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2008 Features 

 New gene expression findings

Charles HoffmanBiology Prof. Charles Hoffman and colleagues from two Japanese universities report in the journal Nature new findings about gene expression yielded from their study of a gene found in yeast. News Release | Genetic Engineering News | Science Daily | ScienceCentric (Bulgaria) | Biology News Net | PhysOrg Scientist Live (UK) 

Record $2.9M grant for CRR

Alicia Munnell

The Center for Retirement Research has received a record $2.9 million in new funding from the U.S. Social Security Administration. More  


Outlook for charitable giving

John HavenAt a national conference of fundraisers hosted by BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, Associate Director John Havens offered views on the future of charitable giving in light of the economic downturn. More | News Release | Dow Jones MartketWatch  | CNBCReuters | Boston Business Journal | |  Houston Chronicle  | LA Times | MSN MoneySan Francisco Business Times | Dallas Business Journal Philadelphia Business Journal
 How will America change?

Alan WolfeBoisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe was among thought leaders asked how America will change as a result of the economic downturn by The New Republic's blog ' The Plank '

  Scientists Concerned for Georgia Colleagues Emanuel BombolakisBC geoscientist Emanuel Bombolakis and alumni have been helping colleagues in the former Soviet republic of Georgia monitor earthquakes in a region now rocked by conflict with Russia. More | Project background
Working Longer

Alicia Munnell
As headlines warn Americans that their retirement years may be far from golden, Center for Retirement Research Director Alicia Munnell discusses their options with US News & World Report and on WBUR-FM's 'Here and Now'
Carbon in the Clouds

Paul Davidovits and Timothy Onasch
The testing of new tools to study the role of tiny airborne particles of carbon-laden soot in global climate change brought nearly 20 researchers from across the U.S. to the BC lab of Chemistry Prof. Paul Davidovits, seen here with Timothy B. Onasch, left, principal scientist for Aerodyne Research, Inc. More | Science Daily | | Malaysia Sun | The Hindu (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
Music Builds Bridges in the Brain

Ellen Winner
Taking music lessons can strengthen connections between the two hemispheres of the brain in children, according to a study co-authored by Psychology Professor Ellen WinnerScience Magazine
A First in Metamaterials

Willie Padilla A team led by BC physicist Willie Padilla report in Nature Photonics engineering a new metamaterial composite to bridge the electromagnetic spectrum's 'terahertz gap,' a phenomenon that has defied researchers until now. More | Science Daily
Era of Cheap Goods Ends

Juliet SchorPrasannan Parthasarathi
The era of cheap goods is over, write History Associate Professor Prasannan Parthasarathi and Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, and broad-based reforms are needed to cushion higher prices for basic needs. Boston Globe

Eye on Giving

Paul Schervish
Sociologist Paul Schervish, director of BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy and one of the nation's leading experts on the charitable inclinations of the very wealthy, is featured by the New York Times Magazine
Quaking in Boston

John Ebel

Weston Observatory director John Ebel discusses the probability - and ramifications - of an earthquake in the city with the Boston Phoenix

Name that Emotion

Lisa Feldman BarrettPsychology Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett's groundbreaking research on the neuroscience of emotion, supported by a $2.5 million NIH Pioneer Award, is featured by Psychology Today.  Nature |  | Release

Chemist awarded Sloan Fellowship

Torsten FiebigBC physical chemist Torsten Fiebig has been awarded a highly prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, intended to enhance the careers of outstanding young faculty. more