Boston College media highlights

Highlights from 2023

Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla discussed a future "scientific renaissance" during a conversation with CVS Health President and CEO Karen Lynch '84 at a gathering of the Boston College Chief Executives ClubBoston Globe | NBC Boston

As the global Synod nears, Latin American and U.S. Latino theologians recognize influences from Pope Francis' own roots in the process. Insights from School of Theology and Ministry faculty members Hosffman Ospino and Rafael LucianiNational Catholic Reporter. | Libby Professor of Theology and Law Cathleen Kaveny comments on polarization among U.S. bishops: AP via Boston Globe.

In an essay, School of Theology and Ministry doctoral student Kayla August, a Commonweal Synod Writing Fellow, explores how to move the synodal concept from ideal to reality: Commonweal Magazine.

BC Law Professor Kent Greenfield comments on the Supreme Court and a case challenging Donald Trump's candidacy under the 14th Amendment's disqualification clause: Newsweek. He also discusses the impact of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, with BBC News Brazil (in Portuguese; Google translation available).

BC School of Social Work Assistant Professor Ed-Dee G. Williams has developed a virtual training program to help prepare Black youth with autism to discuss depression with their teachers and caregivers. CBS Boston

On the Road: Catholic Faith in China, an exhibition by noted photographer  Nan, presented by BC's Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History and extended through December 22, is highlighted by Catholic News Agency.

Gateway to Himalayan Art,  the exhibition introducing the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art and cultures—organized by the Rubin Museum and now on view at the McMullen—is featured by Art Daily.

U.S. regulators often discover health risks decades after products are released. Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., a renowned epidemiologist who has been at the forefront of efforts to restrict use of toxic substances, talks about the risks: The Examination.

The United Auto Workers' strategy is designed to keep companies guessing, but also carries some risks. Concurrent Professor of Law and Philosophy Thomas Kohler comments: Wall Street Journal.

The rise of A.I. in employment decisions is prompting some lawmakers to act to curb its power in the workplace. Carroll School Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham comments: Bloomberg Law.

Morrissey College graduate Christine Lenahan '23, one of two recent grads serving as O’Hare Postgraduate Fellows at America Media, writes on her experience with BC's Kairos retreat, and how it made her rethink her own vision of God: America Magazine.

An interview with Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson, author of the new book Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America and the popular “Letters from an American” newsletter. "Say More'' podcast | Boston Globe Q&A

A Suffolk Superior Court has vacated the murder conviction of Boston College Innocence Program and New England Innocence Project client Thomas Rosa, who has spent 34 years in prison.  Boston Globe 1 | Boston Globe 2CBS News | WCVB-TV Boston | Associated Press | GBH News | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Sightings of aerial luminous phenomena above Morocco, often observed during earthquakes, are being shared online. Insights from earthquake researcher Professor John Ebel of Earth and Environmental Sciences. New York Times

China, whuch now has one of the world’s largest, most important, and increasingly productive academic systems,  must be integrated into world science, write Professors Emeritus and Distinguished Fellows Philip G. Altbach and Hans de Wit of BC's Center for International Higher Education. University World News

A late-summer surge in COVID-19 cases has spurred the return of debate about a possible national mask mandate. Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., weighs in for USA Today.

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer contributed English and Russian-language versions of his poem "Peculiarities of the National Pilgrimage" to ROAR: Resistance and Opposition Review, an international magazine devoted to support of Ukraine. | He writes on Vladimir Nabokov's relationship with Christianity and Judaism before and after the Holocaust for Tablet Magazine.

Donald Trump's insurrection should disqualify him for office, contends BC Law Professor Mark Brodin in an op-ed on the Constitutional provision designed to prevent Confederate soldiers from resuming office after war: Commonwealth Magazine.

Congress appears ready to impose guardrails around name, image, and likeness deals for student-athletes. BC Law Professor Alfred Yen comments: The Hill.

BC Law Drinan Professor Thomas W. Mitchell, director of the Initiative on Land, Housing, and Property Rights, discusses the land taken from Black families, and what can be regained, in an interview with WCVB-TV "CityLine."

