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The Great Brain Suck: A virtual life, or a real life

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Brain rinsing. Not brainwashing. p. Brain rinsinga kinder, gentler form of brainwashingtakes only a nickel or dime’s worth of our souls at a time, says University of Notre Dame sociologist Eugene W. Halton. p. The Soviet Union, he points out, controlled people by torture and punishment. The West, he…

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Air Force research office honors two young engineering faculty

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

The University of Notre Dame’s Vikas Tomar, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and Huili (Grace) Xing, assistant professor of electrical engineering, are two of the 39 engineers and scientists selected by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) as part of the 2008 Young Investigator Program…

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Notre Dame's Basilica Mass to be televised live by CatholicTV

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The 10 a.m. (ET) Sunday Mass in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be televised live weekly on CatholicTV beginning this Sunday (Nov. 30). p. “We are pleased to partner with CatholicTV to provide the Basilica Mass each Sunday morning,”said Rev. Richard V. Warner,…

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Bishops honor Notre Dame alumna Stephanie Garza for service to immigrants

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Stephanie Garza, a 2005 University of Notre Dame alumna, received the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) during the Nov. 10 fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Baltimore. p. Garza, the daughter of an immigrant father…

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NDExpert: Kroc Institute's Johansen calls for U.N. "coast guard"

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pirates have launched some 96 attacks this year in the coastal waters of Somalia and hijacked 40 ships.Fifteen ships and nearly 300 crew members are being held hostage by Somali pirates as ransom negotiations continue. p. Robert C. Johansen, acting director and senior fellow in the University of Notre…

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New papers offer insights into process of malarial drug resistance

Author: William G. Gilroy

Malaria, one of the oldest diseases known to man, has shown no signs of slowing down as it ages. More than 1 million children die from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa each year, and in areas along the Thailand/Cambodian border multiple drug-resistant strains of the disease are becoming commonplace. p….

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NDExpert: Law school's Gurulé speaks on terrorism financing convictions

Author: Michael O. Garvey

This week’s federal court conviction of a Muslim charity and five of its former leaders for funneling money to the Palestinian Hamas organization was a significant success for the justice department, but much more needs to be done, according to Jimmy Gurul, professor of law in the University of…

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Maurice appointed associate dean of engineering research

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Patricia A. Maurice, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate dean for research within the College of Engineering, effective, Jan. 1, 2009. p. Although she will continue to teach and conduct research, Maurice’s primary responsibilities will be to identify…

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Student news magazine wins national award

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

Scholastic, the University of Notre Dame’s student news magazine, has received a national Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). p. Based on excellence in content, writing and editing quality, photography, art and graphics, layout and design and overall concept, the award was presented to 10 university news…

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Acclaimed music scholars to join Notre Dame faculty

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Peter Jeffery and Margot Fassler, specialists in sacred music and liturgy, will join the music and theology faculties of the University of Notre Dame, according to John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. p. "Our masters in sacred music program is built on…

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ACE receives grant for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment initiative

Author: TJ D'Agostino and
Melissa Green

The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $436,500 grant from the Louis Calder Foundation to support its Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CI&A) initiative, an innovative model of professional development for teachers and principals in Catholic schools. p. This partnership…

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On the road to an efficient electric car

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

The day may come when we pull into our garages in easily rechargeable electric cars. But the hype surrounding the release of GM’s electric Volt not withstanding, University of Notre Dame engineering professor Paul McGinn’s current project list is proof that the road to that point has many intriguing…

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Sociologist Smith's book examines why Christians give so little

Author: Michael O. Garvey

“When you give to the poor,”Jesus admonished his followers in the Sermon on the Mount,“do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men.” It would be kind to suppose that American Christians…

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New study links parental conflict to stress hormone in children

Author: William G. Gilroy

A new study by a team of researchers that includes University of Notre Dame professor of psychology E. Mark Cummings finds that children who are upset when their parents fight are more likely to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. p. Cummings, the Notre Dame Professor of…

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Innovations in science teaching is focus of lecture

Author: Marissa Runkle and William G. Gilroy

John Janovy Jr., Varner Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska, will deliver the first lecture in the University of Notre Dame College of Science’s new Innovations and Excellence in Science Teaching series at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 20) in room 105 of the University of…

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Liberal studies professor awarded AAAS fellowship

Author: Shannon Chapla

Thomas Stapleford, assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is among eight people who have been awarded fellowships as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (AAAS) Visiting Scholars Program. p. The fellowship program supports scholars and practitioners in the…

