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Jonathan Laurence
Islam in Germany, Turkey

The decision to exclude current Turkish-German generations from dual citizenship betrays a fundamental incoherence in German policy, contends Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence in a piece for the German-language newspaper Die Welt.

Kevin Kenny
Who were the Molly Maguires?

History Professor Kevin Kenny, author of Making Sense of the Molly Maguires, provides ten points of interest about them in a post for Oxford University Press.

Can Erbil
Marketplace competition

Target’s refusal to sell Beyonce’s latest album after it had been released exclusively on iTunes is an example of ‘good old microeconomic theory, flexing its market power muscles,’ Economics Adj. Associate Professor Can Erbil tells

Solomon Friedberg
Raising student achievement

Will the new Common Core standards raise student achievement? The answer depends on implementation, writes McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg for the Los Angeles Times.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Childhood in the Soviet Union

Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, a new memoir from Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer, poignantly captures the double life of a refusenik, according to Jewish Journal. Read the piece, as well as an excerpt in The Forward and an author Q&A with Soviet Samovar, in BC Bookmarks.

Jeremy Clarke, S.J.
Papal 'person of the year'

The first non-European pope in 1,200 years, and the first Jesuit, Pope Francis has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. History Assistant Professor Jeremy Clarke, S.J., discussed the news on NECN 'Broadside'.

Zine Magubane
Mandela's legacy

Nelson Mandela's legacy is marked by his commitment to freedom, to equality, to social justice and to reconciliation, said Sociology Associate Professor Zine Magubane, a South Africa native who lived in her country while Mandela was president, in interviews with Fox News Boston, NECN, WCVB-TV and the Boston Herald.

Juliet Schor
Going Beyond "Buy Nothing Day"

It's time for the planet's most fortunate to mount more than a symbolic protest of refusal on the nation's favorite day of consumer excess, contends Sociology Professor Juliet Schor.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Leaving Russia

Leaving Russia, new from Professor of Russian and English Professor Maxim D. Shrayer, is the first English-language, autobiographical and nonfictional account of growing up Jewish in the former USSR.

Solomon Friedberg
American Math Society fellow

McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, one of only 50 selected worldwide for 2014. BC Chronicle |

Jeffery Howe
Courbet in Boston

An "ambitious and thought-provoking" exhibition of the works of Gustave Courbet now on view at the McMullen Museum, "Mapping Realism," curated by Fine Arts Professor Jeffery Howe, offers revelations throughout, according to a review by The New Criterion.

Joseph Tecce
Conspiracy Theories

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce discussed with Clint Conley of the Boston Herald, the psychological factors involved in conspiracy theories of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Patrick Maney
JFK's Call to Service

John F. Kennedy's greatest achievement was not legislative; rather, it was to inspire Americans to public service, especially a younger generation, History Professor Patrick Maney said in an interview this morning with NECN. Maney also was quoted by the Boston Herald, and will participate in a special report on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination on WCVB-TV Ch. 5 on Friday, November 22.

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In Memoriam: Donald Dietrich

A funeral Mass will take place Wednesday morning in Belmont, Mass. for Theology Professor Emeritus Donald J. Dietrich, an internationally recognized scholar of the German Catholic experience, Christian-Jewish relations and the Holocaust, who died November 16 at age 72. BC Obituary

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'Transnational gender vertigo'

Sociology Assistant Professor Kimberly Kay Hoang discussed her study of Vietnamese sex workers who became American wives and, contrary to their hopeful expectations, ended up as primary breadwinners in their new country, in an interview with BBC Radio.

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'Live from New York...'

Communication Assistant Professor Matt Sienkiewicz is co-editor of Saturday Night Live and American TV, which looks at SNL writing, performance and social commentary throughout the history of the multiple Emmy-winning comedy.

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Dual book awards

Political Science Professor Gerald Easter has won two major awards from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for his book, Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States, which examines divergent approaches to taxation among former East Bloc countries. BC Bookmarks

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U.S. immigration reform

A proposal to break the U.S. deadlock on immigration reform advanced by Political Science Professor Peter Skerry is highlighted by a column in The Economist.

photo of Juliet Shor
‘Dismal science’ seeks fresh thinking after failure in crisis

The Institute for Economic Thinking, the think-tank founded by George Soros in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, launched a curriculum project this week at HM Treasury in London. The Core Economics project is creating online, open-access texts for Introductory Economics, and Intermediate Micro and Macroeconomics that reincorporate distribution, finance and history into what is taught to undergraduates. Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, addressed the audience about how economics teaching is failing to include climate change and ecological degradation in its accounts, and how the CORE curriculum should do so.

