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 2005 Features 

T. Ross Kelly
Vanderslice Professor T. Ross Kelly (Chemistry) was among seven Prize Professors showcased on WCVB-TV's "Chronicle." View segment. In 2004 Kelly was voted Teacher of the Year at Boston College by the students of Phi Beta Kappa, making him the first scientist to win this notable award.
Larry McLaughlin
Professor Larry McLaughlin (Chemistry) has won two $1 million research grants. The first was from the National Science Foundation for a 5-year project titled "Functional Group Interactions in Protein-DNA Recognition" and the second was from the National Institutes of Health for a 4-year project titled "Probing dNTP/DNA Polymerase Interactions." These projects continue his work on the biological chemistry of DNA. The NSF award will fund studies to unravel how proteins recognize DNA in a sequence-specific manner, a critical element of such fundamental processes as gene expression and cell division. The NIH award will fund studies of how DNA polymerases, the enzymes responsible for replicating DNA in the cell, recognize and use the nucleoside triphosphate (dNTP) building blocks. Through this study altered building blocks will be developed that will function as new, effective, and more selective (less toxic) antivirals for infections such as HIV AIDS and hepatitis B.
Alexandra Pittman
Alexandra Pittman (Ph.D. student in Cultural Psychology) has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her research on how women's leadership roles in a variety of social, economic, and political spheres can be enhanced through a carefully designed series of training workshops. Pittman will be conducting her research in Morocco.
From @BC
On March 1, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced the promotion of 29 Boston College faculty members, 15 of whom became newly-tenured associate professors, joining Boston College's cadre of permanent faculty. @BC recently interviewed 14 of the faculty members who were awarded tenure this year to learn how they intend to use their new freedoms, including, in most cases, a sabbatical semester next fall. more/slideshow
Kristen Lindquist
Kristen Lindquist (Ph.D. student in Psychology) has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to conduct research on how people perceive emotion in others and experience it in themselves. Lindquist is currently researching how language influences people's ability to perceive and categorize emotion in others.
Shana Kelley
Assistant Professor Shana Kelley (Chemistry) has been awarded a Keck Futures Initiative Grant, a competitive grant aimed to fill a critical missing link between research on bold new ideas and major federal funding programs which don't currently provide grants in areas that are considered risky or unusual. This grant will enable Kelley, along with Professor Edward Sargent (University of Toronto), to conduct research on the properties of PbS semiconductor quantum dots built using DNA molecules, a novel class of hybrid inorganic bionanostructures.
Matthew List
Matthew List '05 has won an Undergraduate Research Award from the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences for his thesis on the calculation of Social Security benefits paid to elderly recipients. Matthew is the second BC Economics major to win an Undergraduate Research Award from the Academy in the past three years, Brett Huneycutt '03 was the previous recipient.
Sarah Babb
Associate Professor Sarah Babb (Sociology) has been awarded a prestigious Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for AY 2005/06. This award will enable Babb to pursue research on the complex ways in which global economic ideas rise and fall from historical prominence within a context of powerful multi-national economic and political institutions.
Amrita Bhattacharyya
Amrita Bhattacharyya, a fourth-year Economics graduate student, is being cited in the April 1, 2005 Forbes magazine article "Good News for Medical Journals." The article briefly summarizes a result from Bhattacharyya's as yet unpublished paper, "Advertising in Specialized Markets: Example from the U.S. Pharmaceutical Industry," which will become part of her Ph.D. dissertation.
John Houchin
Censorship of the American Theatrein the Twentieth Century
Choice, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, has selected Associate Professor John Houchin's (Theatre) book, "Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century" as one of the most significant theatre and dance books published during 2004. The book was also a finalist for the George Freedley Memorial Award, which honors the best English language work about live theatre published in the US.
