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Translating the Book of Jubilees

Author: Renee Hochstetler

Dead Sea Scrolls

Among the 900 or so texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls is the Book of Jubilees, a second- century retelling of Genesis and the first part of Exodus.

Originally written in Hebrew, Jubilees continues to interest scholars for its commentary on the earlier texts.

James VanderKam is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and a scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of ancient religious texts found between 1947 and 1956 in caves in and around Qumran, along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea about 15 miles east of Jerusalem.

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Notre Dame mourns death of Archbishop Pietro Sambi

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Archbishop Pietro Sambi

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, expressed the University’s grief at the passing of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, who died Wednesday (July 27) in Baltimore. He was 73 years old.

“Archbishop Sambi was an ambassador in the most literal sense of the word,” Father Jenkins said. “A strong and joyful leader, he inspired others through his deep faith, genuine compassion and thoughtful pursuit of the truth in the complex issues the Church has faced. He made many friends in his travels, including here at Notre Dame, and he will be deeply missed.

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NASFAA honors Joseph Russo with Lifetime Membership Award

Author: Paul Murphy

Joseph Russo

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators honored Joseph Russo, director of financial aid at the University of Notre Dame, with its Lifetime Membership Award at the organization’s national conference, held July 19 in Boston.

Russo is the first recipient of the award, given annually to recognize an individual with distinguished leadership in the financial aid profession, who was not a previous CEO or president of the association.

“I’m humbled by the award given its previous recipients,” said Russo. “It was very moving for me.”

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Study shows drop in long-distance moves not due to economic slumps

Author: Susan Guibert and Paul Murphy

Abigail Wozniak

While Americans have a storied past with internal migration dating back hundreds of years, the number of people relocating within the U.S. has dropped to a 30-year low.

University of Notre Dame economist Abigail Wozniak, together with Raven Molloy and Christopher Smith of the Federal Reserve, reviewed 30 years of data and found that the recent slump in the housing market and economic conditions play little part in the decline. The study will be published in mid-August in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

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ACE missioning Mass sends forth teachers to Catholic schools

Author: Bill Schmitt

ACE Missioning Mass

The Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, joined the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in a rite of “missioning," invoking blessings for more than 200 educators set to teach in Catholic schools around the country.

The group sent forth at the July 22 ceremony included recent college graduates pursuing graduate degrees in education through ACE’s Service through Teaching program, as well as certified teachers pursuing graduate degrees in educational administration in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.

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Notre Dame honored as "Great College to Work For"

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Great Colleges to Work For

For the third consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received honor roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey.

The Great Colleges program, now in its fourth year, is the premier recognition program in higher education. The program is designed to recognize institutions that are great places to work and to compile benchmarking data about industry trends, as well as to recognize institutions for best practices and policies. The University has participated in the program for three years, and has taken top honors each year.

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Deb Rotman appointed director of ND’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Deb Rotman

Deb Rotman, director of undergraduate studies for Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology, has been appointed director of the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE).

Rotman joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2006. In addition to her administrative responsibilities in the anthropology department, she has taught courses on the experience of 19th century Irish immigrants in America, working with her students on archival research, oral history and archeological excavations in South Bend and Beaver Island, Mich., and during week-long summer study visits to Ireland.

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Notre Dame and Sprint team up to study wireless and social networking habits

Author: Notre Dame News

Wireless Institute

The comments and questions have been floating about for years:

“Kids these days don’t talk anymore. They only text.”

“Don’t college kids have any shame? They spill their guts on Facebook before talking to a real-live person.”

Are these claims true? Or does mobile technology actually help students to learn to better express themselves and ultimately enhance their face-to-face interactions?

