Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame ReSources
Nov. 9-15

p. Please feel free to call the following Notre Dame faculty for additional comment on these people and events in the news:
p. p. Iraq : Saddam Hussein has “no right to determine the nationality of UN inspectors, so his effort to exclude U.S. citizens from the UN monitoring team should not be accepted by the international community,” says Robert Johansen , professor of government and international studies and a fellow in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. “Still, it is more important to have UN inspectors in Iraq monitoring weapons there than to have U.S. members on the team. A wiser course of action would be to lodge a continuing complaint that the U.S. members of the team have been excluded, but to ensure that the rest of the team stays constantly on the job in Iraq.” (219) 631-6971; *
p. *Fast track
: “It’s a pity the administration did not receive approval for fast-track trade authority,” says Jeffrey Bergstrand , associate professor of finance and business economics at Notre Dame. “Fast-track would have supported the good economic momentum we see worldwide by expanding regional free trade agreements and continued support for the World Trade Organization’s multilateral trade liberalization efforts. That’s especially true in the wake of apparent uncertainty in the Pacific Rim as seen in recent stock market volatility. The sad aspect of cutting fast-track authority now is that the United States is poised well with its current 4.7 percent unemployment rate to absorb the inevitable transition of workers from declining into expanding industries ? and consequent temporary unemployment.” (219) 631-6961; *
p. *Assisted suicide I
: The legalization of assisted suicide presents serious moral dilemmas, says David Solomon , associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame. “It’s wrong to think of one’s life as one’s own,” he says. “Our lives do not belong to us. Our own death is not something that happens to us. Death is not an event, it is the end of life.” In addition to moral concerns, Solomon added, "We do not need (assisted suicide) now because we have living wills and we have ways of dealing with pain effectively. (219) 631-6229
p. Assisted suicide II : “In light of the abuses exposed in managed health care organizations, it’s dangerous and foolhardy for a society that cares about the weak and vulnerable to allow assisted suicide,” says M. Cathleen Kaveny , associate professor of law at Notre Dame. “Anybody who has been denied necessary medical treatment, or has had a family member denied treatment, should think long and hard about what health care would be like with assisted suicide in the mix. We should not try to kill people before we learn to take care of them.” (219) 631-7844
p. Campaign finance reform : The best approach to campaign finance reform is to change the way politicians look at money, rather than to make distinctions between hard and soft money, says Connel Fullenkamp , assistant professor of finance and business economics at Notre Dame. “The right kind of campaign finance reform would unleash the power of voter resentment against big-money politics and force politicians to balance this cost against the benefit that money brings to a campaign,” he says. “The key elements of this reform are loosening the restrictions on individual donations and tightening the standards for quick, public disclosure of donations. These changes would enable voters to trace the money trails easily and use that information to choose between candidates.” (219) 631-8432; *
p. *Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
: If you buy a “Beamer” you’re more likely to take good care of it, according to recent research by Notre Dame management professors Edward Conlon, Khalil Matta and Sarvanan Devaraj. In a study titled “Is Quality Perception a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? The Case of the Automotive Industry,” the authors found a strong link between the perception of quality and customers’ maintenance activities. Specifically, after controlling for owner income levels, education levels and certain personality traits, the study indicated that people who purchase vehicles with strong quality reputations maintain them better than those who buy cars with lesser reputations, and vice versa. “This is an especially interesting finding in the world of leasing,” says Conlon. “With a leased automobile, the lessor retains a real interest in how the car is maintained.” (219) 631-6183 p. Big Bang : Nuclear physicists at Notre Dame have joined with 800 collaborators worldwide in an experiment designed to create a mini Big Bang. Beginning in 1999, the scientists will use the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), now under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, to collide beams of gold ions whirling in opposite directions near the speed of light. “Nobody really knows exactly what we will see,” says Umesh Garg , professor of physics. Garg, Nripendra Biswas , professor of physics, and Ani Aprahamian , associate professor of physics, are working on the internal design of one of RHIC’s four detectors. (219) 631-7352 p. Notre Dame notes : The University is engaged in a yearlong project that will focus on the impact and lessons of the Holocaust experience for the contemporary world. The centerpiece of the project will be an international, interdisciplinary academic conference, “Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Jews and Christians,” to be held on campus April 26-28 … Research on Massive Compact Hallo Objects (MACHOs) by David Bennett , assistant professor of physics, was featured Nov. 2 on “Stephen Hawking’s Universe” on PBSMichael Dukakis , the 1988 Democratic Party presidential nominee and former governor of Massachusetts, will headline a panel of politicians, scholars and analysts in a symposium on campaign finance reform Nov. 14 at Notre Dame … The University has announced a $13-million expansion plan for its Keough Institute for Irish Studies , including creation of a multidisciplinary Notre Dame study center in Dublin, Ireland, and an historic cooperative agreement between Notre Dame and University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College, Dublin.


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