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Davidovits (left) and Clote. By Justin Knight CATEGORY: SCIENCE
For the first time, Boston College has accounted for multiple first-place winners in the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Awards. Professor Paul Davidovits (chemistry) won for Physics in Biology and Medicine, in the natural sciences category, while Professor Peter Clote (biology and computer science) cowrote the winning Boolean Functions and Computation Models, in the mathematics and computer science category.
Photo: Davidovits (left) and Clote. By Justin Knight
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Speakers at Boston College this fall have included Jane Brox, author of Five Thousand Days Like This One; Maria Cirino, CEO of Guardent; John Feffer, author of North Korea/South Korea; Steven Goldsmith, special advisor to President George W. Bush on faith-based initiatives; Holly Metcalf, Olympic gold medalist; Michael Moore, Academy Award–winning director; Thomas Reilly JD’70, the attorney general of Massachusetts; David Tracy, University of Chicago theologian; Deborah Willis, curator of the Center for African American History and Culture; and Robert Zemsky, CEO of the Learning Alliance.
View recent BC lectures at Front Row

On September 12, Boston College formally dedicated its school of nursing in honor of the late William F. Connell ’59, a 24-year member of the board of trustees. A symposium was held in Robsham Theater on "Meeting the Nation's Need for Nurses," featuring representatives from the nursing, hospital, and insurance sectors and moderated by WBZ-TV HealthWatch reporter Mallika Marshall, MD. Afterward, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivered the keynote address at a ceremony held outside Cushing Hall. Present were Connell's wife, Margot, and their six children, all BC alumni.
More on the dedication/view the symposium

At the first meeting of the year, on September 26, the University Board of Trustees elected eight trustees to four-year terms: Patrick Carney ’70; Cynthia Lee Egan ’78; Mario J. Gabelli P’90, ’94, ’95, ’00; Paul F. Harman, SJ, ’61; Robert K. Kraft; Paula D. Polito ’81; Pierre R. Prosper ’85; and Scott Pilarz, SJ. Reelected for additional four-year terms were Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, ’64; R. Robert Popeo JD’79; and Marianne D. Short ’73, JD’76.

Boston College has joined Tufts and Brandeis universities in a new early-acceptance program that assures selected sophomore undergraduates a place at Tufts Medical School upon graduation. Candidates should have completed five pre-med science courses, achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5, and worked or volunteered in a health care setting.

Thomas Groome. By Lee Pellegrini TORCH PASS
Theology professor Thomas Groome has succeeded Associate Professor Mary Ann Hinsdale, SHM, as the director of Boston College’s Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. After a semester teaching at the University of Dayton, Hinsdale will return to BC to teach in the theology department. Groome, who has been at the institute for 28 years, began his term on August 1.
Photo: Thomas Groome. By Lee Pellegrini
Professor Thomas Groome's biographical summary
Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry

During the height of the SoBig, Nachi, and Blaster virus attacks that began in late August, the number of e-mails handled weekly by the BC server jumped from 2 million to more than 13 million. Rather than close the system down temporarily, BC’s Office of Information Technology worked around the clock, handling a 65 percent increase in student requests for help while creating computer software patches and system filters and blocks. Newly developed diagnostic tools enable IT staff to check the anti-virus protection on 10,000 computers in the BC system.
More on the virus attacks
A short history of computer viruses

The 95 percent graduation rate of Boston College football players is the best in Division I-A football, according to the NCAA. The ranking reflects data for students who entered as freshmen in fall 1996 and graduated within six years. Second and third in the rankings are Notre Dame (92 percent) and Vanderbilt (91 percent). BC’s graduation rate for all student-athletes, male and female, is, at 86 percent, the sixth best in the nation among Division I-A programs.
NCAA 2003 graduation rates report, Division 1


  • John M. Corcoran ’48, University trustee from 1986 to 1994 and trustee associate since 1994, on October 22, at age 80.
  • Laszlo Egyud, research associate at BC’s Sonntag Institute for Cancer Research from 1978 to 1980 and father of Matthew ’07, on August 18.
  • Carol Gingola, BC housekeeping staff since 2000, on August 14, at age 55.
  • Professor Emerita Mary Kinnane, Ph.D.’63, full-time LSOE faculty member from 1954 to 1990, on October 1, at age 79.
  • Jaqueline Mann, secretary in the chaplain’s office from 1978 to 1984, on September 8, at age 79.
  • Ambrose “Amby” Page, door attendant at the Flynn Recrea-tion Complex from 1981 to 1988, on September 6, at age 89.
  • Kia Anice Rozier ’04, on October 29, at age 21.
  • John P. Shanahan, BC mathematics professor since 1962, on September 11, at age 68.
  • Peter Siragusa, director of bands at Boston College from 1955 to 1987, on September 13, at age 75.


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