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Notre Dame appoints director of Native American initiatives


Laurie Arnold

Laurie Arnold (Colville), assistant director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, has been named director of Native American initiatives. Arnold’s appointment comes in response to growing interest in Native American studies and topics at Notre Dame.

An enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Arnold previously served as associate director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She earned her doctoral degree from Arizona State University.

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Brian Ó Conchubhair honored for book on Irish Fin de Siècle

Author: Joanna Basile

O'Conchubhair, Brian

Brian Ó Conchubhair, associate professor in the Department of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, has won an award for his book, “Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge: Darwin, an Athbheochan, agus smaointeoireacht na hEorpa (The Irish Fin de Siècle: Darwin, the Language Revival, and European Intellectual Thought),” from the American Conference for Irish Studies.

The award, Duais Leabhar Taighde na Bliana Fhoras na Gaeilge, is bestowed for the best book of the year written in the Irish language.

Published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta in 2009, “Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge” is a study of the Gaelic revival caused by events at the end of the 19th century, such as Darwinism, race extermination, cultural decline, degeneration and cultural nationalism. It also examines the influences that these events had on dialect, fonts, grammar, cultural criticism, literary production and orthography.

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Notre Dame biologist Lodge's DNA detections validated by Asian carp capture in Lake Calumet

Author: Shannon Chapla


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The capture of a bighead carp in Lake Calumet, Ill., on June 22 (Tuesday), is the first capture of a live Asian carp between the electric barrier in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) and Lake Michigan. The capture confirms the presence of live Asian carp with unimpeded access to Lake Michigan and validates earlier discoveries of environmental DNA (eDNA) of Asian carp, which indicated the fish were nearby.

The eDNA (DNA in microscopic bits of tissue shed from the fish) was discovered by a research group from the University of Notre Dame and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), led by Notre Dame biologists David Lodge, Andrew Mahon and Christopher Jerde, and Lindsay Chadderton of TNC.

The team’s eDNA discoveries prompted increased management efforts by government agencies over the last few months, including dramatically increased efforts to capture or kill Asian carp in the CAWS.

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Dean Woo sits on panel presenting CEO sustainability survey at United Nations

Author: Carol Elliott


The United Nations Global Compact tomorrow (June 24) will reveal the results of a survey of 1,000 CEOs about their views toward sustainability. The survey is expected to provide a look into whether business leaders consider sustainability issues such as energy use and environmental impact as core to their operations, and how they expect these issues will shape the way they do business in the next decade.

Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, is serving as the only representative from higher education on the plenary panel presenting the landmark survey.

“It’s important that we begin to view sustainability and other ethical issues not just in terms of morality, but how to truly bring the power of business to bear on the issues impacting the human community,” Woo says. “To accomplish that, we must monitor and measure these efforts. The survey will be an important tool to gauge where we are, and where we need to go from here.”

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Scholars of violence and religion to gather at Notre Dame

Author: College of Arts and Letters

transforming violence conference

Scholars from around the globe will gather at the University of Notre Dame June 30 to July 4 (Wednesday to Sunday) for the meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). The theme of the conference is “Transforming Violence: Cult, Culture, and Acculturation.” More than 150 scholars from 14 countries are expected to attend.

Founded in 1990, COV&R is an international organization of scholars that meets annually to explore, criticize and extend the mimetic theory of French historian and philosopher René Girard.

“The daily news media is filled with reports of violence,” observes Ann Astell, professor of theology at Notre Dame. “Mimetic theory helps us to understand why, helps us to see and to address the root causes. Michel Serres has rightly called Girard’s theory ‘the most fruitful hypothesis of the age.’”

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Grant allows research project for teaching about Brazil

Author: Bill Schmitt

Brazil group, IEI, Institute for Educational Initiatives

The Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame has received a Fulbright-Hays “group project abroad” grant to conduct a seminar project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for current and prospective American school teachers. The selective Fulbright-Hays grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

This project, spanning June 11 to July 11, accommodates travel and collaboration for a unique combination of 12 participants who will consolidate their own first-hand experiences in Brazil’s culture, its education system, and its dynamics of youth development. They will incorporate their interdisciplinary learnings and differing perspectives as they develop study materials for middle and high school students in the United States.

The goal is to cultivate a team of expert teachers who can help future teachers to build well-rounded lesson plans that can be taught in U.S. schools across a number of subject areas to enrich students’ knowledge of Brazilian society and Brazilian-Portuguese language. The future teachers represent cohorts already enrolled in accredited teacher formation programs as well as undergraduates committed to enroll in an accredited program. The particular program connected to the IEI is Notre Dame’s own Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), the combination of formal training and classroom apprenticeships through which participants earn a master of education degree and licensure eligibility.

