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Heather Cox Richardson
'To Make Men Free'

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson discussed her new history of the GOP, To Make Men Free, in a Q&A with U.S. News & World Report, as well on C-SPAN Book TV

Gasson tower
High marks for history

The University is ranked 7th among the top ten U.S. programs for studying history, which are 'highly competitive and attract both excellent students and well-respected faculty.' USA Today College

Gerald Kane
The social community

How do Goldilocks, butterflies and fish relate to social business? Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Information Systems Gerald Kane explains in Sloan Management Review, in a post also featured by Inc. Magazine

Philip Moeller
Retirement and health care

Out-of-pocket health expenses are not only a big-ticket item but are not predictable or controllable. Philip Moeller, a research fellow at the Sloan Center on Aging and Work, outlines some retirement-related strategies to consider for Money.com

Kathleen Mears
New archdiocese superintendent welcomed

Local Catholic educators welcomed the Archdiocese of Boston's new Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Kathleen P. Mears, at a reception hosted by the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education and the Lynch School of Education. The Pilot | BC Chronicle

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

Sam Ransbotham
When data cries wolf

It's never a good idea to assume a dataset is capturing all the information needed to make good decisionsbut there are ways to mitigate uncertainty, according to Carroll School of Management Information Systems Associate Professor Sam Ransbotham. Sloan Management Review

Alicia Munnell
Americans' retirement saving

Despite a stock market that's soared the past five years, households have less stashed away for retirement now than they had in 2010, according to a new study by the Center for Retirement Research, directed by Carroll School of Management Drucker Professor Alicia Munnell. Chicago Tribune. She suggests a key question for anyone considering early retirement to ask in a post for the Wall Street Journal

Group of bishops wearing mitres
Synod on the Family

A number of faculty members have commented on various aspects of the Vatican Synod on the Family. Sampling of available links: Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz: National Post (Canada), Boston Herald | Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill, Canisius  Professor and Jesuit Institute Director James Keenan, S.J.: New York Times, The Atlantic | Theology Professor Stephen Pope: New York Times | School of Theology and Ministry Professor James Bretzke, S.J.: Fox News Boston, Public Radio International-WNYC's 'The Takeaway'

Mary Cronin
How will Wayfair fare?

With the IPO behind them, executives at Wayfair Inc., say they intend to focus on raising the company's profile to make it a household name. It will be a tricky balancing act, Carroll School of Management Professor of Information Systems Mary Cronin told the Boston Globe

James Keenan, SJ
Global ethics network

Canisius Professor and Jesuit Institute Director James Keenan, S.J., writes about the development of the international network known as Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. Jesuit Networking

Ray Madoff
Encouraging charity

We should adopt a system that reduces excise taxes on private foundations that distribute greater amounts to charitable causes, according to Law School Professor Ray Madoff, writing in the New York Times

BC Bostonians
BC Bostonians sing SNF

New England Patriots fans gathered at Faneuil Hall to greet the Sunday Night Football bus were surprised by an a cappella rendition of the SNF theme song performed by the BC Bostonians. NBC Sports

Richard McGowan, SJ
Casino controversy

There is growing criticism regarding the awarding of a casino license to the city of Everett, Mass. in light of state and federal indictments against three owners of the proposed building site. Carroll School of Management Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance Richard McGowan, S.J., discussed the controversy on WBUR 'Morning Edition'

Alberto Godenzi
NFL: follow FIFA's example

If the NFL wants to take an unequivocal stance on domestic violence and promote respectful and nonviolent relationships, it should start by embracing a simple but powerful gesture, writes School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi. Boston Globe

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

Jeremy Zipple
Graduation at Red Cloud

For a Jesuit high school on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota,  a new academic year means the usual back-to-school rituals, as well as an Inipi or 'sweat lodge' ceremony and invocations to Tunkashila, the Great Spirit—all showcased by College of Arts and Sciences and School of Theology and Ministry alumnus Rev. Jeremy Zipple, S.J., in a new film for America

Tayfun SonmezUtku Unver
A breath of life

A new model to match lung transplant donors and recipients is the latest project of Professors of Economics Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Ünver, noted for their previous work on kidney exchange. The Economist "Free Exchange"

Edgar Allan Poe statue
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

Andy Hargreaves
Reforming math and literacy

After decades of work to improve reading and math scores, why hasn’t all the effort met expectations? Lynch School of Education Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves offers an explanation. Washington Post

Heather Cox Richardson
Evolution of the GOP

The history of the Republican Party shows why, since the Civil War, the nation has been caught in cycles of progressivism and reaction. Is it possible for the party—and the country—to resolve this tension? asks Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson in an essay adapted from her new book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. Washington Post | She discussed the book on WBUR 'Radio Boston'

Center for Retirement Research logo
A 'fix-it' for Social Security

The Washington Post has partnered with the Center for Retirement Research to bring its readers a list of potential solutions—and their pros and cons—to the challenges facing Social Security by adapting excerpts from the Center's 'The Social Security Fix-It Book' into an interactive graphic feature. Story | Fix-It

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ
Update on core renewal

The initiative to renew the undergraduate core curriculum enters a new phase this academic year, with the goal of creating four to six pilot courses for 2015-16—and of reaffirming the core's importance to the University, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., who chairs the renewal task force, tells the Boston College Chronicle

Christian Dupont
New Burns Librarian

Christian Dupont, who combines state-of-art expertise on library technology with a scholarly interest in Dante and French phenomenology, has joined Boston College as John J. Burns Librarian and associate university librarian for special collections. BC Chronicle

James Martin, SJ
'Jesus: A Pilgrimage'

Rev. James Martin, S.J., recently packed Robsham Theater for a talk about his latest bestseller, which combines the Jesus of history with the divine Jesus in a new and unique way. Boston Globe 'Crux'

Thaly Germain
Innovative education leader

Thaly Germain, executive director of the Lynch Leadership Academy at the Lynch School of Education and Carroll School of Management, has been named to the 2014 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows program, which identifies education leaders who use diverse and innovative approaches to ensure all students have quality learning opportunities available to them. BC Chronicle

poster for 'Whitey' film
USA v. 'Whitey'

A Law School-sponsored panel discussion on the documentary 'Whitey: USA v. James J. Bulger' at Robsham Theater featured the prosecution and defense team, reporters who covered the case, the film's director and Law Professor Robert Bloom, moderated by CNN chief national correspondent John King. The panel is featured by CNN

Patricia McCoy
New Liberty Mutual Prof

Patricia McCoy, a leading expert on issues of financial services regulation, has joined the Boston College Law School faculty as the inaugural Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor in property and casualty insurance law. BC Chronicle

Scott Fulford
Education, economics in India

The average number of years of education per Indian citizen has significantly increased since independence, but has produced disappointingly small increases in household consumption. An analysis by Assistant Professor of Economics Scott Fulford explores the reason why. Ideas for India