Professor Emeritus Peter Berger passed away last week on June 27th, 2017.
Keeping with recent tradition, the Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that it will once again welcome an alumna from ten years’ past as our commencement speaker. Dr. Joanna Ng (CAS ’06, MED ’10) will return to Boston University to address the 2016 graduating seniors and their families.
Joanna Ng graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Biology. She then earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 2010 with induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and as the recipient of the William J. McNary Alumni Award with distinction in leadership and service. She was named one of Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Training” in 2010, and given her love of caring for the underserved, Dr. Ng matched in General Surgery at Boston Medical Center, where she continues to train through 2017.
As a resident, she has taken care of many trauma and surgical patients, including those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and was recently featured in ABC’s television documentary “Save My Life.” During her two year research sabbatical, she studied peripheral nerve regeneration and microvascular reconstruction at Massachusetts General Hospital, earning many podium presentation awards, the 2014 Plastic Surgery and Education Foundation Basic Science Grant, and published several papers and surgical textbook chapters. After finishing her training as chief resident, Dr. Ng will begin her fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where she will specialize in post-oncologic and microsurgical reconstruction.
When not in the hospital, she and her husband Scott, an emergency medicine physician, spend most of their time chasing their toddler Jenna and discovering good food and wine. She was honored to be the commencement speaker in 2006 and is ecstatic to be back a decade later.
The 2016 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 15th at the Questrom School of Business Auditorium (Hariri Building, formerly known as SMG). For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement Ceremony, please view this page.
Keeping with recent tradition, the Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that it will once again welcome an alumnus from ten years’ past as our commencement speaker. Jeremiah Glazer (B.A. ’05) will return to Boston University to address the 2015 graduating seniors and their families.
Jeremiah Glazer graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology. After two years of living and working in New York City, Mr. Glazer went to the University of Chicago to earn his Master’s degree in the Humanities, with a concentration in Philosophy, finishing a thesis on Wittgenstein entitled: “Taking a Wider Look Round: A Social View of Rule-Following”. Following his Master’s degree, Mr. Glazer entered the documentary film industry as an editor and producer, working on numerous television and film projects including the Tribeca-award winning documentary “Give Up Tomorrow”, and the Sundance-award winning doc “Tibet in Song”. In 2011, Mr. Glazer started working at Etsy, the world’s largest online handmade and vintage marketplace, and is currently the Video Production Manager for the site. In addition to his film work, Mr. Glazer DJs and composes music under the name Sun Ascendant. You can find his latest work on his website: www.jeremiahglazer.com.
The 2015 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 17th at the School of Management Auditorium (SMG). For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement Ceremony, please view this page.
In keeping with recent tradition, the Sociology Department will again welcome a “ten year out” alumna as our commencement speaker. Officer Rachel McGuire (nee Olanoff) (BA, ’04) will return to Boston University to address the 2014 graduating seniors and their families.
A brief bio on our guest speaker:
Police Officer Rachel O. McGuire graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2004 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After four years in retail sales at JCrew in Copley Square, Officer McGuire applied to become a Boston Police Officer. She was accepted and graduated the 6-month Boston Police Academy in November 2008 at the top of her class, receiving the academy’s Hogan Award and Academic Excellence Award. For the first five and a half years of her police career, Officer McGuire patrolled the streets of District D-4, covering the Back Bay, South End, Fenway, and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. While working as a patrol officer, she studied at Curry College and earned her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice in 2012. Her education at B.U. and Curry, her time in retail sales, and her experiences as a patrol officer prepared her for her recently acquired position as a spokesperson and representative for the Boston Police Department in the Office of Media Relations. Officer McGuire is currently studying for the upcoming promotional exam in hopes of becoming a sergeant.
The 2014 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 18th at the School of Management Auditorium. For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement, please view this page.
In keeping with recent tradition, the Sociology Department will again welcome a “ten year out” alumna as our commencement speaker. Emily Valerio (BA, ’03) will return to Boston University to address the 2013 graduating seniors and their families.
A brief bio on our guest speaker:
Emily Valerio graduated from Boston University in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Sociology with Distinction and a minor in Chemistry. Ms. Valerio went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Master’s Certificate in Medical Device Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Valerio attended Suffolk University Law School where she received the prestigious Robert A. Fuchs Memorial Prize in Labor Law, the Suffolk Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law and Antitrust Law, as well as the Legal Practice Skills Best Brief and Distinguished Oral Advocate Awards. Ms. Valerio graduated with her law degree, cum laude, in May 2011 and became a member of the Massachusetts bar in November of 2011. Ms. Valerio is currently the manager of Regulatory Affairs at Codman & Shurtleff, a division of Johnson & Johnson, located in Raynham, Massachusetts, where she advises the company on compliance with federal and international regulatory requirements. Ms. Valerio and her husband, David Pozo, have backpacked and climbed mountains all over the world, including in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Yosemite National Park, the Peruvian Andes, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The 2013 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 19th at the School of Management Auditorium. For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement, please view this page.
In following with the tradition set forth by the sociology department of having past graduates speak at commencement, we are proud to have Paul Bauer (BA, ’02) return to Boston to address the 2012 graduating class of seniors. Paul graduated double major in SO and PS, magna cum laude. He will pass on his wisdom as a BU grad to the students, as well as relate his experience in the real world to what he learned within our department.
A brief bio on our guest speaker:
After graduation he moved to Washington where he served on the staff of U.S. Representative Robert Andrews (NJ), advising the Congressman on policy issues ranging from education and foreign affairs to labor and trade. Thereafter he went on to law school at the University of Chicago, and currently he is on staff at a major law firm in Manhattan (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler) where he specializes in commercial litigation matters ranging from securities litigation to intellectual property to white collar defense. He also does important pro bono work on problems of human trafficking and juveniles seeking special immigrant status.
The 2012 Sociology commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 20th at the School of Management Auditorium.
Graduate Ashok Kamal (BA 2001) took stage Sunday, May 22nd as the guest speaker for the 2011 commencement ceremony. Ashok is a social entrepreneur and Co-Founder & CEO of Bennu, which is a socially responsible product development and marketing company that completes the recycling loop (www.bennuworld.com). His career spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including launching an independent hip-hop entertainment company, Raptivism Records, and leading a youth development organization in NYC, Directions For Our Youth. Most recently, Ashok worked at KLD Research & Analytics, the pioneering sell-side firm for socially responsible investors and worked on Newsweek magazine’s inaugural Green Rankings.
Melissa Weiner (BU, Class of 2000), Assistant Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University, spoke at Department of Sociology Commencement, May 2010. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at BU, Melissa went on to obtain her PhD in 2006 from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Power, Protest and the Public Schools (2010) and also the founder of Brighter World Books, a non-profit organization devoted to providing individual schools in South Africa with books. Our best wishes and congratulations to Melissa!