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Jane Flanagan
Holistic nursing research

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Jane Flanagan has received the American Holistic Nurses Association's 2015 Research Grant, which will support her study of web-based yoga intervention for breast cancer survivors. BC News Release

M. Shawn Copeland
Catholic Press awards

Several Boston College faculty members, as well as doctoral students and alumni, were among those honored by the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada at the organization's recent annual conference.

Stuart Hall
BC Law School a leader in graduate employment

Boston College Law School has been highlighted as a national leader in networking and employment opportunities for graduates by a number of recent rankings.

Dan Bunch
Community service honoree

Learning to Learn Director Dan Bunch is this year’s winner of the Boston College Community Service Award, which honors a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC News Release

Andrea Vicini, SJ
Theological Inquiry fellow

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J., has been selected as a 2015-16 research fellow by the Center of Theological Inquiry. He will be part of an international team of theologians, scientists and other scholars who will explore the societal implications of astrobiology. BC News Release

Peter McKenzie
Financial VP to retire

Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter McKenzie, who has helped guide Boston College through two-and-a-half decades of fiscal stability and unprecedented growth, has announced his plans to retire at the end of the calendar year.

Brinton Lykes
Toward peace in Korea

An international group of women made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, to bring attention to the need for peace between the two nations. Lynch School of Education Professor M. Brinton Lykes, associate director of BC's Center for Human Rights and International Justice, was among them. BC Chronicle

Maureen Kenny
Lynch School dean steps down

Lynch School of Education Dean Maureen Kenny, who has led the school as interim dean and then dean since 2011, has announced her plans to step down after four years of successful leadership. BC Chronicle

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Quidditas Jesuitica

Boston College hosted an international symposium June 10-14, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies and focused on the quidditas Jesuitica—Jesuit distinctiveness. Read more

Gasson Hall
BC in the News

Review highlights of external media coverage related to BC faculty and student accomplishments and University programs and events from the past academic year in this News & Public Affairs viewbook of selected newsclips. BC in the News

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Eagles Football in Ireland

Boston College will host Georgia Tech in Ireland at the Aer Lingus College Football Classic on September 3, 2016. The announcement was made June 4 at a press conferences in Dublin, attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and one at BC, featuring Director of Athletics Brad Bates, alumnus and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Football Head Coach Steve Addazio. View video

Elisenda Grigsby
Inaugural math prize winner

Assistant Professor of Mathematics J. Elisenda Grigsby is the inaugural recipient of a new research prize in topology and geometry, awarded by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Ruihua He

Assistant Professor of Physics Ruihua He has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a prestigious grant for early-career faculty that will support his research of quantum liquid crystals. BC News Release

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Eagles' academic success

Twelve Boston College athletic teams have received this year's NCAA Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award. BC Athletics News

Arcbishop Blase Cupich
Commencement 2015

'The world needs the hope of the those who know the givenness of life,' Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich told the Class of 2015 in his remarks at Boston College’s 139th Commencement Exercises, at which some 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees. BC News Release | Boston Globe

Tracey West
Diversity champion

Tracey West, associate dean for external relations, diversity & inclusion at BC Law School, has been named a National Association for Law Placement Diversity Champion for 2015.

Debra Manning Lundquist
Oncology nursing scholarship

Connell School of Nursing doctoral student and alumna Debra Manning Lundquist has been awarded an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Research Doctoral Scholarship. An adult oncology nurse practitioner, her research focuses on improving the experience of people living with advanced cancer. 

Robert Bloom
Trinity College law fellow

Boston College Law School Professor Robert Bloom has received the Long Room Hub Fellowship from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious law school. His research will focus on Ireland's police force. BC Chronicle

Corleone Delaveris
NSF fellowship winner

Senior Corleone S. Delaveris has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He has focused on organic chemistry as an undergraduate; the grant will support his study of chemical biology at Stanford University.

James Brogan
2015 Goldwater Scholar

James Brogan '16, a double major in physics and chemistry who aspires to develop new techniques to treat illness and disease, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in the sciences.

