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Take Ten festival to be held May 5

Author: Shannon Chapla

Take Ten

Students from local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and community centers will visit the University of Notre Dame May 5 (Thursday) from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Stepan Center for a celebration of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) Take Ten violence prevention initiative.

Some 350 school children will attend the Take Ten Festival, which will include visits by Chief Darryl Boykins of the South Bend Police Department, Superintendent James Kapsa of the South Bend Community School Corporation, and Lynn Coleman from the South Bend Mayor’s Office. The event will include games and activities, refreshments, distribution of T-shirts and performances by Notre Dame’s First Class Steppers.

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Cortright to testify at Congressional hearing on women in Afghanistan

Author: Joan Fallon

David Cortright

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Ten years after the overthrow of the Taliban, Afghan women are increasingly finding their rights and freedoms under threat. In the face of rising violence, women and girls are losing access to education and the chance to participate in public and political life.

On Tuesday (May 3), University of Notre Dame professor David Cortright will join other experts in testifying before Congress on women in Afghanistan. Organized by the nonpartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress, the hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public. It will take place at 10 a.m. at 345 Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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New Research: Electronic medical records have potential to save lives, money, time

Author: Shannon Chapla

Corey Angst

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About a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report that indicated as many as 100,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of avoidable medical errors, roughly the equivalent of a 747 airliner crashing every four days, all year long.

When Corey Angst, assistant professor of management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, read that statistic, he wondered why such shocking numbers weren’t getting near the attention that would be paid if hundreds of people were dying each week in, say airplane crashes. He decided to apply his area of specialty to researching solutions for the neglected problem. After all, Angst says, “Hospitals are businesses providing a service to a group of people… in this case patients.”

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New research examines untold stories of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles”

Author: Shannon Chapla

Christian Davenport

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“Most people who are interested in the Troubles focus on the 4,000 deaths,” says Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science and sociology at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

An expert on political conflict, human rights violations, genocide and government repression, Davenport for the past five years has been using quantitative research methods to study the ethno-political conflict that took place in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

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Seventh annual Eucharistic Procession to be celebrated May 1

Author: Notre Dame News

Eucharistic Procession

Following the values set forth by Blessed Father Basil Anthony Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College are collaborating in the celebration of the 7th annual Eucharistic Procession on May 1 (Sunday) following the 11:45 a.m. Mass at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The Eucharistic Procession will be celebrated on the historical “God Quad” at Notre Dame, stopping at four altars of Benediction before the statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the University at the Main Circle, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, and concluding at the Golden Dome of the Administration Building.

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Notre Dame chemist sheds new light on antibiotics and the survival of bacteria

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Shahriar Mobashery

Research in the laboratory of Shahriar Mobashery in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has led to further understanding of how a bacterial cell wall cross-links, an event that penicillin and other antibiotics disrupt, a step in the maturation of a cell wall that is critical for the survival of bacteria.

Mobashery is the Navari Family Chair in Life Sciences at Notre Dame. His group published the findings recently in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in an article titled, “A Computational Evaluation of the Mechanism of Penicillin-Binding Protein-Catalyzed Cross-Linking of the Bacterial Cell Wall.”

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In Memoriam: Mary K. Hamann, director of communications, Mendoza College of Business

Author: Carol Elliott

Mary Hamann

Mary K. Hamann, director of communications for the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, died of natural causes on April 22 while on a visit to Paraguay for her daughter Kate’s wedding. She was 50 years old.

Hamann began working at Notre Dame in June 2000 as Mendoza’s manager of administration and operations. She subsequently served as the director of Web content and publications beginning in 2003 before taking the position of director of communications in 2004. She also was the editor of Notre Dame Business, the Mendoza College alumni magazine, and produced a range of print and online articles and publications.

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Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s “Take Back the Night”

Author: Elizabeth Moriarty

Take Back the Night

The Saint Mary’s College Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and the University of Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center (GRC) are co-sponsoring “Take Back the Night” (TBTN) on Thursday (April 28). This year Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are recognized among the TBTN Foundation’s “10 Points of Light”—10 locations across the country that will stand in solidarity on the same night, lighting candles to support survivors and to raise awareness for sexual violence and rape.

TBTN at Notre Dame and St. Mary’s is an event that allows men and women to stand in solidarity with survivors of rape and sexual assault and to show a commitment to preventing this violence from happening in our community.

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Partners in Health receives Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity

Author: Esther Terry

Solidarity in Action: A Preferential Option for the Poor

Partners in Health (PIH) will receive the 2011 Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity in recognition of its contributions to the field of human development. The award will be presented at a ceremony April 27 (Wednesday) at Notre Dame.

Selected by the Ford Family Program of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which supports research, teaching and direct engagement with communities burdened by tremendous challenges, the award recognizes individuals or organizations that stand in solidarity with those in deepest need, working alongside them as they become agents of their own change. Recipients are honored for substantial contribution to the promotion of international human development through research, practice, public service or philanthropy.

