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Eck Institute’s Weinstein Lecture to take place Dec. 5

Author: William G. Gilroy

Dr. James W. Kazura Dr. James W. Kazura

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health will present its Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 (Wednesday) in Room 105 of the Jordan Hall of Science. Dr. James W. Kazura, professor of international medicine and pathology and director of the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will present the lecture, titled “Mosquitoes, Pathogens, and Human Populations: Global Health Research from the Laboratory to the Real World.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Researchers collaborate to seek FDA approval for drug treatment for rare disease

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Norbert Wiech with students Norbert Wiech with students

University of Notre Dame alumnus Norbert Wiech founded Lysomics LLC to manage the clinical development needed to bring to market a promising new treatment for people with Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. FDA support is being sought for early clinical exploration of an approved drug to fight this rare disease that has no cure or treatment.

Lysomics is based on the work of Notre Dame professors of chemistry and biochemistry Olaf Wiest and Paul Helquist, and Frederick Maxfield at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, to find treatments for NPC. NPC disease is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before and during adolescence.

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Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows

Author: William G. Gilroy


Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the prestigious journal Science.

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Notre Dame researchers to lead new science data preservation effort

Author: William G. Gilroy

CERN computing center CERN computing center

One of the emerging, and soon to be defining, characteristics of science research is the collection, usage and storage of immense amounts of data. In fields as diverse as medicine, astronomy and economics, large data sets are becoming the foundation for new scientific advances.

A new project led by University of Notre Dame researchers will explore solutions to the problems of preserving data, analysis software and computational work flows, and how these relate to results obtained from the analysis of large data sets.

Titled “Data and Software Preservation for Open Science (DASPOS),” the National Science Foundation-funded $1.8 million program is focused on high energy physics data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Fermilab Tevatron.

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Notre Dame MBA announces winners of innovative virtual case competition

Author: Carol Elliott

The Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge

In considering how a major telecommunications company can help Americans age 65 and older make better use of mobile phones, Edward Drakhlis of Brooklyn, N.Y., thought about two major factors: Many seniors are uncomfortable with mobile technology, and they have fixed incomes.

With his resulting proposal, Drakhlis won the grand prize in the Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge, a virtual case competition sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Sprint. As part of the award, Drakhlis will receive a $25,000 fellowship toward tuition upon successfully matriculating into the Notre Dame MBA program, as well as additional prizes.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist to present Christmas Star lecture

Author: William G. Gilroy

“What and When was the Christmas Star?”

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Grant Mathews will give three presentations of his popular program titled “What and When was the Christmas Star?” in the Digital Visualization Theater of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.

The programs, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 (Friday), 3 p.m. Dec. 8 (Saturday) and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 (Sunday).

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2012 Driehaus Prize laureate Michael Graves to address 'timeless grammar' of architecture

Author: Kara Kelly

Michael Graves Michael Graves

Architect and designer Michael Graves, who received the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, will lecture at the School of Architecture at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 (Wednesday) in the Bond Hall Auditorium.

His lecture, “A Grand Tour,” will recount a professional journey once considered obligatory for a young architect — exploring the great monuments of Europe. Receiving the Rome Prize in 1960 as a scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where he is now a trustee, Graves experienced the “timeless grammar” of architecture that has influenced his own work. Members of the Driehaus Prize jury commended his commitment to the traditional city — in its human scale, complexity and vitality — as emblematic of a time-tested sustainability.

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Notre Dame ranks ninth in percentage of students studying abroad

Author: Claire Stephens

Bonding in Italy at one of the holiest sites in Christendom Bonding in Italy at one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

The University of Notre Dame ranks ninth in percentage of students participating in study abroad programs among American doctoral/research institutions, according to a report released by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

During fall 2010, spring 2011 and summer 2011, the focus of this year’s study, 59.7 percent of Notre Dame students had participated in study programs in other countries, a 2.8 percent increase over the previous year. The University of San Diego ranked first in the IIE report with an 86.8 percent participation rate, followed by Georgetown University at 75.9 percent. Notre Dame ranked ninth last year as well.

