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The recovery of the sacred

A McMullen Museum of Art exclusive exhibition of more than 85 paintings, stained glass windows and works on paper by one of America’s most complex artists makes the strongest case in decades for John La Farge's importance, according to a review by the Boston Globe.

BC WeatherSTEM monitor
All about the weather

Raise an umbrella to BC's newly-installed WeatherSTEM system, which monitors, collects and presents campus weather information on a single site.

Eric Dearing
Daycare and aggression

A new study led by Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Eric Dearing shows the amount of time children spend in daycare has little impact on aggressive behavior. Medical Daily, Daily Mail (U.K.), Statesman (India), Gazette-Review (Minneapolis), Nursery World (U.K.), Parenting,, PsychCentral

University seal
University Convocation 2015

Even as it nears the finish of its most successful, and institution-defining, capital campaign, Boston College will begin laying the groundwork for another strategic planning effort, said University President William P. Leahy, S.J., at the annual University Convocation. The occasion included remarks by Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley and the first address by Executive Vice President Michael Lochhead, who assumed the position in February. BC Chronicle

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ
Fr. Kalscheur named Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences dean

Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., who has served as interim dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences since June of 2014, has been appointed dean, University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley announced at University Convocation. BC Chronicle

Akua Sarr
Sarr named vice provost

Akua Sarr, an associate dean in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley has announced. BC Chronicle

E. Michael Cassidy
Judicial conflict of interest?

A judge's interactions at an event last year with a potential witness in the trial of serial killer has raised questions of whether the jurist should recuse himself from the case he has overseen since 2001. Law School Professor R. Michael Cassidy comments in the Boston Globe

Lisa Goodman
Women and homelessness

Lynch School of Education Professor Lisa Goodman is among experts commenting on sexual violence as a cause and consequence of homelessness, particularly among women. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hans de Wit
Global higher ed

What are key issues on the agenda for internationalizing teaching and research? Hans de Wit, new director of the Center for International Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education, weighs in. University World News

John Mahoney Sr.
In Memoriam: BC Professor John L. Mahoney Sr.

'He wasn't just teaching us how to read, he was teaching us how to live...Literature mattered to him because of the impact it would have on a human life,' said Williams College's Robert G. Scott Professor of English Stephen Fix '74, a former student of Rattigan Professor of English Emeritus John L. Mahoney Sr. '50, MA '52, H '03, who died September 1. Boston Globe obituary | Boston Globe 2002 feature | BC obituary

Fulton Hall
BC to launch center for entrepreneurship

To support a burgeoning start-up culture on campus, the Carroll School of Management will launch the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship, Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton has announced. BC News | Boston Business Journal, Dow Jones MarketWatch

Ice Age mystery solved

A reexamination of more than 1,000 previously studied glacial boulders pinpoints the rise in carbon dioxide—then naturally occurring—as the primary driving factor of the glacial melt at the close of the last Ice Age, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Jeremy Shakun and a team of scientists report in Nature Communications. BC News, PhysOrg, International Business Times, The Scotsman (U.K.), Straits Times (Singapore), Science World Report, 3News (Australia), Agence France Press (via Global Post) 

Stephen Pope
Conservative Catholics and the Pope

Though polls show most U.S. Catholics look favorably on Pope Francis, some conservative Catholics view a number of his statements with growing concern. Professor of Theology Stephen Pope comments in Newsday

Alberto Godenzi
School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi to step down

Boston College School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, whose 14 years of leadership helped transform the school by improving its academic reputation, research output, quality of faculty and responsiveness to critical societal needs, has announced that he will step down at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. BC News

Justin Marceau
Alumnus is animal rights prof

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences graduate Justin Marceau, who earned a degree in philosophy in 2000, is the first holder of what is believed to be the nation's first professorship devoted to animal rights.

Stormy space weather

Stormy space weather bears currents that can disrupt power grids in equatorial locations long considered safe from such phenomena, report researchers including lead author Brett A. Carter, a visiting scholar at BC's Institute for Scientific Research. BC News | Time, R&D Magazine, Space Daily, Earth Sky, The Conversation, Nature World News

Ryan Duffy
Students and Election 2016

The New York Times asked college students: What is the most important issue in the presidential election? Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences junior Ryan Duffy, an international studies major, cited climate change as 'the defining story of our time.' NYT 'Room for Debate'

Kari Hong
Deportation and criminal justice

Although deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes may seem like a common sense solution, the way it's done is costly and misguided, contends Law School Assistant Professor Kari Hong in an op-ed for the Boston Globe.

Warren Zola
The business of sports

Warren Zola, executive director of BC's Chief Executives Club and a specialist in sports law, writes on two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds, who was replaced on USATF's World Championship team following his stance on the parameters of apparel obligations. Huffington Post | He discussed a variety of issues regarding the business of sports with NECN.

Heather Cox Richardson
The Harding presidency

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson discusses recent revelations about the 29th president's personal life, and the reassessments of his presidential record that have accompanied them, with The Atlantic

Federico RosconiTim van Opijnen
Pew Fellow joins BC biology lab

Biomedical researcher Federico Rosconi, a native of Uruguay, will join the lab of BC biologist Tim van Opijnen through the Pew Latin American Fellows Program.

James Keenan, SJLucas Chan SJ
Pan-Asian moral theology

The first pan-Asian conference of Catholic moral theologians this summer in Bangalore, organized by Canisius Professor and Jesuit Institute Director James Keenan, S.J., paid tribute to Lúcás (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, S.J., Ph.D. '10, who died in May. National Catholic Reporter 

Robert MurphyDarren Kisgen
Tumult, tension on Wall Street

What's up with the plummeting Dow? Associate Professor of Economics Robert Murphy and Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow Darren Kisgen weighed in for ABC News. | Boston Herald 1, Boston Herald 2

Yunseon Esther Kim
Fulbright Teaching Award

Yunseon Esther Kim '05 has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award for Teaching—one of the most prestigious and selective scholarships world-wide—to study and conduct research at Sheffield Hallam University in England. BC News

Ashley DugganAndrea Vicini, SJ
Seeing beneath the surface

A study by Associate Professor of Communication Ashley Duggan, School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J., and colleagues explores ways to improve doctor-patient communication and understanding. New York Magazine

Hristina Nikolova
Recall and self-control

New research shows that thinking about previous self-control failures can lead to a new lapse. Findings of a study led by Carroll School of Management Assistant Professor of Marketing Hristina Nikolova are published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. BC News | PsychCentral, Medical Express,, Medical Daily, Quartz, Inverse

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The retirement storm

Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It by Alicia Munnell and Andrew Eschtruth of the Center for Retirement Research is a 'Color of Money' book selection by nationally syndicated personal financial columnist Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post.

James Gips
A labor of love

EagleEyes, the assistive technology developed by Carroll School of Management Egan Professor of Computer Science James Gips and colleagues that allows severely disabled people to express themselves, is now at work across the U.S. as well as in Canada and Ireland. The initiative is featured by the Better World Project.

Youth Olympics role model

A day after ending her nine-year playing career with USA Hockey, two-time Olympic silver medalist Molly Schaus '11 accepted a new assignment as athlete role model for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Michael Bourque
Virtualizing higher ed

Virtualization has become the default strategy at BC for all but the most resource-intensive apps and services, Vice President for Information Technology Services Michael Bourque tells EdTech Magazine.