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Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause weighs in on how officials should address containment of ISIS on WBZ Radio and on NECN.

Claudia Olivetti

How has intergenerational mobility changed in the U.S.? Professor of Economics Claudia Olivetti is co-author of a paper on the subject published in the American Economic Review, and of a post for the London School of Economics blog 'American Politics and Policy.'

Sam Richardson

The rising of health-care costs has slowed, but it's not clear whether that will be a long-term trend, according to Associate Professor of the Practice of Economics Sam Richardson, who also commented on the reasons costs have moderated on

Martha Bayles

If America's voice is to be heard in the 21st-century war of ideas, commercial news outlets can't replace government-supported medis, contends Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Visiting Associate Professor Martha Bayles, co-author of an op-ed for Politico.

Natana J. DeLong-Bas

Single parents are uncommon in deeply traditional Emirati culture, and adoption remains a contentious issue. Theology and Islamic Civilization and Societies Assistant Professor of the Practice Natana J. DeLong-Bas discusses the topic on PRI's 'The World.' (Her interview begins at 3:24.)

Katherine McAuliffe

Cultural differences may shape when children develop a sense of fairness, with significant variations across countries, according to the results of a global experiment conducted by a team of psychologists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists including leading co-author and Assistant Professor of Psychology Katherine McAuliffe. The findings are reported in the journal Nature. BC News | Nature News | Washington Post | Brain Decoder | Medical Daily | Health Day | PhysOrg | Science News | Science Daily | The Atlantic

James Weiss

Associate Professor of Theology Rev. James Weiss discussed the ontinuing debate over accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S. on WWL-New Orleans.

Jonathan Laurence

Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence addressed the evolving situation facing France and its Muslim community in an interview with Al Jazeera.

Karl Baden

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts Karl Baden has taken a photograph of himself every day for the last 28 years as part of an ongoing project that addresses mortality, incremental change, obsession and perfection. The Tab

Kenneth R. Himes

In Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing, Associate Professor of Theology Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M., provides an overview of the role of drones in national security and explores the ethical implications of drone warfare.

Jonathan Laurence

Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence discussed the attacks in Paris on WCVB-TV News (begins at :54), and was interviewed about the relationship between Muslims living in France and their adopted homeland on NPR 'All Things Considered.' Writing in the New York Times, he took a long-range view on refugees in Europe, and he commented on the intelligence service controversy in Germany to the national broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Kelly Rossetto

In the hours after the deadly attacks in Paris, online social sites were filled with signs of solidarity. Assistant Professor of Communication Kelly Rossetto comments in the Washington Post.

Juliet Schor

Consideration of climate change has been almost totally missing from discussions about the future of work, writes Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor, who highlights the connection between working hours and carbon emissions in an essay for Pacific Standard magazine.

Tao Li

Professor of Mathematics Tao Li has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for his contributions to low-dimensional topology. He one of only 50 mathematicians worldwide to receive the recognition for 2016. BC News Release

John Ebel

Geophysicst John Ebel, chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, spoke with Reuters about the earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this week. Pickups ranged from the New York Times, Newsweek and Al Jazeera America to the Irish Times and Sydney Morning Herald.

Dunwei Wang

A team of scientists led by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang reports the first "unassisted" water splitting using only hematite and silicon as solar absorbers, opening a new door to energy-harvesting artificial photosynthesis. The report is published in the journal Nature Communications. BC News Release | PhyOrg | R&D Magazine | AZO Network

David Hopkins

Research by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins that points to a fundamental asymmetry in U.S. party politics is cited in a piece on Paul Ryan's future as Speaker of the House. Slate | Hopkins commented on the likely effect of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony on her presidential campaign in the International Business Times.

Eve Spangler

From BC Bookmarks: In her new book Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict, Professor of Sociology Eve Spangler provides both an introduction to the conflict and a call to action toward finding a resolution.

