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Notre Dame website to get new look

Author: Jane Morrow

Notre Dame website to get new look

An updated design and improved technology are being applied to the University of Notre Dame website (http://nd.edu). The new visual design will be unveiled tomorrow (July 1).

“The Web is an ever-changing communications platform,” says Todd Woodward, associate vice president for marketing communications at the University. “We have strived in all our digital communications to stay ahead of the curve. This redesign is an evolution that mirrors where the world is moving in terms of digital consumption of information.

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The STEP Program: Theology online

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Satellite Theological Education Program

Thomas C. Cummings teaches theology and likes to quote Karl Rahner’s remark that “the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” He also likes to round out the quote by adding that Rahner didn’t consider mysticism some exotic spiritual phenomenon but “a genuine experience of God emerging from the very heart of our existence.”

“That’s what I love about all this,” Cummings said, ready with another quotation, this one from the 11th century theologian, St. Anselm. “It really is ‘faith seeking understanding,’ and it’s having a significant and benevolent influence in the life of the Church and in evangelization throughout the country.”

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Notre Dame conference on adult/non-embryonic stem cell research draws leading scholars

Author: Shannon Chapla

Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research

Some of the world’s leading scholars across a variety of relevant disciplines are visiting the University of Notre Dame for a week-long “Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research,” being held on campus through July 2.

“The initiative seeks to demonstrate that respect for the equal dignity of every human being – from conception to natural death – and a commitment to excellence and rigor in research are both integral and complementary goods necessary to pursuing the proper ends of biomedical science,” said Carter Snead, professor of law and one of the workshop leaders.

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Notre Dame researchers provide new genetic information about the circadian rhythms of the malaria mosquito

Author: William G. Gilroy

Anopheles gambie

A new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers offers a wealth of information about the rhythmic nature of gene expression in Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito species that transmits the malaria parasite from person to person. Each year, roughly 250 million people suffer from malaria and that results in one million deaths, mostly pregnant women and children under five years of age.

Mosquitoes, like all animals, show daily rhythms in behavior and physiology. The rhythmic behaviors of Anopheles gambiae include dusk mating swarms, nocturnal flight activity and feeding on sugar and blood-meal hosts and egg-laying. The exclusive biting of humans at night by Anopheles gambiae provides the basis of protection by insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) used while people are sleeping. This contrasts with the dengue/yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypi, which bites during the day and to which ITNs afford no protection.

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Payday can be a killer, new study shows

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William Evans

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People are more likely to die on or shortly after the day they’re paid, according to a new study by University of Notre Dame economist William Evans.

Traffic fatalities, heart attacks and increased substance abuse are among the most common causes of the short-term – but significant – increase in mortality following payday.

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ND Expert: “Embarrassing international pressure” factor in release of Ai Weiwei

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Lionel Jensen

After being apprehended by the Chinese government and detained for more than two months on charges of tax evasion, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been released.

“I suspect that the condition of Ai’s diabetes, his resistance to confession, intense and embarrassing international pressure from capitalist and political institutions, as well as an ongoing struggle within the ranks of the Chinese Communist Party itself, all have contributed to this development,” says Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and concurrent associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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ND Expert: Strategy for moving forward is most important factor in Afghanistan withdrawal

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

As President Obama prepares to announce plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, says the strategy going forward is more important than the number of troops that will depart.

Author of “Ending Obama’s War: Responsible Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Cortright hopes Obama announces a plan for assuring that Afghanistan does not descend into civil war or succumb to Taliban takeover as U.S. forces depart, as well as how the U.S. can uphold human rights and preserve the gains of Afghan women.

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Notre Dame Physics REU program celebrates 25th year

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Notre Dame Research Experience for Undergraduates

One of the oldest, continually-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs in the country, the Physics REU at the University of Notre Dame is marking its 25th year of National Science Foundation funding this summer.

Each year, the NSF has provided funding for 12 students from other universities while funds from the College of Science, other programs and individual faculty research grants have supported about eight students from Notre Dame.

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ND Expert: U.S. is “most definitely” involved in hostilities in Libya

Author: Shannon Chapla

O'Connell, Mary Ellen

The Obama administration is making the case that actions in Libya don’t amount to “hostilities” as defined by the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which limits the ability of the president to unilaterally engage U.S. forces in combat.

As debate continues among foreign policy, military and legal experts over whether Obama has complied with the War Powers Resolution, University of Notre Dame international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell believes he has not.

“The U.S. has deployed manned and unmanned aircraft to fire missiles and drop bombs—the type of weapons only permissible for use in armed conflict hostilities,” she says.

