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Nota Bene

Graduate School of Social Work Adjunct Associate Professor Marylou Sudders is the 2014 recipient of the Endowment Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Mental Health. Each year, the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital honors an individual who has made a major contribution to the advancement of mental health in the community. Sudders was recognized for her many contributions to the care of individuals with mental health needs as the Massachusetts commissioner of mental health and in other positions of leadership in the mental health field.

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Boston College-Ireland has won a 2013 Eircom Spider Award, Ireland’s most prestigious recognition of excellence and achievement online, for its historical project Century Ireland, which was the inaugural winner in the new category of Irish arts, heritage and culture.

Time and a Half

Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer (Slavic and Eastern Languages) presented
“Jewish-Russian Poets as Witnesses to the Shoah” at the Boston College symposium “Artistic Representations of the Holocaust.”

Newsmakers

Interviewed on Public Radio International- WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” Prof. James Bretzke, SJ (STM), offered an historical context for recent remarks by Pope Francis urging world leaders to “attack the structural causes of inequality” and to fight to give healthcare, education, and employment opportunities to all citizens.

Assoc. Prof. of the Practice Tiziana Dearing (GSSW) provided a set of criteria to help donors decide who and what to support with a year-end gift in a piece for WBUR’s “Cognoscenti.”

Lynch School of Education faculty members Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves and Boisi Professor Henry Braun appeared on a podcast for American Public Media to discuss their study showing that the emphasis on accountability since No Child Left Behind may in some ways be harming students, not helping them.

Writing in Today’s Catholic Teacher, Roche Center for Catholic Education Associate Director Kristin Barstow Melley contended that Catholic K-12 educators can foster faith-building in any class, regardless of the subject.

Carroll School of Management senior Kathryn Kavner, a student of Assoc. Prof. Gerald Kane (CSOM), explored how social media is helping to revitalize a heritage product — Ball mason jars — in a guest post for Forbes.com.

One aspect of the massive open online course movement that has not been fully analyzed is who controls the knowledge, wrote Research Prof. Philip Altbach (LSOE), director of the Center for International Higher Education, in a post for the Chronicle of Higher Education “Worldwise.” He also gave his assessment of Massachusetts students’ performance in the latest PISA assessment on WBURFM.

Honors/Appointments

The Children’s Bureau selected Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth G. McRoy as a recipient of an Adoption Excellence Award, which honor states, local agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses, individuals, and families for their work in increasing adoptions from foster care.