Charlie Hoffman

Professor of Biology Charlie Hoffman was asked by the journal Genetics to spearhead an 'organismal primer' on the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

Ellen Winner

How frustrating can it be to replicate results of a scientific study? Efforts by an undergraduate researcher in psychology, thwarted by external factors, are highlighted in a piece by Washington that includes comments by one of his advisers, Professor of Psychology Ellen Winner.

Mathis Wagner

As the influx of Syrian refugees into European Union countries continues, Assistant Professor of Economics Mathis Wagner looks at the impact in Turkey, which has borne the brunt of the crisis since the Syrian civil war began. The Conversation

Susan Shell

Is economic liberty necessary for individuals to lead truly flourishing lives? A panel of experts discussing the topic at the American Enterprise Institute included Professor of Political Science Susan Shell. National Review

Martha Bayles

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Visiting Associate Professor Martha Bayles writes on why today's American dream doesn't export as well as the original, in an essay for The Atlantic.

Peter Kause

Assistant Professor Peter Krause analyzed escalating Russian and U.S. involvement in Syria in an extended interview on “Broadside.”

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences senior Adriana O’Connor was among 120 students chosen by the U.S. State Department to serve as ambassadors to the U.S.A. Pavilion at this year's world’s fair in Milan, Italy. BC News

Robert Murphy

Associate Professor of Economics Robert Murphy discussed the Federal Reserve's strategy regarding inflation and interest rate hikes with CNBC.

Jonathan Laurence

Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence discussed the limits of state secularism in France in an interview with World Politics Review.

Marilynn Johnson

As Europe's migration crisis continues, and the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of 1965's Immigration Act, Professor of History Marilynn Johnson discussed her book The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s on WGBH News.

R. Shep Melnick

A directive on 'equal access' by the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights will produce mountains of paperwork but is unlikely to improve the education of minority children, contends O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

Gustavo Morello, S.J.

In The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War, Assistant Professor of Sociology Gustavo Morello, S.J., a native of Argentina, focuses on an episode of forced disappearance to explore the complex relationship between Catholic faith and political violence. BC Bookmarks

Ellen Winner

The cost can be significant in terms of both money and stress, Professor of Psychology Ellen Winner tells Reuters.

Bob Kempf

WGBH COO Ben Godley today announced that Bob Kempf, a graduate of Boston College with a degree in political science and philosophy, will join the Boston public media producer as Vice President for Digital Services. News Release

Karl Baden

Assistant Professor of the Practice Karl Baden’s photography is featured in South x Southeast photomagazine. The first collection, “RISING,” is a hybrid of street photography and environmental portraiture created in a single location—the exit escalator of an urban public transportation system. The second project, entitled “Another Summer,” serves as a record of Baden's summer experiences.

Gregory Kalscheur, S.J.
Fr. Kalscheur Named MCAS Dean

Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., who has served as interim dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences since June of 2014, has been appointed dean, University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley announced at University Convocation.

John Ebel
Geological Society of America Fellow

Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor and Chair John Ebel, a geophysicist and former director of BC's Weston Observatory, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America for his seismological research, teaching and work to increase public awareness and understanding of earthquakes.

Caroline Bicks
Shakespeare Not Stirred

In her new book, Associate Professor of English Caroline Bicks seeks to relate Shakespeare to everyday life by blending literature and libations. The volume has been featured by the Boston Globe and the Folger Shakespeare Library's "Shakespeare Unlimited" podcast.

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor Peter Krause argues that recent West Bank attacks on Palestinians reflect a deeper debate over the nature of Israel in a new article in War on the Rocks.

U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Teaching Award

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences alumna Yunseon Esther Kim '05 has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award for Teaching--one of the most prestigious and selective scholarships world-wide--to study and conduct research at Sheffield Hallam University in England. BC News

Peter Krause and Craig Noyes

Assistant Professor Peter Krause and recent BC graduate Craig Noyes BA '08, MA '13 published an article in The National Interest on “When Terrorism Works.”