Cultivating connection and community in the workplace makes for happier, healthier, and more productive employees, says Lynch School Professor David Blustein in an interview with

Associate Professor of Political Science David Hopkins weighs in on how the Democratic party and electorate have, and have not, changed in recent years: New York Times.

The complexities of France's riots earlier this summer deserve a deeper dive than what is often depicted by buzzwords, writes Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh for the Hoover Institution Caravan Notebook.

BC Law Professor Ray Madoff, founder of the school's Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good, comments on the social justice movement in philanthropy: NonProfit Times.

The end of the payment pause means Gen X Americans will once again have to juggle paying off debt with saving for older age. Insights from Associate Professor of the Practice of Economics Matt Rutledge, research fellow at the Center for Retirement Research: New York Times.

Outside the classroom, students are constantly fed content they’re sure to like. Inside, professors have a chance to nurture an analog culture of resistance, writes Associate Professor of Communication Michael Serazio for the Boston Globe "Ideas."

BC School of Social Work alumna Erin Mone-Marquez, now a USAID officer in Germany, has dedicated her career to protecting vulnerable children around the globe. Read more

Libby Professor of Theology and Law Cathleen Kaveny looks at this summer's blockbuster through a theological lens. National Catholic Reporter

The EPA's approval of environmentally persistent, plastic-waste-derived fuels despite high estimates of associated cancer risk, is causing alarm among lawmakers and scientists, including Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D. The Lancet (U.K.) | He writes on the nature of artificial "turf" for CommonWealth Magazine, and comments on keeping schools healthy for the Huffington Post.

BC Law Associate Professor of the Practice Jeffrey Cohen comments on the indictments against former president Donald Trump: Wall street JournalReutersThe Hill 1, The Hill 2, Daily Beast

Economics faculty member Brian Bethune writes on wage inflation, overall inflation, and the Federal Reserve in an op-ed for MarketWatch.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies Lacee Satcher comments on the impact on families of Boston city pools closing during a summer of record heat: WBUR News.

Apps promise that learning a language will be easy, fun, and fast. Do they work? Psychology Assistant Professor Joshua Hartshorne, director of the Language Learning Lab, joins a discussion on California public radio KQED.

Imagining yourself as the main character of a heroic adventure might help make life feel more meaningful, according to a study by Carroll School Assistant Professor Benjamin Rogers, whose research explores the meaning of work and narratives in the workplace. TIME magazine

Offshore wind companies along the East Coast are seeking to re-trade deals with state governments. Associate Professor of Economics Richard Sweeney comments: American Prospect.

The government’s case alleging Google has an illegal monopoly in the search engine business will go to trial in September. Insights from BC Law Associate Professor David OlsonWashington Post.

Even those on the front lines often don’t know how to respond, writes Lynch School Associate Professor Betty Lai, who studies disaster events and their impact: Inside Higher Ed.

Lynch School Professor Shaun M. Dougherty discusses inequalities in education, racial wealth gaps, and the teaching of Critical Race Theory, in a Q&A with WalletHub.

Air quality and lifespan are more connected than you might think. Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., comments: Wall Street Journal.

An anti-hate speech campaign group has accused Elon Musk’s X Corp. of intimidation after it threatened legal action over the group's research into hate speech on X (formerly Twitter). BC Law Professor Brian Quinn weighs in: The Guardian (U.K.)

BCSSW's Sugira Muryango, the home-visiting intervention program designed to strengthen families and help children to thrive in Rwanda—part of Salem Professor Theresa Betancourt's Research Program on Children and Adversity—is featured in a global publication of the nonprofit behind Sesame Street. Read more (p. 11)

The School of Theology and Ministry's annual celebration of St. Mary Magdalene included a presentation on rereading Biblical women by Associate Professor of Old Testament Jaime Waters. The Pilot

Restaurants are expected to be the catalysts for Americans mixing more sea vegetables and bivalves into their diets. College operations—including BC Dining, which recently rolled out kelp meatballs—are at the fore. Food Service Director Magazine

Professor of English Carlo Rotella offers a guide to urban transport in Chicago for travel publication Strangers Guide.

Donald Trump is being pressured to take part in the first GOP primary debate. Associate Professor of Political Science David Hopkins commented for The Hill. | He also discussed the consequences of a growing political generation gap: The Signal.

