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Chilean human rights advocate garners Notre Dame Prize for distinguished public service in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Jose Zalaquett

José Zalaquett, professor of human rights at the University of Chile’s Law School, will be awarded the 2009 Notre Dame Prize for distinguished public service in Latin America at a ceremony Nov. 12 (Thursday) in Santiago.

Established in 2000 by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Notre Dame Prize recognizes the efforts of visionary leaders to enhance the region’s welfare. It is the only award of its kind to recognize the efforts of civic activists and intellectuals as well as leaders in business, religion, government or the media to enhance the region’s welfare.

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Good time for great ideas: Notre Dame Business Plan Competition taking submissions

Author: Carol Elliott


Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to win up to a total of $40,000 in cash prizes during the 2009-10 Notre Dame Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Deadline for round one submissions is Nov. 9 (Monday).

The Notre Dame Business Plan Competition is composed of both the 10th annual McCloskey Business Plan for for-profit ventures that have not yet been launched or are at the earliest stage of launch, and the ninth annual Social Venture Plan for ventures with a social or environmental purpose. Eligible teams must have at least one member who is a Notre Dame student or alumnus.

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American Irish Historical Society to honor Father Jenkins

Author: Dennis Brown and Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John. I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2009 Gold Medal award from the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS) at its 112th annual banquet Nov. 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

Previous recipients of the AIHS Gold Medal, which recognizes a special or unique contribution to American Irish life, include President Ronald Reagan, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the actor Liam Neeson, Cardinal John O’Connor of New York and Donald Keough, chairman of the board of Allen & Company, former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Co. and chairman emeritus of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.

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New urbanist town planner to present lecture

Author: Kara Kelly

Robert Davis

Acclaimed developer Robert Davis will speak on “Smart Growth Development: The Pursuit of Traditional Towns” at 4:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 30) at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

The lecture, which will take place in Room 104 of Bond Hall, is free and open to the public.

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Medieval Institute to host film festival this weekend

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Medieval Film

The University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute will present its first film festival Friday to Sunday (Oct. 30 to Nov. 1), featuring four classic motion pictures with medieval settings – three that explore the lighter side of the Middle Ages and one cinematic masterpiece.

Titled “Medievalism on Film: Those Were the Days,” the festival is co-sponsored by the Medieval Institute and Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. All screenings will take place in the Browning Cinema of the performing arts center.

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Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics announces staff additions

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (AD&T) at the University of Notre Dame, an interdisciplinary research initiative focused on developing diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for commercialization, has hired five research assistant professors who will pursue projects emphasizing significant concerns in society and the medical community.

Joining AD&T are: Tanyel Kiziltepe, Bei Nie, Carlos Gartner, Lei Liu and Li Jing Cheng.

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Roundtable to focus on the future of democracy in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Kellogg Roundtable

What are the prospects for democracy in Latin America?

“More than a quarter century after democratization swept across the region, many Latin Americans feel democracy does not address their urgent, everyday needs,” says Luis Cosenza, the former minister to the presidency in Honduras.

Three distinguished panelists will join Cosenza to discuss whether Latin American democracy is truly in peril—or if a new, Latin American form of democracy is rising to meet the region’s challenges at a roundtable discussion titled “Latin American Democracy: Under Fire?” at 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 29) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

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Three Notre Dame faculty members examine Latino life and faith

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Virgilio Elizondo, Timothy Matovina and Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C.

“Latino” is not an ethnic label. According to census officials it designates “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”

But whatever their multiple ethnicities, Latino people have been present in America longer than any other people aside from Native Americans. They number some 50 million in the United States today, and it is reliably estimated that their population will be doubled by the middle of this century.

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New center at Notre Dame studies financial regulation

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza logo

In September 2008, as the stock market began its precipitous slide, federal regulators abruptly moved to ban short sales of financial stocks. The hope was to protect companies whose stock was falling through the floor – pushed, critics said, by short sellers betting against the companies’ shares.