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick
MCC Artist Fellow

For the second time in six years, Associate Professor of Music Ralf Yusuf Gawlick has been named an Artist Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Peter ireland
Crisis in Greece

What will be the impact of the escalating fiscal crisis in Greece? Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland comments: Washington Post, CBS News and Boston Herald.

Ellen Winner
Parents and prodigies

Parents who are obsessed with the idea of having a gifted child should relax, say experts including Professor of Psychology Ellen Winner. Very few are real prodigies, and for them, the road isn't always easy. China's Global Times

Heather Cox Richardson
The GOP and higher ed

The new war on universities is just the next step in an anti-intellectual struggle against critical thinking, according to a commentary by Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson for

J. Elisenda Grigsby
Inaugural math prize winner

Assistant Professor of Mathematics J. Elisenda Grigsby is the inaugural recipient of a new research prize in topology and geometry, awarded by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Peter Ireland
Too data dependent?

There are genuine risks to policies that place too much emphasis on every piece of incoming data, risks that Federal Reserve policymakers should recognize, according to Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland.

Dunwel Wang
'Unassisted' water split

A new door to energy-harvesting artificial photosynthesis is opened by a team of researchers led by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang, who achieved 'unassisted' water splitting using only hematite and silicon as solar absorbers. BC News Release

Robert Savage
Ireland's Evolution

Last week's vote in favor of gay marriage in a country often viewed as conservative and Catholic surprised many. But Ireland, and Irish Catholics, have changed remarkably over the last few decades, according to Associate Professor of the Practice of History Robert Savage. WGBH "Morning Edition."

Peter Krause
Could Baghdad Fall?

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause discussed recent ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria in an interview with NECN.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Arthur Miller's Forgotten Masterpiece

"Incident at Vichy," Arthur Miller's play about rounding up Jews and Roma that marks its 50th anniversary this year, held lessons for Soviet refuseniks, writes Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer. Tablet Magazine

Carlo Rotella
Opera's Great 25-Year-Old Hope

Composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic Matthew Aucoin may, at age 25, be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight? An advance look at Professor of English and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella's essay for this Sunday's New York Times Magazine

Ruihua He
NSF CAREER Award in Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics Ruihua He has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a prestigious grant for early-career faculty that will fund his research into quantum liquid crystals. BC News Release

Tao Li
Simons Fellow in mathematics

Professor of Mathematics Tao Li has received a 2015 Simons Foundation Fellowship, granted to accomplished faculty for their recent research and the potential impact of their future work. BC Chronicle

The Impact of the Tsarnaev Verdict on Lone Wolf Terrorism

In the aftermath of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sentencing for his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings, some worried that putting him to death would make him a martyr and inspire other terrorists to follow his actions. In an interview with NECN, Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause disagrees citing the relative rarity of this kind of lone wolf terrorist attack and the greater influence of organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Juliet Schor
A Free Market and the Cost of Services

Should Americans, despite their stagnant wages, pay the true cost of their goods and services, or should they benefit from free markets' cost reductions? Posing the question as an issue of consumer ethics is a misdirection; to stop exploitation of workers, address the structure and the responsible parties, writes Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor. New York Times "Room for Debate"

Arissa Oh
To Save the Children of Korea

International adoption began in the aftermath of the Korean War, becoming a mechanism through which the Korean government exported its unwanted children, according to Assistant Professor of History Arissa Oh in her forthcoming book To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption, which is highlighted by the Boston Globe

Solomon Friedberg
Mathematics with the Common Core

A new video series from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and The Hunt Institute is aimed at enhancing understanding of the math students need for college, life and careers. It features McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg addressing conceptual understanding of mathematics and foundations for success in algebra.

James Cronin
The U.K. Elections

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party claimed a definitive majority in Parliament, contrary to predictions that the election would be close. As Friday exit poll results began to point to the Tory performance, Professor of History James Cronin spoke from London with the syndicated radio program "Background Briefing with Ian Masters," based at KPFK-FM (CA).