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Ronald Kraemer appointed VP and CIO at Notre Dame

Author: Jan Botz

Ronald D. Kraemer

Ronald D. Kraemer has been appointed vice president and chief information officer at the University of Notre Dame, effective Aug. 15. Kraemer comes to the University after serving for 14 years at the University of Wisconsin, most recently as chief information officer and vice provost for information technology.

Kraemer will lead all aspects of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology, including a staff of more than 200. He will oversee information technology (IT) infrastructure that supports the entire campus community, development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the University’s business activities, and establishment of a governance structure to plan for future IT needs across campus.

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Three engineering students honored by national honor society

Author: Nina Welding

Tau Beta Pi, engineering

Olga Beltsar and Laura Divel, juniors in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, along with Mark Pomerenke, a junior in the Department of Electrical Engineering, have been awarded scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

Tau Beta Pi scholarships are presented to junior members of the society on a competitive basis of high scholarship, campus leadership, service and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. A total of 102 students received scholarships this year.

Beltsar, currently in Budapest as part of her summer internship with the Mott MacDonald firm, will return to the University this fall as a student research assistant studying the seismic design of buildings. A member of the Notre Dame Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, she has served as a co-chair for the University’s steel bridge competition for the 2009 Great Lakes Conference and participated in the concrete canoe competition. In addition, she is a trained fitness instructor for fitness classes at Notre Dame Recsports and has participated as a volunteer for the University’s Appalachia Service Learning Seminar and Expanding Your Horizons Program for middle school girls interested in math and science. Beltsar is from Pleasanton, Calif.

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Notre Dame launches new Italian studies program

Author: Renee Hochstetler, Office of Research

Italian studies

The University of Notre Dame is home to an impressive number of scholars whose research and teaching focus on Italy. Now, thanks to support from the College of Arts and Letters and two grants awarded by the Office of Research, the University will further extend its engagement with that country in the form of an interdisciplinary program in Italian studies.

The goal is to make the University the preeminent center for interdisciplinary Italian studies outside of Italy, and to further support the Notre Dame Humanities Center in Italy. The center will establish a vibrant University presence in Rome, much like the University already has in London and Dublin.

Led by steering committee co-chairs Joseph A. Buttigieg, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English; and Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies, the program brings together for the first time scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including architecture, art, classics, literature and history.

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Parseghian Medical Research Foundation enhances partnership with Notre Dame

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian

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Building on a long-standing relationship with the University of Notre Dame, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation has strengthened its partnership with the University in order to support and advance research initiatives to find treatment options for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.

NPC is an inherited cholesterol metabolism disorder that strikes one in every 150,000 children. It has been referred to by the National Institutes of Health as “childhood Alzheimer’s” because of similarities in the brains of NPC and Alzheimer’s disease patients. NPC research has implications for Alzheimer’s, as well as a multitude of other conditions, including heart disease, stroke and Tay-Sachs disease.

The Parseghian Foundation is named in honor of Notre Dame’s former head football coach, who lost three grandchildren to NPC. The children’s parents, Mike and Cindy Parseghian, have dedicated their lives to the fight against the disease and now have taken steps to allow the University to play a more significant role in their endeavor.

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ND Expert: Arizona immigration law fuels misconception that all Latinos are illegal

Author: Shannon Chapla

Allert Brown-Gort

Allert Brown-Gort, associate director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, is critical of Arizona’s immigration law that goes into effect next month. The law requires an officer to determine a person’s immigration status if he/she is stopped, detained or arrested and there is “reasonable suspicion” that person is in the U.S. illegally.

“The law adds fuel to the popular belief that ‘Latino-equals-immigrant-equals-illegal,’” Brown-Gort says. “This means that apart from any issues with law enforcement, any Latino is already guilty of all the ills that have long been attached to immigrants. In a country where more than two-thirds of Latinos are citizens and more than half are native-born, we should not be surprised when people do not appreciate being questioned about their right to live in their country, to belong to a society they have helped to prosper, or to have their history erased. In that sense, the issue of undocumented migration affects all Latinos directly.”

However, Brown-Gort says the Arizona law may end up benefitting Latinos in the long run.

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Jim Collins receives 2010 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award

Author: Joanna Basile

Collins, Jim

In recognition of his work as a scholar and teacher, the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame has named Jim Collins, professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT), the 2010 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award winner.

“The Sheedy award is the highest award the College can give to a faculty member for their work as a teacher,” says John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College. “The award recognizes Collins’ unusually wide-ranging influence as a teacher: with undergraduates and graduate students in their course work and thesis and dissertation projects, and with faculty members in the popular course he teaches each summer on pedagogy and film. Few of the College’s teachers can claim such a range, with instruction of such high quality.”

The Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951 to 1969, and acknowledges a faculty member who has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses. This individual must also motivate and enrich students using innovative and creative teaching methods and influence teaching and learning within the department, College and University.

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Clinical study shows promising approach for preventing chemotherapy side effects

Author: William G. Gilroy

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A phase three clinical trial directed by Rudolph M. Navari, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Walther Cancer Institute, demonstrated that a novel combination of drugs appears to be very successful in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Navari points out that chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is associated with a significant deterioration in the quality of life of cancer patients and is perceived by patients as a major adverse effect of chemotherapy.

In the study, a combination of the drugs olanzapine, palonosetron and dexamethasone was compared to a combination of the drugs aprepitant, palonosetron and dexamethasone in controlling both acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in 61 patients.

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ND Expert: Iran sanctions won’t halt development of weapons

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

The Obama administration has won the battle to impose new sanctions on Tehran, but it may be losing the war against an Iranian bomb, according to David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

“The new measures adopted by the United Nations Security Council will slow Iran’s ability to traffic in arms and weapons technology and, if enforced, might slow the nuclear program, but they will not halt the steady development of weapons capability,” Cortright said. “Nor will they build the cooperation with Tehran that ultimately will be necessary to resolve the dispute. The net result could be a setback to nonproliferation goals.

“This is made more likely by the rejection so far of the Iran-Turkey nuclear fuel swap agreement,” Cortright said. “The new resolution affirms an interest in negotiations and reiterates a previous incentives offer from European states, but it says nothing about the diplomatic option that is currently on the table. By ignoring the fuel deal and pushing ahead with sanctions, Washington may be tossing aside an important opportunity to restrain Iran’s nuclear program.”

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Two Notre Dame undergraduates to study American history in NYC

Author: Joanna Basile, College of Arts and Letters

NYC summer program_Justine Murnane

Two University of Notre Dame students with a passion for history are taking to the streets this summer: Rising seniors Justine Murnane and Sam Fisher have been accepted into an educational program hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and are headed to New York City this month to get first-hand experience investigating the history of the United States.

Each year, the institute selects approximately 30 sophomore and junior American history students across the country to participate in its Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in the subject matter and plan to concentrate in American history or American studies. In addition to their primary majors in history, Murnane is studying for a supplemental major in French and Fisher is working toward a minor in Irish Language and Literature.

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Ryan Hall receives LEED Gold Certification

Author: William G. Gilroy

Ryan Hall

The University of Notre Dame’s Ryan Hall has received LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Ryan Hall is a 74,000-square-foot women’s residence hall located on Notre Dame’s West Quad near the Eck Center.

The hall opened in the fall of 2009 and includes many sustainable design and construction features.

• The total combined post- and pre-consumer recycled content materials used in the project was 31 percent (includes content in the structural steel and rebar, concrete, metal studs, ceramic tile, VCT, insulation, door frames, drywall and ceiling tiles)

• Thirty-nine percent of all building materials were extracted and manufactured within a 500-mile radius from campus

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Notre Dame free trade research recognized as “Top 20 Most-Cited”

Author: Carol Elliott


The purpose of a free trade agreement is straightforward: to remove or reduce tariffs, quotas and other non-tariff barriers on goods and services traded between two or more countries. The goal is to enhance the trade among countries in a wider variety of goods and services and where each country has a comparative advantage producing. The United States currently has agreements in place with 17 countries.

But do free trade agreements actually work?

Finance Professor Jeffrey H. Bergstrand of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame recently was honored for his research paper that sought to answer that question.

“Do free trade agreements actually increase members’ international trade?” co-authored with Scott L. Baier of Clemson University, was recognized as one of the “Top 20 Most-Cited Articles” published in the Journal of International Economics 2005-2009.

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Bohn named 2010 Redwood Award winner

Author: Nina Welding

Bohn, Paul

Paul W. Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (AD&T) initiative, and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Theophilus Redwood Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The award is presented annually to a leading analytical scientist who is an outstanding communicator. Sponsored by the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund, it is named in honor of Redwood, who was a founding member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and president of the Society of Public Analysts. He also was the first president of The Society for Analytical Chemistry, which later merged with the Chemical Society.

Bohn was cited specifically “for the breadth and impact of his contribution to analytical science in the areas of microfluidics and nanoscale chemical sensing.” His research interests encompass molecular transport on the nanoscale, chemical sensors and molecular approaches to nanotechnology, including but not limited to handheld devices for personalized health care and environmental monitoring applications (lab-on-a-chip).

