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U.S. Education Secretary Spellings to address ACE graduates

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education, will be the principal speaker at the 11th annual graduation ceremony for the University of Notre DamesAlliancefor Catholic Education (ACE) program July 15 (Saturday) at2 p.m.in the Leighton Concert Hall of theDeBartoloCenterfor the Performing Arts. p. The ACE program will graduate 88 teachers…

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Campus book drives have local, global impact

Author: Shannon Chapla

If you spend any amount of time at Notre Dame, youve probably seen drop boxes for used books.Theyre everywherein residence halls, classroom and administration buildings, theMainBuilding, the librarywherever books are used, they also can be discarded.What you may not know is just how many people are benefiting from these…

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Film professor discovers Gallup polled movie audiences

Author: Ted Fox

For many of us, the basement is sort of a merchandise purgatory, home to the items we dont really use anymore but still cant quite bring ourselves to throw out. p. But when Susan Ohmer went digging through the basement ofNew YorkUniversitys library as a doctoral student, she came…

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Brennecke receives national chemical engineering award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers(AIChE) 2006 Professional Progress Award. p. The award recognizes outstanding progress in the field of chemical engineering by individuals less than 45 years of age….

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Xavier institute finds temporary home at Notre Dame

Author: Don Wycliff

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers,one of New Orleansbest-known fictional residents, Blanche DuBois, said famously in the Tennessee Williams playA Streetcar Named Desire. p. Not so for one ofNew Orleansbest-known real residents, Xavier University of Louisiana. The only Catholic institution among the nations historically black colleges…

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Postdoctoral fellow receives Leo Strauss Prize

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Xavier Marquez, a political science postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Leo Strauss Prize for the best dissertation in political theory for 2005-06. p. Awarded annually by the American Political Science Association, the prize is named after the distinguished political philosopher Leo Strauss, a…

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Notre Dame supercomputers rank high on prestigious list

Author: James Cope &Dennis Brown

Were No. 342!!! p. That may seem pretty ordinary, but in the world of supercomputing its, well, super. p. The highly regarded Top500 Project released its biannual survey of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world today and the supercomputer clusters powering Notre Dames new Center for Research Computing…

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A shrine by the lake

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Mounted on a lump of crumbling cement, tucked in a small grove of scrub and day lilies on the south slope of a hill overlooking Notre Dames Saint Marys Lake, it is an example of that homely style of devotional art with which the Catholic Church has scandalized fastidious…

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Kroc Institute hosts Catholic Relief Services staff

Author: Julie Titone & Dennis Brown

Three dozen Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staff members from around the world are on the University of Notre Dame campus this week (June 25 to 30) participating in the 2006 Summer Institute on Peacebuilding. p. Created in 2001, the event is organized by the Universitys Kroc Institute for International…

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Graduate student Daniel Colon receives Fulbright award

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Daniel E. Colon, a graduate student in the University of Notre Dames PhD. in Literature program, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to study inChile. p. Colon, who studied atBrandeisUniversity, was graduated fromTuftsUniversity, and did postgraduate work at theUniversityofChileinSantiagobefore coming to Notre Dame for graduate study in 2003.He…

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Douglas Road to re-open, portion of Juniper to close June 28

Author: Shannon Chapla

A portion of Douglas Road west of Juniper Road along the north edge of the University of Notre Dame campus will re-open June 28 (Wednesday), weather permitting. p. This portion ofDouglashas been closed since late May to allow for it to be widened to four lanes from Juniper west…

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Junior wins DAAD scholarship to study in Germany

Author: Shannon Chapla

Grant Van Eaton, a University of Notre Dame junior fromAustin,Texas, has been awarded a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, which will support 10 months of study at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen inGermanybeginning this fall. p. Van Eaton is one of 62 students from 51 colleges and universities in theU.S.andCanadato be chosen…

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Senior marketing communications executive appointed to new post

Author: Dennis Brown

Todd Woodward, an executive vice president for the international public relations and communications firm Weber Shandwick, has been appointed to the newly created position of associate vice president for marketing communications at the University of Notre Dame. p. A graduate of the University with a bachelors degree in English,…

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Notre Dame has no interest in plan to deliver coal by rail to campus

Author: Don Wycliff

The University of Notre Dame will not enter into an agreement with the South Bend Railway to deliver coal to its power plant, John Affleck-Graves, the Universitys executive vice president, said Tuesday (June 21). p. Now and for the foreseeable future,Affleck-Graves said,the University will have its coal delivered by…

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Holy Cross founder Basile Moreau on the narrow path to sainthood

