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New York Archbishop Dolan to give inaugural lecture for the Project on Human Dignity

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York will inaugurate the University of Notre Dame’s Project on Human Dignity with a lecture entitled “Modern Questions, Ancient Answers: Defining and Defending Human Dignity in Our Time” Tuesday (Dec. 6) at 7:30 p.m. in Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall auditorium.

Ann Astell, professor of theology, and Gerald McKenny, Walter Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, will give responses to Archbishop Dolan’s lecture, which is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame research attracts new business start-up to Indiana

Author: Arnie Phifer

Artist's model showing the proposed layout and scale of the Triskell MultiProcessor

Pharmaceutical systems company Triskell has announced its intention to relocate its headquarters from Sarasota, Fla., to South Bend to take advantage of the research and commercialization benefits associated with the University of Notre Dame. The company will lease office and lab space in the University’s commercial accelerator, Innovation Park.

Triskell provides multi-functional solutions for the rapid and efficient development of tablet and capsule formulations. The company plans two product lines, known as the MultiProcessor and the MultiAnalyzer. The MultiProcessor will perform the process and characterization tasks associated with developing solid dosage forms.

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Program for youth mentoring through literature gains county support

Author: Bill Schmitt

Reading for Life

Reading for Life, an innovative literature-based mentoring program that provides an alternative to prosecution for low-risk juvenile offenders, was recently awarded county funding to sustain its operation in St. Joseph County, Ind. With the unanimous approval of the county council and commissioners, Judge Peter J. Nemeth of the St. Joseph Probate Court has appropriated basic funding for Reading for Life for 2012.

Peter Morgan, executive director of St. Joseph County’s Thomas N. Frederick Juvenile Justice Center, points out, “Reading for Life has been more successful in diverting young people from the juvenile justice system than traditional programs such as community service. The program’s success makes it very cost-effective.”

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Engineering professor named IEEE fellow

Author: Nina Welding

Patrick Flynn

Patrick J. Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering and concurrent professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to biometric identification.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. IEEE fellow is a distinction reserved for select members who have established an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

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Astronomers find that galaxies are the ultimate recyclers

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Chris Howk and Nicholas Lehner

A team of researchers from several universities and institutions, including University of Notre Dame physics faculty Chris Howk and Nicolas Lehner, has demonstrated how galaxies continue to form stars by recycling vast amounts of hydrogen gas and heavy elements across billions of years.

The researchers also identified large masses of previously undetected material surrounding galaxies, and described the large-scale flows of this gas. The results were published in three papers in the Nov. 18 edition of the journal Science.

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New report confirms contribution of Latinos to Chicago region

Author: Raúl Jara

The New Equation

The Latino population of Chicago clearly benefits the economy and does not present a tax burden to local government according to “The State of Latino Chicago 2010: The New Equation,” a report released by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted a forum Nov. 16 to mark the release of the report.

The report is the second in a series titled The State of Latino Chicago. The first, released in 2005, called “This is Home Now”, provided a general overview of the Latino population in Chicago.

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Play Like A Champion Today® program In partnership with football and soccer awards

Author: Bill Schmitt

Trusted Sports Foundation

Play Like a Champion Today (PLC), the athletics-focused initiative in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame, has teamed with the Trusted Sports Foundation in two awards programs that honor the country’s most inspirational high school athletes in the sports of football and soccer.

The football awards program, called the High School Football Rudy Awards and now in its third year, presents $25,000 in academic scholarships annually to 12 young football players recognized for a commitment to excellence combined with character and courage. The awards are based on the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, known for his persistence in making the Notre Dame football team as featured in the film “Rudy.”

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Notre Dame survey of African American Catholics offers important insights

Author: William G. Gilroy

Darren W. Davis and Donald B. Pope-Davis

A new, unprecedented national survey of African American Catholics by University of Notre Dame researchers reveals several significant insights into individual religious engagement and identifies several notable demographic trends facing the church. The survey was sponsored by the National Black Catholic Congress and Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life and Office of the President.

Notre Dame social scientists Darren W. Davis and Donald B. Pope-Davis, who co-authored the report, set out to test the validity of anecdotal accounts that African American Catholics were becoming increasingly disengaged from their religion.

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Notre Dame hosts conference for executives in Catholic higher education

Author: Michael O. Garvey and Jennifer A. Monahan


Presidents and trustees of 14 Catholic institutions of higher learning met last week (Nov. 6 to 8) at the University of Notre Dame for a three-day conference on the maintenance and strengthening of their Catholic identity.

The conference, “What We Hold in Trust,” was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, and hosted by Notre Dame theologian John C. Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the institute.

