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Research and the Common Good

Monday, December 11, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College

This year's Advancing Research and Scholarship at Boston College event, known as "Research Day," will focus on the theme of Research and the Common Good. Faculty members and students throughout the University will share their research and insights to address societal problems and contribute to the common good. This half-day symposium is designed to inspire and foster collaborative research across the BC community.

Our day will feature a keynote address by BC alumnus, Kenneth Hackett ’68, H’06, former United States Ambassador to the Holy See; presentations by Boston College faculty and highlights of work done by both undergraduate and graduate students.

Please register below. Light lunch and refreshments will be available. Reception to follow.

Event schedule


12:00 p.m.  

Welcome & Keynote Address 
Kenneth Hackett ’68, H’06, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
"Service to Church and Country: 50 years across the Globe"

12:45 p.m. Keynote Q&A
1:00 p.m.

Faculty Presentation Session I

Nadia Abuelezam, Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing
"Doing Good with Epidemiology: HIV and Health Disparities"

Patricia McCoy, Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor, Law School
“Legal Scholarship in Times of Public Crisis”

Andrea Vicini, S.J., Associate Professor of Moral Theology, School of Theology and Ministry
"Global Public Health and Sustainability: Promoting the Common Good"

Mary Walsh, Daniel E. Kearns Chair and Professor, Lynch School of Education
“Comprehensive Supports for Children in Poverty: How Cross-disciplinary Research Enabled Development and Validation of a Model for Schools”

2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m.

Q&A and Panel Discussion: Common Good in the Jesuit-Catholic Place of Research

Moderated by Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., Dean, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Thomas Stegman, S.J., Dean, School of Theology and Ministry

3:00 p.m.

Faculty Presentation Session II

Rocío Calvo, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
“How Social Protection Contributes to the Incorporation of Immigrants”

Mary Cronin, Professor, Carroll School of Management
“Aging in Digital Society: Between Human and Artificial Intelligence”

Gustavo Morello, S.J., Assistant Professor, Morrissey College of Arts
and Sciences
“Religion from the Ground: The Study of ‘Lived religion’ in Latin America”

3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.

Student Presentations

Ian Wyllie, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
"Social Enterprise in Uganda: The Potential for Structural Change and Sustainability"

Caroline Vuilleumier, Lynch School of Education
"The City Connects Intervention: Interdisciplinary Research Demonstrates Accrued Benefits for Children Over Time"

4:45 p.m.
Concluding Remarks and Alumni Achievement Award
William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College