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World premiere

The premiere of Music Professor Thomas Oboe Lee's 'God's Grandeur,' which celebrates both BC's Sesquicentennial anniversary and Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, will take place November 9 in a performance by the University Chorale.

Joseph Tecce
The Psychological Effects of Success

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce discussed with Deb Lawler, WBZ NewsRadio, positive psychological effects of the Red Sox success in winning the baseball World Series.

Matt Sienkiewicz
Live and Still Relevant, It's "SNL"

Communication Assistant Professor Matt Sienkiewicz is co-editor of Saturday Night Live and American TV, which looks at SNL writing, performance and social commentary throughout the history of the multiple Emmy-winning show. BC Bookmarks

Can Erbil
Holiday Season Spending Tips

The holidays are a time when people indulge in spending, sometimes to the detriment of a budget. Economics Adjunct Associate Professor Can Erbil offered advice in an interview with NECN.

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Impact of the Shutdown

Economics Associate Professor Robert Murphy addressed how the shutdown affected consumer confidence in interviews with NECN and NPR. He also discussed the latest jobs report with

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Europe's Muslims

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence discussed his book The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims on New Mexico PBS.

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Marx, Methodism and Mecca

"As one of the most thoughtful observers of the politics of European Islam," Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence "makes some important, paradoxical points" in his recent essay for the journal Dissent according to The Economist blog "Erasmus."

Joseph Tecce
Zombie craze

How did soulless, flesh-eating corpses find such a presence in 21st-century culture? And what does that say about what we most fear these days? Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce weighs in. Patriot Ledger

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Free to play, learn

Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray discussed his new book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self Reliant, and Better Students for Life as a guest on 'The Janine Turner Show' on iHeartRadio (free registration required).

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Paranoid Style, Then and Now

Can Richard Hofstadter's insights of a half-century ago help us understand today's radical right? An essay by Political Science Professor Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, in the Chronicle of Higher Education Review.

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The debt ceiling debate

Economics Associate Professor Robert Murphy discussed the origins of the debt ceiling and the effect of not increasing it in interviews with Talk Radio News Service, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Globe.

Amir Hoveyda
American Chemical Society award for creative work

Joseph T. and Patricia Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda will receive the 2014 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, the society has announced.

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The next Fed chief

What does Janet Yellen's appointment imply for U.S. monetary and financial policies? And how will her priorities affect the average American? Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland addresses these questions in an essay for e21 at the Manhattan Institute. He also was interviewed by the Boston Herald and Dow Jones MarketWatch.

Juliet Schor
After the Jobs Disappear

As painful as the years since the crash have been, a more resilient, satisfying and sustainable way to work and live could be one beneficial consequence, writes Sociology Professor Juliet Schor. New York Times/International

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Syria's history and future

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh writes on Syria's history and future in light of the current crisis in essays for the National Interest and the Jerusalem Post.

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NSF Early Career Award

Psychology Assistant Professor Alexa Veenema, who studies the neural basis of social behavior, has earned a prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, which recognizes innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology. 

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The U.S. and Iran

Political Science Professor Ali Banuazizi discussed the president of Iran's visit and U.S.-Iran diplomacy as a guest on WGBH-TV's 'Greater Boston' (begins at 7:18).

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The five books

Soviet writer Vasily Grossman bore witness to the horrors of Russia’s World War II and the Shoah and deserves a place in literary history, according to Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer, who recommends the best books by and about Grossman on

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The papal vision

Reflections on Pope Francis' direction for the Church from Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz in National Catholic Reporter and theologian Rev. Robert Imbelli in America.

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National Book Award longlist

English Professor Elizabeth Graver has been named to the longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in fiction for her novel, The End of the Point, which follows three generations of a family from the middle to the end of the 20th century.

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2013 MacArthur Fellow

History Professor and department chair Robin Fleming has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, the University’s first recipient of the honor popularly known as the 'genius award.' BC News Release | MacArthur Foundation recipient profile | AP | | Boston Magazine | USA Today | Washington Post | Chronicle of Higher Education | The Atlantic | New York Times

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McMullen Courbet exhibition is 'admirably ambitious'

The McMullen Museum and Fine Arts Professor Jeffery Howe, curator of the exhibition Courbet: Mapping Realism, have mounted an 'admirably ambitious' show that should be 'catnip' to Courbet fans, according to a review in the Boston Globe.

photo of Peter Ireland
The stimulus decision

Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland discussed the Federal Reserve decision to hold off withdrawing stimulus to the economy with and WRKO-AM News.

