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Notre Dame nuclear physicists receive $1.6M NSF award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The figure shows an artist conception of the facility as presently planned, consisting of two high-intensity, low-energy accelerators The figure shows an artist conception of the facility as presently planned, consisting of two high-intensity, low-energy accelerators.

Nuclear physicists at the University of Notre Dame have received a one-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for continuing research and development of the first U.S.-based underground accelerator laboratory, the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics (DIANA). The purpose of the facility is to directly study nuclear reactions that drive the burning of stars in the laboratory and will complement the experimental program at the newly installed heavy ion machine at the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory.

The grant will allow the group to finalize the design and provide a budget baseline for the final NSF decision on funding and construction of the facility. DIANA will be located at a deep underground site, deep enough to shield the facility against cosmic ray-induced background radiation that would conceal the signals obtained from the reaction measurements. Several options are presently being discussed and the final site decision will be made within this year.

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(Real) Irish students flourish in ESTEEM program


Naughton Fellows Shane McCarthy, Tomas Collins, Shane McQuillan and Conor O'Donoghue stand in their work area at Innovation Park Naughton Fellows Shane McCarthy, Tomas Collins, Shane McQuillan and Conor O’Donoghue in their work area at Innovation Park.

Adjusting to an unfamiliar program at a university in a foreign country can be stressful for even the most adventurous spirit. But for four Irish exchange students pursuing master’s degrees in engineering, the adjustment to Notre Dame has been seamless.

“If there’s anywhere in America where you can feel at home as an Irishman, it’s Notre Dame,” says Shane McCarthy, a native of The Old Head in County Cork, and recent graduate of the University College Cork (UCC).

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New book celebrates Notre Dame’s campus chapels

Author: Michael O. Garvey

A stained-glass window in Pangborn Chapel A stained-glass window in Pangborn Chapel.

The Chapels of Notre Dame, by Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, and Matt Cashore, senior university photographer at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by University of Notre Dame Press.

The book features a collection of some 200 full-color photographs taken by Cashore interspersed with Cunningham’s commentary on the theological, artistic, architectural and historic dimensions of the 57 chapels embedded throughout Notre Dame’s campus. Ranging in focus from the storied Log Chapel on the south bank of St. Mary’s Lake, where Mass has been celebrated since 1831, to the sparsely adorned Flanner Hall chapel on that building’s second floor, where students and staff members often spend a few moments in quiet prayer, it provides a unique and intimate glimpse of faith as it is lived at Notre Dame.

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ICeNSA network opens flow of ideas, collaboration

Author: Gene Stowe

3-D visualization Graduate students Anthony Strathman and Ryan Lichtenwalter work with a 3-D visualization of cell phone networks.

The University of Notre Dame’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), a network of researchers studying networks in the real world, is a connector and a hub whose interdisciplinary work and faculty affiliates span computing, science, engineering, mathematics, social science and humanities. Nitesh Chawla of computer science and engineering is director of the center, with co-directors Michael Ferdig of biological sciences, David Hachen of sociology and Zoltán Toroczkai of physics.

The multidisciplinary approach, reaching into education and service as well as research and science, puts iCeNSA on the leading edge of an accelerating trend in universities and other enterprises.

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Irish pianist and scholar to lecture and perform at Browning Cinema

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

The pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, one of Ireland’s foremost composers and music scholars, will give a combined recital and lecture on the first published collection of Irish music Sept. 7 (Friday) at 3:30 p.m. in the Browning Cinema of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

“The Most Celebrated Irish Tunes: A Recital-Lecture on the First Published Collection of Irish Music,” will include piano performances by Ó Súilleabháin drawn from a collection compiled by John and William Neal, two 18th century Dublin musical instrument craftsmen.

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Financial experts no better than Average Joe investors, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Andriy Bodnaruk

Do professional mutual fund managers make good investors?

