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Newswire Archive April 2010-December 2010

Why a shopping spree?

A seemingly innocent purchase of a single luxury item can lead to an unintended, budget-busting spending spree, according to new research by Henrik Hagtvedt, assistant professor of marketing at the Carroll School of Management. News release 

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Eagle All-American

Eagle linebacker Luke Kuechly, a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management, has been named to the AP All-American first team - the 10th Consensus First-Team All-American in BC football history. More

Strategies for PISA success

International education experts will discuss strategies of nations whose students score highly in the PISA assessment of math, literacy and science skills at a Dec. 9 panel event hosted by Lynch School of Education Professors Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves. More

Opera star

Competing against nearly 60 singers from up and down the East Coast, School of Theology and Ministry graduate student Margaret Felice, a 2002 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, won first prize in the recent Just Love to Sing! opera competition. More

Connell School profs honored

Three Connell School of Nursing faculty members have been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, a group of the profession's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. More

SAAC award of excellence

Boston College has received the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Award of Excellence from the NCAA. The selection committee was 'amazed by the number and variety' of the group's service efforts. More

BC leads in JVC 2010

Thirty recent alumni answered the call to serve through Jesuit Volunteer Corps - making BC the most well-represented alma mater in JVC this year.More

Physicist wins presidential award

President Barack Obama has named BC physicist Willie Padilla as one of this year's recipients of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Padilla earned the prestigious grant for his research into light-bending metamaterials. More

New Haley Nurse Scientist

Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor of Adult Health Lichuan Ye has been named a Haley Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a post designed to enhance the academic-clinical partnership in nursing science. More

Malaria research advanced

Boston College DeLuca Professor of Biology Marc A.T. Muskavitch and an international team of researchers have developed the first high-res microarray for a vector mosquito, which provided 400,000 genetic markers that can offer vital insights into the insect that transmits malaria. More |Video

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Financial Reform - What Now?

U.S. Representative Barney Frank, FDIC Chair Sheila Bair and Paul Volcker, chair of the federal Economic Recovery Board and former chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, assessed the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at a forum Oct. 25 at Robsham Theater. Sampling of coverage: Boston GlobeBoston HeraldBloomberg News,ReutersDow Jones NewsBusiness WeekFox Business, GateHouse News Service |  News release

Blue Heron Renaissance Choir

The Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Boston's premier professional early music vocal ensemble, has joined Boston College as artists-in-residence for the 2010-11 academic year.

Nobelist has BC ties

Peter A. Diamond, who was awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Economics, is a research associate at BC's Center for Retirement Research, which has published a number of his papers on taxes, pensions, Social Security and related topics since their affiliation began in 1998. More

BC Law Forum on NCAA

Legal experts, journalists and athletics officials will gather at Boston College Law School October 15 to discuss some of the legal issues that have emerged from the growth of the NCAA.

Marcus Named Inaugural Gabelli Professor

Carroll School of Management Finance Professor Alan Marcus is the first holder of the Mario J. Gabelli Endowed Professorship, established through a $3 million gift from BC Trustee Mario Gabelli, chairman and CEO of Gamco Investors and one of Wall Street's most successful and best-known money managers. News release

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BC, Tufts announce joint degree

Boston College Law School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University have launched a program that allows students to earn a law degree in combination with a degree in urban and environmental policy and planning.

'Little Town of Bethlehem'

Little Town of Bethlehem, a documentary about the growing nonviolence movement in the Middle East told in first-person accounts by a Palestinian Muslim, a Palestinian Christian and an Israeli Jew, premieres at BC tonight, with an exclusive appearance by the film's participants and director. More

New Monan Prof. named

Karen MacDonald, an award-wining Boston-based actor who has worked across the U.S. and internationally, has been named the Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ, Professor in Theatre Arts for the 2010-2011 academic year. More

BC 31st in U.S. News survey

Boston College rose to 31st among national universities in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report survey, its highest ranking to date. List

Prof awarded grant for childhood abuse study

Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Danny Willis has been awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research for his study "Adult Male Survivors Healing from Childhood Maltreatment." The study seeks to understand the phenomenon of healing, based on the experiences of adult males who have overcome childhood maltreatment, including physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse, or neglect.

'Literary Lives' at the McMullen

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College is the exclusive venue forLiterary Lives: Portraits from the Crawford Art Gallery and Abbey Theatre, Ireland, an exhibition of portraits of Irish writers created by Irish artists in painting, sculpture and photography. On display Sept. 4-Dec. 5.

Value of e-learning

Teachers who completed extensive online professional development showed improvement in their knowledge and skills, which translated into modest learning gains for their students, according to a five-year study by Boston College researchers involving more than 300 teachers and 7,000 students in 13 states.

BC Student-Athletes Excel in Graduation Rates

The latest NCAA figures show 21 BC varsity teams achieved 100 per cent Graduation Success Rates - the most perfect scores of any Division I athletic program in the country.

Senior founds nonprofit to aid Filipino students

Senior Kristoffer Munden - no stranger to the effects of poverty through both personal experience and volunteerism - has founded Leap Ahead, a non-profit charitable organization that will provide scholarships for needy Filipino high school students.

Nursing student wins prize

Connell School of Nursing doctoral candidate Doug Schlichting has been awarded a student essay prize by the International Philosophy of Nursing Society for his paper which will be published in the prestigious international journal Nursing Philosophy.

