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Notre Dame and Alabama to join forces for Miami service project

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Roots in the City Garden planted by Roots in the City

Alumni and fans from the University of Notre Dame will join their counterparts from the University of Alabama for a service project in Miami in conjunction with the BCS National Championship football game between the two institutions, to be played Jan. 7 (Monday) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

In partnership with Roots in the City, an organization based in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami that aims to promote community development and beautification in inner-city areas, volunteers will come together Jan. 6 (Sunday) to build an urban garden, transforming a city lot into rows of raised garden beds and beginning the planting process.

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Notre Dame to join Stamps Scholarships Program

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Penny and Roe Stamps Penny and Roe Stamps

As a participant in the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program, the University of Notre Dame will award five outstanding first-year students tuition and fees beginning fall 2013.

The Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholar Awards at the University of Notre Dame, to be known as Stamps Notre Dame Scholarships, supported by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and matching funds from Notre Dame, will cover tuition, fees, books and supplies, and provide an allowance for personal expenses and travel. The merit-based scholarships will be renewable through the recipients’ four years at Notre Dame, dependent on academic, extracurricular and service performance. Recipients will be selected from Notre Dame’s top 200 students admitted by Feb. 15, 2013.

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Kellogg Institute director awarded Chile’s highest honor

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paolo Carozza receives the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins Paolo Carozza receives the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins

Paolo Carozza, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, received the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile’s highest state honor awarded to foreign citizens, at a private ceremony on the Notre Dame campus on Monday (Dec. 17).

Chile’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States, Ambassador Darío Paya, presented the award in recognition of Carozza’s work on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

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Notre Dame announces new Ph.D. program in anthropology

Author: Joanna Basile

A student studies an array of bones

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a doctoral program in the Department of Anthropology, with the first cohort of students due to enroll in fall 2014.

The new program, says Susan Blum, professor and chair of the department, will focus its curriculum and training on integrative anthropology.

“The strengths of Notre Dame’s anthropology department are in its commitment to multiple approaches to understanding humanity and its diversity, willingness to face big questions, individual excellence in teaching and scholarship, exceptional mentoring of students and engagement beyond academia,” she says.

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Notre Dame MBA ranks No. 1 for ethics in Bloomberg Businessweek survey

Author: Carol Elliott

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

The University of Notre Dame MBA program ranked No. 1 for ethics in the Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Specialty Ranking, announced Monday (Dec. 17). The ethics ranking was released as part of the publication’s 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, where the Notre Dame MBA program landed at No. 20, improving four slots compared to its 2010 result.

The specialty ethics ranking is based on responses to an online survey of graduates from the MBA Class of 2012, who ranked their program’s ethics offerings from “poor” to “outstanding.” According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the average ethics score for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking was 4.64. The Notre Dame MBA located at the Mendoza College of Business had the top rank of 5.87, followed by University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center highlights emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values

As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013.

The center aimed to present a list of items for scientists and laypeople alike to consider in the coming months and years as new technologies develop. It will feature one of these issues on its website each month in 2013, giving readers more information, questions to ask and resources to consult.

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REM sleep enhances emotional memories, study shows


Sleeping on a train

Witnessing a car wreck or encountering a poisonous snake are scenes that become etched in our memories.

But how do we process and store these emotional scenes so that they’re preserved more efficiently than other, more neutral memories?

In a new study published recently in “Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience,” University of Notre Dame researchers Jessica Payne and Alexis Chambers found that people who experienced rapid eye movement (REM) sleep soon after being presented with an emotionally-charged negative scene — a wrecked car on a street, for example — had superior memory for the emotional object compared to subjects whose sleep was delayed for at least 16 hours.

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Statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the Newtown tragedy

Author: Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Blue Notre Dame seal

The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

“The senseless slaughter of innocent children, coming as it does in this Christmas season, is an unspeakable tragedy. Such acts of violence – whether in schools, malls, theaters or street corners – are becoming far too common, and our nation must take all reasonable steps to end these horrors. We at Notre Dame pray for the victims, their families and for all who were touched by this terrible killing. Our profound condolences go to all who are grieving.”

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Notre Dame physicists part of Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2012

Author: Gene Stowe

Higgs illustration (Courtesy CMS/CERN) Higgs illustration (Courtesy CMS/CERN)

University of Notre Dame researchers were involved in two of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2012 announced today by Physics World magazine. The Higgs-like boson discovery was No. 1 on the list, and the BaBar experiment, the first direct observation of time reversal violation, was No. 3.

Professor of physics Colin Jessop, Research Assistant Professor Nancy Marinelli, and graduate students Doug Berry and Ted Kolberg contributed to the Higgs-like discovery at CERN earlier this year.