Robert Murphy
Unemployment at Seven-Year Low

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, and unemployment ticked down to seven-year low of 5.4 percent, according to the latest government report. Associate Professor of Economics Robert Murphy discussed the news on WRKO Financial Exchange

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Coping with cancer risk

How can BRCA-positive women make more precise medical decisions regarding their cancer risk? Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber, author of Waiting for Cancer to Come: Genetic Testing and Women's Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, writes for the Huffington Post

James Brogan
Junior Wins Goldwater Scholarship

James Brogan '16, a double major in physics and chemistry who plans to one day develop new techniques to treat illness and disease, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in the sciences.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Senior Corleone S. Delaveris has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He has focused on organic chemistry as an undergraduate; the grant will support his study of chemical biology at Stanford University

Devin Pendas
Guilt by association

Is Nazi prison guard Oskar Groening criminally guilty by association in Holocaust deaths, though he contends he never personally took a life? Associate Professor of History Devin Pendas comments on historical precedent on

Jeffery Byers
Cottrell Scholar Award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeffery Byers has received a $75,000 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in support of his work with polymers—long chains of atoms or molecules found in everything from plastic grocery sacks to DNA. BC Chronicle

James O'Toole
How Catholics conquered Massachusetts

Though Catholicism is now an integral part of the state's cultural fabric, in its very early years, Catholics were "few in number and not particularly welcome," according to Clough Millennium Professor of History James O'Toole. He explained Massachusetts' transformation in an interview with WGBH News.

Robert Savage

BBC and The Troubles

A series of seismic events threatened the BBC's ability to remain impartial during The Troubles, according to a new book by Associate Professor of the Practice of History Robert Savage. The Sunday Times (UK).

Elizabeth Kensinger

Malleable memories

Recollections of particularly emotional events may be vivid, but the accuracy of such 'flashbulb memories' varies. Psychology Professor Elizabeth Kensinger discussed the malleability of memory on Minnesota Public Radio.

Peter Ireland

Jobs data and the Fed

The latest jobs report underscores how challenging it is to use monetary policy to fine-tune the economy, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland. Economics 21

Sharlene Hesse-Biber

State of women's issues

A recent survey ranked Massachusetts the second best state in the U.S. for women. But moving to a new state, and other singular solutions, are not feasible options for many, and will not solve the overall issues women still face, contends Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber.

Michael Grubb
Data plan paradox

Research by Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Grubb suggests that cellular customers who receive alerts when they exceed their data limits end up spending more per month on their phone plans than do customers who are not alerted. Consumer Affairs

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
When cancer threatens

Actress Angelina Jolie's announcement that she'd had additional surgery to ward off cancer raised the question of how to proactively manage a heredity risk. Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber, director of Women's and Gender Studies and author of the book Waiting For Cancer To Come: Genetic Testing and Women's Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, discussed the issues involved with WGBH News.

Min Hyoung Song
Asian-American in Motor City

Professor of English Min Hyoung Song's reflection on growing up in Detroit in the 1970s and '80s is among 41 stories included in the new book Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest. BC Bookmarks

Professor Hon and Snyder
The Great Snow Melt

What happens when a record-breaking snowfall finally melts? Associate Professors Noah Snyder and Rudolph Hon of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department explain. BC Chronicle

Peter Ireland
Three words for the Fed

Independence, accountability and transparency should be watchwords for the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland, co-author of a piece for Economics21.

Lisa Cahill
Women and the Church

A working paper issued before the recent Vatican plenary assembly on women offers a glimpse of the latest Catholic thinking about a number of issues, including as cosmetic surgery. Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Cahill was among experts asked to weigh in. New York Times

David Hopkins
Netanyahu's victory

Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins commented on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decisive victory, and its likely impact on U.S. relations. Boston Herald

Alan Rogers
Religion and medical care

Should parents' religious beliefs allow them to refuse medical care for their children or avoid standard medical practices? Professor of History Alan Rogers weighs in for the New York Times 'Room for Debate'.