BC Law Professor Mark Brodin talked to NPR affiliate KALW about the Federalist Society's evolution from a small group of law students into an organization of influence within American law and politics.

Economics Associate Professor of the Practice and Center for Retirement Research fellow Geoffrey Sanzenbacher weighs in on Social Security's  future: WYPR New York.

Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland discusses the phrase "long and variable lag, " used in Federal Reserve press briefings related to the effect of monetary policy on economic activity. Marketplace

Twitter is now X. But a new name doesn't change anything if the product is a problem, Associate Professor of Communication Michael Serazio tells the Washington Post.

Can a private faith-based college’s expressive or religious freedom to determine whom to educate override the Supreme Court’s redefinition of discrimination under Title VI?  BC Law Professor Kent Greenfield is co-author of an op-ed for The Hill.

The naming of Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández marks the most consequential curial appointment of Francis' papacy, according to Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz in a piece for National Catholic Reporter.

"I sold my Barbie collection. I held onto the idea of adventurous, empowered womanhood it gave me," writes author and Professor of English Suzanne Matson in an essay for the Boston Globe.

BC Law Professor Daniel Lyons comments on the barring of federal officials from communicating with social media companies about content moderation: Mass. Lawyers Weekly.

Inflation slowed in June. Now what? Insights from Economics faculty member Brian Bethune (far right) in the Boston Globe and Woods College Associate Dean Aleksandar Tomic, director of graduate programs in applied economics and analytics, in CFO Dive.

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering banning TikTok on government devices, a move already adopted by the federal government and a number of other states. Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Director Kevin Powers comments: WHDH News 7

A tribute on the passing of the Czech literary star and dissident by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. ShrayerTablet Magazine

A study co-authored by Carroll School Sweeney Professor of Accounting Mary Ellen Carter analyzes employee responses to increased pay transparency. Its findings are highlighted by the New York Times.

Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., comments on the health risks of exposure to lead: AP, Washington PostWall Street Journal.

A new study contends that perceived increases in moral decline during the present age are an illusion. Professor of Psychology Liane Young, who directs BC's Morality Lab and was not involved in the study, comments:, Washington Post

How can people learn to make more eco-friendly lifestyle choices? Assistant Professor of Psychology and Sloan Research Fellow Gregg Sparkman, who studies behaviors related to environmental issues, discusses the topic with Sacramento's Sactown Magazine.

In an op-ed, the MacArthur Foundation's president praises the work of MacArthur Fellow and BC Law Drinan Professor Thomas Mitchell related to Black landownership and land loss: Newsweek.

A federal judge has ordered some Biden administration agencies and top officials not to communicate with social media companies about certain content. BC Law Professor Kent Greenfield weighs in on CNN's "The Lead."

When are we our fastest, strongest and most creative? Insights from Assistant Professor of Psychology Joshua Hartshorne, who researches how various cognitive functions change with age: Wall Street Journal.

Greg Gutfeld of Fox News hit the ratings summit of late-night. Professor of Communication Matt Sienkiewicz, co-author of That's Not Funny, comments: New York Times.

Comments on the affirmative action and student-debt rulings: BC Law Professor Kent GreenfieldBoston Globe 1Boston Globe 2Newsweek | Lynch School Assistant Professor Andrés Castro SamayoaForbes

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Sociology Professor Juliet Schor and Associate Professor Wen Fan write on the findings from their global research project on the four-day workweek.

Child-safety investigators fear that new A.I.-generated images will hamper efforts to combat real-world abuse of children. BC Law Professor Daniel Lyons comments on legal aspects of the issue: Washington Post.

Former vice president Mike Pence is campaigning for president on eliminating the mandate. Experts including Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland weigh in for

An excerpt from the literary memoir Immigrant Baggage: Morticians, Purloined Diaries, and Other Theatrics of Exile by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer: Tablet Magazine. | His poem "Minsk Elegy" is published by On the Seawall.

Consumers may find the "alphabet soup" of health insurance options can be daunting. Associate Professor of the Practice of Economics Matt Rutledge, research fellow at the Center for Retirement Research, discusses them in a Q&A with MoneyGeek.

