New study examines relationship between electricity usage and stock market return

Author: William G. Gilroy

Electric lines

A new study by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame, shows that the growth rate in industrial electricity usage negatively predicts next one-year stock market returns.

“For example, if the industrial electricity usage this month is one percent lower than that in the same month last year, we predict the stock market return to be 0.92 percent higher in the next year,” Da said.

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Notre Dame to host 2016 exhibition of William Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio

Author: Notre Dame News

Shakespeare's First Folio

The University of Notre Dame will host an exhibition of William Shakespeare’s First Folio next January.

One of the world’s rarest and most treasured books, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It will be displayed in the Hesburgh Library at Notre Dame Jan. 4-29 during a nationwide traveling exhibition titled “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association and hosted by Shakespeare at Notre Dame.

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Noted scholar of Quran and early Islamic history to deliver the Graduate School Commencement address

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jane Dammen McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe, a scholar of the Quran and early Islamic history, and director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will deliver the Commencement address on May 16 (Saturday) at the Commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.

The Graduate School ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena and will honor the University’s new doctoral and master’s degree recipients.

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Archbishop Fitzgerald to speak on Christianity and Islam 50 years after 'Nostra Aetate'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald will give a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate” at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in Geddes Hall’s Andrews Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Archbishop Fitzgerald’s lecture, “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate,” will focus on the influence “Nostra Aetate,” the Council’s pivotal declaration on non-Christian religions, has had on relations between Christians and Muslims.

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New paper sheds light on harnessing the clinical potential of microvesicles released from cancer cells

Author: William G. Gilroy

Tumor cell surrounded by shed microvesicles

Over the past few years, extracellular vesicles, or membrane sacs secreted from cells, have emerged as important mediators by which cells communicate with their surroundings to regulate a diverse range of biological processes. In addition, specialized roles for extracellular vesicles are beginning to be recognized in various diseases including cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. Moreover, engineered extracellular vesicles are likely to have applications in drug delivery.

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Sidney Tarrow to deliver 21st Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

Author: Renée LaReau

Sidney Tarrow

Sidney Tarrow, Emeritus Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government at Cornell University, will deliver the 21st annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at 4 p.m. April 30 (Thursday) in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. The Hesburgh Lecture, sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is free and open to the public.

Tarrow’s lecture, “Seeking Peace in Wartime; Opposing War in Peacetime,” will explore the effects of recent wars — the Ukrainian war, the violent outcome of the Arab Spring, the Islamic State takeover of parts of Iraq and Syria — on the U.S. peace movement.

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Detecting low-quality antimalarial drugs with a lab-on-paper

Author: William G. Gilroy

This paper test card is inexpensive way to distinguish substitutes or diluted drugs from real medicines used to treat common bacterial infections and tuberculosis

Access to high-quality medicine is a basic human right, but more than four billion people live in countries where many medications are substandard or fake. Marya Lieberman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and Abigail Weaver, a postdoctoral associate in the University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Earth Sciences, took up the challenge of how people in developing countries could detect low-quality antimalarial drugs without expensive equipment and without handling dangerous chemicals.

The solution they developed involves using paper cards, embedded with reagents, that carry out 12 colorful chemical tests all at once on a solid sample. The colors show whether a medicine contains the expected ingredients and whether fillers or substitute drugs have been added.

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