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Chronicle Published by the Boston College Office of University Communications december 1, 2016 VOL. 24 no. 7

BC Aims to Become a Resource for Cybersecurity

INSIDE science journal 2 •Political to debut this month •Shalala visits campus

By Sean Hennessey Staff Writer

•Law School does well in salary ranking •Photos: Native American Heritage Month celebration


•Lombe’s research seeks connections in social issues

A scene from Joycestick, a virtual reality computer game based on James Joyce’s Ulysses created by Boston College faculty member Joseph Nugent (shown in photo below introducing the project at a recent campus conference) and a group of BC students. (Photo below by Christopher Huang)

‘Grand and Preposterous’

Can a computer game help you learn about one of the most famous, and controversial, novels of all? With Joycestick, just about anything is possible. By Sean Smith Chronicle Editor

•Career Center’s Endeavor program returns in Jan. & Environmental Sci5 •Earth ences welcomes new lab •Lecture will honor work of Fr. Helmick •Photos: Career Night for the Arts

6 •Veterans Day at BC •Second Week of Dance winds down •Photos: The Breakfast Club cleans up Additions; BC in 7 •Welcome the Media; Nota Bene; Jobs events round-up; 8 •Holiday Gaelic Roots concert •Photos: Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration

A literary critic once asserted that the characters in James Joyce’s Ulysses – the sprawling, modernist opus that has bewitched or bedeviled readers for decades – were not fictitious: Through them, Stuart Gilbert said, Joyce achieved “a coherent and integral interpretation of life.” Now, through a project titled “Joycestick,” Boston College Joyce scholar Joseph Nugent and his team of mainly BC students have taken this “interpretation of life” to a whole other realm. Joycestick is Ulysses adapted as an immersive, 3D virtual reality (VR) computer game – a “gamefication,” in contemporary parlance. Users don a VR eyepiece and headphones and, with gaming devices, navigate and explore various scenes from the book. Nugent, an associate professor of the practice of English, and his team are continuing to develop, refine and add to Joycestick with the hope of formally unveiling it in Dublin this coming June 16 – the date in 1904 on which Ulysses takes place, now celebrated as Bloomsday in honor of the book’s main character, Leopold Bloom. Joycestick is Nugent’s most recent excursion into digital hu-

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Woods College teaming up with FBI to co-sponsor a conference on the topic during spring semester At a time of growing concern about the vulnerability of the nation’s information systems, Boston College has teamed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hold the first Boston Conference on Cyber Security (BCCS 2017), which aims to tackle the knowledge gap between what computer hackers know and what experts can do to stop them. Scheduled for this coming March, the conference – which organizers say will be a yearly event – is a partnership between the FBI and the Cybersecurity Policy & Governance master’s degree program at the University’s Woods College of Advancing Studies. A who’s-who of cybersecu-

“Partnering with the FBI validates our cybersecurity program’s focus, which is to develop cybersecurity leaders to address the varying threats faced by private industry and governments,” says Kevin Powers, founding director of the Cybersecurity Policy & Governance program.

rity specialists will appear at the BCCS 2017, including experts from Boston College’s Information Technology Services, the Continued on page 4

Fr. Leahy, Other University Leaders Offer Support for DACA

manities. In past years, he and his students have produced an e-book guide based on Joyce’s Dubliners, a multi-media tour depicting Dublin in 1922 also inspired by Ulysses, and an interactive digital guide to accompany a McMullen Museum of Art exhibition on Ireland’s Arts and Crafts movement. Joycestick represents new ground, not just for Nugent and this group of students, but arguably for the teaching of literature. The possibilities and challenges of this approach – dubbed “gamefiction” by the Joycestick group – spark the kind of discussions that lie at the heart of liberal arts education, says Nugent, who has seen his vocation as a Joyce scholar metamorphose Continued on page 4

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has signed statements from Pomona College and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) that urge the continuation of assistance to undocumented students through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, created under executive order by President Obama in 2012. “Boston College is committed to supporting all of its students,” said Fr Leahy. “The DACA program has benefitted students at Boston College, and they have contributed greatly to the life of our community.” The Pomona statement reads in part: “Since the advent of the DACA program in 2012, we have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. DACA beneficiaries on our campuses have been exemplary student scholars and student

leaders, working across campus and in the community. With DACA, our students and alumni have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech and the non-profit sector; they have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies.” The ACCU statement reads in part: “Many of us count among our students young men and women who are undocumented, their families having fled violence and instability. These students have met the criteria of the DACA policy, issued in 2012. We express hope that the students in our communities who have qualified for DACA are able to continue their studies without interruption, and that many more students in their situation will be welcome to contribute their talents to our campuses.” –Office of University Communications

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POLITICAL PONDERINGS It seems pretty auspicious, rolling out a new political science journal for Boston College students right after one of the most dramatic and divisive elections of our time. But the founders of Colloquium, which debuts this month, say it is not a publication characterized by quick hits and hot takes, or partisanship. Instead, they are committed to producing a vehicle for polished, thoughtful and well-researched academic work by undergraduates. “We want good, quality writing that’s backed by documented sources, so we’re really stressing the need for citations in articles,” says editor-in-chief Cesar Garcia ’17, a political science and economics major. “Some of the submissions we’ve received are opinion pieces, which really don’t fit the tone we’re trying to achieve,” says managing editor Anna Olcott ’17, an English major. “But we know there are many outstanding student writers at BC, and hope they’ll look to Colloquium as an outlet for their work.” In fact, Garcia got the idea to start Colloquium precisely because he was seeking an appropriate venue in which to publish. “My feeling was, it would be

wonderful to increase the dialogue around political science-related topics in a more formal way,” he says. “Having a journal enables students to put their ideas and thoughts out there for reflection and discussion, and to focus on improving their writing.” Adds Olcott, “BC has such an incredible political science program, and having an outlet for

student writing is very important, just like it is for English majors to be able to publish in a literary journal.” Garcia credits Karina Ovalles, staff and graduate assistant for the Political Science Department, for helping him get started and referring him to the University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts, which provided funding. Colloquium will publish once a semester and be available in high-traffic areas around campus. The preparation and lead time needed to publish an academic journal makes it difficult to factor in late-breaking news or other developments. But that doesn’t mean Colloquium won’t be timely, say

Garcia and Olcott: The theme of the inaugural edition will be climate change, and while the focus of the spring edition is still under consideration, Election 2016 and its impact is a possibility. “With research pieces, you have to take a long view,” says Garcia. “Climate change has been a major global issue for years, of course, and has many aspects and dynamics to explore that aren’t necessarily affected by recent events.” Political reporting and commentary itself became a flashpoint in an election campaign that did not lack for controversy. Despite the highly charged emotional political atmosphere, Garcia and Olcott are confident that Colloquium will be a repository for civil, informed writing. “The Political Science faculty really tries to instill detachment in our work, and the importance of drilling down and reaching one’s own conclusions,” says Garcia. “From what we’ve seen, people are doing a good job of heeding that wisdom.” Colloquium will be available via the O’Neill Library Open Access Journal System at libguides. A website for the journal also is in preparation. –Sean Smith

Members of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council joined students in Walsh Hall for dinner and presented a cultural performance on Nov. 18 as part of Native American Heritage Month.

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University President William P. Leahy, SJ, met recently with Donna Shalala, head of a delegation of educators that is visiting campus as part of BC’s reaccreditation. Also present were (back, L-R) BC administrators Seth Meehan and Robert Newton. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

FRIENDLY VISIT Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala, who is chairing a delegation of educators that will evaluate Boston College for reaccreditation, came to campus recently in preparation for the group’s visit this coming March 12-15. Shalala spent a full day at BC on Nov. 16, meeting with University President William P. Leahy, SJ, other senior administrators and the BC committees involved in the reaccreditation process, which is conducted every 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). She also took a tour of the Middle Campus with three undergraduates. The discussions concerned the schedule for the three-day March visit by the CIHE delegation of which Shalala is chair. Prior to the visit, the group will review a selfstudy BC conducted as part of the reaccreditation, and during its stay

will interview members of the BC community and examine supporting documents. “At our final debriefing session, Dr. Shalala was satisfied that she was departing with a good overview of Boston College that would allow her to organize her team and the visit in March 2017,” said Special Assistant to the President Robert Newton, who along with Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies Associate Director Seth Meehan is co-chair of the University committee that produced the self-study. “She seemed pleased with our self-study process and the community members she met.” Both the self-study and visiting committee report will be integral to the CIHE decision on BC’s accreditation status.  Good standing in a regional accreditation association is a requirement for participation in federal programs that support higher education. –Office of University Communications

Boston College Law School is the no. 1 private law school, and no. 3 overall, in a ranking compiled by US News & World Report of law schools based on starting salary-to-debt ratio. US News used National Association for Law Placement first-year associate salary data and average debt burdens for each school to construct the list of 10 schools, which they say offer students the “best chance of paying off their student debt.” University of Texas-Austin was ranked first overall, followed by University of Alabama. After BC, the list includes Brigham Young University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Yale University, University of Connecticut, Boston University and University of California-Los Angeles. The list is part of the US News Short List, which the news outlet describes as “a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.” Read the US News story at The Boston College Chronicle (USPS 009491), the internal newspaper for faculty and staff, is published biweekly from September to May by Boston College, with editorial offices at the Office of News & Public Affairs, 14 Mayflower Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617)552-3350. Distributed free to faculty and staff offices and other locations on campus. Periodicals postage paid at Boston, MA and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to The Boston College Chronicle, Office of News & Public Affairs, 14 Mayflower Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

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Connecting the Dots

BCSSW’s Lombe seeks to link international social development issues like food security with practicalities of social work education

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As she explains her research to a visitor, Boston College School of Social Work Associate Professor Margaret Lombe draws on the pieces of paper in front of her ­– not random doodles, but a succession of small squares and other shapes in vertical or horizontal arrays that she connects with lines. “I’ve found this a good method to organize thoughts,” explains the Zambian-born Lombe, who teaches in BCSSW’s Global Practice program. “It’s something I try to get my students to do: You externalize your ideas, and progress from one to the other in a way that is coherent and meaningful.” Lombe’s research interests are all about inter-connective ideas and concepts, grounded in international social development with a particular focus on social inclusion and exclusion, and capacity-building strategies. She has examined issues like food security and its relationship to health and poverty; HIV/AIDs in sub-Saharan Africa; and the empowerment of orphaned and vulnerable children. Recently, she provided consultation to a United Nations conference on housing and sustainable urban development that adopted an agenda, Habitat 3, to promote more socially and economically inclusive communities. She’s also conducted evaluations for nongovernmental organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Oxfam America. Lombe’s scholarly work has local relevance as well: In partnership with Catholic Charities, she’s been conducting a study involving how food pantries in Dorchester are utilized, and is planning a similar project for Newton. Coming to BC in 2004 enabled Lombe to link these and other experiences with the practicalities of social work education, much like she connects the geometric forms she scrawls on paper. “When I started out in social work, I could see how practice was informed by research, but it also raised a question: How does research inform practice?” says Lombe, who studied in Kenya and Washington University in St. Louis. “For me, it’s almost impossible to do research without a ‘so what?’ – how will this affect the lives of people I’m trying to help?

