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Notre Dame psychologist extends research on aging into midlife

Author: Ted Fox

When we talk about aging, we often think strictly in terms of those who have, well, aged the most. And yet for Cindy Bergeman, professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, doing so would be akin to describing a two-hour movie after missing the first 90 minutes….

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Wiescher appointed to National Academies Board on Physics and Astronomy

Author: Marissa Runkle

Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to the National Academies Board on Physics and Astronomy for a three-year term beginning this month. p. The Board on Physics and Astronomy seeks to inform the government and the public regarding significant…

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Seed fund projects focus on clean energy

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

In support of its mission to pursue the development of abundant and inexpensive energy sources that do not harm the environment, the University of Notre Dames Energy Center has announced that three projects pursuing novel concepts in clean energy will be supported through the centers new Seed Fund program….

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Law student counts CPA exam award among many honors

Author: Melanie McDonald

University of Notre Dame Law School student John Berger has won the 2007 Elijah Watt Sells Award, issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, recognizing the ten highest scorers on the CPA exam in the entire country. p. Berger has pursued both his law and undergraduate accounting…

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Researchers analyze how new anti-MRSA antibiotics function

Author: William G. Gilroy

A new paper by Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and researchers in his lab provides important insights into promising new antibiotics aimed at combating MRSA. p. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major global health threat that kills approximately 20,000…

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A good companion in the Holy Land

Author: Michael O. Garvey

On Sept. 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon, then leader of Israels Likud Party, took an escort of Israeli police officers and went for a very conspicuous stroll on Jerusalems Temple Mount and around al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. He later insisted that his visit was innocent tourism,…

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Finance professor honored for research

Author: Carol Elliott

Hayong Yun, assistant professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame, received the 2008 Young Researcher Prize awarded by the Review of Financial Studies, a top-tier research journal. p. The annual prize, sponsored by the financial services company JPMorgan, recognizes the best research by a recent doctoral graduate…

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MNA student selected as Republican delegate

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A self-describedpolitical junky,Ryan Peenes selection to the New Jersey delegation for the Republican National Convention is a natural outgrowth of an interest cultivated in childhood. p. My parents operated a tavern in New Jersey and as a kid Id sit at the bar and talk to patrons about sports…

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Catholic and evangelical scholars assess Christian learning

Author: Michael O. Garvey

One thing upon which both Catholics and evangelical Christians could sadly agree was mentioned early in a famous joint statement published almost 15 years ago. p. The two communities in world Christianity that are most evangelistically assertive and most rapidly growing are evangelicals and Catholics,said the authors ofEvangelicals&Catholics Together:…

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Sociologist Hallinan named AERA fellow

Author: Shannon Chapla

Renowned University of Notre Dame sociologist Maureen T. Hallinan has been elected into the American Educational Research Associations (AERA) newly established Fellows Program, which honors education researchers with exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions. p. One of the worlds foremost scholars in the sociology of education, Hallinan is Notre Dames…

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Senior “Web wizard” takes Harry Potter to the Middle East

Author: Shannon Chapla

University of Notre Dame senior and Harry Potter guru Emerson Spartz discovered magic in an unlikely place this summer, and he didnt even have to run and jump through a brick wall to a make-believe train platform to get there. p. The mastermind behind MuggleNet, one of the worlds…

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Driehaus Prize nomination process now open to public

Author: Kara Kelly

Organizers of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, which is administered through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, today announced that they have opened the nomination process to the public. p. The Driehaus Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding architect or firm whose work applies the principles…

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ACE program to celebrate 15th anniversary

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program will celebrate its 15 years of service to Catholic schools with a jubilee weekend for its graduates and other supporters of Catholic schools from July 24 to 27 (Thursday to Saturday) on the Notre Dame campus. p. Some…

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Two sophomores win prestigious honors fellowships

