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Moral judgments of suicide

People--even non-religious people--make the moral judgment that suicide is wrong not because of any specific harm related to the act, but because they believe it taints the purity of a person's soul, according to a study by Josh Rottman, a BU doctoral student working in the lab of Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young, published in the journal CognitionBC News Release |Science CodexMedical Express NewsScience BlogScience Daily

Undergrad research award

Narintohn Luangrath ’14, whose work on migration and asylum policy issues earned her a Truman Scholarship, has been named one of two winners of undergraduate research awards by the Forum on Education Abroad, for her work as an intern with the Irish Human Rights Commission. BC Chronicle

Dual catalyst synthesis

Researchers led by Chemistry Professor James Morken have developed a new method to convert chemicals known as alpha-olefins into new, highly sought after organic compounds, the team reports in the journal NatureBC News Release

BCPD Chief honored

Boston College Police Chief and Director of Public Safety John King has been named the inaugural winner of the D. Joseph Griffin Award for Administrative Excellence by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. BC News Release

Eagles vs. Irish in Boston

The Boston College football team will face the University of Notre Dame in Boston twice in the next four seasons, at Fenway Park in 2015 and at Alumni Stadium in 2017. BC Athletics

Montserrat Coalition head

Paula Dias ’07 has been named manager of the Montserrat Coalition, a mentoring and support program for high-financial need students. BC Chronicle

Community policing award

BC Police Sgt. Jeffrey Postell is the inaugural winner of the Sean Collier Award for Innovations in Community-Oriented Policing from the Mass. Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. BC Chronicle |Boston Globe

Rockefeller gift honors sons

BC parents Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller have presented to the McMullen Museum of art an etching by an Albrecht Dürer, considered to be the greatest German artist, in honor of their sons, Steven III, who graduated from BC in 2009, and Christian '14. BC News Release | Boston Globe

Three Sisters

The Boston College Theatre Department presents an exciting, non-traditional production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, directed by David R. Gammons, the Theatre Department's Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts for the Fall 2013 semester. More

Law School ‘law firm’

The Law School will combine its clinical and experiential programs into a Center for Experiential Learning that will serve as a ‘law firm within a law school.’ Boston Business JournalBoston Globe 

Counting on board games

The method children use to count as they move their tokens on a board game is directly linked to their gains in numeracy, according to a new study co-authored by Lynch School of Education Assistant Professor Elida Laski. BC News Release | | Sampling of coverage: Times Live (South Africa), UK Daily MailScience DailyHealth NewslineScience CodexBusiness StandardFree Press Journal(India), MedicalXpress.comIndian Express

Shrayer's Leaving Russia

Critically acclaimed author Maxim D. Shrayer, Boston College Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, has published a powerful new memoir:Leaving Russia: A Jewish StoryDetails

American Math Society fellow

McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, one of only 50 selected worldwide for 2014. BC Chronicle |

Mass. Cook of the Year

Marlon Mazier, a 30-year veteran employee of BC Dining, beat out chefs from some of the state’s finest restaurants to win the 2013 Mass. Restaurant Association Cook of the Year Award, the first time a college or university has brought home the top prize. BC News Release | Boston Globe | Boston Business Journal | Allston-Brighton TAB

BC Gettysburg 150

150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history—using fewer than 300 words. Students, faculty and staff honored the late president by reciting those words in this video, as part of the national 'Learn the Address' project.

MassChallenge prize

Smart phones, flashlights, watches, and toys could soon last much longer thanks to a e concept by Chemistry Associate Professor Dunwei Wang, molded into the startup EnerLeap by 2013 MBA graduates Emily Fannon and Meghan Zipin. The entrepreneurs took home a second place prize in the prestigious MassChallenge competition.BC News Release

Nurse of the Year

Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Allyssa Harris has been named a 2013 Nurse of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes.

'The 39 Steps'

Patrick Barlow’s award-winning comedic stage adapatation of the classic Hitchcock whodunit 'The 39 Steps', which tops a list of 'Boston's best college theater productions,' kicks off the fall season at Robsham Theater Art Center.