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Notre Dame medievalist receives major NEH grant

Author: Kate Cohorst

National Endowment for the Humanities

University of Notre Dame Professor Kent Emery Jr. and his team have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to produce the first critical edition of a key work by medieval theologian and philosopher John Duns Scotus.

The three-year, $300,000 grant was one of the largest awarded by the NEH this year, according to Emery, a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and the University’s Medieval Institute.

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Notre Dame and national leaders join in nation's capital for forum on global development

Author: Notre Dame News

Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, speaks at lunch at the Notre Dame Forum on Global Development in Washington D.C.

The University of Notre Dame collaborated with distinguished national leaders in government and business to present a day-long Forum on Global Development in our nation’s capital, focusing on the University’s involvement in development programs world-wide.

The Nov. 10 inaugural event at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to coincide with the Notre Dame vs. Maryland football game at Fed-Ex Field on Nov. 12, and with other related events.

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Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows



We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

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Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

Author: William G. Gilroy

Siemens Foundation

The University of Notre Dame will host a regional final of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 18 and 19).

The New Jersey-based non-profit Siemens Foundation created the competition to enhance science and mathematics education in America. It is open to individuals and teams of high school students who develop independent research projects in the physical or biological sciences or mathematics.

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Want smarter children? Space siblings at least two years apart, research shows


Kasey Buckles

According to a new study by University of Notre Dame economist Kasey Buckles and graduate student Elizabeth Munnich, siblings spaced more than two years apart have higher reading and math scores than children born closer together. The positive academic effects of greater spacing between children were seen in older siblings, but not in younger ones, according to Buckles.

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Human Resources.

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Program is illuminating young science minds

Author: William G. Gilroy


During her time as a faculty member in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Michelle Joyce has seen a lot of scientific equipment come and go. Rapid advances in scientific instrumentation have meant that a lot of equipment with a lot of quality miles to go, so to speak, sat unused in laboratories. The daughter of a high school principal in Wheeling, W. Va., Joyce also had seen first-hand the challenges her father faced in trying to keep his school supplied with modern equipment for science education.

These twin experiences motivated Joyce to develop a program now known as ND LIGHTS — Laboratory Instrumentation Giving Hope to Students.

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Indiana Supreme Court comes to Notre Dame Law School

Author: Notre Dame News

Indiana Supreme Court

The University of Notre Dame Law School will host the Indiana Supreme Court oral arguments in the case of Jerrme Damar Cartwright v. State of Indiana on Nov. 14 (Monday).

The case involves a defendant who was convicted of attempted battery with a deadly weapon, attempted aggravated battery and possession of a handgun by a felon. The Court of Appeals reversed his conviction on grounds that the jury was selected unfairly.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to discuss educational innovation

Author: Shannon Chapla

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address during a day-long symposium titled “Educational Innovation and the Law” to be held Nov. 18 (Friday) at the Notre Dame Law School.

The event is part of the 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum, “Reimagining School: To Nurture the Soul of a Nation,” a year-long discussion of the profound and challenging questions that shape the national debate about K-12 education.

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Catholic sex-abuse crisis boon for Baptists, new research shows


Dan Hungerman

Did the Catholic sex-abuse scandal benefit other faiths? New research by economist Dan Hungerman shows it did.

The study by Hungerman, Stepan Family Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, shows a 2 million member drop in the Catholic population following the sex-abuse scandal and more than $3 billion in donations to non-Catholic faiths, with Baptist churches showing the most significant gains.

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Notre Dame to host Forum on Global Development in Washington

Author: Shannon Chapla


Investing in development, building infrastructure and enhancing human dignity in fragile communities worldwide are several challenges to be examined during the University of Notre Dame’s Forum on Global Development Thursday (Nov. 10) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington D.C. (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

The forum will precede Notre Dame’s off-site “home” football game against the University of Maryland and will feature lunch-time speaker USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg. In addition, Sen. Dick Durbin, along with international experts and Notre Dame faculty, will discuss new U.S. policy that emphasizes partnerships and innovation, and Notre Dame’s global development programs.

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Two Notre Dame scholars to participate in Vatican conference on adult stem cell research

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Philip Sloan and David Hyde

Two Notre Dame faculty members have traveled to Rome to join some 350 international participants at a Vatican conference on adult stem cell research which begins today (Nov. 9).

Historian and philosopher Philip Sloan, professor emeritus in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, and biologist David Hyde, the Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Memorial Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Zebrafish Research, will be among the scientists, religious leaders, policymakers, academics and medical patients attending the two-day conference, “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture.”

