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Hilary Flanagan appointed director of the Career Center

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Hilary Flanagan Hilary Flanagan

Hilary Flanagan, formerly director of career services at John Carroll University, has been appointed director of career services at the University of Notre Dame, according to Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs.

Flanagan, whose appointment became effective Jan. 15, replaces Lee Svete, who left the post to become Notre Dame’s associate vice president of career and professional development last July.

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New research: Mali villagers say basic humanitarian relief most important


Mali villagers

As French forces continue battling Islamist militants in Mali and the international policy community debates additional foreign intervention, the voices of those most affected by this political instability are rarely heard — until now.

University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Jaimie Bleck, who specializes in Malian politics, has completed extensive research in Mali where she interviewed some 600 Malian villagers living on the border of rebel-claimed territory.

“While the international media fixates on political crisis, the respondents actually care much more about a different sort of crisis: daily survival in the context of increasing desertification and unprecedented drought,” Bleck says.

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Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents SonnetFest 2013

Author: Chuck Gessert

SonnetFest 2013

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate Valentine’s Day with the fourth annual SonnetFest — a communitywide public reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets as interpreted by members of the Notre Dame and Michiana communities. The event will be streamed live online for the first time this year at

“Over the past three years the event has proven to be so popular that we are continuing our annual tradition where faculty, staff, students and members of our community can gather together and bring Shakespeare’s beautiful ruminations on love to life,” according to Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare of Notre Dame.

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Student conference to explore collaboration in international human development

Author: Anna Kottkamp and Margot Morris

Human Development Conference 2013

The fifth annual Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame will bring together hundreds of students and guests from Notre Dame and universities as far away as Uganda to share their research experiences in the developing world and discuss the meaning of authentic human development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

This year’s theme, “In the Field: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation,” seeks to explore the multifaceted nature of conducting research in international development, in which people from all academic disciplines must work with each other and with local communities in order to promote change.

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ND Expert: New federal rules are good news for all students

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Clark PowerClark Power

A new federal directive from the U.S. Department of Education that requires schools to include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options is good news, according to Clark Power, professor of education in the University of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies.

“Those of us who are committed to uphold the right of all children to play sports in school welcome this directive from the Department of Education with enthusiasm,” Power said of the new federal guidelines, which have reminded many commentators of the 1972 Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women.

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ScreenPeace Film Festival begins Jan. 31

Author: Joan Fallon

Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei

The 2013 ScreenPeace Film Festival, which takes place Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 (Thursday through Saturday), showcases the real lives of courageous people — a Palestinian farmer, a Chinese artist, a scholar of revolution, an interracial couple, a young Algerian filmmaker — who use nonviolent means to confront injustice and oppression.

The festival is a partnership between the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Faculty experts introduce each film and lead post-screening discussions. All films are free but ticketed.

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Young photographers to exhibit chronicle of South Bend’s Northeast Neighborhood

Author: Megan Zagger

Robinson Community Learning Center

The works of the Robinson Photoformers, a student club based at the Robinson Community Learning Center, (RCLC) will be on display from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 25) at the center, located at 921 N. Eddy St., South Bend. The exhibit, titled “This Little Light of Mine,” is based on a collection of photos and stories about residents from South Bend’s Northeast Neighborhood created 10 years ago by local artist Jacquee Dickey. Images are currently on display in the hallway of the Robinson Center.

The after-school photography club consists of 12 children from ages 8 to 16, instructed by Dickey and assisted by RCLC AmeriCorps member Lu Ella Webster. During the past year, ten years after the original project, participants spent time documenting community history by photographing and interviewing residents of the Northeast Neighborhood in order to create a new exhibit of local residents.

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Alliance for Catholic Education to celebrate 20th year with campaign, bus tour

Author: William Schmitt

Alliance for Catholic Education 20-year anniversary

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) is planning a cross-country celebration of Catholic schools that will mark ACE’s 20 years of service to underserved children and to the Church’s mission of educating hearts and minds.

“Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Schools” is the message that will literally roll out from the Notre Dame campus this fall, when ACE leaders, faculty and staff will travel by bus to events in nearly 50 cities, advancing their mission to sustain, strengthen and transform Catholic schools.

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'Dante Now!' brings 'Divine Comedy' to life

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Dante Now!

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Some may look at Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and see just a dusty trilogy of poetry written by a long-gone Florentine. But for others, Dante and his opus are immortal. For them, Dante is now.

In that spirit, Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies in the College of Arts and Letters hosted “Dante Now!”—a series of public readings from “The Divine Comedy” with readings that occured simultaneously at various locations around campus during the fall semester.

Organizers said the event was meant to bring the “vibrant immediacy” of “The Divine Comedy” to life for a modern audience. “Students of Dante will know that reading his works alone and silently can be a life-changing experience, the fruits of which will endure and ripen,” said Anne Leone, postdoctoral research fellow in Italian studies. “But reading his works aloud—and together—promises to be another experience entirely.”

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame receives $1.9 million Lilly Endowment grant

Author: Notre Dame News

Margot Fassler Margot Fassler

With the support of a Lilly Endowment grant of $1.9 million, Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) is poised to help congregations across the region renew worship practices and enliven musical expression to engage people more deeply, across the generations.

The grant will enable SMND to begin building creative partnerships between academia and communities of worship and to sponsor activities designed to teach sacred music to young people. A central project will be sending graduate students from Notre Dame’s newly founded Doctor of Musical Arts and its successful Master of Sacred Music programs into local churches to strengthen existing children’s choirs or establish new ones. Applications will be available by March 15 for churches interested in hosting an organist or choral conductor from Notre Dame for a period of two or three years.

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Mary Hesburgh Flaherty to speak at breast cancer fundraiser

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Mary Hesburgh Flaherty Mary Hesburgh Flaherty

University of Notre Dame alumna Mary Hesburgh Flaherty, a breast cancer survivor and longtime supporter of the University, will be the featured speaker at the Pink Zone luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 (Saturday) at the Purcell Pavilion at Notre Dame. The luncheon will precede the annual Notre Dame women’s basketball Pink Zone game at 2 p.m. and is organized by the College of Science to recognize researchers and physicians in the fight against cancer.

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Gun control: Focus on manufacturers, not just buyers, study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla


As the gun control debate continues, Kevin D. Bradford, an associate professional specialist in marketing at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, says the focus should be on those who distribute guns, not solely on those who buy them.

Bradford and a team of researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind study on the ways guns move from legal channels into the hands of criminals. In “Counter-marketing in the Courts: The Case of Marketing Channels and Firearms Diversion," published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, they examined 28,000 pages of court documents, looking at what kinds of guns were used in violent crimes and what kinds of safeguards specific gun manufacturers had in place for distribution.

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New ND report finds Catholics less generous than other Christians

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"Unleashing Catholic Generosity: Explaining the Catholic Giving Gap in the United States"

Catholics are less generous than other American Christians, according to a study recently published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI).

Unleashing Catholic Generosity: Explaining the Catholic Giving Gap in the United States,” by Brian Starks, director of CSPRI, and Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, compares the religious giving of Catholics with that of other religious communities in America and concludes that Catholics, on average, give less than other Christians.

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Department of Film, Television and Theatre presents 24th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Author: Notre Dame News

24th annual University of Notre Dame Student Film Festival

The 24th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, presented by the University’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, will take place Jan. 24 to 26 (Thursday to Saturday) in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

This year’s festival will feature the Audience Choice Award, a new honor in which audience members vote for their favorite film via text message during the first five screenings. The award will be presented to the student director(s) of the winning film before the final screening.

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ND Expert: U.S. right to 'indirectly support' Mali government


Michael Desch

The French military intervention in Mali has received support from both Malians and the international community — including the U.S. — as French troops battle Islamist militants both on the ground and in the air. The French recently increased their troop strength to 1,400 soldiers.

But what role, if any, should the U.S. play in this conflict?