Kenneth Himes
From Front Row
A Faith That Does Justice: A Brief Account of Recent Catholic Social Teaching
The chair of Boston College's theology department, Kenneth Himes, OFM, reviews the course of Catholic political thought since Vatican II. He begins with a discussion of the political and cultural context in which the council began its "political rethinking," and assesses the effect of two movements-political theology and liberation theology-on the course of Catholic political thought during the papacy of Paul VI. more
Juliet Schor
From Front Row
Writers Among Us: Juliet Schor

Boston College sociology professor Juliet Schor is the author of three books: The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1993); The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need (1999) and her most recent, Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2004), which analyzes the way a culture of consumption is drastically changing the face of childhood, with even the youngest children aggressively targeted by advertisers. Schor reads passages from her book and describes her research and writing process. She also discusses the reactions her book's publication has provoked from advertisers and the media. more
Fr. Ray Helmick
Fr. Ray Helmick, Professor of Theology is profiled by National Jesuit News. According to Julie Bourbon of the National Jesuit News, "It is hard to know where to begin writing about Fr. Ray Helmick. An authority in conflict resolution and mediation, he has worked on some of the most explosive and important political issues of our time, engaging in the peace process in Northern Ireland, mediating conflict in the Balkans, working to establish better relations between the Israelis and the Palestinians". more
Jeremy Bailey
Jeremy Bailey (Ph.D. '03) (Assistant Professor of Government at Eastern Washington University) has won the American Political Science Association's 2004 E. E. Schattschneider Award, a prestigious award given for the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of American government. His Dissertation Committee consisted of (Dissertation Chair) Professor Marc Landy (Political Science), Professor Robert Faulkner (Political Science), and Associate Professor Dennis Hale (Political Science). A chapter from Bailey's dissertation "Democratic Energy: Thomas Jefferson and the Development of Presidential Power" will be published in the upcoming issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly. Bailey is currently writing a book on Thomas Jefferson's transformation of the presidency.
John Ebel
From the Office of Public Affairs
Sumatra quake recorded here:
Seismograms were recorded at BC of the devastating Indian Ocean quake. Weston Observatory Director John Ebel comments: MetroWest Daily News * Boston Herald * Boston Globe * Washington Post
TIMSS directors Ina V. S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin
From The Boston College Chronicle
US an 'Underachiever' in Math, Science:
An international study released by Boston College researchers this week reveals an achievement gap between US pupils and their Asian counterparts in math and science that observers say could presage a continued flow of skilled jobs in technology to better-prepared workforces in Singapore, Chinese Taipei and other Asian countries. more
Peter Skerry
From the Office of Public Affairs
Interpreting the Muslim vote:
Of all the groups scrutinized since the election, one has been overlooked: Muslim-Americans. For whom did they vote? Were they motivated by moral or religious values? Which mattered more to them, foreign policy or domestic issues? BC's Peter Skerry writes in the Boston Globe.
John Michalczyk
From the Office of Public Affairs
BC documentarian chronicles Sicily's campaign against the Mafia:
For John Michalczyk, the campaign against the Mafia's grip on Sicilian life is an inspiring story of ordinary people fighting for justice. MetroWest Daily News * Boston Globe
Professor Jeffery Howe
From @BC
Professor Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts) is chief curator of Fernand Khnopff: Inner Visions and Landscapes, a major retrospective at the McMullen Museum of Art on view through December 5, 2004. Howe talks with Boston College Magazine editor Ben Birnbaum about the artist's place in the history of European painting, about notes found on the backs of some of the paintings when the show was installed, and about Khnopff's remarkable ability to seamlessly join reality and fantasy. more
Professor David R. Burgess
Professor David R. Burgess (Biology) has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers in recognition of meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. more
Elizabeth Graver
Awake Book
David Mehegan (Globe Staff Writer) gave an outstanding review to Associate Professor Elizabeth Graver's (English) third book, Awake, in the September 30 issue of The Boston Globe.