Jeremy Clarke, S.J.
Conversation in the Church

Comments by Pope Francis suggest a change in the conversation within the Catholic Church on some issues, said History Assistant Professor Jeremy Clarke, S.J., who also provided historical perspective during an interview with NECN 'Broadside'.

photo of Joseph Tecce
Glamorous Lying

During an interview with Glamour magazine about why people lie, Associate Psychology Professor Joseph Tecce responded, "Lying caters to a human instinct to feel good about ourselves. Any criticism that triggers hurt or guilt, we avoid at all costs."

photo of Carlo Rotella
No child left untableted

'It seems misguided to try to improve the process of learning by putting an expensive tool in the hands of teachers we otherwise treat like the poor relations of the high-tech whiz kids who design the tool,' writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella. News York Times Magazine | He also reflected on the importance of student participation in classroom discussion in his column for the Boston Globe

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Crisis in Syria

Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause weighed in on recent developments regarding U.S. intervention in Syria in an interview with Fox News Boston. NOTE: The interview took place prior to President Obama's address to the nation.

Vidya Madhavanphoto of Stephen Wilson
Novel insulator's mass appeal

An international team of researchers led by Physics Associate Vidya Madhavan and Assistant Professor Stephen Wilson reports in Science Express that their experiments have revealed unique properties of materials known as topological crystalline insulators. BC News Release | Chem Europe | Science Daily | PhysOrg

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Move over, diamonds

Physics Professor David Broido and colleagues show potential for boron arsenide to challenge the extraordinarily high thermal conductivity of diamond, which could pave the way for a more plentiful and affordable alternatives to cooling high tech devices. BC News Release | Nature World News | PhysOrg | French Tribune

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Vice provost for research

DeLuca Professor of Biology Thomas Chiles has been named vice provost for research and academic planning, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculties Joseph Quinn has announced.

photo of Seth Jacobs
N.E. Historical Association Book Prize

The Universe Unraveling: American Foreign Policy In Cold War Laos by History Associate Professor Seth Jacobs, has received this year's James P. Hanlan Book Award from the New England Historical Association.

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Navy Yard Shooting

During an interview with NECN, Associate Psychology Professor Joseph Tecce says getting in the mind of a mass murderer means understanding someone who thinks he has been wronged and wants revenge.

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The Big Chill

Associate Psychology Professor and body-language expert Joseph Tecce analysed the body language between President Obama and Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit. NBC News

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English Prof. Among "Campus Celebs"

Author and English Associate Professor Amy Boesky is among "the leading campus celebrities who are filling real and virtual classrooms this year," identified on "The Hottest Seats in Class" list by Time Magazine.

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How to rule the world

Students will reflect on their own ambitions—and perhaps discover a few more—in ‘How to Rule the World,’ a course offered by Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies Robert Bartlett for Semester Online.

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Crisis in Syria

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause discussed options for U.S. intervention in Syria on Fox News Boston, in two guest appearances on NECN 'Morning Show' (NECN 1, NECN 2,) on WRKO-AM and with the Christian Science Monitor.

photo of Seth Jacobs
Window on the Vietman War

The study of the Vietnam War is a passion for History Associate Professor Seth Jacobs, one he has shared for more than a decade through his popular BC course ‘Vietnam: America's War at Home and Abroad,’ and which he now brings to Semester Online.

photo of Roberto Goizueta
Church of the poor

Pope Francis' advocacy for a church of and for the poor reflects recognition that the Catholic Church is now predominately a Third World church, Flatley Professor of Theology Roberto Goizueta said in a Q&A with U.S. Catholic magazine. He also discussed popular devotions of Latino Catholics in an accompanying sidebar.

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Grand relationships

A new study by Sociology Assistant Professor Sara Moorman and doctoral candidate Jeffrey Stokes shows that grandparents and adult grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other's psychological well-being. New York Times 'The New Old Age' | U.S. News & World Report | UPI | CBS News | Fox News | Self Magazine | Prevention Magazine | Science World Report | Free Press Journal (Mumbai) | PsychCentral | Medical Express

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Eonomics honors

Economics Professor Utku Ünver and Assistant Professor S Anukriti have received prestigious professional honors for their research.

