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Dual awards for chemist

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Eranthie Weerapana has received a pair of prestigious young investigator awards to support her research into indentifying new protein activities implicated in cancer and aging. More

'Front running'

The practice of 'front running' pits the interests of managers against those of investors in hedge funds where shareholder actions are limited by contract and there is scant disclosure of fund details, according to a new study by Carroll School of Management Professor of Finance Ronnie Sadka and the EDHEC Business School in France. More | Eurasia Review

New C21 Center head

Alumnus Erik Goldschmidt, executive vice president of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, has been named director of the Church in the C21st Century Center. BC Chronicle

The 'group mind'

Who gets the blame when a an individual working for a group—be it a corporation, sports team, goverment entity or political party—does something wrong, the individual or the group? The answer may depend on how cohesive the group is perceived to be, according to Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young, co-author of a study published by the journal Psychological ScienceMore | LiveScience via MSNBCBusiness News DailyYahoo! Canada | Science Daily | PsychCentralScientific American | Boston Globe

Senses of sophistication

Fruit flies and disease-spreading mosquitoes share similar receptors that allow them to distinguish among thousands of sensory cues as they search for food or try to avoid danger, according to a report co-authored by Biology Professor Marc A.T. Muskavitch in the journal NatureMore

Improving a Chemical Reaction

Research conducted in the Boston College lab of Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda, in collaboration with researchers at MIT and the University of Oxford, has produced an efficient and highly selective catalyst for ring closing olefin metathesis, one of the most widely used methods to access biologically active molecules.

Reviving the Celtic Tiger

A new  BC program focused on developing young entrepreneurs to boost workforce and economic development in Ireland and Northern Ireland is organized by Irish Institute Director Robert Mauro as part of a yearlong series of executive education exchanges funded by the U.S. State Department. More

O'Connor Family Professor

Michael G. Pratt has been appointed the inaugural holder of the O’Connor Family Professorship in the Carroll School of Management, made possible through the generosity of University Trustee David P. O'Connor '86, senior managing partner, president, and chief investment officer at High Rise Capital Management LP in New York, and his wife, Maureen A. O'Connor. More

When friends disappoint

Young girls have been viewed as far more savvy than boys at navigating the emotional pitfalls of friendships, but a new study in the journal Child Development by Lynch School of Education Assistant Professor Julie Paquette MacEvoy and Steven Asher from Duke Univeristy shows that when friends let them down, girls are even more devastated than boys.

Inclusive nursing leadership

The Connell School of Nursing’s Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing program, directed by Undergraduate Associate Dean Catherine Read, seeks to increase the number of nurses from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds in public health nursing leadership roles. The program was showcased at a recent conference attended by more than 2,000 nurses, representing 36 countries. More

NEA fellowship winner

English Professor Suzanne Matson is among recipients of the highly competitive 2012 Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts. More

National Jesuit Book Award

English Professor Alan Richardson has received a National Jesuit Book Award for The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic TextsMore

American Catholics in the 21st Century

Researchers and experts on the US Catholic Church and Hispanic ministry will gather at Boston College Nov. 2 for a day-long symposium to analyze and discuss the results of a new survey of American Catholics that point to trends that are shaping American Catholic life across generations and gender and ethnic lines.

Credit payment patterns

Credit card users are likely to pay less toward their debt if their monthly bills display information about the minimum amount required, according to an international team of researchers including Carroll School of Management Accenture Professor of Marketing Kay Lemon and Assistant Professor Linda Salisbury. More | Wall Street Journal,Men's Health MagazineConsumer Affairs

BC Theatre production Nov. 17-19

The Boston College Theatre Department presents its second production of the year, and first workshop production: the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, directed by senior theatre major Marc FranklinIt will run from November 17–19, 2011 in the Bonn Studio of the University’s Robsham Theater Arts Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary season.

"The Modern Orpheus"

An oratorio and scholarly panel discussion about a modern retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, featuring composer and librettist Boston College Sociology Professor Emeritus Severyn Bruyn, will be held at Boston College on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100.

