On August 29, the freshmen were settled; the sophomores, juniors, and seniors were moving in. Zachary Jason ’11—former arts and review editor of the Heights, now editorial assistant at Boston College Magazine—was on Stokes lawn asking students, parents, and faculty the big questions: What are you looking forward to? What are you most dreading? What is a rugby ruck?
With thanks to, in order of appearance (groups, left to right): Trevor Massey ’18; M.G. Wilson ’18; Carter Robertson ’18; Adriana Diaz ’18; Sam Mbugua ’18; Annie Murphy ’18 and Ally Frei ’18; Nicole Lee ’17, Makeeda Sinclair ’17, and Kellie O’Leary ’17; Shane Troy ’15 and Will Relle ’15; Michelle Morgan ’15; Kevin Longo ’17 and E.J. Mitton ’17; Jane Yoon ’18; Matt Piekarski ’17; Madison Dunn ’18; Alison Parsley ’18 and Lauren Crispi ’18; Nick Porter ’18; Jacqueline Gjonaj ’18 and Coco Hayes ’18; Akshaya Joshi, MBA’16, Varun Rungta, MBA’16, and Chun Fong Tsai, MBA’16; Kathleen Maloney, P’17, and Brian Maloney ’17; Mike Knoll ’18; Connor Marshall ’18 and Galen Laurence ’18; Amanda Cantrell ’17 and Danielle Harrington ’17; Joseph Turkmany, P’17, and Lisa Turkmany, P’17; Franck Salameh, associate professor of Slavic and Eastern languages and literatures; and Ryan Larue ’15.]]>
In 1997, the University created the undergraduate research fellowship program to support student involvement in faculty research projects. This past summer, 171 rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors were engaged in studies conducted in 16 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. A sampling follows.
Photographs by Caitlin Cunningham
Erik Liu ’17 (left) with associate professor of chemistry Dunwei Wang in Wang’s Merkert Chemistry Center laboratory.
For a project related to artificial photosynthesis, says Wang, Liu has been attempting “to take nanoparticles of Fe2O3 (rust) and make them into electrodes that can directly harvest solar energy.” The energy, says Wang, will be used “to power chemical reactions such as water splitting, which produces hydrogen as a clean energy carrier.” Here, they are inspecting electrodes that have been grown in an iron-based solution.
Grace Lisius ’16 (with clipboard) and Gabrielle David, visiting assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, on the banks of the Souhegan River in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
Lisius and David are studying riparian vegetation as part of a project by Noah Snyder, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, to assess effects of the 2008 removal of the Merrimack Village Dam. Here, they record plant diversity within a one-by-one-meter frame.
From left, psychology Ph.D. candidate Lauren Anderson, Anna Whitham ’15, and associate professor of psychology Gorica Petrovich in Petrovich’s Higgins Hall laboratory.
In Petrovich’s lab, gender-related differences have been found in rodents’ ability to remember signals for food. According to Whitham, she has been investigating with Anderson “the effect of different estrogen levels on the ability of rats—male and female alike—to remember that certain cues signal food in certain contexts.”
From left, assistant professor of mathematics John Baldwin, Cynthia Chen ’17, Champ Davis ’17, and Andrew Araghi ’16 in Baldwin’s Carney Hall office.
“Andrew, Champ, and Cynthia’s project,” says Baldwin, ”is to study certain aspects of Khovanov homology,” which, he explains, is “a powerful knot invariant [that] has received a tremendous amount of interest” for its “surprising connections between seemingly disparate mathematical fields.” The students’ responsibilities include, Baldwin says, “writing a computer program to compute a certain ‘module structure’ on Khovanov homology.” The structure, he says, “has proven useful in studying knots but has not yet been investigated thoroughly.”
Logan Wren ’15 with assistant professor of classical studies Gail Hoffman in the department’s research cubicle in Stokes Hall.
In February 2015, the McMullen Museum will open the exhibition Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire, a show Hoffman co-organized with Lisa Brody of the Yale University Art Gallery. Wren worked with Hoffman to produce an accompanying, eponymous book of scholarly essays, “copy editing, fact-checking, and indexing” the text, says Hoffman. He also helped prepare teaching materials for the exhibition. Here the two look at the finished book.
