In memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology emerita at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (Oct. 29) in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old.

A native of Washington, D.C., Aldous was 12 years old when her father died, and her suddenly widowed mother obtained an advanced degree from Columbia University, subsequently teaching home economics, child care and family relations at Kansas State University. Her mother’s difficult and, in those days, highly unconventional choice of a career path so affected Aldous that she ever afterward credited it as inspiration for her own somewhat groundbreaking career.

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Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, to speak at Notre Dame Forum

Author: Brittany Collins

Richard Brodhead

Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus.

The 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Brodhead will speak on the importance of the humanities in higher education, followed by a discussion between Brodhead and John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame’s junior faculty achieve record success in nationally competitive awards

Author: William G. Gilroy

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized eight University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science for their excellence in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Additionally, two faculty members have been awarded Young Investigator Program (YIP) Awards from the Army Research Office.

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Mary Martin

Author: Jane Morrow

Mary Martin, 88, died Monday, Oct. 6. She retired from Notre Dame in 1990 after working 18 years in North Dining Hall.

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United Way kick off in October

Author: Carol Bradley

Live United

In past years, the generosity of the faculty and staff has made Notre Dame the largest workforce contributor in St. Joseph County, helping improve education, health and financial stability of individuals and families in our community.

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Waldo Mikels-Carrasco: Supporting the United Way

Author: Carol C. Bradley

What are the forces that keep people in poverty?


Waldo Mikels-Carrasco hadn’t been involved with the United Way until he was called in to provide information to the agency on health disparities in St. Joseph County. 


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Live United, a United Way-ACC partnership

Author: Gene Stowe

Lacrosse player mentors 6-year-old cancer patient


When the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team was paired with Bobby Russell last fall as part of Fighting Irish Fight for Life, a Student Welfare & Development program, midfield player Katherine McManus was immediately drawn to the 6-year-old who had been undergoing cancer treatments since he was 2.…

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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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