French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600
A medieval best seller

In French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600, History Associate Professor Virginia Reinburg chronicles how the book of hours shaped religious practice and achieved popularity because it served as a bridge between liturgy and the home.

photo of Peter Skerry
Politics of policy

As Republican stalwarts begin to budge on one of the most contentious issues currently facing America, Democrats dig in their heels, writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry.

photo of Jonathan Laurence
The Pope and Muslims

Pope Francis is restoring a pragmatic approach to the Islamic world, according to a piece in Brookings' 'Up Front' by Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence, whose book The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims has received the Hubert Morken Award for best book on religion and politics from the American Political Science Association.

photo of Peter Krause
Political impact of terrorism and insurgency

Assistant Professor Peter Krause published an article that analyses the political effectiveness of terrorism and insurgency. Professor Krause argues that internal, organizational goals are even more important causes and effects of political violence than are the external, strategic goals of armed groups.

photo of Juliet Schor
The 'new economics'

From innovative financing mechanisms  to worker and consumer cooperatives to renewable energy, the ‘new economics’ movement is gaining strength in the U.S., according to Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, who is leading efforts to develop a related academic component.

photo of Liane Young
The whistle-blower quandary

Is reporting misdeeds an act of heroism or betrayal? Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young and doctoral candidate James Dungan are co-authors of a report on the moral psychology of whistle-blowing, and an essay on the topic in the New York Times Review.

photo of Kevin Newmark
Debatable irony

What is it about irony—as both an object of philosophical reflection and a literary technique—that fuels critical debate? Kevin Newmark, professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, examines this question in Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man.

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Youth changemaker

Adejire Bademosi A&S '14 is among the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers identified by Spark Action, a collaborative journalism and advocacy site to mobilize action by and for young people. Bademosi—who was among '50 Young Champions for Women' identified by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in 2010—this summer represents the U.S. with 19 other leaders in Russia at a forum on youth issues and economic development.

photo of Matt Sienkiewicz
Afghan communication

In a province without a single newspaper, magazine or television station, Radio Khorasan's faint but consistent signal represents the sole media connection between the people of Panjshir, Afghanistan, and the state of crisis that plagues their countrymen, writes Communication Assistant Professor Matt Sienkiewicz.

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International relations

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence, whose book The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims was co-winner of the 2013 Best Book in Migration and Citizenship award from the American Political Science Association, writes on the new rituals of Franco-German relations in the National Interest and on the state of the Islam State in Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt for Brookings' 'Up Front'.

photo of Carlo Rotella
Not just kid stuff

Free play, meaning an activity chosen and directed by participants who do it for its own sake, is an important way for both children and adults to learn while having a good time. English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella's latest column for the Boston Globe.

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Royal baby, social energy

Why are people in the U.S. and around the world so fascinated by the birth of the royal baby? 'Social energy,' Psychology Professor Donnah Canavan tells WCVB-TV.

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National Humanities Fellow

History Associate Professor Martin Summers has been selected as one of 35 distinguished fellows of the National Humanities Center for the 2013-14 academic year.

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Finding God at the beach

Philosophy Professor Peter Kreeft, author of nearly 50 books including, The Sea Within, I Surf Therefore I Am, and If Einstein Had Been a Surfer, reflects on why the sea still fascinates even as technology increasingly distracts in a Q&A with Catholic World Report.

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Move over, diamonds

Physics Professor David Broido and colleagues show potential for boron arsenide to challenge the extraordinarily high thermal conductivity of diamond, which could pave the way for a more plentiful and affordable alternatives to cooling high tech devices. BC News Release | Nature World News | PhysOrg | French Tribune

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Volcanic 'silent scream'

Seismologist John Ebel of BC's Weston Observatory discussed the possibility that a 'silent scream,' such as the one that preceded a 2009 eruption at Alaska's Mt. Redoubt, may be a tool in predicting such explosions.

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On 'Lumen Fidel'

Visiting scholar Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., and Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli reflect on Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, in essays for America Magazine.

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Jobs outlook improves

The Labor Department reported unemployment stayed steady at 7.6 percent as 195,000 jobs were added in June, an improvement from the slow but steady growth that's become the norm since the last recession. Economics Associate Professor Robert Murphy discussed the report in an interview with ABC News.