The ban went into effect on Sept. 19. In the next three weeks, the S&P 500 plunged another 28 percent. Many analysts thought that not only had the ban not shielded the companies as intended, but the further slide showed that short selling wasn’t quite the villain some regulators believed. The ban expired Oct. 8, 2008, but it was later blamed for several unintended and unwanted market effects, particularly on market strategies such as hedge funds that depend on short selling.

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Historian Jan Gross to speak on Holocaust in Poland

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Jan Tomasz Gross

Jan Tomasz Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society and professor of history at Princeton University, will give a lecture titled “On Holocaust’s Periphery: Poles and Their Jewish Neighbors” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 27) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall auditorium.

Gross, a native of Warsaw, was born shortly after World War II. His mother had fought in the Polish resistance, risking her life to ensure the survival of his father, a Polish Jew and a member of the underground Polish Socialist Party.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist to lecture Monday

Author: Kara Kelly

Paul Goldberger


Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker, will give a talk titled “Why Architecture Matters” at 4:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26) in 104 Bond Hall at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. The event is free and open to the public.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Goldberger has written The New Yorker’s celebrated “Sky Line” column since 1997. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 he received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

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Grand opening celebration scheduled for Innovation Park

Author: William G. Gilroy

Innovation Park

A grand opening celebration for Innovation Park at Notre Dame, a research park that helps transform innovations into viable marketplace ventures, will be held Friday (Oct. 23) at the park’s first building, which is located at 1400 E. Angela Boulevard.

The grand opening, which will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, is an invitation-only event.

Innovation Park connects clients with key ingredients essential for successful commercialization: University resources and talent, a world-class network of market experts, and access to early-stage capital providers.

The park will be home to a variety of start-up businesses, including ventures with expected commercial applications from core University research areas, and ventures that will leverage other University strengths, including student, faculty and physical asset resources.

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Notre Dame MBA earns No. 5 ethics ranking

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

The University of Notre Dame MBA Program was ranked No. 5 in the Aspen Institute’s 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternate ranking that indicates the school’s success in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its program.

“We believe that business has the moral imperative to address these issues and it is our responsibility as educators to engage, inspire and prepare our students to step up,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes measures how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. This year, 149 business schools from 24 countries participated in an 18-month effort to map the landscape of teaching and research on issues pertaining to business and society. Relevant data collected in the survey, as well as the entire “Global 100” list of business schools, is available at on the Web.

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Johansen honored for lifetime achievements in peace

Author: Joan Fallon

Robert Johansen

Robert C. Johansen, professor of political science and director of doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, has received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Peace Studies Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).

PJSA is the professional association for scholars of peace and conflict resolution and the North American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association.

At the awards ceremony during the association’s annual conference Oct. 10 at Marquette University, Johansen was lauded for his seminal scholarly work on strengthening international institutions and their role in international peace building and for his lifetime of public speaking and advocacy for peace.

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Ninth annual Blue Mass to be celebrated Oct. 27 at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Blue Mass

The ninth annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated Oct. 27 (Tuesday) at 5:15 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. John I Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will preside at the Mass and Rev. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica, will give the homily. Sacred music for the Mass will be provided by Notre Dame’s Basilica Schola.

The Blue Mass is named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by officers in police and fire departments nationwide. It was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional “month’s mind” Mass for the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who died while serving and protecting others.

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Alumni Association to present six awards

Author: Shannon Chapla and Angela Sienko

Alumni Association Logo

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association will present awards to six graduates during ceremonies this fall.

The Distinguished Alumnus award will be presented to Maj. Gen. Frederick Roggero, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety and a 1976 graduate, during halftime ceremonies at the Notre Dame-Washington State football game Oct. 31 (Saturday) in San Antonio.

Commander of the Air Force Safety Center, Roggero develops, executes and evaluates all aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat readiness. He also manages, develops and directs all Air Force safety and operational risk management education courses.

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Notre Dame establishes Chicago Latino Research Collaborative

Author: Shannon Chapla

ILS Logo

The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame has established the Chicago Latino Research Collaborative to conduct academic research aimed at providing decision makers with important information about matters affecting Chicago-area Latinos.

