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London Program launches symposium series

Author: Shannon Chapla

London Center

The University of Notre Dame’s London Undergraduate Program is launching “London Symposium,” a new series designed to promote transnational, interdisciplinary scholarship on topics of geopolitical significance. The inaugural event, titled “Cosmopolitanism and Religious Diversity,” will be held March 3 and 4 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the London Centre, next to Trafalgar Square.

The events will regularly draw together distinguished Notre Dame and United Kingdom academics as a means of promoting U.S.-European scholarly relations and increasing Notre Dame’s international profile.

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When patristic scholarship packs a punch

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Brian Daley

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, specializes in “patristics,” the study of the writings, sayings and lives of the earliest Christians.

Whatever dusty, antiquarian associations may burden that scholarly label, they seem misapplied in Father Daley’s case. This Jesuit priest, certified both as a rowing and a boxing coach, serves as a cut and bucket man during Notre Dame’s celebrated Bengal Bouts and confesses that he loves his sidelong involvements in Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s boxing programs “as a kind of alternative form of teaching and ministry.” Besides, amateur boxing, his hobby for some four decades now, is an agreeable way to keep himself in shape.

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Harvard scholar to speak on faithful citizenship

Author: Paul Horn

Bill Purcell

Bill Purcell, director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, will deliver a lecture titled “American Politics – Living Faithful Citizenship,” at 7 p.m. Monday (March 2) in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Center. He will share his insights on living out a vocation in public service.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, the talk is free and open to the public.

Purcell has spent more than 30 years in public service, law and higher education. From 1999 to 2007, he served as mayor of Nashville, Tenn., during which time the city experienced unprecedented economic growth and development, including the construction of more than 26,000 affordable housing units. In 2006, Purcell was named “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine.

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Changes made to campus cable TV lineup

Author: Lenette Votava

Changes to the channel lineup for the University of Notre Dame’s cable television system recently were instituted by the Office of Information Technologies. They are as follows:

Channel 2—Campus information
Channel 4—Russian language programming (RTN)
Channel 13—Campus events and Doppler radar
Channel 14—Foreign language news programming (SCOLA-4)
Channel 18—German language programming (forthcoming)
Channel 20—Italian language programming (RAI)
Channel 21—French language programming (TV5)
Channel 43—Eternal Word Network (EWTN)
Channel 53—NDtv student programming

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Center for Ethics and Culture establishes fund for human life

Author: Michael O. Garvey

David Solomon

A fund has been established in the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture to support pro-life activities within the University and beyond its campus.

The efforts supported by the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life will particularly concern issues arising from the plight of human life in its earliest stages, from conception to the early days of infancy.

According to David Solomon, W.P. and H.B. White Director of the center, “There are currently a number of different forces in the academy, as well as in the broader culture, that make it difficult to focus on the many threats to innocent human life in the womb and in its earliest stages.

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Electrical Engineering faculty receive CAREER awards

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Vijay Gupta and Huili (Grace) Xing, assistant professors in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, have been named 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award recipients. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to young faculty in…

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Gender Relations Center launches Violence Prevention Initiative program

Author: Mollie Zubek

The Gender Relations Center (GRC) at the University of Notre Dame has created the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) to provide educational and preventative programs that will galvanize students to work toward stopping violence. p. The goals for the VPI are to raise awareness about violence in the local community,…

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"Real Women" model to discuss bodies and beauty

Author: Elizabeth Moriarty and Julie Hail Flory

Stacy Nadeau, a model who appeared on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square with five other women dressed only in their underwear, will participate in a discussion on women and beauty Feb. 26 (Thursday) at the University of Notre Dame. p. The presentation, titled"Beauty and the Beast:…

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Notre Dame symposium to celebrate Louis Braille's 200th birthday

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Along with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, the bicentenary of another member of 1809’s pantheon of genius, the French inventor Louis Braille, falls this year. p. Braille, whose eponymous orthographical system of embossed dots has been adapted to nearly every known language and is used for…

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Notre Dame Review releases anthology

Author: Mollie Zubek

Notre Dame Review, a leading literary magazine produced by the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, has released an anthology of poetry and fiction from the publication’s first 10 years in print. p. “Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years,”published by Notre Dame Press, includes work by well-known…

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Drilling for answers: Clive Neal and the JOIDES Resolution

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Clive Neal, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is sailing the deep blue sea from Feb. 4 through March 5. His trip is not a pleasure cruise, but a unique journey that is part of a significant moment for the world of…

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Festival offers fresh look at Asia through film

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Showcasing the creativity of contemporary Asian filmmaking, the University of Notre Dame’s annual Asian Film Festival will bring four contemporary films to the Browning Cinema of the University’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts Friday and Saturday (Feb. 27 and 28). p. Admission is $6 for the general public,…

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Robinson Center to celebrate 8th anniversary,10th year of Take Ten program

Author: Shannon Chapla

The Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) will celebrate its eighth anniversary and the 10th anniversary of its Take Ten violence prevention program Friday (Feb. 20) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, the center is located at 921 N. Eddy St., South Bend. p. The…

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English professor wins award for book on Hmong language

