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Political scientist examines legislative diversity in new study

Author: Don Wycliff

The federal Voting Rights Act has been indispensable to the political progress of minority populations in the United States, but they still are severely underrepresented at every level of government, new research by a University of Notre Dame political scientist indicates. p. Writing with three co-researchers in a journal…

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Notre Dame to host Fulbright orientation for foreign language teachers

Author: Shannon Chapla

The University of Notre Dame will host the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) orientation for the coming academic year, bringing some 55 foreign language teachers from 20 countries to campus Aug. 5 to 8 (Sunday to Wednesday) for a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in…

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“He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother?” Think again

Author: William G. Gilroy

Your mother probably reminded you that you can pick your friends, but you cant pick your relatives. p. No doubt she reminded you to be careful when picking your friends. p. But even your mother probably never told you to be careful because your friends and relatives can make…

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Lab’s goal is scientific advance — applications come later

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Bruce Noll, research associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was a high school dropout. p. I worked for a family business, but it wasnt my family,he says.I realized Id gone as far as I could go, and it wasnt going to get any easier to go…

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Electrical Engineering’s Liu receives IEEE award

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Rueywen Liu, Frank M. Freimann Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Circuits and Systems Societys Mac Van Valkenburg Award. The medal honors Liu for outstanding technical contributions and continuity of leadership. p. Lius research interests…

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Engineering education conference to focus on first year

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

For the second year in a row, engineering educators from across the country will gather at the University of Notre Dames McKenna Hall to discuss ways of helping new students make the transition from high school to becoming engineering undergraduates through effective first-year programs. p. TitledDialogue II on Engineering…

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Philosopher receives $1.1 million grant from French National Research Agency

Author: Shannon Chapla

Michael Detlefsen, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a prestigious $1.1 million senior Chaire dExcellence from the French National Research Agency (ANR). The award, along with matching financial support provided by the institutions that nominated himthe University of Paris, University of Nancy, and…

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(Editorial) New DeBartolo director has very special job

Author: South Bend Tribune Editorial Board

It is with pleasure that we join the University of Notre Dame in welcoming Anna M. Thompson to the posts of executive director of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts and the Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of Performing Arts. p. Thompson, a 20-year veteran in performing…

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Pope-Davis elected VP and associate provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Don Pope-Davis, dean of the Graduate School and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected vice president and associate provost by the Universitys Board of Trustees, effective Aug. 15. p. In his new position, Pope-Davis will be responsible for leading and managing the Provosts…

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Lighting the path to peace in Colombia

Author: Joan Fallon

The 230-strong gathering of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network in June provided a boost to the Catholic Church in the war-weary nation of Colombia. p. After so many years of conflict, it is easy to lose hope,said Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, president of Caritas Colombiana, the co-sponsor and host of…

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Astrophysicist Garnavich to Share Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Garnavich, associate professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a share of the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for his work in the High-Z Supernova Search Teams discovery of the accelerating universe.The discovery of an accelerating expansion of space radically transformed the standard…

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Council approves rezoning for Eddy Street Commons

Author: Dennis Brown

The decades-old dream of acollege townadjacent to the University of Notre Dame campus took a significant step forward Monday night (July 16). p. After some five hours of often passionate debate, the South Bend Common Council voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of 25 acres of land south of…

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NASA grant to fund space science enrichment classes for local youths

Author: Shannon Chapla

The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $60,000 grant from NASA to fund theSupernova Club,which will offer space science enrichment classes for South Bend youths who participated in the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) from June 4 to 29 on campus. p….

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Infant co-sleeping expert James McKenna authors new book

Author: Shannon Chapla

Anthropologist James J. McKenna, director of the University of Notre Dames Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory and a world-renowned expert on infant co-sleeping, breast-feeding and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is the author of a new book titledSleeping With Your Baby: A Parents Guide to Co-sleeping. Newly released by Platypus…

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Father Hesburgh to replace first lady at ACE ceremony

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, will replace first lady Laura Bush as the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony Saturday (July 14) for the UniversitysAlliancefor Catholic Education (ACE) program. p. The death Wednesday of Lady Bird Johnson has caused a change…

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Notre Dame ReSource: Psychologist gives Harry Potter books an “A” for ethics

Author: Shannon Chapla

Like the previous six, expectHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,the final book in the Harry Potter series (to be released July 21), to prove inspirational to children, delivering messages of friendship, courage, kindness, loyalty and obedience, predicts Darcia Narvaez, associate professor of psychology and director of the Center for…

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Appointments, promotions made in Investment Office

Author: Dennis Brown

Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer of the University of Notre Dame, has made appointments and promotions among five members of his senior staff in the Investment Office. p. These are outstanding people who are highly professional and committed to our mission, and they will help us…

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Notre Dame humanities scholars meet with Roman colleagues

Author: Michael O. Garvey

If not exactly a Roman holiday, it was evidently as pleasant as one.Perhaps it could be called a Roman working vacation. p. However described, thePrimo Colloquioor First Colloquium, held in June at theUniversityofRome La Sapienza, clearly delighted the eight Notre Dame faculty members in attendance. p. Largely the initiative…

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$10 million gift to the Nanovic Institute to support undergraduate studies

Author: Shannon Chapla

The University of Notre Dame has received a $10 million gift from Robert S. and Elizabeth Nanovic ofNorth Yarmouth,Maine, to support the undergraduate programs of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. ** p. “The Nanovics have been friends and benefactors of the University for many years,” said Notre Dames…

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Invasive plants ... for sale?

Author: Sue Lowe

Unfortunately, yes — but ND scientists hope to change that p. SOUTH BEND — With all the publicity about invasive species of plants and animals, you wouldn’t think you could just go out and buy them. p. Well, you can. p. Notre Dame aquatic ecologists David Lodge and Reuben…

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Thompson appointed Performing Arts Center director

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Anna M. Thompson, most recently executive director for fine arts programming at theCollegeofSaint BenedictandSt. JohnsUniversity(CSB/SJU), has been appointed executive director of theMarieP.DeBartoloCenterfor the Performing Arts and the Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of Performing Arts at theUniversityofNotreDame. Her appointment is effective July 16. p. As chief administrator of…

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New White Field facility to advance airplane design

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Construction has begun north of the University of Notre Dame campus on a new, almost 10,000-square-foot engineering facility that will continue and enhance the Universitys long history of aerospace research through the use of wind tunnels and other simulation equipment. p. p. The $1.9 million facility will house…

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Christine Maziar promoted to VP and senior associate provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Christine Maziar, a vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame since 2004, has been promoted to vice president and senior associate provost, according to Thomas G. Burish, the Universitys provost. p. Chris Maziar is an uncommonly talented, insightful, wise and experienced academic leader who sets…

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