'Best value' private university

Boston College placed 23rd on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2014 listing of the nation’s best values among private colleges and universities, based on academic quality and affordability. BC News Release

2013 MacArthur Fellow

History Professor Robin Fleming has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, the University’s first recipient of the honor popularly known as the 'genius award.' BC News Release | MacArthur Foundation recipient profile | She discussues her work on WBUR-FM 'Radio Boston' and WBZ-TV News | Other highlights: AP | | Boston Magazine | USA Today | Washington Post | Chronicle of Higher Education | | The Atlantic | New York Times

2014 'U.S. News' rankings

Boston College retained its ranking of 31st among national universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report survey of undergraduate schools, and rose to 36th in its 'Great Schools, Great Prices' category. In addition, the Carroll School of Management rose to 22nd in the 'Best in Undergraduate Business Schools' survey. BC News Release

Novel insulator’s mass appeal

An international team of researchers led by Physics Associate Vidya Madhavan and Assistant Professor Stephen Wilson reports in Science Express that their experiments have revealed unique properties of materials known as topological crystalline insulators. BC News Release | Sampling of pickups: Chem EuropeScience Daily,PhysOrg

Courbet at the McMullen

An exclusive exhibition that maps the travels and influence on foreign artists of Gustave Courbet, one of France’s most prolific and innovative painters and leader of the realist movement, is on view at the McMullen Museum | Boston Globe

Kenny named dean of Lynch School of Education

Maureen E. Kenny, interim dean of the Lynch School of Education since 2011, has been named the ninth dean of the school by University President William P. Leahy, S.J. Her leadership as interim dean has enabled the Lynch School to maintain its strong reputation both nationally and internationally, and to undertake a strategic planning process to strengthen the school in the years to come. BC News Release

Bread and Puppet Theater at 50

The Boston College Theatre Department announces a day-long symposium and performance in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the renowned Bread and Puppet Theater, the foremost populist, political theater in the U.S.More

New strategy in catalysis

Vanderslice Millennium Professor Amir Hoveyda and Chemistry Professor Marc Snapper report in Nature Chemistry that a new and counterintuitive strategy, inspired by computational studies, opened the door to the development of a substantially more efficient chemical reaction from a highly valued catalyst their team has been developing since 2006. BC News Release

Semester Online affiliates

Semester Online, the first undergraduate education initiative to offer online rigorous, for-credit courses from a consortium of top-tier colleges and universities including BC, has announced that Baylor, Southern Methodist and Temple universities have joined as charter affiliate partners.

'Green collar' entrepreneurs

With a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Lynch School of Education Associate Professor G. Michael Barnett and a team of BC faculty and community groups will use innovative indoor gardening technology to encourage social entrepreneurship among Boston high school students. BC News Release

New nanocarbon form

A new family of nanocarbons has emerged with the growth of the first non-planar nanographene by scientists at BC, led by Jim and Louise Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry Larry Scott, and Nagoya University in Japan. The team reports in the journal Nature Chemistry. BC News Release |Chemistry WorldLaboratory Talk, AzO NanoSpace DailyECN MagazineClean Technica,R&D Magazine


School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid has been elected vice president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. She will succeed to president-elect in 2014-15 and president the following year. BC News Release

Advance in THz imaging

By using a laser beam to send a detailed set of instructions that create an aperture, researchers in the lab of Physics Associate Professor Willie Padilla may help tame terahertz waves in order to create new imaging technology.BC News Release | PhysOrgScience DailyScience,R&D Magazine

CTSA president

Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz has assumed presidency of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the world's largest association of its kind. BC News Release

Brown elected to ACT post

Boston College Professor of Theology Stephen F. Brown has been elected to the position of vice president of the Academy of Catholic Theology for 2013-14. He will succeed to the post of president of the academy in 2014-15.

Connell School Kelleher Award

Mimi Pomerleau, president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, is the 2013 recipient of the Connell School of Nursing’s Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award. Named for the school's first faculty member and former dean, the award recognizes a graduate who is an accomplished nursing leader, an ethically aware scientist, and a skilled and inquisitive clinician. BC News Release

Community Service Award

Christopher Darcy, an associate director in the Office of Residential Life and a tireless volunteer both in his community and on campus, has received the University’s 2013 Community Service Award. BC News Release |Boston.comMetroWest Daily News

Gilman International Scholars

Five Boston College students, rising juniors and seniors, will participate in study-abroad programs this summer and fall — traveling to such destinations as Europe, Africa and Latin America — through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. A sixth student was awarded, but declined, a scholarship. BC News Release

National summit on vocations

Catholic bishops, Catholic college and university presidents, university mission officers, campus ministry staff, and vocation directors for 15 dioceses and 10 orders of priests convened at Boston College to discuss ways to promote vocations to the priesthood. BC News Release

Art of the book

Four BC students' work hand-decorating and sewing book covers under the direction of Burns Library staff is on view in an online exhibit sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, a first for BC students. BC News Release

Un Diplôme Honorifique

Carroll School of Management Professor of Marketing Arch G. Woodside has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal, at the recommendation of HEC Montréal, its independent affiliated business school and the oldest management school in Canada. BC News Release

'Neighborhood science'

