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Notre Dame guarantees Saint Mary’s students four seats in master of science in management program

Author: Gwen O'Brien

Mary statue

The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College have announced a new partnership that offers Saint Mary’s non-business majors the opportunity to be admitted into the University’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in the Mendoza College of Business. According to an articulation agreement reached between the institutions, Notre Dame will guarantee seats each academic year to four qualified Saint Mary’s students. The agreement, signed by Saint Mary’s College Provost Patricia Fleming and University of Notre Dame Provost Thomas Burish, is valid through June 1, 2018.

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In Memoriam: V. Paul Kenney, professor emeritus of physics

Author: William G. Gilroy

In memoriam: V. Paul Kenney

V. Paul Kenney, 87, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (July 18) in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village.

Kenney and colleague Bill Shephard were recruited by then President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., to start Notre Dame’s High Energy Research Program in 1963. Under Kenney’s direction, the research group grew in size to include many professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and support staff.

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ACE to send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders in missioning ceremonies

Author: William G. Schmitt

Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders to nearly 200 Catholic schools across the country in the annual Missioning Mass, capping two months of professional formation and spiritual renewal. The ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday (July 24) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, will celebrate and bless the next steps on the educators’ journeys back to their respective schools and classrooms.

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Engineering & Technology

Notre Dame receives $1.6 million from Accenture to expand technology and opportunity in Uganda and South Africa

Author: Notre Dame News

Johannesburg, South Africa

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) has received $1.6 million from Accenture — one of the world’s leading professional services companies, with capabilities in consulting, strategy, digital, technology and operations — to expand the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) project.

CE3 empowers disconnected communities in northern Uganda by harnessing solar energy to deliver clean, efficient, renewable power and Wi-Fi connectivity to off-grid communities, significantly improving access to technology, job-skills training and mentoring. The project was introduced in 2012 by NDIGD and Accenture as a pilot program in rural northern Uganda, resulting in 40 new business startups and more than 130 new jobs.

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Faith & Service

2015 Family Volunteer Camp honors legacy of Father Hesburgh

Author: Brittany Collins

2013 Family Volunteer Camp

The Notre Dame Alumni Association’s annual Family Volunteer Camp in July is remembering Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., with its first-ever theme, “Honoring Father Ted through participating: An event deeply rooted in his values.”

The camp invites alumni families to campus to spend a week doing volunteer work at community partner sites and to reconnect with the University of Notre Dame and each other. Children ages 9 and older come with their parents to participate in service projects while learning about the University’s commitment to giving back. After Father Ted passed away at the age of 97 in February, the camp’s organizers wanted to honor his legacy of service by dedicating this year’s camp to him.

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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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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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Cultivating ivy-covered gardens: Political science professor looks at disconnect between self-image and reality of field

Author: William G. Gilroy

Michael Desch

Trends in political science are marginalizing the subfield of security studies, argues Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, in a new piece in the journal Perspectives on Politics.

Desch believes that social science, as practiced in the United States since the early 20th century, has tried to balance two impulses: to be a rigorous science and a relevant social enterprise. However, he believes there is a disconnect between political science’s self-image of balancing rigor and relevance with the reality of how political scientists actually conduct their scholarship most of the time.

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STEM research leaders call for change in undergrad education

Author: William G. Gilroy

Undergraduates in 2012 Dan Philpott course

Immediate change is needed at all levels to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in research universities, according to a paper on undergraduate STEM learning and teaching co-authored by Zachary Schultz, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, that appears in a special July issue of the journal Nature.

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Social Science

Nutritional assistance programs would benefit from analysis, economist testifies before subcommittee

Author: William G. Gilroy

James Sullivan

James Sullivan, Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., associate professor of economics and director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame, testified Wednesday (July 15) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition.

Sullivan spoke at the subcommittee’s hearing on “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Developing and Using Evidence-Based Solutions.” SNAP is the United State Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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