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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1M grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates


Scientists dedicate their lives to research. But there’s been little scholarship on the characteristics of people who make that commitment.

Does the daily practice of laboratory research shape their outlook on life? Can it be linked to specific ways of behaving or thinking? How do the habits and perspectives of scientists compare to what we might want from our colleagues, family members or fellow citizens?

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Alumnus Richard Corbett makes $35 million in gifts for academic building and football coaching endowment

Author: Dennis Brown

Corbett Family Hall

Two gifts totaling $35 million from University of Notre Dame alumnus Richard Corbett will underwrite the construction of a 280,000-square-foot building on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium and endow the head football coaching position at the University.

A $25 million gift is in support of Corbett Family Hall, which will house the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology and a digital media center, and the remaining $10 million will establish the coaching endowment.

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Notre Dame ranks 9th in survey of best places to work in IT

Author: Katie Rose


Recognized for the third year in a row, the University of Notre Dame ranks ninth among large organizations in IDG’s Computerworld 2015 Best Places to Work in IT. The 22nd annual survey ranks organizations that provide challenging work for information technology employees while providing great benefits and compensation. Notre Dame is featured, along with other recognized organizations, in the June 22nd digital edition of Computerworld.

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Engineering & Technology

Faith & Service

ND Expert: Pope Francis’ South American journey to renew old acquaintance

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Peter Casarella

Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Caserella, a scholar of Latino/a theology who has just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago, said that before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, “he was known in Latin America not only as the archbishop of Buenos Aires but also as an influential voice in the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM).

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Health & Medicine

Three questions with Rich Taylor: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rich Taylor

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which seemed a particularly apt time to talk with Rich Taylor, a University of Notre Dame researcher whose research focuses on the discovery and development of new therapeutic leads for the treatment of unmet clinical needs in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Taylor is associate vice president for research, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and interim director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development.

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Notre Dame’s Irish Seminar moves from Ireland to Argentina

Author: Michael O. Garvey


One of the flagship programs of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, its annual Irish Seminar, will be held this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Since it was established in 1999, the seminar, an international conference of Irish scholars, post-graduate students and faculty in Irish Studies, has met in Ireland at Notre Dame’s Dublin Centre in O’Connell House on Merrion Square. The 2015 Irish Seminar will meet June 27-July 11 in Buenos Aires at the Institute for Economic and Social Development (IDES).

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ND Expert: The Supreme Court’s 'black-letter-law freedom of speech day'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Richard Garnett

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Thursday (June 18) handed down its decisions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert — that an Arizona town had violated the First Amendment by placing limits on the size of signs announcing church services — and in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans, that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles acted lawfully in rejecting a license plate displaying the Confederate flag.

According to University of Notre Dame law professor Richard W. Garnett, a former SCOTUS law clerk who teaches and writes about the First Amendment, “Thursday was a black-letter freedom of speech day at the Supreme Court.”

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Notre Dame joins in call to action for American 'Innovation Imperative'

Author: William G. Gilroy


The University of Notre Dame has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed Innovation: An American Imperative, a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings — and warnings — contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.

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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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