James Cronin
Rules of a disordered world

Professor of History James Cronin's Global Rules: America, Britain and a Disordered World is a 'deeply researched and lucid history of the period between the Vietnam War and the present day,' according to a review by Foreign Affairs. | BC Bookmarks

Robert Morrissey
Arts and Sciences to be named for benefactor, alumnus Robert J. Morrissey

Boston College will name its College of Arts and Sciences in honor of Robert J. Morrissey ’60, a prominent Boston attorney and investor who, with this latest commitment, will become the largest benefactor in the University’s history. BC News Release | Boston Globe | AP via ABC News

Maxim D. Shrayer
Ghosts of Soviet Past

An émigré and his ex-girlfriend meet at the Estonian island of Saaremaa to confront some of the ghosts of their Soviet past in Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer's new novella published in the Canadian magazine Cosmonauts Avenue.

Carlo Rotella
Proustian power of bad music

'The songs that take me back most powerfully are the ones that feel as if they left scars,' writes Professor of English and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella. Boston Globe

David Hopkins
Venus and Mars on Capitol Hill

Making sense of contemporary government requires understanding the distinct goals of each party base, writes Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins, co-author of a post for the Washington Post "Monkey Cage".

Jianmin Gao
A 'warhead' molecule

A research team in the lab of BC chemist Jianmin Gao details using a 'warhead' molecule to target deadly bacteria. BC News Release

Alan Rogers
Overextending a Constitutional Protection

It's time to repeal all religious exemptions that unconstitutionally protect parents at the cost of a child's death, contends Professor of History Alan Rogers, author of The Child Cases: How America's Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children. New York Times "Room for Debate".

Dunwel Wang
Boosting battery performance

BC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang reports nano-coatings help stabilize a unique form of carbon, which could help pave the way for next generation, high performance lithium-ion batteries. BC News Release | PhysOrg | Nanowerk | ECN magazine | Nanotech Now | R&D Magazine

Thomas Seyfried
New approach to cancer treatment

Professor of Biology Thomas Seyfried told an overflow audience at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition that a new metabolic approach to cancer treatment is overdue, calling some existing regimens barbaric and toxic. Ocala Star Banner

Ken Williams
Drug shows promise against HIV

A drug used to treat patients with Crohn's disease and multiple sclerosis has helped scientists confirm how "viral reservoirs" form in patients living with HIV and proven effective at blocking the pathways to those reservoirs, Professor of Biology Ken Williams and a team of researchers report in the journal PLOS Pathogens. BC News Release (via Medical Express).

Elizabeth Kensinger
Nostalgia's Tech Comeback

From Throwback Thursday to Timehop, nostalgia has been embraced by the social media community. Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Kensinger, who studies memory, discussed how the brain processes live and recalled experiences in an interview with The Atlantic.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Yom Kippur in Amsterdam

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, the title story from a 2009 collection by Professor of Russian, English and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, has been selected for the anthology The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction. BC Bookmarks

John Ebel
'Swarm' of earthquakes

Analysis of seismic data recorded by BC's Weston Observatory during two weeks of earthquake 'swarms' in Plainfield, Connecticut, earlier this year shows more than 60 small quakes occurred in the first week, geophysicist John Ebel tells Connecticut Magazine.

David Geraghty
Sloan Foundation Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics David Geraghty has received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to rising stars among U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars. Geraghty's work focuses on number theory and a sub-area known as the Langlands program. BC News Release

James Russell
Science's struggle to study emotion

Researchers study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, but each of these is only part of the effort to understand human emotions. Professor of Psychology James Russell is among scholars interviewed by The Atlantic.