From @BC:
Freshman concerns
31 faculty will join Boston College this fall and winter. Ranging in age from 27 to 48, they come from across the U.S. and three foreign countries. Some have just completed their dissertations; others arrive with decades of experience at other universities. One experience they all have in common is that each has devoted thousands of hours of thought and work to an area of specialized research. In interviews with @BC, nine new faculty talk about their scholarly obsessions. more
Shana Kelley
Assistant Professor Shana O. Kelley (Chemistry) has been named by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology magazine, Technology Review to its list of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators. more
Yang WangZhifeng RenKrzysztof KempaAndrzej Herczynski
A team consisting of Yang Wang (Ph.D. doctoral student in Physics), his ad visor Professor Zhifeng Ren (Physics), Professor Krzysztof Kempa (Physics), Lab Director/Lecturer Andrzej Herczynski (Physics), Thomas Kempa '04 (Marshall Scholarship recipient), and colleagues at the Natick Army Laboratory have invented an antenna that captures visible light, similar to radio antennas capturing radio waves. Once properly developed, the device, made from tiny carbon nanotubes, might serve as the basis for an optical television or for converting solar energy into electricity. NatureCNNReutersApplied PhysicsPhysics Department
Paul Schervish
Director Paul Schervish (Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, formerly named Social Welfare Research Institute) has been named to the NonProfit Times "Power and Influence Top 50" for the fifth consecutive year. NPT states "There is nobody better at studying the forms, trends, and motives surrounding the meaning and practice of care and giving in this age of affluence. Remember, it's not about you. It's about the donor".
Dr. Stephen Erickson, Director, Research Compliance and Intellectual Property Management, has been awarded the National Council of University Research Administrator's Award for Distinguished Service. The selection was based on his sustained and distinctive contributions to NCURA.
Solomon Friedberg
Professor Solomon Friedberg (Mathematics) and three colleagues at Stanford, Brown and Columbia have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation for their collaborative research project "multiple Dirichlet Series to analytic number theory". More from the Office of Public Affair
Diane Scott-Jones
Professor Diane Scott-Jones (Psychology) has been appointed Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin, a bimonthly journal of evaluative and integrative research reviews and interpretations of issues in scientific psychology. Scott-Jones will begin her term this fall.

Paul Schervish
John Havens
Director Paul Schervish (Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, formerly named Social Welfare Research Institute) announced that The Boston Foundation has awarded them a grant to support their research project, "Geography and Generosity: The Boston Area and Beyond." The project will examine generosity levels in Boston, Massachusetts and New England, areas often perceived to lag in charitable giving. According to CWP Senior Research Associate John Havens, who will direct the statistical analyses, this study will offer unbiased scientific assessment of how the reported findings about Boston and the region have been derived and whether the findings are valid. Press Release
Carlo Rotella
Associate Professor Carlo Rotella (English), author of Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, talked about "the connections between boxing and college, scholarly life and real life," during a July 11 interview with the Boston Globe.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity, has awarded a contract to Boston College to fund a project on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). A total of $25,950 has been awarded to fund the project entitled "RCR Educational Program for Administrative Staff Members" for the period of September 2004 through August 2005. This is the first federally-funded RCR program to develop an RCR program designed for administrative staff. A model educational program and related materials will be created that will be made freely available to other universities. The resulting program will also be a permanent part of Boston College's RCR Program. The project will be conducted under the direction of Stephen Erickson, Director, Office of Research Compliance and Intellectual Property Management. Karen Muskavitch, RCR Program Coordinator, will hold key responsibilities for developing and presenting the educational program.
