Testament next academic year.

Patricia Doherty
Navigation research honors

Institute for Scientific Research Director Patricia Doherty, who is concluding a term as president of the Institute of Navigation, has received ION's Distinguished Service Award and Weems Award for extraordinary contributions to advanced navigation research. 

'Roman in the Provinces'

Focused on the eastern Mediterranean between the 2nd and 6th century C.E., 'Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire' examines interaction between local traditions and Roman imperial culture. Opening February 14 at the McMullen Museum of Art, the exhibition is a Boston Globe Critic's Pick.

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Carroll School a leader in Wall Street recruitment

The Carroll School of Management is 7th in a 'University Power Ranking' of the top U.S. undergraduate schools for investment banking recruitment. Wall

Lisa Goodman
Honored for mentoring

A passion for empowering her graduate students to effect change has earned Lynch School of Education Professor Lisa Goodman a 2014 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, presented annually to faculty who have inspired students to work to benefit society. BC Chronicle

Lisa Cahill
Theological Excellence award

Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill has received the 2015 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence, which recognizes the contributions of contemporary theologians in writing and teaching. BC News Release

Andy HargreavesMarilyn Cochran-Smith
Leading influencers in education

BC researchers are recognized among leading U.S. scholars contributing to public debates about education. Lynch School Professors Andy Hargreaves and Marilyn Cochran-Smith are included in the 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by Education Week

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Top college for men's hockey

Boston College ranks first in the U.S. on a list of the top 10 best colleges, on the ice and in the classroom, for men's hockey, according to a new survey. USA Today College

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Connell School-VA partnership

The Connell School of Nursing has been honored for its collarboration with VA Boston Health Care Systems. BC News Release

Hosffman Ospino
2014 Catholics of the Year

School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino has been named among the 'Catholics of the Year,' by Our Sunday Visitor, the largest national U.S. Catholic newspaper, for his research on Hispanic Catholic parishes.

Stuart Hall
Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy moves to BC Law

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy will move to Boston College Law School as a result of a $7.53 million gift from the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. The gift, the largest in the 85-year history of BC Law, will fund the Rappaport Center and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professorship in Law and Public Policy at the school. BC News ReleaseBoston Globe, Boston Business Journal

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Community grants awarded

A dozen Allston-Brighton organizations have been awarded a total of more than $33,000 in grants from Boston College through the Allston-Brighton/Boston College Community Fund. BC News Release

Karen Izzi Bristing
Gift endows basketball coach

Boston College has received a gift from alumna and University Trustee Karen Izzi Bristing and her husband Steve Bristing to endow its head men’s basketball coaching position, held by Jim Christian. BC Chronicle

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Community service honor roll

Boston College has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. BC News Release

Andy Hargreaves
Grawemeyer Award winner

Lynch School of Education Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves has received the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for his research on effective teaching.

Mario Gabelli
Gabelli Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholars Program, which provides an integrated education experience within the University's honors program for a group of BC's most accomplished students, has been named the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program as a result of a major gift from the Gabelli Family Foundation. University Trustee Mario Gabelli has been one of the program's most generous supporters since its inception in 1991. BC Chronicle 

Nanci Tessier
Tessier named vice provost for enrollment management

Boston College has named 1982 alumna Nanci Tessier, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Richmond, as the University’s first vice provost for enrollment management. BC News Release

Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
In Memoriam: Asst. Professor Jonathan Trejo-Mathys

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Church on Saturday, December 6, at 10 a.m. for Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, who died November 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 35. BC Obituary

Deborah Levenson
NECLAS Best Book Prize

Professor of History Deborah Levenson has been awarded a Best Book Prize by the New England Council of Latin American Studies for her book Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death. BC Bookmarks

Michael Lochhead
Michael Lochhead named EVP

Boston College has named alumnus Michael J. Lochhead, vice president for administration and finance and treasurer of the College of the Holy Cross, as executive vice president, effective February 9. He succeeds Patrick J. Keating, who is retiring after having served as EVP since 2001. BC News Release

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Artist Promotes Peace in Sudan

The works of Sudanese-American artist Khalid Kodi, a part-time faculty member in BC’s Fine Arts Department, have highlighted both the atrocities and dreams of the people in war-affected areas of Sudan. More

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Theatre Dept. Presents The Trojan Women

The Boston College Theatre Department will present Euripides’ compelling Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, translated by Brendan Kennelly, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre John Houchin and choreographed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Sun Ho Kim. The production will be presented at Robsham Theater Nov. 20-23. More

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Honoring UCA Jesuit martyrs

Members of the Boston College community mark the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America on November 16, 1989, with observances on campus, in El Salvador and in Washington, DC.

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Center of nursing excellence

The Connell School of Nursing has been named a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, in recognition of the school's commitment to that area of the field. The effort to attain the designation was led by Associate Professor Marie Boltz and Assistant Professor Stewart Bond. BC News Release

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Alumni at service

A number of recent Boston College alumni have entered full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Northwest. BC News Release

David Burgess
Biologist to lead NIH initiative

Research teams from five universities will develop the National Research Mentoring Network, to be headquartered at BC under the direction of Professor of Biology David Burgess, through a five-year, $19-million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The network is part of a sweeping NIH initiative to diversify the ranks of biomedical researchers across the U.S. BC News Release | Chronicle of Higher Education  

Xavier Husser
'College was always the goal'

Xavier Husser '18 is one of only 10 U.S. recipients to be awarded a 2014 I’m First Scholarship, presented to first-generation college students by the non-profit Center for Student Opportunity. BC Chronicle