A two-year $200,000 National Science Foundation grant award will allow BC undergraduates to engage in environmental 'neighborhood science' in Boston, using novel technologies to collect and disseminate air quality data in real time, said Lynch School of Education Associate Professor of Education G. Michael Barnett, the grant’s principal investigator. BC News Release

Empathy and moral judgments

Is it permissible to harm one to save many? Those who tend to say 'yes' when faced with this classic dilemma are likely to be deficient in a specific kind of empathy, according to a study co-authored by Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young. BC News Release | Science DailyMedical Express,ANI News Service (India), Science Blog

Distinguished Career Award

Sociology Professor Paul Schervish, director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, will be honored with the 2013 Distinguished Career Award presented by the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association. BC News Release

Royal Society Fellow

Chemistry Professor Udayan Mohanty, whose research spans the fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysics, has been named a fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry for his outstanding career accomplishments. BC News Release

BC named 2013 state champion in energy efficiency

The University has received a strong endorsement for its ongoing campaign to trim energy use on campus from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, which will recognize Boston College as a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency, and Massachusetts Business Leader State Champion, at the organization's summit gathering in June. BC News Release

BC joins Semester Online

Boston College has joined six other leading teaching and research universities in forming Semester Online, the first education consortium to offer for-credit online courses to academically qualified undergraduate students. BC News Release |

Romero Scholar

College of Arts and Sciences junior Jessica Vallejo has been awarded the University's 2013 Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship. BC News Release

New Student Affairs VP

Boston College has named Barbara Jones, vice president of the division of student affairs at Miami University of Ohio, as its new vice president for student affairs, effective July 1. BC News Release

phyre catches BCVC prize

phyre, a tech start-up developed by three BC seniors, took the top prize at the 2013 Boston College Venture Competition. More

2013 Truman Scholar

College of Arts and Sciences junior Narintohn Luangrath—whose family’s experiences as immigrants inspired her interest in migration and asylum policy issues—has won a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate leadership potential and the capacity to 'make a difference.' BC News Release

Goldwater Scholarship Winner

College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Maria Asdourian, a biology major who conducts Alzheimer’s disease research in the lab of Professor Dan Kirschner, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. BC News Release

U.S. Fulbright Specialist

Political Science Professor David Deese has been appointed to the United States Fulbright Program national roster of Fulbright Specialists, which promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions in more than 100 countries. BC News Release

Play's the thing

The importance of play to children’s healthy psychological development and ability to thrive in life is underestimated by parents and educators, according to BC psychologist Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for LifeBC News Release

Critical Language Scholars

Presidential Scholar Andrew Babbitt ’15 and Law School student Benjamin Barkley have been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships for intensive foreign language study abroad this summer. BC News Release

BC honored for partnerships with Catholic schools

The Catholic Schools Foundation honored Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., and the University’s extensive partnerships with Catholic schools at the foundation’s 23rd annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund gala. BC News Release |

Benefactors named to Irish America Hall of Fame

University benefactors Brian P. Burns and Robert M. Devlin have been named to the 2013 Irish America Hall of Fame, which honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders. BC News Release

Carroll School 6th in U.S.

The Carroll School of Management undergraduate program placed at 6th in the nation in the annual survey conducted by Bloomberg Business WeekBC News Release

'New Voices'

The Boston College Theatre Department presents 'New Voices 2013,' which showcases original short pieces by BC student playwrights, curated by Associate Professor and Theatre Department Chair Scott T. Cummings. More

Mary McAleese to be Burns Scholar in Irish Studies

Mary McAleese, who as president of Ireland helped bring about an end to 'The Troubles' she had known during her youth in Northern Ireland, will come to Boston College this fall as the Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, the university has announced. BC News Release |,Boston GlobeAPBoston Irish ReporterIrish CentralIrish Echo

Community service honors

Boston College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of the University’s commitment to service and civic engagement as exemplified in its nominated 2011-12 initiatives: BC Bigs, Appalachia Volunteers and PULSE. BC News Release

Newton College Alumnae Chair

Theology Department Professor Catherine Cornille, an internationally acclaimed scholar in the field of comparative theology, has been named to the Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture. BC News Release

Outlook for Boston philanthropy

The recent recession will resonate through the philanthropic sector over the next half-century, but even so, Greater Boston households and estates could give $600 billion to well over $1 trillion to charities between now and 2061, according to a new report by Center on Wealth and Philanthropy researchers John Havens and Paul Schervish, commissioned by the Boston Foundation. Boston GlobeWBUR 'Morning Edition,' Chronicle of Philanthropy | BC News Release