St. Cols Benefit Concert

A world music benefit concert featuring a diverse group of musicians will take place on Oct. 27 in support of the St. Columbkille Partnership School, a Catholic school administered through an innovative collaboration between St. Columbkille Parish, the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston College.

'Into the Woods'

Robsham Theater Arts Center kicks off its 30th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's celebrated musical Into the Woods, now through October 30. The production is directed by Paul Daigneault, producing artistic director of Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Company and the 2011-12 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theater Arts. More

Theologian honored

Theologian M. Shawn Copeland has been presented with the St. Elizabeth Seton Medal, which recognizes distinguished women in theology. More

Carbon nanotube growth

Physics Professor Zhifeng Ren and Research Associate Hengzhi Wang report in the journal Nanotechnology the discovery of two early stages of carbon nanotube growth that could lend themselves to thermal management and other applications. More | Science DailyPhysOrgAZoanoR&D Magazine

Brain study

A study co-authored by Psychology Assistant Professor Sean MacEvoy and published in Nature Neuroscience helps to explain how people quickly and accurately recognize complicated scenes such as playgrounds, kitchens and traffic intersections.

Early Career Award

Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young has received a 2011 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Social Neuroscience. More

Maloney Hall dedicated

The University has honored the generosity and commitment of Nancy and T.J. Maloney ’75, whose family involvement with BC has spanned three generations, with the dedication of Maloney Hall at 21 Campanella Way. More

Support for immigrant students

Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Eric Dearing has received a Young Scholar award from the Foundation for Child Development to examine support for immigrant students in high-poverty elementary schools. More

Kenya: Passing the Baton

The story of Kenya’s struggles to restore its standing as a peaceable, democratic icon of East Africa is depicted in 'Kenya: Passing the Baton,' a new documentary by BC Fine Arts Professor and filmmaker John Michalczyk that premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. News release |GateHouse NewsAOL Wayland PatchBoston Herald

'Must-see' treasures

The 'Making History' exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art presents a rare opportunity to view must-see treasures and objects of remarkable historical significance, according to a feature in the MetroWest Daily News | News releaseBoston Globe

Focus on STEM fields

Researchers from across the country who work to engage more students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math met on campus to hear first-hand from high school students about what motivates them to pursue these high-demand fields. Michael Barnett of the Lynch School of Education was a member of the conference organizing group. More

U.S. News rankings

Boston College placed 31st among national universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey, retaining its ranking from last year. Also, the Carroll School of Management was ranked 24th in the U.S. News 'Best Business Schools' survey. More

New C21 app

The Boston College Church in the 21st Century Center has unveiled the C21 App, an application for iPhone, iTouch or iPad devices that provides a distinctly modern way for tech-driven students and alumni to connect, pray and deepen their Catholic faith. More

Sociology student honored

Doctoral student Cristina Lucier has been honored by the American Sociological Association with an award recognizing the most outstanding paper presented by a graduate student. More

The need for play

Hovering helicopter parents who restrict their childrens’ unstructured play may actually harm, rather than help, according to the latest issue of the American Journal of Play, edited by Research Professor of Psychology Peter Gray. More

Fine art in advertising?

Fine art has been used for centuries to promote goods and ideas, but a new study co-authored by Carroll School of Management Assistant Professor of Marketing Henrik Hagtvedt shows artwork can lose its special status with consumers if improperly used for product illustration. More

Gilder Lehrman Scholar

College of Arts and Sciences senior Jooyeon Koo is one of only 10 students in the nation selected for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program, which identifies and supports the top undergraduate majors in American history. More

Award for doctoral student

History doctoral student Peter Cajka has received a first place prize from the Catholic Press Association for his article on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee entering the automobile age, which was published in the journal American Catholic StudiesMore

'Priority Partner'

The Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has named City Connects, directed by Lynch School of Education Kearns Professor Mary Walsh, a 'Priority Partner' for turnaround schools. More

Service and leadership

Angela Donkor '12 has been honored for her commitment to community service and peer leadership at the 2011 Leadership Conference of the Magic Johnson Foundation. More