Lawrence T. Scott
A symposium honoring Professor Lawrence T. Scott on the occasion of his 60th birthday: A one day Symposium on Frontiers in Organic Chemistry was held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in the Merkert Chemistry Center to honor BC Professor Lawrence T. Scott on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Professor Scott joined the chemistry faculty at Boston College in 1993, after establishing an international reputation in teaching and research at UCLA and the University of Nevada, Reno. He served as department chairman in Nevada and was appointed Foundation Professor there in 1985. Before moving to BC, Professor Scott also taught classes as a visiting professor at Harvard University and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Many of Professor Scott's former research students and postdoctoral fellows came to Boston for the symposium and the attendant celebration, which included a large birthday party on Friday night and a symposium dinner Saturday night. More than 80 Ph.D. degree students, M.S. degree students, and postdoctoral research fellows have been trained in his laboratories, and more than 50 undergraduate chemistry majors have gotten their first introduction to chemical research working with Professor Scott. more
T. Ross Kelly
Vanderslice Professor T. Ross Kelly (Chemistry) has been voted Teacher of the Year at Boston College by the students of Phi Beta Kappa. Kelly, the first scientist to be awarded this distinction, was described as an "engaging teacher whose motivational skills and real-world demonstrations made the most challenging of subjects captivating." Kelly was honored at the Academic Honor Society's Induction Ceremonies on May 23. BC Chronicle / Boston Globe
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes
Assistant Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes (Social Work) has been awarded a 3-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to expand the Sloan Work and Family Research Network.

Among its activities, the Network will: disseminate evidence-based information about the needs of working families to state legislators and business leaders, as well as to researchers and students; monitor bills introduced to state legislatures that could affect the well-being of working families; convene bi-annual meetings that promote scholarly discourse about emergent work-family concerns; develop a web-supported graduate course focused on work-family issues; and support a community committed to the work-family area of study.
Boston College Educational Seismology Project: Garfield Elementary School in Brighton, MA and Boston College recorded the P-wave from the earthquake (magnitude 6.2) in Northern Iran on May 28th. The seismogram was recorded as part of the Boston College Educational Seismology Project
Prof. Lawrence Scott
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Professor Lawrence Scott (Chemistry) an additional 4 years of funding to support his research project, "Methods for the Chemical Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes."
2002-2003 Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards
Survey Results - BC's Center for Corporate Citizenship and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce delivered the first survey of American businesses of all sizes on The State of Corporate Citizenship in the U.S - a look at corporate citizenship and its impact on the business community. more
Michael Smyer
Letter to faculty from Michael Smyer (GSAS Dean and Associate Vice President For Research) regarding important developments that support faculty and student research.
Awards for external funding for faculty research and other projects reached an all time high of more than $36.5M university-wide this year. These included: Professor of Chemistry T. Ross Kelly, $288,015 from NIH; Associate Professor of Chemistry John Fourkas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Scott Miller, and Professor of Physics Michael Naughton, $1,486,680 from the National Science Foundation; and Professor of Biology Thomas Seyfried, $234,654 from NIH.
Eric Strauss
Jonathan Way
Since February 2002, Associate Professor Eric Strauss (Biology) and graduate student Jonathan Way have been conducting "The Urban Coyote Study," a research project of the Boston College Urban Ecology Institute, to gain an understanding of the hunting, mating, and general habits of coyotes. Revere High School students have been assisting in the research project. Boston Globe
Thomas Chiles
Professor Thomas Chiles (Biology) and colleagues at Boston University Medical Center, have been awarded a five-year multimillion-dollar program project grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their research will focus on understanding the growth and differentiation of a small subset of white blood cells called B-1a lymphocytes (B-1a cells). B-1a cells, which are found in the peritoneal cavity, and B-2 cells, which are located in the spleen and lymph nodes, help destroy pathogens that enter the body, and then help the body acquire immunity against those particular pathogens, protecting the body from future invasion. However, an over-production of B-1a cells can lead to autoimmune diseases and leukemias. more Medical News Today (UK)
Michael Smyer
Michael Smyer (GSAS Dean and Associate VP for Research) co-authored a comparative study of US and Swedish elder care and found that most Americans over the age of 75 lack some basic assistance.
