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2012 Archived News and Features

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Marc Jan Gubbels
Silencing a deadly parasite

The American Cancer Society has awarded a four-year, $720,000 grant to Associate Professor of Biology Marc-Jan Gubbels for research into potential new drugs that can prevent the onset of toxoplasmosis in cancer patients with weakened immune systems. BC News Release | PhysOrg, News-MedicalNet

David Vanderhooft
Book award winner

Associate Professor of Theology David Vanderhooft has been honored with the G. Ernest Wright Award by American Schools of Oriental Research for his co-authored book, The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah. BC News Release

Jonathan Laurence
Muslims in Europe

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence discussed Muslim integration and implications for increasing cultural tensions in Germany in an interview on NPR-Berlin, and addressed the differences between French and German policies towards Muslim-origin minorities with ParisBerlin Magazine. | He delivered the Daimler Lecture at the American Academy in Berlin, where he is currently a fellow. Video

Frank Tsung
A thin-skinned catalyst

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Frank Tsung and his lab have developed a crystalline nanostructure with a skin-like layer capable of controlling a typically stubborn method of catalysis, the team reports in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. BC News Release | The Engineer (UK), PhysOrg, Nanotechnology News, R&D Magazine, Bio-Medicine, Science Daily

Rev. Robert Imbelli
Prayers for the Innocent

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli offers reflections on the rhythms of the liturgical year, which can provide guidance and orientation for questioning minds and troubled hearts, in a piece for the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

James Keenan
Ethics and evacuation

The idea of evacuation as a moral duty during disaster such as Hurricane Sandy has gained traction among some local officials, theologians and storm survivors. Others find the notion misguided, uncompassionate and a threat to individual liberties. Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., discussed the issue with Religion News Service | Washington Post and Ethics Newsline.

Alan Kafka
"What Goes Up (and What Maybe Doesn’t): Mass Shootings and Megaquakes"

Dramatic events can sometimes make us think we are seeing patterns in data that aren’t necessarily there, writes Alan Kafka, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Maxim D. Shrayer
'Waiting for America' in Moscow

Waiting For America, a memoir by Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer, has been released in Moscow in a Russian translation. He discussed the work with Russian Journal, a portal and magazine with the largest audience of Russian-language readers worldwide.

Carlo Rotella
Shock of the news

'Shock of the News,' the catalog of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., offers a cogent, evocative account of artists’ use and abuse of the newspaper from 1909 to 2009, writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella in a review for the New York Times.

Ellen Winner
NYT 'Dialogue'

Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman wrote on political equality and Psychology Professor Ellen Winner on children and classical music in their recent contributions to the New York Times 'Sunday Dialogue.'

Aditya Ashok
Marshal Scholarship winner

Aditya Ashok A&S ’12, who won a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service in 2011, has been named a recipient of the prestigious George Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom, one of only 40 students to win the coveted award this year. BC News Release

Jonathan Laurence
Integration or emancipation?

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence, a Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, looked at the integration of Muslims in Europe and at U.S. democratization policy in the Middle East, in recent op-eds for German national newspapers. In English: Der Tagesspiegel | Die Tageszeitung

Kay Schlozman
The promise of democracy

American democracy is failing to live up to expectations, according to Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman, who is co-author of The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy, an extension of her research on civic participation. BC Chronicle

Junior at U.N. climate event

Joseph Manning A&S '14 is attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 18th annual Conference of the Parties which takes place through Dec. 7 in Doha, Qatar. BC News Release

New Insulator Insights

The latest research by BC physicists Vidya Madhavan and Stephen Wilson offers fresh insights into topological insulators, a class of materials with unique properties that challenge some of the oldest laws of physics. BC News Release | Science Daily | PhysOrg | R&D Magazine | I4U News

Carlo Rotella
Determining 'appropriate'

It has become increasingly common that parents want to know everything about what their kids are reading, watching, listening to, and otherwise consuming. English Professor Carlo Rotella, director of American Studies, reflects on determining 'appropriate.' Boston Globe

Eileen Carroll Sweeney
The enigma of Anselm

In her new book Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word, Philosophy Professor Eileen Carroll Sweeney explores the link between the emotional and spiritual Anselm, which is present in his letters and prayers, and the intellectual Anselm, evident in his writings on logic and reason. BC Bookmarks

Sol Friedberg in classroom with PhD students
Math PhD Program Adding Up to Success

Only two years after its establishment, the Mathematics Department’s doctoral program is already having a positive impact. “We are attracting outstanding scholars and teachers who will have an impact at the University for years to come,” said Department Chairman Professor Sol Friedberg. | BC Chronicle

G. Robert Meyerhoff
Simons Fellowship

Mathematics Professor G. Robert Meyerhoff has been awarded a Simons Fellowship in support of his research, which involves the three theories on the geometric structure of the universe, focusing specifically on hyperbolic 3-manifolds. BC Chronicle

Taylor Eggleston
Young Republicans

Taylor Eggleston A&S '15, founder of the Boston College Eagle Political Society, is prominent in a feature on today's young Republicans by NECN.

