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Notre Dame to mark Darwin's birthday, anniversary of his book on theory of evolution

Author: Shannon Chapla

The University of Notre Dame will recognize Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of his book"On the Origin of Species"with a series of events beginning Feb. 5 (Thursday). p. Co-sponsored by the Colleges of Science and Arts and Letters,“Darwin at Notre Dame”is designed to promote discussion about…

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Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences to present lecture series

Author: William G. Gilroy

The University of Notre Dame’s Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences Department will present a series of lectures this semester focusing on large and challenging infrastructure problems around the world. p. Titled"Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering,"lectures in the series will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room…

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Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Joan Fallon

Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the 15th annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at 4 p.m. April 21 (Tuesday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of…

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Choice Magazine selects Dante volume as outstanding academic title

Author: Mollie Zubek

The most recent volume in the University of Notre Dame’s Devers series in Dante studies has been placed on Choice Magazine’s highly regarded list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2008.This is the third time the series has been honored by Choice. p. “The Ancient Flame: Dante and the Poets,”the…

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Center for Research on Educational Opportunity names new director

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Mark Berends, director of the National Center on School Choice (NCSC), has joined the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiative (IEI) as the new director of its Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO). p. Berends, who most recently served as associate professor of public policy and…

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Wilkinson releases new book of poetry

Author: Mollie Zubek

John Wilkinson, professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Notre Dame, has published a new book,“Down to Earth,”released this fall by Salt Publishing, an international award-winning publisher of poetry, fiction and literary criticism. p. Through one single thematically-interrelated poem, Wilkinson addresses the disturbing state of the…

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Symposium and films to focus on the changing face of war

Author: Joan Fallon

Martin van Creveld, a prominent military historian and strategist from Israel, and John Robb, a former U.S. special operations officer and expert on the future of war, are the lead speakers for"Of War&Law,"a symposium and film festival to be held Feb. 12 to 14 (Thursday to Saturday) at the…

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Architects with a vision–and a mission

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Architecture professors Sallie Hood and Ronald J. Sakal of the University of Notre Dame have a vision. p. We don’t need more suburbs, they argue. We need to fix the suburbs and cities we have, creating vibrant, mixed-income and mixed-use communities where stores, homes, churches and schools are within…

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Student-Aid Experts Offer Advice to Colleagues on Weathering the Recession

Author: Beckie Supiano

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Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas to be celebrated at ND Mass

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of universities and students, will be observed at the University of Notre Dame with a Mass at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 28) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. p. Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology at Notre Dame,…

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Engineering appoints new assistant dean and business expert

Author: Nina Welding

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering has made two recent appointments. h3. Catherine F. Pieronek p. Catherine F. Pieronek, most recently director of academic affairs and the Women’s Engineering Program in the college, has been named assistant dean for academic affairs. She had served in her previous…

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(Letter to the Editor): My Genome, My Self

Author: Agustin Fuentes
Professor of Anthropology

Steven Pinker argues that while our genes don’t determine who we are, they may have a great influence on our behavior (Jan. 11).As a biological anthropologist, evolutionary theorist and researcher of human behavior, I’m here to tell you Pinker is overshooting the mark. p. Genes matter, but so do…

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Notre Dame partners teachers and parents to promote science

Author: Marissa Runkle

The University of Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) will host a forum titled"Partnering for Education and Research Forum II – An Invitation to Local K-12 STEM Teachers and Parents"on Saturday (Jan. 24) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science. p. This forum will…

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ND Expert: Obama's new ethics rules mirror those of top firms

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Ushering in a new era of openness, President Obama instituted some new rules onlobbyists’ relationships with government representatives ñ a good first step in establishing a foundation of ethics for his new administration, according to Patrick Murphy,C.R. Smith co-director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at the University…

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Women Writers Festival to highlight global writers

