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2015 Features

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Peter Ireland of economics
Gaining on wages

The best thing the Fed can do to help bring about more sizable wage gains is stick to its current strategy, gradually but decisively bringing its monetary policy back to normal, according to Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland. Economics 21

Most popular majors

Economics leads the list of most popular undergraduate majors at BC, for the third consecutive year. Finance, biology, communication and political science round out the top five. BC Chronicle

John Ebel an Alan Kafka
Quakes rattle Connecticut

Hundreds of Connecticut residents packed an information session at which Director of Weston Observatory Alan Kafka answered questions about the recent earthquake activity there. WNTH-News | Hartford Courant | NBC Connecticut. Weston's John Ebel commented on CBS Evening News | The Weather Channel and in Connecticut Magazine. Other media interviews with observatory staff include the Boston Herald | WTNH-TV | Boston Globe | WNPR_FM | Hartford Courant | NBC Connecticut | AP | Providence Journal | UPI | Reuters.

Michael Naughton
Physics and footballs

Cold weather can affect pressure, which could have been the reason for the underinflated footballs used in the Patriots-Colts AFC Championship game, says Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton. Boston Herald | WCVB_TV

Lisa Sowle Cahill
Theological Excellence award

Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill has received the 2015 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence, which recognizes the contributions of contemporary theologians in writing and teaching. BC News Release

Marina McCoy
Ending in hope

'Hope means choosing to act in ways that lead me closer to what is good and loving, even though the future is often unknown and beyond my control.' Associate Professor of Philosophy Marina McCoy writes on the Examen, a Ignatian technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day, for DotMagis.

Elizabeth Goizueta
Touring 'New Worlds'

WGBH-News toured the retrospective exhibition 'Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds' at the McMullen Museum of Art for a segment of 'Greater Boston' that includes an interview with curator Elizabeth Goizueta of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures' Hispanic Studies program.

Franck Salameh
Dialects and Middle East peace

Perception of the Middle East as a place with a certain culture and language ignores the array of different cultures that have developed over the course of history, contends Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh in an interview with NPR affiliate KGOU-Oklahoma.

Jonathan Laurence
Eyes on Tunisia

Europe should watch Tunisia, which can already lay claim to the most democratic success story in the uncertain post-Arab Spring period, writes Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence. Brookings UpFront | The Economist

Liane Young
Tracing intractable conflicts

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts, led by Assistant Professor of Psychology Liane Young, might shed light on how to address other perennial arguments. NPR 'Morning Edition' | New York Magazine | Science Blog | The Guardian (UK)