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GRANTED
Chemistry professor Scott Miller has received the Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry in the amount of $100,000. Miller is developing catalysts for use in the production of pharmaceuticals. Sociology professor Diane Vaughan has received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her research on air traffic control in the 21st century. She recently served as an expert witness in the investigation of the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
Diane Vaughan on the Columbia space shuttle disaster

DEPARTURE
Mary Brabeck, dean of the Lynch School of Education since 1996, will leave BC at the end of August to become dean of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. During Brabeck’s tenure, LSOE developed successful partnerships with the Boston Public Schools and was ranked 23rd in the country among research graduate schools of education by US News & World Report. Associate Dean Joseph O’Keefe, SJ, has been named acting dean.

FACING THE MUSIC
On July 21, Boston College filed a motion in the U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, to quash subpoenas emanating from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to turn over the names and whereabouts of three students suspected of infringing on music copyrights over the Internet. Other colleges received subpoenas, including MIT, which filed a motion similar to BC’s; Bentley College, Loyola University Chicago, and Northeastern University, which all complied; and DePaul University which said it lacked the information to comply. BC stated that it “has no objection to providing information responsive to the RIAA’s request,” but that to abide by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, the University may comply only when such subpoenas have been properly issued. The subpoenas should have been issued in Massachusetts rather than in the District of Columbia, BC argued, and the University must have “reasonable time” to notify students that information about them has been requested. The complete motion can be read here in Adobe pdf format.

GOOD COMPANY
Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman and Professor Larry Wolff of the history department have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Fellow honorees this year include four college presidents, three Nobel Prize winners, and four Pulitzer Prize winners.
Kay Schlozman’s home page
Larry Wolff’s home page
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences

IN THE INTERIM
Professor M. Hossein Safizadeh has been named interim dean of the Carroll School of Management for the upcoming academic year, replacing Helen Peters, who resigned in May to focus on teaching and research.

WHIZ KID
Physics major Alexander A. Demidov '04 has won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which provides $7,500 per year and is considered the premier undergraduate award in math, engineering, and the sciences.
Goldwater Scholarship Program

RECOGNIZED
Students voted history professor Cynthia Lyerly BC's Phi Beta Kappa Teacher of the Year. Her courses include "Gender in American History."
More from the BC Chronicle

FIVE DEGREES
At Commencement exercises on May 19, five honorary degrees were awarded, all to alumni: Commencement speaker Erik Weihenmayer '91, the first sightless mountain climber to scale the world's "Seven Summits"; Kathleen Carr, CSJ, M.Ed.'84, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Boston; Rattigan Professor Emeritus of English John L. Mahoney, Sr. '50, MA'52; Dawn McNair '82, M.Ed.'83, the 2001–02 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year; and Thomas A. Vanderslice '53, a private investor and BC trustee.

ELECTRONIC ELECTION
Derrick Williams and Thomas Rochowicz, both '04, will serve this fall as president and vice president of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC). They are the first to be elected under a new on-line balloting system, which improved voter participation by 225 percent.
The UGBC Web site

DEATHS

  • Marguerite "Peg" Connolly, BC employee from 1985 to 1999 in the athletics and geology/geophysics departments, on May 20, at age 66.
  • Samuel Gerson '63, BC trustee from 1986 to 1995 and trustee associate since 1995, on July 12, at age 61.
  • Francis P. Molloy, SJ, '40, BC philosophy professor from 1952 to 1988, on July 9, at age 84.
  • Gregory B. Monack '06, on June 10, at age 19.
  • Felix F. Talbot, SJ, BC theology professor from 1963 to 1975, on June 26, at age 92.
  • Boleslaw A. Wysocki, BC psychology professor from 1975 to 1998, on July 14, at age 91.

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