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In Memoriam: Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In memoriam

Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (May 16). She was 86.

A native of Nottinghamshire, England, Ford was born near Sherwood Forest. She was graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1957 and, after a brief career as a medical nurse, earned a master’s degree from the University of London and a doctoral degree from Nottingham in 1963.

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Notre Dame to offer free course on understanding wireless

Author: Sonia Howell


The University of Notre Dame will offer its second MOOC (massive open online course) on edX, titled Understanding Wireless: Technology, Economics and Policy, beginning on Monday (May 18).

Understanding Wireless is a survey-style course that offers an opportunity to gain understanding of the technical, regulatory and economic aspects of the mobile wireless revolution and its impact on society. This not-for-credit course is intended for a broad audience, from engineers to business majors to aspiring lawyers, but students will be most comfortable if they are not intimidated by early-college mathematics. The course is entirely free and open to everyone.

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Engineering & Technology

Agreement between Engineering, Universidad de Chile encourages academic exchange

Author: Nina Welding

Universidad de Chile

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at the University of Notre Dame has entered into a five-year agreement with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DIQBT) of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, that encourages academic exchange and collaborative initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Health & Medicine


Notre Dame International launches four new short-term study abroad programs

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Student in China

Notre Dame International at the University of Notre Dame will launch four new short-term study abroad programs for summer 2015: South Africa for Student-Athletes, Summer Greece, China Summer Language Program and Global Gateway seminars for rising freshmen. This expansion of program offerings marks progress toward NDI’s — and the University’s — goal to provide every eligible undergraduate with an opportunity to study abroad.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist part of team that catches a supernova in the act of exploding

Author: William G. Gilroy

Light curve of one of the supernovae observed with the Kepler Space Telescope

It is one of the fundamental questions that remain unanswered in astrophysics: What are the progenitor stars of a “type Ia” supernovae? A new paper in the journal Nature by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich and a team of researchers describes how they used the Kepler Space Telescope to catch three stars in the act of exploding. The results shed light on which stars generate these energetic outbursts.

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Social Science

Do social circles influence a person’s health? Grant to allow researchers to find out

Author: Carrie Gates

Samantha Lessen ’15 and Alexa Rakoski ’15 walk near the Notre Dame Rome Centre in Rome

Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of University of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices.

Faculty members in the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) have been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the relationship between the social networks of Notre Dame students and two important health-related behaviors — physical activity level and sleep patterns.

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