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Truly Christian and African: Notre Dame theologian Paulinus Odozor’s new book

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp.

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis nearly two years ago is only one illustration of how the Catholic Church has become less concentrated in Europe and North America than in the southern hemisphere. Nearly half of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics live in Latin America, and the Catholic Church in Africa, home to the largest seminaries in the world, is growing at an annual rate of more than 3 percent.

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Notre Dame study finds that mutual fund managers who are averse to losses are unlikely to succeed

Author: William G. Gilroy

Andriy Bodnaruk

A large body of research has established the fact that individual investors are concerned not only with the performance of their investments, but also with the risk of how much they could lose if their investments perform poorly. But what about professional fund managers? A new study by Andriy Bodnaruk of the University of Notre Dame and colleague Andrei Simonov of Michigan State University found that investment professionals vary greatly in their aversion to losses, and high managerial loss aversion negatively impacts chances for successful careers.

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Notre Dame receives gold rating for sustainability achievements

Author: Notre Dame News

STARS gold seal

The University of Notre Dame has earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Scoring a 68.52 through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), Notre Dame improved its sustainability score by 17.25 points over three years.

Previously achieving a silver rating in 2011, this year’s gold rating places Notre Dame among the top 13 percent of more than 300 reporting institutions across the world and the highest rated of the nine participating schools in Indiana.

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ACE launches $1M project to improve reading outcomes in Haitian Catholic schools

Author: William Schmitt

Haiti Reads

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Haiti initiative recently launched its “Haiti Reads” project, an innovative literacy program in 52 Haitian Catholic schools. Working in partnership with the Haitian Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the project began in the summer and is supported by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, as well as additional funding and staff support from CRS and ACE.

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Engineering & Technology

Faith & Service

Notre Dame Haiti Program dedicates new salt facility

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The following dignitaries from Haiti and Notre Dame cut a symbolic ribbon in celebration of the dedication of the new salt factory (L-R): Rev. Thomas Streit, founder and principal investigator of the Notre Dame Haiti Program; Dr. Florence Guillaume, the Haitian Minister for Public Health and Population (MSPP); Earl Carter, managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program; Sophia Martelly, the first lady of Haiti; and Joseline Marhone Pierre, director of the Office of Nutrition, MSPP

In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and the Population (MSPP), the Congregation of Holy Cross and other partners, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program dedicated a new fortified salt production plant Monday (Dec. 8) in Delmas, Haiti. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Sophia Martelly, first lady of Haiti.

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Health & Medicine

New Notre Dame-IUSM study examines important Ebola protein

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robert Stahelin

A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, as well as a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, investigates how the most abundant protein that composes the Ebola virus, VP40, mediates replication of a new viral particle.

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Alex Coccia named Rhodes Scholar

Author: Sue Lister

Student Body President Alex Coccia

Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015.

A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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In memoriam: Notre Dame Law professor Robert E. Rodes, Jr.

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Robert E. Rodes Jr.

Robert E. Rodes Jr., Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Legal Ethics emeritus, died Tuesday (Nov.25). He was 87.

A New York City native, Rodes studied at Middlebury College and was graduated from Brown University in 1947 before serving in the U.S. Navy for two years. He earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1952 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar the following year. He worked in the legal department of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company from 1952 to 1954, before joining the law faculty at Rutgers University for two years during which he spent his summers serving as clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court. In 1956, he joined the Notre Dame faculty, where he has remained ever since, teaching and writing in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, ethics, jurisprudence, law and theology, legal history and welfare legislation.

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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center releases 2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: Jessica Baron

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The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2015.

The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.

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Social Science

The scholarship of sports

Author: Carol Bradley

A program from the first Max Schmeling--Joe Louis heavyweight fight in 1936

The Joyce Sports Research Collection, in the Hesburgh Library’s Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, includes 5,000 book titles alone, plus hundreds of periodicals, photographs (including an important collection of boxing photographs), and tens of thousands of pieces of printed ephemera on athletic sports, physical culture, recreation and leisure, as well as sports literature and journalism. The emphasis is on American sports up to about 1950.

“People think, ‘Oh, sports,’ says curator George Rugg. “But sports have been a subject of scholarly interest for decades, in sociology, anthropology and history.

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