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2009 News Archive

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2009 Features 

Advanced computer vision

Inspired by behavior of the human eye, BC computer scientists Hao Jiang and Stella X. Yu have developed a technique that lets computers see objects as fleeting as a butterfly faster and more accurately. News release | Sampling of coverage: Science Daily, ScienceCentric, TGDaily, PhysOrg, Malaysia Sun, Albuquerque Express, NewsTrackIndia, Top News,, UPI

$2.1M for 'green energy' research

Prof. Zhifeng Ren and Asst. Prof. Cyril Opeil, SJ, have been awarded $2.1 million in 'green energy' funding. News release | Genetic Engineering News, Nanotechwire, Nanowerk News, AZoCleanTech

Elder care and job security

Marcie Pitt-CatsouphesEmployees providing elder care say they have significantly less access to flexible work options, according to a study by BC's Sloan Center on Aging & Work. US News & World Report

Play's the thing

Peter GrayResearch of early human adaptation by Psychology Prof. Peter Gray shows 'free play' - distinct from organized, competitive play - is highly important to human social development. News release | Sampling of coverage: FirstScience NewsPsychCentral, LiveScience, PhysOrg.comScience Daily, ScienceCentric

Chemist named Guggenheim Fellow

Udayan MohantyChemistry Prof. Udayan Mohanty has won a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship for his theoretical studies of rare chemical reactions. News release | Genetic Engineering News

'Re-greening' would create jobs

Eric Strauss

Using stimulus funds to 're-green' communities would create jobs and a healthier environment for future generations, according to a piece co-authored by Environmental Studies Director Eric Strauss, science advisor for the Urban Ecology Institute. CNN  


Superconductivity mystery solved

Vidya MadhavanAn international research team led by Physics Asst. Prof. Vidya Madhavan has unraveled one of the mysteries surrounding high-temperature superconductivity. News Release | Science Daily | Science Mode  | PhysOrg  | NanowerkAzoNano (Australia) |  ScienceCentric


Anatomy of an idea

Alan WolfeNo one with an open mind can come away from 'The Future of Liberalism' - the latest book by Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe - treating 'liberal' as a term of abuse, according to a review in The Economist

Retirement research in the news

Alicia MunnellThe Center for Retirement Research and its director Alicia Munnell are cited on various aspects of retirement in America, by the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and by nationally-syndicated columnist Humberto Cruz, whose piece appears in the Chicago Tribune, among other media.