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Antitrust expert pleasantly surprised by AT&T, T-Mobile challenge

Author: Shannon Chapla


The Justice Department is suing to prevent AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile USA and displacing Verizon as the nation’s largest wireless carrier, and antitrust expert Joseph Bauer, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, strongly supports the challenge.

“I’m pleasantly surprised, in light of reluctance on the part of the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to go after a number of other highly problematic mergers in the past 5 to 10 years,” Bauer says. “This merger would seriously reduce competition in the wireless market. By eliminating one of only four firms in the market and by creating what would be the largest entity in the industry and in which the two largest firms would have more than 80 percent of the market, the merger has the strong likelihood of diminishing consumer choice and leading to higher prices.”

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Road construction likely to cause post-game traffic delays

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Stadium

Road construction on several streets near the University of Notre Dame campus likely will cause longer-than-normal traffic delays during the 2011 football season, especially after games.

A construction workers’ strike during the summer has delayed numerous road projects throughout Indiana, including work on Angela Boulevard, west of the campus, which is closed to all traffic until December.

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UNICEF official to present Craig lecture

Author: William G. Gilroy

William A. Hawley

William A. Hawley, malaria project officer for UNICEF/Indonesia, will present the George B. Craig Jr. Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 (Wednesday) in Room 283 of the Galvin Life Science Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Hawley’s lecture is titled “Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Public Health in the Land of Wallace and Sukarno.”

Craig, a Notre Dame faculty member, was an internationally recognized expert on the biology and control of mosquitoes.

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Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., to speak at Notre Dame Sept. 12

Author: John Guimond

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author and world-renowned advocate against the death penalty, will deliver the annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture and participate in a book signing beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 (Monday) in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Prejean will present “Building Justice in the World: Confronting Evil,” speaking about her experiences of confronting evil with justice based in gospel values. Sponsored by the Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, the event is free and open to the public.

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Kroc Institute to mark 9/11 anniversary with panel on peacebuilding

Author: Joan Fallon

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

What have we learned in the decade since 9/11 that should inform a renewed vision for the United States as a force for peace and stability in the world?

Three leading thinkers will address this question in a panel sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Sept. 9 (Friday) at 4 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium at Notre Dame. This event is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame researcher observing Hurricane Irene's storm surge

Author: William G. Gilroy

Hurricane Irene

While a great number of people are preparing to evacuate the east coast of the United States in the face of Hurricane Irene, Andrew Kennedy, a researcher in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, rushed to the outer banks of North Carolina yesterday (Aug. 25) in anticipation of its arrival.

Kennedy, a member of Notre Dame’s Computational Hydraulics Laboratory, is on a helicopter rapidly deploying wave and surge gauges for data collection in conjunction with Irene.

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Notre Dame receives STARS Silver Rating for sustainability achievements

Author: Rachel Novick

STARS Silver Rating

The University of Notre Dame has received a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

“STARS is a transparent assessment tool which enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements,” said Erin Hafner, programs manager in the Office of Sustainability. “We are using STARS to benchmark ourselves and to promote continuous improvement in all aspects of sustainability.”

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New campaign promotes aerial lift safety awareness for universities, colleges, high schools

Author: Dennis Brown

UpRight campaign

A new awareness campaign aimed at improving aerial lift safety was launched today by the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with several public and private agencies and organizations to help ensure that accidents such as the one that took the life of Notre Dame student videographer Declan Sullivan do not happen again.

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Notre Dame astrophysicists identify missing fuel for Galactic star formation

Author: Gene Stowe

Nicolas Lehner and Christopher Howk

The Milky Way will have the fuel to continue forming stars, thanks to massive clouds of ionized gas raining down from its halo and intergalactic space. This is the conclusion of a new study by Nicolas Lehner and Christopher Howk, faculty in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. Their report, “A Reservoir of Ionized Gas in the Galactic Halo to Sustain Star Formation in the Milky Way,” will be published in Science tomorrow (Aug. 26).