“What drew me to Boston College was its social justice mission, and I believe the School of Social Work is an exemplification of, and has a leadership role in, that mission,” says Lombe, a participant in a self-study of BC’s global engagement as part of the University Strategic Planning Initiative. “What we do isn’t just an intellectual exercise. If our work helps even one person, then we’ve made a contribution. That is the key.” The UN conference for which she consulted has the potential to benefit many people, of course, and touches on one of her primary interests, the socioeconomic dimensions of inclusivity. “Poverty is more than the lack

of sources and strategies to obtain food. For example, Lombe says, instead of being a desperate, last resort, food pantries are more often a built-in component of the monthly food budget. Those who use them regularly, she says, will know which items are most likely to be found on a given day or at a given time. “These kinds of details are enlightening, but are only part of the story,” says Lombe, as she begins another succession of drawings. “What kind of time investment – including transportation – does this require of the person in the household making the food purchases? And how does this affect

“When I started out in social work, I could see how practice was informed by research, but it also raised a question: How does research inform practice? For me, it’s almost impossible to do research without a ‘so what?’ – how will this affect the lives of people I’m trying to help?”

of wealth or resources; it’s the lack of participation in economic and civic spheres of the community, like employment,” she explains, drawing a box and a line extending out from it. “So how do we make cities inclusive, such that more people can participate? How, for example, could housing be designed? How could transportation be improved?” Lombe and her students have been studying the agenda resulting from the UN conference, which featured 175 aspirations toward making inclusive cities, and how a social work perspective can play a role in its implementation. “You have to go beyond identifying the needs, and how to address them. You need to have indicators, and establish baselines, so that you can measure progress or see where progress is not being made.” Similarly, in the area of food security – the adequacy of individuals’ or families’ access to nutrition – Lombe scrutinizes the pattern of food choices among low-income households and the relationship to health outcomes. The findings may surprise those who assume such households’ lives are nothing but chaos and disorganization, she says. In fact, those living in poverty tend to devise intricate networks

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time elsewhere in the household? What is left for time with family, or for basic leisure and relaxation? What we find is these low-income households are also ‘time-poor.’ “Then you have to take another step back and look at the impact on health. How does nutrition enter into the household’s food choices, if at all? And what about the accumulation of stress and anxiety in trying to access the food sources? These are the kinds of questions social workers have to ask to help in creating solutions – even if it’s just one household at a time.” The social work profession can, and should, join its perspectives with that of other fields to solve such critical problems, adds Lombe, who is co-teaching the Global Citizenship Seminar with colleagues from the Law School and School of Theology and Ministry. “The challenge is to start small, forge a series of impacts, and build on these until you see change on a wider and wider scale. I feel Boston College is a place where this is possible.” Contact Sean Smith at

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“We think it is very important for students to understand that they can study what they love and have a competitive edge in the workplace once they graduate.” –Joseph Du Pont

Career Ctr. to Sponsor Second Endeavor Program The launch earlier this year of the Career Center’s Endeavor program — career exploration tailored to sophomores pursuing degrees in the liberal arts — was such a success that the center has expanded both enrollment and content for Endeavor’s second run, which takes place Jan. 11-13 [registration ends today]. Endeavor enables students to engage in networking, skill-building activities, and career treks into Boston, with alumni and prominent employers, according to organizers. Participants explore, reflect, and consider how best to advance their interests and goals, while learning to connect the value of their liberal arts education to their career. “We think it is very important for students to understand that they can study what they love and have a competitive edge in the workplace once they graduate,” said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Joseph Du Pont, who oversees BC’s career services effort.  “[Through Endeavor] students can explore their academic, cocurricular, and career interests and understand how to build a college experience that will allow them to lead self-directed, meaningful professional lives.” Based on the response from its inaugural launch, the Career Center team increased the applicant limit to 250, and extended the program from two to three days, allowing students more flexibility in choosing sessions to suit their interests. Over the course of the program, students will hear from BC alumni on their career paths, learn how to craft their own unique story, and discuss topics like diversity in the workplace, building skills on campus, and networking for introverts. Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Joy Haywood Moore ’81 said the BC Alumni Association is “thrilled” to partner with the Career Center for the second iteration of Endeavor. “Alumni consistently rank serving as mentors to current students as the way in which they are most passionate about giving back to Boston College.” With the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Student Affairs, Residential Life, and the Alumni Association, the Career Center is

also introducing a peer mentoring component where 16 Endeavor fellows — juniors who participated last year — will help guide students through the program. “We recognized that students who attended Endeavor can relate to this year’s participants in a powerful way and, as such, they are in a great position to help students process their Endeavor experience and build community among participants,” said Career Center Associate Director Rachel Greenberg. “We are so excited about and grateful to these 16 Endeavor Fellows for their energy, enthusiasm, and genuine desire to help their peers, and we are confident that this new role will further enrich the Endeavor experience,” she said. Faculty will play a greater role as well, acting as coaches and facilitators throughout each day. The event will include a keynote address by Arivee Vargas RozierByrd ’05, JD ’08, who is entering her second year as a member of the AHANA Alumni Advisory Council, serving on the professional advancement and mentoring subcommittee. Arivee, who received the Goodwin Procter Diversity Fellowship in 2007, is a former associate in business and tort litigation at law firm Jones Day.  She is now an associate director at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. “I am incredibly honored to serve as the keynote speaker at Endeavor,” said Arivee. “The skills, values, and principles that form the bedrock of the liberal arts education Boston College provided me have continuously served as guideposts for [me] and have significantly influenced my professional and personal development. “I am humbled to have the privilege of sharing part of my journey with students at such a critical point in their college education.” Endeavor’s lineup of speakers and career coaches includes individuals from the Boston Public Health Commission, Bloomberg News, Massachusetts General Hospital, Education First, the Danforth Art Museum, Shire and Houghton Mifflin, State Street Corporation and WHDH, among other major organizations. –Siobhan Sullivan Read about the first Endeavor program at

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Continued from page 1 in a relatively brief period. “For me, Joycestick – and digital humanities – has entirely transformed my career, and led me to a whole area of creativity and possibility,” says Nugent, who came to BC in 2004 as a visiting instructor and joined the faculty the following year. “As much as I love literature, my traditional training hadn’t offered me the kind of fulfillment that comes from the kind of cutting-edge research technology has made possible.” Nugent lauds the students’ work on Joycestick with an almost Joycean-like pairing of adjectives. “Their level of commitment is ridiculous and wonderful. They know they’re on the cusp of something exciting. They’ve grown up with this rapidly changing technology, and they presume that tomorrow will bring yet more changes. We have to make it up as we go along – it’s not like there’s a manual – and that’s resulted in some very serious, enjoyable discussions about the nature of this game.” The project grew out of Nugent’s Joyce and digital humanities classes. Last spring, he and Ryan Reede ’17, a computer science major who had worked on the McMullen exhibition digital guide, talked about a VR adaptation of Ulysses. Nugent assembled a group of other students from fine arts, English and computer science disciplines (students from Berklee College of Music have helped with the project’s musical components), obtained grants from the University, and began the gamefication

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Joycestick Provides a Unique Pathway into Legendary Novel

Through Joycestick – which Nugent and his group demonstrated at a conference on gamefication held at BC in October (above) – users navigate and explore scenes from Ulysses, recreated in virtual reality (below).

process – which became “gamefiction” after a team member’s typo on a project document. With its stream-of-consciousness technique and experimental prose, Ulysses presented an unlikely subject for a conventional game narrative. Nugent and the team decided to have Joycestick tell the story by recreating scenes from the book – such as the Martello Tower

in Sandycove where the Ulysses character Stephen Dedalus lives (and where Joyce himself stayed for a few days) – and directing the user to certain objects in the scene: a bright red cricket ball, a bar of lemon soap, a telegram bearing sad news. Touching the object triggers a recorded narration from the book, along with other sounds, to explain its significance to the novel.

All the objects, Nugent points out, had to be researched, scaled and linked to the text of the book. Some of the work in creating the game involved filming and photographing sites in Ireland. For Nugent, the concept of Joycestick is in keeping with the liberal arts mission: to challenge the individual to think outside his or her experience, and accept that the struggle to understand the unknown is meaningful in and of itself. Even as Joycestick might follow the computer game model – where users rack up points or other rewards as they go on – it also subverts the form, he says. “It raises questions: From whose perspective is the story being told? How can you be sure of its veracity? What can you trust?” Nugent explains. “What’s been fascinating is how the students have turned the argument around: What is the role of the user in this game? Is he or she simply an observer, or a character – and if so, who is this person and what are they doing there? Joyce wanted us to enmesh our thoughts with those of the characters in the book, so if you give yourself an identity, do you go against that? “We look on VR as the ultimate empathy machine, in that we don’t simply want to excite the readers – the viewers – but to move them, to engage them with the emotions and events in the book.” In fact, Joycestick became a seminar of sorts for the student team, not all of whom were acquainted with Ulysses or, for that matter, any of Joyce’s writing.

Freshman Emaad Ali, for example, was more interested in the opportunity to work with VR technology. “I wanted to experiment with its potential and the possibilities it opens up for games like ours,” he says. “VR gaming hasn’t become totally mainstream yet, so we think JoyceStick can really help define how people use VR technology in the future, both inside and outside academia.” But over time, Ali grew to appreciate the book. “One thing that’s really struck me is how innovative Joyce’s writing was. He dived into human consciousness and represented how ordinary people think in ways that nobody had done before, which is really inspiring for us as we innovate with VR. I think JoyceStick is a great match for the spirit of Ulysses because we’re giving people a kind of experience they’ve never had, which is exactly what Joyce did in his writing.” Says Reede, “I’ve read every word, and to be honest, I’m still getting there. But working with Joe, I’ve come to understand the magnitude and significance of it, and Joyce’s other books. I understand why this is worth doing.” Nugent freely acknowledges the varied reactions Ulysses can generate, and which to some extent Joycestick embodies. “It’s a grand and preposterous undertaking,” he says with a smile. Contact Sean Smith at

March Conference at BC to Feature a Host of Cybersecurity Experts

Continued from page 1 National Security Agency, the US departments of Homeland Security and Defense, State Street Bank, FireEye, Symantec, IBM Security, Mintz Levin, Jones Day, Weil Gotshal, and The MITRE Corp., as well as National Security Council Cybersecurity Director Cheryl Davis, who works at the White House. “We’re excited to be hosting the BCCS 2017 with the FBI on this incredibly important issue,” said Kevin Powers, founding director of the Cybersecurity Policy & Governance program. “Partnering with the FBI validates our cybersecurity program’s focus, which is to develop cybersecurity leaders to address the varying threats faced by private industry and governments.” “Combating cyber-crime is one of the FBI’s top priorities

because of the direct threat it poses to our national security and economy,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta, who oversees the cyber/counterintelligence program for the FBI’s Boston Division. “The work we do wouldn’t be possible without close collaborative partnerships with the private sector. We hope the Boston Conference on Cyber Security next spring will help everyone get on the same page so we’re better positioned to identify threats, share information and ultimately defeat cyber criminals.” Powers said the Cybersecurity Policy & Governance program and FBI have been working on the BCCS 2017 itinerary for several months, with an eye to making the conference as informative and meaningful as possible.