Min Hyuong Song
Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award

Professor of English Min Hyoung Song has won a 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu Award recognizing excellence in publishing in the humanities for his book The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American. BC News Release

Mary Walsh
'City Connects' success

A 10-year study by Lynch School of Education researchers, published in the American Educational Research Journal, found that addressing out-of-school factors in high-poverty schools—the novel approach of the City Connects program, directed by Kearns Professor Mary Walsh—produces dramatic improvement in student academic success.  Education Week | BC Chronicle

Patricia Leavy
'Trailblazing sociologist'

Alumna Patricia Leavy is winner of the 2014 American Creativity Association Special Achievement Award, which honors achievement in innovation and creativity in all fields from medicine to technology to education. BC News Release

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Poe statue

The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston—chaired by Boston College Professor of English Paul Lewis--will dedicate and unveil sculptor Stefanie Rocknak’s statue, “Poe Returning to Boston,” on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in Edgar Allan Poe Square, at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. More

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Poe in Boston 'evermore'

A years-long effort spearheaded by Professor of English Paul Lewis to reclaim Edgar Allan Poe for his birthplace came to fruition when a statue of the author was unveiled in Boston. New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WBUR 'The Artery, Boston Innovation, Time.comBC News Release | Lewis, who is chair of the Poe Foundation of Boston, was interviewed about it on WBUR Radio Boston

Thomas A. Mogan
New dean of students

Thomas A. Mogan, director of the Office of Student Development at Villanova University and a veteran student affairs practitioner with 19 years of experience in the field, has been named associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Vice President for Student Affairs Barb Jones has announced. BC News Release

David Trainor
New VP for Human Resources

David P. Trainor, an experienced human resources professional and current president and CEO of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions, has been named vice president for human resources at Boston College. He succeeds Leo Sullivan, who stepped down to transition to a new role as senior advisor to the president. BC News Release

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'Teach for America' leader

Boston College ranks 5th in the nation among medium-sized universities on Teach for America's list of schools contributing the greatest number of graduates to this year's teaching corps. BC News Release

Tina Packer joins faculty

Celebrated stage director Tina Packer, one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare, joins the University as the 2014-15 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts. BC News Release | Broadway World

'Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds' at McMullen Museum

'Imaging New Worlds,' a retrospective of masterpieces by surrealist Wifredo Lam, is now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art. Read previews and interviews with curator Elizabeth Goizueta in Boston Globe West and Cuban Art News

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New grants support research

Five research projects by faculty across the University have been awarded funding as part of a new BC initiative launched by the Office of the Provost. Two internal grant programs, 'Ignite' and 'Research Across Disciplines and Schools,' will provide 'seed' funding for new faculty scholarship, encourage cross-discipline collaborations and help researchers compete for external funding. BC News Release

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Safety and security award

Alumni Stadium received the Facility Safety and Security Award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition held earlier this month in Indianapolis. Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police John King accepted the award on behalf of the University. BC Chronicle

Ray Madoff
'Top women of law' honoree

Law Professor Ray Madoff has been named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 'Top Women of Law' list, which celebrates 'outstanding achievements made by exceptional women' who are deemed to be 'pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models.' Eight Law School alumnae also were named to the list. BC News Release

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Gilman Scholars

Four Boston College rising juniors will participate in study-abroad programs this fall—traveling to Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Austria—through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. BC Chronicle

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BC NOURISH takes gold

BC's NOURISH campaign, a 2013-14 effort of BC Dining Services and the Office of Health Promotion, has won a National Association of College & University Food Services gold award for Most Innovative Wellness and Nutrition Program.

Sharon Beckman
An innocence project

Two students in the BC Law School Innocence Program played a key role in the exoneration of a man who had served 32 years in prison following arson and murder convictions stemming from a 1982 fire in Lowell, Mass.

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Music and faith

Music scholars from nine countries convene at Boston College July 14-16 for 'Listening to Early Modern Catholicism: New Perspectives from Musicology,' a conference that will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound. 

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Digital view of Colonial appeals

BC Law School Professor Emerita Sharon Hamby O’Connor and Professor and Lee Distinguished Scholar Mary Sarah Bilder have created a digital catalogue of appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies.

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Encouraging vocations

A new report from BC's division of University Mission and Ministry examines what variables promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and calls for a more interconnected approach from dioceses, parishes, and colleges to foster such vocations. BC News Release | U.S Catholic, America Magazine, Patheos

Advance in THz imaging

An engineered metamaterial supports a faster, cheaper and higher fidelity technique to capture images using Terahertz light waves, according to a team of researchers including Physics Professor Willie Padilla, a lead author of the report in the journal Nature Photonics. BC News Release

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Catholic Press Awards

A number of BC scholars in theology have received book awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. BC News Release

Amir Hoveyda
2014 Eni Award winner

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda received Italy’s prestigious 2014 Eni Award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons on June 17 in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Rome. BC News Release | PhysOrg | AZOm

John L. Mahoney Jr.
Distinguished Service Award

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling has presented its highest annual award, the Harry Carroll Distinguished Service Award, to Undergraduate Admission Director John L. Mahoney. Jr. BC Chronicle

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100 days of 'BC Happy'

One hundred days and more than 300,000 views after the February 27 release of "BC Happy", the video orchestrated by the Office of News & Public Affairs is the most-viewed of the many college and university versions in the U.S. BC Social

Marianne Carrabba
Community Service Award

Marianne Carrabba, assistant director for off-campus housing in the Office of Residential Life, has been named winner of the 2014 Boston College Community Service Award, presented annually to a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC News Release