A bipartisan plan to establish a minimum age could actually gain traction on both sides of the aisle, and over time, help to repair the Supreme Court, writes BC Law Professor Kent Greenfield for WBUR Cognoscenti.

Most basketball shoes aren’t made for women. Moolah Kicks, founded by Carroll School grad Natalie White '20, is changing that, and kicking into high gear. Washington Post.

BC Law Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor Patricia McCoy tells Bloomberg Law that “the pullout from new homeowners’ coverage for consumers living in California poses an existential dilemma."

Both Donald Trump and Jack D. Teixeira face federal prosecutions under the same provision of the act. Insights from BC Law Associate Professor of the Practice Jeffrey CohenBoston Globe.

Lotteries ultimately draw people in based on a dream, one that nearly
always is a fantasy, Carroll School Associate Professor of the Practice Richard McGowan, S.J., tells CommonWealth Magazine.  

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Hosffman Ospino discusses the rise in the number of American adults who identify as non-religious, and what that means for society, with WOSU Public Media (Ohio).

Athletes from the Beautiful Lives Project for people with disabilities join the BC Football team for fun at the Fish Field House. WCVB-TV NewsNBC Boston 

Former slaves who came to California mined for gold and bought property, only to have their land stolen or seized. Their families, generations later, say it's time for a reckoning. Insights from BC Law Drinan Professor Thomas MitchellNew York

Michigan lawmakers seek to nearly double the statute of limitations for civil action in cases of sexual abuse. Connell School Assistant Professor of Nursing Victor Petreca commented on repression of memories in cases of trauma: Michigan Live.

The release of a video of "The Way Forward: Pope Francis, Vatican II, and Synodality," an ecclesial gathering co-sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, prompts additional praise for the event: National Catholic Reporter.

Economics' Brian Bethune writes on the outlook for a recession in an op-ed for Marketwatch. | He also comments on the decline in corporate profits: Marketplace Radio.

In 2020, incoming Carroll School student Gordon Wayne '23 walked from Virginia to BC to raise awareness about something he knew from personal experience: homelessness. Now a graduate, he remains passionate about his mission. He journey is featured by NBC Boston.

Middle Eastern and North African women and LGBTQ+ Americans don’t see themselves reflected in U.S. data. A proposal to add a new category to the census could have larger benefits for minority public health. Insights from Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Nadia AbuelezamThe 19th News.

BC Law Professor and Lee Distinguished Scholar Mark Brodin discusses the killing of Jordan Neely and the history of vigilantism and racism: ABC News.

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer discusses his new book, Immigrant Baggage, with journalist and blogger Deborah Kalb. His latest poem, "The Bombing of Odessa," appears in the international literary magazine The Raven's Perch.

A new survey shows only half of Americans now say they are sure God exists—one of several nuggets of new data about religion in America. School of Theology and Ministry Professor Thomas Groome comments: The Hill.

An essay by History Professor Oliver Rafferty, S.J., in Catholic newspaper The Tablet.

Montana is the first state to ban TikTok due to security concerns about the China-based app. But the ban faces a legal uphill battle, BC Law Professor and Associate Dean Daniel Lyons tells WGBH "Greater Boston."

Insights from noted tax scholar and BC Law Kenealy Professor James Repetti as to what kind of gifts are taxable: Wall Street Journal.

Why did the audience at the CNN town hall cheer Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about E. Jean Carroll? Comments by Professor of Psychology Liane Young on "motivated reasoning" and her research related to morality and society are highlighted in the Boston Globe.

Rachael Rollins is resigning as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts after a Justice Department ethics probe. BC Law Drinan Professor Emeritus George Brown, former chair of the Massachusetts Ethics Commission, comments: WBUR "Radio Boston," WCVB-TV NewsCBS Boston News

If the U.S. hits the debt limit, the disruption in benefits would strain the budgets of many Americans who get Social Security. Center for Retirement Research Director Alicia Munnell weighs in: Wall Street JournalMarketWatch. | More Center research in the news: New York TimesCNBC 1, CNBC 2Forbes

Associate Professor of the Practice of Economics Chandini Sankaran discussed the evolution of job skills, and how computers and robots have changed labor markets and available jobs, during a class featured on C-SPAN2 "Lectures in History."  