Author: Michael O. Garvey

According to an announcement last week by the Congregation of Holy Cross, its euphoniously named founder, Basile Antoine Marie Moreau, is likely to be beatified next year.This news is of particular interest to the University of Notre Dame, which was born as a project of the Holy Cross order…

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Physics study examines moviegoers’ behavior

Author: William G. Gilroy

With the summer blockbuster movie season in full swing, studios are spending millions of marketing dollars to convince us that their offerings aremust-seemovies. And legions of critics are telling us which films arehitsand which aremisses. p. However, a new study by a Notre Dame physics doctoral student claims that…

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Merz to serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering

Author: William G. Gilroy

James L. Merz, Frank M Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering and former vice president for graduate studies and research at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the Universitys interim dean of theCollegeofEngineering, effective August 1, according to Provost Thomas G. Burish. p. A member of the Notre…

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New Sports as Ministry Initiative to host conference, workshops

Author: Dennis Brown &Brooke Crawford

Bad behavior in the world of sports is well documented – from the steroid scandals of Major League Baseball to collegiate recruiting violations to parents and coaches gone wild at youth events. p. Since 1999, University of Notre Dame researchers have studied the issue of character in sports, particularly…

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Notre Dame Press book receives ForeWord magazine award

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Lives of the Sleepers,a collection of works by poet Ned Balbo published by theUniversityofNotre Dame Press, has received a gold medal in poetry in ForeWord magazines Book of the Year Awards. p. The book also was honored in 2005 with the annual Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, sponsored by…

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A Labor of Love

Author: Ted Fox

As director of the Notre Dame psychology departments Laboratory for Psycho-oncology Research, Thomas Merluzzi devotes his professional energy to helping people with cancer. p. Not because he wanted to since he was 10 or because one particular class in college really grabbed his interest. In fact, after earning his…

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Notre Dame Magazine honored by Catholic Press Association

Author: Shannon Chapla

Four essays and one photograph published in Notre Dame Magazine in 2005 have won awards, including three first-place honors, from the Catholic Press Association. p. The magazine, the Universitys quarterly alumni publication, received a first-place award in the best review category forThe Genetics of Belief,an extended book review published…

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"Hammerin' Irish" Habitat Blitz Build to benefit Katrina family

Author: Sean O’Brien &Shannon Chapla

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Associations ninth annualHammerinIrishHabitat Blitz Build will take place June 19 to 23 (Monday to Friday) in Shreveport, La., marking the first time the program has taken on a project outside of South Bend, Ind. p. Fifty Notre Dame alumni volunteers from 15 states…

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Irish Tongues Are Wagging in U.S. Classrooms

Author: Brian Lavery

DUBLINFor generations, Irish schoolchildren have grown up despising Gaelic, this country’s native language and a mandatory subject from kindergarten through high school. But these days the language, which most people here simply call “Irish,” is experiencing something of a renaissance. p. Irish-language schools and an Irish-language television station are…

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Church must help youths escape U.S. moral ambiguity, bishop says

Author: CNS Writer

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) — The church must help Hispanic youths “escape from the morally ambiguous environment” of U.S. society, said Auxiliary Bishop Jaime Soto of Orange, Calif. p. They want a solid religious education that allows them to live according to “human and Christian criteria,” he said in…

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Dave Brubeck Laetare Medal address

Author: Dave Brubeck

Thank you so much. When I first came into the stadium, I heard a wonderful sound. It was the Concert Band. And I said to myself, ‘Why didnt I bring the music I wrote for the Pope that was really for 21 brass? These guys could really cut that.The…

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Class of 2006 pledge social responsibility

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Some 600 members of the University of Notre Dames class of 2006 have signed a Pledge of Social Responsibility, affirminga disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many,and committing themselves to consider the social, humanitarian and environmental consequences of any work they…

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Transfer of science specimens to slow traffic on Juniper

Author: Carol Bradley and Shannon Chapla

Traffic will be stopped intermittently on Juniper Road from June 13 to 15 (Tuesday to Thursday) to allow students to carry artifacts and fragile specimens from the Galvin Life Science Center across the street to the new Jordan Hall of Science, located on the east side of Juniper north…

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Emergency Peace Service proposal gains momentum

Author: Julie Titone

Robert Johansen is known for coming up with ideas that are ahead of their time: proposals having to do with world order, international ethics, global governance, and the maintenance of peace and security. Thirty years ago, for example, he described the need for a United Nations rapid reaction force…

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English professor Gerald Bruns assists biblical literacy study

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Gerald L. Bruns, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, was among 39 English professors at leading universities participating in a recent national survey on biblical literacy sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. p. The survey report,What University Professors Say Incoming…

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