CPA Award

Love One Another: Catholic Reflections on How to Sustain Marriages Today, a book co-edited by Assistant to the Vice President for University Mission & Ministry Tim Muldoon, has received an award from the Catholic Press Association. More

Lynch Leadership Academy

Twenty principals from Boston-area schools recently attended the first summer institute of BC's Lynch Leadership Academy, a first-of-its kind academy designed to assist in addressing the challenges facing urban schools. More

New Lilly Fellows

College of Arts and Sciences alumni Tedd Wimperis '11 and Robert Kubala '09 have been selected as two of 16 new Lilly Graduate Fellows. More

Focus on low-income youth

Sociology Research Professor Lisa Dodson, in collaboration with the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a grant from the Ford and Annie E. Casey foundations for a project examining the well-being of youth growing up in low-income families. More

$2.25M grant for GSSW Center

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, housed at the Graduate School of Social Work, has been awarded a $2.25-million grant by the U.S. Administration on Aging of the Department of Health and Human Services. More

Global family conference

John J. Shea, O.S.A., of the School of Theology and Ministry, and Maryanne Loughry, R.S.M., of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice recently participated in the global conference, 'In Defense of the Family: Family, Children and Culture,' co-organized by Fr. Shea in Bangkok, Thailand. More

A Yeats first

Boston College has published a digital edition of the first play by William Butler Yeats - Love and Death, which was written in 1884 and has never been published or performed. The manuscript is part of Burns Library's Yeats Collection, the largest repository of the Nobel Laureate's work outside of the National Library of Ireland. Boston Globe | Digital Collections Photo Gallery on |Chronicle of Higher Education | Belfast Telegraph | Irish Independent | BBC Radio (at 54:39) | Irish Times | Irish Examiner | More

Coach for College, Vietnam

Four Boston College student-athletes recently traveled to Vietnam to teach middle school students and inspire them to strive for higher education under the aegis of the Coach for College program. More | Photos

$1M grant for Lynch School

The Lynch School of Education has been awarded a $1-million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will support graduate students preparing to lead city schools. More

Playground dedicated

A playground was dedicated at St. Columbkille Partnership School in memory of Patricia Coyle and Karen Noonan, BC Lynch School of Education students who died in the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 in 1988.

Allston/Brighton grants

More than a dozen local organizations received grants from the Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund to support beautification projects and programs that benefit children, families, animals and the community.

'Hideous Progeny'

Hideous Progeny - a production on stage at The Boston Playwright Theater through July 23 that explores the events that led Mary Shelley to pen her Gothic classic Frankenstein - was written and directed by BC alumnae. More

The physics of Pollock

Jackson Pollock’s paintings often clashed with the rules of the art world. But they couldn’t defy the laws of physics, according to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Boston College and Harvard who give quantitative form to Pollock’s methods and genius in the journal Physics TodayNews release |Wired MagazineScience MagazineFinancial TimesMSNBCNew York MagazineLive ScienceScience Daily

Global social welfare

Through a new international doctoral program directed by Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor of Social Work James Lubben, BC's Graduate School of Social Work will partner with Jesuit, Catholic universities worldwide to aid social welfare in developing countries. More

Ecological economics award

Sociology Professor Juliet Schor has won the 2011 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics for her research on work, leisure and consumption. More | She kicks off a 'Living Sustainably' series with an essay on how reducing working hours can benefit the economy and the environment in The Guardian (UK)

U.S. Hispanic ministry study

School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino has received a $200,000 grant to undertake what is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive study of Hispanic ministry in Catholic parishes in the United States. More

Kelleher Award winner

Ann Riley Finck '66, a nurse practitioner and preceptor in the neurological intensive care unit of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center, has received the 2011 Connell School of Nursing Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award, which recognizes a graduate who is an accomplished nursing leader, an ethically aware scientist, and a skilled and inquisitive clinician. More

'Good People'

Sociology doctoral student Amanda Freeman, working on a research project involving single mothers from South Boston, recently arranged for 10 of the women to see the hit Broadway play 'Good People' and to meet its lead performers, including Tony-winning actress Frances McDormand. The event was highlighted by | News release