Canada quake triggers Hawaii tsunami scare

An excellent example of how science research, education, awareness, and preparedness can make a difference in people's lives. CNN

Brooke Loughrin
The first-ever US Youth Observer at UN

Brooke Loughrin, A&S Honors Program '14, was named the first-ever US Youth Observer at the United Nations, selected from 730 applicants from 236 colleges and universities across the country. Boston Globe | Announcement release

Maine Earthquake

Many people at BC felt the October 16, 2012 earthquake in Maine (magnitude 4.0). Professor Alan Kafka compiled a blog of reports sent by Boston area people describing their experiences of the quake, and comparing those personal descriptions to the Devlin Hall seismogram. Professor John Ebel discussed the earthquake on WCVB news.

Ties to Nobel-winning research

Research by Boston College economists Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Ünverwho specialize in the field of 'matching markets'figures prominently in the work that this year received the Nobel Prize for economics from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. BC News Release | Their research is cited in news coverage of the prize: Boston Herald | Wall Street Journal |

Peter Krause
The Final Presidential Debate

The polls show the presidential race to be about even as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet face-to-face for their final debate tonight. Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause joined "The Morning Show" to discuss some of the key foreign policy issues that will be discussed. NECN

Jesuit Volunteer Corps logo
Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Eleven recent BC graduates (ten from A&S) have embarked on a year of full-time service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. News Release | Bios

James Cronin
Age of extremes

The recent passing of Eric Hobsbawm severs one of the last, and strongest, links between the mostly tragic and at times heroic era of the early and mid-20th century—the subject of his last major book, The Age of Extremes (1994)—and the intellectual and the political world we inhabit today, writes History Professor James Cronin. Chronicle of Higher Education

Joseph Tecce
Debaters' nonverbal cues

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce's analysis of the effect on voters of political candidates' body language during debates was highlighted by USA Today, and in interviews with "Roe and Roeper" on WLS-Chicago and The Daily. He also assessed nonverbal cues in the first presidential debate for Fox News Boston.

Andrew Krivak
Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, has been awarded the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States, in the fiction category. BC News Release | New York Times

Richard Kearney
Good, evil, saints, strangers

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney was among scholars exploring contemporary views of good and evil—and the way that the surprising and often unconventional example of modern 'saints' can expand our moral vision—on Australia's ABC Radio National. Part 1 | Part 2

Charles Derber
The Occupy movement

Sociology Professor Charles Derber looks at where the Occupy Boston movement stands a year after its inception in an interview with WBUR's 'Radio Boston' and an essay for WBUR's 'Cognoscenti'.

Brooke Loughrin
U.S. Youth Observer

Presidential Scholar Brooke Loughrin, A&S Honors Program '14, has been named the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations, part of a new effort to empower young voices on the global stage. U.S. Youth Observer Blog | Announcement release | Loughrin Profile Page

Franck Salameh
On Blasphemy and Hate Speech

Rather than asking "who is the author of this abomination, and how might revenge be meted out?" Muslims, Christians and others, people of goodwill everywhere, may wish to inquire why something was deemed blasphemous, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh writes in the Jerusalem Post.

James Smith
Justice for Magdalenes

The Justice for Magdalenes group has demanded "Government action for Magdalene survivors immediately," via a new report co-authored by English Associate Professor James Smith that is featured by the Irish Times.

Jonathan Laurence
Wrong Signals

The Cologne court's decision to halt non-medical circumcisions earlier this summer marks a new low for religious freedom in 21st century Europe, Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence, currently a Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, writes for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Marc Landy
Election 2012

Political Science Professor Marc Landy comments on the Massachusetts race for the U.S. Senate in the Wall Street Journal, as well as on the latest presidential election polls for the Boston Herald.

Lawrence Scott
ACS Fellow

Professor Lawrence Scott, holder of the Louise and Jim Vanderslice and Family Chair in Chemistry and a leader in the development of laboratory methods for the chemical synthesis of carbon-rich materials, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. BC News Release

Ken Williams
Molecule Key in HIV Impact

A small molecule continues to speak volumes about the devastating impact of HIV infection on the health of patients living longer lives through successful use of antiretroviral drugs, according to new research from the lab of Biology Professor Ken Williams.

