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Alliance for Catholic Education spreads light in summer conferences

Author: Bill Schmitt

Alliance for Catholic Education

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will once again welcome hundreds of visitors to campus this summer for a unique series of conferences, all advancing ACE’s mission to sustain, strengthen and transform Catholic schools.

The conferences, some of which are currently accepting registrants, constitute a growing part of the busy summer to be enjoyed by ACE participants. More than 250 of those participants will receive skills and personal formation to earn master’s degrees as K-12 Catholic school teachers and leaders.

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ND Expert: The science behind the Transit of Venus

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Garnavich

University of Notre Dame professor of physics Peter Garnavich has research interests that cover a wide range of topics in observational astrophysics. In preparation for the Tuesday (June 5) Transit of Venus, he offers an explanation of the science behind this rare event.

“The transit of Venus across the face of the sun is one of the rarest events in the solar system. Venus has passed directly between the Earth and sun only 52 times between 2000 BC and 2000 AD; that’s 4,000 years! There have only been seven Venus transits since the invention of the telescope in the early 1600s. The transit on June 5 will be No. 8. The next chance to see a Venus transit is in 105.5 years."

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Notre Dame to celebrate Transit of Venus with series of events

Author: William G. Gilroy

Transit of Venus

On Tuesday (June 5), the Earth, Venus and the Sun will align for the last time in the lifetime of any human on the planet. This rare event called the Transit of Venus, when the planet Venus passes directly in front of the Sun, won’t be seen on Earth again until 2117.

The Transit of Venus is a rare astronomical event because Venus and Earth orbit the Sun on planes that align only twice in an eight-year period, and then the orbits do not realign for either 121.5 or 105.5 years.

When Venus transits the sun, what we see from Earth is a small black dot that passes along a path from left to right.

The University of Notre Dame is hosting a series of events to mark the Transit.

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Paolo Carozza appointed director of Kellogg Institute

Author: Notre Dame News

Paolo Carozza

Paolo Carozza, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the director of the University’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

“Professor Carozza will be a visionary leader for the Kellogg Institute,” Nick Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, said in making the announcement. "His goals for the Institute build on those of Kellogg’s distinguished current director, Professor Scott Mainwaring, who has brilliantly guided the Institute’s development for the past 13 years.”

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Notre Dame announces winners of two national literary prizes

Author: Andrew Deliyannides

Letras Latinas

Letras Latinas, the literary program of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has announced the winners of its two national literary competitions — the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, which supports the publication of a first full-length book by a Hispanic poet residing in the United States; and the new Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, which will usher into print a second or third book of poetry by a Hispanic writer.

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Discussion to focus on multidisciplinary research


Drawing of multidisciplinary research building

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of the Vice President for Research and the Multidisciplinary Research Committee are hosting a discussion, titled “Promoting Multidisciplinary Research: Creating Interactive Spaces,” from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 30 (Wednesday) in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

The event, designed to discuss the use of research buildings to promote multidisciplinary collaboration, will feature three half-hour presentations from renowned guest speakers, ending with a panel discussion.

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Three elected to Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

The Academic Seal

Scott S. Cowen, Celeste Volz Ford and Timothy F. Sutherland were elected to the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees at the Board’s spring meeting May 4.

In other board action, three Trustees were elected to emeritus status: Douglas Tong Hsu, chair and chief executive officer of the Far Eastern Group; John F. “Jack” Sandner, retired chairman of the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; and Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., provincial superior of the U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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Malpass receives NACUBO 2012 Rodney H. Adams Endowment Management Award


Scott Malpass

Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer of the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2012 Rodney H. Adams Endowment Management Award presented by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

The award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to professional development activities in the area of university endowment and investment management. The award honors the late Rodney H. Adams, former treasurer of Stanford University and past chair of the NACUBO investment committee.

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Graduating seniors honored for commitment to postgraduate service

Author: Mike Hebbeler

2010 Senior Service Send-Off

One hundred fifty-nine University of Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad were honored during the University’s annual Senior Service Send-Off ceremony May 19 (Saturday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president, commended the seniors for their commitment to service whether mentoring AIDS orphans in South Africa, helping protect and preserve our environment, serving the economically poor or marginalized, fostering spiritual formation in the nation’s parishes, or providing a host of other services that match the mission of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame ties for 5th in degrees earned by Fortune 500 CEOs

Author: Brittany Collins

U.S. News & World Report

The University of Notre Dame tied for fifth place in a U.S. News & World Report study that analyzed Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of American corporations based on revenue and focused on which CEOs held degrees and where those degrees were earned. With a total of 14 total degrees awarded, Notre Dame shares the ranking with the Universities of Michigan and Virginia.

Of the 14 Notre Dame degrees earned by CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, 10 are undergraduate degrees and four are graduate degrees — only one of which is an M.B.A., according to the survey.

