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Research at Boston College

Fall 2015

2015 Ignite Award Recipients: 1. Alicia Munnell; 2. Lichuan Ye; 3. Rebekah Coley; 4. Daniel Kirschner; 5. Gabrielle David; 6. Scott Slotnick; 7. Hugh Cam; 8. Kris Kempa
1. Hugh Cam; 2. Rebekah Levine Coley; 3. Gabrielle David; 4. Joyce Edmonds; 5. Jianmin Gao; 6. Sharlene Hess-Biber; 7. Gene Heyman; 8. Charles Hoffman; 9. Kris Kempa; 10. Kyoung-yim Kim; 11. Daniel Kirschner; 12. Kevin Mahoney; 13. Alicia Munnell; 14. Elizabeth Rhodes; 15. Scott Slotnick; 16. Lichaun Ye

Announcing the 2015 Ignite Recipients

In 2015, 16 Ignite grants were awarded to 20 faculty members from five different schools for projects on topics ranging from services for the elderly to patients’ sleep in hospitals to gene regulatory mechanisms.


Individually funded awardees include Hugh Cam (Biology), Rebekah Levine Coley (Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology), Joyce Edmonds (Nursing), Jianmin Gao (Chemistry), Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Sociology), Gene Heyman (Psychology), Charles Hoffman (Biology), Kyoung-yim Kim (Sociology), Daniel Kirschner (Biology), Elizabeth Rhodes (Hispanic Studies), Scott Slotnick (Psychology), and Lichuan Ye (Nursing). The funded faculty teams are Gabrielle David and Noah Snyder (Earth and Environmental Sciences); Kris Kempa, Michael Naughton, and Kenneth Burch (Physics); Kevin Mahoney and Melissa Brown (National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services); and Alicia Munnell, Geoffrey Sanzenbacher, and Matthew Rutledge (Management).


Read more about the 2015 Ignite winners and their projects »


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A student explains her research during the 2014 poster competition

Advancing Research and Scholarship at Boston College: Big Data


March 16, 2016
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Distinguished alumnus Marvin Chow of Google, Inc. will be our keynote speaker. This day-long event will explore the work being done in various fields as they relate to Big Data and what that means for the future. Read more about Advancing Research and Scholarship »

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USA Science & Engineering Festival


April 16 & 17, 2016
Walter E Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

Professors and students from Boston College’s chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, and physics departments and the Lynch School of Education’s STEM program will host four interactive booths at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, in April. Faculty presenters will include Mike Barnett, Ken Burch, Alan Kafka, Ross Kelly, Frank Tsung, and Eranthie Weerapana. Read more about the USA Science and Engineering Festival »


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Research and Scholarship Integrity Program

Launched at the beginning of the fall semester, the Research and Scholarship Integrity program aims to familiarize students with ethical issues that may arise in their research and scholarship and foster reflection upon good practices. The program is required for  new Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as students and postdoctoral fellows receiving NIH or NSF funding. 


The RSI program is composed of two main components: the General Session and the Seminar Series. The General Session is a day-long event where students attended lectures and panel presentations given by faculty and staff and participated in small group discussions. Topics covered included research misconduct, authorship, collaborative research, and the mentor-mentee relationship. The General Session is offered twice a year: October 17, 2015 and March 19, 2016. The Seminar Series is currently underway, with noontime seminars scheduled through the end of summer. Topics include plagiarism, copyright and publication, conflict of interest, peer review, relationships between researchers and society, and data management, although additional suggestions are welcome. View the full Research and Scholarship Integrity program schedule »


Boston College Professor Mike Barnett (Photo by CBS News)

Lynch School of Education professor Mike Barnett was recently featured in a story for CBS news titled "Chinese Schools Adopt an American Approach." The Chinese government has recruited Professor Barnett to introduce a more "American-style" of teaching to their classrooms. (Photo by CBS News)

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Office for Research Protections (ORP)

The Office for Research Protections (ORP) transitioned to CyberIRB, an online Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission system, on October 1, 2015. Investigators will now use CyberIRB to submit initial IRB applications, amendments and continuing reviews. Additionally, with MyFiles being retired, BC IRB is offering five methods for storing human subjects data: Google drive with cloud lock (faculty only), RedCap, departmental servers if on encrypted "S" drive, Data Archive, and Linux Cluster. Read more about CyberIRB and storing human subjects data »


Keep in touch: IRB on Facebook | @BC_IRB on twitter | ORP website


Office of Technology Transfer & Licensing (OTTL)

The Office of Technology Transfer & Licensing (OTTL) and BC Law School introduced in September a one-year legal fellowship opportunity for Law School Graduates in OTTL.


In addition to current IP policy, OTTL has established a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Proceeds Distribution Policy, which covers all MTA income. One benefit of the new policy is that MTA income of $5,000 or less shall be distributed 100 percent to the inventor(s) or creator(s). Read more about OTTL's collaborations and the new MTA policy »



Recently issued patents to Boston College:

U.S. Patent No. 9,173,884, entitled, “Inhibitors of Phosphodiesterase 11 (PDE11)” to Charles Hoffman, Biology Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,134,305, entitled, “Molecular Imprinted Nanosensors” to Thomas Chiles, Biology Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,133,245, entitled, “Cyclic Lactadherin Peptide Mimetics and Their Use” to Jianmin Gao, Chemistry Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,119,874, entitled, “Novel Cell-Penetrating Markers of Apoptosis”, to Jianmin Gao, Chemistry Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,110,055, entitled, “Nanoscale Sensors” to Michael Naughton and Krzysztof Kempa, Physics Department, Thomas Chiles, Biology Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,085,595, entitled, “Tungsten Oxo Alkylidene Complexes for Z Selective Olefin Metathesis,” to Amir Hoveyda, Chemistry Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,079,173, entitled, “High Z-selective Olefin Metathesis,” to Amir Hoveyda, Chemistry Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,099,601, entitled, “Thermoelectric Materials and Methods for Synthesis Thereof” to Zhifeng Ren, Physics Department

U.S. Patent No. 9,048,004, entitled, “Half-Heusler Alloys With Enhanced Figure of Merit and Methods of Making” to Zhifeng Ren, Physics Department


CFC Welcomes New Internal Grants Manager

The Center for Centers (CFC) recently welcomed Shaylonda Barton as Internal Grants Manager (IGM). The Office of the Provost and its departments currently offer 18 internal grant programs to BC faculty and students. The new IGM position was designed to streamline the application and award process, assist in managing grant resources, facilitate reports, and answer any questions related to internal grant policies and procedures. Learn more about the internal grants available to Boston College faculty and students »