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Jack Connors
Woods College honors Class of 2015, distinguished alumni

More than 200 students, accompanied by family and friends, gathered for the annual celebratory dinner and awards ceremony in honor of 2015 graduates and distinguished alumni of the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Boston College alumnus, benefactor and longtime University Trustee John M. 'Jack' Connors, Jr. ’63 addressed the class.

Marissa Marandola
2015 Truman Scholar

Boston College junior Marissa Marandola, a member of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program and student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. BC News Release | Providence Journal

Lieutenant Francis D. Morrogh, Royal Munster Fusiliers, who was killed in the Dardanelles. He was the son of John Morrogh, former MP for South East Cork.
The Irish at Gallipoli

Twelve thousand Irish men fought in the WWI Gallipoli campaign that began in April 1915; 4,000 were killed. A centenary website launched by Boston College Ireland and RTÉ explores the Irish experience. BC News Release

Mobile Tech in the Classroom

Little is known about how teachers think technology in the classroom will affect development of students’ non-cognitive skills, such as empathy, self-control, problem solving, and teamwork. Two Boston College researchers say it’s time to find out. BC News Release

Who Will Stop a Bully?

Students who are bullied because of sexual orientation have willing defenders among their classmates – motivated by leadership, courage, their beliefs in justice, altruism and having lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends, according to a new Boston College study. BC News Release

Forming School Networks

While responding to shifting student demographics, new support networks form among teachers and between schools, according to a new study conducted by Boston College Associate Professor of Education Martin Scanlan and colleagues of a group of schools moving from monolingual to bilingual instruction. BC News Release

The art of teacher talk

Specific ways teachers talk to their students had a direct impact on literacy skill building in a study of elementary school students, Boston College Associate Professor of Education Patrick Proctor and colleagues reported at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. BC News Release

U.N. 'GIFT Box'

The U.S. State Department estimates that at any given time, some 27 million men, women and children worldwide are victims of trafficking.The 'U.N. GIFT Box' project on display near Stokes Hall was created to raise awareness of and spur action against human trafficking.

Jack Connors
Woods College honors Class of 2015, distinguished alumni

More than 200 students, accompanied by family and friends, will gather in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons tonight for the annual celebratory dinner and awards ceremony in honor of 2015 graduates and distinguished alumni of the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Boston College alumnus and University Trustee John M. 'Jack' Connors will address the class.

David Simas
Law School Commencement

David Simas J.D. '95, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, will address the graduates at the 2015 Law School Commencement on Friday, May 22.

Catherine Read
Nursing profs honored

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor of Adult Health Catherine Read has been honored for mentoring by American Nurses Association Massachusetts, while Professor Emerita Joellen Hawkins received the organization's Community Service Award. BC Chronicle

Susan Kelly-Weeder
Outstanding contributions to health care

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Susan Kelly-Weeder has been named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy.

Isra Hussain
Critical Language Scholar

Isra Hussain ’17, a member of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program, has won a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu in India this summer. BC Chronicle

BC Strong panelists
'BC Strong: Personal Stories of the Marathon Bombings'

The BC community will explore the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings through the personal accounts of three alumni on Tuesday, April 14, at a public event in Robsham Theater that will feature survivors Patrick Downes ’05 and Brittany Loring JD/MBA '13, along with Dave Wedge '93, co-author of the best-selling book Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy. Award-winning CBS Boston anchor Paula Ebben '89 will moderate. BC News Release

Jeffery Byers
Cottrell Scholar Award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeffery Byers has received a $75,000 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in support of his work with polymers—long chains of atoms or molecules found in everything from plastic grocery sacks to DNA. BC Chronicle

Thomas Groome
New C21 Center director

Internationally renowned theologian, popular Catholic author and authority on religious education Thomas Groome, a professor in the School of Theology and Ministry, will be the new director of the Church in the 21st Century Center. BC Chronicle

Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich
Chicago Archbishop to deliver Commencement Address

Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich, leader of the country’s third-largest Catholic diocese and a champion for the economically and socially disenfranchised, will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s 139th annual Commencement Exercises on May 18. Four other distinguished individuals also will receive honorary degrees. BC News ReleaseBoston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times

Hans DeWit
‘Mr. Internationalization’

Hans de Wit, a respected authority on global issues in higher ed, has been named the director of the Lynch School's Center for International Higher Education. BC Chronicle

Tao Li
Simons Fellow in mathematics

Professor of Mathematics Tao Li has received a 2015 Simons Foundation Fellowship, granted to accomplished faculty for their recent research and the potential impact of their future work. BC Chronicle

David Takeuchi
ASA Pearlin award

The American Sociological Association has named School of Social Work Associate Dean of Research David Takeuchi the winner of its prestigious Leonard I. Pearlin Award for his distinguished contributions to the sociological study of mental health.