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New nanocarbon form

A new family of nanocarbons has emerged with the growth of the first non-planar nanographene by scientists at BC, led by Jim and Louise Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry Larry Scott, and Nagoya University in Japan. The team reports in the journal Nature Chemistry. BC News Release | Chemistry World | Laboratory Talk | AzO Nano | R&D Magazine

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Old case, new tech

History Professor Alan Rogers discussed the new technologies used in the revived police investigation of the decades-old Boston Strangler case. NECN

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Fulbright Scholar

Thomas Epstein, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, will make his 48th visit to Russia supported by a Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright fellowship.

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Understanding diaspora

History Professor Kevin Kenny, author of Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, was invited to share his knowledge of the subject in a post for Oxford University Press.

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'The Children of 1965'

In his new book, The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American, English Associate Professor Min Hyoung Song explores more than 100 works by emerging Asian-American authors.

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The Mandela vigil

When it comes to Nelson Mandela, grief and politics are difficult to disentangle, according to Sociology Associate Professor Zine Magubane, who taught in Cape Town during his presidency and whose research focuses on South Africa.

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The effectiveness of terrorism and political violence

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause recently published an article that addresses what terrorism and insurgency have and have not historically achieved for armed groups and their national movements.

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Catholic Press Association honor

An article co-authored by Theology Professor David Hollenbach, S.J., holder of the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, is part of a special issue of America magazine that has received the 2013 first place award from the Catholic Press Association for best coverage of religious liberty issues.

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Struggle against evil

Freya!—a documentary film by German Studies Associate Professor Rachel Freudenburg about Freya von Moltke, who with her husband formed an opposition group to Hitler's regime— is featured by the Daily Valley News.

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Nontoxic combo slows tumors

Laboratory tests show combining two nontoxic therapies can slow the growth of tumors, according to a report in the international journal PLOS ONE that builds upon and supports Biology Professor Thomas Seyfried's groundbreaking research in the field.

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Unleashing the play instinct

Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray, author of the new book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self Reliant, and Better Students for Life, discusses how a lack of unstructured play jeopardizes the emotional growth and well being of today’s children in a Q&A with the American Journal of Play.

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Echoes of WWI

The recent disclosures of NSA surveillance of the Internet call to mind the first-time the federal government monitored private communications. This little-known moment in U.S. history should raise flags today, according to History Professor Patrick Maney, writing for WBUR 'Cognoscenti'.

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Closure for Magdalenes?

The announcement that Irish government will compensate survivors of Ireland’s notorious Magdalene Laundries seemed to conclude one of the country’s most wrenching scandals. But real closure may prove elusive, according to English Associate Professor James Smith, who has been close to the issue through both research and advocacy.

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First-place essay award

'The skills, motivation and empowerment' gained as a student working in accounting for BC Dining encouraged biology major Loic Assobmo '15 to launch a nonprofit organization called the Global Establishment for Medical Advancement, focused on the crises crippling Africa's healthcare system. His essay on the subject won first place in a National Association of College Auxiliary Services competition.

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Advance in THz imaging

By using a laser beam to send a detailed set of instructions that create an aperture, researchers in the lab of Physics Associate Professor Willie Padilla may help tame terahertz waves in order to create new imaging technology. BC News Release | PhysOrg | Science Daily | Science Codex | | R&D Magazine

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Physics 'top paper' honor

Physics Professor Krzysztof Kempa’s report 'Controlling light propagation with nanowires,' co-authored with researcher Yun Peng, has been selected as one of the most notable papers of 2012 by the journal Applied Physics Letters.

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Unspoken messages

Psychology professor Joseph Tecce, an expert in body language, interprets Aaron Hernandez's demeanor in court.

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Intrinsic value of the arts

Arts for Art's Sake? The Impact of Arts Education is a new book by Psychology Professor Ellen Winner, her former graduate student Thalia Goldstein Ph.D. '10 and Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. A related post for OECD's 'Education Today'

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Practical humanities

Full and effective participation in a postindustrial society and economy requires advanced analytical and expressive ability, and studying the humanities and social sciences is essential to developing those abilities, writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella for the Boston Globe.

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CTSA president

Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz has assumed presidency of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the world's largest association of its kind.

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Brown elected to ACT post

Boston College Professor of Theology Stephen F. Brown has been elected to the position of vice president of the Academy of Catholic Theology for 2013-14. He will succeed to the post of president of the academy in 2014-15.