Alumnus nominated for U.S. Energy Secretary

President Barack Obama has nominated alumnus Ernest J. Moniz ’66 to lead the U.S. Department of Energy. Moniz, who earned his bachelor’s degree in physics, is currently the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT, as well as the director of the MIT Energy Initiative and the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. BC News Release | Boston Globe

New novel by Graver

Set in a fictional summer community on Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay, The End of the Point, an anticipated new novel by English Professor Elizabeth Graver, traces one family's journey through the second half of the 20th century. BC News Release

Nursing honors

Connell School of Nursing Professor and Associate Dean for Research Barbara Wolfe and Assistant Professor Kelly Stamp will be honored by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses in April. BC News Release

A 'living legend'

Connell School of Nursing Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess, a trailblazer in the study of the impact of trauma and abuse on victims, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Living Legend Award from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. BC News Release

Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Connell School of Nursing Dean Susan Gennaro has been named to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, which recognizes those whose work has made a significant impact on the profession. BC News Release

Sloan Research Fellows

Mathematics Assistant Professors Joshua E. Greene and David Treumann have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships, given to rising stars among the next generation of scientific leaders. BC News Release

Sustainable new catalysts

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda and BC colleagues report in the journal Nature their development of sustainable small-molecule catalysts fueled by a single proton. BC News Release |PhysOrg

'Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan'

'Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods,' a groundbreaking exhibition of rare nanban art influenced by the arrival of European missionaries and merchants to 16th and 17th century Japan, is now on view at BC's McMullen Museum of Art.

"Jack and Jill" at BC

The Boston College Theatre Department continues its 2012-2013 season with its second student-directed workshop production of the year: the contemporary romantic comedy Jack and Jill. More

$2.7M NIH grant

Biology Professor Ken Williams has been awarded a five-year, $2.7 million NIH grant to probe potential drug therapies that would limit the role of immunological cells connected to several debilitating illnesses that strike people living with HIV. BC News Release | PhysOrg

$1.9M NIH grant

Biology Associate Research Professor Tricia Burdo has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of the body’s immune response in a debilitating form of nerve damage suffered by people living with HIV. BC News Release | PhysOrgNews Medical

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

The University's Theatre Department presents the acclaimed comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, written by comedian Steve Martin and directed by Boston College senior Shannon DeBari: Bonn Studio, Robsham Theater, Jan. 30 - Feb. 2.

Peace Corps 'Top College'

Boston College ranks 6th on the Peace Corps 2013 Top Colleges list, a measure of the nation's highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities, in the category of medium-sized schools. BC News Release

Moral motivation

Getting people to think about morality as a matter of objective facts rather than subjective preferences may lead to improved moral behavior, Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young reports in the Journal of Experimental Social PsychologyBC News Release | | PsychCentralScience DailyYahoo! NewsScience CodexMedical ExpressNewsTrack IndiaRedOrbitNational Affairs 

Gilman Scholars

Seven students in the Class of 2014 are participating in study-abroad programs this semester—in Japan, Ireland, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa and the UK—through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. 

Excellence in teaching

Lynch School of Education alumnae Hope Harrod, M.Ed. ’00 and Mayra Canizales, M.Ed. ’09 have been honored with Excellence in Teaching awards from the District of Columbia Public Schools. Harrod also was named D.C.P.S. Teacher of the Year. BC News Release

No day care-behavior link?

In a study of 75,000 Norwegian children, Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Eric Dearing and colleagues found no evidence that time spent in child care leads to behavioral problems. BC News Release | New York Times 'Motherlode,Science DailyMedical Xpress

'Muslim Journeys'

Islamic Arts by Calderwood Chairs of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom has been selected by for inclusion in 'Muslim Journeys,' part of the new NEH/American Library Association 'Bridging Cultures' initiative. BC Bookmarks

Honors for edu-scholar

Lynch School of Education Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools Marilyn Cochran-Smith has received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, awarded in recognition of her contributions to the field of teacher education and development. BC News Release. | She also is included in the 2012 Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings of university-based academics contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. Education

Irish Education 100

University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and BC scholars Seamus Connolly, Mike Cronin, Thomas Groome, Joseph Nugent and James Smith have been named to the Irish Education 100, an annual list produced by theIrish Voice newspaper that showcases educators, writers, inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs.

March of Dimes Award

Connell School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Holly Fontenot has been named a Nurse of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes. BC News Release

Econometric Society fellow

Economics Professor Uzi Segal has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the world's leading learned society for economists. BC News Release

Humanitarian Award

Lynch School of Education Professor M. Brinton Lykes, associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, will receive the American Psychological Association's 2013 International Humanitarian Award.BC News Release

Band to perform at Inauguration

The Boston College 'Screaming Eagles' Marching Band has been selected to perform in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. BC News Release