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Grant Mudge named new artistic director of Shakespeare Festival

Author: Chuck Gessert

Grant Mudge

Grant Mudge, formerly artistic director for Richmond Shakespeare, has been named the Ryan Producing Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF), according to Peter Holland, associate dean for the arts in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame.

“We chose Grant after an extensive national search,” Holland said. “His success in building the Richmond Shakespeare Festival shows that he has the track record and the talent to help us take the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival forward to an ever more exciting future.”

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Holy Cross designates Day of Prayer for donors

Author: Stephanie Sibal

Congregation of Holy Cross

The Congregation of Holy Cross, the international Catholic religious order whose members founded the University of Notre Dame, is remembering more than 700 friends of the Province in daily prayers and Masses today (May 22) on a special Day of Prayer to thank its benefactors.

Priests and brothers in all U.S. Province Communities, in seven countries on three continents, will thank all those who have offered financial and prayerful support over the past three years through the event, which is the culmination of Phase I of the “Following in the Footsteps of a Great Band of Men” Campaign.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present 'Hamlet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Author: Chuck Gessert

2012 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

The 2012 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will run July 14 through Aug. 26, highlighted by the Professional Company’s production of “Hamlet,” directed by David H. Bell.

Other performances include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented by the Young Company at outdoor spaces throughout the Michiana region; Beyond the Stage, a performance-based lecture series, which will be presented at select venues in July and August; and ShakeScenes, which will open the festival with performances at historic Washington Hall on July 14 and 15 (Saturday and Sunday).

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Voters’ views of Mormonism still stumbling block for Romney, new study shows


David Campbell

Though the social barriers of race and gender were largely overcome during the last U.S. presidential campaign, religious affiliation (in this case, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormonism) is still a significant hurdle, according to a new study by University of Notre Dame Political Science Professor David Campbell and colleagues from Brigham Young University and the University of Akron.

A “stained glass ceiling” — one that John F. Kennedy famously shattered in 1960 — may still be an obstacle to Mitt Romney’s 2012 bid for the White House, just as it was for his 2008 presidential aspirations, according to the study, published today in the journal “Political Behavior.”

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ND Expert: Religious liberty lawsuit to 'vindicate constitutional commitments'

Author: Shannon Chapla


Today, the University of Notre Dame, along with a diverse group of universities and schools, health care providers and social welfare agencies, filed federal lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s rule that requires many religious employers to provide coverage to their employees for sterilization, contraception and some abortion-causing drugs.

The lawsuits are efforts to “vindicate the country’s constitutional and traditional commitments to religious freedom and pluralism,” according to University of Notre Dame Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, whose teaching and scholarly research focus on constitutional law and religious freedom matters.

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What baboons can teach us about social status

Author: William G. Gilroy

Wounded baboon

Turns out it’s not bad being top dog, or in this case, top baboon.

A new study by University of Notre Dame biologist Beth Archie and colleagues from Princeton and Duke Universities finds that high-ranking male baboons recover more quickly from injuries and are less likely to become ill than other males.

Archie, Jeanne Altmann of Princeton and Susan Alberts of Duke examined health records from the Amboseli Baboon Research Project in Kenya. They found that high rank is associated with faster wound healing. The finding is somewhat surprising, given that top-ranked males also experience high stress, which should suppress immune responses. They also found that social status is a better predictor of wound healing than age.

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Notre Dame files religious liberty lawsuit related to HHS mandate

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

The University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation that requires religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for services that violate the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the lawsuit names as defendants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and their respective departments.

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Exploring learning in and out of school

Author: Aaron Smith

Susan Blum's "Anthropology of Childhood and Education" class

A two-day working conference titled “Learning In and Out of School: Education Across the Globe” will bring a dozen researchers to the University of Notre Dame campus May 22 and 23 (Tuesday and Wednesday) to share and discuss a broad range of perspectives on the nature of learning.

“We’re taking a critical look at conventional schooling and bringing insights from other domains to understand human learning and to improve schooling — which is one of my goals as a teacher and researcher,” says organizer Susan Blum, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology.

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Contrary to popular belief, investment banks do add value to M&As, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Matthew Cain

Investment bankers often are stereotyped as greedy, overpaid leeches who will say or do anything for a quick buck.

However, despite certain biases, investment banks do add value to mergers and acquisitions and, in fact, produce important information for the M&A advisory process, according to new research by Matthew Cain, assistant professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

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ND Expert: The legacy and challenge of a landmark decision

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John Schoenig

Reflecting on the recent anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, John Schoenig, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program for K-12 educational access, insisted that serious challenges to the equality of educational opportunity remain.

“On May 17, we commemorated the 58th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, arguably the most important civil rights decision in Supreme Court history,” Schoenig said.

“It was through Brown that the deplorable legacy of ‘separate but equal’ that had been enshrined in Plessy v. Ferguson was formally prohibited in America’s public schools. This year’s anniversary is a particularly special one, insofar as Brown is now as old as Plessy was when Brown was decided.”