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Jan Botz to step down as vice president; OPAC and University Relations to consolidate

Author: Dennis Brown

Janet M. Botz

Janet M. Botz has announced she will be leaving her position as vice president for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC) at the University of Notre Dame at the end of July as the office is consolidated with University Relations.

Botz joined Notre Dame in November 2008 and has led a number of important initiatives. Under her leadership, the University refocused its efforts on government and community relations with increased emphasis on local, state and federal government relations as well as paying more attention to improving community relationships. She is actively involved herself as a member of the executive committee and board of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce and also as a board member of WNIT Public Television, as well as a supporter of many other local organizations.

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ND Expert: Predicted demise of EU rings true with Greece’s recent financial woes

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rosato

In the midst of Greece’s first financial collapse that shook the European Union one year ago, University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Sebastian Rosato predicted then that the financial crisis was only a symptom of a much deeper issue.

In his recent book “Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community,” Rosato warns of a troubled future for the entire European Union (EU).

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Students in new global health graduate program evaluate Haiti cholera project

Author: Shannon Chapla

Students in new global health graduate program evaluate Haiti cholera project

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti has asked the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health to evaluate one of its cholera programs implemented after the deadly fall 2010 outbreak that began in the aftermath of the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake.

Incoming students Annette Ruth and Lindsey McAlarnen, who will join Notre Dame’s new Master of Science in Global Health degree program in the fall, are in Haiti with project leader Juan Carlos Guzmán, a member of the Eck Institute and director of research for the Institute for Latino Studies to evaluate the programs.

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Scientists develop algorithm to understand certain human diseases

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, and Bonnie Berger, professor of applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have published a paper on the development of a computer algorithm that can accurately predict which parts of protein sequences help prevent the proteins from aggregating.

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Annual “From Old 2 Gold” campus yard sale to be held June 25

Author: Paul Murphy

From Old 2 Gold

The University of Notre Dame’s seventh annual “From Old 2 Gold” campus yard sale will be held on June 25 (Saturday) in Notre Dame Stadium.

The event, which benefits participating local charities, features items left behind or donated by Notre Dame students. The open sale, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission is $5 for those over 12 years old wishing to participate in the Early Bird sale which begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m.

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Terahertz collaboration gets boost from Department of Defense grant

Author: Arnie Phifer

Nanowires made of gallium nitride. Image credit: Lorelle Mansfield/NIST

A $6.3-million grant from the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) will allow a group of faculty researchers involved in two of the University of Notre Dame’s strategic research investments — The Center for Nano Science and Technology and the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative — to develop new gallium nitride (GaN) based electronic devices that operate in the terahertz (THz) range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Two Congregation of Holy Cross provinces meet at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Cross and Anchors

An assembly of two Congregation of Holy Cross provinces, the Indiana Province of Priests and Brothers and the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers, will begin on June 13 at the University of Notre Dame.

The event marks the first time the two provinces have come together for an assembly as they prepare to merge the Eastern Province into the Indiana Province on July 1. The resulting province will be known as the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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First wind turbine installed on campus

Author: Julie Zorb

First wind turbine installed on campus

The newest addition to the Notre Dame campus skyline, demonstrating the University’s commitment to renewable energy, was mounted on the roof of the Notre Dame power plant last week.

The turbine, one of several renewable energy initiatives currently underway at Notre Dame, can generate up to four kilowatts of power and will feed directly into the campus electrical grid. Although its purpose is largely educational, its size, vertical axis design and highly visible location distinguish it from other campus renewable energy projects.

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Pope’s new book lauds Notre Dame theologian

Author: Kate Cohorst

John P Meier

A new book by Pope Benedict XVI highlights University of Notre Dame biblical scholar John P. Meier ’s extensive research on the history of Jesus.

“From the immense quantity of literature on the dating of the Last Supper and of Jesus’ death, I would like to single out the treatment of the subject, outstanding both in its thoroughness and its accuracy, found in the first volume of John P. Meier’s book, ‘A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus,’” the pope writes in “Jesus of Nazareth,” volume two, “Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection.”

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Architecture students contribute to revitalization of local neighborhood

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Architecture students contribute to revitalization of local neighborhood

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Just one year ago, the lot at the corner of Lindsey and Cottage Grove streets on the northwest side of South Bend was barren. Today, a brand new, three-bedroom, three-bathroom American Foursquare style home now fills that once-vacant lot – blending in perfectly among the early 20th century homes, with its wrap-around porch and hard wood floors.

