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Notre Dame junior wins New York Times journalism contest

Author: Sue Lister

Cassidy McDonald

For the second time in three years, a University of Notre Dame student will be going on assignment with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kristof, The New York Times announced Saturday (Feb. 6). Junior Cassidy McDonald of Madison, Wisconsin, is this year’s winner of Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest.

Her prize is traveling this summer with the Times columnist to a developing country to raise awareness about neglected global issues. During the trip, she will report for a blog and may appear in videos that will be published on The New York Times website.

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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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Raising America's pay

Author: JP Shortall

Lawrence Mishel

Lawrence Mishel will deliver the Higgins Labor Program’s Chuck Craypo Memorial Lecture.

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Engineering & Technology

Faith & Service

‘Stakes are high’ in pope’s visit to Mexico, experts say

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world.

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Health & Medicine

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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Nanovic Institute awards Laura Shannon Prize to Mark Thompson, author of ‘Birth Certificate’

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

Mark Thompson, winner of the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies from the Nanovic Institute

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Mark Thompson for his book “Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš,” published by Cornell University Press. A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute, praised the book as “an extraordinarily imaginative book that shows us how biography can provide a lens into understanding major historical crises.”

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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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Giant gas cloud boomeranging back into Milky Way

Author: Gene Stowe

This graphic shows the location of the Smith Cloud as seen from Earth, if it were visible

Since astronomers discovered the Smith Cloud, a giant gas cloud plummeting toward the Milky Way, they have been unable to determine its composition, which would hold clues as to its origin. University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner and his collaborators have now determined that the cloud contains elements similar to our sun, which means the cloud originated in the Milky Way’s outer edges and not in intergalactic space as some have speculated.

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Social Science

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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