ISACA essay winner

Taylor McEldowney, a rising sophomore in the Carroll School of Management, has been selected by The Information Systems Audit and Control Association of New England as a winner of its annual essay competition and scholarship. More

Service Award winner

Connell School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Donna Cullinan has been named winner of the University’s 2011 Community Service Award, given each year to an employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. More

Social work award

Annalee Sweet, a 2011 alumna of the Graduate School of Social Work, is was one of two students nationwide to win the Judith Holm Award, which honors papers that show a mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice. More

Ethics fellowship winner

School of Theology and Ministry student Amy Chapman was chosen by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics to participate in a groundbreaking program in New York, Berlin, and Poland - in which students use the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for study. More

SBA appointment

Carroll School of Management Associate Professor Hassell McClellan has been appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.

Christian mystics

Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition, the new book by Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology Harvey Egan, S.J., draws on his five decades of teaching and research to sketch the varieties and passion of the mystical life across more than two millennia. More | Video

John F. Travers (1927-2011)

An "inspirational person, great scholar" and renowned teacher at the Lynch School of Education for more than 50 years, Professor Emeritus John F. Travers, Jr., has died at 84. Boston Globe | More

Superconductivity finding

BC physicists Ziqiang Wang, Stephen D. Wilson and lead researcher Vidya Madhavan are part of an international team reporting in the journal Nature Physics a discovery regarding forces at play in high temperature superconductivity. More

Law Commencement 2011

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland told Boston College Law School’s Class of 2011 that preparedness will be their chief asset as they pursue their legal careers. More

Logo power

Efforts to artistically manipulate the typeface of a corporate logo can backfire for firms, according to Carroll School of Management Assistant Professor of Marketing Henrik Hagtvedt in a study published by the Journal of Marketing. News release | Business News DailyEScience News


Boston College and NSTAR have entered into an agreement administrators say will dramatically cut energy use at the University, saving 6.5 million kilowatt hours of power use and an estimated $3 million in utility costs over the next three years.

"Scoundrels" on Stage

The Boston College Theatre Department and Robsham Theater Arts Center will present the hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels April 27 – May 1, 2011 on the Robsham Main Stage as part of the 13th Annual Boston College Arts Festival. 

Step Up

Boston College students are helping students from the Russell and Winthrop elementary schools in Dorchester learn more about what it takes to go to college. The activities are part of BC’s role in the Step UP initiative, which partners area universities with Boston Public Schools.

Book Prize

Robert Savage, a faculty member in the Boston College History Department who also teaches in the University’s Irish Studies Program, was awarded the 2010 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Best Book in History and Social Sciences by the American Conference for Irish Studies for his book A Loss of Innocence?: Television and Irish Society, 1960-72.

Soldier-poet: Apr. 12 & 13

Acclaimed soldier-poet Brian Turner—whose debut book of poems, Here, Bullet won numerous awards—will appear at Boston College April 12 and 13 as part of the University’s Poetry Days.

Triangle Factory Fire Centennial

Boston College will mark the centennial of New York City's infamous Triangle Factory Fire—which took the lives of 146 workers and galvanized a movement for social justice—with an event featuring film clips, a theatrical presentation and a panel discussion at Robsham Theater March 25.

Commencement 2011

Community and civility, two concepts that have helped propel American society, should remain foremost in the minds of new BC graduates as they chart their courses through life, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told the Class of 2011 at the University's 135th Commencement Exercises. More | Read the full text of his remarks here | Boston Globe Q&A (second item)

Early emerging life

Applying cutting-edge technology to samples of ancient rocks from northern Canada has revealed the carbon-based minerals within may be much younger than the rock they inhabit, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Dominic Papineau and colleagues report in Nature Geoscience. News release

First Science, Astrobiology Magazine, Science Codex, Life Sciences World

NCAA scholarship winner

BC senior John Maloy, a multiply-honored member of the Eagles Men's Swim Team, has been awarded a 2011 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. More

Community service honors

Boston College has been named to the latest President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes the University as a leader among institutions of higher education for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. More

Skaggs-Oxford winner

With Goldwater and NSF fellowships already under her belt, College of Arts & Sciences chemistry major Anne Kornahrens '11 is the first BC student to win a prestigious Skaggs-Oxford award for post-graduate study at Scripps Research Institute and the University of Oxford. More

Bringing aid to Japan

Connell School of Nursing doctoral student Nahoko Harada, a nurse practitioner with training in adult acute care and trauma, was on the ground in Japan to offer assistance just days after the earthquake and tsunami struck.

