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Reflections on 9/11

College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Quigley, who had spent much of the summer preceding the attacks conducting research in and on New York City, reflects on the tragedy and its aftermath. More

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Virus Engineering

By "erasing" and rebuilding the receptor-binding ability of a virus viewed as the prime vehicle for new human gene therapies, a team of Boston College researchers has engineered a tougher, more selective version of the virus capable of attacking cancer cells. The team, led by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Abhishek Chatterjee and graduate student Rachel Kelemen, reported its findings in the international edition of the German journal Angewandte Chemie. BC News

 

BC Earns Highest Research Classification

Boston College has been elevated to an 'R1' institution—a designation assigned by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to doctoral universities with the highest levels of research activity. BC News

 

Patrick Byrne

Professor of Philosophy Patrick H. Byrne will receive a Madonna Della Strada Award, the highest honor presented by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, N.E. Region. It recognizes those who embody the Jesuit tradition of direct service to the poor and of working and educating for a more just society. BC News

Peter Skerry

Historical Perspective on Immigration
The current liberal perspective on immigration policy represents a shift that has not received much scrutiny, writes Professor of Political Science Peter Skerry, who provides historical background in the Boston Sunday Globe "Ideas."—a piece also highlighted by the New York Times. | Earlier this month he wrote on the Muslim Brotherhood's U.S. presence for Foreign Affairs.

Jordan Theriault

In a recent interdisciplinary study, researchers from Boston College concluded that the education system can be a tool to more effectively combat terrorism. The study, led by psychology doctoral student Jordan Theriault and conducted with Associate Professor of Psychology Liane Young and Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause, was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and leads a news report on how terrorism is defined: PBS NewsHour.

Christina Richie

Theology doctoral student Th.M. '12, Ph.D. '16 Cristina Richie has received the 2016 Evangelical Press Association First Place Student Writer of the Year Award for her article "Diet and Cross-Religious Witness."

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James Morken

2016 Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Faculty Teaching/
Mentoring Awardee

Recognized for his significant contribution to the education of graduate students, Professor James Morken has been selected to receive the 2016 GSAS Teaching/Mentoring Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellent scholarship, combined with dedication to the instruction and welfare of his students. Professor Morken received the award at the degree-granting ceremony.

Kate Olson

Ph.D. candidate Kate Olson has won a grant for research from E3: Economics for Equity and Environment. Her project, entitled “The New Food Economy in Vermont: evaluating the Hardwick model”, is to study the growth of an alternative food network. Professor Juliet Schor is Kate's advisor.

Jeffrey Stokes

Ph.D. candidate Jeffrey Stokes' recent article was selected for special highlight in the Relationship Matters podcast (through the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships). 

Graduate Students Honored

In recognition of their excellence as teaching fellows or teaching assistants, a select group of BC graduate students received the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. Also. Kelly Dumais, a doctoral student in psychology, was awarded the Engelhard Pingree Fellowship.