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The Church and the world

How does the Church speak to the secular world? Philosophy Associate Professor Jeffrey Bloechl, who delivered the 2013 Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value at Australian Catholic University, writes on Charles Taylor, freedom and authority for Australian Broadcasting Co.

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Supreme Court gene ruling

Like many people affected by the BRCA mutation, English Associate Professor Amy Boesky, author of What We Have: A Memoir about her family’s experience with the gene, was waiting for the Supreme Court to act on patents held by Myriad Genetics. She reacted to the ruling in an op-ed for the Boston Globe.

Marc Landy
The VIP divide

Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing a 'V.I.P Experience' that, among other things, allows purchasers to jump the queue for its various attractions. Political Science Professor Marc Landy weighs in, writing for WBUR 'Cognoscenti' and

Carlo Rotella
Vance prose will endure

American science-fiction and fantasy writer Jack Vance left a legacy of lasting influence, not only in dozens of books but also in his distinctiveness as a stylist, which shaped many other writers’ sensibilities, English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella wrote in an essay for the New York Times.

Franco Salameh
Six millennia of Phoenicians

A new, annotated critical translation of Charles Corm's 6000 ans de génie pacifique au service de l'Humanité by Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh, the first Western researcher to be given access to Corm's Beirut archives and unpublished papers, includes an historical reference to an archeological discovery by two BC Jesuits and their students.

Solomon Friedberg
New McIntyre Professor

Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg–who during his tenure as department chair has overseen a period of unprecedented growth and achievement—is the new James P. McIntyre Professor of Mathematics.

Katie Moran
Social media for seniors

Brands need to master social marketing to senior citizens, especially as the computer-literate Baby Boomers retire, writes new College of Arts and Sciences graduate Katie Moran A&S '13 in a guest post for

Liane Young
Empathy and moral judgments

Is it permissible to harm one to save many? Those who tend to say 'yes' when faced with this classic dilemma are likely to be deficient in a specific kind of empathy, according to a study co-authored by Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young. BC News Release | Science Daily | Medical Express | ANI News Service (India) | Science Blog

Tricia Burdo
$1.9M NIH grant

Biology Associate Research Professor Tricia Burdo has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of the body’s immune response in a debilitating form of nerve damage suffered by people living with HIV. BC News Release | PhysOrg | News Medical

Ken Williams
$2.7M NIH grant

Biology Professor Ken Williams has been awarded a five-year, $2.7 million NIH grant to probe potential drug therapies that would limit the role of immunological cells connected to several debilitating illnesses that strike people living with HIV. BC News Release | PhysOrg

Paul Schervish
Distinguished Career Award

Sociology Professor Paul Schervish, director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, will be honored with the 2013 Distinguished Career Award presented by the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association.

Joseph Manning
Udall Scholarship winner

Joseph Manning A&S '14 has received a prestigious Udall Scholarship, awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental careers.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Nabokovos, father and son

In 2011 Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer traveled to Montreux, Switzerland to interview critic, translator and interpreter Dmitri Nabokov, the only child of novelist Vladimir Nabokov. He writes about the experience in an essay for The Forward.

Udayan Mohanty
Royal Society Fellow

Chemistry Professor Udayan Mohanty, whose research spans the fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysics, has been named a fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry for his outstanding career accomplishments. BC News Release

Rayana Grace
Donald Brown Award

Rayana Grace '13, a sociology major with a minor in African and African Disaspora Studies, is this year's recipient of the Dr. Donald Brown Award.

Pat Mullane
Seniors to Remember: Pat Mullane

Pat majored in economics. This fall he will play professional hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

Rui Soares
Seniors to Remember: Rui Soares

Rui majored in psychology, pre-med. After graduation he has a two-year commitment to Teach for America, followed by medical school.

Lisa Piccirillo
Seniors to Remember: Lisa Piccirillo

Lisa majored in mathematics and will pursue a doctorate in pure mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. She plans on a career as a research professor.

Taylour Kumpf
Seniors to Remember- Taylour Kumpf

Taylour majored in English and minored in Environmental Studies. She plans to pursue a publishing career in New York City.

Robert Murphy
Jobs and the economy

Economics Associate Professor Robert Murphy was interviewed about job growth and the state of economy for a front-page piece in the Boston Globe.