Paul Mariani
His Life in Words

University Professor of English Paul Mariani is highlighted for his latest book, the collection Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected, and Revised Poems, which features 96 poems divided into eight sections. Boston Globe West (see third item.)

Carlo Rotella
Uncovering Hidden America

The real working lives of Americans rarely crack the surface of a presidential campaign, so Jeanne Marie Laskas' new book, Hidden America, comes along at just the right moment to provide a useful perspective, according to the latest column by English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella for the Boston Globe.

Peter Krause
U.S. and the Middle East

In two interviews with NECN, Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause discussed the uprisings in the Middle East and the political impact for the U.S., as well as the ramifications of No Easy Day, the controversial new book written by a former Navy SEAL that focuses on the covert operation that took down Osama bin Laden.

David Karp and William Gamson
Sociologists honored

Sociology Professors David Karp and Professor Emeritus William Gamson have been honored by professional organizations for their noteworthy careers of scholarship and outstanding contributions to the field. BC News Release

Seth Jacobs
Teaching 9/11

In the 11 years since the tragic events of the September 11 terror attacks, there has been much change as a nation, which has also had an impact on education. History Associate Professor Seth Jacobs discussed the topic yesterday as a guest on NECN.

Paul Davidovits and Timothy Onasch
Black Carbon Aerosol Impact

Viewed as a potential target in the global effort to reduce climate change, atmospheric black carbon particles absorb significantly less sunlight than scientists predicted, raising new questions about the impact of black carbon on atmospheric warming, an international team of researchers—including Chemistry Professor Paul Davidovits (left) and Associate Research Professor Timothy B. Onasch—reports in the journal Science. BC News Release | R&D Magazine, Response to Climate Change, Space Daily,

Juliet Schor
Is working less a cure?

Getting back onto a path of work-time reductions, which the U.S. abandoned in the 1970s, may be essential to curing not just our unemployment woes, but our ecological ones too, writes Sociology Professor Juliet Schor for WBUR's 'Cognoscenti'.

Kay Schlozman
The influence game

New research points to a disturbing fact: While some Americans are well represented in the multibillion-dollar influence game, others have no place at the table at all, writes Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman, co-author of a piece for the Boston Sunday Globe.

Peter Krause
No Easy Day

A controversial new book written by a former Navy SEAL, No Easy Day focuses on the covert operation that took down Osama bin Laden and has already become a best seller. Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause discussed it as a guest on NECN.

photo of Paul Mariani
Magnum opus

Epitaphs for the Journey, a new collection by award-winning poet and University Professor of English Paul Mariani, offers the best of his long and distinguished career. BC News Release

Diversity and Truth

What does religious diversity mean for the notion of truth? Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney weighs in for Australia's ABC News. Transcript and podcast.

Putting Youth to Work

Sociology Professor Juliet Schor looks at the statistics of youth unemployment in the U.S. and argues for employers to take a more flexible approach for graduates. U.K. Guardian

The Ryan Choice

Every so often a presidential campaign prompts a profound national debate rather than simply a choice between candidates and parties. Paul Ryan's place on the ticket makes it likely that 2012 will prove to be such an epochal election, writes Political Science Professor Marc Landy for WBUR's "Cognoscenti".

Franck Salameh
Language, Memory, Culture

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh was interviewed by New Books Network about his book Language, Memory and Identity in the Middle East: The Case for Lebanon, as well as his current book project and research abroad.

Maxim D. Shrayer
'The Tragedy of Mister Morn'

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer discussed the newly-released first publication in English of Vladimir Nabokov’s play 'The Tragedy of Mister Morn' in an interview with Radio Russia (begins at 12:40).

To Lie...Or Not

People rationalize falsehoods, whether maliciously intended or not, in order to feel less guilty as a protective mechanism, according to Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce in an interview with WGBH News.

Prasannan Parthasarathi
Ecology of Tamil Nadu

History Professor Prasannan Parthasarathi was interviewed by The Hindu as he conducts research for his next book, which will include a focus on the relationship between ecological factors and agriculture in the India's Tamil region.

