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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

Taking 'Dubliners' digital

James Joyce's Dubliners is an unlikely launch pad for a pedagogical revolution, but Associate Professor of English Joe Nugent and his students are using it to pioneer technological change. Their 'Digital Dubliners' is featured by WGBH News

'The First Two Weeks'

The vibrancy and emotion of the opening of the academic year at the Heights is showcased in The First Two Weeks, new from Office of News and Public Affairs Video Producer Sean Casey.

Scotland rejects independence

Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum. Professor of History James Cronin discussed the outcome in an interview with NECN.

Too much homework?

The age-old complaint of 'too much homework' is on the rise; even some schools are joining students and parents in the chorus. Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Eric Dearing discussed homework policies in an interview with Fox News Boston

BC resources on Jesuit ed

BC's division of University Mission and Ministry has 'written, collated and collected some outstanding resources covering the origins and nature of Jesuit education.' America

Poverty and priorities

Data from the newly-released U.S. Census Bureau report on income, poverty and health insurance offer a mix of good news and bad news--and an underlying story about priorities, writes Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing. Huffington Post

Building bridges: IT and audio

A few years ago, audio engineering and IT were two completely separate functions; today, they're connected. Media Technology Services Audio and Event Services Supervisor Jonathan Sage discusses the collaborative relationship.

Common Core math not fuzzy

Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning. If that doesn't sound fuzzy, there's a simple reason: It isn't, writes McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg. USA Today

Women and genetic testing

Waiting for Cancer to Come by Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber is the first book to explore the complicated emotional, social, economic and psychological turmoil facing women who learn, through genetic testing, of their high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. BC News Release | Huffington Post

Politics and polarization

Research by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins of the gap in the way Democrats and Republicans today approach governing and legislation, and why the two parties seem to fail to understand one another, was highlighted by the Washington Post and Vox.com

A mystery solved

Over the past 13 years, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, now a doctoral student at the Lynch School of Education, has been using social media to help identify a wedding photo found near Ground Zero after 9/11. This year, her perseverance paid off. Boston Globe

Language and math skills

What's the best language for learning math skills? Not English, studies show, but using board games may be able to offset some of its disadvantages, says Lynch School of Education Assistant Professor Elida Laski. Wall Street Journal and WSJ 'China Real Time'

The social media jump

Many executives wonder what, if any, long-lasting impact social media will have on how business is conducted. Is it worth jumping on the bandwagon? Jump, writes Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Information Systems Gerald Kane. Sloan Management Review

Forming a faith community

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Jane E. Regan has written an essential guide for anyone in the ministry of adult faith formation: Forming a Community of Faith: A Guide to Success in Adult Faith Formation Today. BC Bookmarks

CDC grant for social work prof

Erika Sabbath, a newly arrived assistant professor in the Graduate School of Social Work, has been selected for a major grant through a U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program that supports early-career scholars. BC Chronicle

The story of 'Pie'

Set in post World War II America, "Pie" depicts the thrill and danger inherent in the American dream of unrestricted liberty. Written by Professor of English Suzanne Matson, the story has been published as part of the Ploughshares Solos series. BC Bookmarks

'Magnetic' McMullen exhibition

'Imagining New Worlds,' a retrospective of masterpieces by surrealist Wifredo Lam now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art, is 'as magnetic an exhibition as you will see anywhere in New England this year,' according to the Boston Globe | BC News Release | Read more on the exhibition, and interviews with curator Elizabeth Goizueta: Boston Globe West, Cuban Art News, Arteinformado Magazine, Boston College Magazine, BC Chronicle | New York Times, New York Times Fall Arts Preview, Boston Globe 'Critic's Pick', Boston Globe 'The Ticket'

Eagles upset No. 9 USC

A major upset victory for BC's Football Eagles and Head Coach Steve Addazio over No. 9 USC capped an emotional night at Alumni Stadium September 13 as fans joined the team and students in honoring fallen 9/11 hero Welles Crowther '99 and heard a message from the family of Pete Frates '07, who thanked the BC community for making the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a national sensation. | Alison and Jefferson Crowther also experienced first-hand how their son's legacy lives on in the BC community. Boston Globe

'Crux' launched at BC event

Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. joined a panel of journalists and academics, including School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino, at Robsham Theater for a discussion of Pope Francis at the Sept. 11 launch at Robsham Theater of the Boston Globe’s new website on the global Catholic Church. Boston Globe, Crux, WGBH News, Patheos | Also in Crux, Kathleen Hirsch of the Philosophy Department writes on how students in BC's PULSE program 'become agents of hope in lives whose stories have broken.'

Top pediatric nursing profs

Connell School of Nursing Carroll Professor Judith Vessey is among the top 25 pediatric nursing professors identified by NursePractionerSchools.com. Those honored have, in addition to their professional credentials, taken it on themselves to further the field of pediatric nursing by teaching, working in educational settings and sharing their knowledge with aspiring pediatric nurses.

'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

Jesuit hospitality

'Where anybody in need is, there is our Jesuit mission and our Jesuit brand of hospitality,' writes Canisius Professor and Jesuit Institute Director James Keenan, S.J. Jesuit Refugee Service 'On Assignment'

Giving Diaspora its due

The security of Israel remains precarious. Might the universalist tradition of Judaism be a viable alternative?, asks Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, in a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education Review

Inspirational leader

The drive and commitment of BC Baseball's Pete Frates '07 to help 'strike out ALS', the disease he was diagnosed with in 2012, and his role in spurring the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon, is featured by Forbes

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

Examining the ISIS flag

Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Jonathan Bloom discusses the origins of the black flag with white Arabic writing flown by ISIS. PRI's The World

The message of mercy

What does mercy mean for the life and mission of the church? An essay by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and author of Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, is featured by America magazine, based on his lecture at BC last semester.

New head for Carroll School grad programs

The Carroll School of Management has strengthened the business and academic experience in its leadership ranks with the addition of Betsy Griffith as associate dean of graduate programs. BC Chronicle

2015 'U.S. News' survey

Boston College maintained its ranking of 31st among national universities in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report survey, and was also ranked 37th in the "Great Schools Great Prices" list. In addition, the Carroll School of Management improved one spot to 21st in the 'The Best in Undergraduate Business' rankings of top AACSB-accredited programs. BC Chronicle