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John Duffy, associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Book Award of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for"Writing from These Roots:Literacy in a Hmong-American Community." p. Published by the University of Hawaii Press, the book traces…

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Paper sheds new "light" on fascinating rhythms of the circadian clock

Author: William G. Gilroy

Scientists have long known that interrupting the 24-hour circadian rhythm plays havoc with the lives and health of medical, military and airline personnel, factory employees and travelers. p. A new paper by University of Notre Dame biologist Giles Duffield and a team of researchers that appears in this month’s…

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Biologist Lodge organizes AAAS annual meeting symposium

Author: William G. Gilroy

David Lodge

David Lodge, professor of biological sciences and director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame, is the lead organizer for a symposium on global trade and aquatic invasive species that will take place Friday (Feb. 13) during the 2009 American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago.

Titled “Global Trade and the ‘Homogecene:’ Lessons from the Great Lakes for the World,” the session will present recent advances in research on ship-borne aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and globally.

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New book celebrates gifts of Holy Cross

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Holy Cross book

Lent is the 40-day liturgical season during which Christians fast, pray and give alms in preparation for the celebration of their Lord’s resurrection at Easter. Sundays are excluded from the season, as each is itself a celebration of resurrection and thus a “little Easter.” This year the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 25.

At first glance, Lent is a season inextricable from suffering, death, sadness and failure. People deliberately go hungry, encounter their own and others’ poverty, confront, lament and struggle with their meanspiritedness, and all the while contemplate the image of a tortured man breathing his last on an ugly rack.

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Looking differently at ADHD

Author: Julie Hail Flory

It happens to us all ñ you walk to the refrigerator, open the door, then stand there, unable to remember why you went to the kitchen in the first place. p. You may call it a brain cramp, but in psychological terms, it’s a"failure of active maintenance,"and it could…

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Anthropologist's new book examines plagiarism among college students

Author: Shannon Chapla

Susan D. Blum, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of a new book titled"My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture,"which explores the prevalence of plagiarism among American college students and why it exists. p. Blum is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist who has…

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Sports, mortgages, other headline topics part of Ethics Week 2009

Author: Carol Elliott

Panelists associated with Notre Dame athletics will tackle a topic often treated with cynicism ñ professional sports and ethics ñ during the 12th annual Ethics Week, from Feb. 16 to 19, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. p. Each lecture will take place in…

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Kellogg Institute to present Brazilian Carnaval

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Vibrant Brazilian dance rhythms will transport revelers from South Bend to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during the 11th annual celebration of Brazilian Carnaval on Friday (Feb. 13) from 8 p.m. to midnight in the University of Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall.The family-friendly event is free and open…

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Notre Dame business professor Robert Vecchio dies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Robert P. Vecchio, Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, died Monday (Feb. 9)at Memorial Hospital in South Bend of injuries sustained in a fall from the rooftop of his home Saturday morning.He was 58. p. "Bob had an early…

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ND's fourth annual Edith Stein Conference to be held Feb. 13-14

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The 2009 Edith Stein Conference will be held Feb. 13 and 14 (Friday and Saturday) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall. p. The conference,“Love: What Hurts and What Works? Engaging Self, Society and God,”will include talks and presentations by some 20 speakers on human relationships and what…

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Tax Assistance Program now underway

Author: Carol Elliott

Local taxpayers can get help with the preparation of federal and Indiana state income tax returns at nine area locations from now until April 15 through the University of Notre Dame’s 38th annual Vivian Harrington Gray Tax Assistance Program (TAP). p. TAP, which began this weekend, enlists accountancy students…

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Caribbean migration lecture series to begin Feb. 19

Author: Shannon Chapla

Arlene D·vila, professor of anthropology at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, will open the Institute for Latino Studies’ (ILS) spring lecture series titled"Caribbean Flights: From the First Colonial Cities in America to Metropolis U.S.A." p. Featuring nationally and internationally known scholars,“Caribbean Flights”is…

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Peace builders share work and wisdom with apprentices worldwide

Author: Joan Fallon

The University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies has launched an innovative mentorship project designed to pass on the wisdom and skills of some of the world’s most experienced peace builders to a new generation of peace practitioners. p. The Peacebuilding Apprenticeship Initiative, funded by the…

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FTT play "Guernica" to open Feb. 24

Author: Mollie Zubek

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present Yiannis Lymtsioulis’"Guernica"from Feb. 24 to 28 (Tuesday to Saturday) at 7:30 p.m., and March 1 (Sunday) at 2:30 p.m., in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. p. Admission is $15…

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New paper offers key insights into how new species emerge

Author: William G. Gilroy

This year marks both the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work"On the Origin of Species."Just in time for the Darwin observances, a new paper appearing today in the journal Science by a team led by University of Notre Dame…

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President of One Laptop Per Child to speak Feb. 10

Author: Paul Horn

University of Notre Dame graduate Charles Kane will return to campus to speak on his transition from working as a for-profit executive to pro-bono president and chief operating officer of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 (Tuesday) in the Eck Visitors’ Center auditorium. p. Titled"Technology…

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