John Fourkas
Professor John Fourkas (Chemistry) and colleagues have discovered a way to build microscopic structures on tiny biological materials using a technique called multiphoton-absorption photopolymerization (MAP), a revelation that could eventually be used to build structures on skin, blood vessels, and even in individual cells. BetterHumans / United Press International / Innovations Report / Science Daily / Biocompare
Kameliia Petrova
Kameliia Petrova's (Ph.D. candidate) paper, Does Motivation Trigger Autonomy, or Vice Versa? received second prize out of a field of 80 papers at the annual Southwestern Economic Association in Corpus Christi, Texas. Petrova will present her paper at the annual meetings of the Austrian Economic Association in Vienna in May. Economics Dept.
Christopher Gilmore
Christopher Gilmore '05, a Chemistry student, has been awarded one of four Norris/Richards Summer Research Scholarships for undergraduate students at New England colleges and universities. The fellowships are sponsored by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. Chris is a research student in Professor Scott Miller's laboratory. He submitted a research proposal for work that he will pursue this summer and during the next academic year. Chris will also have the opportunity to publish a description of his research in a fall issue of the Nucleus, the news publication of the Northeastern Section.
John Manoussakis, a Doctoral Philosophy student, has been awarded a 2004/05 Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship. Manoussakis, the first Boston College student ever to receive this prestigious award, will continue his studies at BC next year.
Joseph Westfall, a Philosophy Doctoral student, has received a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation to conduct research at the Kierkegaard Research Center in Copenhagen this summer.
Carlo Rotella
Associate Professor Carlo Rotella (English) has been awarded a 2004-2005 Howard Foundation fellowship to work on his creative non-fiction: Playing in Time: A Suite of Musical Lives.
The idea for the book came from an article that he did for the Washington Post Magazine that was published on June 30, 2002. The article was about a week at a jazz fantasy camp, and is really about the way that people make music--and the way that their music acquires meaning--within the constraints imposed on them by their lives.
Juliet Schor
Born to Buy
During a recent interview with The Capital Times, Professor Juliet Schor (Sociology) shared her concern that, "Television encourages people to work harder so they'll have the money to buy what they're expected to have to look successful." In her upcoming book, Born to Buy: Marketing and the Transformation of Childhood and Culture (due for Fall publication), Schor describes how, "This New Consumerism Era has had a devastating impact on our lifestyles and priorities." Schor has also written two other best sellers, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer.
Timothy Crawford
Pivotal Deterrence
Assistant Professor Timothy Crawford's (Political Science) book, Pivotal Deterrence: Third-Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace, has won the 2003 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award. This illustrious award is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security.
Thomas Seyfried
Elizabeth Venit
Blythe Shepard
Professor Thomas Seyfried (Biology), along with co-authors Elizabeth Venit '02 and Blythe Shepard '05, have been notified that their research paper, Oxygenation Prevents Sudden Death in Seizure Prone Mice, has been accepted for publication in Epilepsia, the Journal of the International League against Epilepsy, as well as the leading scientific and medical journal in Epilepsy research. A peer-reviewer for Epilepsia stated, "This is a very interesting paper on an important Neurological issue. It reports a dramatic increase in survival among mice experiencing audiogenic seizures, which in some strains, are often fatal. The increase in survival is produced by initiating seizures while animals are in an oxygen-rich environment, suggesting that fairly simple clinical protocols might reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) incidence in people."
Major Concerns
Major concerns - Slideshow from @BC
Fifteen faculty members who were promoted to tenure or to full professors this year answer the question: What problem wakes you at 3 a.m.?
Diane Vaughan
Sociology Professor Diane Vaughan's analysis of the NASA space shuttle tra gedies should reinforce to all social scientists that case studies can be invaluable. Vaughan, author of The Challenger Launch Decision, was an expert witness in the investigation of the Columbia disaster. BC Chronicle / Chronicle of Higher Education
Dalia Nassar
Dalia Nassar, a Doctoral Philosophy student, has been awarded a 2004/05 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Grant. Next year Nassar will work on her Dissertation in Tuebingen, Germany.
