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Comedy is a means to 'make people feel better' for Dana Jay Bein '01, who helped to create ImprovBoston's stand-up program as both performer and instructor and just recorded his first live album. He shared his talents as a volunteer with BC's Prison Arts Outreach program, and ultimately wants to use his background to help disenfranchised communities. Huffington Post
Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber has won a 2015 book award from Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society for Jesuit higher education institutions, for Waiting for Cancer to Come: Women’s Experiences with Genetic Testing and Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer. BC News
A potential strike by the United Automobile Workers union against Fiat Chrysler could have a lasting impact on car buyers. Aleksandar Tomic, director of the master of science in applied economics program at the Woods College of Advancing Studies, commented on the development for ABCNews.com.
Carolyn Lynch, a proud Boston College parent, honorary degree recipient and generous University benefactor who, along with her husband Peter, was the namesake of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, died October 1 at age 69. BC Obituary | Boston Globe, Boston Herald
On the heels of Pope Francis’ landmark visit to America, U.S. Senator Edward Markey ’68, J.D. ’72 and papal advisor Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson told audiences at Boston College that the pontiff’s stance on the environment can help mobilize world leaders to work together to combat climate change. The two were speaking at the opening day of 'Our Common Home,' a four-day conference examining the Pope's climate change encyclical, Laudato Si, and its global impact on faith, environmental policy and social justice. BC Chronicle | Sampling of news reports: National Catholic Reporter, NECN, Vatican Radio, Independent Catholic News, French financial daily newspaper Les Echos, AP via Washington Times, WCVB-TV News, Boston Herald
Boston College will undertake a major upgrade to its campus safety and security systems through a three-year effort that will include card access to academic and administrative buildings and new Wi-Fi-based locks for student residence halls, the University announced today. BC Chronicle
Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the United States energized millions, including about 20 Boston College students who made the pilgrimage to the papal tour stops of Washington, DC, New York City and Philadelphia. See a snapshot of other campus responses, including faculty commentary, at this link.
This year's Pops on the Heights Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala—which featured performances by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, BC student groups, and guest artists Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill—raised a record $7.5 million for 275 student scholarships. The event, chaired by University Trustees Chuck Clough '64 and Phil Schiller '82, is highlighted by the Boston Globe.
Some of China's children are now being taught in a style that's more typically American, focused less on memorization for grueling exams and more on thinking and reason, thanks to Lynch School of Education Professor Mike Barnett. His methods, already at use in 500 U.S. schools and now being introduced to the Chinese curriculum, are featured by CBS News.
Immigration alone did not bring about Boston's renaissance—but its importance as a catalyst can't be denied, contends Professor of History Marilynn Johnson, whose book The New Bostonians looks at the 50 years since the Immigration Act was signed into law on October 3, 1965. Boston Globe
From BC Bookmarks: Assistant Professor of German Studies Daniel Bowles has written the English translation of Swiss author Christian Kracht's best-selling novel Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas; School of Social Work Associate Dean Sveta Emery assesses a book on leadership in a post for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Center for International Higher Education Director Hans de Wit and founding director Philip Altbach reflect on the role of higher education in Europe's refugee crisis in a piece for University World News | Altbach writes on the global search for innovation, also in University World News.
The Center for Irish Programs will inaugurate the Adele Dalsimer Memorial Lecture on October 1, honoring the memory of the co-founder of the BC Irish Studies Program. The first speaker will be one of the program's most accomplished graduates, Margaret Kelleher Ph.D.'92, the first woman to hold the chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin.