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Don Schindler appointed director of AgencyND

Author: Shannon Chapla

Don Schindler

Don Schindler, a University of Notre Dame graduate and formerly a senior digital strategist for the digital marketing and advertising firm MediaSauce, has been appointed managing director of AgencyND at the University of Notre Dame, effective Monday (Aug. 31).

A seasoned professional in strategic planning and positioning, Schindler will oversee the operations of AgencyND, Notre Dame’s integrated marketing communications agency.

“The world of communications is rapidly expanding and changing,” said Todd Woodward, associate vice president for marketing communications. “Where once we made phone calls, sent press releases and relied on brochures, we now have social networking, video and digital communications.

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Notre Dame Executive MBA Program names new director

Author: Carol Elliott

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Paul Velasco has been appointed director of degree programs for the Executive Education Department in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, effective Tuesday (Sept. 1).

Velasco will provide internal and external leadership and direction for Notre Dame’s two Executive MBA (EMBA) programs in South Bend and Chicago. His duties and responsibilities will include leadership and administrative oversight of marketing, recruiting, student services, curriculum and operations.

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Top business executives share insights in Notre Dame lecture series

Author: Carol Elliott

Boardroom Insights Lecture

Chief executive officers from companies including Target Corp. and Sprint Nextel will talk about current business issues as part of the annual Boardroom Insights lecture series offered by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

The purpose of the Boardroom Insights series is to invite executives to reflect on critical issues and experiences in the business world, sharing their insights in a mix of lecture and discussion sessions. Topics vary from speaker to speaker, ranging across the spectrum of business concerns in order to expose students to the opportunities and challenges inherent in today’s global business environment. Speakers select ideas they feel are relevant and valuable to students’ development as they prepare for a professional career.

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School of Architecture sponsors second annual Accessibility Awareness Day

Author: Kara Kelly

Accessibility Awareness Day

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The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, with support from the Office of the University Architect, Disability Services and LCM Architects, will host a daylong program Sept. 2 (Wednesday) to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with physical disabilities.


The program is designed to increase architecture students’ awareness of the many facets of accessible design in the context of daily student life on the Notre Dame campus. Senior architecture students will be divided into three groups: one with crutches, one with wheelchairs and one with blindfolds and canes. They will navigate the campus and participate in various day-to-day activities such as riding a shuttle, attending class and using public restrooms. Students will follow their regular schedules in the morning, navigate Notre Dame Stadium in the afternoon and conclude the day with a lecture on designing for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Residence halls and buildings reopened after tunnel fire

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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All campus buildings and residence halls have reopened after a fire this morning in a utility tunnel on the University of Notre Dame campus.

The fire was reported at 8:15 a.m. and led to the evacuation of the LaFortune Student Center and several nearby buildings. The Notre Dame, South Bend and Clay Township Fire Departments responded and the fire was extinguished at 10:45 a.m.

One Notre Dame employee was treated for smoke inhalation and has been released from the hospital.

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Fire in Notre Dame utility tunnel extinguished

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Campus Fire

Emergency crews have extinguished a fire in a utility tunnel on the University of Notre Dame campus. The fire was discovered this morning and led to the evacuation of the LaFortune Student Center and several nearby buildings.

One employee was treated for smoke inhalation and has been released from the hospital.

The extent of damage caused by the fire is unknown at this time. The cause remains under investigation.

Classes have not been canceled.

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Alumni couple creates scholars program with $35 million gift to Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

University of Notre Dame graduates Mark W. and Stacey Miller Yusko of Chapel Hill, N.C., have made a $35 million gift to their alma mater to establish a new undergraduate scholarship program.

The Yuskos’ benefaction equals the third largest gift in the University’s history and will be directed to the creation of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, a comprehensive merit scholarship and enrichment initiative that will seek to attract talented undergraduate students to the University and provide them with the tools to become transformational leaders in the image of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987.

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Entomologist Fraser selected as ESA fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm J. Fraser Jr., a University of Notre Dame professor of biological sciences, has been selected as a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). His selection as a fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension or administration.

Fraser joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1983. His research focuses on insect virology and invertebrate transgenesis and includes work with baculoviruses and Dengue fever virus.

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New biography reappraises a “boundary-crosser”

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Despite his unquestionable influence on science, philosophy, theology, higher education, the Catholic church in general, and the University of Notre Dame in particular, Rev. John Augustine Zahm, C.S.C., seems to have attracted the attention of only one very serious biographer, Ralph Weber, a Notre Dame alumnus who wrote his 1956 doctoral dissertation on Father Zahm and published it six years later.

After nearly half a century, Weber has been joined by Rev. David B. Burrell, C.S.C., Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theology at Notre Dame, whose book, “When Faith and Reason Meet: The Legacy of John Zahm, C.S.C.,” was recently published by Corby Books.

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Saturday Scholar Series to kick off Sept. 5

Author: College of Arts & Letters

Saturday Scholars

Football games and tailgate parties aren’t the only weekend highlights visitors to the University of Notre Dame can look forward to during the fall semester. The 2009 Saturday Scholar Series promises an intriguing lineup of lectures by some of the College of Arts and Letters’ most engaging faculty.