Thomas Seyfried
Metabolic approach to cancer treatment

Professor of Biology Thomas Seyfried told an overflow audience at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition that a new metabolic approach to cancer treatment is overdue, calling some existing regimens barbaric and toxic. Ocala Star Banner

Peter Ireland
Prepping markets for rising interest rates

How could the Federal Open Market Committee better prepare markets for higher interest rates? Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland, a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee, is co-author of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Story selected for new anthology

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, the title story from a 2009 collection by Professor of Russian, English and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, is included in a new anthology of Jewish-American fiction. His latest story appears in the Jewish news and culture magazine The Tablet. BC Bookmarks

John Ebel
New data on Connecticut quakes

Analysis of seismic data recorded by Weston Observatory during two weeks of earthquake "swarms" in Plainfield, Connecticut earlier this year shows that more than 60 small earthquakes occurred in the first week, geophysicist John Ebel tells Connecticut Magazine.

Joseph Tecce
Stress mounting with snow

As an arctic blast adds plunging temperatures to rising snow piles, it's a perfect storm of winter woes to trigger snow stress depression. Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Tecce commented on NBC Nightly News.

James Najarian
Honored for Poetry

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers has honored Associate Professor of English James Najarian, who specializes in Romantic and Victorian poetry and nonfiction prose, with its Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Award in Poetry.

Jeffery Byers
Chemist wins NSF Career Award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeffery Byers, whose research focuses on the development of sustainable chemistry, has received a $655,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the agency's most prestigious grant for junior faculty. BC Chronicle

Robin Fleming
Rome and the Britons

Though the Romans brought many innovations to Britain, on average Britons lived longer after the Roman Empire fell, Professor of History Robin Fleming said during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Telegraph (UK)

Elizabeth Goizueta
Lam Exhibition on View in Atlanta

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds—which debuted last semester at the McMullen Museum, curated by Elizabeth Goizueta of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures' Hispanic Studies program—is now on view at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. Art Daily | Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Goizueta was interviewed about the exhibition on CNN Spanish Network (in Spanish).

Heather Cox Richardson
Cowboys after the Civil War

A C-SPAN series marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War features Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson, who talks about how cowboys became a symbol for a newly reunited America during the Reconstruction Era. View the segment here

Martha Bayles
Jon Stewart steps down

Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show' changed comedy and journalism as we know it, Martha Bayles of Arts and Sciences Honors Program tells WGBH 'Greater Boston'.

Shawn McGuffey
The ICC in Africa

Scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, including Associate Professor of Sociology and African and African Diaspora Studies C. Shawn McGuffey, gathered in Tanzania to make recommendations to the International Criminal Court regarding its work in Africa. BC Chronicle

Peter Kreeft
Life, Theology and Thomas Aquinas

"Theology is always practical because nothing is more practical than living in reality, living in the real world," Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft tells National Review Online in a Q&A about his latest book, Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas.

David Broido
Elected APS Fellow

Professor of Physics David Broido has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the world’s second-largest organization of physicists, the society has announced. BC Chronicle

Robin Fleming
Medieval Academy Fellow

Professor of History Robin Fleming has been named a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. BC Chronicle

Joseph Tecce
Got Snow Stress?

Psychology Professor Joseph Tecce was among several psychologists, interviewed by the Patriot Ledger, to offer coping mechanisms on handling snow stress.

Arissa Oh
Sitcom draws heat

Assistant Professor of History Arissa Oh weighed in on the controversy that preceded the debut of ABC's 'Fresh Off The Boat,' the first situation comedy to feature an Asian-American family in two decades. CNN

T. Ross Kelly
Law of Science

Thanks to seniors Jaclyn Lundberg and Omar A. Khan, anyone with an Internet connection can now get a glimpse of Vanderslice Professor of Chemistry T. Ross Kelly's collection of scientific curiosities, each of which teaches a lesson about a law of science or nature. BC Chronicle | Kelly's 'Curiosity Cabinet' is featured by Chemical & Engineering News. | Slideshow

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

Marc Landy
Why Romney Won't Run

Former Massachusetts governor and two time presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last week that he would not seek the Republican nomination. Professor of Political Science Marc Landy was interviewed about the decision on CBS Boston's "Keller at Large".

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

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.

Joseph Tecce
Brady's body language

During an interview with Fox 25 News, psychology professor and body language expert, Joseph Tecce, stated Tom Brady was telling the truth.

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

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

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)