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New dual degree prepares physicians for global health careers

Author: Sarah Craig

Eck Institute for Global Health

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) have announced a new opportunity for IUSM medical students to receive global health training through a joint Medical Doctor/Master of Science in Global Health (M.D./M.S.) integrated dual degree program that will begin in August.

“We are excited about this joint effort that will prepare students to make a big impact on the health of some of the world’s most underserved populations,” says Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame to be part of $194-million university research center network focused on next-generation microelectronics

Author: William G. Gilroy

Clean room in Stinson-Remick Hall Engineering professor Greg Snider, left, with graduate students in the Clean Room in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to lead one of six new university microelectronics research centers that will share $194 million in funding from the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Notre Dame’s center is titled the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST).

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Kathleen McChesney to speak on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Kathleen McChesney Kathleen McChesney

Kathleen L. McChesney, former executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of Child Protection, will give a lecture, “Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Where Are We Now?” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 (Monday) in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.

McChesney also will deliver a Notre Dame Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture, “The Privilege to Serve: Leadership the FBI Way” at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 (Tuesday) in the McCartan Courtroom of the Eck Hall of Law.

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Notre Dame students to lead 2013 national March for Life

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Right to Life Club

The University of Notre Dame’s Right to Life Club will lead the 2013 March for Life on Jan. 25 (Friday) in Washington, D.C., which this year observes the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

A group of 50-70 Notre Dame students will carry the large, white “March for Life” banner at the head of the march, which annually draws hundreds of thousands of participants to the nation’s capital. This year Notre Dame’s will be among the march’s largest contingents, with more than 600 students, faculty and staff registered to attend.

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Venezuelan maestro to receive Notre Dame Prize for public service


José Antonio Abreu, center, with children from El Sistema José Antonio Abreu, center, with children from El Sistema

Visionary music educator José Antonio Abreu will be awarded the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, later this year.

The award ceremony will be held in conjunction with a concert by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, commonly known as “El Sistema,” in the Center for Social Action Through Music.

Administered by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Notre Dame Prize is the only award of its kind that recognizes leaders who enhance their region’s welfare. The award celebrates the significant role public figures play in improving the well-being of Latin American citizens.

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In memoriam: Sister Marie Louise (ML) Gude, C.S.C., former ND assistant vice president for student affairs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Sister Mary Louise Gude, C.S.C.

Sister Mary Louise Gude, C.S.C., former assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (Jan. 9) in Saint Mary’s Convent after a long struggle with ALS. She was 73 years old.

Sister Gude, who was addressed and referred to by all who knew her simply as “ML,” shared a multifaceted career as a teacher, scholar, administrator, pastoral minister and companion with both the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.

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Astronomers find massive supply of fresh gas around modern galaxies

Author: Marissa Gebhard

circumgalactic gas

Galaxies have a voracious appetite for fuel — in this case, fresh gas — but astronomers have had difficulty finding the pristine gas that should be falling onto galaxies. Now, scientists have provided direct empirical evidence for these gas flows using new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. The team led by Nicolas Lehner, research associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, is presenting its work today at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, Calif.

“One of the big questions remaining from our study is what types of galaxies are associated with these gas clouds,” remarks Lehner. The luminous components of most of the galaxies in the current study have not yet been identified. This team will use the Large Binocular Telescope, Keck and other ground-based telescopes to reveal the nature of the galaxies.

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Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, former superior of the Dominicans, to speak at ND

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Timothy Radcliffe Timothy Radcliffe

Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., former master of the Order of Preachers, will give a lecture, “Can Christianity Touch the Imagination of Our Contemporaries?” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 (Thursday) in the Andrews Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Geddes Hall.

Father Radcliffe led the Order of Preachers, the 800-year-old Catholic religious order commonly known as Dominicans, from 1992 to 2001. During those years he drew international attention for his writings and preaching on contemporary society, Christian life, religious life and the plight of the Catholic Church. In addition to his administration of the Dominican order, he has been active in the peace movement, ministry to people with AIDS and advocacy for human rights.

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Rev. William Lies, C.S.C., to receive Keep the Dream Alive Award

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C. Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C.