The talks take place every home football game Saturday in the Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium at noon, with the exception of the off-site game Oct. 31 in San Antonio.

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Mathematics with an international, feminine flair

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Claudia Polini

As a child growing up in Italy, Claudia Polini was good—very good—in math, but imagined that she might one day become a lawyer—or perhaps a missionary—because she wanted to make an impact on the world.

“Math is not what I thought I’d do for a job,” she says. “When I was in middle school and high school, I always thought, math, what can you do with it? Now that I’m a mathematician, I know you can have a degree in mathematics and do almost anything—it’s a universal key.”

Today, Polini, a professor of mathematics and a specialist in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry at the University of Notre Dame, makes an impact by conducting research, teaching graduate and undergraduate students—and encouraging and supporting girls and women in the pursuit of advanced studies in mathematics.

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Blake named associate dean for strategic initiatives in College of Engineering

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

M. Brian Blake

M. Brian Blake, most recently department chair and director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University, has joined the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering as associate dean for strategic initiatives and professor of computer science and engineering.

An expert in the areas of software engineering, Web services, e-commerce and related services, Blake will continue his research in service-oriented computing, agents and workflow technologies; enterprise integration and electronic commerce; software process and life cycles; and software engineering education at Notre Dame. In addition, he has responsibility for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in software design and engineering, as well as in Internet computing.

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Notre Dame introduces improvements to football weekend experience

Author: Dennis Brown and John Heisler

Notre Dame Football

A variety of improvements to the University of Notre Dame football game-day experience have been instituted for the 2009 season in the areas of hospitality, communication, and safety and security.

The new game-day initiatives are born out of an ad hoc committee’s study during the last academic year, and its subsequent report in the spring to Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Assistant vice president for University events and protocol Mike Seamon, who in April was named director of football game-day operations, is leading the effort to implement improvements to Irish football weekends.

“The University believes that Notre Dame home football weekends are and should be a great experience, and we know how important they are to our alumni and fans,” Seamon said. “This offseason has provided all of us at the University with the opportunity to drill down into all the various elements of the weekend in an effort to look at each one and see if there are ways to improve.

“This is just the beginning of our commitment to make the Notre Dame football experience better than ever. We will be continually soliciting feedback from fans and making additions and changes in an effort to make the experience even better than it was the week and year before.”

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Notre Dame representatives to attend Diaz’ swearing-in as Vatican ambassador

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Miguel H. Diaz

University of Notre Dame alumnus Miguel H. Diaz will be sworn in Friday (Aug. 21) as the United States ambassador to the Holy See in a ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

Unable to attend the ceremony because of a previous commitment, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has asked two fellow Holy Cross priests, both friends of Diaz, to represent him there.

Rev. James K. Foster, C.S.C., assistant dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science, and Rev. Edwin H. Obermiller, C.S.C., director of the office of vocations for the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will attend both the State Department swearing-in ceremony and a subsequent luncheon hosted by St. John’s College (Minn.), where Diaz teaches theology.

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Catholic universities to gather at Notre Dame to address sustainability

Author: Rachel Novick

Renewing the Campus

The University of Notre Dame this fall will host “Renewing the Campus: Sustainability and the Catholic University,” the first national conference dedicated to advancing the engagement of Catholic universities with the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

The conference, which will be held Oct. 9 to 11 (Friday to Sunday) on the Notre Dame campus, will bring together faculty, students, administrators and clergy from Catholic universities across the country to explore the connections between Catholic theology and social thought and the science and practice of environmental sustainability.

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New paper offers intriguing insights into tumor metabolism

Author: William G. Gilroy

Zachary T. Schafer

A paper appearing in this week’s edition of the journal Nature by a team of researchers that includes University of Notre Dame biologist Zachary T. Schafer has important new implications for understanding the metabolism of tumors.

Schafer, an assistant professor of biological sciences and Coleman Junior Chair of Cancer Biology, points out that in the early stages of tumor formation some cells become detached from their normal cellular matrix. These “homeless” cells tend to develop certain defects that stop them from becoming cancerous. In a process known as apoptosis, these precancerous cells essentially kill themselves, allowing them to be destroyed by immune system cells.

The prevailing wisdom among researchers has been that apoptosis was the only way that cells could die.

In studies conducted prior to the research described in the Nature paper, it was found that even when apoptosis was inhibited in detached, precancerous cells, they still eventually died. Intrigued by these results, a team of researchers led by Joan S. Brugge, Louise Foote Pfieffer Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Schafer decided to take a closer look.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present free outdoor Young Company performance

Author: Aaron Nichols

Young Company/Shakespeare ND

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Young Company touring group will perform on the Main Quad at the University of Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 (Monday).

The Young Company, composed of gifted college students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and universities from across the region, will present the Academy of the Intronati of Siena’s “The Deceived” – the Renaissance comedy that inspired Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

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Students spend summer immersed in Chinese business, culture

Author: Shannon Chapla

China Summer Program

The University of Notre Dame’s newest summer program “is a beautiful example of interdisciplinarity, Notre Dame’s commitment to Asia initiatives and the transformative role of study abroad,” said Vice President and Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs.