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"Provenance" to be performed at Notre Dame

Author: Christine Sopczynski


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) will present “Provenance,” the latest play written by Notre Dame Moreau Fellow Anne García-Romero. Directed by Kevin Dreyer, the play will run from Nov. 16 to 18 (Wednesday to Friday) at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 (Sunday) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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Notre Dame financial aid official elected College Board trustee

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Mary Nucciarone

Mary Nucciarone, associate director of financial aid at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the board of trustees of the College Board. In addition, she will serve as the chair of the College Scholarship Service Assembly and Council which provides the College Board with guidance on policies, practices and standards concerning the economic aspects of college attendance. As chair she will link communication information from the Council and Board.

Nucciarone will serve on the 31-member board for a four-year term beginning Nov. 1.

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Preparing for an incoming missal

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Mass in Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The first Sunday of Advent is the first day of the Catholic liturgical calendar, which this year falls on Nov. 27. Throughout the English-speaking world, that Sunday Mass will begin, as usual, with the sign of the cross, and the priest’s customary greeting to his fellow worshipers, “the Lord be with you.” And then, not as usual, the congregation will be expected to reply, “and with your spirit.”

That change of liturgical wording is only one of several in the third edition of the Roman Missal, whose new translations from the ancient Latin texts will, from this Advent on, be in standard use for all Masses in English.

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In memoriam: Notre Dame paleontologist J. Keith Rigby Jr.

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In Memoriam

J. Keith Rigby Jr., associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (Nov. 5) at his home in South Bend. He was 64 years old.

A native of Salt Lake City, Rigby was graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in geology from Columbia University in 1974 and 1977, respectively. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1982.

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Annual ethics awards given for ads that "lift the spirit"

Author: Carol Elliott


An advertising campaign that promotes a “pay it forward” philosophy and one that illustrates the crucial need to educate adolescent girls in developing countries both recently won 2011 EthicMark® Awards. The annual awards recognize advertising that “uplifts the human spirit and society.”

EthicMark Awards, presented recently at the yearly SRI in the Rockies Conference for investment professionals, is co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Ethical Markets LLC and the World Business Academy.

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Notre Dame to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 14 to 18

Author: McKenna Pencak

International Education Week

Each year, International Student Services & Activities (ISSA), in conjunction with other campus departments and organizations, hosts International Education Week (IEW) at the University of Notre Dame. IEW is a national event that is coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate and promote global exchange between the United States and other countries. This year, IEW will take place Nov. 14 to 18 (Monday to Friday).

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Notre Dame researchers exploring important new insight into ovarian cancer

Author: William G. Gilroy

Harper Cancer Research Institute

Researchers from the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a partnership between the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, have uncovered a key element that plays a role in the spread of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death due to gynecologic cancers. Annually, more than 20,000 women die from the disease, usually as the result of spread, or metastasis, of the primary tumor. The five-year survival for women diagnosed with primary tumors is 95 percent, which is a stark contrast to the less than 30 percent survival of women diagnosed with metastatic lesions.

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Taj Mahal preservation led by Notre Dame architect


Taj Mahal

For more than 400 years, the Taj Mahal has mesmerized millions of people with its detailed majesty as one of the greatest triumphs of humankind. But even one of the Seven Wonders of the World needs a little help sometimes.

Under the leadership of University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Architecture Krupali Uplekar Krusche, Notre Dame launched a Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis (DHARMA) team in 2007, with the objective of documenting World Heritage Sites. Eight fifth-year students and one graduate student of Notre Dame’s architecture program have digitally documented the Taj Mahal to create blueprints and eventually will develop 3-D models.

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Notre Dame to host screening of documentary on Catholic history and heritage

Author: Nina Welding

The Catholicism Project

The Colleges of Engineering and Science at the University of Notre Dame will host a special screening of Rev. Robert E. Barron’s documentary “The Catholicism Project” Nov. 10 (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Jordan Hall of Science. Father Barron will share his thoughts on the New Evangelization while introducing clips from the 10 episodes that make up the documentary.

All members of the Notre Dame community are welcome to attend.

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Notre Dame to participate in Veteran’s Day National Roll Call

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2010 Veteran's Day ceremony at Clarke Memorial Fountain

The University of Notre Dame’s traditional observance of Veteran’s Day will include participation in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call event on Nov. 11.

Notre Dame students, faculty and staff as well as the general public are invited to attend the day-long event, which will be held beside the Clarke Memorial Fountain, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation of the flag and the singing of the national anthem. Throughout the day the names of some 6,300 American servicemen and women killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will be read by 62 members of the Notre Dame community, 31 of whom will be members of the University’s Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC units. At 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST), a nationwide minute of silence will be observed.

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