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Notre Dame and Cleveland Clinic form health care innovation alliance

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Notre Dame and Cleveland Clinic

The University of Notre Dame has entered into a collaborative relationship with the Cleveland Clinic for joint development and commercialization of medical innovations.

Notre Dame will be the first university within the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovation Alliance network, which includes the largest nonprofit health care system in the mid-Atlantic, MedStar Health and its MedStar Institute for Innovation; and the nation’s second-largest nonprofit, secular health care system, North Shore Long Island Jewish and its Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

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Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute, National Instruments join forces to help develop next generation of wireless

Author: William G. Gilroy

cell phone

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute and at National Instruments (NI) have entered into a research partnership that will accelerate innovations in future generations of wireless technology.

The researchers will join National Instrument’s RF/Communications Lead User program to support their development of fourth-generation (4G) and beyond 4G technologies, initially focusing on relaying techniques in the context of the Long Term Evolution (LTE)-Advanced standard.

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Notre Dame students travel to Northern Ireland for inaugural CSC seminar

Author: Kathleen Toohill

Notre Dame, Lismore and Lurgan students

Seven University of Notre Dame students and two faculty members traveled to Northern Ireland this spring for a new Center for Social Concerns (CSC) seminar to explore the role of digital technology in peace building.

The Notre Dame team worked with eight students from Lismore Comprehensive School, a Catholic school in Portadown, and four students from Lurgan Junior High School to help create a website. Lurgan Junior High is a Protestant school about 20 minutes from Portadown. The four students from Lurgan traveled to Lismore each day during the week of March 12-16.

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Play Like a Champion Today, Athletics to travel to Uganda to promote youth sports

Author: Damian Kearney and Jane Ralser

Play Like a Champion Today

As most college students are packing to return home for summer vacation, 12 University of Notre Dame students will be leaving to share the experience of sports with the children of Uganda. This trip, sponsored by Play Like a Champion Today (PLACT) as part of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and by the Department of Athletics will focus on promoting youth sports as well as educational research.

Heading this international effort are Kevin Dugan, manager of youth and community programs for the athletics department, and Clark Power, professor of education and psychology and founder of PLACT, a program developed to champion character development through youth sports. “The purpose of the whole effort is to work with the Catholic Church and the (Ugandan) Ministry of Education and Sports to share ideas on how sports can be used as a platform for positive social development,” Dugan said.

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More than 2,900 students to receive degrees May 19-20



More than 2,900 students will receive degrees at Notre Dame’s 167th University Commencement Ceremonies, which will be held on campus May 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday).

Degrees will be conferred on 1,973 undergraduates at the Sunday ceremony. Alumna Haley Scott DeMaria, who made an inspiring recovery from critical injuries suffered in a tragic 1992 bus accident involving the Fighting Irish swimming team, will be the principal speaker and will receive an honorary degree. Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services, will receive the 2012 Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and the most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

Michael J. O’Brien, a political science major from St. Charles, Ill., will deliver the valedictory address.

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Science dean biking 3,250 miles to bring attention to rare disease research

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Road to Discovery

Greg Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, will be cycling 3,250 miles from Boston to Pebble Beach, Calif., to raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. His third cross-country ride will start May 21 (Monday) and conclude June 22 (Friday), in time for the Parseghian Classic, a golf fundraiser at Pebble Beach Resorts.

The “Road to Discovery” bicycle ride demonstrates Notre Dame’s commitment to research to find a cure or treatments for the devastating disease that took the lives of three grandchildren of former Notre Dame head football coach Ara Parseghian.

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Microfinance programs: Benefits not clear-cut, study shows


Joseph Kaboski

Large-scale microfinance programs are widely used as a tool to fight poverty in developing countries, but a recent study by University of Notre Dame Economics Professor Joseph Kaboski and MIT colleague Robert Townsend suggests that microfinancing can have varying results for participants and may not be the most cost-effective use of funds for many situations. The study was published in a recent issue of Econometrica.

Kaboski and Townsend used the Thai Million Baht Village Fund, one of the largest government microfinance initiatives of its kind, to evaluate and understand the benefits and disadvantages of microfinance interventions. Beginning in 2001, Thailand transferred one million Thai baht (Thai currency), or about $24,000, in government funds to create almost 80,000 village banks throughout the country. Its goal was to increase credit and stimulate the economy, but results varied significantly among and within these villages.

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Father Jenkins urges graduates to express beliefs respectfully

Author: Dennis Brown

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

In a commencement address Monday (May 7) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, urged graduates to hold fast to their convictions but express them in “more skillful, more respectful ways.”

Father Jenkins spoke to Wesley’s 130th graduating class in a ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral.

“We in this country are in the midst of a social crisis, a harsh and deepening split between groups that are all too ready to see evil in each other,” Father Jenkins said. “Each side has never been more eager yet more unable to dominate the other. Both sides call for change, but each believes it’s the other side that must change.”

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