Using the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, one of the newest instruments on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, these researchers measured for the first time the distances to fast-moving clouds of ionized gas previously seen covering a large fraction of the sky. These fast-moving clouds reside in the distant reaches of the Milky Way and contain huge quantities of gas.

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Father Malloy’s “Monk’s Tale” continues

Author: Michael O. Garvey


On Nov. 14, 1986, at a news conference in the Morris Inn not much more than an hour after the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees had elected him its 16th president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., said that he hoped to be a “peripatetic president.”

It was an arresting and evocative phrase. It could mean that the University’s president-elect was an adherent of a strain of Aristotelian philosophy, or that he liked to travel, or that he revered a sort of intellectual cosmopolitanism, or it could mean all of those things at once.

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Study researches effectiveness of mediation in custody disputes

Author: Renee Hochstetler

Margaret Brinig

A joint project between the Notre Dame Law School’s Legal Aid Clinic and the College of Arts and Letters’ Center for Children and Families will examine the effectiveness of an intervention for parents involved in child custody disputes. Margaret Brinig, the Law School’s Fritz Duda Family Chair in law, E. Mark Cummings, professor and Notre Dame Chair in Psychology, and Michael Jenuwine, clinical professor of law and concurrent faculty in psychology, are co-principal investigators on the Family Mediation Project.

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Rwanda Youth Day unites Rwandans through sport and community

Author: Paul Murphy

Rwanda Youth Day

The University of Notre Dame hosted Rwanda Youth Day on campus on Aug. 19, bringing more than 120 Rwandans from across the Midwest to campus for a day filled with sports, games and community building.

Presented by Notre Dame Athletics, the day started off with remarks from event organizers and a singing of the Rwandan National Anthem—then the games began. Even as storm clouds threatened, attendees played on, facing off in basketball, volleyball and soccer in what one event organizer believes to be the first time two Rwandan teams have faced off at any sport on American soil.

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Mass spectrometry and imaging facilities enable cancer cell discovery

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Kevin Vaughan

A breakthrough in the laboratory of Kevin Vaughan, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, will assist researchers in understanding cell cycle regulation. The group identified a novel protein that is regulated by the mitotic kinase Aurora B, an important factor in mitosis, or cell division.

In addition to cancers with a genetic origin, such as colon and breast cancers, mistakes in mitosis are considered a leading cause of spontaneous cancers.

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Let’s Share the Sun Foundation partners with Notre Dame Haiti Program on solar installation

Author: Nancy Brennan-Jordan

Solar installation team at Residence Filariose

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program will spend less money to light and power its operations thanks to the addition of 16 solar panels, the work of a non-for-profit foundation led by two 1985 Notre Dame graduates.

The Let’s Share the Sun Foundation, based in Troy, N.Y., completed the second phase of a solar installation at the Residence Filariose in Leogane, Haiti, where four panels were installed earlier this year. The solar panels are now generating enough power to shut the diesel generator off during the day. The Residence Filariose serves as a training facility for the local community and guesthouse for visiting researchers focused on eradicating lymphatic filariasis.

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Fulbright foreign language teachers get crash course in American culture and academics


2010 FLTA participants

The University of Notre Dame will host its sixth annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) orientation for the coming academic year, bringing foreign language teachers from 30 countries to campus Aug. 11 to 15 (Tuesday to Saturday) for a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States. The program also will introduce them to important features of American culture in preparation for their teaching experiences across the country.

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Flying bosses: New study highlights why CEO pilots make good leaders

Author: Shannon Chapla

Matt Cain

The kind of risk-seeking behavior that motivates certain people to fly personal aircraft may also make them effective corporate leaders, according to a new study co-authored by professors from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Oregon.