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and church affairs at the University of Notre Dame, will receive a Keep the Dream Alive Award from Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) on Saturday (Jan. 12) at a Mass in Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

CCUSA’s Keep the Dream Alive Awards are given annually to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and “contemporary heroes who keep his dream alive through their work to reduce poverty in America.”

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Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business announces new master’s program for non-business undergrads

Author: Carol Elliott

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

Beginning June 2013, students earning bachelor’s degrees in science, English, philosophy and other non-business disciplines will have a new option for gaining a graduate business degree from the University of Notre Dame.

The Mendoza College of Business will launch its Master of Science in Business (MSB), an intense, yearlong program intended for individuals with little or no work experience. The aim of the program is to bridge a student’s undergraduate work with its application in a business context by providing fundamental business knowledge and skills.

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In memoriam: Rev. Thomas Tallarida, C.S.C.

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Thomas Cajetan Tallarida, C.S.C. Rev. Thomas Cajetan Tallarida, C.S.C.

Rev. Thomas Cajetan Tallarida, C.S.C., died Saturday (Jan. 5) at Holy Cross House at Notre Dame.

A congenially affectionate man, Father Tallarida exercised his pastoral, academic and administrative responsibilities with an effortless good cheer that was sometimes mistaken for nonchalance. He once said that he considered priestly celibacy not so much as a sacrifice as a gift that enabled him to be a member of any family, and the students, colleagues and parishioners he served unfailingly found in him not only a friend, but also another father or brother. At a celebration of the 60th anniversary of his ordination in 2011, he said simply, “I am grateful for all the persons who made this adventure possible, especially Jesus, who chose this unworthy servant.”

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Notre Dame in Miami: Celebrating and serving

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Mass Mass at the Intercontinental Hotel, Miami

Notre Dame off-the-field news and notes on BCS National Championship Game weekend, culminating Monday night when the Irish take on Alabama at Sun Life Stadium:

• On the Feast of the Epiphany, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., was the celebrant at a Mass on Sunday morning (Jan. 6) in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami. An overflow crowd of approximately 3,500 people attended.

In his homily, Father Jenkins alluded to his days as a professor of philosophy and teaching on “Confessions,” in which St. Augustine wrote of his life’s journey and the earthly success but spiritual emptiness he experienced prior to converting to Christianity.

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Notre Dame in Miami: Pep rally and more

Author: Dennis Brown

Fans on beach Notre Dame fans celebrate on Miami Beach

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Notre Dame off-the-field news and notes on BCS National Championship Game weekend, culminating Monday night when the Irish take on Alabama at Sun Life Stadium:

• Miami Beach officials estimated at least 20,000 fans attended the Notre Dame pep rally on South Beach on Saturday night (Jan. 5). Mike Golic, a former Irish football player and co-host of the ESPN Radio program “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” served as the emcee for the rally, and speakers include comedian Martin Short, the parent of two Notre Dame graduates and a member of the advisory council for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center; former quarterback Joe Theismann; 1988 national champions Pat Terrell and Tony Rice; and Lou Holtz, head coach of the ’88 team.

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Notre Dame in Miami: Arrival in Florida

Author: Dennis Brown

Arrival in Fort Lauderdale Notre Dame plane receives “orange carpet” welcome from members of the host Orange Bowl committee

Notre Dame off-the-field news and notes on BCS National Championship Game weekend:

• Some 300 members of the official Notre Dame traveling party to the national championship football game between the Irish and Alabama departed South Bend for South Beach a little after noon Friday (Jan. 4).

The travel party dropped off luggage between 8:30 and 10 a.m. at the Joyce Center, then gathered on the fifth floor of the Notre Dame Stadium press box before leaving in stages for the airport on seven buses.
After an uneventful flight, their Delta A330 charter flight landed at 2:40 p.m. and received an “orange carpet” welcome from members of the host Orange Bowl committee.

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Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows



Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

“Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago,” says Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame professor of psychology who specializes in moral development in children and how early life experiences can influence brain development.

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