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Tesla driverless car death not surprising, expect more

Author: Shannon Roddel

Timothy Carone

Electric car maker Tesla Motors revealed Thursday (June 30) that federal regulators are investigating its autopilot software after a fatal crash involving a semitrailer. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation after a man was killed May 7 in Williston, Florida, while driving a Model S with the self-driving mode engaged.

“This is the first known fatality,” according to automation expert Timothy Carone, a teaching professor in the Department of IT, Analytics, and Operations in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

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Stacking the deck against ovarian cancer

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Sharon Stack

Nearly 70 percent of ovarian cancer cases are detected after metastasis, which is the development of secondary malignant growths distant from the primary site of cancer. Understanding ovarian cancer metastasis is a research focus of M. Sharon Stack, the Ann F. Dunne & Elizabeth Riley Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) and Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.

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New anti-inversion rules should reduce but not eliminate incentives to invert

Author: Carol Elliott

James Seida

The new U.S. Treasury rules limit the ability of U.S.-based firms to establish tax domicile in a foreign jurisdiction via merger-related corporate inversion, and also attempt to reduce the ability for all foreign firms, including inverted firms, to avoid U.S. income taxes via intercompany debt-related earnings stripping.

In new research, Seida finds that inverting firms have a long-term tax advantage compared to their domestic competitors. Seida co-authored the study along with Stephen Lusch, assistant professor at the University of Kansas, and Luke Watson, assistant professor at the University of Florida — both graduates of the Notre Dame Master of Science in Accountancy program.

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Not Irish? There’s still reason to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day

Author: Notre Dame News

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

Why do so many people celebrate and recognize St. Patrick’s Day – even if they’re not Irish at all?

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, professor of Irish language and literature at the University of Notre Dame and expert on popular religion in Ireland, as well as folklore and popular culture, explains the history and cultural significance of Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick.”

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2016 presidential campaign shows American politics has reached a breaking point, expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robert Schmuhl

Journalists and political pundits have repeatedly stressed that the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is like nothing they’ve ever seen. Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, believes that the campaign may indicate that American politics has reached a breaking point.

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Supreme Court's suspension of Clean Power Plan a 'devastating loss' for Obama administration, expert says

Author: Shannon Roddel

Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber, associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, who specializes in environmental, natural resources and energy law, is shocked by the U.S. Supreme Court’s action Tuesday night (Feb. 10) to block the EPA from enforcing its Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate change policy.

“The plan has been the subject of a swift and strong legal challenge, mounted by more than 20 states. Although the Court’s decision is temporary, it represents a major victory for these states and a devastating loss for the administration.

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Former NAACP chief’s endorsement signals lackluster Clinton support, expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Darren Davis

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders’ standing among black voters could receive a boost with the expected endorsement of Benjamin Jealous, who served as president of the NAACP from 2008 to 2013. Jealous is expected to appear with Sanders in New Hampshire Friday (Feb. 5) and offer his endorsement.

Darren Davis, a professor of political science and an associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, notes that political endorsements are primarily symbolic, but Jealous’ endorsement is more symbolic than most.

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Law professor attends White House Colombia meeting, applauds continued US aid

Author: Shannon Roddel

Douglass Cassel

President Barack Obama is hosting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House Thursday (Feb. 4) to discuss U.S. aid in Colombia’s historic peace deal. University of Notre Dame Law Professor Douglass Cassel, who played a crucial role in helping to negotiate the Colombian peace deal, will be in attendance at the White House event, followed by a small dinner with Santos tonight.

“I am gratified that President Obama will announce specific sums of continued U.S. aid to Colombia, and that they will include funds to strengthen the Colombian justice system and to help implement the peace accords. I am also hopeful that, even amid election year politics, the bipartisan tradition of U.S. support for Colombia will be sustained.”

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Cancer too complex for a magic bullet: Resources to support research are needed, expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Sharon Stack

Thursday (Feb. 4) marks World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on Feb. 4, 2000. The goals of the charter are the promotion of research to cure as well as prevent the disease, upgrades to the provided services to the patients, the sensitization of the common opinion and the mobilization of the global community against cancer.

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Super Bowl ad buy can be a good investment, marketing expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Frank Germann

As the Super Bowl marks its 50th anniversary, deciding whether to spring for an ad is tougher than ever for companies. According to Ad Age, CBS is asking $5 million for a 30-second spot this year, an increase of 76 percent in a decade.

Despite the high cost of the spots, Frank Germann, an assistant professor of marketing in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, believes a Super Bowl ad can be a good investment for companies under certain circumstances.

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