Media multitasking

Multitaskers attempting to divide their attention between television and computer screens proved to be driven to distraction by the two devices, according to a study by Carroll School of Management Egan Professor of Computer Science James Gips and Assistant Professor of Marketing S. Adam Brasel. BC Chronicle | Voice of America, UPI, Chronicle of Higher Education, Science Daily, Los Angeles Times

2011 Brown Award winner

Leadership comes easy to Susan Choy ’11; self-promotion, not so much. The winner of the 2011 Dr. Donald Brown Award for extraordinary contributions to the greater AHANA community at Boston College is featured by AOL Malden Patch | BC Chronicle

Nanotech solar

Physics Professor Zhifeng Ren and colleagues from MIT have used nanotech materials to obtain seven to eight times higher efficiency than previous flat-panel solar thermoelectric generators, opening up solar-thermal electric power conversion to residential and industrial use. More | Sampling of coverage:

Solar Novus Today | Discovery News | EcoSeed | Smart Planet | Science Daily | RD Magazine | First Science | LifeSciences World

2011 Arts Festival

More than 1,000 members of the Boston College community will showcase perfoming, visual and literary arts at some 80 events open to the public at the annual Boston College Arts Festival, April 28-30. More

Arts Fest honoree

Award-winning author Chuck Hogan - a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences whose acclaimed novel Prince of Thieves was adapted into the feature film 'The Town,' directed by and starring Ben Affleck - will be honored at the Arts Festival this year. | Boston Globe | Boston Phoenix | News release

Social Work fellow

James Lubben, the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor and director of the Institute on Aging in the Graduate School of Social Work, is among the first fellows named by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. More

Truman Scholar

Boston College junior Aditya Ashok, a Presidential Scholar and student in the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program, has been named a recipient of a 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. | News release

Fossil find

In the sandstone cliffs of the Scottish Highlands, Earth and Environmental Science’s Paul Strother and colleagues discovered fossils that show early life forms might have emerged 500 million years earlier than previously established, they report in the journal Nature. More | U.S. News & World Report, Science Daily, UPI, LiveScience, MSNBC, Science News, The Scientist, Discovery News, New Scientist

Community Safety Day

A hands-on community safety program - organized on campus by BC Police - featured K-9 demonstrations, mock vehicle crashes, impaired driver tests, emergency medical and rescue procedures, crime prevention strategies and fire extinguishing techniques. Video | Photos

Commencement 2011

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will address the Class of 2011 and receive an honorary degree at BC's 135th Commencement Exercises on May 23. More

Law Commencement

Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland will give the main address at the Law School Commencement May 27. More

Hockey Humanitarian Award

Sophomore Brooks Dyroff  has received the 2011 Hockey Humanitarian Award, for his efforts as co-founder of CEO 4 Teens - a non-profit that helps provide educational opportunities for teenagers in developing countries - and other service. More

Goldwater Scholar

Presidential Scholar Christopher Sheridan '12, a biochemistry and philosophy major in the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate fellowship in the sciences. More

Fr. Monan honored

University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, S.J., who served as president of Boston College from 1972 until 1996, has been honored with the New England Province of Jesuits' Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award. More

Irish Studies prize

Irish Studies historian Robert Savage has been honored by the American Conference for Irish Studies for his new book A Loss of Innocence?: Television and Irish Society, 1960-72., Irish Emigrant | More

'The Broken Tower'

Actor James Franco's new film 'The Broken Tower' was inspired by and based on a biography of American poet Hart Crane written by poet and University Professor of English Paul Mariani. Chronicle of Higher Education 1 | Chronicle of Higher Ed 2 | Mariani Q&A | BC Chronicle