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Ethnographic research explores 'cities in the desert'

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Kakuma Camp 2, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Turkana children mind each other in open spaces in the camp while their mothers go to work, either for the refugees or heading out to search for building material in the countryside Kakuma Camp 2, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

The 90,000-person Kakuma Refugee Camp, in the Turkana District in northwest Kenya, has grown into the equivalent of a permanent city — with the same level of inequity, violence and informal (black market) economic systems as urban slums, says Rahul Oka, Ford Family Assistant Professor of anthropology and concurrent assistant professor in African and African American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Oka has conducted five seasons of ethnographic research in the camp, where refugees from war — from southern Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo and Uganda — co-exist.

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businessNotre Dame MBA ranks in Bloomberg Businessweek top 20 best b-schools

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza blue banner reads: University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

The University of Notre Dame MBA ranked No. 20 among U.S. business schools in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine’s biennial survey, "The Best U.S. Business Schools 2012,” released Thursday (Nov. 12). The program, located in the Mendoza College of Business, jumped four spots from its 2010 ranking.

“We continually focus on providing the rigorous, values-based education that Notre Dame has always stood for,” said Mary Goss, senior director of the Notre Dame MBA. “But over the past two years, we’ve put a great deal of effort into enhancing our career development curriculum and engaging in an aggressive outreach to corporations across the country. We’re very proud of our students, who have competed well in an incredibly difficult hiring environment.”

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Notre Dame research could improve sustainability and cost-effectiveness of wastewater treatment

Author: William G. Gilroy

Sulfur after wastewater treatment with MBfR Sulfur after wastewater treatment with MBfR.

University of Notre Dame researcher Robert Nerenberg can tell you many things you might not know about wastewater treatment plants, including their significant carbon footprint, energy demands and chemical costs. His past research has addressed ways to drastically improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment. He now is telling the wastewater treatment industry about his promising new line of research that has the capability of significantly decreasing chemical costs and carbon footprint.

Nerenberg’s research offers such promise that the Water Environment Research Foundation Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research awarded him its 2012 Paul L. Busch Award. The $100,000 award recognizes an outstanding individual whose ongoing efforts contribute significantly to water quality research and its practical application in the water environment.

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Five Notre Dame faculty named fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Author: Marissa Gebhard


Five faculty from the University of Notre Dame have been named fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013. Fellows include William G. Dwyer, Julia F. Knight, Mei-Chi Shaw, Andrew J. Sommese and Nancy K. Stanton. They are part of the inaugural class of fellows that includes mathematical scientists from 600 institutions around the world.

The fellows designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. Through the program, fellows create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.

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ND Expert: Even senior leaders need to mind their people skills

Author: Carol Elliott

Edward Conlon

Steven Sinofsky’s resignation as the president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live operations may have several causes, including concerns over the launch of Windows 8. But some accounts say his personality was at least partly to blame.

This raises the question: Should having an abrasive personality be reason enough to topple a corporate leader?

Yes, says University of Notre Dame Management Professor Edward J. Conlon, an expert in corporate leadership and author of a book on ethical leadership, “Getting It Right: Notre Dame on Leadership and Judgment in Business.”

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Blue Mass to be celebrated Nov. 15 in the Basilica

Author: Claire Stephens

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The 12th annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will preside, and Rev. Brad Metz, C.S.C., associate director for campus vocations, will serve as the homilist. All of the area police and fire departments are invited.

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Notre Dame mourns the death of graduate student

Author: Dennis Brown

The crucifix in Moreau Seminary chapel

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has asked that the Notre Dame community keep Michael Thigpen and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

Thigpen, a first-year master’s degree student in the Global Health Program from Monument, Colo., passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence, where he was found early Tuesday morning (Nov. 13).

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Notre Dame’s Nitesh Chawla receives 2012 IBM Watson faculty award

Author: Nina Welding

Nitesh Chawla Nitesh Chawla

The IBM Watson Solutions Faculty Awards recognize individuals who are on the cusp of the next big trend in computing — big data and analytics — and are introducing that information to their students via innovative curriculum. Among the 10 instructors recently named recipients of the 2012 IBM Watson Solutions Faculty Award is Nitesh Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of both the Interdisciplinary Center of Network Science and Applications and the Data, Interference, Analytic and Learning Lab at the University of Notre Dame.