Martin Bridgeman
Simons Fellowship winner

Mathematics Professor Martin Bridgeman has been awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship to support his research in moduli spaces. BC Chronicle

Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.
A moral mimefield

With evidence that government forces in Syria have used chemical weapons, the U.S. and Britain are evaluating whether and how to intervene in the conflict. Theology Associate Professor Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., outlines reasons for a cautious approach in an opinion piece for The Tablet.

Peter CloteKevin Ohi
2013 Guggenheim Fellows

Biology Professor Peter Clote and English Professor Kevin Ohi have received 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, awarded to professionals who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. BC Chronicle

Maria Asdourian
Goldwater Award

Maria Asdourian A&S '15, a biology major who conducts Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis research in Professor Dan Kirschner's lab, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. She explains her research in this short video. | BC News Release

Jessica Vallejo
Romero Scholarship Winner

Jessica Vallejo A&S '14 has been awarded the University's Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship, annually given to the junior who demonstrates a commitment to the values and ideals reflected in the life of the slain Archbishop of El Salvador. BC News Release

Richard Kearney
Reflection in the aftermath

Problems of identity trouble a reeling Boston in the aftermath of the bombing, writes Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney. Irish Times

Peter Krause
Marathon terrorist attack

Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause gave interviews to try and provide some analysis and peace of mind on the tragic events at the Boston Marathon. Rachel Maddow on MSNBC | NECN | CNN

Joseph Tecce
Coming to grips with terror

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce talks about how we should process the horrific events at the Boston Marathon. WCVB TV

Reverend Robert Imbelli
"Do This In Memory of Me"

Vatican II calls Catholics to a renewed realization of the primacy of Christ, Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli writes in an essay for America Magazine.

Narintohn Luangrath
2013 Truman Scholar

Narintohn Luangrath A&S '14—whose family’s experiences as immigrants inspired her interest in migration and asylum policy issues—has won a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate leadership potential and the capacity to 'make a difference.' BC News Release

Franck Salameh
Lebanon's resilience

As refugees from Syria stream into Lebanon, it's worth recalling how past movements in the region shaped the present order, writes Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh in the National Interest.

Maria Asdourian
Goldwater Scholarship Winner

College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Maria Asdourian, a biology major who conducts Alzheimer’s disease research in the lab of Professor Dan Kirschner, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. BC News Release

David Deese
U.S. Fulbright Specialist

Political Science Professor David Deese has been appointed to the United States Fulbright Program national roster of Fulbright Specialists, which promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions in more than 100 countries.

Maxim Shrayer
Bearing poetic witness

In his new book, I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer is the first to explore how Jewish-Russian poets became the earliest literary witnesses to the Holocaust. BC Bookmarks

Peter Gray
Play's the thing

The importance of play to children’s healthy psychological development and ability to thrive in life is underestimated by parents and educators, according to BC psychologist Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

James Keenan, S.J.Rev. Robert Imbelli
Papal reflections

Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., reflects on the election of fellow Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, writing for National Catholic Reporter, while Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli considers the legacy of Benedict XVI in a piece for U.S. Catholic.

Joseph Tecce
Night at the museum

Twenty-three years ago this month, Richard Abath was thrust into the spotlight after the biggest art heist in history at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce provided analysis of Abath's body language during his first interview about what happened that night. WBZ-TV Ch. 4 News

Amy Boesky
The ghost writes back

English Associate Professor Amy Boesky reflects on being a ghostwriter, in particular for the popular 'Sweet Valley High' series, in an interview with NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' and an essay for the Kenyon Review.

James Weiss
The papal conclave

The most complex papal election since 1914 is now underway, writes Theology Associate Professor Rev. James Weiss in an op-ed for the Boston Herald.

Catherine Cornille
Newton College Alumnae Chair

Theology Department Professor Catherine Cornille, an internationally acclaimed scholar in the field of comparative theology, has been named to the Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture. BC News Release

Elizabeth Graver
'The End of the Point'

Set in a fictional summer community on Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay, The End of the Point, the latest novel by English Professor Elizabeth Graver, is 'a beautifully orchestrated family symphony,' according to the Boston Globe. | BC Chronicle | She discussed the book on the 'Leonard Lopate Show' on NPR-WNYC and with the Mass. Cultural Council.

Sara Cordes
Baby and child cognition

BC's Infant and Child Cognition Lab is cited among Boston's collection of the world’s leading baby-brain research by Boston Magazine, in a piece that includes comments by principal investigator and Assistant Professor of Psychology Sara Cordes.

