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New Monan Prof. in Theatre Arts

Accomplished actor, singer, arts educator, filmmaker and activist Michelle Miller '98 joins the Theatre Department this academic year as the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. More

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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

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

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

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

La Farge exhibition opens at McMullen

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College presents John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred, an exclusive exhibition of more than 85 paintings, stained glass windows, and works on paper by one of America’s most complex artists. BC News

Thomas Stegman, SJ
Doorways to faith

The major voices of the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul—illustrate the life of faith in a new book by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Thomas Stegman, S.J.

Joyce Edmonds
Nursing education excellence

Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Joyce K. Edmonds has received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Education from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Kier Byrnes
New Robsham Theater director

Kier Byrnes, director of operations and event management at Northeastern University since 2009, is the new director of Robsham Theater Arts Center, BC's Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs has announced. BC News

Andrea Vicini
Legacy of Vatican II

Twelve leading scholars from BC and across the U.S. and Europe have produced essays on the Second Vatican Council for a new book co-edited by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J. BC News

John Powers and Andy Boynton
Gift endows Carroll School of Management deanship

A gift from Trustee Associate John Powers ’73, and his wife, Linda, will endow the deanship of Carroll School of Management Dean Andy Boynton, who has led the school for the past decade. The John and Linda Powers Deanship Fund honors Boynton’s tenure and will help to advance his future plans for the school. BC News

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.

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

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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