Keith Pecklers, SJ
Malines Conversation Group

An international group of prominent Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians and church leaders, including former Gasson Professor Keith Pecklers, S.J., is gathered at Boston College for the third annual meeting of the Malines Conversation Group, a grassroots forum committed to dialogue and unity. BC News Release

A ‘warhead’ molecule

A research team in the lab of BC chemist Jianmin Gao details using a 'warhead' molecule to target deadly bacteria. BC News Release

Robert J. Morrissey
College of Arts and Sciences to be named for benefactor, alumnus Robert J. Morrissey

Boston College will name its College of Arts and Sciences in honor of Robert J. Morrissey ’60, a prominent Boston attorney and investor who, with this latest commitment, will become the largest benefactor in the University’s history. BC News Release | Boston Globe | AP via ABC News

Boosting battery performance

BC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang reports nano-coatings help stabilize a unique form of carbon, which could help pave the way for next generation, high performance lithium-ion batteries. BC News Release | PhysOrg, Nanowerk, ECN magazine, Nanotech Now, R&D Magazine

Relay for Life logo
BC Relay for Life hits $1M

Boston College has reached the $1-million mark in donations to Relay for Life, making it the first Massachusetts college or university to hit this fundraising level for the American Cancer Society, and one of the nation's top 15 collegiate Relay for Life events.

Sloan Foundation Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics David Geraghty has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to rising stars among U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars. His work focuses on number theory and a sub-area known as the Langlands program. BC News Release

James Najarian
Honored for poetry

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers has honored Associate Professor of English James Najarian with its Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Award for his poems 'Kleptomania,' 'From the Armenian Quarter,' and 'The Frat Boys.'  

Richard Clifford, SJ
Tribute for Fr. Clifford

Several hundred members of the BC community gathered to honor biblical studies scholar Richard J. Clifford, S.J., founding dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, who will transition to professor emeritus of Old Testament next academic year.

Patricia Doherty
Navigation research honors

Institute for Scientific Research Director Patricia Doherty, who is concluding a term as president of the Institute of Navigation, has received ION's Distinguished Service Award and Weems Award for extraordinary contributions to advanced navigation research. 

'Roman in the Provinces'

Focused on the eastern Mediterranean between the 2nd and 6th century C.E., 'Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire' examines interaction between local traditions and Roman imperial culture. Opening February 14 at the McMullen Museum of Art, the exhibition is a Boston Globe Critic's Pick.

Fulton Hall
Carroll School a leader in Wall Street recruitment

The Carroll School of Management is 7th in a 'University Power Ranking' of the top U.S. undergraduate schools for investment banking recruitment. Wall StreetOasis.com

Lisa Goodman
Honored for mentoring

A passion for empowering her graduate students to effect change has earned Lynch School of Education Professor Lisa Goodman a 2014 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, presented annually to faculty who have inspired students to work to benefit society. BC Chronicle

Lisa Cahill
Theological Excellence award

Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill has received the 2015 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence, which recognizes the contributions of contemporary theologians in writing and teaching. BC News Release

Andy HargreavesMarilyn Cochran-Smith
Leading influencers in education

BC researchers are recognized among leading U.S. scholars contributing to public debates about education. Lynch School Professors Andy Hargreaves and Marilyn Cochran-Smith are included in the 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by Education Week

Coach York and BC hockey players
Top college for men's hockey

Boston College ranks first in the U.S. on a list of the top 10 best colleges, on the ice and in the classroom, for men's hockey, according to a new survey. USA Today College

Connell School of Nursing award
Connell School-VA partnership

The Connell School of Nursing has been honored for its collarboration with VA Boston Health Care Systems. BC News Release

Hosffman Ospino
2014 Catholics of the Year

School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino has been named among the 'Catholics of the Year,' by Our Sunday Visitor, the largest national U.S. Catholic newspaper, for his research on Hispanic Catholic parishes.

Stuart Hall
Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy moves to BC Law

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy will move to Boston College Law School as a result of a $7.53 million gift from the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. The gift, the largest in the 85-year history of BC Law, will fund the Rappaport Center and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professorship in Law and Public Policy at the school. BC News ReleaseBoston Globe, Boston Business Journal

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Community grants awarded

A dozen Allston-Brighton organizations have been awarded a total of more than $33,000 in grants from Boston College through the Allston-Brighton/Boston College Community Fund. BC News Release

Karen Izzi Bristing
Gift endows basketball coach

Boston College has received a gift from alumna and University Trustee Karen Izzi Bristing and her husband Steve Bristing to endow its head men’s basketball coaching position, held by Jim Christian. BC Chronicle