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Cardinal Müller among speakers at fall conference of Center for Ethics and Culture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Nobel laureate economist James J. Heckman will be among the speakers at the 15th annual fall conference of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Oct. 30-Nov.1 (Thursday-Saturday).

The conference, “Your Light Will Rise in Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will take as its theme an admonition made by Pope Francis in his address last year to the Archbishop of Canterbury. “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ,” Pope Francis said, “is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.”

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Athletics

Indianapolis Shamrock Series events will include academic programs and service activities

Author: William G. Gilroy

Indianapolis Shamrock Series 2014

University of Notre Dame fans descending on Indianapolis for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers on Sept.13 (Saturday) will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of academic and service activities in the days leading up to the game.

Notre Dame’s College of Science will sponsor an academic event titled, “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street. The event will include fun, hands-on investigations in ecology, chemistry, math and physics. At 10:30, three Notre Dame College of Science faculty will make presentations in the Indiana Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theater. Matt Leevy will discuss “3-D Printing: Building a Better Tomorrow in Medicine and Manufacturing, Layer by Layer;” Justin Crepp will address “Earth-like Worlds Orbiting Other Suns;” and Jennifer Tank will examine “Preventing Coastal Dead Zones from a Distance.” The events are free and open to the public.

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Business

Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index honors unique climate-linked projects

Author: William G. Gilroy

ND-GAIN's 2014 Corporate Adaptation Prize

In Senegal, efforts to counter the effects of rising sea levels and ocean storms have produced a dike that reclaims hundreds of acres of land for rice. A seawall protects homes, and beach restoration is saving thousands of tourist-related jobs. In India, Indonesia, Kenya and Vietnam, a unique social venture called “Healthy Family” helps address barriers to health care access such as the limited distribution of medicines.

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Campus

Education

Campus Crossroads: Helping students find their passion

Author: Sue Lister

Campus Crossroads Career Center

Students face many decisions during their time at Notre Dame, including important choices about their future after graduation. These choices will begin to shape them as individuals and the potential impact they will have on the world.

Career services at Notre Dame offer a holistic approach to helping students find their calling through a number of resources and experiences. These services and programs are about to be significantly enhanced as a result of the Campus Crossroads project.

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Engineering & Technology

Faith & Service

'Gay in Christ' conference to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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A two-day conference, “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity,” co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) and the Gender Relations Center, will convene Oct. 31 (Friday) to explore appropriate pastoral strategies for Catholic parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual, but who accept Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

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Health & Medicine

New study identifies potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines

Author: Stephanie Healey

Notre Dame researchers and their collaborators explain how identifying distinctions between mutant (yellow) and normal (orange) immune targets can help locate neo-epitopes that elicit anti-cancer immune responses

A team of University of Notre Dame scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Connecticut, have announced the results of a new study on identifying potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines. The paper, “Genomic and bioinformatic profiling of mutational neoepitopes reveals new rules to predict anticancer immunogenicity,” was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The research group at Notre Dame was led by Brian Baker, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and included Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and graduate student Cory Ayers.

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International

Law

Former drug czar Walters to speak on marijuana legalization

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John Walters Hudson Institute

John P. Walters, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will give a lecture titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy and the Drug Problem” Sept. 25 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall Room 129, on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Now executive vice president of the Hudson Institute, Walters served as former President George W. Bush’s drug czar from 2001 to 2009, overseeing all aspects of federal drug control programs and spending. An outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization, he has argued that there is a nationwide drug problem which particularly affects young people but which is not insurmountable in a democracy.

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Research

Science

Social Science

Notre Dame sociologists explore the paradox of generosity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"The Paradox of Generosity" by Christian Smith

For most religious believers, it is an article of faith that it is more blessed to give than to receive. For at least two University of Notre Dame sociologists, it is an article of fact as well.

In their recently published book, “The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose,” Christian Smith, Notre Dame’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, and sociology doctoral candidate Hilary Davidson provide empirical evidence in support of the biblical admonition. According to their analysis of measurable data, people who are generous with their money, time and associations are happier, healthier and more resilient than their less generous counterparts.

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