Halo effect

BC physicists have constructed a unique nanostructure that provides a newfound control in light filtering, Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton reports with Senior Research Associate Michael J. Burns and doctoral student and lead author Fan Ye in the journal Nano Letters. BC News | Nanotechnology News | Science Daily | PhysOrg | AzoNano

James Smith
Apology to Magdalenes

English Associate Professor James Smith reflected on Taoiseach Enda Kenny's  apology to victims of the Magdalene laundries in an op-ed in the Irish Times, and in interviews with New York Times, AP (via Boston Globe) and the Los Angeles Times.

The path to citizenship

Immigration proposals must be kept tough, fair, and simple, writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry in op-eds for the Boston Globe and The Weekly Standard.

Amir Hoveyda
Sustainable new catalysts

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda and BC colleagues report in the journal Nature their development of sustainable small-molecule catalysts fueled by a single proton. BC News Release | PhysOrg

Philip McHarris
MLK Scholarship winner

Philip McHarris A&S ’14, winner of the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial award, has an impressive record of scholarship and leadership. BC Chronicle

James Smith
Justice for Magdalenes

A new report that sheds light on the extent of state involvement with Ireland's Magdalene laundries ultimately will be remembered for whether the government responds with measures that bring justice, writes English Associate Professor James Smith, long-time advocate for the victims, in the Irish Times | He was interviewed by numerous news outlets about the report, including the New York Times 1 & 2 | BBC Radio 4 | BBC Radio 5 | Los Angeles Times | Irish Independent | Irish Central | Scotsman | AP and Irish Times.

Carlo Rotella
Off the grid in Boston

If you live anywhere long enough, the way of life there, the lay of the land itself, will sink into you, according to English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella in his column for the Boston Globe.

R. Shep Melnick
The gridlock illusion

If Washington seems to get much less done than it once did, it is partly because it is trying to do so much more, writes O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick in the latest edition of the Wilson Quarterly.

Gilman Scholars

Seven students in the Class of 2014 (five from A&S) are participating in study-abroad programs this semester—in Japan, Ireland, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa and the UK—through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.

Martha Bayles
Subdued by the tube

A recent American tendency to treat political and nonpolitical expression as rough equivalents is encouraging people all around the world to do the same, according to Martha Bayles of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Boston Globe

Richard Kearney
Art and the Great Hunger

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney joined a special broadcast of Ireland's RTE radio from Connecticut's Great Hunger Museum commemorating the Irish famine. RTE Radio (clip begins at approximate 34-minute mark).

Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom
'Muslim Journeys'

Islamic Arts by Calderwood Chairs of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom has been selected by for inclusion in 'Muslim Journeys,' part of the new NEH/American Library Association 'Bridging Cultures' initiative. BC Bookmarks

Marc Landy
Inauguration of sacrifice

President Obama must speak loudly and clearly about the sacrifices needed to restore the nation to fiscal sanity, writes Political Science Professor Marc Landy for WBUR's 'Cognoscenti'.

Paul Schervish
Charities after "the cliff"

One of the stones left unturned in the wake of the 'fiscal cliff' compromise is how new tax rates affect charitable giving. Sociology Professor Paul Schervish, director for the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, discussed how the budget deal affected rates of giving on WGBH 'Boston Public Radio'.

Michael Noone
Award-winning revival

Music Professor Michael Noone's CD set featuring music by priest-composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, which recently won a Gramophone Award in the early music category, is highlighted by the Boston Globe (second item).

Uzi Segal
Econometric Society fellow

Economics Professor Uzi Segal has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the world's leading learned society for economists. BC News Release

Peter Krause
The Foley abduction

Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause discussed unfolding events in the Middle East in light of the abduction of journalist James Foley in Syria in an interview with NECN.

Mary Ann Hinsdale
Women and the Church

Associate Professor Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., co-director of Catholic Studies, was interviewed regarding women theologians' contributions to the Church, for an article that includes comments by doctoral candidate Rev. Dan Horan, O.F.M. U.S. Catholic.

Carlo Rotella
A boxer's life

English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella writes on the late boxer Hector Camacho for the annual 'Lives They Lived' tribute section of the New York Times Magazine.

Juliet Schor
The Fiscal and Climate Cliffs

Sociology Professor Juliet Schor discussed the Senate deal approved by the House to avert the "fiscal cliff" and what it means to social and environmental programs as a guest on the syndicated independent radio news hour Democracy Now!