New Monan prof

Theater educator, stage director and arts leader Paul Daigneault - a 1987 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences - has been named the University's next Monan Professor in Theater Arts. News release | Broadway World | The founder of Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Co. was featured by the Boston Globe

BC Law dean named

The University has named Notre Dame Law School Professor Vincent D. Rougeau, a national expert on Catholic social teaching and the role of moral and religious values in law making and public policy, as dean of Boston College Law School, effective July 1. More

| Boston Globe | National Law Journal | Boston Business Journal | Mass. Lawyers Weekly

Remembering Addie

Adelaide “Addie” Lalli, a much-loved Boston College Dining Services manager and namesake for a popular campus eatery, died March 20 at age 88.

Student directs play

Boston College senior Libby McKnight will direct Naomi Wallace’s The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at Boston College's Robsham Theater March 17 – 19.

Theater of hope

Boston College's Theatre Department and Arts and Social Responsibility Project have launched an outreach program to bring theater performances and acting workshops to women in prison.

BC-MIT team in Nature

A new catalytic chemical method for the synthesis of a large and important class of carbon-carbon double bonds has been developed by Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda and colleagues from BC and MIT, they report in the journal Nature.

Student-athlete mentors

BC student-athletes have committed to a mentoring relationship with students at St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton that Head of School William Gartside describes as a "transformative" experience for his pupils. More | The program is featured in a story and video by the Boston Globe | Photos

Sled hockey benefit

Connell School of Nursing students and members of the Women's Hockey Eagles faced off in sled hockey against the Mass. Hospital School's Chariots, in a game to benefit the school, which serves children and young adults with disabilities.

Luce Fellow

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor of Historical Theology Khaled Anatolios has been selected as one of only seven Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2011-2012. More

U.S. News grad rankings

Boston College’s graduate programs surged upward in the latest rankings of elite national universities by U.S. News & World Report. More

Meeting the president

Senior Kristoffer Munden participated in a White House roundtable with other local college students during President Barack Obama's recent visit to Boston. More

Top scientists

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda and Professor of Physics Zhifeng Ren have been named among the Top 100 experts in their respective fields, according to rankings based on the influence of their research and scholarship. More

University mourns student

Boston College will hold a memorial Mass on Mar. 22 for Alexander Grant, a sophomore economics major from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., who died earlier this month.  More


FREYA!, a new film directed by German Studies Professor Rachel Freudenburg brings to life the compelling story of German Resistance fighter Countess Freya von Moltke, who with her husband formed an opposition group to Hitler's regime. The film will be shown at BC March 24.

Students earn theater honors

Boston College juniors F. Elise Hudson and Nzinga Williams were honored recently at the Region 1 section of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where colleges from New York to Maine compete in events such as acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, design, technology and administration.

New voices

The Theatre Department and Robsham Theater Arts Center will present New Voices 2011, original plays by Meghan Crosby '12 and Riley Madincea '11, on Feb. 23-27.

BC Idol

Boston College student Liz Peter was crowned winner of the 7th annual BC Idol at an event last that raised more than $3600 to benefit the St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton.

Fr. Martin at BC

Best-selling author Rev. James Martin, SJ, whose media appearances have made him one of the most recognizable Jesuits in America, will speak about St. Ignatius of Loyola at Boston College on March 4.

Honoring Resistance

Boston College will host a panel on the spiritual, military, and philosophical resistance against the oppression of the Third Reich on Feb. 23

Lynch prof honored

Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Millennium Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools in the Lynch School of Education, has received a distinguished achievement award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Boston Globe | MetroWest Daily News

Hellenic Legacy Scholar

Melanie Graf '11 is one of two students nationwide named Hellenic Legacy Scholars for study abroad by the Greek America Foundation. More

Sloan Fellow

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kian L. Tan has been named a 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a highly competitive honor that recognizes early-career scientists whose work shows outstanding promise. More

Early Career Award

Lynch School of Education Assistant Professor Katherine McNeill has received an Early Career Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. More

Hockey humanitarian

College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Brooks Dyroff, co-founder of a nonprofit serving educational needs of teens in developing countries -  is among finalists for the 2011 Hockey Humanitarian Award. More 