One would think so, but not according to a new study co-authored by Andriy Bodnaruk, assistant professor of finance in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

In his study, “Do Financial Experts Make Better Investment Decisions?” Bodnaruk, who teaches behavioral finance, analyzes the personal portfolios of 84 mutual fund managers from Sweden and finds no evidence that financial experts do any better than non-experts with similar socio-demographic characteristics.

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Paper-based counterfeit drug testing gains attention

Author: Marissa Gebhard and Gene Stowe

A Kenyan pharmacist uses a paper analytical device to test for counterfeit drugs A Kenyan pharmacist uses a paper analytical device to test for counterfeit drugs.

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has collaborated with faculty and students to demonstrate advances in paper analytical devices (PADs) to test for counterfeit drugs. The promising low-tech solution has received broad attention in the scientific community. Lieberman’s work was featured in Chemical and Engineering News and presented recently at the American Chemical Society’s 244th National Meeting in Philadelphia.

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Notre Dame Forum events to explore future of American democracy


A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy, The Notre Dame Forum

The 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” will present a series of events throughout the academic year that will explore profound questions about the state of the U.S. political system and its capacity to deal with the rapidly changing domestic and international challenges it faces.

“In this election year, issues such as the economy, foreign policy, education and health care are key to the choices American voters will make,” said University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We do not aim to sponsor another presidential debate with its political give and take, but strive to offer a constructive perspective on our political decisions.”

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New book proposes reconciliation as path to lasting peace

Author: Renée LaReau

Daniel Philpott

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A new book by University of Notre Dame peace studies scholar and political scientist Daniel Philpott makes the case for forgiveness and reconciliation as a way to achieve justice and lasting peace after violent conflict. “Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation,” recently released by Oxford University Press, explores the concept of reconciliation, which is deeply rooted in Christianity, Judaism and Islam as well as in the secular restorative justice movement.

“Many societies across the globe are dealing with wounds left by war, genocide, dictatorship — or other wounds,” says Philpott, associate professor at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “By promoting a process of dialogue among victims and offenders, political reconciliation brings a community that was once at war to a place where people respect one another as citizens and commit themselves to civility.”

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New faculty propel Economics Department’s rise

Author: Aaron Smith

The Dome of the Main Building

Timothy Fuerst, one of the most-cited economists in the world, is joining the University of Notre Dame this fall as William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Economics.

Fuerst’s appointment is the “crown jewel” in a series of recent hires that will bring even greater depth and diversity to the rapidly growing Department of Economics, says Chair Richard Jensen, the Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics.

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Mendoza College of Business partners with Chinese university to offer graduate program

Author: Carol Elliott

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

The University of Notre Dame is partnering with one of China’s most prestigious universities to offer a graduate business program designed for Chinese students planning careers in nonprofit organization.

The Notre Dame-Renmin Master of Nonprofit Administration will begin in May 2013. The program, a collaboration between Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) and Renmin University of China in Beijing, is the first such international degree program for the Mendoza College of Business.

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Notre Dame co-hosts Charity Classic golf tournament

Author: Marissa Gebhard

A golf ball sitting on a tee on a green

The University of Notre Dame College of Science and women’s basketball team are teaming with Knollwood Country Club to offer the 2012 Charity Classic at Knollwood Country Club on Aug. 24 (Friday). The Charity Classic golf tournament will support Notre Dame’s Pink Zone initiative, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

The golf tournament, which includes lunch, dinner and 18 holes of golf for $125 per person or $450 per foursome, is one of several events that support Notre Dame’s Pink Zone initiative, which raised more than $200,000 this past year, four times the amount raised when it started four years ago.

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Notre Dame to celebrate academics, faith and tradition during Dublin game

Author: Julie Hail Flory


When the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame meet the Midshipmen of Navy on Sept. 1 (Saturday) at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, it will be the latest installment in a long American football tradition for the two institutions.

The visit also will celebrate Notre Dame’s enduring Irish heritage and its modern-day engagement in Ireland, highlighted by an array of events that will bring a taste of the University’s educational, intellectual, faith and cultural mission to its host country, and offer thousands of visiting fans opportunities to learn about, explore and enjoy Ireland.

