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Monday, October 31, 2005

Boston College Shorts: October 31, 2005

Shop 'Til You Drop

Juliet B. Schor, Boston College sociology professor and leading American expert on consumerism, is quoted in both the Guardian (UK) and MSNBC. Schor is routinely consulted by the media on the power of branding in young children, and the overall effects of consumer culture on youth.

Schor, who taught this blogger in her course "Shop 'Til You Drop: The Question of Consumer Society," recently published "Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture," which she presented at the 10th annual Texas Book Festival.

T. Ross Kelly

Boston College chemistry professor T. Ross Kelly's work on a molecular motor that runs on chemical fuel is noted in recent coverage from Chemical & Engineering News regarding nanoscale devices. Kelly, who has been teaching at BC since 1969, won the National Institues of Health Career Development award in 1975, the American Chemical Society Cope Scholar award in 1996, and was recently named 2004 Teacher of the Year. However, Kelly has received most of his fame among current undergraduates after his recent appearance on "Da Ali G Show." More on Kelly from the The Heights and The Chronicle.

Boston College "Out There"

Boston College was represented at "Out There," a conference held at Santa Clara University "billed as the nation's first on how gays and lesbians fit in at universities guided by a faith that says their sexual orientation is wrong."

Paul G. Schervish

Paul G. Schervish, director of Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, was quoted on the topic of inheritance in the "baby boomer" generaton. The Center on Wealth and Philanthrophy estimates that at least $45 trillion will be disbursed by estates over the next five decades.

Boston College "Golden" Eagles

Shame on you, Steve Deace of "Cyclone Nation." You've been busted. Huh?
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