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Mathematics professor Solomon Friedberg and three colleagues at Stanford, Brown, and Columbia universities have been awarded $1.05 million over three years from the National Science Foundation to collaborate on number theory research. The mathematicians will explore the application of a concept called Multiple Dirichlet Series to analytic number theory, an area of modern mathematics used in encryption and data-transmission.
» Solomon Friedberg's faculty page

Two new associate deans have been named in the College of Arts & Sciences: William Petri, a geneticist, joined the biology faculty in 1976, served as department chair from 1989 to 2000, and was an acting associate dean last year. Robert Scott, a biologist, comes to BC from the Health Science Institute of Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, where he was a senior scientist in the respiratory technology department; he previously taught at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Petri will work primarily with seniors, Scott with juniors.
» More from the College of Arts & Sciences

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has announced creation of the Office for Institutional Diversity. The office, which takes the place of the Office of Affirmative Action, is intended to foster greater progress in achieving diversity goals. Its advisory board includes the academic vice president, executive vice president, vice president for student affairs, and vice president for human resources.
» Diversity at Boston College

Boston College has been ranked 37th among the "Best National Universities" in the 2005 U.S. News & World Report survey, an improvement, by three positions, over the previous year. The magazine also ranked BC 45th in its "Best Values" listing, which recognizes both academic quality and the net cost to the average student on financial aid.
» The U.S. News "Best National Universities" ranking
» The U.S. News "Best Values" ranking

Boston College's alcohol and drug program has been reorganized under the new University Task Force on Prevention Initiatives. The task force includes representatives from the president's office, academics, athletics, student development, residential life, alumni, health and counseling services, campus ministry, University police, career services, admissions, community affairs, student government, resident assistants, and local law enforcement. A new education program directed at freshmen was launched by the Task Force in September; also new this year is AlcoholEdu, an information website.
» More from the Chronicle (last item)

The Massachusetts Superior Court ruled on August 18 that Boston College may withdraw from the Big East athletic conference on July 1, 2005, after paying an exit fee of $1 million. The decision would seem to clear the way for BC to join the Atlantic Coast Conference at that time. Members of the Big East had sought to delay BC's departure and to exact a higher exit fee. The conference has filed a notice of intent to appeal the ruling.
» University President William P. Leahy, SJ, on BC's move to the ACC

Outside grants and contributions toward research at Boston College reached a record high of $42.2 million for the fiscal year 2004, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. The Lynch School of Education garnered $9 million in funding; its International Study Center, which every four years conducts the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), brought in another $3.675 million. BC chemists attracted $6 million in funding, and the Institute for Scientific Research received $4.9 million for its studies of the ionosphere. Also receiving funds of over a million dollars: the Graduate School of Social Work ($3.4); the Carroll School of Management ($2.9); biology ($2.6); physics ($1.8); Initiatives on Aging ($1.6); the Connell School of Nursing ($1.3); and psychology ($1.2).
» Lynch School of Education
» International Study Center
» Chemistry Department
» Institute for Scientific Research
» Graduate School of Social Work
» Carroll School of Management
» Biology Department
» Department of Physics
» About Initiatives on Aging (from Chronicle)
» Connell School of Nursing
» Department of Psychology

BCM has learned of 47 alumni who were candidates for local or national office on November 2. A tally of how they fared can be found on the @BC website.
» Election results from @BC


  • Milton C. Borenstein '35, University Trustee from 1979 to 1987, on September 23, at age 89.
  • » More from Public Affairs
  • Joseph Figurito '45, professor of Romance languages from 1947 to 1999, on August 6, at age 82.
  • » More from Public Affairs
  • John Smith, financial vice president from 1970 to 1991, on September 11, at age 81.
  • » More from Chronicle
  • Francis W. Vye, SJ, '58, a curator for the Burns Library archives from 1992 to 2003, on October 13, at age 73.


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