These are the types of questions that will studied and answered during a pioneering three-year study by the University of Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute, a research center aimed at developing innovations and educating students in wireless technology, economics and regulatory policy. Sprint will help the Wireless Institute by providing 200 devices and two years of service for the students who volunteer for the study, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Somalia famine puts al Shabab in "tight corner," says ND anthropologist in Kenya


Rahul Oka

By flip-flopping its position on which groups can provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of starving Somalians, and forbidding supplies from foreign agencies not currently working in its strongholds, the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab is “playing an interesting game,” says University of Notre Dame economic anthropologist Rahul Oka, who currently is in Kenya at the Kakuma Refugee Camp conducting fieldwork on trade and the distribution of relief supplies.

“My analysis from the ground suggests that al-Shabaab is indeed in a tight corner," Oka says. “Their claim to power, their legitimacy can only be sustained by the gun as long as they can ensure that the peoples’ basic needs are fulfilled.”

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ND Expert: Q & A on immigration reform

Author: Shannon Chapla

Allert Brown-Gort

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Allert Brown-Gort, associate director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, is a citizen of both the United States and Mexico and an expert on immigration policy, civil service reform and the political views of Mexican nationals in the United States. He has written and been interviewed extensively on immigration reform and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Senate on Hispanic issues.

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Solar rooftop array installed on Fitzpatrick Hall

Author: Julie Zorb

Solar panels on Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

A 10kW flexible thin-film solar array and monitoring system was recently installed on the roof of the University of Notre Dame’s Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. The light-weight flexible panels lie flat and are attached directly to the surface of the roof with an adhesive.

Connected directly to the University’s power grid, the array will help meet Fitzpatrick’s electricity demand, supplying an estimated 12,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

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ND Vision: A summer camp of faith

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Vision

Of the variously themed summer camps on the Notre Dame campus this summer, the most conspicuous are the athletic camps, whose football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball players swarm Notre Dame’s playing fields and gymnasiums hoping to increase their strength and sharpen their prowess. But there also are other camps, devoted to other worthy adolescent ambitions.

One such is Notre Dame Vision, a program of the University’s Institute for Church Life, which this summer celebrates two milestones, its 10th anniversary and the enrollment of its 10,000th participant, Jeff Koberstein, a high school senior from Princeton, Ind.

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Study discovers link between cell phone usage and relationship strength

Author: Renee Hochstetler

Cell phone usage and relationship strength

A project on the dynamics of social networks at the University of Notre Dame’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) has found a link between cell phone usage and relationship strength.

The study, conducted by Notre Dame faculty members Zoltán Toroczkai, Nitesh Chawla, David Hachen, Omar Lizardo and Mark Alber, is a collaborative effort between four departments at the University.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present "The Merchant of Venice"

Author: Scot Shepley

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will present William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” Aug. 16 to 28 on the University of Notre Dame campus.

The play, directed by David Bell, begins with Bassanio’s quest for Portia. When plans go awry, betrayal and blind anger strike, leaving all to question justice, the power of love and how far all are prepared to go in order to belong.

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Notre Dame research reveals brain network connections

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Brain map

Research conducted by Maria Ercsey-Ravasz and Zoltan Toroczkai of the University of Notre Dame’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), along with the Department of Physics and a group of neuroanatomists in France, has revealed previously unknown information about the primate brain.

The researchers published an article in the journal Cerebral Cortex showing that the brain is characterized by a highly consistent, weighted network among the functional areas of the cortex, which are responsible for such functions as vision, hearing, touch, movement control and complex associations. The study revealed that such cortical networks and their properties are reproducible from individual to individual.

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Researchers discover protein dynamics help regulate cell division

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Jeff Peng

A collaborative study between the laboratories of Jeff Peng at the University of Notre Dame and Felicia Etzkorn at Virginia Tech has discovered an important element of how an enzyme involved in cell division does its job. Their report, “Stereospecific gating of functional motions in Pin1,” was recently published in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pin1 controls the proteins that start cell division by changing the shape of their peptide bonds. Consisting of two loosely-connected domains or structural modules (a catalytic domain and a Trp-Trp (WW) domain), it binds to a target peptide bond, which increases communication between the two domains.

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Notre Dame joins HathiTrust

Author: Notre Dame News


The University of Notre Dame has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in compiling a massive digital library. Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries is a sustaining member and will work toward digitizing its unique collections.

