Boston College

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Today it is one of the nation’s foremost universities, with an enrollment of nearly 14,700 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

Each year the University confers more than 4,000 degrees in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research and have been honored by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education and the MacArthur Foundation. Boston College is ranked 31st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Boston College students have earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including Rhodes Scholarships, Marshalls, Goldwaters and Fulbright grants. Each year, undergraduates devote some 550,000 hours to community service.

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Nobels go to only three scientists max, while some papers have as many authors as members of this audience. © Nobel Media AB, Alexander Mahmoud

Swinging between extremes in giving scientific credit where credit is due

Nobel Prizes can go to at most three co-recipients. Journal articles, on the other hand, can have thousands of co-authors. Neither extreme is ideal, but how should we credit today's science work?
Do universities model the ethics they teach? John Walker

Who is to teach ethics to the university?

Universities are places that teach ethics to students. But, on any given day, you can read about several university scandals. Do universities practice what they teach?
A US Chinook similar to the one involved in the gun battle of Takur Ghar. Flickr/The U S Army

Bad space weather may have caused fatal Afghan gun battle

Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study. Space weather is normally…

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