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Notre Dame research finding may help accelerate diabetic wound healing

Author: William G. Gilroy

Shahriar Mobashery lab

University of Notre Dame researchers have, for the first time, identified the enzymes that are detrimental to diabetic wound healing and those that are beneficial to repair the wound.

A team of researchers from Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, led by Mark Suckow, Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang, searched for metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the wounds of healthy and diabetic mice.

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Notre Dame publications and essays honored in 2013 'Best American Essays' collection

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Magazine Autumn 2012

Three essays published in Notre Dame Magazine last year have been honored by inclusion in the 2013 edition of “The Best American Essays.”

His Last Game,” an essay in the Autumn 2012 issue by 1978 University of Notre Dame alumnus Brian Doyle, editor of Portland Magazine, was listed among the year’s 26 best essays.

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Rev. Tim Scully, founder of Notre Dame’s ACE program, to receive Manhattan Institute’s William E. Simon Prize

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Father Tim Scully stands outside the ACE bus

Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, will be awarded the $100,000 William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship by the Manhattan Institute for founding and leading the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

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Segura Arts Studio at Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture produces first print

Author: Brittany Collins

Claudia Bernardi's print, created by the Segura Arts Studio, on top of the copper plates used to make it

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Jill Lerner and Jessica O’Hearn at the Segura Arts Studio at the University of Notre Dame have been busy working with artist Claudia Bernardi to create an intaglio print — created by marks etched into copper plates — and produce it.

Bernardi was the first artist to visit the Segura Arts Studio since the University purchased the studio and moved it from Arizona, where Joe Segura started it 30 years ago, to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture on South Bend’s West Side.

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Keoughs make $30 million gift to Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Donald Keough

Donald and Marilyn Keough have made a $30 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to underwrite the construction of a new building for its international institutes.

To be named in honor of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the structure will be conjoined to Nanovic Hall, a recently announced facility to be built on Notre Dame Avenue south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

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Notre Dame to host 'Shakespeare in Prisons' conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The complete works of William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare in Prisons Conference will be held Nov. 15-16 (Friday-Saturday) at the University of Notre Dame.

The conference, a nearly unprecedented international gathering that will include artists and educators who perform and help produce Shakespearean dramas in prisons worldwide, will explore and celebrate the existing and potential benefits of such programs on incarcerated people.

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Scholars gather at ND London Centre to share research on global migration

Author: Joan Fallon

Ruhana Ali, a researcher and consultant working in Tower Hamlets, London, at a Contending Modernities conference

The powerful force of global migration was the focus of a conference Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 14 and 15) that showcased the research of the Global Migration Working Group — one of several research teams that are part of Contending Modernities, a Notre Dame-based research initiative that involves scholars from around the world.

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Notre Dame researchers look at benefits of flu vaccines in the elderly

Author: Sarah Craig

An elderly man gets a vaccination

New research at the University of Notre Dame looks more closely at the effects of the influenza vaccine on the elderly, who are considered the highest-risk group for influenza-related mortality.

Despite the fact that the elderly are more susceptible to falling ill, very little is known about how well the influenza vaccination performs for those older than 65 years of age.

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Julia Douthwaite to receive 2013 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Julia Douthwaite

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award.

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

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Institute for Irish Studies celebrates 20th anniversary with song, lectures, conferences, a Mass and a hurling game

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Door of O'Connell House, Dublin

The University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will begin the celebration of its 20th anniversary this weekend with a campus meeting of its Ireland Council and numerous public events including a choral concert, a Mass, a lecture and an all-star exhibition hurling game.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” said institute director Christopher Fox.

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Jacqueline Novogratz to receive Notre Dame Award for pioneering work in international human development

Author: Farooq Tirmizi and Elizabeth Rankin

Jacqueline Novogratz ((c) Joyce Navid)

Social entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz will receive the 2013 Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity in recognition of her pioneering work to combine best practices from the worlds of business, aid and charity in the service of human development.

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will present the award in a campus ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 (Thursday) as part of this year’s Notre Dame Forum on women in leadership.

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ND Expert: Turn tears for Mediterranean migrants into policy

Author: Shannon Chapla

Maurizio Albahari

More than 400 people have lost their lives in the past week after two boats, each carrying hundreds of Eritrean and Syrian refugees, capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa — an increasingly tragic situation in the Mediterranean, as migrants travel from north Africa to southern Europe to escape persecution.

