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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'

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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

David Quigley
Q&A with the provost

University Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley discusses the state of academic affairs at the BC—from the centrality of the liberal arts tradition to graduate and professional programs and new initiatives being launched this year—in a Q&A with the Boston College Chronicle

Meghan Sweeney
PULSE program expansion

Student enrollment in Boston College’s signature academic service learning program, PULSE, will be able to expand thanks to a generous gift from University Trustee Robert Cooney ’74, his wife Loretta and his family. Theology Associate Professor of the Practice Meghan Sweeney has been named the Cooney Family PULSE Director. BC Chronicle

Sheila Gallagher
America's next great artists

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Sheila Gallagher is among 102 'rare creative talents that could change the art world' selected to show at the State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum. In this feature by CBS Evening News, her work with smoke and 'Black Cow' appears at :54; her work with plastic at 1:00 and her piece 'Plastic Lila,' which was purchased by the museum for its collection of American Art, at 2:34). She discusses her work in two related videos: Painting in Plastic and Smoke Painting

Casey Beaumier, SJ
BC a hub for Jesuit studies

The newly created Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies will serve as a resource to the University community and beyond on the history, spirituality and pedagogy of the Society of Jesus, under the direction of Rev. Casey Beaumier, S.J. BC Chronicle

William P. Leahy, SJ and Benigno S. Aquino III
Philippines president visits BC

Filipino-Americans from around New England gathered at BC to celebrate the visit of the country's president, Benigno S. Aquino III, his first in 31 years. Boston Globe, AP, Philippine Daily Inquirer Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Star, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, TV5 | Text of President Aquino's speech

Dennis Shirley
Educational leadership

Lynch School of Education Profesor Dennis Shirley and Pak Tee Ng of Singapore's National Institute of Education, a featured speaker at a BC symposium, discuss what East and West can learn from each other about educational leadership. Huffington Post

James Bretzke, SJ
Church views on marriage

School of Theology and Ministry Professor James Bretzke, S.J., discussed Pope Francis and the Catholic Church’s evolving views on marriage in an interview with Fox News Boston

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

James Cronin
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.

David Hopkins
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

sunset behind Gasson Hall
'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.

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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

Laura Rumbley
Global, local higher ed

Internationalization's global and local dimensions challenge practitioners, researchers and policy-makers the world over to make sense of a complex panorama of opportunities and imperatives, write Center for International Higher Education Associate Director Laura Rumbley and Director Philip Altbach. University World News

Andy Boynton
Getting innovation right

The one thing most companies get wrong when aiming for big innovation is: they haven't connected their products to the people who might be using them. To do that, a company has to get in touch—deeply—with the customer's life, writes Carroll School of Management Dean Andy Boynton. Forbes

Jeffrey Bloechl
Christianity in a secular age

Christianity vs. secularism needn't be a zero-sum game, writes Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey Bloechl for the Australian Broadcasting Co. Religion and Ethics Report

Victoria ManicontiLaura Hake
Phi Beta Kappa faculty focus

College of Arts and Sciences student Victoria Mariconti '15, awarded a prestigious writing internship by the national Phi Beta Kappa Society, writes on Associate Professor of Biology Laura Hake's course 'Sustaining the Biosphere' for the society's Key Reporter