Emily Vasiliou ’16 with associate professor of political science Jonathan Laurence in his McGuinn Hall office.
For Laurence’s forthcoming book comparing the institutional development of Ottoman Islam and Roman Catholicism, says Vasiliou, “I did a lot of research on the Ottoman Empire, the influence of the Islamic state, and recent protests in the Middle East,” as well as on “current Middle Eastern leaders.”
Allyson Tank ’15 with associate professor of biology Welkin Johnson in Johnson’s Higgins Hall laboratory.
“I have been investigating ABOBEC3F, a protein that defends a host from retroviral infection” apparently by causing the virus’s DNA to mutate, says Tank, in an email. “Retroviruses have evolved the protein Vif to counteract the actions of APOBEC,” she continues, and, with Johnson, she has been looking at how different formations of ABOBEC3F affect its “sensitivity” to certain simian immunodeficiency viruses.]]>
Over four days in June, More Hall, the retired administrative office building at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Thomas More Road, was demolished by a 651-horsepower Komatsu excavator—the biggest in Boston. The three-story brick structure, built in 1954 to house the Law School, will be replaced by a 490-bed residence hall due to open in 2016.]]>
On September 7, Weihenmayer will climb into a one-man kayak at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, and begin a 277-mile journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He will be guided by a voice in his ear, that of a trailing kayaker who will be wearing a microphone transmitting to an earpiece worn by Weihenmayer. After the “slow and methodical” experience of high-altitude ascents, Weinhenmayer says, navigating the river—with its more than 200 rapids, whirlpools, and falls—will be “the scariest thing I’ve ever done.”
Weihenmayer studied English and communication at Boston College. When he is not climbing, skiing, paddling, skydiving, or biking, the married father of two travels internationally as a motivational speaker for the likes of Apple, Walmart, and Pfizer.
An audience of more than 20,000 gathered in Alumni Stadium on May 19 to celebrate the University’s 138th Commencement, at which 2,182 undergraduates and 1,307 graduate students were awarded degrees. As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, JD’76, delivered the Commencement address, Gary Wayne Gilbert, director of University photography, captured the scene using a camera mounted on a robotic device. In two and a half minutes, Gilbert took 21 adjacent shots, which he then wove into a single image.
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All images are drawn from digital collections maintained by the University Libraries. Updates to the flipbook will follow as more recent yearbooks come out of copyright protection.]]>
Has the Catholic Church come to terms with the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States?
A one-question interview with Hosffman Ospino, principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. The first in a series of reports from this three-year study was released May 5, 2014.
Ospino is an assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.
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Historian Heather Cox Richardson’s students explored the American state of mind through 50 years of comic books and contemporary events, from the 1960s to 9/11.
The course was called “Making History Public,” and it resulted in a student-produced exhibition on the third floor of Stokes Hall South. The exhibition runs until August 15.]]>
Who (in order of appearance): Lawyer, statesman, and humanist St. Thomas More (1478–1535), eight feet tall, bronze. In his hand, wrapped for transport, he holds a palm frond symbolizing his martyrdom. • Bolivian-born sculptor Pablo Eduardo (in brown shirt), who also created the statue of St. Ignatius in front of Higgins Hall on Middle Campus. • University President William P. Leahy, SJ (in maroon baseball cap).
Where: Garden outside the Law Library, on Newton Campus.
When: September 23, 2013.
The sculpture is a gift of the Privitera family, which includes three graduates of the Law School, Francis D. ’56, Francis D. Jr. ’95, and Philip ’95. A dedication ceremony took place May 2, 2014.]]>
As runner Rachel Rudder ’14 approached Boston College on the way to the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon, @BC producer Ravi Jain handed her a small video camera in a harness. She was already wearing her gold and maroon SuperFan T-shirt, which, she says, “definitely got the students riled up.”
Rudder finished in 03:27:57. The friend who ran with her briefly is Haley Farrell ’14.]]>