“With cyber-attacks in the news every day, there’s a fear out there, but it’s causing a ‘security fatigue’ to it all, because business, government, and consumer users are overwhelmed and sick of being on constant alert,” explained Powers, a former analyst and attorney for the US Justice and Defense departments and US Navy. “Our goal in partnering with the FBI is to highlight why it’s not only in users’ best interests to continue to focus on cybersecurity, but also for the greater good.  There needs to be an all-hands-on-deck approach, as the cyber-threats we face today are not going away anytime soon.”  Bonavolonta echoed Powers’ remarks. “Most of America’s cutting-edge technology and equipment is found in the private sector: manufacturers, contractors

and academia. Cyber-criminals continue to exploit these networks to steal information. The FBI is committed to finding the criminals behind these attacks, but we can’t do it alone. Conferences like this will help everyone gain a better understanding of the emerging threats as well as our individual roles and responsibilities in defeating them.” The Cybersecurity Policy & Governance program’s partnership with the FBI is one of more than three dozen governmental and business ties it has formed during its first full year of existence. Others include the Massachusetts State Police, Lockheed Martin, PwC, SkyBox Security, Comtrade, GuidePoint Security, Bank of America, Raytheon, Gartner Consulting, Locke Lord, LLP, and the US departments of Defense, Energy,

Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury. “Our partners collaborate with us by providing guest lecturers, hosting joint panel discussions and networking events, and providing internships and applied research projects to our students,” said Powers. “It is a true collaborative effort by government, industry and academia – with BC taking the lead – to address and mitigate these cyberthreats. “When we meet here in March at BCCS 2017, we’ll be discussing emerging technologies, best practices, operations and enforcement, and real-life cyber and national security experiences to help our students and private industry and government  leaders address today’s cyber-threats.” Contact Sean Hennessey at

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Lecture Honors Legacy of Conflict Negotiator Fr. Helmick

New Center for Isotope Geochemistry in Devlin Hall gives researchers the latest technology to study earth materials dating as far back as 4 billion years By Ed Hayward Staff Writer

The new Center for Isotope Geochemistry in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences provides researchers with state-of-the-art lab space and technology to analyze materials for new insights into earth processes and human activity across billions of years. The $2.5-million lab came online earlier this year and so far has hosted more than two dozen professors, graduate students and undergraduate researchers, Earth & Environmental Sciences Associate Professor and chair Ethan Baxter said at a recent open house for the facility, located in Devlin Hall. In addition to Earth & Environmental Sciences, Baxter expects students and faculty from other disciplines – such as physics, chemistry, biology, and even history and theology – to explore how the lab’s unique technology can support their work. The facility has also drawn earth science researchers from other universities. “That open-user philosophy is a really important aspect of the lab that we want people to know about,” Baxter said. “It is a very, very diverse portfolio of science that we do here and we take great pride in that and the diverse group of researchers here.” The 1,350-square-foot lab complex was planned and completed by a team that included faculty and staff experts, BC’s Division of Facilities’ Capital Projects Management office, architect Dimella-Shaffer, engineer Thompson Consultants, and the contractor StructureTone. Clean labs and clean rooms are controlled environments with low levels of air-borne contaminants – measured by the number and size of particles per cubic foot of air – such as dust, microbes, aerosol particles and chemical

Earth & Environmental Sciences chair Ethan Baxter (at center in photo above) says the new Center for Isotope Geochemistry (top photo) is already making a difference for faculty and students from various disciplines. (Photos by Gary Gilbert)

vapors. Outdoor air contains approximately 35 million ppcf. The new lab, constructed during the past two years in space already occupied by the earth sciences department, includes an analytical geochemistry laboratory rated “ultra clean” – or 1,000 ppcf – and within that 11, 100-ppcfrated fume hood workspaces for sample preparation. In the adjacent space, the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) Facility technology takes a purified sample, employs heat to ionize its atoms and then uses an electromagnet to separate the atoms by isotopic mass and charge. The unique isotope characterizations can be used to specify earth processes and date the origins of materials contained in the samples. Baxter said TIMS can analyze samples smaller than a nanogram with a high degree of precision. Drawing on archives of rock and sediment samples, TIMS enables researchers to look back as many as 4 billion years for new insights into subjects ranging from plate tectonics to climate change, Baxter said. “That precise analysis translates into a precise geochronology of events and a range of other processes we study,” said Baxter. The center also includes a re-

cently upgraded Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) used by assistant professors of Earth & Environmental Sciences Corinne Wong and Jeremy Shakun for paleoclimate research. Isotopes of oxygen and carbon extracted from earth materials and analyzed with the IRMS provide information about past climate, groundwater, and biosignatures. The center has already helped to support grant awards of more than $1 million for Earth & Environmental Sciences faculty including Baxter, Shakun, and Wong. The new facilities will host students from a pair of BC Core Renewal courses, including “Building a Habitable Planet—Origins and Evolutions of the Earth,” which Baxter and Assistant Professor of Theology Natana DeLong-Bas will teach next semester. Wong and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Philosophy David Storey are also expected to utilize the lab during their course “A Perfect Moral Storm: The Science and Ethics of Climate Change.” “These classes will be in the isotope lab talking about philosophy and talking about God, which I think is quintessential BC,” said Baxter. Contact Ed Hayward at

enemy, but welcome him or her into dialogue.” Michalczyk, who directs the Film Studies Program, said Little “can address some of the same issues we have confronted in our documentaries on conflict resolution; that is, how religion plays an integral role at times in the reconciliation process.” BC sponsors of the free, public event – which will include a post-lecture reception – include