Merging finance and psychology research to explore the role that genetics plays in CEO behavior, finance professors Matthew Cain of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Stephen McKeon from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business document a persistent relation between genetic personality characteristics of CEOs and the types of corporate policies adopted by their firms in their study, “Cleared for Takeoff? CEO Personal Risk-Taking and Corporate Policies.”

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ND Expert: Sanctions on Syria will “bite hard”

Author: Shannon Chapla

George Lopez

Thousands of protesters have died since anti-government demonstrations erupted nearly five months ago in Syria, and as the U.S. Senate considers proposals for Washington to treat Syria like Iran in regard to international sanctions, University of Notre Dame sanctions expert, George A. Lopez, notes there are two substantial shifts in U.S. and European policy this week.

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Robinson Center receives AmeriCorps grant

Author: Paul Murphy

Robinson Community Learning Center

The Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) has been awarded a $133,427 grant from the State of Indiana to create six full- and 12 part-time AmeriCorps service positions.

Each full-time employee, along with two of the part-time employees, will focus on providing direct services to one of the RCLC’s six educational programs: Adult education, Youth education, Shakespeare Company, Youth Entrepreneurship, Take 10 and Supplemental Education Services.

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New paper examines future of seawater desalination

Author: William G. Gilroy

New paper examines future of seawater desalinization

A paper co-authored by William Phillip of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Menachem Elimelech, Robert Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Yale University, appearing in this week’s edition of the journal Science offers a critical review of the state of seawater desalination technology.

Elimelech and Phillip and examine how seawater desalination technology has advanced over the past 30 years, in what ways the state-of-the-art technology can be improved, and if seawater desalination is a sustainable technological solution to global water shortages.

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Notre Dame Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium to take place Friday

Author: Paul Murphy

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students from around the world will present their research at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium, to be held Friday (Aug. 5) at the University of Notre Dame.

Approximately 160 students from across the United States and China who are participating in research at Aquinas College, Saint Mary’s College, the University of Michigan and Notre Dame will present their summer research in science and engineering through oral and poster presentations.

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ND LEAD program aimed at developing University’s future leaders

Author: Carol Elliott

ND Lead

The University of Notre Dame is launching a new professional development program aimed at helping its next generation of leaders gain a fuller understanding of the University’s Catholic mission and the critical skills necessary for values-based leadership.

ND LEAD aims to prepare faculty members and others who could one day take key leadership positions at the University. This includes, but is not limited to, positions such as department chairs, and directorships of centers and institutes.

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Research shows men get ahead for being “disagreeable” in the workplace; women don’t

Author: Shannon Chapla

Tim Judge

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Do nice guys –and gals– really finish last?

In the workplace they do, according to new research co-authored by University of Notre Dame Management Professor Timothy Judge. But there also is a double standard for women and, yes, a pay gap.

Judge, the Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; Beth Livingston from Cornell University; and Charlice Hurst of the University of Western Ontario, document the effects of gender and “agreeableness” in their study, “Do Nice Guys – and Gals – Really Finish Last? The Joint Effects of Sex and Agreeableness on Income.”

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Students’ mood chart application hits the App Store

Author: William G. Gilroy


A recent University of Notre Dame graduate and one of its current graduate students are the authors of a new mobile mood chart application, now available for the iPhone and iPad.

Michael Murray, a member of the Class of 2011 and Wei Zhang, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, developed the mood chart application in a smartphone programming course for undergraduates at the University. Murray and Zhang developed the application in cooperation with The Cheryl T. Herman Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting individuals who suffer from mood disorders.

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Notre Dame receives recognition for storm water management program

Author: Sara Brown

Chip Farrell holding Certificate of Recognition from IDEM

The University of Notre Dame recently received a Certificate of Recognition from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for its storm water management program on campus.

Managing storm water and snowmelt is a critical environmental issue for the areas in and around campus. After a heavy rainfall, the water runoff flows over impervious surfaces (parking lots, roads and building rooftops) and accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that can negatively affect the water quality of lakes and streams.

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