How can credit card companies afford to offer big sign-on bonuses? And are bonus-seekers good customers? Insights from Carroll School Associate Professor of Marketing Min ZhaoWalletHub Q&A.

Advocates are calling for relief from the effects of environmental pollution in Mass., disproportionately felt by lower-income and minority families. Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies Lacee Satcher comments: Boston Globe.

Liberty Mutual Professor of Law Patricia McCoy weighs in on the sale of First Republic Bank and related topics: Reuters via Yahoo NewsNBC 10 BostonCNN Business, MarketWatch | Economics' Brian Bethune comments on the impact on banks of the Fed's latest rate hike: TIME.

In two coronation-related pieces, historian and School of Theology and Ministry Visiting Professor Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., writes on Charles III and the Stuart succession for The Tablet and the position, powers, and prerogatives of a British monarch and an American president for America.

Kantika, the latest novel by Professor of English Elizabeth Graver, is "a meticulous endeavor to preserve the memories of a family, an elegy and a celebration both": New York Times. | She writes on the anonymous horses of "Ponyhenge" for the Boston Globe.

The announcement that Nobel laureate Paul M. Romer will join BC as the Seidner University Professor and leader of the new Center for the Economics of Ideas is highlighted by the Boston Globe.

Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz comments on Pope Francis' decision to expand participation in the upcoming Synod of Bishops to include laypersons as full members. National Catholic Reporter

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes spoke at the May gathering of the Boston College Chief Executives Club, in conversation with Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. Boston Globe (second item); Bloomberg Baystate Business (at 8:55)

There are several factors contributing to the public’s lack of desire to see the two face each other for a second time. Associate Professor of Political Science David Hopkins comments: The Hill 1The Hill 2.

Proposed amendments to add either female or gender-neutral pronouns would send the message that the Commonwealth embraces equal political participation by all, writes BC Law Visiting Professor Elizabeth D. KatzBoston Globe.

Findings from a comprehensive analysis of the health hazards posed by plastics—published in March by an international team led by Global Observatory on Planetary Health Director Philip Landrigan, M.D.—are featured by The Guardian (U.K.) | His comments on a 2022 BC-led study of air pollution in Massachusetts are featured by

In an essay for Commonweal, Libby Professor of Theology and Law Cathleen Kaveny considers the morality of a recent sting operation orchestrated by conservative Catholics to track wayward clerics.

Alumna Karen Lynch, who as president and CEO of CVS Health seeks to make health care simpler, more personalized, and more affordable, is named to the "titans" category of TIME's annual "Most Influential" list.

Professor of the Practice of History Robert Savage commented on the aftermath of the agreement, as well as on President Biden's visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in interviews with the New York Times and Politico.

Average life expectancy has risen by 16 years since the national retirement age was set at 65. Gal Wettstein of the Center for Retirement Research looked at age and potential for employment in a study about people’s working life expectancy: New York Times.

Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Director Kevin Powers commented on a ransomware incident reported by Massachusetts' second-largest health insurer: Boston Globe.

The announcement that Oksana Markarova, ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S., would address the Class of 2023 at Commencement was highlighted by the Boston Globe.

The announcement  that Oksana Markarova, ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S., would address the Class of 2023 at Commencement was highlighted by the Boston Globe.

Patty Raube Keller, director of the Woods College M.S. in Sports Administration program, is honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association for her integral role in the structuring and organizing of the NJCAA Student-Athlete Council. Read more.

Choosing the optimal listing price is key to a successful home sale. Insights from Carroll School Associate Professor of Marketing Gerald Smith on strategies to get the most for a property: Boston Globe.

Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh writes on the caretaker government's move to postpone the annual switch to Daylight Saving Time, throwing into disarray global activities that depend on coordinated time zones: Hoover Institution - Caravan Notebook.

Despite solid financial track records, many older Americans have a hard time getting approvals for mortgages. Center for Retirement Research Director Alicia Munnell comments: New York Times.

O'Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick, author of The Transformation of Title IX, weighs in on the Biden administration’s latest proposal to protect transgender people: New York Times.

