Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown and Cynthia Day

The following Notre Dame faculty are available for additional comment on these people and events in the news:
p. Kosovo/poetry : To better understand the conflict in Kosovo, Notre Dame poet John Matthias says it is important to read “The Battle of Kosovo,” Serbian poems he translated into English in 1987. “It’s about the loss of the Battle of Kosovo by the Serbs in 1389,” Matthias, a professor of English, told the South Bend Tribune. “It exists in fragments, and they’re stark and austere and beautiful. One needs to imagine a combination of certain Scottish border ballads and passages in Homer. Every Serb has these poems in his memory and his bloodstream, and if one is to understand the present crisis, one must know these poems and why Kosovo is so important to the Serbs. That justifies nothing, but it explains a lot.” For further comment, contact Professor Matthias at (219) 631-6550.
p. Ecumenism : A new book edited by Notre Dame theologian Lawrence Cunningham and published by Notre Dame Press assesses the state of ecumenism in Christianity today. “Ecumenism: Present Realities and Future Prospects” is a collection of the work presented at a 1997 conference in Jerusalem commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies. Among the contributors to the book are Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. , president of Notre Dame and a professor of theology, and Rabbi Michael Signer , Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture at Notre Dame. Established jointly by Notre Dame and Pope Paul VI, the Ecumenical Institute is located just inside Jerusalem on the road to Bethlehem. Initially a center for theological inquiry and discussion among the divided communities of Christendom, the institute has expanded its programs to include ecumenical scholarship and interreligious dialogue between Christians and those of other world faiths, especially Jews and Muslims. For a copy of the book, contact Julie Dudrick at (219) 631-6346 or at . For further comment, contact Professor Cunningham at (219) 631-7137. p. Cadmium : Notre Dame researcher Jinesh C. Jain has discovered higher concentrations of cadmium in the durum wheat ? the variety used to make pasta ? grown in the United States and Canada than that grown in other parts of the world. The likely reason for the disparity, according to Jain, is that North American farmers apply more phosphate-based fertilizer, which often contain small amounts of cadmium, a heavy metal that accumulates in the body and has been tied to kidney disease and prostate cancer. The elevated levels of cadmium found in North American wheat are not thought to be harmful, but researchers are concerned that more of the element is getting into water and soils via industrial pollution and other sources, which ultimately may lead to higher concentrations in the food chain. For further comment, contact Jain at (219) 631-9049. p. Computing : A functioning logic gate based on a transistorless approach to computing called quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA) is reported by University of Notre Dame scientists in the April 9 issue of the prestigious journal Science. QCA is an effort to bring information storage down to the molecular level by encoding digital data in the positions of only two electrons. The logic gate is the most basic element of digital computers. “This experiment is significant in that it demonstrates that what we predicted in theory is how the logic gate in fact functions in a QCA device,” said Gregory Snider , assistant professor of electrical engineering, who headed the research team. According to Snider, recently funded future QCA experiments will explore molecular-sized (rather than quantum-sized) QCA cells. For further comment, contact Professor Snider at (219) 631-4148. p. Lockerbie : The trial of two Libyans charged in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, will “herald some significant new developments in international law and politics,” according to Paolo Corozza , associate professor of law at Notre Dame. “The Lockerbie trial marks the culmination of intense cooperation among international institutions, principally the United Nations Security Council and a number of different nations ? the United Kingdom, U.S., Netherlands, South Africa ? designed to achieve accountability for serious international crimes. In this sense, the special Scottish court convened for this trial is clearly acting as an organ of both Scotland and the international community. I see it very much as a part of the same trend toward international cooperation for accountability as the legal battles to bring Pinochet to justice.” *For further comment, contact Professor Carozza at ((219) 631-4128 or at

  • p. Presidency : In the cover story of the spring issue of Notre Dame Magazine, Robert Schmuhl , chair and professor of American studies at the University, analyzes the public, private, political and personal aspects of the American presidency from Washington to Clinton. “The White House by its nature combines the highest elected official’s public work and private life in a single structure that functions as office, ceremonial place, residence and national symbol,” Schmuhl writes. “Understanding any president demands a sense of proportion and measured scrutiny that acknowledges human complexity and mystery ? and how they dance together.” *For further comment, contact Professor Schmuhl at (219) 631-7316 or at
  • p. Latin America : The fluctuations and possibilities of democracy in Latin America are the theme of a new book by Guillermo O’Donnell , Helen Kellogg Professor of Government and International Studies at Notre Dame. In “Counterpoints,” O’Donnell provides a collection of essays on authoritarianism and democratization that draw upon both personal experience and scholarship. He includes a study of the political and social alliances that have shaped his native Argentina as well as an examination of the presently existing democracies in Latin America. The book was published by Notre Dame Press. For a copy of the book, contact Julie Dudrick at (219) 631-6346 or at . For further comment, contact Professor O’Donnell at (219) 631-7756. p. Notre Dame News : Barbara J. Hanrahan , director of the Ohio State University Press, has been appointed director of Notre Dame Press … Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. , president of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctor of humanities degree April 10 from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pa. … Eight task forces comprised of more than 100 Notre Dame faculty members have been created to develop at Plan for Academic Advance … Notre Dame will increase undergraduate scholarship grants by 14 percent and tuition by 5.4 percent for the 1999-2000 academic year … Edward J. Conlon, the Edward Frederick Sorin Society Professor of Management, has been appointed editor of The Academy of Management Review … The University has established a Marital Therapy and Research Clinic under the direction of David A. Smith, assistant professor of psychology … The business ethics curriculum at Notre Dame is the best in the nation, according to a new book, the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools (6th edition, 1999). *


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