Richard Kearney
Religious Diversity, Authenticity

What does religious diversity mean for the notion of truth? Is there such a thing as an authentic interreligious identity? Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney weighs in for Australia's ABC News. Transcript and podcast

Professor John Ebel and Alissa Kotowski
Scoping out Seismic Sites

Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor John Ebel and rising junior Alissa Kotowski are leading an effort to find two dozen sites throughout New England to house seismic monitoring stations as part of the EarthScope Project. BC Chronicle

Alexis Peterson
Student research triumph

The senior research project of Alexis Peterson A&S '12, which provides insight into a a complex pathway of cellular regulation that has been in question for more than two decades, has been published by the journal Biochemistry. BC News

Marc Landy
Medicaid, Federalism and States' Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court was right to curb the federal government on Medicaid; imposing narrower and stricter limits on national government's ability to coerce the states would be good for both sides, according to Political Science Professor Marc Landy, now a regular contributor to the "Cognoscenti" perspective pages of

Maxim D. Shrayer
The Tragedy of Mister Morn

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer discussed the newly-released first publication in English of Vladimir Nabokov's play "The Tragedy of Mister Morn," and various other related issues, in an interview with Radio Russia (begins at 12:40).

Kay Schlozman
The Campaign Trail

Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman commented on women and big-ticket campaign donations. ABC News

Juliet Schor
Shopping and Activism

Based on the evidence, neither of these positions—that green spending yields significant environmental results or that it "distracts" from them by assuaging people's feelings—captures the relationship between buying patterns, activism, and environmental degradation, writes Sociology Professor Juliet Schor for the New York Times' Room for Debate.

Richard Kearney
Trauma transfigured

How might literature help us 'work through' trauma? How far can narrative catharsis go and what are its limits? Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney addresses these questions, using examples from Joyce, Shakespeare and Homer. ABC Religion and Ethics

Carlo Rotella
Creative neighborhoods

Places such as neighborhood music schools give form to creativity while helping to turn strangers into neighbors, writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella in his column for the Boston Globe.

Marc Landy
GOP Campaign

Political Science Professor Marc Landy discussed GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's trip to Israel. Boston Herald

Jeremy Clarke, S.J.
Chronicling Jesuit missionaries

An exquisite collection of rare books that chronicles the scholarly work of Jesuit missionaries in China from the 16th through the 18th centuries has been digitized for the web by Assistant Professor of History Jeremy Clark, S.J. | BC News Release

Richard GaillardetzJames Keenan, S.J.
CTSA leadership

McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz is now president-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America, while Founders Professor of Theology James F. Keenan, S.J., has been elected to its board of directors. BC News Release

Reverend Robert Imbelli
Poets for the Synod

This fall the XIIIth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will open in Rome, dedicated to the topic of new evangelization for the transmission of Christian faith. Theology Associate Professor Rev. Robert Imbelli writes on challenges facing the Synod in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

Joseph Nugent
'JoyceWays' in Australia

In the wake of the Bloomsday launch of the undergraduate-driven 'JoyceWays' mobile guide to James Joyce's Dublin, Adjunct Associate Professor of English Joseph Nugent discussed the project in an interview with Australia's Radio National.

Franck Salameh
New Syrian paradigm

Recent events indicate that a new paradigm is needed for Syria, according to Assistant Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh. National Interest | He was also interviewed by Public Radio International about declining religious diversity in the Middle East. PRI

Dunwei Wang and Kian Tan
Light the Way?

BC chemists and Dunwei Wang and Kian Tan have developed a process that closely resembles photosynthesis and is capable of synthesizing compounds found in the pain-killers ibuprofen and naproxen. BC Chronicle | Wired Magazine (UK), Science Daily, Hydrogen Fuel News, AZoNano

Paul Doherty
Community Service Award Winner

Professor Emeritus of English Paul Doherty is this year's winner of the University's Community Service Award, given each year to an employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC Chronicle

Jonathan Laurence
Berlin Prize Fellow

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence is among recipients of the prestigious Berlin Prize fellowship, awarded by The American Academy in Berlin, for advanced research in a range of academic and cultural fields. BC News Release | His op-ed on the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence was published by Foreign Policy, and he was interviewed about church-state relations and Islam in Europe by the major French-language Catholic newspaper La Croix.

Richard McGowan, S.J.
Economics of gambling

All but a few states now have some type of commercial gaming. CSOM and A&S Economics Adjunct Associate Professor Richard McGowan, S.J., discussed the economics behind the rapid expansion of gambling and casinos in America with NPR's 'Morning Edition'.

Dennis Hale
Health Care Ruling and the White House

Last week's Supreme Court decision has been heralded as a major political victory for President Obama. So is it time to celebrate at the White House? Not so fast, Political Science Associate Professor Dennis Hale said in an interview with Boston Magazine.

Joseph Tecce
The healing process

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce was interviewed on NECN regarding the psychological toll on survivors of the Aurora, Colorado shootings.