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Mosquitoes — how we smell is why they bite, research shows

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Now that the summer season is in full swing, many of us will be hosting picnics and barbecues and socializing outside. Chances are, we’ll also have some unwanted guests in the form of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes seem to have an uncanny ability to locate us, and Zainulabeuddin Syed, a mosquito biologist with the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, has gone a long way toward to determining how they do it.

In short, it’s because of the way we smell.

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Professor to teach business ethics in South Korea as an ‘International Scholar’

Author: Carol Elliott

The Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., a noted expert in business ethics and an associate professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, will spend the 2012-13 academic year introducing South Korean students to the concepts of ethical leadership and international efforts to use commerce as an instrument of peace.

Father Williams has been designated as an International Scholar and visiting professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. He will be teaching a course for both graduates and undergraduates on business ethics, as well as on the topic of “The United Nations Global Compact: Peace Through Commerce.” Williams has taught in Seoul in 2010 and this July, and was selected as an International Scholar for the year on the basis of his teaching and research.

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New book offers insight into social media and violence prevention

Author: Sarah Craig

The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention, by Joseph Bock

Joseph G. Bock, director of global health training and teaching professor in the Eck Institute for Global Health and the University of Notre Dame’s liaison to Catholic Relief Services, recently published “The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention” (MIT Press).

Bock, formerly of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian relief and development.

“It might seem preposterous to some people that a nongovernmental organization could have a role to play in transforming conflict in a country that suffered from civil war from 1975 to 1990,” notes Bock. “But the approach being developed by the leaders of this Beirut-headquartered NGO is to try to prevent violence from breaking out at a local level, on the theory that often trivial matters spark a fire of bloodshed.”

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Notre Dame begins construction of new campus sculpture park

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Reclaiming Our Nature, Notre Dame Sculpture, Park, Opens November 2012

Construction has begun on a new sculpture park on the southern edge of the University of Notre Dame’s campus.

Situated in a wooded, 8-acre dell that lies between the Irish Green and the Compton Family Ice Arena, the new park is a project of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art and the office of the University Architect. It has been designed by the landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.

In addition to its provision of public space for the contemplation and enjoyment of nature and art, the new park will be available as a venue for occasional academic class sessions, poetry readings and musical concerts.

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Move-In Day 2012

Author: Jane Morrow

A father carries a rolled carpet across campus

Campus was a flurry of activity as the first-year class started moving in on Friday. Families moved everything from personal items to lamps, sofas and electronics. In this photo a father carries a rolled carpet across campus.

For more move-in photos, see our photo gallery.

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Revisiting America’s Revolutionary myths and realities

Author: Kevin Clarke

"America's Revolution" by Patrick Griffin

Most Americans are comfortable fixing a date (July 4) and an event (the signing of the Declaration of Independence) to a definitive moment when the United States separated itself from its colonial parent, Great Britain. But for University of Notre Dame historian Patrick Griffin, the Revolution is better understood as a process — not an event.

And it was a process, he says, that was often far removed from the somber reasonableness of venerated historical moments such as the signing of the Declaration or writing of the Constitution.

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Preeminent New Testament scholar joins Notre Dame

Author: Sara Burnett

John Fitzgerald John T. Fitzgerald

John T. Fitzgerald will join the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology this fall, according to J. Matthew Ashley, associate professor and department chair.

“John Fitzgerald is not only a preeminent scholar of the New Testament in itself but also has a broad and penetrating knowledge of the Greco-Roman context in which it was written and received,” Ashley said. “Moreover, his involvement in many prestigious scholarly journals and series, both nationally and internationally, will make him a terrific mentor for our graduate students as they seek to establish themselves in the scholarly world during their studies here and after they graduate.”

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English Professor Orlando Menes honored for poetry

Author: Mike Danahey

Orlando Menes Orlando Menes

Orlando Ricardo Menes, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, recently was named winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for his manuscript “Fetish,” which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Founded in 1927, Prairie Schooner is a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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ND Expert: GOP can’t play national security trump card


Michael Desch Michael Desch

Though none of the four men running for the two highest offices in the country is a military veteran, Democrats already are seizing on what they say is a lack of national security experience on the Republican ticket — a strategy that could puncture the GOP team, according to a University of Notre Dame political scientist.