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ND Expert: Worse times ahead for European Union



Though the recent collapse of the Greek financial system shook the European Union, that financial crisis was only a symptom of a much deeper issue, according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Sebastian Rosato, author of “Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community” (Cornell University Press, 2011).

“The EU has been going downhill for almost two decades now and is going to go even further downhill in the future,” Rosato says.

“The Europeans failed to build a military to challenge the U.S., despite lofty rhetoric to the contrary; they failed to pass a constitution; and they have been slowly eviscerating the single market and single currency. Simply put, the European Community’s best days are long gone and there is worse to come.”

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Coach Kelly makes $250,000 gift to Notre Dame, issues “challenge” to supporters

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Coach Brian Kelly

University of Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly and his wife, Paqui, have made a $250,000 gift to the University in support of endeavors in research, academics and community engagement.

The benefaction will directly support three Notre Dame initiatives – cancer research, the Hesburgh Libraries and the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC).

“Paqui and I have decided to partner with the Notre Dame Annual Fund and make this gift to the University in support of some of the programs that are important to us on a personal level,” Coach Kelly said. “It reflects our commitment to seeing Notre Dame succeed, on and off the gridiron.”

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Law professor Carozza organizes amicus effort in European crucifix case

Author: Melanie McDonald

Paolo Carozza

Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza is leading a group of more than 50 law professors from 15 countries who have submitted written comments asking the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a seven-judge panel’s ruling that crucifixes may not be displayed in Italian classrooms.

The Grand Chamber of the Court, located in Strasbourg, France, will hold a hearing in the case on June 30.

Last November, a lower panel of the Court ruled in Lautsi v. Italy that the Italian government had violated the human rights of a Finnish atheist parent who objected to crucifixes displayed on the walls of her children’s classrooms. The panel’s controversial decision to find a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights provoked widespread reactions in Italy and beyond.

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Notre Dame dean heads to Africa to assist church initiative

Author: Carol Elliott


In 2008, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the University of Notre Dame for help in reaching out to the African Church. The Church was growing, but with the growth came the need for better leadership skills to manage the human and financial resources.

In response, a leadership team from Notre Dame is traveling this week to Kampala, Uganda, to assist in the USCCB effort called the Solidarity Initiative. Included on the team is Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business; Thomas Harvey, the Luke McGuinness Director of Nonprofit Professional Development at Mendoza College; and Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science.

“In these African countries where poverty, disease and scarce resources are the constant grinds on daily lives, the African Church has grown with great vitality and spirit,” Woo said. “We welcome this opportunity to integrate administrative training with Catholic identity in the service of the Church, and to support those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the welfare of others.”

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2010 grad wins Asian studies distinguished achievement award

Author: Lisa Walenceus


Courtney Henderson, a 2010 University of Notre Dame graduate majoring in Chinese and the Program of Liberal Studies, was named the winner of the 2010 Liu Family Distinguished Achievement Award in Asian Studies.

Notre Dame’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures bestows the award each year to the student whose character and undergraduate work best exemplifies the qualities of commitment, diligence and imagination in the study of Asia.

“Courtney represents the best among our students in the rigor of her intellectual pursuit and the breadth of her cultural horizon,” said Xiaoshan Yang, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and chair of the selection committee. “We had a very strong pool of candidates this year, but the committee’s vote was unanimous.”

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Notre Dame marketing professor wins research award for American Girl study

Author: Carol Elliott

Sherry, John   Marketing

John F. Sherry Jr., Raymond W. and Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Marketing at the University of Notre Dame, has been recognized for his research on the American Girl brand and how toymaker Mattel fostered a lifestyle around the high-end dolls with a 2009 Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence Award.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited bestows the distinguished annual award, now in its 14th year, in recognition of the 50 outstanding articles published by the top 400 management journals in the world.

“Receiving a Citation of Excellence Award is a truly prestigious achievement,” said Debbie Spurgeon, Emerald executive editor. “There are over 15,000 article reviews added annually to the database and so being recognized as one of the top 50 is a real accolade.”

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Reunion 2010 flag ceremony to pay tribute to military alumni

Author: Notre Dame News

ROTC flag ceremony

To honor alumni for current and past military service, a flag retreat ceremony will take place during the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Reunion 2010. The ceremony will be held June 4 (Friday) at 4:15 p.m., at the Pasquerilla Center (ROTC building). In the case of rain, the ceremony will move inside to the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library.

The guest speaker, Col. Michael G. Schellinger, is a 1988 Notre Dame graduate and South Bend native. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business from Notre Dame, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, branched aviation, through Army ROTC. He later received his master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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