Alan Wolfe
"The Other America"

There are good reasons why Michael Harrington's The Other America: Poverty in the United States, published in 1962, ought to be remembered, writes Political Science Professor Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, who also asks: Has it become more difficult to make rampant economic inequality central, in such morally compelling terms, to the public conversation today? Chronicle of Higher Education Review

Mark Cooper
Memorial to peace

A replica of the Berlin Wall—created in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of its fall by Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Mark Cooper and BC students—has found a new home in Northern Ireland, where it has been reworked as a peace memorial. More from Ireland's Strabane Chronicle.

Prasannan Parthasarathi
World history book prize

Professor of History Prasannan Parthasarathi has won the World History Association Book Prize for his 2011 work, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850. BC News Release

Zhifeng Ren
Improved Semiconductor Performance

Physics Professor Zhifeng Ren, graduate student Bo Yu, and their MIT colleagues report improving the performance of a bulk alloy semiconductor, an advance that could yield broader clean energy applications. News releasePhysOrg | Nanowerk LLC | R&D Magazine | The Next Big Future

Peter Skerry
A new Muslim generation

A new generation of American-raised Muslims is emerging that will undoubtedly help Muslims adapt and integrate to our changing society and culture, writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry. Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Richard Kearney
Why politics needs philosophy

At one time, ideas mattered hugely in public debate. But today, the big questions of meaning and value become matters of populist controversy fueled by commercially driven media, writes Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney for leading Australian broadcaster ABC.

Donald Fishman
Fishman Wins BC Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award

Associate Professor of Communication Donald Fishman has been honored by the Boston College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa with its 2012 Teaching Award. BC Chronicle

Jonathan Laurence
Islam's Place in Europe

Last month saw a series of riots in Europe, not over the wobbly Euro, but instead over the integration of Muslim Europeans and immigrants. But something arguably much more meaningful, if less newsworthy, also has taken place, Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence writes for

Carlo Rotella
Bradbury Made Normalcy Fantastic

There's a certain kind of person who is attracted to both the library and the carnival, and who finds his calling by shuttling between them. Bradbury was a heroic exemplar of the type, English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella writes in today's Boston Globe.

Mark Cooper
BC Wall Replica Now a Peace Memorial

Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts Mark Cooper brought the collaborative sculpture he created with students in 2009 for BC's Berlin Wall commemoration, to Strabane, Ireland, where it was reworked as a peace memorial for Ireland. Strabane Chronicle

Joseph Tecce
Body Language Cues

In an interview with Fox 25 News Boston, Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce assessed the body language of Governor Deval Patrick and Mass. U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren during a press conference. Video

Alem Wins Fr. Joyce Award
Dennis Sardella and Paul Doherty
Sardella and Doherty Among BC Retirees

Both Dennis Sardella, Professor of Chemistry, and Paul Doherty, Associate Professor of English will be missed for their remarkable service at BC. They shared a few words about their time at Boston College.

Krystle Jiang
Coming To Terms With Cultural Heritage

Krystle Jiang A&S '13 is this year’s recipient of the Benigno and Corazon Aquino scholarship, which honors students who represent the highest ideals and aspirations of the University and the Asian American community.

Paul Christensen
Q&A: A Few Minutes with Paul Christensen

Chronicle spoke with Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science Paul Christensen, who completed his first year as BC’s Fulbright program administrator.

J. Elisenda Grigsby
BC's Grigsby Nets NSF Honor

Assistant Professor of Mathematics J. Elisenda Grigsby has received a CAREER award, the National Science Foundation’s most important prize for junior faculty, in support of her work in low-dimensional topology.

Marc Lancy
The Mass U.S. Senate Race

Political Science Professor Marc Landy weighed in on campaign styles in the ongoing race for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts in an interview with NECN.

Carlo Rotella
Boxing Lessons

"What Boxing Writing Can Teach Us About Everything: A.J. Liebling On Moore-Marciano," an excerpt from an essay by English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella in The New Literary History of America, is featured by leading sports site Deadspin.

Thomas H. O'Connor
In Memoriam: BC Historian Thomas H. O'Connor

University Historian and long-popular History Professor Emeritus Thomas O'Connorwidely considered 'the dean of Boston's historians' for his authorship of such critically acclaimed books as Boston Catholics, Civil War Boston and The Boston Irishdied on May 20 at age 89. BC News obituary | Boston Globe | AP | Boston Herald | Patriot Ledger

Franck Salameh
The Levantine Review

A peer-reviewed academic e-journal of Near Eastern and Mediterranean Studies has been launched by Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh (left) in conjunction with BC Libraries. The Levantine Review board of editors includes BC faculty colleagues Khaled Anatolios, Benjamin Braude, Dwayne Carpenter, Michael Connolly, Ourida Mostefai, James W. Morris, and Maxim D. Shrayer.

