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Notre Dame produces Liam Neeson-narrated documentary to remember Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

General Post Office, Dublin, Ireland

The University of Notre Dame will play a major role in the international celebration of the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, which was announced Tuesday (March 31) in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

A documentary television series, “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be broadcast worldwide during the centenary, which memorializes the events in Dublin on Easter Week a century ago, when a failed armed insurrection gave rise to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of the British Empire.

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National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

Author: William G. Gilroy

JINA-CEE

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday (March 30) that it is renewing funding for a University of Notre Dame-led institute dedicated to the of study the broad range of nuclear processes in the universe that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae and X-ray and Y-ray bursts.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) was established and funded in 2003 as a NSF Physics Frontier Center between Notre Dame, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to address critical questions about the origin of heavy elements in nature or nuclear processes on compact stellar objects.

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Chinese civil rights activist to give Notre Dame’s 2015 Human Dignity Lecture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Chen Guangcheng

Chinese civil rights activist and former political prisoner Chen Guangcheng will give the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Human Dignity Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 7 (Tuesday) in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.

Chen’s lecture, “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity and Human Rights in Contemporary China,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) as one of its Human Dignity Lecture series.

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New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms

Author: Gene Stowe

Blood lab

University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.

“Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.”

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Robert Sedlack receives 2015 Ganey Award for community-based research

Author: JP Shortall

Robert Sedlack

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Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is the recipient of the 2015 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns. The award, in the amount of $5,000, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with local community organizations.

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Notre Dame and Latin American bishops sign memorandum of understanding

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, archbishop of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, and president of the Latin American Bishops' Conference (CELAM), sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The University of Notre Dame and the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) have signed a “memorandum of understanding,” pledging to cooperate in a range of initiatives in academics, social development, peace-building and institutional administration.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, president of CELAM, signed the memorandum in a ceremony Tuesday (March 24) in Notre Dame’s Main Building.

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Notre Dame’s College of Engineering to educate students to meet 'Grand Challenges'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Engineering student

Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was in attendance Monday (March 23) as a letter of commitment was presented to President Barack Obama, announcing that 122 U.S. engineering schools plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

These “Grand Challenges,” identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include complex yet critical goals such as engineering better medicines, making solar energy even more cost-competitive, securing cyberspace and advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals.

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Corgels make gift to endow Dillon Hall rector’s position

Author: Dennis Brown

Dillon Hall

Rectors at the University of Notre Dame play a pivotal role in cultivating the seamless integration of student life from classrooms to residence halls. They lead the residential communities that are a distinctive component of a Notre Dame undergraduate education and lie at the heart of students’ personal development and formation.

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Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

Author: William G. Gilroy

ND-GAIN

The University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, have launched the inaugural State of Corporate Adaptation survey to provide unprecedented insight on how private sector players are addressing the need to adapt complex business operations to a changing climate.

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