Jessop, Professor of Physics John LoSecco, postdoctoral associate Wenfeng Wang and graduate student Kyle Knoepfel were on the BaBar team that published “Observation of Time-Reversal Violation in the B0 Meson System” in Physical Review Letters last month.

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Notre Dame launches Doctor of Musical Arts program

Author: Joanna Basile

Sacred Music at Notre Dame

Sacred music is foundational to many of the world’s artistic traditions, and this is especially so when it comes to Western music. It is also an artistic — and academic — area that continues to grow and develop.

To celebrate and promote this diverse art form, the University of Notre Dame is launching a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program with majors in organ and choral conducting, beginning in fall 2013.

“Given Notre Dame’s educational mission, its Catholic foundation and our recent investments in faculty who are recognized leaders in sacred music, the University is uniquely poised to develop young musicians to serve the Church and world,” says John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

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Notre Dame researchers examining electric vehicles and the power grid

Author: William G. Gilroy

plug-in electric vehicle

As plug-in electric vehicles become an ever more central part of America’s daily life, University of Notre Dame researchers are anticipating what that development will mean for the nation’s power grid.

Under funding from the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems Program, a research group is attempting to develop mathematical algorithms to help guide the integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PEVs) into the power grid.

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The education of a science dean

Author: Gene Stowe

"The Education of a Notre Dame Science Dean: My Four-Year Ride with the Irish" by Greg Crawford

Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, has written a personal account of his experiences since he accepted the position in 2008. “The Education of a Notre Dame Science Dean: My Four-Year Ride with the Irish,” published by Corby Books, will be for sale Christmas Day. All proceeds support the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to find a cure or treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease.

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Verizon Foundation grant boosts Ugandan health team with mobile technology

Author: Elizabeth Lawton

Women and children in Uganda

Can text messaging improve the health of Ugandan village residents? An $85,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation promises to help the University of Notre Dame’s Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity find out.

The grant will provide improved information and communication technology to the village health team in Uganda’s Nnindye Parish.

The Ford mobile health project — “m-Health” for short — will equip the local health center with cell phone-messaging software and low-power computers, making it an effective hub for monitoring community health. Health team members will receive training in mobile literacy — including texting — and then pass on their new skills to hundreds of other Nnindye residents.

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A festschrift for Pope Benedict from Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John Cavadini presents Pope Benedict XVI with a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame John Cavadini presents Pope Benedict XVI with a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame.

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him Friday (Dec. 7) in Rome.

The festschrift, “Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI,” edited by Cavadini and forthcoming next month from the University of Notre Dame Press, grew from a conference sponsored by ICL in March to mark Pope Benedict’s 85th birthday.

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Thomas Beeby named 2013 Driehaus Prize laureate

Author: Kara Kelly

Thomas H. Beeby Thomas H. Beeby

Thomas H. Beeby, an innovative architect celebrated for an array of cultural, academic, religious, residential and commercial buildings, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Beeby, the 11th Driehaus Prize laureate, will receive $200,000 and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a March 23 ceremony in Chicago.

As one of the “Chicago Seven” architects who rejected modernist influences in the 1970s and 1980s, Beeby helped bring traditional architecture and urban design back into the public consciousness. Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, reflecting on the group’s influence in 2005, commended the “critical spirit that helped the Chicago Seven alter the course of the city’s architecture.”

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In Memoriam: Rev. Matthew Miceli, C.S.C., ND theologian and rector

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Matthew Mitchell Miceli, C.S.C. Rev. Matthew Mitchell Miceli, C.S.C.

Rev. Matthew Mitchell Miceli, C.S.C., associate professor emeritus of theology, died Dec. 9 (Sunday) at Holy Cross House. He was 89.

Father Miceli studied theology at Holy Cross College in Washington for two years before returning to Notre Dame for eight years to teach theology and serve as rector of Stanford Hall. During the 1962 academic year, he taught theology at the University of Portland, and then returned to Notre Dame, where he taught until 1993. He served as rector of Cavanaugh Hall from 1963 to 1990, and holds the University’s record as longest-serving rector of one residence hall. A Cavanaugh Hall alumnus set up a Rev. Matthew Miceli, C.S.C., Scholarship in his honor, and 17 children of Cavanaugh alumni have been named after him (16 Matthews and one Matthea).

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Psychology professor seeks clues to psychiatric disorders in DNA

Author: Aaron Smith

Gitta Lubke Gitta Lubke

Gitta Lubke, associate professor of psychology, is at the forefront of developing new statistical methods to help find DNA markers that are related to psychiatric disorders — and spur further research regarding individual patients’ conditions.

