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Homily for Declan Sullivan

Author: Rev. Thomas C. Doyle, C.S.C.

Mass of Remembrance

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Homily by Rev. Thomas C. Doyle, C.S.C., given at Mass of Remembrance for Declan Sullivan, October 28, 2010 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame.

Mary, our Blessed Mother after whom this University is named, shed tears at the loss of her Son. Her tears fell again last night and this night, and they fall with yours Barry, Allison, Wyn and Mac. Mary, Notre Dame has lost another Son. In time Notre Dame’s sadness was transformed into joy, dark became light, death overcome with resurrection . . . and in time, your sadness will be transformed too. And in the meantime, we stand with you.

Notre Dame is a place of tradition. The strands of history are woven proudly and tightly through the telling of stories. Stories orient us. They tell us where we have been and they spray bright color on the canvas of where we are going. . .

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Mass of Remembrance for Declan Sullivan will be streamed live on Web

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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A Mass of Remembrance will be held at the University of Notre Dame tonight at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in memory of Declan Sullivan, a Notre Dame junior who died yesterday (Oct. 27) while videotaping football practice for the University’s Department of Athletics when a hydraulic scissor lift at the LaBar Practice Complex fell over.

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Notre Dame leaders speak on accident, student death

Author: Notre Dame News

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University of Notre Dame leaders gathered Thursday (Oct. 28) to express their profound sorrow and grief over the death of Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., who died Wednesday (Oct. 27) in an accident at a Notre Dame football practice field.

“There is no greater sadness for a university community than the death of one of its students,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, said in a media briefing Thursday afternoon. “There is certainly no greater sadness for a family than the loss of a son or brother. It is with a sense of that double sadness that, on behalf our university, I express our deepest condolences to Declan’s family, friends and classmates.”

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Media briefing will be streamed live on Web

Author: John Heisler

A media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT today (Thursday, Oct. 28) at the Eck Visitors Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame will be streamed live on the Web. Click here to watch the stream.

Speaking will be University vice president for public affairs and communication Jan Botz, University president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and University athletics director Jack Swarbrick.

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Mass of Remembrance planned for Notre Dame student

Author: Julie Hail Flory

A special Mass will be held at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday (Oct. 28) in memory of the student who died in an accident that occurred today (Oct. 27) on a practice football field when a film tower fell over.

Students will come together for a Mass of Remembrance for Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame junior from Long Grove, Ill., who died while filming Notre Dame football practice for the Department of Athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift at the LaBar Practice Complex.

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Notre Dame student dies in accident on practice football field

Author: Julie Hail Flory

A 20-year old University of Notre Dame student died Wednesday (Oct. 27) in an accident that occurred on a practice football field when a film tower fell over.

The accident happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex, located on the southeast side of campus. The student was filming Notre Dame football practice for the Department of Athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift when the incident occurred. The student was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died.

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Smart Cars boost Notre Dame fleet efficiency

Author: Erin Hafner

Smart Cars

The University of Notre Dame has purchased four high-efficiency Smart Cars that are being used by the University’s Mail Services and Department of Development staff located in Eddy Street Commons.

“We just got our Smart Car and we’re very excited,” said Carol Denney, manager of campus mail distribution. “We’re going to use it for the routes that go over to Eddy Street Commons, whereas before we had to use a van to cross Angela Blvd.”

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New research report on women and security in Afghanistan

Author: Joan Fallon

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Since the overthrow of the Taliban by U.S.-led forces in 2001, the promotion of women’s rights in Afghanistan has generated much public debate. Some commentators have suggested that prolonged U.S. and NATO military occupation is needed to protect women’s gains. But what do Afghan women think?

“Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan,” a new report from the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, draws on more than 50 interviews conducted over several months in Afghanistan and the U.S. The report reflects the voices of Afghan women leaders, including parliamentarians, activists, school principals, health workers, and members of the police force and army.

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NSF funds Cyber-Physical Systems Project

Author: William G. Gilroy

Panos Antsaklis

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $5 million grant to a research project titled “Science of Integration for Cyber-Physical Systems,” in which Panos Antsaklis, H.C. and E.A. Brosey Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is playing a key role.

The project is a joint effort of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland and General Motors Research and Development Center. Vanderbilt will lead the project and Notre Dame will be in charge of its theoretical aspects, under a $1.5-million agreement. In addition to Antsaklis, Vijay Gupta from Notre Dame’s Department of Electrical Engineering and William Goodwine from its Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering will participate in the research effort.

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RM Liu Foundation gift supports creation of Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

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The RM Liu Foundation has made a gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow a new Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

Based in Gardena, Calif., the foundation supports the philanthropic activities of Robert and Mimi Liu and their children, Emily and Justin, both of whom are Notre Dame graduates.

“We are expanding the international dimensions of Notre Dame in many ways, and Asia is an especially important part of our plan,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “This significant gift will allow us to enhance our current initiatives and to grow in new and exciting directions. We are deeply grateful to Bob, Mimi, Emily and Justin for their visionary leadership and extraordinarily generous support.”

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Purdue, Notre Dame, IEDC join efforts on state nanotechnology business plan competition

Author: Carol Elliott and Phillip Fiorini


The University of Notre Dame and Purdue University are teaming up with state officials to offer Indiana’s first business plan competition targeting startup ventures and emerging companies in nanotechnology.

The Nanotechnology New Ventures Competition, scheduled for March 25, 2011, will offer prizes totaling $57,000 to the top researchers or entrepreneurs developing novel technologies or services based in nanotechnology.

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Notre Dame Forum signature event to feature Friedman, Mitchell

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Thomas Friedman

Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will headline the signature event of the 2010-11 Notre Dame Forum on Nov. 3 (Wednesday) at the University of Notre Dame.

Friedman’s talk, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, will be moderated by Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

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Genes of mosquito responsible for spread of West Nile virus and lymphatic filariasis sequenced

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Eck Global Health_Severson mosquito

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health have coauthored a paper recently published in the journal Science that announces the genome sequencing of Culex quinquefasciatus, the southern house mosquito. Additionally, the laboratory of David Severson, professor of biological sciences, has published a paper in PLoS ONE that uses the genome sequence to study microsatellite distribution in the mosquito.

Culex quinquefasciatus is the primary vector for lymphatic filariasis in some parts of the world and for West Nile virus in the United States. Genomes for Aedes aegypti, associated with dengue and yellow fever, and Anopoles gambiae, associated with malaria, had been sequenced earlier.

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Colloquium to address durability in construction

Author: Karen Voss

School of Architecture

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture will host a three-day colloquium, “Durability in Construction,” Tuesday to Thursday (Oct. 26 to 28) at Bond Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits will be offered to architects free of charge.

For millennia, durability was central to the practice of architecture; buildings were made to last as long as possible, with materials and techniques chosen toward that end. Today short-lifespan construction has become the norm. Increasing the lifespan of buildings is crucial to environmental sustainability. This colloquium will focus on the importance of enduring architecture and review traditional methods from which buildings may benefit today.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month event announced

Author: Lenette Votava

Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Information Security division of the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies (OIT) is hosting an informational event celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 27) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

“This is the first time a day-long event focused on cyber security has been featured at Notre Dame,” said Ron Kraemer, Notre Dame’s vice president and chief information officer. “Cyber security requires constant vigilance from all of us. By working together, we can help ensure that our campus safeguards the information entrusted to us, and delivers high quality services to our faculty, students, staff, and friends of Notre Dame.”

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Notre Dame researchers play key role in important new malaria studies

Author: William G. Gilroy

Anopheles gambiae

University of Notre Dame researchers played a key role in new studies that provide evidence that Anopheles gambiae, which is one of the major carriers of the malaria parasite in Sub-Saharan Africa, is evolving into two separate species with different traits. The discovery has major implications for malaria control efforts and could eventually lead to new malaria prevention efforts.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million people globally are infected with malaria and the highest rates of the disease are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds.

The findings were published in back-to-back articles in today’s (Oct. 22) edition of the journal Science.

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A new prayer book for Notre Dame pilgrims

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Book of Prayer

Among the thousands of people who come from all over the world to visit the University of Notre Dame’s campus each year are students, alumni, scholars, sports fans, conventioneers and tourists. Many of these people are also pilgrims, travelers whose journeys and destinations comprise acts of prayer.

“The Notre Dame Book of Prayer”, edited for Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry by 1988 University alumna Heidi Schlumpf and recently published by Ave Maria Press, illustrates the experience of pilgrimage, not only with images provided by University photographer Matt Cashore, but also by a compilation of traditional, contemporary, formal and informal prayers offered by members of the Notre Dame community and evoked by conspicuous features of the campus landscape.

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Notre Dame dean globe trots for the cause of business ethics

Author: Carol Elliott

Carolyn Woo in Afghanistan

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As the new school year started, Carolyn Y. Woo had logged more than 62,000 air travel miles during the summer. That’s four major continents – with repeat visits to several – in less than 100 days.

From Uganda to Shanghai, New York, Hong Kong and Australia, the Martin J. Gillen Dean of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business talked with more than a dozen business and alumni groups about a topic she finds increasingly urgent in shaping the global marketplace: business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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Research shows gamblers’ winning streaks lead to reckless betting and losing


Anita Kelly

“Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em” is an adage that doesn’t seem to apply to gamblers who are winning big, according to research conducted at the University of Notre Dame.

Using 179 subjects, Anita Kelly, professor of psychology, conducted two experiments in which she set up a tournament on the computer using real prize money. Players started with a stack of chips on the computer screen and placed bets with the chips predicting whether or not the next card they would be dealt would fall between the first two cards.