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An inaugural memorial lecture in honor of the late Rev. Raymond G. Helmick, SJ, an eminently respected theologian who was internationally regarded for his conflict resolution skills, will be held on Dec. 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. Georgetown University Professor David Little will address “Religion and Conflict Transformation” at the event, which takes place in Devlin 101. A research fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and International Affairs, Little is a leading authority on the history of religious freedom, ethics and human rights, and religion and conflict resolution. The establishment of the memorial lecture is the result of efforts by some of Fr. Helmick’s collaborators to commemorate his social justice work through events and initiatives. At Fr. Helmick’s passing last April, the Boston Globe obituary headline read: “Father Raymond Helmick traveled [the] world for peace.” “Fr. Helmick has left his imprint on our planet with his myriad of concerns that brought him to many parts of the worldpeace and reconciliation, climate change, human rights, and the freeing of prisoners,” said filmmaker and Art, Art History and Film Studies Department Professor John Michalczyk, who worked with him on 10 films dealing with international conflict resolution, including in Northern Ireland, the Mideast and Balkans. “For many of us who consider him our mentor, he has left us with the important insight that we must see that there are two historical sides to a narrative and hence we must not demonize the

Raymond Helmick, SJ, who died earlier this year, “has left his imprint on our planet with his myriad of concerns that brought him to many parts of the world-peace and reconciliation, climate change, human rights, and the freeing of prisoners,” according to Film Studies Program Director John Michalczyk, a frequent collaborator.

the Jesuit Community; Center for Human Rights and International Justice; Faith, Peace and Justice Program; Film Studies Program; Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, and Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics. Other sponsors are the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, and Rotary Club of Scituate, Mass. To RSVP for the lecture, go to For more information, contact Michalczyk at –Rosanne Pellegrini


At the recent annual Career Night for the Arts, alumni from various arts-related professions – including (top) fashion executive Jane Conway Caspe ’83, with Joyun Chen ’19, and (below) commercial theater investor and producer Eric Butler ’12 – talked about experiences and opportunities in their fields.

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As Semester Winds Down, Week of Dance Provides Lift By Rosanne Pellegrini Staff Writer

The second annual Boston College Week of Dance is underway, and proving to be popular among troupe members and student dance fans alike. With the end of classes, study days and finals ahead, 10 studentrun dance workshops held this week at the Brighton Dance Studio have offered a break from academics, and an opportunity for attendees to learn new moves in a variety of genres, including hiphop, swing, South Asian, Latin, African and modern dance. The Week of Dance will conclude with showcases at Robsham

workshop portion last year, and we really enjoyed it,” said Stephannie Ku ’17, a choreographer of the 15-member hip-hop ensemble. “It was actually the first workshop our team has done, and it was a new and enjoyable experience for us to teach others, both in and outside of the dance community at BC, one of the dances we worked so hard to create and learn. “We are all on Phaymus because [we] share a passion for dance, and really want to create a fun and enjoyable experience for others who want to learn our dances,” Ku added. “Students use this beautiful art form to express their culture,

Members of Phaymus practiced earlier this week for their performance at the Week of Dance finale in Robsham Theater. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Theater Arts Center (RTAC) tomorrow and Saturday — a rare, collaborative event featuring performances by 16 student groups. PATU (Presenting Africa To You) also will present a Saturday afternoon workshop at Robsham. Presented by the Arts Council and RTAC, the week celebrates dance at Boston College, and welcomes students with all – or no – levels of dance experience, according to organizers. “Week of Dance is a growing celebration of one of Boston College’s strongest student communities,” said BC Arts Council Program Administrator Sarah McDermott. “The dance community on campus, and through alumni in the greater Boston area, is an incredible force driven by the passion and talents of the undergraduate student dancers.” Troupes hosting instruction in a variety of dance styles during the week included BC On Top, Dance Organization of Boston College, Masti, BC Full Swing, Phaymus Dance Entertainment, AEROdynamiK, Boston College Dance Ensemble, Feugo del Corazón and Conspiracy Theory. They are among the groups that will participate in the weekend performances. “Phaymus participated in Week of Dance through the

beliefs and personal styles – but more importantly to bring people together,” said McDermott. “The Week of Dance workshops and showcases came out of a need expressed by the dance leaders themselves: They wanted to learn from and celebrate each other.” The weeklong celebration is important, Ku said, “because the dance teams on campus rarely get a chance to come altogether to celebrate our passion for dance and put on a cohesive show. Not just the performances, but the workshops as well, allow the teams in the dance community at BC a chance to teach others outside of the dance community and share and express our passion and hard work.” The Arts Council and RTAC have collaborated “to make sure the celebration of dance is an ongoing success that is highlighted by a week dedicated to the incredibly hard work of the students,” McDermott added. The dance showcases on Friday and Saturday will differ each night, with some overlap. General admission tickets are $10; go to html Contact Rosanne Pellegrini at


Almost 80 veterans were among the attendees at the University’s Veterans Day Remembrance Mass and Ceremony, held at the Veterans Memorial on Burns Library lawn. (Photos by Frank Curran)

