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July 2010-July 2011

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.

Chuck Hogan

Award-winning author and BC alumnus Chuck Hogan - 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 University’s 13th annual Arts Festival.

"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.

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.

Monan Professor

Theatre educator, stage director and arts leader Paul Daigneault—a BC alumnus and founder and producing artistic director of SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston—has been named the University’s Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ Professor in Theatre Arts for 2011-12.

National Guard

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



Nod to BC Facebook

Boston College's official Facebook page, maintained by the Office of News & Public Affairs, is ranked at #5 in terms of engagement by Varsity Outreach, social media consultants for college and university admission and recruitment. 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

A passion for teaching

An interview with College of Arts and Sciences senior Nathan Kono, one of only 25 recipients nationwide of a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Education Portal




Dedicated to Haiti

Connell School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Donna Cullinan, a veteran of many medical missions to Haiti, recently led the first Connell School trip to the small island nation, where BC students, alumni, and faculty spent a week providing free medical care. | Video | Photos


Helping Mather

Guestbook films premiere

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney moderated a discussion at the world premiere of two videos from his Guestbook Project at the PEN New World Voices international literature festival, chaired by Salman Rushdie, in New York. More | Kearney recently was featured by the leading UK newspaper the Sunday Independent

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



Talking 'Tower'

Local media highlighted actor James Franco's appearance at BC to screen for students his new film 'The Broken Tower' - inspired by and based on University Professor of English Paul Mariani's biography of poet Hart Crane. Boston Herald, Boston Globe | Mariani writes about the book-to-screen process in America


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

Honors for economist

Oriana Bandiera, who received a Ph.D. in economics from BC in 2000, has won the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal for the best Italian economist under 40 - the first time the award has been given to a woman economist. 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 | Boston Herald 1 | Boston Herald 2 | Boston Globe | Mariani Q&A | BC Chronicle

Masculinity and health

Popular culture’s emphasis on masculinity may be adversely affecting men's health, according to researchers including James Mahalik, a professor of psychology in the Lynch School of Education. WBUR Radio Boston | Boston Herald




A mission of the spirit

First Lieutenant James Hairston, a 2004 alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, and BC Dining Services cook Brian Casey were among those shipping out to Afghanistan with the nearly 700 members of the First Battalion, 182d Infantry Regiment, who bid farewell in a ceremony at Boston College. Boston Globe | BC Chronicle | Photos | Boston Herald, WCVB-TV, FoxNews Boston, Patriot Ledger, NECN, WBZ-TV


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


In celebration

The University celebrates the 20th anniversary at Boston College of virtuoso composer and Music Professor Thomas Oboe Lee. More


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



State of the University

Boston College continues to be a university with a distinctive mission - enhanced by nationally recognized strengths and careful financial stewardship - that aspires to even greater heights in the years to come, writes President William P. Leahy, S.J., in an open letter to the University Community. More

Stage and screen

College of Arts and Sciences alumni Bill Cain, S.J., '70, in Boston for the East Coast premiere of his play '9 Circles,' and director Tom McCarthy '88, whose latest film is 'Win Win' with Paul Giamatti, were interviewed about their projects by the Boston Globe. Cain | McCarthy





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


BC students in Japan

BC students studying in Japan are safe and University administrators reach out to Japanese students at BC. More

Is it art?

Even the untrained human eye can distinguish the work of abstract expressionists from that of children or animals, through discernment - whether consciously or not - of the thought and planning behind the art, according to a study published in Psychological Science by doctoral candidate Angelina Hawley-Dolan and Professor Ellen Winner. Psychology Today, New York Times, Toronto Star, Miller-McCune | BCM

Spring Break service

Many BC students spent Spring Break in service to others. Here's a glimpse of Appalachia Volunteers at work in several locations: Huntington Herald-Dispatch photo galleries: 1 2 3 4 5 | Lincolnville Post and Courier | Story and video: York Times | Roanoke Times | Gloucester County Times





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

Catholic ed, human rights

David Hollenbach, S.J., holder of the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, writes on the contributions of Jesuit universities to global human rights in Catholic Education, the nation's only peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to Catholic elementary, secondary and higher education, which is housed at BC's Lynch School.




'BC Idol' 2011

The 2011 'BC Idol' competition - this year including performers from Brighton's St. Columbkille Partnership School, which also received the proceeds from the event - is featured by


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


BC a 'best value'

Boston College is among the Princeton Review's 100 'Best Value Colleges' for 2011 - 50 public and 50 private schools culled from about 700 surveyed. 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



Physicists report thermoelectric performance gains

BC researchers and colleagues from MIT, Clemson and Virginia report achieving thermoelectric performance gains in a bulk semiconductor material, which could pave the way for harvesting power from a range of heat sources – from the sun to car exhaust systems. The team’s findings were published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Nano Letters.



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