“Immediate action is needed,” according to Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, who says migrants trust smugglers, pay exorbitant costs and risk their lives on unseaworthy vessels to escape to better lives.

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In memoriam: Roger Schmitz, Notre Dame engineering professor and academic administrator

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Roger A. Schmitz

Roger A. Schmitz, professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died at his home in South Bend Friday (Oct. 11) after a courageous and dignified struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 78.

Schmitz joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1979 as Keating-Crawford Professor and was named chairman of the chemical engineering department the same year.

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NDIGD to partner with Millennium Challenge Corp. to provide impact evaluation

Author: Hillary Bengtsson

Gathering water in Nnindye Parish, Uganda

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) was recently awarded a blanket purchase agreement to partner with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to provide impact evaluation research for MCC projects.

MCC is a U.S. foreign aid agency created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 that is committed to providing smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership and proven results.

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Notre Dame centers team together to support Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods project

Author: Susan Miller

RCLC Photoformer Anastasia Smith-Davis photographed a scene where a homeless person had spent the night

Over the past three years, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Robinson Community Learning Center and the Neighborhood Resources Corp. have teamed together to support the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods (EYEN) project, a neighborhood development initiative whose goal is to involve kids in community change.

About three years ago, the Neighborhood Resources Corp., or NRC, board wanted to create a youth program that would give kids a voice on how to improve their neighborhoods.

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Notre Dame network physicist describes network model of brain’s connectivity

Author: Stephanie Healey

Zoltán Toroczkai

A new paper by Zoltán Toroczkai, professor of physics and concurrent professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and his collaborators provides a predictive model of cerebral cortical connectivity at the interareal level. The study was published in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Neuron.

The cerebral cortex is responsible for all the sensory, motor and cognitive functions of an individual and is arguably the most powerful known supercomputer.

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Notre Dame physicists celebrate announcement of Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Notre Dame high energy physicists (L to R) Mitch Wayne, Kevin Lannon, Colin Jessop, Randy Ruchti, Mike Hildreth and Nancy Marinelli (not pictured) worked with a number of international collaborators on the search for the Higgs boson

At 6:45 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 8), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. U.S. scientists played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson.

Colin Jessop, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, is the leader of the Notre Dame team that works on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration at CERN. The team’s experiment is one of two Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments that shared the Higgs boson discovery.

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Congressman Chris Smith and Marie Smith to receive 2014 Evangelium Vitae Medal

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey and his wife, Marie Smith

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey and his wife, Marie Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI), will receive the 2014 University of Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal.

“Chris and Marie Smith have dedicated their lives to promoting the Culture of Life in the public square,” said Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.

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Alexandros Taflanidis to participate in National Academy of Engineering symposium

Author: Nina Welding

Alexandros Taflanidis

Alexandros Taflanidis, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, concurrent associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as one of the nation’s 73 most innovative young engineering educators by the National Academy of Engineering. These early career faculty members, who have already been honored for their development and implementation of novel educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines, will participate in the academy’s 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

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Joan F. Brennecke awarded American Chemical Society's E.V. Murphree Award

Author: Nina Welding

Joan Brennecke with a graduate student in her lab

Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Molecular Engineering and director of the University of Notre Dame Center for Sustainable Energy, has been awarded the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature.

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National poetry series 'Latino/a Poetry Now' to conclude at Notre Dame

Author: Notre Dame News

Letras Latinas

Letras Latinas, the literary program of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in partnership with the Poetry Society of America, will be hosting the conclusion of “Latino/a Poetry Now,” a multiyear, multi-author initiative that has traveled to various college campuses around the United States. The series launched at Harvard University in November 2011 and winds down at the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 29-30 (Tuesday-Wednesday).

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Center for Civil and Human Rights celebrates Father Hesburgh’s legacy

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

On Monday evening, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which Father Hesburgh founded in 1973, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a lecture on “The Civil Rights Legacy of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh,” by Jennifer Mason McAward, associate professor of law. Photographs complemented McAward’s absorbing account of Father Hesburgh’s tenure on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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