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2006 Features 

Eric StraussHe aims to balance people with nature
The words "university professor" and "motorcycle mechanic" don't often appear in the same resume. Clearly, Eric Strauss, Director of BC's Environmental Studies Program, took a roundabout path to climbing the ivory tower. Boston Globe

Vidya Madhavan

Scientist receives prestigious grant: The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor of Physics Vidya Madhavan a Career Grant, an award given in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

Jennifer SteenJennifer Steen book

Political investments: Author of a new book on self-financed campaigns, Assistant Professor of Political Science Jennifer Steen, discusses their effectiveness with Forbes magazine.

 Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Tattooed America:
Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber discusses the age-old history behind America’s growing fascination with tattoos on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’.
Alan WolfeAlan Wolfe's bookDoes American democracy still work? Professor of Political Science and Director of Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Alan Wolfe, whose latest book focuses on American democracy, discusses where we’re headed and what to do about it on NPR’s On Point.
Paul SchervishJohn Havens Wealth transfer on track?: US fundraising experts vet nationally-utilized wealth transfer projections by BC’s Center on Wealth and Philanthropy in light of the economic downtown early in the decade. More. CWP researchers Paul Schervish and John Havens add their assessment in the Journal of Gift Planning.
John Carfora
John Carfora, Director of Boston College’s Office for Sponsored Programs, recently spoke to delegates from the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators ( at EARMA’s Annual Meeting at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The title of John’s presentation was Fundamentals of Sponsored Research Administration: The American Experience. John currently serves as Chair of the Commission on International Research Administration, the National Council of University Research Administrators.
Paul Schervish
Gold standard philanthropy: Paul Schervish, Director of BC’s Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, was quoted in The Boston Globe Opinion op-ed. (6/23/06)
Gates aims for major philanthropic impact: Schervish participated in the commentary on Warren Buffet’s philanthropy on NPR Morning Edition. (6/27/06)
Alicia Munnell
Many households at risk in retirement finances: A new measurement of Americans’ finances by the Center for Retirement Research shows that almost half of working-age households are at risk of being unable to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Drucker Professor/Director of BC’s Center for Retirement Research Alicia Munnell is interviewed by Wall Street JournalUSA TodayLos Angeles TimesNewsdayCNN/Money
Marc Landy
Encountering John Adams: This summer Political Science Professor Marc Landy will be sharing his knowledge on John Adams, while conducting an American History and Culture workshop to community college faculty. Landy's workshop is one of 26 U.S. landmark-sites workshops being funded by The National Endowment for Humanities We the People initiative, designed to bring groups of 25 community college faculty from around the nation, together with eminent scholars, for a week of intensive study of the history and literature associated with each historic site. more
Michael Numan
Marilyn Numan
Scientific American Features Numans' Findings: Professor Michael Numan and Researcher Marilyn Numan (Psychology) have shown that the action of pregnancy hormones on a part of the hypothalamus in the female mammal's brain is largely responsible for maternal responsiveness, thus enabling mothers to be more attentive and caring toward their young. Scientific American: The Maternal Brain [NEUROBIOLOGY]Numans' Lab website
Eric Strauss
Charlie Lord
NSF Grant Awarded to Interdisciplinary Team: The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to an interdisciplinary team composed of educators, scientists, and psychologists from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Lynch School of Education, to enhance the quality of urban science education and vocational preparation. The grant will allow the team to increase the breadth and depth of their work by combining two successful programs: the Urban Ecology Institute's Field Studies Program, led by Research Associate Professor of Biology Eric Strauss (Director, Environmental Studies Program) and Charlie Lord (co-founder and Executive Director of the Urban Ecology Institute), and the Lynch School's Tools for Tomorrow Program. more