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Catholic Charities honors Notre Dame faculty, staff and programs with special centennial awards

Author: Notre Dame News

Catholic Charities USA

Faculty, staff and organizations of the University of Notre Dame were honored with special awards from Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) at an Oct. 19 presentation ceremony in the press box of Notre Dame Stadium.

CCUSA, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, is presenting special Centennial Awards to 100 recipients throughout 2010 for their contributions to the reduction of poverty in the United States and an extraordinary commitment to the vision and mission of CCUSA.

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Joyce Johnstone honored by Indiana special education leaders

Author: William Schmitt

Joyce Johnstone

Joyce Johnstone, the Ryan Director of Educational Outreach in the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame, has been named Professor of the Year by the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (INCEC), representing leaders statewide in the field of special education.

Johnstone administers all IEI programs involving outreach to schools and teachers in Indiana. She also directs program development and the inclusionary initiatives within the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a signature Notre Dame activity that prepares teachers for work in under-resourced Catholic schools around the country.

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Day of the Dead festivities planned at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Day of the Dead

Internationally known artist Artemio Rodriguez will join musical and dance groups to bring Mexican traditions to life at the University of Notre Dame during its annual festivities celebrating the Day of the Dead.

A spirited, rather than mournful holiday, the observance honors and celebrates those who have gone before. The Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) festivities will be held on Nov. 1 (Monday) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Great Hall on the Notre Dame campus. The celebration is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame honors a favorite saint

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Canonization in Rome

Vatican estimates put the crowd which thronged Saint Peter’s Square yesterday (Oct. 17) at 50,000. The pilgrims were in Rome for Pope Benedict XVI’s canonization of the six newest saints of the Catholic Church, one of whom, Saint André Bessette, is particularly dear to the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame’s president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., led a delegation of University officials which arrived in Rome Sunday morning to attend the canonization and will remain in Rome until Wednesday to attend other celebrations honoring Saint André, the first member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame’s founding religious order, to be proclaimed a saint.

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Notre Dame-sponsored Hispanic career expo opens in Chicago

Author: Carol Elliott

Winds of Change

The largest career expo for Hispanic job-seekers opens Oct. 21 (Thursday) at the McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, with the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business serving as the lead academic sponsor.

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) expects attendance of more than 300 companies and organizations and 8,000 MBA professionals, students and academics during the three-day NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo.

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Notre Dame students and alumni take part in canonization events in Rome

Author: Paul Horn

Brother Andre, Historical

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Rome Studies Program have collaborated to co-sponsor a weekend of service, prayer and learning for students, alumni, faculty and friends of the University in Rome.

More than 30 participants will take part in a full slate of events in celebration of the life and ministry and of Brother André Bessette, C.S.C., the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Bessette will be canonized, along with five others by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday (Oct. 17).

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Benefactors thanked at Biolchini Hall dedication

Author: Chuck Williams

Biolchini Hall of Law

Notre Dame Law School’s completely renovated Biolchini Hall of Law was dedicated on Oct. 8, with Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, blessing the building after a Mass of celebration in the University’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The hall is named in honor of the Biolchini family. Robert Biolchini is a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, and a $15,000,000 gift from him and his wife, Fran, and a number of additional generous benefactors made the renovation possible.

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Want a happier workforce? Go green, says ND researcher

Author: Shannon Chapla

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Do human beings find more passion and meaning in working for the greater good — in realizing their jobs contribute more than just profit?

The answer is “yes,” especially with regard to sustainability, according to Ante Glavas, assistant professor of management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, who specializes in organizational behavior and is leading a research project called “Business for the Greater Good,” which already has yielded evidence that sustainability’s greatest impact is on employees who work for green companies.

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Brother Andre to be honored by special collection for Haiti during Notre Dame-Western Michigan game

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Blessed Brother Andre Bessette

A special collection in honor of Blessed Brother André Bessette will be taken up in Notre Dame Stadium during the second quarter of the Notre Dame-Western Michigan football game on Saturday (Oct. 16).

The collection will support ongoing efforts of the University of Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross to help rebuild Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January.

Celebrated for his own service to the sick and needy, Blessed Brother André, who died in 1937, is the first member of Notre Dame’s founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, to be proclaimed a saint. He will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome on Sunday (Oct. 17).

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Zieman awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Author: Kate Cohorst

Katherine Zieman

Katherine Zieman, an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship for work on her next book, “Richard Rolle and His Readers: Defining the Literary in the Fifteenth Century.” She is one of just 36 fellows selected to spend the 2010-11 academic year working at the North Carolina-based center.

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Notre Dame launches global research project on Catholic, Muslim, secular interaction

Author: Joan Fallon

Contending Modernities

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The University of Notre Dame, in partnership with scholars and educators from around the world, is inaugurating a major cross-cultural research project: “Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular.” The public launch events will take place in New York on Nov. 18 and 19 at the Sheraton New York, 811 7th Avenue (53rd Street).

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