Finding Strength in Community

Daniel J. Kennedy A&S '12 has won the 2012 Finnegan Award, Boston College’s most prestigious graduation honor, given to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of BC’s motto, “Ever to Excel.”

Tommy Cross
Seniors to Remember: Tommy Cross

Cross is heading to the Boston Bruins, after an outstanding four years playing on BC's hockey team. He majored in Communication and minored in International Studies.

Angela Donkor
Seniors to Remember: Angela Donkor

Angela's post-graduation plans are to work as a Paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for two years, followed by law school for a JD/MA in international diplomacy. She majored in Political Science and International Studies.

Michael Caprio
Seniors to Remember: Michael Caprio

Michael's post-graduation plan is to work as a real estate capital analyst for KeyBank. He majored in Econonics and Communication, with a minor in Hispanic Studies.

Jesus Damian Baeza
Seniors to Remember: Jesus Damian Baeza

Jesus' post-graduation plan is to attend the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program at Boston College in preparation to work in urban area high schools. He majored in English, human development.

Juliet Schor
The (En)Rich List

Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor is ranked at #30 on the Post Growth Institute's (En)Rich List of 100 individuals, living or dead, whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures. Others on the list include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Theodore Geisel, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Schor entry

Stephen Pope
CTI Senior Research Fellow

Theology Professor Stephen Pope is one of two scholars selected to lead a year-long interdisciplinary dialogue between theology, ethics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience as a senior research fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey.

Solomon Friedberg
Math for America Boston

Mathematics Professor and Chair Solomon Friedberg has been elected to the board of trustees of Math for America Boston, an organization whose mission is to improve math education in Boston Public Schools. Boston Business Journal

Margaret Connolly
Selected Publication

Margaret Connolly's (A&S '12) final paper for Law, Medicine & Ethics Law, Medicine & Public Policy class, taught by John Paris, S.J., Walsh Professor of Bioethics, has been selected for publication in the Ivy Journal of Ethics.

Mary Sherman
Transcultural Artists

Fine Arts adjunct faculty member Mary Sherman's work with TransCultural Exchange, the international art organization which she founded "to help artists become global citizens," is highlighted in the current issue of Art New England.

Heather Cox Richardson
Lincoln's Vision

Though Abraham Lincoln is usually highlighted by historians for winning the Civil War and freeing the slaves, he "was absolutely the most transformational president in American history," History Professor Heather Cox Richardson tells Investor's Business Daily.

Kay Schlozman
The Sarah Palin Factor

The extent to which Sarah Palin had liabilities as a candidate and as a public official has had some implications as to what we think of all women in office, said Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman in an interview with the Boston Herald.

Laura Tanner
Virtual Reality in 9/11 Fiction

English Professor Laura Tanner discusses virtual reality in 9/11 fiction in a podcast interview—prompted by her article "Holding On to 9/11: The Shifting Grounds of Materiality," published earlier this year by PMLA, the most prominent journal for English and other modern languages—for Brandeis University's Literature Lab.

Jonathan Laurence
Emancipation of Europe's Muslims

The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims by Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence, who recently chaired a working group on ethnic minorities and foreign policy convened by the Secretary General of the British Commonwealth, is "perhaps the subtlest and most solidly researched analysis of European policies toward Islam," according to a review in Foreign Affairs, and "establishes firm ground for hope" that the cycle of exclusion and violence will be defused.

Richard Kearney
Public Discussion of God and Religion

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney would like to get past the polarization that tends to characterize public discussion of religion and move on to a conversation in which doubt and faith "criss-cross," he explained on Canada's national public radio, in the first of a series of interviews with "five thinkers whose recent books have charted new paths for religion." CBC Radio

Kian Tan
Voice from the future

A presentation at the American Chemical Society national meeting by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kian Tan was viewed more than 1,800 times, making it the most-viewed within the collection of more than 400 presentations made available online following the meeting. Video presentation at the ACS National Meeting

Andrew Krivak
Inaugural Chautauqua Prize Winner

Noted author and College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program faculty member Andrew Krivak is the first winner of the Chautauqua Prize, a new national literary award, for his first novel The Sojourn, which the award reviewers called a work of "uncommon lyricism."

Kay Schlozman
Voice and Equality Honored

Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics, co-written by Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay L. Schlozman, has won the 2012 American Association for Public Opinion Research Book Award.

Rui Soares A&S '13
Rui Soares awarded Romero Scholarship

BC's 20th annual Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship winner Rui Soares A&S '13 has been involved in a variety of service and community activities, in addition to handling a challenging academic major.