Alicia Jaramillo
Alicia Jaramillo, a Doctoral student in Philosophy, has been awarded a 2004/05 Fulbright Fellowship. Jarmillo will study at Louvain University in Belgium next year.
Rebecca Simmons
Rebecca Simmons '04 (Boston College Presidential Scholars Program) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Paris, where she plans to study Organic Chemistry next year. While at BC, she has been working in Professor Amir Hoveyda's (Chemistry) laboratory. more
Katherine Stainken
Katherine Stainken '04 has received a Fulbright Scholarship to study Atmospheric Science at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany next year, where she will be taking courses in isotope hydrology and trace elements in the atmosphere, as well as working in the research laboratory of Professor Ulrich Schurath. more
Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith (Education) has been elected President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); she will serve as AERA President in 2004-2005. She has been actively involved in AERA for more than two decades. She has served regularly during this time period as presenter, discussant, symposium chair, panel member, town meeting facilitator, and mentor for newcomers. more Aera News
Kevin Ohi
Assistant Professor Kevin Ohi (English) has accepted a Fellowship for next year at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. This highly competitive year-long program offers up to 40 talented scholars, selected from around the world, the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment for the best new work in the humanities.
Thomas Kempa
Thomas Kempa '04, senior chemistry major and multiple award winner in 2004, has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) award in Physical Chemistry. The fellowship provides a maximum tenure of three years that can be used over a period of five years. 2004 NSF Graduate Fellowship Awardees in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ramsay Liem
The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (MFH) has awarded a grant to BC for implementation of the "Still Present Pasts" exhibit, planned for 2005. Professor Ramsay Liem (Psychology) is Project Director and will research and edit all oral histories to be included in the "multi-media exhibit that explores the legacies of the Korean War and encourages reflection about the devastation of all wars." Boston College Magazine, Crossing Over
Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College to
Research Links Between Volunteerism and Growing Retiree Population
Untapped Assets: Mobilizing Retirees for Civic Engagement
CHESTNUT HILL -- As a partner in ground breaking research involving the role of retirees in civic engagement, The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College will explore the attitudes of workers, company executives and retirees regarding volunteerism. The research will involve interviews with more than 1,000 people associated with 20 leading companies in the United States. more
Paul Schervish
John Havens
Professor of Sociology Paul Schervish (Director, Social Welfare Research Institute) and John Havens' (Associate Director, Social Welfare Research Institute) report, "Millionaires and the Millennium..." was examined by the Philadelphia Inquirer to explore the effect inter-generational conveyance of wealth will have on future generations.
Carlo Rotella
From the Office of Public Affairs: Prize Time: "Cut Time: An Education at the Fights" by BC's Carlo Rotella records a literary knockout by winning this year's L.L. Winship/PEN Award, which recognizes an outstanding work by a New England author. "Cut Time" is also going the distance as a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Go ringside with Rotella @BC.
Seismology Project
Boston College Educational Seismology Project

Young seismologists at the McDevitt Middle School in Waltham, MA studying seismograms recorded in their classroom.

The seismograms are the P wave from the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that occurred in Morocco on February 24, 2004, recorded at McDevitt Middle School and Boston College.

The students are studying seismology with their teacher, Heidi Sardina, and Boston College graduate student, Heather Bellegarde, as part of the Boston College Educational Seismology Project.
Maxim D. Shrayer
Maxim D. Shrayer (Professor, Slavic & Eastern Languages and English) has been awarded a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a two-month grant to do advanced creative work or scholarly research at the Liguria Study Center on the Ligurian coast, east of Genoa. The Program bestows about fifty grants yearly, based on demonstrated significant achievement in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Gilda Morelli
David Wilkie
Gilda Morelli (Acting Associate Dean in A&S and Associate Professor, Psychology) and David Wilkie (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology) have received a five year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. This distinguished grant will be used to research the effects of establishing national parks in Gabon on the lives of people living in or near the parks, as well as focus on family functioning before and after the parks are established.