How do values and beliefs play into polarizing political biases? Research by Psychology Professor Liane Young and her former student Laura Niemi Ph.D.'15 is cited by a New York Times columnist, in a piece that includes comments from Assistant Professor Joshua Hartshorne.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies Lacee Satcher, who was a panelist for a discussion of environmental racism at the Boston Public Library, discussed the topic on WGBH Morning Edition.

Federal officials have warned about a practice that allows hackers to access data on phones using some public power outlets or public charging stations. Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Director Kevin Powers comments for 7 News Boston.

Wall-to-wall media coverage of Donald Trump’s indictment underscores the former president’s hold on the press. Associate Professor of Communication Michael Serazio weighs in for The Hill.

The state commission rejected a request from DraftKings following a letter from the BAA opposing the move. Carroll School Associate Professor of the Practice of Finance Richard McGowan, S.J., comments: Boston Globe.

In-person attendance at religious services is slightly lower than before the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new Pew survey. School of Theology and Ministry Professor Thomas Groome comments for AP.

A Boston Globe columnist writes in tribute to John J. McColgan '68, who has retired as city archivist of Boston, a position he had held since 1995. Read more.

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, the unprecedented examination of the work of the Cuban-born painter presented by the McMullen Museum of Art in 2017 and curated by BC faculty member Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta, is now on display at Casa de América in Madrid. Art Daily | The McMullen's current exhibition, Landscape of Memory, also was featured by Art Daily.

As Pope Francis marks his 10th anniversary, School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Hosffman Ospino outlines how the pontiff has benefitted both American Catholic bishops and the rest of the Catholic community. National Catholic Reporter

Professor of Political Science Marc Landy discussed the impact of the indictment of former president Donald Trump: Bloomberg Baystate Business (segment begins at 12:36), CBS Boston.

Age is important when it comes to Social Security and Medicare, and age also is a target in the debate over how to shore up both programs. Center for Retirement Research Director Alicia Munnell comments: WHDH News

Woods College Associate Dean Aleksandar Tomic discussed the economy, recessions, and stagflation and the relationship between the federal funds rate and consumer finances in a pair of Q&As with MoneyGeek.

AT&T chief executive John Stankey was the latest guest at the Boston College Chief Executives Club, where he participated in a Q&A with John Hancock president Marianne Harrison. Boston Globe

Professor of Sociology and social economist Juliet Schor discusses research findings from her global four-day workweek project with CBS News.

Would the possible indictment help or harm the former president's current campaign? Professor of Political Science Marc Landy is among experts weighing in: CBS Boston.

Libby Professor of Theology and Law Cathleen Kaveny discusses how tensions in the Church were overtaken by an American-style culture war in WNYC's New Yorker Hour podcast.

a sweeping international report says plastics are causing so much harm to health that global regulation is needed. Lead author and Global Observatory on Planetary Health Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., discussed the findings: WBUR News. | The report also is featured by Environmental Health News and Inside Climate News.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor of Law Patricia McCoy spoke to news outlets across the nation regarding the collapse and federal bailout of SVB Bank, the fallout and other challenges facing the banking industry.

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor of the Practice Rafael Luciani outlines how the pontificate of Pope Francis initiates a new phase in the reception of Vatican II in a co-authored piece for National Catholic Reporter.

As part of an NBC 10 News docuseries on the N.H. political migration known as the Free State Project, BC Law Associate Professor of the Practice Jeffrey Cohen is interviewed about a case of wire fraud and money laundering using cryptocurrency. Scroll to Episode 10 - The Crypto 6.

An essay on living a translingual life by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, adapted from his forthcoming memoir, is published by Jewish Journal and picked up by Mosaic magazine. | His translation for Purim of "In the Basement" by Isaac Babel appears in Tablet Magazine.

Millions of workers open retirement accounts, then ignore or forget about them. Laura Quinby of the Center for Retirement Research weighs in: New York Times. | Center research on retirement preparedness among baby boomers is cited by the Washington Post

The U.S. Government has filed a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit against the nation's only manufacturer of neoprene synthetic rubber, saying related pollution disproportionately exposes Black residents to a probable human carcinogen. Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., comments: The Lancet.

