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Nanovic Institute awards $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize to ‘The Sleepwalkers’

Author: Monica Caro

"The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914" by Christopher Clark

he Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Christopher Clark for his book “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” published by Harper. A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute, praised the book for “the masterful treatment of one of the greatest turning points in modern history” and “its accessibility to all readers.”

The $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize is presented annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole, and recognizes alternately books in the humanities and in history and social sciences. The 2015 award cycle considered books in history and social sciences published in 2012 and 2013. Clark, the Regius Professor of History at St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge, will accept the award and present a lecture in the 2015 fall semester at the University of Notre Dame.

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Karen and Kevin Keyes endow Notre Dame head women’s basketball coaching position

Author: Dennis Brown

Muffet McGraw

A student-athlete who helped build the foundation of the University of Notre Dame’s perennially powerful women’s basketball program and her husband, also a former student-athlete at the University, have made a $5 million gift to their alma mater to endow the Fighting Irish program’s head coaching position, the first endowed coaching position in Notre Dame’s history.

Karen Robinson Keyes was a standout player for Notre Dame from 1987 to 1991 under Coach Muffet McGraw, whose position will now carry the title Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Karen’s husband, Kevin, was a varsity tennis player for the Irish and is now the president and a member of the board of directors of Annaly Capital Management.

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University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries launch CurateND

Author: Tara O'Leary

Hesburgh Library

The University of Notre Dame and the Hesburgh Libraries announce the launch of CurateND, a multifaceted research repository and portal designed to manage and preserve Notre Dame research and associated data so that it can be globally discovered, accessed and shared. CurateND will help to illuminate the University’s research mission, elevate the work of faculty and students and further Notre Dame’s impact around the world.

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The University of Notre Dame and friends honor and remember Father Hesburgh

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Emcee Anne Thompson chats with former Senator Harris Wofford and Notre Dame Board of Trustees member Martin W. Rodgers during a tribute ceremony in the Purcell Pavilion to honor the life of the late President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame’s iconic 15th president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was honored and remembered Wednesday night (March 4) at a memorial service in Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.

Father Hesburgh, one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died Thursday (Feb. 26) at Notre Dame. He was 97.

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Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."

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President and Rosalynn Carter, Condoleezza Rice among guests to speak at Father Hesburgh tribute

Author: Dennis Brown

President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., meets with former Senator Harris Wofford

Former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among the dignitaries who will speak Wednesday evening at a tribute to Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987 who died Thursday at age 97, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Monday (March 2).

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Health & Medicine

New antibiotic holds promise against antibiotic-resistant infections

Author: Gene Stowe

Mayland Chang, left, and Shahriar Mobashery

Estimates of deaths from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States range upwards of 19,000 annually. Around 1960, when Staphylococcus aureus developed resistance to first-generation penicillin, methicillin and other second-generation beta-lactam antibiotics were adopted to fight the illness. The modern variants of the bacterium have developed resistance to the four drugs now used to treat it.

A team of researchers led by Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang at the University of Notre Dame has discovered a promising new antibiotic, a vital weapon against disease as pathogens evolve to develop resistance to long-used drugs.

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Following cancellation last year, Christopher Patten to speak at 2015 Commencement

Author: Dennis Brown

Christopher Patten speaks at the 2012 Nanovic Forum

After health concerns caused Oxford Chancellor Christopher Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes) to step aside as the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 commencement speaker, he has been invited back by Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to serve in that role and receive an honorary degree at the 2015 ceremony May 17.

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In memoriam: Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Charles E. Rice

Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, died Wednesday (Feb. 25). He was 83.

A member of the Notre Dame law faculty since 1969, Rice specialized in constitutional law and jurisprudence.

A 1953 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Rice earned his juris doctor degree from Boston College in 1956 and his master of laws and doctor of juridical science degrees from New York University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. After private practice in New York City, he taught at C.W. Post College, New York University and Fordham University before joining the Notre Dame law faculty.

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Notre Dame receives USAID grant to undertake global development research on 3 continents

Author: Joanne Fahey

Undergraduate research

Twelve University of Notre Dame researchers, students from the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Letters, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

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Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbright students

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in Thursday’s edition (Feb. 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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