Global Marketing

Can Peru's national spirit appeal to Americans? A Carroll School of Management MBA class traveled to Lima to evaluate the U.S. market for a family-run vineyard. 

BC's Urban Catholic Teacher Corps fills a need

Nearly all of the Boston College Lynch School of Education's Urban Catholic Teacher Corps' recent graduates have gone on to work in Catholic schools, especially in the Archdiocese of Boston, where they taught during their time in the two-year program.

Theologian's Book wins CPA award

Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women's Strategies for Reform, edited by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Adj. Associate Professor Colleen Griffith, has received a first place book award from the Catholic Press Association in the category of Gender Issues.  Prophetic Witness, part of Boston College’s award-winning Church in the 21st Century book series, is a collection of essays from some of the country's leading female Catholic theologians.

Students win Boren Scholarships

Boston College students (l-r) Ashley Thibodeau '12 and Erica Cross '12 have been awarded prestigious David L. Boren Scholarships to study in South Africa. A record 925 undergraduate students throughout the country applied for Boren Scholarships and only 138 were awarded.

Biologist questions brain cancer treatment

The medical standard of care for the most common form of brain tumor may actually feed tumor cells the energy sources they need to survive or recur, writes Biology Professor Tom Seyfried in The Lancet Oncology.

Human rights scholar honored

Maryanne Loughry, RSM, a research scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice and Graduate School of Social Work, has been named a member of the Order of Australia for her advocacy on behalf of refugees and displaced persons.

BC Grad Eighan named Lilly Fellow

Erin E. Eighan, who graduated summa cum laude from Boston College on May 24, is among 16 new Lilly Graduate Fellows, the Lilly Fellows Program has announced.

Carroll School Accounting Prof honored

Boston College Carroll School of Management Professor of Accounting Amy Hutton and two fellow researchers are being honored with the American Accounting Association’s inaugural Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award for their groundbreaking research paper on earnings manipulation.

BC chapter of AAUP receives award

The Boston College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors was honored with the AAUP’s Beatrice G. Konheim Award at the organization’s national conference last month in Washington, DC.

John King named Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police

Boston College has named John M. King, the senior director of public and environmental safety at Tufts University, as its new director of public safety and chief of police.

BC study: Aging healthcare workforce

As the nation prepares to provide care for the increasing proportion of older adults and respond to the widespread implications of healthcare reform, healthcare workers are aging out of the sector, revealing an increased need for skilled workers, according to a new report by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.

Ultrasensitive biosensor can detect proteins, BC scientists report

A cluster of carbon nanotubes coated with a thin layer of protein-recognizing polymer form a biosensor capable of using electrochemical signals to detect minute amounts of proteins, which could provide a crucial new diagnostic tool for the detection of a range of illnesses, a team of Boston College researchers report in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Alumna named ANA president

Karen Daley, who earned her master's and doctoral degrees from BC's Connell School of Nursing, has been elected president of the American Nurses Association, the nation's leading professional nursing organization representing 3.1 million registered nurses.

BC to host Catholic school educators

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Boston College Lynch School of Education’s Roche Center for Catholic Education will sponsor a symposium for Catholic school leaders June 24-26 on “Leadership for New Ways of Learning." The symposium will focus on 21st century leadership skills needed by Catholic educators, including spiritual leadership, responsiveness to new populations (ELL, Inclusion, Special Needs), digital learning and teacher evaluation and pay.

Theologian named CTSA president

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, an associate professor of theology at Boston College, has been installed as president of The Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the principal association of Catholic theologians in North America.

Hardship for U.S. Manufacturing

Already battered by the recession, manufacturers are concerned a wave of retirements across their industry will saddle them with a shortage of qualified job applicants, huge training costs for new workers and the challenge of transferring job knowledge from one generation of workers to the next, according to a new report by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.

$20M Lynch gift will launch leadership academy

A $20-million gift from Carolyn and Peter Lynch will launch a new educational leadership academy – the first in the nation to jointly train and support  principals from Catholic, public and charter schools.

Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan Visits BC

Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan (pictured) and Jordanian Nursing Council Board Member Hania Dawani came to campus June 12 to discuss mental health services with Boston College and Massachusetts mental health experts.

BC hosts regional town gown conference

Boston College hosted the first Boston Area Off–Campus Housing and Student Life Coalition’s New England Regional Town Gown Conference, drawing about 100 participants from New England and New York colleges and universities as well as other stakeholders to share best practices for enhancing the quality of off-campus life for students and neighbors.

Boston College unveils iPhone app

The new Boston College app, a compatible application for iPhone, iTouch or iPad devices, is now available for download free of charge from iTunes.

Jack Butler, S.J., Named Mission & Ministry VP

John T. “Jack” Butler, SJ, a Boston College Jesuit who has served as director of Manresa House at BC and director of vocations for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus since 2007, has been named vice president for university mission and ministry.

Profs to be inducted into nursing Hall of Fame

Boston College Connell School of Nursing professors Ann Wolbert Burgess and Sister Callista Roy will be inducted into the newly created Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

BC researchers advance the understanding of deadly progression of AIDS in the brain

An increase in the release of monocytes from bone marrow into the bloodstream predicts how rapidly AIDS develops in monkeys and the magnitude of monocyte turnover correlates with the severity of brain disease in AIDS, Boston College researchers report in the current edition of the online journal PLoS Pathogens.