2012 Sloan Research Fellows winners
2012 Sloan Research Fellows

Four Boston College faculty members have received prestigious 2012 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Boston Business Journal | | San Francsisco Chronicle | Houston Chronicle | Miami Herald | UPI | Los Angeles Daily News | Cincinnati Enquirer | FirstScience | | Dow Jones MarketWatch | AOL Newton Patch | AOL Wellesley Patch

Paul Schervish
Boomers and estate plans

A speech by Sociology Professor and Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Director Paul Schervish, which cited the fact that baby boomers will 'give away much more than they receive,' was a 'call to action' for boomers to review estate plans, according to a guest columnist for Forbes. | Schervish also recently commented philanthropy to the Seattle Times.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Guggenheim fellow

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a 2012 fellowship to Professor of Russian, English and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, in support of research designed to bring a new perspective to Holocaust studies.

Adonis and the Syrian Crisis

An essay by Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh that highlights Syrian thinker Adonis' intellectual and ideological journey from youthful support of Syrian nationalism to an embrace of an encompassing Arab national identity appears in the Spring edition of Bustan: The Middle East Book Review.

Poet John Ciardi; Road Restraint

John Ciardi was a major figure in mid-century American letters and was all over the culture to a degree that's now nearly impossible to imagine for a serious poet, according to Professor of English and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella in his latest column for the Boston Globe. | His previous column addressed the fragile order of traffic civility.

Asian-Americans and Marriage

Asian Americans are bucking the U.S. trend toward interracial marriage, increasingly choosing their soul mates from among their own expanding community. Comments by Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young led a feature story on the topic in the Sunday New York Times.

Why Boston Needs a Literary Trail

New York may be the nation's literary capital today, but during the early decades of national life, American letters took root and thrived in Boston. But many Bostonians are barely aware of this legacy, English Professor Paul Lewis, curator of the BC-created "Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History" exhibition, wrote for "Ideas" in the Boston Sunday Globe.

Integration of Europe's Muslims

A series of essays by Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence addresses the integration of Muslims in Europe: The port city of Marseille's culture of tolerance may be worn away by the reactions to immigration and shifting demographics, he writes in the New York Times | France's presidential election has seen candidates arguing over, of all things, halal meat: Foreign Policy, while integration in Germany is faring better than expected: Deutsche Welle | Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice: Al Jazeera.

'Operating Room'

The poem 'Operating Room, Upper East Side, March 1945' by University Professor of English, author and poet Paul Mariani appears in America Magazine.

Experiences of evil

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney explores human experiences of evil in an interview with The Other Journal, a publication devoted to discourse at the intersection of theology and culture.

An Irish leaf

The Ivy Leaf—a Boston-based traditional Irish band featuring a quartet of young musicians including College of Arts and Sciences senior Dan Accardi—has upcoming area performances and a CD due for release this spring. Boston Irish Reporter

Unfinished photographs

The death of Dmitri Nabokov, the only child of Vladimir and Véra Nabokov, ruptured what had remained of their enchanted family circle—but their legacy lives on, writes Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer, who contributes some recent snapshots to Nabokov Online Journal.

Disney's 'John Carter'

The release of a major movie prompts the question: How does a writer’s—and reader’s—imagination hold up under the onslaught of CGI and Hollywood sausage-making? English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella writes in the Boston Globe.

France's Beef with Islam

France's topsy-turvy presidential election now has candidates arguing over, of all things, halal meat, according to an op-ed by Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence in Foreign Policy.

G Force: Morality in Making Decisions

Assistant Professor of Psychology and award-winning researcher Liane Young is the subject of today's "G-Force" Q&A spotlight, discussing her study of human moral decision-making and behavior--both the neural basis of moral judgment and the psychological processes that support it. Boston Globe

Obituary: Andrew Buni, Historian

Professor Emeritus Andrew Buni, who taught courses in American history at Boston College for 38 years until his retirement in 2006, died on February 12 at age 80. BC Chronicle

Chiles Named DeLuca Professor

Thomas C. Chiles, professor and chairman of the Biology department, has been named the Dr. Michael E. and Dr. Salvatore A. DeLuca Professor of Biology. BC Public Affairs announcement | BC Chronicle | First Science | PhysOrg

John Carter, for Dimes or Millions

The release of a major movie prompts the question: How does a writer's—and reader's—imagination hold up under the onslaught of CGI and Hollywood sausage-making? English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella writes in the Boston Globe.

In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius

University Professor of English Paul Mariani chronicles his experience of an eight-day trip through Spain's Basque country in the footsteps of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola, for America.