“Culture and Business in China Today” was offered for the first time in May and June for 12 Notre Dame undergraduate business and economics students who spent one week in Taiwan and Hong Kong, two weeks in Shanghai and two weeks in Beijing.

Designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore, experience and examine business and culture in China, the course offered presentations by guest professors and business leaders, as well as visits to both international and Chinese companies and historic and cultural sites.

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Notre Dame academic year to begin with annual Mass and picnic

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Opening Mass 2009

The annual Mass opening the University of Notre Dame’s 2009-10 academic year will be celebrated Aug. 25 (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. in the Joyce Center fieldhouse (north dome).

Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside and preach at the Mass, which will be preceded by an academic procession of Notre Dame faculty and followed by the traditional University picnic for students, faculty, staff and their families on the Hesburgh Library mall.

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Executive VP appoints new senior advisor

Author: Dennis Brown

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Michael J. Chapple, information security program manager in the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed senior advisor to John Affleck-Graves, the University’s executive vice president.

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Father Malloy tells the first third of his “tale”

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.

During his junior year at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., an already reputable basketball player named Ed Malloy, nicknamed “Monk” since the fourth grade, wrote a weekly column for the student newspaper.

“It was a Herb Caen or Irv Kupcinet kind of commentary on school events, on people of note, or on whatever struck my fancy,” he wrote many years later, adding that he “enjoyed the notoriety that came each Friday it appeared.”

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Conference helps volunteers get back into the workforce

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

When volunteer service workers return home from their service fields, landing a job in the regular workforce can be a difficult and lengthy process, even in the best economy.

To give them some help with their job hunting skills, the second annual Leaders in Transition program was held this week at the University of Notre Dame. The certificate program is presented by Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Alumni Association and Career Center.

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Notre Dame to host annual Fulbright orientation for foreign language teachers

Author: Shannon Chapla

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The University of Notre Dame will host its fourth annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) orientation for the coming academic year, bringing 55 foreign language teachers from 40 countries to campus Aug. 11 to 15 (Tuesday to Saturday) for a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.

Notre Dame is one of only five universities selected by Fulbright and the U.S. Department of State to host such an orientation, which trains and prepares Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants for the academic year they will spend teaching their respective languages in colleges and universities across the United States. On completion, the teachers will travel to their host institutions, where they will teach undergraduate foreign languages.

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MIND to host workshop on computer architectures

Author: William G. Gilroy

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The Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) will hold a workshop titled “Architectures for Post-CMOS Switches” on Aug. 18 (Tuesday) at 8 a.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.

Led by Notre Dame, MIND is a research consortium designed to discover and develop the next nanoscale logic device, which will be the basic building block of future computer technology.

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Notre Dame professor encourages exploration of theater from international perspectives

Author: Megan Grebe

Yael Prizant

For a writer, freedom of expression is no less integral to the creative process than a blank sheet and a great idea. But in a number of nations around the world, such a liberty does not exist, replaced instead by the right to discuss only what the government says you can.

Researching how the threat of censorship affects playwrights, Yael Prizant, assistant professor of film, television and theatre (FTT) at the University of Notre Dame, found examples from Cuban theater in many of the case studies.

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Notre Dame receives funding for Energy Frontier Research Center

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Burns

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the delivery of $18.5 million in funding to the University of Notre Dame for an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC).

The EFRCs, which will pursue advanced scientific research on energy, are being established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms across the nation.

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Obama names Notre Dame as recipient of electric vehicle education grant

Author: William G. Gilroy

Electric car

The University of Notre Dame is one of the recipients of a $6.1 million federal stimulus grant to develop degree and training programs for electric vehicles, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday (Aug. 5) during a speech in Wakarusa, Ind.

The Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium will be led by Purdue University and also includes Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University Northwest. The consortium’s goal is to educate and train the workforce needed to design, manufacture and maintain advanced electric vehicles and associated infrastructure.

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10th anniversary Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present “Twelfth Night”

Author: Aaron Nichols

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As the capstone of its 10th anniversary season, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival will present William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” Aug. 18 to 30 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The Mainstage production will feature actors, musicians and designers from Chicago, New York, and Stratford, England. David H. Bell, best known for his award-winning work in London, on Broadway, and with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, will direct.

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New study examines how cost affects decisions to marry

Author: William G. Gilroy

Kasey Buckles

“Money can’t buy me love,” the Beatles famously sang. And now a new paper by University of Notre Dame economist Kasey S. Buckles and colleagues suggests money, or more precisely the price of marriage, can significantly affect the decision to marry.

Buckles and coauthors Melanie Guldi of Mount Holyoke College and Joseph Price of Brigham Young University point out that economists have long been interested in how individuals respond to changes in the cost of marriage. In their paper, they examine the decision to marry in response to a policy that has that has not been previously studied — blood test requirements for obtaining a marriage license.

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