Associate Professor of Political Science Peter Krause comments on Saudi Arabia’s embrace of Chinese diplomacy with Iran. The Hill

Economics' Brian Bethune weighs in on various aspects of the Federal Reserve's ongoing effort to curb inflation: ReutersBoston GlobeMarketWatch via Morningstar.

BC Law adjunct faculty member Jeffrey Pyle comments on the Fox News defamation case, specifically the first post-election Sidney Powell appearance and the “wackadoodle” email said to have inspired some of the segment’s claims: Washington Post.

A major conference on Pope Francis, Vatican II, and synodality co-hosted by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life is believed to be the largest gathering of Catholic leadership at a college campus in the nation's history. National Catholic Reporter 1 | National Catholic Reporter 2, America

Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor of Law Patricia McCoy weighs in on the SVB failure and what's next for the banking industry: New York TimesThe HillMarketplace Radio.

As the Federal Reserve continues to fight inflation with interest rate hikes, increasing attention is being paid to the U.S. job market, which is seeing the lowest level of unemployment in more than 50 years. Economics' Brian Bethune comments for The Hill.

The Oakland ransomware attack involves personal data of current and former employees going back to 2010, according to city officials. Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Director Kevin Powers comments: KTVU News. | In the video podcast Cybersecurity Vault, he discusses the case of the Uber CISO convicted in relation to the ride-share's 2016 breach.

Lynch School Associate Dean Julia DeVoy, who is part of a research project, supported by a Schiller Institute grant, that is assessing environmental impacts of textile waste, was interviewed by NBC LX News.

Can Dominion’s lawsuit overcome the traditional free-speech defense for news media? Legal observers including BC Law adjunct faculty member Jeffrey Pyle weighed in for the Wall Street Journal.

In anticipation of the 95th Academy Awards, Boston filmmaker and part-time Film Studies faculty member Gautam Chopra discussed diversity in the main categories: WalletHub.

An online course in synodality presented by the School of Theology and Ministry is deemed "a real service to the church and a valuable resource to anyone trying to better understand this synodal journey:  National Catholic Reporter.

Labor market trends suggest that U.S. workers need a break, write Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor and Associate Professor Wen Fan, who outline findings from their global four-day workweek study in an op-ed for the Boston Globe. Schor also discusses them with NPR "On Point."

Lynch School Professor Rebekah Levine Coley, director of the Boston College Institute of Early Childhood Policy, discusses the economic benefits of free or heavily subsidized high quality child care: Boston Globe.

In cases where police are the ones who fire their weapons in a fatal shooting, district attorneys face the task of investigating their co-workers, and at times even their friends. BC Law Professor Robert Bloom weighs in: Boston Globe.

Iran’s rulers now face a currency crisis. Assistant Professor of Sociology Mohammad Ali Kadivar, who studies Iranian protest movements, comments for the New York Times.

In the aftermath of the train derailment that spewed toxic chemicals into the air, water, and soil, what's next for thousands of Ohioans who could now be sick? Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., and BC Law Professor of the Practice Mary Ann Chirba comment for STAT News. | Landrigan also weighs in for Vox. com.

More research findings from the U.K 4-day workweek pilot program overseen by Professor of Sociology Juliet SchorWashington PostNew York Times, Bloomberg News, APNPRWall Street JournalUSA TodayBBC "Future Planet"

The Maine winner of a $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot remained anonymous by using a limited liability company to claim the prize on their behalf. Insights from BC Law Professor Ray MadoffBoston Globe.

Carroll School of Management graduate Grace Mayer '22, who minored in journalism, received the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual award for its top reporting intern.

Chatbots, and the underlying technology area known as generative AI, are stoking interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lynch School Nelson Chair and Associate Dean for Research Brian Smith comments: Boston Globe.

Google is before the Supreme Court in a legal battle over how much liability comes with hosting third-party content. BC Law Professor Daniel Lyons comments: Yahoo FinanceTime.

BC Law Drinan Professor Thomas W. Mitchell, director of the Initiative on Land, Housing and Property Rights, comments on the complexities of the landmark Bruce's Beach case: New York Times.