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Edward Larkin named 2011 valedictorian

Author: William G. Gilroy

Edward Larkin

Edward Larkin, a biological sciences major from East Lansing, Mich., has been named valedictorian of the 2011 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement ceremonies May 22 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

Larkin, who also carries a supplementary major in classical civilization, earned a 4.0 grade point average. He is an active member of the Haiti Working Group at Notre Dame and writes a bi-weekly column for the Observer student newspaper in which he expounds on the intersection of science, technology and society with a special focus on the cultural and social implications of modern scientific advances.

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Notre Dame investigation finds four primary factors led to Declan Sullivan tragedy

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

The University of Notre Dame released today a comprehensive report containing the findings of a nearly six-month investigation into the accident that took the life of student Declan Sullivan last fall.

A junior from Long Grove, Ill., Sullivan died Oct. 27 when the elevated scissor lift from which he was videotaping the Notre Dame football practice fell.

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Alumni Association honors distinguished students

Author: Liam Farrell '04

Notre Dame Alumni Association

The Notre Dame Alumni Association honored the academic, service and character achievements of current students during its Alumni Senate activities last week.

Amber Handy, who earned her master’s degree in 2007 and is a current doctoral student, received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award for her outstanding academic accomplishments and service to Notre Dame. Glynnis Garry, a senior from Dallas, Texas, was presented with the Distinguished Student Award for her academic performance and service to Notre Dame and the community. And sophomore Jonathan Hancher was given the Mike Russo Award for his demonstrated character and service to the community.

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Human rules may determine environmental “tipping points”

Author: William G. Gilroy

David Lodge

A new paper appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by a team of researchers that includes University of Notre Dame ecologist David Lodge suggests that people, governments and institutions that shape the way people interact may be just as important for determining environmental conditions as the environmental processes themselves.

“Tipping points,” qualitative changes in an ecosystem that often result in reduced ecosystem health and are difficult and costly to reverse, increasingly concern environmental scientists.

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Inaugural Weinstein Lecture to take place April 27

Author: William G. Gilroy

Dyann F. Wirth

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health will present its inaugural Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture April 27 (Wednesday) at 3:45 p.m. in 101 Jordan Hall of Science.

Dyann F. Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases and chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, will present the lecture, titled “From Genes to Genomes: Genetic Diversity in Malaria, Implications for Biology and Pathogenesis.” The public is invited to attend both the lecture and a reception that follows, also in the Jordan Hall of Science.

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Seabaugh to Receive 2011 Quantum Devices Award

Author: Nina Welding

Alan C. Seabaugh

Alan C. Seabaugh, professor of electrical engineering, Frank M. Freimann Director of the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) and associate director of the Center for Nano Science and Technology, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Quantum Devices Award by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. Scheduled to be presented in May in Berlin during the 38th symposium, the award honors “pioneering contributions to the field of compound semiconductor devices and quantum nanostructure devices.”

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Kareem named to offshore technology conference hall of fame

Author: Nina Welding

Ahsan Kareem

Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been identified as one of seven honorees to be inducted into the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Hall of Fame during the annual conference next month at a gala dinner held at the Petroleum Club in Houston.

The gala honors the authors of extraordinary papers presented in the early years of the OTC, which now form the core of current practice worldwide. The foremost event in offshore technology, the conference attracts more than 65,000 industry and research leaders each year.

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Play Like A Champion Today™ Sports Leadership Conference set for June 24 to 26

Author: Notre Dame News

Play Like a Champion Today™

The Play Like a Champion Today™ (PLC) Program of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will hold its sixth annual National Sports Leadership Conference on campus June 24 to 26.

Perhaps the largest gathering of directors and representatives of sport leagues in the country, this conference prepares leaders from both public and Church-sponsored sports programs to lead coach and parent educational workshops in their home dioceses, parishes, schools and local sports organizations.

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Jenuwine receives 2011 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award

Author: Paul Horn

Michael Jenuwine

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Michael Jenuwine, a faculty member in the Notre Dame Law School, has received the 2011 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D. Faculty Community-Based Research Award for research into Indiana’s guardianship laws. The award, given annually by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has positively impacted the lives of those in the local community.

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ND Sustainability Research: What carbon emissions say about firm value

Author: Carol Elliott


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Do firms reporting higher carbon emissions have lower firm value?

The answer is yes, according to University of Notre Dame Accountancy Professor Sandra Vera-Muñoz.

In new research, “Voluntary Disclosures of Carbon Emissions, Carbon Emission Levels, and Firm Value,” Vera-Muñoz and her co-authors studied 2006-2008 data reported voluntarily by Standard and Poor’s 500 firms to the Carbon Disclosure Project. “We found the higher the carbon emissions levels reported, the lower the firm value,” she says.

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Coach Kelly to speak at unveiling ceremony for The Shirt 2011

Author: Shannon Chapla


University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly will again be the featured speaker at the annual kick-off celebration and unveiling ceremony for The Shirt 2011, to be held Friday (April 15) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Shirts will be available for purchase immediately after the 5:45 p.m. unveiling.

