Researchers aim to refocus wandering minds

Author: William G. Gilroy

Sidney D’Mello

We’re all guilty of it at times. Whether it’s reading a report, sitting through a meeting or listening to a classroom lecture, we’ve all realized, with a start, that our minds have wandered.

University of Notre Dame researcher Sidney D’Mello and colleagues are researching this “mind wandering” phenomena and developing a software system that can both detect when a person’s focus shifts from the task at hand and get that person to refocus.

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Judith Fox appointed to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board

Author: Notre Dame News

Judith Fox

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the appointment of University of Notre Dame Law School Professor Judith L. Fox to its Consumer Advisory Board. After being nominated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Fox was appointed to the board along with 11 other external experts, industry representatives, consumers, community leaders and advocates.

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Researchers use nanotechnology to fight breast cancer

Author: William G. Gilroy


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are conducting innovative research aimed at improvements in early detection by molecular imaging.

Professors Ryan K. Roeder and Tracy Vargo-Gogola are combining their expertise in biomedical engineering and cancer biology, respectively, through the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a partnership between Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, to improve the accuracy of mammography for diagnosing breast cancer.

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ND Expert: Gov. Jerry Brown's assisted suicide decision 'selfish and short-sighted'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Carter Snead

By signing legislation permitting assisted suicide in his state yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown has threatened the lives and dignity of all vulnerable people, according to O. Carter Snead, University of Notre Dame law professor and director of the University’s Center for Ethics and Culture.

Quoting the highly personal terms in which Brown had cast his decision — “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” the governor said — Snead insisted that “Gov. Brown and those like him — affluent, privileged, able-bodied and with supportive families — are not the ones who will pay the price for this new ‘freedom.’”

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