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John Burke
John Burke named financial VP

Boston College has named Associate Vice President of Finance John D. Burke as its new financial vice president and treasurer. He will succeed Peter McKenzie, who is retiring on December 18 after 25 years of service. BC News Release

Katherine McAuliffe
Learning fair play

Cultural differences may affect when children develop a sense of fairness, with significant variations across countries, according to results of a global experiment conducted by researchers including leading co-author and Assistant Professor of Psychology Katherine McAuliffe. BC News | Nature News, The Atlantic, Nature News, Washington PostMedical Daily, Health Daily, PhysOrg, World Science, Science Daily

White House summit on next-gen high schools

Lynch School of Education Professor Michael Barnett discussed his innovative STEM education initiatives at a National Science Foundation forum and at the first White House Summit on Next-Generation High Schools. BC News Release

Thomas Chiles
BC scientist joins global commission on pollution, health

DeLuca Professor of Biology and Vice Provost for Research Thomas Chiles is among influential leaders, researchers and practitioners named to the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, an initiative of The Lancet, The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution and Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, with the U.N. and World Bank.

Sharlene Hesse Biber
AMS Fellow

Professor of Mathematics Tao Li has been elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is one of 50 distinguished mathematicians from around the world to be selected among the 2016 cohort.

Ann Burgess
Honored for addressing child abuse

Connell School of Nursing Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess has been honored by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children with its 2015 Outstanding Professional Award, given to an APSAC member who has made outstanding contributions to addressing child maltreatment.

Ray Madoff
Law Forum on Philanthropy

Boston College Law School has established the Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good, a non-partisan think tank that will bring together scholars, philanthropy professionals and policymakers to examine the public policy issues surrounding charitable giving. BC News Release

Sharlene Hesse Biber
Student at Symphony Hall

Accomplished violist Haesoo Yoon, a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences junior, will perform with the prestigious Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall on November 2. BC News

Julia Fung, William P. Leahy, SJ, Victor Fung
President's Medal for Excellence

More than 100 members of the Boston College community, accompanied by numerous Hong Kong civic leaders, were on hand for the awarding of the President’s Medal for Excellence to BC parents Victor and Julia Fung for their lifelong support of education.

Sharlene Hesse Biber
Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award

Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber has won a 2015 book award from Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society for Jesuit higher education institutions, for Waiting for Cancer to Come: Women’s Experiences with Genetic Testing and Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer. BC News

Adriana O'Connor
World's fair ambassador

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

Melissa Sutherland
Nurse of the Year

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Melissa Sutherland has been named a 2015 Nurse of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes. Sutherland was honored in the category of Community and Public Health. BC News

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BC a leader in Teach for America

Boston College is once again among the top medium-sized universities in contributing graduates to Teach for America, with 19 alumni in the 2015 corps. More

Students with Prof. Matson in India
Write of passage

Eight undergraduates representing a range of class years, schools and majors joined Professor of English Suzanne Matson for a summer creative writing experience at the foothills of the Himalayas.

New Monan Prof. in Theatre Arts

Actor, singer, arts educator, filmmaker and humanitarian activist Michelle Miller '98 joins the Theatre Department this academic year as the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. 

Lawrence Scott
ACS Cope Award Winner

Louise and Jim Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Lawrence T. Scott will receive one of the 2016 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards, established in 1984 to recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry.

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BC among nation's top 30

Boston College rose to 30th among national universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report survey, its highest ranking to date. The University also improved to 35th in the 'Great Schools Great Prices' ranking. BC News

James P. McInytre
In Memoriam: BC Senior VP James P. McIntyre

Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre '57, MA '61, PhD '67, H '11—a beloved  BC administrator whose career spanned more than half a century and touched all facets of University life—died September 4 of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 81. BC Obituary | Boston Globe, Boston Herald 

BC WeatherSTEM monitor
All about the weather

Raise an umbrella to BC's newly-installed WeatherSTEM system, which monitors, collects and presents campus weather information on a single site.

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ
Fr. Kalscheur named Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences dean

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

Akua Sarr
Sarr named vice provost

Akua Sarr, an associate dean in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley has announced. BC Chronicle

John Mahoney Sr.
In Memoriam: BC Professor John L. Mahoney Sr.