Connell School of Nursing Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess, an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of victims of trauma, was guest speaker at the 16th annual Boston College Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony on Nov. 11. In her remarks at the memorial, Burgess – leader of the College Warrior Athlete Initiative, funded by the Wounded Warrior Project, which pairs studentathletes with post-9/11 veterans to improve the veterans’ fitness levels – traced the evolution of the ways soldiers and scientists took measure of the trauma of combat, from the 18th century descriptions of “nostalgia” to “shell shock” to the contemporary diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. “War impacts everyone, leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on communities and countries,” Burgess told the assembled crowd of several hundred attendees, including nearly 80 veterans. Burgess teaches a course

called Wounded Warriors in Transition that introduces undergraduates to the issues facing the more than 65,000 US military service members who have been wounded since 2001,

Prof. Ann Wolbert Burgess (CSON) was featured speaker at the ceremony.

including those with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony is organized by the Boston College Alumni Association with support from the BC Veterans Alumni Network, BC Army ROTC, the Office of Campus Ministry and the Human Resources division. The day’s events began with a Mass in St. Ignatius Church led by BC Jesuit Community Rector Robert Keane, SJ ’71, who served

more than two decades as a US Navy chaplain before retiring from military service as a captain. A ceremony honoring all alumni who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces, followed at the Boston College Veterans Memorial on Burns Library lawn, where BC students in the ROTC program read aloud the names of those graduates who died during the nation’s military conflicts. The ceremony concluded with the introduction of a commemorative pin for BC alumni veterans, the quarter-sized pin comprised of the American and Boston College flags, “joined by and supported by” the word “veteran,” said Army National Guard Retired Colonel George Harrington ‘80. Each veteran in attendance had a pin placed on his or her lapel. In addition, the Connell School hosted a public panel discussion with VA Hospital representatives on the current state of mental healthcare for veterans. Read the full version of this story at –Office of University Communications


The Breakfast Club, a group of Boston College student volunteers who remove trash from offcampus neighborhood streets and sidewalks, went out on patrol in Brighton the weekend before Thanksgiving. Among those lending a hand were (in photo at right) juniors Dylan Taylor, left, and Zac Basille. (Photos by Christopher Huang)

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BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE MEDIA An introduction to new faculty members at Boston College

Julia Chuang

Assistant Professor of Sociology Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences DEGREES: Harvard University (BA); University of California-Berkeley (MA, PhD) WHAT SHE STUDIES: Sociology of development, ethnography, migration, Asia and Asian America;how movement of people shapes global economic processes. WHAT SHE’S TEACHING: International Studies Senior Seminar; Craft of Ethnography; Empirical Research Seminar Can you talk about the issues you explore in your book manuscript, The Changing Foundations of Chinese Development? “My book manuscript is an ethnography about construction workers and their families in Sichuan, China. It is a view of the Chinese economy from below; and it shows first how the urban economy grows by cannibalizing the countryside, and second how the countryside is also changing with the onslaught of urbanization and land commercialization.”

Jeffrey Cohen

Assistant Professor Boston College Law School DEGREES: University of Pennsylvania (BA); University of Oxford (M.St.); Stanford Law School (JD) WHAT HE STUDIES: Criminal law and procedure, especially in corporate sentencing and punishment. WHAT HE’S TEACHING: Law Practice

Jeffrey DaCosta

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Biology Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences DEGREES: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BS); University of Nevada Las Vegas (MSc); Boston University (PhD) WHAT HE STUDIES: Ecology, behavior and evolution, particularly biodiversity; use of DNA sequence data to reconstruct evolutionary history of species and populations. WHAT HE TEACHES: Ecology and Evolution, Research in Evolutionary Genomics What is at the core of your teaching and research? “I strive to help students appreciate and understand the incredible diversity of ecosystems, organisms, and behaviors in nature. My research supports this goal by using cutting-edge laboratory methods and analyses to study the evolutionary processes behind this diversity.”

Boston College faculty provided commentary and expertise as media outlets focused on the forthcoming Trump presidency: Speaking with CBS News, Assoc. Prof. Brian Quinn (Law) weighed in on President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that there will be no conflict of interest between his business ventures and his presidency; in a piece for The Guardian and a Q&A with Pacific Standard Magazine, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson (History) offered

her views on how Trump will govern, and what relative moderates will do with him as president; Prof. Stephen Pope (Theology) wrote an op-ed for Commonweal on the difficulties of Christian reconciliation in the wake of Trump’s victory. The Jubilee Year of Mercy came to a formal close last month, but Pope Francis’ message of mercy continued with an announcement that extended Catholic priests’ ability to forgive

NOTA BENE Lynch School of Education Charles F. Donovan, SJ, Dean Stanton Wortham has been awarded the 2016 Edward Sapir Book Prize for Discourse Analysis beyond the Speech Event, which he co-authored with Angela Reyes of Hunter College. Established by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, the book prize honors books that have made significant contributions to the understanding of how language impacts society and mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes. Robert Mauro, director of the University’s Global Leadership Institute, has begun a three-year term on the selection committee for the George J. Mitchell Scholars Program, sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Two Boston College alumni athletes recently received singular honors: •Former BC baseball captain Pete Frates ’07 was selected for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Inspiration Award, which is presented to an intercollegiate athletic coach, administrator or current or former varsity letter athlete who has used perseverance, dedication and determination to deal with a life-altering situation. Frates, who is director of BC baseball operations, was chosen in recognition of his efforts to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with which he was diagnosed in 2012. He gained international attention in 2014 for his role in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Frates will receive the award at the NCAA Honors Celebration in January. [Read the NCAA’s announcement at]

–Kathleen Sullivan, Ed Hayward, Sean Hennessey, Sean Smith Photos by Lee Pellegrini and Tony Rinaldo

Prof. Ray Madoff (Law), director of the Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good, commented to the Wall Street Journal on a new study that shows a small group of wealthy donors giving more money than ever before, while less-wealthy donors are giving less.  First casinos, then legal marijuana. Is traditional morality at risk in Massachusetts? Assoc. Prof. of the Practice Richard McGowan, SJ (CSOM), discussed the question on New England Cable News’ “The Take.” The 7.8 magnitude New Zealand earthquake could trigger months of aftershocks, Weston Observatory Director Prof. John Ebel (Earth & Environmental Sciences) told the Boston Herald. Interviewed by the Boston Globe, Prof. Michael Cassidy (Law) said that possible disciplinary sanctions against a Martha’s Vineyard assistant district attorney reflect a national trend.

