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Notre Dame year in review: New research initiatives highlight 2008

Author: Dennis Brown

Each year at Notre Dame is filled with highlights, achievements and accomplishments. Here are some of the significant moments from 2008: * Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, other state and local politicians and University leaders announced in the spring the establishment of the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND), a…

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Creative Writing Program "leaps in popularity," according to poll

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program has been ranked 13th in the nation in a new poll conducted by the readers of Poets&Writers Magazine. p. In the survey, which polled respondents on Speakeasy, an on-line discussion board run by the magazine, Notre Dame tied with the University…

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Spotlight: Myth-busting in human nature

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It’s been nearly 150 years since Charles Darwin’s"Origin of Species"was introduced, and we humans continue to grapple with issues about what it means to be, well, one of us. p. University of Notre Dame anthropologist Agustin Fuentes, who specializes in biological anthropology, primatology and evolution of social organization and…

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Psychology professor receives presidential award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Nicole M. McNeil, assistant professor of psychology and a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, has been named one of the 67 recipients of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). p. She and other PECASE recipients were recognized…

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Notre Dame Business Plan Competition moves to semifinal round

Author: Carol Elliott

The annual University of Notre Dame Business Plan Competition is advancing to the semifinal round, with 57 teams out of an original field of 64 moving forward. p. The competition, which is hosted by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, awards prize…

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Two faculty members named AAAS fellows

Author: William G. Gilroy

Two University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. p. AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest…

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Take Ten program publishes second book on conflict resolution

Author: Shannon Chapla

Local youths in the Robinson Community Learning Center’s (RCLC) Take Ten program will sign copies of the second book they have written and illustrated from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 20) at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. p. Titled,“The Take Ten Crew and the High School Dance Faceoff,”the…

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Notre Dame receives Business of the Year award

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame has received the 2008 Business of the Year Award from the Michiana Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). p. The award was accepted last week by Robert K. McQuade, associate vice president for Notre Dame’s Department of Human Resources.The University was…

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NDExpert: ND Law School professor Snead praises Vatican bioethics document as "eminently reasonable"

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The 32-page document on bioethical issues issued last week by the Vatican reemphasized the Catholic Church’s moral opposition to in-vitro fertilization, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. p. The document, whose title,“Dignitas Personae,”is Latin for"the dignity of a person,"was issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of…

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Exploring the American dream, past and future

Author: William G. Schmitt

Can you define the American dream? Is the dream evolving? Is it different for every individual? Is it an exclusively American idea or does it resonate around the world? Where in the library would one go to do research about it, and what materials would one look for? Has…

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Goldblatt receives honorary doctorate

Author: Shannon Chapla

Howard Goldblatt, research professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctorate Dec. 12 (Friday) from the Open University of Hong Kong during its 17th congregation at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. p. A member…

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WSJ ranks Notre Dame Executive MBA as ninth best ROI

Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame Executive MBA in the Mendoza College of Business is ranked ninth for best return on investment by the Wall Street Journal. The ranking is based on data collected from a 2008 survey of Executive MBA graduates from 27 U.S. programs and nine international programs….

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German professor elected president of International Herder Society

Author: Dennis Brown

Robert E. Norton, professor of German and chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the International Herder Society (IHS). p. Founded in 1985 in Monterey, Calif., by scholars from…

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ACE commissions task force on Latino Catholic education

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program has established a new task force to examine the participation of Latino children and families in Catholic schools. p. Established by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, the task force will convene over an eight- to…

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Spotlight: International studies stronger than ever

Author: Shannon Chapla

“Our campus is in South Bend, Ind.; our classroom is the world.” p. This catchphrase, first applied in 1997, has never been truer than it is today. p. This fall the University added new international study programs in Hong Kong, Cambridge, England, and Leuven, Belgium (open to students enrolled…

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William Farhat appointed Notre Dame fire chief

Author: Shannon Chapla

After serving as interim chief since June, William Farhat has been appointed chief of the University of Notre Dame Fire Department and assistant director of the University’s Department of Risk Management and Safety. p. Farhat came to Notre Dame as an on-call firefighter in 2006 and had served as…

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Notre Dame poet Menes wins NEA fellowship

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Poet Orlando Menes, associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for 2009. p. Menes is one of 42 poets selected this year from a pool of some 1,000 applicants to receive the prestigious fellowships, which are…

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Engineering's Jumper named to National Research Council committee

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Eric J. Jumper, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to a new National Research Council (of the National Academies) study committee. His term on the Materials Needs and R&D Strategy for Future Military Aerospace Propulsion Systems committee begins in January….

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Executive Education Program wins Department of Defense award

Author: Carol Elliott

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Corona, Calif., employs more than 900 scientists, engineers and support staff, as well as 800-plus contractors, in the critical task of gauging the fighting capabilities of the U.S. Navy’s ships and aircraft. Yet, three years ago, the center’s leadership realized that it…

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Rush publishes new book on philosophy of architecture

Author: Shannon Chapla

University of Notre Dame philosopher Fred Rush examines how philosophical reflection on building can reveal important aspects of the human condition, in a new book titled"On Architecture,"recently released by Routledge. p. "The reason I undertook the project of writing a book on the philosophy of architecture is that it…

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Father Scully receives Presidential Citizens Medal

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., professor of political science and director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame, received a 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal in an Oval Office ceremony held Wednesday (Dec. 10). p. One of the highest honors the president can confer…

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NDExpert: Economist Wolfson urges government action on foreclosures

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Bush administration’s massive allocation of funds to financial institutions has had negligible effects on the country’s economic crisis, and its attention seems now more focused on the plight of ordinary homeowners afflicted by alarmingly high rates of foreclosure.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has begun to insist that…

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New book explores virtue and vice

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

Jennifer Herdt, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of"Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices,"newly released by the University of Chicago Press. p. The book explores the effects of the famous Augustine claim that the virtues of pagan Rome were…

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President Bush appoints Cardenas to commission

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

President Bush recently appointed Gilberto C·rdenas, Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, to a commission that will study the potential creation of a National Museum of the American Latino. p. The White House announced the appointment of seven people,including C·rdenas, to be members…

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Death comes to babysit

Author: Carol C. Bradley

An oblivious single mom, in a hurry to leave on a datewhat’s she going to do when Deathyou know, The Grim Reaper, with the shroud and the scytheappears at the door instead of the teenage babysitter? Slip Death a few bills and head out the door, of course, leaving…

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Committee on Campus Safety, Security and Hospitality begins work

Author: Dennis Brown

The Committee on Campus Safety, Security and Hospitality at the University of Notre Dame has met three times during the past five weeks ñ twice via conference calls and once on campus ñ to begin its examination of various components of football weekends. p. Convened by Notre Dame’s president,…

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U.N. secretary general grants dean Woo's request

Author: Carol Elliott

Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean and Ray and Milann Siegfried Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, was a presenter at the first Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, held Dec. 4 and 5 at the United Nations headquarters in…

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Keane named director of Executive Education at Notre Dame

Author: Carol Elliott

Sharon E. Keane has been named the director of Executive Education of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Keane will provide strategic direction to the Executive MBA programs in South Bend and Chicago, as well as executive non-degree programs, which include custom, online, international…

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Kristol to speak on politics post-election

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

William Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, will give a lecture titled"American Politics: A New Era?"at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 9) in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The event is free and open to the public. p. Kristol’s talk…

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Graduate student wins counseling psychology research award

Author: Shannon Chapla

Errol Philip, a University of Notre Dame graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s counseling program, recently received the Student Research Award from the health section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. p. Philip, who was graduated from the University of Melbourne,…

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