HathiTrust was launched in 2008 by the then 12-university consortium, known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and the University of California system. It has grown to more than 50 partners including Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Duke and Johns Hopkins.

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Notre Dame campaign raises $2.014 billion

Author: Dennis Brown

Spirit of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has become the first university without the powerful gift-giving attraction of a medical school to surpass $2 billion in a traditional seven-year capital campaign.

Titled the “Spirit of Notre Dame,” the campaign raised $2.014 billion in the seven-year span that ended June 30 – 134 percent of the $1.5 billion goal. The fund-raising effort also was the largest in the history of Catholic higher education, surpassing the $1.061 billion raised in the University’s “Generations” campaign that ended in December 2000.

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Education official speaks on challenges for teachers at ACE Commencement

Author: Bill Schmitt

Juan Sepulveda delivers keynote address at ACE graduation

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) conducted its 16th Commencement exercises Saturday (July 9), with a U.S. Department of Education official addressing the 106 graduates who received master’s degrees.

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, delivered the keynote address, thanking the ACE graduates for serving as educators in under-resourced Catholic schools “at a very critical time for us a country” when all children must be globally competitive.

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Consider yourself ethical? Think again, says new research

Author: Shannon Chapla

Ann Tenbrunsel

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When confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us like to think we would stand up for our principles. But we are not as ethical as we think we are, according to Ann Tenbrunsel, the Rex and Alice A. Martin Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and co-author of “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to do What’s Right and What to do About it.”

“A blind spot is an unknown obstacle that prevents us from seeing our unethical behavior,” Tenbrunsel explains. “It doesn’t allow us to see the gap between who we think we are, who we’d like to be, and who we truly are.”

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Stuart Greene honored for civic engagement

Author: William Schmitt

Stuart Greene

Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, has named Stuart Greene, an Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) Fellow and director of the Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) program at the University of Notre Dame, one of the 2011 recipients of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

The award is bestowed annually to recognize senior faculty for exemplary leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, community engagement, and contributions to the public good. Recipients’ careers exhibit true dedication to service, to community, and to the integrity of higher education.

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Historic union in Congregation of Holy Cross

Author: Lucha Ramey


On July 1, an historic union officially took effect when the former Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross merged into the Indiana Province to form the new United States Province of Priests and Brothers.

The merger was approved at the Congregation of Holy Cross’ general chapter meeting in Rome in the summer of 2010. In December, the two provinces agreed that the merger should be effected by the Superior General on July 1, on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival presents first international production of "Pericles" in U.K.

Author: Chris Sopczynski

International Youth Arts Festival

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will present “Pericles” by William Shakespeare as part of the 2011 International Youth Arts Festival from July 3 through 11 near London at the Rose Theatre Studio in Kingston upon Thames, England.

Directed by NDSF Ryan Producing Artistic Director Jay Paul Skelton, the production features an international cast and crew. Two students from Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, Nicholas Brandt and Carolyn Demanelis, will participate in the production as well.

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Notre Dame and Office of Civil Rights sign resolution agreement

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

The University of Notre Dame and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education have jointly signed a resolution agreement that recognizes Notre Dame’s wide array of effective policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct and calls upon the University to make several minor modifications to those existing practices.

“We very much appreciate the thoroughness exhibited by the OCR staff who conducted the review,” said Rev. Thomas Doyle, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs at Notre Dame. “The review has confirmed for us that we have outstanding initiatives in place, while also providing direction for several areas in which we can make modifications for improvement.

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Ph.D. student takes second in National Security Innovation Competition

Author: Nina Welding

(Left to right) Estefan Ortiz; Maj. Gen. (USAF, Ret.) Mark Volcheff, National Security Innovation Competition executive director; Jay Brasseur, chief technology officer of Neumann Systems Group

Estefan Ortiz, a doctoral student in electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, took second place in the 2011 National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC).

Sponsored by the National Homeland Defense Foundation, the competition is designed to link college students conducting cutting-edge research with government and industries who can help commercialize their innovations.

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