Like the other recipients, Chawla is being honored this month for development of a unique program that combines business and technical skills that support use of big data and analytics in finding solutions for some of society’s biggest issues.

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Notre Dame student wins national mathematics prize

Author: Marissa Gebhard

MurphyKate Montee MurphyKate Montee

MurphyKate Montee, a senior honors mathematics and music double major at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2013 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, an honor awarded to only one undergraduate woman in the U.S. each year.

Montee is a member of the Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR), a program designed for the most talented mathematics students at Notre Dame. Montee is completing a senior honors thesis, titled “On the Construction of the Chern Classes of Complex Vector Bundles.” Montee has already authored or co-authored three research articles, two of which have been submitted for publication and have appeared on the Mathematics ArXiv.

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Former president of Catholic Relief Services to speak on University role in promoting integral human development

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Ken Hackett Ken Hackett

Former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ken Hackett will deliver the lecture “How Can a University Promote Integral Human Development?” at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday). The talk, which will be held in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Following Hackett’s address, Raymond Offenheiser, a 1971 Notre Dame graduate and president of Oxfam America, another highly respected development and relief agency, will offer commentary.

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A memorable reacquaintance in Rome

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J.

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Some 40 years ago, Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, then a doctoral student at Oxford, met Rev. Joseph A. Ratzinger, then a professor of theology at the University of Regensburg, at an academic conference in Germany.

Whether or not Pope Benedict XVI remembers their first meeting, Father Daley won’t soon forget their second. On Oct. 20, at a ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Benedict presented Father Daley with a 2012 Ratzinger Prize for Theology.

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Notre Dame alumnus wins prestigious award for work with homeless

Author: Megan Zagger

Dr. James O'Connell Dr. James O’Connell

James O’Connell, M.D., a 1970 University of Notre Dame graduate and founder and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, was recently awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.

Presented by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, this prestigious award recognizes O’Connell for his advocacy and direct service to people experiencing homelessness. The Schweitzer Prize is given to an individual whose life example has significantly improved the health of people in the United States or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others.

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Notre Dame offers new study abroad program in Paris

Author: Kate Cohorst

Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Paris, the legendary City of Lights, is the newest destination for University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters students who want to study abroad.

“We are delighted to offer this new opportunity for students seeking to spend a full year or one semester in Paris beginning in 2013-14,” says Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. “The new exchange program at the Université Paris Diderot will expand existing offerings by allowing advanced students in the humanities to enroll directly in courses with French students at one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Paris.”

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Notre Dame to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 9-16

Author: Megan Zagger

International Education Week 2012

Each year, the University of Notre Dame’s International Student Services and Activities, in conjunction with other campus departments and organizations, hosts International Education Week (IEW). IEW is a national event coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and global exchange. International Education Week 2012 will take place at Notre Dame from Nov. 9 through Nov. 16.

Events include a Diwali celebration, film screenings, a celebration of Asian heritage and culture, discussions, the International Taste of South Bend, and more.

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Regional Siemens 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. 9 and Nov. 10).

The New Jersey-based nonprofit 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. Competitions in six regions across the United States are being held throughout November. Regional scholarship winners advance to the national competition Dec. 1-4 in Washington, D.C., for a top individual prize of $100,000. Members of the top winning team will share a $100,000 scholarship.

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We’re more passive than we predict when sexually harassed, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Ann Tenbrunsel

Sexual harassment is devastating in and of itself for its victims, but new research shows there can be an even more insidious and troubling consequence that goes along with it.

When confronted with sexual harassment, we don’t stand up for ourselves to the extent we believe we will, and because we use false predictions as a benchmark, we condemn others who are passive in the face of sexual harassment, according to a new study co-authored by Ann Tenbrunsel, professor of business ethics at the University of Notre Dame.

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Archbishop Viganò, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., to speak at Notre Dame conference on martyrdom

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States, will speak on religious freedom and the persecution of Christians at 7:45 p.m. Sunday in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

Archbishop Vigano’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is the keynote address for the conference “Seed of the Church: Telling the Story of Today’s Christian Martyrs,” sponsored by the Institute for Church Life Nov. 4-6.

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