“Understanding the biological causes of psychiatric disorders and their interplay with environmental risk factors is a prerequisite of a successful, personalized approach to treatment,” Lubke says.

The DNA data that Lubke and her colleagues use consist of very large numbers of genetic markers — the spots in DNA where base pairs can differ between people.

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Notre Dame research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Author: William G. Gilroy

Anthony S. Serianni Anthony S. Serianni

Research by University of Notre Dame biochemist Anthony S. Serianni is providing new insights that could have important implications for understanding and treating diabetes.

Serianni points out that biological compounds known as dicarbonyl sugars are produced inside the human body from the natural breakdown of the simple sugar glucose. The formation of these sugars is enhanced in diabetic patients because glucose concentrations in the blood and plasma of diabetics are significantly elevated.

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Political science course draws on real-time research

Author: Chris Milazzo

Debra Javeline Debra Javeline

Bringing her latest research into the classroom, Debra Javeline, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, is helping undergraduate students make a connection between politics and biology.

Javeline’s new course, “The Politics of Adapting to Climate Change,” was born of the work she is doing with Notre Dame biologists Jessica Hellmann and Jason McLachlan to measure the scientific community’s opinions about managed relocation, a developing mode of wildlife conservation that involves moving threatened species from their natural but changing habitats to new, more climatically suitable ones.

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Renowned Shakespeare scholar Peter Holland receives 2012 Sheedy Award

Author: Chris Milazzo

Peter Holland Peter Holland

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Peter Holland, associate dean for the arts in the College of Arts and Letters and McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the College’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, has been selected to receive the 2012 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award.

The highest teaching honor in the College, the Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College of Arts and Letters from 1951-69.

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Notre Dame hosts conference to launch international study consortium

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Lance Askildson Lance Askildson

Notre Dame International hosted the inaugural meeting of a new consortium of private research universities Oct. 24 and 25 to explore ways to strengthen the academic quality of study abroad programs and to develop standards by which to measure their effectiveness.

The 2012 Symposium on Study Abroad Assessment brought together scholars and administrators of study abroad programs from Princeton, Georgetown, Yale, Duke, Rice and Columbia universities, the University of Tulsa and Boston College. Also participating were more than 60 faculty members and administrators from academic departments at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame concludes comprehensive review of GLBTQ student services and support

Author: Dennis Brown


After a five-month review process, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has accepted recommendations from the Office of Student Affairs to expand and enhance the support of and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ), including the creation of a University recognized student organization.

The recommendations are part of a comprehensive pastoral plan that includes an array of initiatives grounded in the Catholic mission of the University.

“I appreciate the careful and thoughtful work of this review that considered both the needs of our students and the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Father Jenkins said. “As articulated in the University’s ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ statement, Notre Dame’s goal remains to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, and I am confident that this multi-faceted, pastoral approach represents the next step in advancing our efforts toward this aspiration for our GLBTQ students.”

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Cargill expands support of Notre Dame Haiti Program

Author: William G. Gilroy


The Notre Dame Haiti Program and Cargill have renewed their partnership to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Haiti.

After donating salt to the program two years ago, Cargill is now offering its technical and operations expertise in salt production. Cargill has committed $150,000 over the next three years to the Notre Dame Haiti Program to help establish a sustainable salt-fortification venture in Haiti. The salt is fortified with potassium iodate and diethylcarbamazine citrate and is designed to stop LF, while also preventing iodine deficiency disorder.

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Research reveals migrating Great Lakes salmon carry contaminants upstream

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Gary Lamberti Gary Lamberti

Research by Gary Lamberti, professor and chair of biology, and his laboratory has revealed that salmon, as they travel upstream to spawn and die, carry industrial pollutants into Great Lakes streams and tributaries. The research was recently published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

It’s a problem inadvertently created by people with good intentions, he notes.

“Most people don’t realize that salmon are a non-native species in the Great Lakes,” he says. “They were introduced to control alewives — another non-native fish species.”

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Two Muslim scholars to lecture at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Two prominent Muslim intellectual women will give lectures this week as participants in the University of Notre Dame’s Quran Seminar, a yearlong project gathering scholars from around the world at Notre Dame to study the Quran.

Nayla Tabbara, director of cross-cultural studies for the Adyan Foundation, will speak on “The Quran and Muslim-Christian Relations” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Maryam Musharraf, associate professor of Persian language and literature at Shahid Beheshti University in Iran, will speak on “The Quran and Islamic Mysticism” at 5 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) in Room 100-104 of McKenna Hall.

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