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Becoming a character

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

Most people journey to the theater to escape reality. What if, however, the play that you attend includes a representation of you? p. Acclaimed New York actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith has written a portion of her latest play about aNotre Dame faculty memberSusan Youens, J.W. Van Gorkom Professor of…

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ND vs. Syracuse to be first carbon-neutral game

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

Regardless of the score, the final home game of the 2008 University of Notre Dame football season will make Fighting Irish history as the first carbon-neutral game played in Notre Dame Stadium. p. For the first time, all of the carbon emissions produced by stadium energy use, fan travel,…

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Campus to celebrate International Education Week

Author: Julie Hail Flory and Bethany Heet

The University of Notre Dame will observe International Education Week (IEW) with a host of events to be held on campus this week (Nov. 17 to 21), including a keynote lecture by author Mark Overmann, titled"Contributions of the Liberal Arts Major to Society, Business and Global Relations." p. Overmann’s…

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Development director's "pipe dream" wins Emmy

Author: Shannon Chapla

George Keegan, the University of Notre Dame’s director of foundation relations, has an interesting connection to the famous inventor and businessman Thomas Edison, and that connection, as well as a similar entrepreneurial spirit, recently earned Keegan, of all things, an Emmy Award, the highest honor of the Academy of…

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ND Law School's Bauer lectures on antitrust law in Korea

Author: Melanie McDonald

Joseph Bauer, professor of law in the University of Notre Dame Law School, delivered the keynote speech at the Korean Competition Law Association International Symposium in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 6 and 7. In Korea,“competition law,”like America’s antitrust law, is enacted to support a free market economy by promoting…

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Notre Dame MBA Program ranked 20th by BusinessWeek

Author: Carol Elliott

The Mendoza College of Business MBA Program at the University of Notre Dame is ranked 20th among U.S. business schools in BusinessWeek magazine’s biennial survey,“The Best B-Schools,”improving six spots from the 2006 results. The rankings were announced Thursday (Nov. 13) and will be featured in the magazine’s Nov. 24…

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ND Expert: Law School's Nagle speaks on Supreme Court, whales and Roosevelt

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday (Nov.12)in favor of the U.S. Navy regarding the use of sonar in training exercises even when it risked harming whales and other mammals. p. In doing so, according to John C. Nagle, John N. Matthews Professor of Law in the Notre Dame Law School,…

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Roundtable to focus on future of democracy in Central America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Will a tide of rising expectations undermine democracy in Central America? p. “Polls show that inhabitants of the region feellike many others across Latin Americathat democracy hasn’t delivered in terms of standards of living,”says Luis Cosenza, the former minister to the presidency in Honduras. p. Three distinguished policy makers…

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Architecture professor publishes book on Giordano Bruno

Author: Kathleen McDonnell

Ingrid Rowland, professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of a new book that presents philosopher Giordano Bruno as a true visionary in early modern Europe. p. “Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic,”recently published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, establishes Bruno as a peer of Erasmus, Shakespeare…

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New ACE study focuses on U.S. pastors

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Three members of the University of Notre Dame faculty have completed a national research study titled"Faith, Finances and the Future: The Notre Dame Study of U.S. Pastors,"to be published by Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Press. p. Authored by Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, director of the ACE Leadership…

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ND Expert: Law School's O'Connell urges Guantanamo closing

Author: Michael O. Garvey

“Just one week after the election and the Obama camp is sounding like the Bush administration on Guantanamo Bay,”according to Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law in the Notre Dame Law School. p. "They are talking of a new ‘Security Court’ or the need to…

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Anthropologist publishes new book on human behavior

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University of Notre Dame anthropologist Agustin Fuentes examines how and why humans evolved behaviorally in a new book titled"Evolution of Human Behavior,"published by Oxford University Press. p. Incorporating recent innovations in evolutionary theory with emerging perspectives from the current fossil record, ethnographic studies and genomic approaches, Fuentes’ book is…

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Helping poor save money/create capital is focus of Mendoza lecture

Author: Carol Elliott

“Never Too Poor to Save: The Other Side of Microfinance”is the title of a lecture to be delivered by Guy Vanmeenen of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on Thursday (Nov. 13) at 4 p.m. in the Eck Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. p. Co-sponsored by the Mendoza…

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Historian to make the case for Islamo-Christian civilization

Author: Joan Fallon

For decades ñ and especially since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 ñ writers and pundits have described a deeply entrenched"clash of civilizations"between European and Middle Eastern culture and religion. p. Richard W. Bulliet, professor of history at Columbia University, turns this narrative on its head, arguing that…

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