The city of Oakland, California's computer system has been the victim of a ransomware attack. Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Director Kevin Powers weighs in on KCBS radio.

Professor of English Carlo Rotella writes on Nashville's Shane McAnally, the songwriter behind many of country music’s No. 1 hits, in the New York Times Magazine.

Professor of Sociology and social economist Juliet Schor discusses findings from her global research of the four-day work week in an interview with Boston 25 News.

"For My Daughters, on Yom Kippur," a poem by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, is featured (both the text and his reading of it) in the magazine Vita Poetica.

After lavishing employees with perks, including expanded parental leave, in a tight labor market, companies have now turned to mass job cuts. Research by the Center for Work & Family, and comments by its executive director, Brad Harrington, are cited by the New York Times.

The Great Resignation created the idea that people were leaving the labor force forever, but new hard data is proving differently. Lynch School Professor David Blustein weighs in: Scripps TV News.

An op-ed by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Hosffman Ospino draws on findings from his national study conducted with Roche Center for Catholic Education Executive Director Melodie Wyttenbach. America

Vice President for Student Affairs Shawna Cooper Whitehead contributes a blog post on the topic for NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Ireland's proposed legislation is deeply flawed, writes Associate Professor of English James Smith, in an op-ed for The Journal.

A consulting firm and an air charter company are suing Twitter over unpaid invoices for services pre-dating Musk’s $44 billion takeover. BC Law Professor Brian Quinn comments: Boston Globe.

Associate Professor of Economics Robert Murphy weighs in on the Federal Reserve and the outlook for rate hikes in a WalletHub Q&A.

Legal sports gambling has officially arrived in Massachusetts. Gaming industry expert and Carroll School Associate Professor of the Practice Richard McGowan, S.J., weighs in for WBUR News and the Boston Globe.

AI technology is growing in popularity, and educators are weighing how it fits—or doesn't fit—in classroom settings. Center for Digital Innovation in Learning Associate Director John FitzGibbon comments: WGBH News.

Research by Associate Professor of Political Science David Hopkins on the urban-rural partisan divide in U.S. politics is highlighted in the New York Times.

"The Linguist," a poem by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer written in tribute to Professor Emeritus of Linguistics M.J. Connolly, is one of two of his works featured by the Society of Classical Poets. | Shrayer reflects on the "Tel Aviv syndrome" in an essay for Jewish Journal.

Millions of Americans are quitting their jobs each month, even in the face of high inflation. Retired Carroll School Professor of Business Law Christine O'Brien weighs in on contributing factors and the potential economic impact: WalletHub Q&A.

The Taliban has suspended the rights of Afghan women to pursue higher education, prompting U.S. universities to seek ways to help them. A free online course for Afghan female students, launched last fall by Lynch School Professor Emerita Maria Estela Brisk, is highlighted by Inside Higher Ed.

Workforce cuts are occurring across the nation, with Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Boston-based Wayfair and others all making announcements. Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland comments: CBS Boston.

A new report by BC Law School’s Civil Rights Clinic and the Brazilian Worker Center focuses on the efficacy of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. BC Law Magazine >> | The findings are featured by WBUR News and WGBH News.

New proposed limits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency represent a step forward for air quality, but some say they fall short of what's needed to save more lives. Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., comments: National Catholic Reporter.

Evidence in the murder case against Brian Walshe includes more than a dozen disturbing Google searches—raising questions about how long information stays on the internet even if you delete your history. Insights from Kevin Powers, director of the Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program: Boston 25 News.

In some state legislatures, Republicans are not acceding to the hard right. Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael Hartney comments in the New York Times.

Quiet quitting might be declining, but its theme of rebalancing work and home life will continue into the new year. Lynch School Professor David Blustein, who studies the psychological nature of work, comments: The Guardian (U.K.)

Experts including Lynch School Professor Belle Liang weigh in on the concept that so-called "Blue Monday," the third Monday in January, is the worst for people's mental health.  HuffPost

All too often clunky dialogue breaks the spell of CGI-heavy TV epics, Professor of English Carlo Rotella writes in an essay on the magic of good fantasy writing: New York Times Magazine.