Author: Shannon Chapla

University of Notre Dame sophomores Laura Lindsley, a Program of Liberal Studies major from Charlotte, N.C., and Octavia Ratiu, a pre-professional studies and liberal studies major from Austin, Texas, have been named Lee and Ramona Bass Western Civilization Scholars by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). p. Lindsley and Ratiu,…

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ND law scholar supports World Court order to halt executions

Author: Melanie McDonald

An international law scholar at the University of Notre Dame Law School praisedyesterdays World Court order that the United States halt the imminent executions of five Mexican nationals on death row in Texas. p. The Mexicans have all been convicted of murders inside the U.S., but the Mexican government…

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Industrial design team wins award for blind swimming technology

Author: Shannon Chapla

A team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Paul Down, associate professor of industrial design, received the inaugural Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award for developing AdapTap, a system that empowers sight-impaired swimmers to avoid pool-side collisions. p. Established by the National Federation of the Blind and named for…

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Jack Swarbrick appointed director of athletics at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

John B.JackSwarbrick Jr., a Notre Dame graduate who has risen to national prominence as a lawyer, consultant and executive in the collegiate and Olympic sports industries, was appointed today (July 16) as the Universitys 12th director of athletics. p. Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., introduced Swarbrick…

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Gigot Center announces new director

Author: Carol Elliott

Patrick J. Barry, a 1984 University of Notre Dame alumnus and expert in small business, has been named the new director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Notre Dame, according to Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business. p. The Gigot Center…

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Notre Dame videos earn honors for local groups

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Two local communication agencies have been honored with awards for four video features produced for the University of Notre Dame. p. A National PortraitandDaughters of Notre Dame,produced by Mishawaka-based media consulting firm Big Idea Company,received bronze medals of excellence in the 29th annual Telly Awards. p. A National Portraitis…

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ACE leadership and teaching students to graduate July 12

Author: Dennis Brown

The first graduates of the University of Notre Dames ACE Leadership Program will receive their master of arts in educational administration degrees in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday (July 12) in the Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. p. The 35 leadership graduates will be…

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Psychology’s Quantitative Program continues rapid rise

Author: Ted Fox

No matter what the subject,youngestandbestarent two adjectives that regularly associate with each other, as how long something has been around tends to place an upward bound on how highly were willing to value it. p. But that hasnt stopped the Quantitative Program in Notre Dames Department of Psychology from…

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Castellino to receive 2008 WYETH-ISFP Prize

Author: William G. Gilroy

Francis J. Castellino, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry and director of the W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2008 WYETH-ISFP Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of fibrinolysis, proteolysis and thrombosis. p. Castellino was chosen for the honor…

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Folk Choir director receives national award

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Steven C. Warner, director of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, has been named Pastoral Musician of the Year by National Association of Pastoral Musicians. p. Warner received the award, which honors both his 28 yearsleadership of the internationally renowned choir and his widely used compositions of sacred…

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Mosquito woes may follow Midwest floods

Author: William G. Gilroy

As floodwaters recede in many areas of the Midwest, its residents most likely are breathing a sigh of relief. However, those same waters may have left behind residual problems in the form of an increase in mosquito-borne diseases and illnesses, according to Catherine Young, a biologist with the University…

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Program to help volunteers transition to careers

Author: Carol Elliott

For many people who spend a year in service work, transitioning back to a career track isnt a simple move. Where they might have spent their days working on digging wells in an African village or organizing reading programs for children, they now have to turn their attention to…

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New paper offers insights into “blinking” phenomenon

Author: William G. Gilroy

A new paper by a team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame physicist Bolizsár Jankó provides an overview of research into one of the few remaining unsolved problems of quantum mechanics. p. More than a century ago, at the dawn of modern quantum mechanics, the Nobel Prize-winning…

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Mobashery receives Astellas Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Astellas USA Foundation Award by the American Chemical Society ACS) for his work on antibiotic resistance and his important contributions to the understanding of the bacterial cell…

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