Elisabeth Medvedow
Rappaport Center takes shape

Elisabeth Medvedow, executive director of the Boston-based nonprofit Discovering Justice, will take the lead at the Law School's Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. Boston Business Journal

Ruiha He
'More is less' in unique electronic material

Add water to a half-filled cup and the water level rises. But what if adding more water lowers the water level by deforming the cup? A quantum version of this phenomenon, called negative electronic compressibility, has been discovered by a team of researchers led by Assistant Professor of Physics Ruihua He. BC News Release | PhysOrg

Jack Connors
Woods College honors Class of 2015, distinguished alumni

More than 200 students, accompanied by family and friends, gathered for the annual celebratory dinner and awards ceremony in honor of 2015 graduates and distinguished alumni of the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Boston College alumnus, benefactor and longtime University Trustee John M. 'Jack' Connors, Jr. ’63 addressed the class.

Marissa Marandola
2015 Truman Scholar

Boston College junior Marissa Marandola, a member of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program and student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. BC News Release | Providence Journal

Lieutenant Francis D. Morrogh, Royal Munster Fusiliers, who was killed in the Dardanelles. He was the son of John Morrogh, former MP for South East Cork.
The Irish at Gallipoli

Twelve thousand Irish men fought in the WWI Gallipoli campaign that began in April 1915; 4,000 were killed. A centenary website launched by Boston College Ireland and RTÉ explores the Irish experience. BC News Release

Mobile Tech in the Classroom

Little is known about how teachers think technology in the classroom will affect development of students’ non-cognitive skills, such as empathy, self-control, problem solving, and teamwork. Two Boston College researchers say it’s time to find out. BC News Release

Who Will Stop a Bully?

Students who are bullied because of sexual orientation have willing defenders among their classmates – motivated by leadership, courage, their beliefs in justice, altruism and having lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends, according to a new Boston College study. BC News Release

Forming School Networks

While responding to shifting student demographics, new support networks form among teachers and between schools, according to a new study conducted by Boston College Associate Professor of Education Martin Scanlan and colleagues of a group of schools moving from monolingual to bilingual instruction. BC News Release

The art of teacher talk

Specific ways teachers talk to their students had a direct impact on literacy skill building in a study of elementary school students, Boston College Associate Professor of Education Patrick Proctor and colleagues reported at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. BC News Release

U.N. 'GIFT Box'

The U.S. State Department estimates that at any given time, some 27 million men, women and children worldwide are victims of trafficking.The 'U.N. GIFT Box' project on display near Stokes Hall was created to raise awareness of and spur action against human trafficking.

Jack Connors
Woods College honors Class of 2015, distinguished alumni

More than 200 students, accompanied by family and friends, will gather in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons tonight for the annual celebratory dinner and awards ceremony in honor of 2015 graduates and distinguished alumni of the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Boston College alumnus and University Trustee John M. 'Jack' Connors will address the class.

David Simas
Law School Commencement

David Simas J.D. '95, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, will address the graduates at the 2015 Law School Commencement on Friday, May 22.

Catherine Read
Nursing profs honored

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor of Adult Health Catherine Read has been honored for mentoring by American Nurses Association Massachusetts, while Professor Emerita Joellen Hawkins received the organization's Community Service Award. BC Chronicle

Susan Kelly-Weeder
Outstanding contributions to health care

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Susan Kelly-Weeder has been named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy.

Isra Hussain
Critical Language Scholar

Isra Hussain ’17, a member of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program, has won a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu in India this summer. BC Chronicle

BC Strong panelists
'BC Strong: Personal Stories of the Marathon Bombings'

The BC community will explore the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings through the personal accounts of three alumni on Tuesday, April 14, at a public event in Robsham Theater that will feature survivors Patrick Downes ’05 and Brittany Loring JD/MBA '13, along with Dave Wedge '93, co-author of the best-selling book Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy. Award-winning CBS Boston anchor Paula Ebben '89 will moderate. BC News Release

Jeffery Byers
Cottrell Scholar Award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeffery Byers has received a $75,000 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in support of his work with polymers—long chains of atoms or molecules found in everything from plastic grocery sacks to DNA. BC Chronicle

Thomas Groome
New C21 Center director

Internationally renowned theologian, popular Catholic author and authority on religious education Thomas Groome, a professor in the School of Theology and Ministry, will be the new director of the Church in the 21st Century Center. BC Chronicle

Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich
Chicago Archbishop to deliver Commencement Address

Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich, leader of the country’s third-largest Catholic diocese and a champion for the economically and socially disenfranchised, will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s 139th annual Commencement Exercises on May 18. Four other distinguished individuals also will receive honorary degrees. BC News ReleaseBoston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times

Hans DeWit
‘Mr. Internationalization’

Hans de Wit, a respected authority on global issues in higher ed, has been named the director of the Lynch School's Center for International Higher Education. BC Chronicle