Thanks to the vision and talent of several students in the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture working in collaboration with South Bend’s Near Northwest Neighborhood Association (NNNA), the home was designed and built as a way to bolster the NNNA’s efforts to preserve and revitalize the second oldest neighborhood in South Bend, which has become a growing community of Notre Dame graduate students and their families.

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Astrophysicist Garnavich’s research provides new insights into the evolution of a supernova

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Garnavich

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter M. Garnavich and a team of collaborators have used observations from the Hubble Space Telescope to provide new insights into the evolution of a nearby supernova, “SN 1987A," the nearest supernova to the Earth in 300 years.

Their findings, which appear in a paper in this week’s edition of the scientific journal Nature, suggest that X-rays generated by the collision of the supernova with surrounding gas are energizing the re-brightening of the supernova light.

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Martino resigns from Notre Dame Board

Author: Dennis Brown

Dome and Clouds

Roxanne Martino has resigned from the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, effective immediately, in the wake of reports criticizing donations she has made to organizations that characterize themselves as pro-choice.

“In the best interests of the University, I regretfully have decided to step down from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees,” Martino said. “I dearly love my alma mater and remain fully committed to all aspects of Catholic teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame. I had looked forward to contributing in this new role, but the current controversy just doesn’t allow me to be effective.”

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Student Affairs honors students with leadership awards

Author: Paul Murphy

Student Leadership Award

The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recently recognized six students with leadership awards.

The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence was awarded to Kayla A. Bishop. The award is given to a Notre Dame senior who exemplifies the qualities of the 1965 graduate and former Board of Trustees member who was known for his leadership, generosity, devotion to the Catholic faith and affinity for athletics.

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ND Expert: Hackers cause Sony major financial, reputational damage

Author: Shannon Chapla

John D'Arcy

Information security expert John D’Arcy, assistant professor of information technology management at the University of Notre Dame, says this week’s hacking attack on Sony Corp. is yet another example of the significant information security threat that affects almost all businesses.

The group of hackers, which calls itself “LulzSec,” posted Sony network plans and code, the latest in a string of attacks in the last few months. In April, the Japanese technology and media giant was forced to shut down servers that hosted its PlayStation Network service after it was discovered that it had been hacked and the personal information of 100 million customers had potentially been stolen.

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“Word of Life” mural undergoes preventive maintenance

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Work underway on "Word of Life" mural

As retired Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., describes it, the massive “Word of Life” mural on the north side of the building which has since been named for him was something of an afterthought.

The Ellerbe Becket firm of St. Paul, Minn., designers of what was in 1963 called the Memorial Library, were governed by a librarian’s utilitarian distaste for windows, which admitted problematic and potentially manuscript-damaging light and could distract attention from the printed page.

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Science dean to embark on second ride for rare disease research

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Greg and Renate Crawford

Gregory P. Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, and his wife, Renate, will for the second consecutive year set out on a remarkable bicycle ride this summer to support research seeking treatments and a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.

The Crawfords will depart June 13 on “Road to Discovery,” a 2,200-mile ride from Boston to Dallas, with stops to visit NPC researchers and families, as well as Notre Dame alumni clubs, along the way.

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Palladio drawings go on display at Snite Museum of Art

Author: Gina Costa and Paul Murphy

Andrea Palladio

For the first time in the Midwest, a collection of 31 rarely seen drawings, books and models by Italian 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio will go on display at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. The collection, from the Royal Institute of British Architects, is titled “Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey” and will be on display from June 5 through July 31.

The exhibition begins with drawings from Palladio’s early career and stretches through his intensive study of the architecture of antiquity, ending with some of his later and most famous works. It also displays drawings of Palladio that help demonstrate his creative process such as rough sketches with unfinished areas and traces of earlier ideas.

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Engineering professors receive MURI grants

Author: William G. Gilroy

Patrick Fay and Harindra Joseph S. Fernando

Two University of Notre Dame College of Engineering professors have received highly competitive grants for multidisciplinary research.

Patrick Fay, professor of electrical engineering, and Harindra Joseph S. Fernando, Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, won Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) grants to lead multi-institutional efforts in their respective fields.

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Abandoned Irish island offers window to the past

Author: Kevin Clarke

Ian Kuijt on Inishark

The last 24 human inhabitants of the island of Inishark off the coast of Galway, Ireland, departed together on October 20, 1960—a beautiful, sunny day which marked a solemn end to a steady decline that began in the mid 19th century.

That’s when a more robust population of 300 or so first began to drift away from Inishark—many sought a new life in America. By 1960, life on the island had become too remote, too hard, too dangerous, says Ian Kuijt, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology. “They never had electricity,” he says. “They never had phones.”

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