Author: Coleen Hoover and Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame will host the second annual Notre Dame Women Writers Festival from Feb. 9 to 11 (Monday to Wednesday) in the Hesburgh Center on campus. Presented by Notre Dame’s Department of English and its Creative Writing Program, all events are free and open to the…

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ND Expert: Preserving Catholic schools will require universal effort

Author: Julie Hail Flory

As national Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 25 to 31) approaches, the state of America’s parochial schools is in the spotlight, and the news is somewhat discouraging. p. An article this week in the New York Times refers to the proposed closing of 14 elementary schools in the Diocese of…

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Notre Dame recognized for sustainability achievements

Author: Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dame’s sustainability efforts recently received recognition for two distinct achievements: p{MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px}. NBC has awarded a $10,000 prize to Notre Dame for winning a sustainability competition with Syracuse University. p{MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px}. Organized in conjunction with NBC Universal’s"Green Week"and the Notre Dame-Syracuse football game last fall,…

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International securities seminar series to explore policy issues

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame International Security Program (NDISP) will launch its 2009 seminar series Jan. 28 (Wednesday) with a presentation by Keir Leiber, associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, and Daryl Press, associate professor of government at Dartmouth College. p. Titled"How Much is Enough? Nuclear Deterrence…

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Educators give high marks to Notre Dame accountancy programs

Author: Carol Elliott

Accountancy programs at the University of Notre Dame continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to a recent survey of more than 1,550 accountancy professors from schools across the country. p. The Public Accounting Report’s 27th annual Professor’s Survey ranked Notre Dame’s undergraduate program No. 4…

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Former ND Law School professor and administrator Peter Thornton dies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Peter W. Thornton, professor emeritus of law in the University of Notre Dame Law School, died Jan. 19 in Santa Barbara, Calif.He was 90 years old. p. Thornton taught law at Notre Dame from 1968 to 1993, interrupting his tenure from 1973 to 1976 to serve as founding dean…

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Actors From The London Stage to present Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

Author: Aaron Nichols

Shakespeare at Notre Dame and Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) will present William Shakespeare’s"Much Ado About Nothing"from Jan. 28 to 30 (Wednesday to Friday) at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Washington Hall. p. p. Admission is $20 for the general public, $18 for senior…

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Notre Dame rises again in Peace Corps rankings

Author: Michael O. Garvey

As it did last year, the University of Notre Dame moved up four spots this year on the list of medium-sized schools (those with undergraduate enrollments between 5,000 and 15,000) producing Peace Corps volunteers. p. With 26 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, Notre Dame is now ranked…

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20th anniversary Student Film Festival runs Jan. 22 to 24

Author: Mollie Zubek

The University of Notre Dame will present its 20th annual Student Film Festival from Jan. 22 to 24 (Thursday to Saturday) at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. each evening in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts. p. Admission is $6 for the general public, $5…

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"Is God a Mathematician?" lecture scheduled Jan. 21

Author: William G. Gilroy

Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist and head of the office of public outreach at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute (STSci), will present a lecture titled"Is God a Mathematician?"at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 21) in the Carey Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library. The lecture, which is…

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Panel to examine moral, legal issues of pornography

Author: Mollie Zubek

The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center will present a panel discussion,“Pornucopia: Living in a Pornified Culture,”at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 22) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The event is free and open to the public. p. The presentation will include an overview…

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Student Film Festival turns 20

Author: Julie Hail Flory

A lot has changed in the world of filmmaking since Notre Dame’s first Student Film Festival was held in 1990. Ted Mandell would know; after all, he’s the guy who put the inaugural event together. p. "I got the idea because when I was an undergrad here, we never…

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Old Law School furnishings donated to school and ministry in Caribbean

Author: Dennis Brown

Plenty of heavy lifting took place at the Notre Dame Law School in December and the first week of January. p. Much of it involved moving new furniture and equipment into the Eck Hall of Law, an 85,000-square-foot building that is the new home to most of the school’s…

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