Crossroads of antiquity

Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity, an exclusive McMullen Museum showcase of well-preserved Roman artifacts excavated from the ancient city of Dura-Europos - located in the desert of modern-day Syria - draws praise in reviews. MetroWest Daily News | Antiques and the Arts Weekly. News Release

MacArthur grant

Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Rebekah Levine Coley has received a $900,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study the link between housing and the well-being of children from low-income families. News release

Clean energy boost

Chemist Dunwei Wang reports that a nanonets structure developed in his lab enhances efforts to extract hydrogen from water for clean fuel. The findings are published by the online Journal of the American Chemical Society. News release | Sampling of coverage: R&D Magazine, Science Daily, Nanotechwire, Nanowerk

Wilson-Rockefeller fellowship

Nathan Kono, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a prestigious Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for aspiring teachers of color, which will support his graduate study in the Lynch School of Education. More

Obit: Long-time BC Employee Rita Leonard

A memorial service will  be held on campus later this semester for long-time University employee Rita Leonard, IT's systems program administrator, who died earlier this month at age 61. Obit

Social work honor

Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professor Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich been honored by the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, in recognition of her contributions in the field of older-adult mental health. More

Promising young theologians

A list of the 'next generation of Catholic theologians' includes School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid, as well as Mark Miller and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, who both hold doctoral degrees in theology from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. America

Book of the Year prize

Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom have been awarded the World Prize for Book of the Year in the field of Islamic Studies by the Ministry of Culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran - for their Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture. The award presentation is held in Tehran.

Toward 1000 genomes

Biologist Gabor Marth, whose lab analyzes billions of pieces of data as part of the 1000 Genomes Project team, has co-authored a report in the journal Nature about the project's most recent discoveries. More

BC a Peace Corps leader

BC is once again among the top 10 producers of Peace Corps volunteers in its category, placing ninth in the 2011 rankings of medium-sized colleges and universities. More

$1M Keck grant

Boston College has been awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support a team of University researchers in developing a new nanoscale microscope. More

Nanowerk News, Scientific Computing, Microscopy News, R&D Magazine, PhysOrg, First Science News, India Times

What's in a logo?

Red Bull's edgy marketing may influence consumers to take risks they ordinarily would not, according to a study by Carroll School of Management researchers James Gips and S. Adam Brasel, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. More

Physicist Receives NSF Award

Experimental physicist Stephen Wilson has received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation to support his research into the behavior of electrons in three new classes of materials. More

Artists at work

"At Work" - an exhibition of work by Studio Arts faculty - will be on view at Boston's Lorand Gallery now through Feb. 26. Curated by Fine Arts' Alston Conley, the exhibition is supported by the Institute for the Liberal Arts. More

Post-deportation victory

In a victory for BC's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, directed by Law Professor Dan Kanstroom, a Haitian deportee has been allowed to return to the U.S. to reunite with his wife and children. More

Young Investigator Award

Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexa Veenema has won a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. More

Nanotech spotlight

An approach used by the research group of Physics Professor Zhifeng Ren and colleagues dramatically enhances the performance of thermoelectric materials. Research Associate Xiao Yan is lead author of a paper on the work, recently published by the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters. News release | Physics World | R&D Magazine | Nanowerk News

O'Keefe to head St. Joseph's U.

Lynch School of Education Dean Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., an internationally recognized expert on Catholic education, has been named president of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. More

$3M law program honors Bellotti

Boston College Law School will establish the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program in honor of Arbella Insurance Group founder and board vice chairman and former Mass. Attorney General Frank Bellotti, a 1952 alumnus of BC Law. News release | Boston Herald | Boston Globe | National Law Journal | Boston Business Journal | Patriot Ledger | Banker & Tradesman | CNBC

E.A. Poe, Bostonian

A celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's place in Boston's literary history will include the launch of an online exhibition and birthday event January 19 at the Boston Public Library, organized by English Professor Paul Lewis. More |

Chemist wins NSF award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang has received a career award from the National Science Foundation to develop clean energy technologies and expand his work with the public. More