“The national security experience issue is likely to be a wash in this election, but this situation is likely to disadvantage the GOP ticket because until recently, the Republicans could play the national security card as trump,” says Michael Desch, a Notre Dame professor of political science who specializes in foreign and national defense policies.

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In memoriam: David R. Prentkowski, director of food services at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Dave Prentkowski

The 55-year-old Prentkowski had served as director of food services at Notre Dame since 1990. A 1979 graduate of Purdue University, he majored in hotel and restaurant management while working in the cafeterias of the university’s residence halls. Following his graduation, he worked for a time as a manager in Stouffer’s Hotel in St. Louis before returning to Purdue to earn a master’s degree.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Prentkowski served as director of food services at the University of Utah and the University of Michigan. Throughout his career, he was a prominent and active member of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), serving as its president from 1996-1997. Earlier this year NACUFS named its highest achievement award in Prentkowski’s honor.

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Notre Dame Executive Education announces new director

Author: Carol Elliott

Paul Velasco

Paul C. Velasco, who has been serving as interim director of Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, will take over the position permanently, announced Mendoza College of Business Interim Dean Roger Huang on Thursday (Aug. 9).

Velasco joined the Mendoza College in August 2009 as Executive Education’s director of degree programs. He has served as interim director of Notre Dame Executive Education since October 2011.

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ND Expert: A democracy cannot exist without a post office

Author: Shannon Chapla

James O'Rourke

The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that it lost $5.2 billion in its third quarter, adding to calls for Congress to help the agency, which is vital to any democracy, according to business communications expert James S. O’Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame.

O’Rourke says the financial problems of the U.S. Postal Service began long before the Internet age and are much the same as those experienced by U.S. automakers, manufacturers and other large, complex organizations.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival presents 'Hamlet'

Author: Chuck Gessert

Shakespeare Festival 2012

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” directed by David H. Bell, will be performed Aug. 14 through 26 and features a company of professional actors including NDSF veterans Andy Truschinski in the title role, Elizabeth Ledo as Ophelia and Donald Carrier as Polonius.

“Hamlet” will be presented in the Decio Mainstage Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Tickets are on sale now for $12 to $75 with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. A special family performance is offered at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 (Saturday) with four tickets for only $32. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office at 574-631-2800 or visit the website.

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ND Expert: Standard Chartered Bank officials convicted themselves

Author: Shannon Chapla

Jimmy Gurule

New York’s financial regulator filed a report accusing Standard Chartered PLC of scheming with the Iranian government to hide more than $250 billion in illegal transactions, allowing the bank to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in fees. The New York State Department of Financial Services has threatened to revoke the license of Standard Chartered Bank, a U.S. unit of the London-based bank, to operate in the state, and at an Aug. 15 hearing, the bank will have to justify why it should be allowed to keep its New York banking license.

“Standard Chartered Bank maintains that the Iranian financial transactions were lawful. However, in the documents cited in the complaint, senior bank officials expressed concern that engaging in such transactions could subject management in the U.S. and London ‘to personal reputational damages and/or serious criminal liability.’ At the upcoming hearing, hopefully Standard Chartered Bank officials will explain why they were concerned that these ‘lawful’ transactions could subject them to serious criminal liability.”

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Notre Dame earns fourth consecutive ‘Great College to Work For’ honor

Author: Brittany Collins

2012 Great Colleges to Work For

The Chronicle of Higher Education has selected the University of Notre Dame as one of its Honor Roll schools in its 2012 Great Colleges to Work For survey. This is the fourth consecutive year that the University has received the honor.

The Chronicle identified 12 categories for recognition that each institution competes in. Notre Dame rated highly in six categories: compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; work/life balance; confidence in senior leadership; and supervisor/department chair relationship.

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