The event also will feature appearances by Notre Dame Stadium announcer and former WSBT-TV news anchor Mike Collins; Associate Vice President for University Relations, Chuck Lennon, who has served for 30 years as the executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, from which he will retire in June; and Tim McCarthy, a former sergeant with the Indiana State Police known for his safety announcements in Notre Dame Stadium.

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TEDx event to center on innovation and the humanities

Author: Joanna Basile


Discovering, collaborating on, and promoting new ideas in the humanities is the focus of the first-ever TEDx conference at the University of Notre Dame, set for Friday (April 15).

“This is going to create an exciting, dynamic community of people on campus interested in finding creative ways to solve problems and share information,” says primary organizer Sean O’Brien, assistant director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

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“StaND Against Hate” activities planned for April 11 to 15

Author: Elizabeth Moriarty

Stand Against Hate

The University of Notre Dame’s Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students will lead a number of campus activities this week (April 11 to 15) as part of “StaND Against Hate Week.”

Co-sponsored by the Core Council and Notre Dame’s Allies of the Coalition, Office of Campus Ministry, Feminist Voice, Gender Relations Center, MeCha, Men Against Violence, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the President, Progressive Student Alliance, Student Government, Student Union Board and University Counseling Center, the week is dedicated to heightening awareness of the power of hate in all forms, particularly against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and serves to create an inclusive spirit at Notre Dame for all people, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity. All events are free and open to the public.

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Student Affairs names AVP for residential life

Author: Jenny Monahan

Heather Rakoczy Russell

Heather Rakoczy Russell, most recently director of the Gender Relations Center at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate vice president for residential life in the Division of Student Affairs, effective April 18.

“Heather is a talented leader who brings to this role an abiding and well-articulated sense of mission, proven leadership at the University, and professional experience within our unique residential systems,” said Rev. Tom Doyle, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs. “Notre Dame residence hall communities are an anchor for Catholic education in the Holy Cross tradition. Heather will lead and help chart the course for these communities as Notre Dame prepares for its third century of Holy Cross education that seeks to integrate the mind and the heart.”

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Third annual Robotic Blue-Gold Game scheduled for April 15

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robotic Football

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The third annual University of Notre Dame Robotic Football Blue-Gold game will take place Friday (April 15) at 7 p.m. in Stepan Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The “game” serves as the final requirement for students in one section of “Mechanical Engineering Senior Design,” a capstone course that is the culmination of the mechanical engineering curriculum in a design, build and test experience. Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering professor Mike Stanisic developed the robotic football concept and is leading the course this year with fellow professor Jim Schmiedeler.

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Notre Dame anthropologist takes Irish oral tradition online

Author: Kevin Clarke

Deb Rotman

Deb Rotman is in a race against time.

Rotman, director of undergraduate studies for Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology, is keenly aware that the generation of Irish immigrants who can still share memories of the Irish Civil War and their experiences in early 20th century America will soon be lost forever.

“Those generations have some really great stories that we’re trying to capture, but we can only do so much,” she says.

Unable to personally interview every surviving immigrant, Rotman and a group of her students are working with Kevin Abbott in the University’s Academic Technologies office to construct an online database to help collect and preserve as many of these valuable tales as possible before it’s too late.

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Biologist Belovsky’s paper offers new insights into predator-prey relationships

Author: William G. Gilroy


For those old enough to remember Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” television series, the dynamics of predator-prey relationships seemed clear enough: predators thinned out prey populations, which enabled a smaller, but stronger, population to survive and reproduce.

However, a new paper by University of Notre Dame biologist Gary Belovsky appearing in the prestigious journal Ecology Letters suggests that predator-prey relationships are much more complex than originally thought.

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Execs from major corporations to speak at Notre Dame Diversity Conference

Author: Ed Cohen

Mendoza College of Business

Executives from McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Bank of America and other major companies will be talking about what diverse individuals and teams contribute to their businesses when they address the fourth annual Notre Dame Diversity Conference April 8 and 9 (Friday and Saturday) at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Organized by Notre Dame MBA students and presented by ACS, a Xerox company involved in business-process outsourcing and IT services, the conference is free and open to the public. However, attendees must register online, and the deadline is April 6 (Wednesday).

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Semifinalists selected for 2010-11 McCloskey Business Plan Competition

Author: Carol Elliott

Business Plan Competition

Twelve entrepreneurial teams will have a shot at more than $100,000 in prize money as they advance to the semifinals of the University of Notre Dame’s McCloskey Business Plan Competition.

These semifinalist teams will pitch their new ventures live before a distinguished panel of judges on April 14 (Thursday). From this group, three to five finalists will be selected to compete in the final event to be held at 1:30 p.m. on April 15 (Friday) in the Mendoza College of Business Jordan Auditorium.

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