Gil Manzon
From Boston College Chronicle: A Time for Research and 'Goodwill Americano'
Fulbright study offers chance for personal growth, say scholars

Back from four months in Seoul on a Fulbright, BC Assoc. Prof. Gil Manzon (CSOM) values the cultural experience he and his family shared in Korea. more
Jerome Yavarkovsky
University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky has been selected winner of the 2004 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the American Library Association (ALA). The award, considered the most prestigious award for an academic library director, recognizes outstanding achievements by an academic librarian who has contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management, and/or library development and research.
Professor Lawrence Scott (Chemistry) has been appointed a member on the Editorial Board of the International Scientific Journal "Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds." Professor, Chairperson David McFadden (Chemistry) stated, "Congratulations to Larry on receiving this highly visible mark of recognition of his professional stature and of BC's role in the advancement of chemistry, internationally."
Biology and Chemistry Departments at BC Awarded Renewal of Beckman Scholars Program

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry at Boston College have been awarded a renewal of a Beckman Scholars Program Award, which funds intensive research experiences for exceptional undergraduates. The Beckman Scholars Program is a highly competitive invited program, sponsored by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The Program's goal is to encourage research training and personal development in gifted undergraduates in biology and medical science, biochemistry, and chemistry. The Foundation, sponsored by Beckman Instruments founder Arnold Beckman and his wife Mabel, has generously invested over 300 million dollars in scientific education and research training in the United States. more
Marilynn Johnson
Street Justice': Black and Blue: History Associate Professor Marilynn Johnson's new book takes on the formidable and sensitive subject of police brutality and largely conquers it, thanks to indefatigable research and a rigorous, unblinking analysis, writes the New York Times. The book also is favorably reviewed in the Boston Globe.
Arthur Lewbel
Uzi Segal
The Journal of Economic Education has announced the "Top 800 Academic Economists," a prestigious recognition given to Economists based on their publications during 1990-2000. Two BC Economics Professors have placed in the top 100-Arthur Lewbel #30 (top left) and Uzi Segal #98 (top right), in addition to four placing in the top 500-Peter Ireland, Richard Arnott, Peter Gottschalk, and James Anderson. Economics Professor/Chairperson Marvin Kraus stated, "BC's Economics Department is one of only ten in the world to have at least two of its faculty rank in the top 100."
Sara Babb
Managing Mexico
Assistant Professor Sarah Babb (Sociology) has been selected co-recipient of the Myrra Komarovsky Book Award for her outstanding book, "Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism." Professor, Chairperson Stephen Pfohl (Sociology) stated, "We are delighted to have Assistant Professor Babb on our faculty and very pleased that her terrific book was named as co-recipient for this year's Myrra Komarovsky Book Award."
Susan Shell
Christopher Kelly
Professors Susan Shell and Christopher Kelly (Political Science) have been awarded Research Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These prestigious grants enable the recipients to pursue advanced work in the humanities that contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities.
Peter Ireland
Professor Peter Ireland (Economics) has been appointed Co-Editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, an outlet for publication of research concerning all theoretical and empirical aspects of economic dynamics and control, as well as the development and use of computational methods in economics and finance.
David Northrup
Professor David Northrup (History) will serve as President of The World History Association for 2004/05. The WHA promotes activities that increase awareness of world history, understanding among and between peoples, and global consciousness, with a primary mission of assisting teachers of world history at all academic levels.
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett (Psychology) has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, a status awarded to APS Members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application. In addition to Barrett, other BC faculty previously selected for this honor include Michael A. Smyer and James Russell.
Michael Keith
The University of Rhode Island has selected Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Keith (Communication) to receive the 2004 Alumni Association's Achievement Award for the Humanities. Awards are presented annually to alumni chosen for their excellence and outstanding professional achievement, and this year marks the first time an award will be presented in the humanities field.