Research teams from five universities will develop the National Research Mentoring Network, to be headquartered at BC under the direction of Professor of Biology David Burgess, through a five-year, $19-million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The network is part of a sweeping NIH initiative to diversify the ranks of biomedical researchers across the U.S. BC News Release | Chronicle of Higher Education
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
The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston—chaired by Boston College Professor of English Paul Lewis--will dedicate and unveil sculptor Stefanie Rocknak’s statue, “Poe Returning to Boston,” on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in Edgar Allan Poe Square, at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. More
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.com | BC News Release | Lewis, who is chair of the Poe Foundation of Boston, was interviewed about it on WBUR Radio Boston
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
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
'Imaging New Worlds,' a retrospective of masterpieces by surrealist Wifredo Lam, is now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art. Read previews and interviews with curator Elizabeth Goizueta in Boston Globe West and Cuban Art News
Five research projects by faculty across the University have been awarded funding as part of a new BC initiative launched by the Office of the Provost. Two internal grant programs, 'Ignite' and 'Research Across Disciplines and Schools,' will provide 'seed' funding for new faculty scholarship, encourage cross-discipline collaborations and help researchers compete for external funding. BC News Release
Alumni Stadium received the Facility Safety and Security Award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition held earlier this month in Indianapolis. Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police John King accepted the award on behalf of the University. BC Chronicle
Law Professor Ray Madoff has been named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 'Top Women of Law' list, which celebrates 'outstanding achievements made by exceptional women' who are deemed to be 'pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models.' Eight Law School alumnae also were named to the list. BC News Release
Music scholars from nine countries convene at Boston College July 14-16 for 'Listening to Early Modern Catholicism: New Perspectives from Musicology,' a conference that will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound.
BC Law School Professor Emerita Sharon Hamby O’Connor and Professor and Lee Distinguished Scholar Mary Sarah Bilder have created a digital catalogue of appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies.
A new report from BC's division of University Mission and Ministry examines what variables promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and calls for a more interconnected approach from dioceses, parishes, and colleges to foster such vocations. BC News Release | U.S Catholic, America Magazine, Patheos
An engineered metamaterial supports a faster, cheaper and higher fidelity technique to capture images using Terahertz light waves, according to a team of researchers including Physics Professor Willie Padilla, a lead author of the report in the journal Nature Photonics. BC News Release
Marianne Carrabba, assistant director for off-campus housing in the Office of Residential Life, has been named winner of the 2014 Boston College Community Service Award, presented annually to a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC News Release
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An estimated $59 trillion—divided among heirs, charities, estate taxes and estate closing costs—will be transferred from 93.6 million American estates from 2007 to 2061, in the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history, according to a new report issued by researchers John Havens and Paul Schervish at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. | Think Advisor, Philanthropy News Digest, CNBC, Funding Logic
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry J.D. '76 told the Class of 2014 that his BC education inspired him to serve others--and he urged the new graduates to draw on the same lessons to guide their own lives and careers. BC News Release | Commencement Highlights | Boston Globe, AP, Reuters, Boston Magazine, Boston Herald | Video: full ceremony
History Professor Emeritus Radu Florescu--co-author of the bestseller In Search of Dracula, which revealed the historical identity of the legendary vampire for the first time--died in France on May 18 at age 88. He had taught at Boston College for 45 years. BC Obituary | New York Times, Boston Globe, AP, NBCNews.com
The explosive growth of Hispanic Catholics is overwhelming the Catholic Church in America, which is at risk of losing an ethnic group crucial to the future of the Church in the U.S., according to a landmark study of Hispanic Catholic parishes in the United States, conducted by School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino. BC News Release | Boston Globe, New York Times 1, New York Times 2, Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter Pt. 1, National Catholic Reporter Part 2, National Catholic Reporter Pt. 3, Catholic News Agency, Religion News Service (via U.S. Catholic Magazine), Our Sunday Visitor, Fox News Latino, WUNI-TV, U.S. Hispanic Ministry, Washington Post, Christian Post, Latin Post, Patheos, Huffington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Commonweal, Jesuits.org, The Pilot, Los Angeles Daily News, Telemundo Atlanta, MSN Latino, MSN Argentina, La Guia Gratuita (Condado Palm Beach)
BC Law School alumna Samantha Miko J.D. '13 has won the prestigious Deak Award from Oxford University Press for her student note published in 2013 in the Boston College Law Review. This is the second consecutive year that a BC Law student has won the award and the third time since 2000.
Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Danny Willis, a men’s mental health expert, has been named the recipient of the Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award given by the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. BC News Release
Campus arts in all genres will be celebrated and showcased at BC's 16th Annual Arts Festival. Returning to campus as a special guest is alumna Anne Garefino, executive producer of the long-running TV series South Park and the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon. BC News Release
Sociology Professor Juliet Schor has won the 2014 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, given annually by the American Sociological Association for exemplary contributions to the understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. BC News Release
Flexible work options are out of reach or limited for most employees, according to to a new Sloan Center on Aging and Work study conducted by the center's director, Graduate School of Social Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and colleagues. Investor's Business Daily | Business Standard
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., has named David Quigley, a respected administrator and distinguished historian, teacher and scholar who has served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2009, as provost and dean of faculties. BC News Release | Boston.com
Social workers have a unique role to play in patient care in the Affordable Care Act era, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker Jr. said Monday at a health care reform sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work. State House News Service (via CommonWealth Magazine.) | BC News Release | Sampling of pickups: Miami Herald, Boston.com, International Business Times, Denver Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Diego Union Tribune, Anchorage Daily News | Boston Herald 1, Boston Herald 2
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker Jr. will present the keynote address at the Graduate School of Social Work's health care forum.
The Boston College Music Department will present "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens, a special classical piece for children performed by Boston College students, faculty and alumni, on Sunday. Feb. 9.
The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College presents Paris Night & Day: Photography between the Wars which represents the City of Light in the wake of World War I, and defines a moment when photography came into its own.
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Catholic Extension will sponsor “The Transformative Power of Faith: Responding to Pope Francis’ Call,” an event that will spotlight Catholics in the U.S. who are models of Pope Francis’ desire for Catholics to be advocates for the poor and agents of change.
Rev. Daniel Harrington, S.J., an eminent scholar, author and professor of Sacred Scripture at the School of Theology and Ministry, died at Campion Center in Weston on February 7, after a four-year battle with cancer. BC Obituary | Boston Globe | Catholic News Service | Read a tribute by Rev. James Martin, S.J., in America | Fr. Harrington was 'one of the great treasures of American Catholic biblical scholarship' - 'A Scholar's Life' | Homily by STM Associate Professor Rev. Thomas Stegman, S.J. | Tribute by Founders Professor of Theology James Martin, S.J. The Tablet (UK)
The School of Theology and Ministry will host the second annual Boston Theologicial Institute Choirfest on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. The free event is an ecumenical gathering of local schools of theology and ministry featuring the music of different religious traditions.
Cathleen Kaveny, a nationally noted scholar on the intersections of law, morality and religion, has been named the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, an appointment in both the Law School and Department of Theology.