Funded by the Chicago Community Trust and the Arthur Foundation, the collaborative includes interdisciplinary policy research teams from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and DePaul, Roosevelt and National-Louis Universities.

“This is the beginning of a research network that would help move Latinos out of their marginalized status and into the American educational, economic and civic mainstream,” ILS project director John Koval said.

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Katherine Taylor named director of operations for Eck Institute for Global Health

Author: William G. Gilroy

Kathy Taylor

Katherine A. Taylor has been named director of operations for the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, a world-renowned collaborative research program focused on infectious diseases that impact the poor around the world.

Prior to her appointment, Taylor served as chief of the Drug Development Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Office of Biodefense Research Affairs. She also has held positions with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the International Livestock Research Institute, both in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Board of Trustees elects Father Jenkins to second term

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. John. I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees elected Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Friday (Oct. 16) to a second five-year term as president of the University, effective at the conclusion of his first term June 30, 2010, Chairman Richard C. Notebaert announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

“The vision and leadership that Father Jenkins has demonstrated in his first four years in office have been inspiring and innovative,” Notebaert said. “Building upon the foundation set by his Holy Cross predecessors, he is making the aspirations of this University a reality. The Fellows and Trustees look forward to continuing our work with him in service to Our Lady’s University.”

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Astronaut/alumnus Michael Good makes special presentation to alma mater

Author: Dennis Brown

Col. MIchael Good, Jo

Col. Michael T. Good, a 1984 University of Notre Dame alumnus who served last spring on the space shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, returned to his alma mater this weekend to make a special presentation and meet with College of Engineering and ROTC students.

In a luncheon Friday, Good presented Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., with a photo collage and a Notre Dame banner that he had carried aboard the shuttle Atlantis during the Hubble servicing mission May 11 to 24.

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Bengal Bouts documentary about more than boxing

Author: Ted Fox

Bengal Bouts

Mark Weber, a 2009 University of Notre Dame graduate, describes Notre Dame’s annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament not in terms of rings and gloves but as “a great tradition of young men giving their blood and sweat in the fight against global poverty.”

If you’re thinking this sounds like a film just waiting to be made, then you’re thinking like Weber.

A double major in film, television and theatre (FTT) and the Program of Liberal Studies – as well as the 2008–09 Bengal Bouts president – he has teamed with FTT faculty member William Donaruma to produce “Strong Bodies Fight,” a documentary about the distinctive program. The title is inspired by the bouts’ longtime mantra: “Strong bodies fight, that weak bodies may be nourished.”

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Something for the Pope to read

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Lawrence S. Cunningham book cover

Formally welcoming University of Notre Dame alumnus Miguel H. Diaz as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI praised American democratic pluralism and promised to enrich it.

“For her part,” Pope Benedict said, “the Church in the United States wishes to contribute to the discussion of the weighty ethical and social questions shaping America’s future by proposing respectful and reasonable arguments grounded in the natural law and confirmed by the perspective of faith.”

The invocation of “natural law,” and Pope Benedict’s (and the Church’s) conviction that certain moral imperatives are inherent in human nature, could hardly have surprised Diaz, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees in theology from Notre Dame.

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T. Boone Pickens to speak Oct. 26 at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

T. Boone Pickens

Energy executive T. Boone Pickens will conduct a town hall meeting to discuss his Pickens Plan for U.S. energy independence from imported oil at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 (Monday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business and the Office of the Provost, the talk is a free but ticketed event that is open to the campus and local communities. It will include a 30-minute presentation by Pickens, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the performing arts center.

“We look forward to hosting Mr. Pickens and learning first-hand of his ideas pertaining to alternative forms of energy,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business. “Mr. Pickens is a forward thinker on energy, and we are eager for Notre Dame students to engage him on this important subject.”

