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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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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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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Hesburgh Libraries receive largest gift in history from Navari Foundation

Author: Dennis Brown

Hesburgh Library

The Marilyn & Rudolph M. Navari Charitable Foundation has made a $10 million gift to the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame, the largest gift in the libraries’ history, surpassing the $6 million Ford Foundation Challenge Grant that helped fund the original construction of the then-Memorial Library in the early 1960s.

The gift will be used in part to fund renovation of the future home for the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship in the Hesburgh Library, as well as to establish an endowment to support digital library services and research projects related to the center.

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Four College of Engineering faculty awarded $1.8M in DURIP grants

Author: Nina Welding

Department of Defense

Four faculty members from the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame have received Defense University Research Instrumention Program (DURIP) grants from the Department of Defense for 2015, totaling more than $1.8 million. These highly competitive awards will enable the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment in support of the foundational research being conducted in defense-critical areas at the University.

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Stephen Wrinn to lead University of Notre Dame Press

Author: Notre Dame News

Stephen M. Wrinn

Stephen M. Wrinn, director of the University Press of Kentucky, has been named director of the University of Notre Dame Press. The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

“Steve brings national and international visibility, extensive experience in academic and for-profit publishing, and unquenchable energy to the director position,” Burish said. “It is easy to see why he was the unanimous choice of the search committee.

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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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White House report on juvenile offender diversion programs highlights project with LEO ties

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

A White House Council of Economic Advisers report released Tuesday (July 14) includes an account of Reading for Life (RFL), a local juvenile diversion program that is being evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO).

The report, “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change,” features the RFL program, which has been used at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center since 2007.

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