Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

p. *Notre Dame ReSources
December 14, 2000

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Supreme Court decision: Three constitutional law scholars at the Notre Dame Law School believe the Supreme Court acted correctly in Gore v. Bush. William Kelley and Richard Garnett, both of whom assisted in preparing briefs for the Bush legal team, and John Nagle are available for comment on the high court’s ruling. They can be reached at the following:p. ? William Kelley, associate professor of law, (219) 631-8646 or p. ? John Nagle, associate professor of law, (219) 631-9407 or p. ? Richard Garnett, assistant professor of law, (219) 631-6981 or p. School choice: In the wake of a federal appeals court striking down Cleveland’s school voucher program this week, the public and policymakers need clearer research findings on the subject, according to a Notre Dame sociologist. Despite more than a decade’s experimentation with school choice and vouchers, the effectiveness of choice as a means of improving the nation’s schools remains unproven, says William Carbonaro , a faculty fellow with Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. Although numerous studies have attempted to link improved student education to school choice, Carbonaro says the research projects, and the programs they have investigated, are too small to provide public policymakers with advice either for or against school choice. With voucher movements turning up as referenda on state ballots, as was the case in Michigan, better information is a must. “Does competition improve education for everyone?” Carbonaro asks. “My feeling is that we need to have a program of a large enough scale to provide valid results.” An appeal of the Cleveland case to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely. Professor Carbonaro is available at (219) 631-3633 or p. Holiday service projects: Community service projects in schools during the holidays may positively influence more than just students and the recipients of their good works, according to David Sikkink , assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, who studies trends in community service at public and private schools. As daunting as it may seem to organize drives for food, mittens, baby clothing or coats, especially during the holiday season, these events may provide lasting benefits for schools that are trying to increase parental involvement, Sikkink said. If school leaders are able to pull parents out of their homes and into the schools to pitch in on these one-time holiday efforts, they may find parents coming back for other opportunities. “These events may have long-term impact,” Sikkink said. "Particularly for parents who view schools as impersonal institutions, these may be the events in which they discover they have more in common with other parents, and teachers, than they thought. As they are able to become involved in these short-term causes, they join a process that helps them build an identity with the schools, and that may engender more and longer-term involvement down the road. For the greatest impact, Sikkink recommends that schools bring parents and students into the community centers that will benefit from the project. By visiting the centers, both parents and children understand more clearly the important role the school plays as part of a community network. Professor Sikkink is available for further comment at (219) 631-3166 or p. Marketing and society: Notre Dame marketing professor Gregory Gundlach has coedited the first book to examine comprehensively the scholarly research on how marketing affects societal welfare. Published by Sage Publications, “The Handbook of Marketing and Society” brings together the varied and significant research that looks beyond marketing’s impact on the bottom line to study the affects it has on consumer sovereignty, public health and economic growth. Among the 35 scholars who contributed to the publication are several Notre Dame faculty members. Patrick E. Murphy, chair and professor of marketing, coauthored a chapter titled “Corporate Societal Marketing,” and Joseph P. Guiltinan, professor of marketing, coauthored the chapter “Pricing Strategy, Competition, and Consumer Welfare.” The forward was written by William L. Wilkie, Al and Eleanor Nathe Professor of Marketing, and in addition to his role as editor, Gundlach authored the chapter “Marketing and Modern Antitrust Thought.” Professor Gundlach is available for comment on issues related to marketing and society at (219) 631-5171 or p. Corporate communications: In two new books, James S. O’Rourke , IV, director of Notre Dame’s Eugene Fanning Center for Business Communication, examines current communication issues through case study analysis. “Business Communication: A Framework for Success” and “Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach” present strategic and innovative approaches to effective business communication. Chapters on ethics; intercultural, international and nonverbal communication; and dealing with the news media examine often-ignored issues. In addition, O’Rourke’s analysis of actual case studies provides accurate and relevant examples of the many challenges encountered by today’s business communicators. “Business Communication: A Framework for Success,” coauthored by Dan O’Hair and Mary John O’Hair of the University of Oklahoma, is published by South-Western College Publishing. “Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach” is published by Prentice-Hall Press. Professor O’Rourke can be reached for comment on issues related to corporate communications and image at (219) 631-8397 or p. Childhood development: Notre Dame psychologist E. Mark Cummings examines the effect of parenting styles, marital functioning and parental depression on childhood development in a new book from Guilford Publications, Inc., titled “Developmental Psychopathology and Family Process: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications.” Presenting core and cutting-edge principles of developmental psychopathology, Cummings and coauthors Patrick T. Davies and Susan B. Campbell explore the variables that may influence developmental processes and predict the emergence of clinical problems. The authors highlight the interplay of risk and protective factors and consider the ways in which developmental psychopathology points to new directions in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of child emotional and behavioral disorders. Professor Cummings can be reached at (219) 631-4947 or

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