JOBS The following are among the most recent positions posted by the Department of Human Resources. For more information on employment opportunities at Boston College, see Assistant Director of Field Education, Academic Affairs/Provost Associate Dean, School of Social Work Senior Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Digital Library Applications Developer, Academic Affairs/ Provost

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Assistant Professor of Marketing Carroll School of Management DEGREES: Harvard University (BS); University of Washington (MS, PhD) WHAT HE STUDIES: Consumer behavior and consumer psychology WHAT HE’S TEACHING:  Marketing Research What aspects of consumer psychology are you looking at now? “I’m researching how and when feedback about personal change over time motivates different consumer behaviors, from product upgrade decisions – upgrading to a newer mobile phone, for example – to selfimprovement efforts like joining a gym. In another line of research, I examine how social norms shape judgment and decision-making.”

abortion. Prof. James Bretzke, SJ (STM), was interviewed about the announcement by the Washington Post.

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•Matt Ryan ’08, above, one of the top quarterbacks in BC football history, had his jersey retired during halftime of the Nov. 19 BC-UConn game at Alumni Stadium. Ryan led the Eagles to an 11-3 record his senior year, winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Manning awards and ACC Player of the Year honors. He has gone on to become a star QB for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons with three Pro Bowl selections. Ryan also holds the annual Matt Ryan Celebrity–Am Classic to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. [See a photo gallery of the ceremony for Ryan at http://bceagles. com/galleries/?gallery=994.]

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BC’s Week of Dance See page 6

Santa Claus is coming to town – or at least to the Boston College campus – early this year: He will make a special appearance at BC’s annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on the Plaza at O’Neill Library, which takes place on Dec. 6 beginning at 4 p.m.; University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will officiate at 6 p.m. The event also will feature a Christmas village with games and ornament decorating, a replica ice sculpture of Gasson Hall, hot chocolate and cookies for revelers. BC musical groups, including the Dynamics, Bostonians, Heightsmen, Sharps, BC Bells, Liturgy Arts Group and Madrigals, will perform. The Campus Activities Board will have a Christmas cardwriting station where students can create holiday messages to send to hospitalized children. Giveaways will include travel mugs and winter hats. Other holiday happenings include the University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra “Christmas on the Heights” concerts tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus. [The performances on Saturday and Sunday are sold out.] Under the direction of conductor John Finney, the program will feature seasonal song favorites, as well as a variety of handpicked Christmas songs from cultures around the world.

Tickets may be purchased at or via the Robsham Theater Box Office. Admission is $12 in advance; tickets not claimed by 3 p.m. tomorrow will be brought to Trinity Chapel. After that day and time, tickets will only be available for purchase on-line using the Print At Home option.

Campus. Festivities include photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread cookie decorating, musical performances, visits with baby animals, and rides around campus on a horse-drawn carriage or a special Christmas train. Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls, ages six to 14, for

The Alumni Association’s Dec. 10 “Winter Wonderland” event on Brighton Campus offers fun seasonal activities for families and children. (Photo by University Advancement)

Finney and Chorale members also will present the “Music at St. Mary’s” Christmas Concert Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. More merriment comes with the Alumni Association’s popular seasonal “Winter Wonderland” celebration for alumni, their families and friends on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Brighton

donation to the Italian Home for Children. Registration for Winter Wonderland [at] is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12; there is no charge for children under age three. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for guests; snacks and lunch items will be sold.

In conjunction with Winter Wonderland, Second Saturdays at the McMullen Museum of Art will feature a holiday celebration, with activities throughout its hours, from noon to 5 p.m. They include holiday-themed vocal performances, hot chocolate and treats, tours of the exhibition “Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections,” and arts and crafts activities.

Children ages four to nine are invited to join a 2:30 p.m. program, “Identifying Animals in Medieval Manuscripts.” Because seats are limited, advance registration for children and their chaperones is required at For more information on these events, see the University Calendar at –Rosanne Pellegrini

Gaelic Roots to Host Noted Irish Performer John Doyle Guitarist and vocalist John Doyle, a leading figure in Irish music over the past two decades, will perform a concert on campus Dec. 8 as part of the Gaelic Roots series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium on Brighton Campus. Doyle is best known as a founding member of the pioneering Irish American band Solas and for his longtime partnership with fiddler Liz Carroll (with whom he performed for President Obama). One of the most influential Keith Wright Celtic-style guitarists of his generation, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, including Joan Baez, Mary Black, Eileen Ivers and Karan Casey. Having started out playing mainly traditional music, in recent years Doyle has broadened his talents to include songwriting; his 2011 album “Shadow and Light” contained original songs based on the experiences of Irish immigrants. [See] For more on Gaelic Roots, see –Office of University Communications


‘FOR THIS I AM GRATEFUL’ Photos by Gary Gilbert

Boston College Campus Ministry held the annual Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Nov. 17 in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. The event featured music and readings by members of the University community, among them Montserrat Coalition Manager Yvonne McBarnett (right).

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