Distinguished Scholarship award

Sociology Professor Bill Gamson has won the 2012 ASA W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship award. The award honors scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline.

Election Year Politics Abroad

It may be election-year gold, but restricting or demonizing Islamic practices could push disaffected youth toward those with radical agendas, Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence, author of The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims, said in an extended interview with the Christian Science Monitor.

Single By Choice

Sociology Associate Professor Natasha Sarkisian, co-author of the new book Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives, was interviewed about the increased number of singles in the U.S. for an article written by Janelle Nanos A&S '02, senior editor at Boston Magazine.

Political civility

Political Science Professor Marc Landy, co-author of the book Presidential Greatness, discussed civility in politics and among presidents past and present in an interview with USAToday.

Theologian honored

Professor of Theology Roberto S. Goizueta has been named winner of the 2012 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. BC Public Affairs announcement

How to Integrate Europe's Muslims

Only by strengthening the democratic rights of Muslim citizens can Europe integrate immigrants and give full meaning to the abstract promise of religious liberty, writes Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence in the New York Times.

Psychology's Young Earns Two Honors

Assistant Professor of Psychology Liane Young has won a multi-year research grant and a prestigious academic honor that will support her study of brain activity and related decision-making in populations of people with autism, as well as provide a valuable research opportunity for BC undergraduates. BC Chronicle

Student Writer Lands Globe "G" Cover

A story about a Boston outdoor ministry that strives to serve the city's homeless, written by Rosemary Chandler A&S '13 for a journalism course, was the cover story of Saturday's "G" section of the Boston Globe.

The GOP Race

The upset victory by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary has dealt a setback to former front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Political Science Professor Marc Landy assessed the situation in an interview with NPR's WBUR-FM.

Mosquito Research Buoys Muskavitch

Biology Professor Marc Muskavitch's latest research findings provide new clues that could be used to develop solutions to target disease-spreading mosquitoes. BC Chronicle

Dual awards for chemist

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Eranthie Weerapana has received a pair of prestigious young investigator awards to support her research into indentifying new protein activities implicated in cancer and aging. BC Chronicle

Stopping parasite borne disease

Biologists Marc-Jan Gubbels and Gabor Marth combined genome sequencing and lab testing to isolate a protein that plays a crucial role in the spread of two deadly, parasite-borne diseases, the team reports in the journal Science. | Public Affairs announcement

The Mixed Race Population

Sociology Associate Professor C. Shawn McGuffey discussed issues related to the nation's growing mixed race population as part of a Channel 5 series entitled What Are You? A video excerpt is available via

Economic fallacies: is it time to work more, or less?

Sociologist Juliet Schor explains the economic logic of a shorter working week. Guardian

BC theologians in new journal

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Moral Theology features contributions by three BC specialists in theological ethics: Founders Professor James Keenan, S.J., University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, S.J., and Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill. Journal | Table of contents

Children and video games

An article on children and video games by Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray for Psychology Today explores a range of issues from screen time to video violence, and draws the attention of | Article

Europe and the Arab Spring

Will the Arab Spring end the European Union’s current approach to the southern Mediterranean and lead to more serious support for democratization? Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence writes in the journal World Politics Review. | His latest book, The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims, is reviewed by The Economist.

That Boston accent

Michael J. Connolly, associate professor and chair of the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures, was interviewed about the Boston accent for the BBC special 'Three Men Go to New England.' Video (at approximately 8:20).

A scholar and Hollywood

University Professor of English, poet and author Paul Mariani discusses his work with actor James Franco to bring Mariani's biography of poet Hart Crane to the screen—as well as his earlier brush with Hollywood—with the Boston Globe. | Photo Gallery

'Poe fever' spreading?

Design proposals for a sculpture celebrating Edgar Allan Poe's life are under review in Boston. English Professor Paul Lewis, who for years has been campaigning on Poe’s behalf in the city of his birth, discussed what he calls 'Poe Fever' on WBUR-FM.

The lives they lived

Joe Frazier, one of boxing’s undisputed all-time greats, deserves all the posthumous acclaim he’s getting, but contributions of minor figures such as the late Ron Lyle to boxing's 'golden age' should not be overlooked, writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella for the New York Times Magazine.

Media portrayals of ideal body image

Sociology Professor Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber notes that the media portrays thinness both under a guise of health and as an attainable status for any woman who works hard enough. Her research on the subject was recently cited by New York Metro.

Stress and body language

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce assesses Tim Murray's body language during a press conference about conflicting statements the Mass. lieutenant governor made regarding his November car crash. Fox News Boston