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Law School’s Gurulé elected to prestigious national academy

Author: Melanie McDonald

Jimmy Gurule

Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, will join the ranks of former U.S. Cabinet officials and other distinguished national leaders—including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Attorneys General Edwin Meese III and Dick Thornburgh, and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil—as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Gurulé’s election to the academy by its board of governors and other fellows is a result of his work and accomplishments as a senior public administrator, especially as assistant attorney general and undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Established in 1967 and chartered by Congress, NAPA is a non-profit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation’s most critical and complex challenges.

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New York Times U.N. bureau chief to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Joan Fallon

Neil MacFarquhar

The New York Times U.N. Bureau Chief Neil MacFarquhar, who spent his boyhood in Libya and has covered the Middle East for nearly 20 years, will speak Nov. 3 (Tuesday) at 4:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

MacFarquhar believes that the endless stream of headlines about suicide bombers and violence in the Middle East has severely limited perceptions of the Arab world and Iran. He will draw from his new book, “The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East,” to challenge simplistic assumptions and offer new perspective on a region struggling to adjust to the pressures of modernity.

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Business students to compete in NASCAR program

Author: Carol Elliott


Four undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame have been selected to compete as a team in NASCAR Kinetics, a program that immerses students into the business world of NASCAR to improve their marketing skills.

As part of the competition, NASCAR executives will participate in a panel discussion Thursday (Oct. 15) at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Notre Dame’s Eck Visitors’ Center.

The panel discussion is open to the public with topics generated by audience members. Panelists will represent the marketing, diversity/public affairs, human resources and series operations divisions at NASCAR and will be available to answer general questions about NASCAR and discuss their responsibilities within the organization.

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ND Expert: Direct link between rise in Taliban power and private funding


Jimmy Gurule

The Taliban are in much stronger financial shape than al Qaeda, and their emergence over the last two years as a formidable military force is directly tied to funding by private benefactors, according to Jimmy Gurulé, University of Notre Dame professor of law and one of the world’s leading experts on terrorist financing.

“The good news is that al Qaeda has been weakened by military strikes killing top al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan,” Gurulé said. “These military efforts have further denied the terror group a safe haven to plan and launch major terrorist attacks against the West. As the result of al Qaeda’s decline, donors have been reluctant to fund the terrorist organization. No one wants to donate to a losing cause.

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New book examines founding fathers, religious liberty

Author: Michael Lucien

Vincent Muñoz book cover

Vincent Muñoz, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, questions the traditional view of the founding fathers’ stance on religious liberty in “God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson,” recently published by Cambridge University Press.

In the book, Muñoz rejects the consensus view that the founding fathers agreed about the meaning of religious liberty by showing how Presidents James Madison, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson disagreed about the separation of church and state. He explains why the founders’ disagreement means that no single church-state position can claim the exclusive authority of America’s founding history. In doing so, Muñoz reveals how the founders have been misused by Supreme Court justices, demonstrates the limits of “originalism” in church-state jurisprudence, and explains how the founders’ different positions would adjudicate contemporary church-state controversies.

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Reilly Center hosts conference on evolutionary theory

Author: Katie Louvat

Darwin conference

Can acceptance of evolutionary theory coexist with belief in God? Does evolution rule out a divinely ordained place in creation for humanity?

These questions reflect the widespread view that evolutionary theory is fundamentally incompatible with religious belief. The hosts of an upcoming academic conference at the University of Notre Dame, titled “Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God,” think it is time to lay that view to rest.

The Nov. 1 to 3 (Sunday to Tuesday) event is being organized by Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, and the Pontifical Council for Culture’s Science, Theology, and the Ontological Quest (STOQ) Project in Rome.

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Celebrating Founder's Day

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Saint Edward the Confessor

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will preside and preach at Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 13) in celebration of Founder’s Day.

Founder’s Day, the feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, has its roots in a time and culture less secular than ours, when it was customary to celebrate the liturgical feast days of saints with the focused enthusiasm and affection now largely reserved for birthdays.

At the University of Notre Dame in the mid-19th century, Oct. 13 was always lavishly celebrated because the University’s founder, Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., and King Edward, the 11th century Saxon saint, shared the same name.

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