only through the strongest electron microscopes, these freestanding
carbon nanotubes were grown by Associate Physics Professor Zhifeng
Ren on a nickel substrate. They are 1/5,000th the size of a human
hair and stronger than steel. Ren's work was recently cited in a White
House report accompanying the launch of a National Nanotechnology
Initiative. Potential uses for nanotube forests such as the one shown
here include water filtration, flat-panel computer screens, and electromagnetic
sensors to detect poisonous gases or car emissions.
• Related information from the National Nanotechnology Initiative
story from the BC Chronicle: One in a Million Scientist
Ren's BC Web site
For the first time, communication is the top choice of
major at Boston College, with 865 undergraduates currently signed
on. It replaces English, which is now the second most popular with
863 students. Finance is third with 732.
article from the BC Chronicle: A Major Change in Enrollment
With Frank B.
Campanella stepping down after 24 years as executive vice president
in August, a search committee has been formed to find a successor.
Chaired by Board of Trustees Chairman Charles I. Clough, Jr., the
committee includes John J. Neuhauser, academic vice president and
dean of faculties; Thomas A. Vanderslice, chairman of the trustees'
Academic Affairs Committee; and R. Michael Murray, Jr., chairman of
the board's Finance and Audit Committee.
With the October 23 opening of the Boston College Center for Irish
Programs, BC's Irish Institute gained a permanent Dublin home. Located
on St. Stephen's Green in the city's historic Georgian Square, the
site will also serve as an in-country resource for the University's
Irish Studies Program, the Burns Library, and international student
of Agriculture Daniel Glickman was among the speakers at the Ecological
Cities Conference held November 10 and 11 at the BC Law School. Hosted
by the two-year-old Watershed Institute of Boston College, which conducts
research on urban ecosystems, the conference was the first of a planned
nationwide series of regional events aimed at bringing together government
officials, scientists, academics, and community leaders.
• Web site
of the Ecological Cities Conference
article from the BC Law School newsletter
insanity, and death," the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
once said, "were the black angels that kept watch over my cradle
and accompanied me all my life." Munch's paintings, with titles
like "Ashes," "Melancholy," and "The Scream,"
were both personally passionate and symbolic of modernity's painful
grant of independence. The McMullen Museum of Art is presenting a
major exhibition of the art of Edvard Munch that includes 16 paintings
and 50 prints gathered from museums and private collections in Norway
and the United States. The exhibit runs through May 22. At left is
"Vampire," a lithograph over woodcut (1895/1902).
Museum's Munch Exhibit Web site
portraits by Munch
works by Munch
Nigerian-born Francis Cardinal Arinze met with students and faculty
and addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Gasson Hall on October
31. Arinze, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for
Interreligious Dialogue, spoke of the dual responsibility of Catholic
universities to maintain their Catholic nature while engaging people
of other religions in dialogue and collaboration.
article from the BC Chronicle: Cardinal Discusses Need for Dialogue
During BC Visit
The Boston College libraries have been invited to join the Washington,
D.C.-based Association of Research Libraries, which represents more
than 120 major research libraries in North America. Membership is
extended to libraries that support comprehensive research collections
and contribute to scholarship beyond their own universities. BC libraries
house 1.8 million volumes.
'02 (foreground) on the new mezzanine in the renovated Flynn Recreation
Complex. The facility reopened on January 10 with $8 million in improvements,
including new tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, saunas, a
1/8-mile track, and an enlarged fitness center with three times the
equipment previously on hand.
Jane Jacobs, author of the landmark treatise The Death and Life
of Great American Cities (1961), was honored at a November 18
symposium cosponsored by the Boston College Environmental Affairs
Law Review, the Carroll School of Management, and the University's
Burns Library. The topic was "Jane Jacobs and the New Urban Ecology."
Jacobs has donated her papers to Boston College.
As part of the Lynch School of Education's teacher-training program
in partnership with Boston schools, BC students will act as mentors
to urban high school students who show an interest in teaching; University
faculty will also help high school teachers integrate technology into
the classroom and improve instructional practice. Funded by a $1.4
million U.S. Department of Education grant, the project is an outgrowth
of the Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Program, a statewide initiative
aimed at strengthening the preparation of teachers in urban public
A transatlantic symposium on corporate citizenship, held November
2 and 3 in London, was organized by BC's Center for Corporate Community
Relations; the event was cosponsored by the Smith Institute and the
Corporate Responsibility Group of Great Britain. BC sent a delegation
of 30 US participants to the colloquium, which explored how corporations
in the United States and Europe become involved in their communities
in a mutually beneficial way, and the role that government can play
in facilitating such symbiosis.
According to the
annual graduation survey conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic
Association, Boston College ranked fifth among Division I and Division
I-A schools in graduating its student-athletes, behind only Notre
Dame, Duke, Northwestern, and Stanford. Eighty-three percent of BC's
scholarship athletes who entered as freshmen in the fall of 1993 have
earned their degrees. The average rate in Division I is 58 percent.
article from the BC Chronicle: BC
Athletes Again Rank High in Graduation Rates
A new documentary
by Fine Arts Professor John Michalczyk chronicles the evolution of
Northern Irish paramilitaries from the beginning of "the Troubles"
through the tenuous peace. The film, "Unexpected Openings: Northern
Ireland Prisoners," had its premiere at the Boston Museum of
Fine Arts September 22. Michalczyk shot on location at the Maze and
Crumlin Road prisons and other sites in Ulster.
Article from the BC Chronicle: Opening 'Unexpected' Doors