'He wasn't just teaching us how to read, he was teaching us how to live...Literature mattered to him because of the impact it would have on a human life,' said Williams College's Robert G. Scott Professor of English Stephen Fix '74, a former student of Rattigan Professor of English Emeritus John L. Mahoney Sr. '50, MA '52, H '03, who died September 1. Boston Globe obituary | Boston Globe 2002 feature | BC obituary

Ice Age mystery solved

A reexamination of more than 1,000 previously studied glacial boulders pinpoints the rise in carbon dioxide—then naturally occurring—as the primary driving factor of the glacial melt at the close of the last Ice Age, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Jeremy Shakun and a team of scientists report in Nature Communications. BC News, PhysOrg, International Business Times, The Scotsman (U.K.), Straits Times (Singapore), Science World Report, 3News (Australia), Agence France Press (via Global Post) 

Fulton Hall
BC to launch center for entrepreneurship

To support a burgeoning start-up culture on campus, the Carroll School of Management will launch the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship, Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton has announced. BC News | Boston Business Journal, Dow Jones MarketWatch

Alberto Godenzi
School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi to step down

Boston College School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, whose 14 years of leadership helped transform the school by improving its academic reputation, research output, quality of faculty and responsiveness to critical societal needs, has announced that he will step down at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. BC News

Stormy space weather

Stormy space weather bears currents that can disrupt power grids in equatorial locations long considered safe from such phenomena, report researchers including lead author Brett A. Carter, a visiting scholar at BC's Institute for Scientific Research. BC News | Time, R&D Magazine, Space Daily, Earth Sky, The Conversation, Nature World News

Yunseon Esther Kim
Fulbright Teaching Award

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

La Farge exhibition opens at McMullen

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College presents John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred, an exclusive exhibition of more than 85 paintings, stained glass windows, and works on paper by one of America’s most complex artists. BC News

Thomas Stegman, SJ
Doorways to faith

The major voices of the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul—illustrate the life of faith in a new book by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Thomas Stegman, S.J.

Joyce Edmonds
Nursing education excellence

Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Joyce K. Edmonds has received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Education from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Kier Byrnes
New Robsham Theater director

Kier Byrnes, director of operations and event management at Northeastern University since 2009, is the new director of Robsham Theater Arts Center, BC's Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs has announced. BC News

Andrea Vicini
Legacy of Vatican II

Twelve leading scholars from BC and across the U.S. and Europe have produced essays on the Second Vatican Council for a new book co-edited by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J. BC News

John Powers and Andy Boynton
Gift endows Carroll School of Management deanship

A gift from Trustee Associate John Powers ’73, and his wife, Linda, will endow the deanship of Carroll School of Management Dean Andy Boynton, who has led the school for the past decade. The John and Linda Powers Deanship Fund honors Boynton’s tenure and will help to advance his future plans for the school. BC News

Jane Flanagan
Holistic nursing research

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Jane Flanagan has received the American Holistic Nurses Association's 2015 Research Grant, which will support her study of web-based yoga intervention for breast cancer survivors.

M. Shawn Copeland
Catholic Press awards

Several Boston College faculty members, as well as doctoral students and alumni, were among those honored by the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada at the organization's recent annual conference.

Stuart Hall
BC Law School a leader in graduate employment

Boston College Law School has been highlighted as a national leader in networking and employment opportunities for graduates by a number of recent rankings.

Dan Bunch
Community service honoree

Learning to Learn Director Dan Bunch is this year’s winner of the Boston College Community Service Award, which honors a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC News Release

Andrea Vicini, SJ
Theological Inquiry fellow

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J., has been selected as a 2015-16 research fellow by the Center of Theological Inquiry. He will be part of an international team of theologians, scientists and other scholars who will explore the societal implications of astrobiology. BC News Release

Peter McKenzie
Financial VP to retire

Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter McKenzie, who has helped guide Boston College through two-and-a-half decades of fiscal stability and unprecedented growth, has announced his plans to retire at the end of the calendar year.

Brinton Lykes
Toward peace in Korea

An international group of women made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, to bring attention to the need for peace between the two nations. Lynch School of Education Professor M. Brinton Lykes, associate director of BC's Center for Human Rights and International Justice, was among them. BC Chronicle