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Notre Dame to host Catholic-Mormon conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Oak Room crucifix

An ecumenical group of religious historians and other scholars will convene at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall on Dec. 5-6 (Thursday-Friday) for a conference titled “Catholics and Mormons: A New Dialogue.”

The conference will explore relationships among Catholics and Mormons as their churches are increasingly allied in common social, political and relief efforts.

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NASA awards career fellowship to Notre Dame astrophysicist

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Justin Crepp

NASA has awarded Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, with an Early Career Fellowship. He is the only awardee in the nation to receive the fellowship in the Origins of Solar Systems program. Crepp’s project, “Working at the Diffraction Limit: New Exoplanetary Science in the Era of ‘Extreme’ Adaptive Optics,” was selected through a competitive proposal process, followed by peer review in a second round of evaluation.

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In memoriam: William O. 'Captain' McLean, associate dean emeritus of the Notre Dame Law School

Author: Michael O. Garvey

William O. "Captain" McLean

William O. McLean, associate dean emeritus of the University of the Notre Dame Law School, died Nov. 19 (Tuesday). He was 91.

A native of Greenville, Ill., McLean was a 1957 graduate in school administration from the University of New Mexico and held master degrees in international affairs and education from George Washington University and Notre Dame, respectively. He also was a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.

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Notre Dame mechanical engineer Gretar Tryggvason named AAAS Fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy

Gretar Tryggvason

Gretar Tryggvason, Viola D. Hank Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and department chair at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the prestigious journal Science.

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Worker killed at Notre Dame construction site

Author: Paul Browne

Blue and gold academic seal

At approximately 10:40 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 21), a man was killed at Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road on the eastern perimeter of the University of Notre Dame campus, where a crew was clearing trees for a parking lot expansion. He was struck by a tree as it was felled and died at the scene, despite efforts by first responders to resuscitate him.

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Notre Dame to remember President John F. Kennedy

Author: Dennis Brown

President John F. Kennedy is presented the 1961 Laetare Medal in the Oval Office. Attending the presentation (L-R): unidentified man; Father Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., vice president of Notre Dame; Rep. John Brademas, Indiana; Kennedy; Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame; James E. Murphy, director of public relations at Notre Dame; and an unidentified man.

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the University of Notre Dame will ring bells and offer Mass in his memory.

The bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will toll in tribute to the president at 2 p.m. EST Friday (Nov. 22), the time of his death on Nov. 22, 1963. Masses at the Basilica at 11:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. will be offered for justice and peace and will include an intercession for him.

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Notre Dame MBA and Coca-Cola announce winner of virtual case competition

Author: Carol Elliott

Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge 2013

In the wake of catastrophic natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Tōhoku earthquake in Japan and the typhoon striking the Philippines, survivors quickly face a very urgent need: safe drinking water.

Often, the sources of clean water are destroyed, along with the technology, energy and transportation systems needed to bring in fresh supplies. How do responders deploy water purification technology anywhere in the world within days or even hours of a disaster?

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Tibetan Buddhist monks to construct peace sand mandala at Notre Dame

Author: Stephanie Healey

sand mandala construction

The University of Notre Dame’s Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, the College of Science and the Harper Cancer Research Institute will host Arjia Rinpoche, director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Ind., and seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, for the construction of a peace sand mandala and a presentation on compassion from Nov. 18-21 (Monday-Thursday).

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Paul Farmer, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez to launch 'In the Company of the Poor' book

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paul Farmer, left, and Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez

A pioneer in global health and a path-breaking theologian explore their common option for the poor in a new book drawn from their respective writings, using as a springboard public and private conversations hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez” (Orbis Press, 2013) will have its public launch at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 (Tuesday) in McKenna Hall Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus.

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Department of Film, Television, and Theatre to present 'Cabaret,' its first full-scale musical in 20 years

Author: Carrie Gates


Cabaret,” winner of the 1967 Tony Award for best musical, is coming to the University of Notre Dame Wednesday-Sunday (Nov. 13-17).

Known for its outstanding music, edgy themes and underlying social issues, the show will be the first full-scale musical the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) has produced in more than 20 years, said Associate Professor Kevin Dreyer.

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Notre Dame a partner in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

Author: William G. Gilroy

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

The University of Notre Dame will be a partner in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), a new organization that expands the scope of the NASA Lunar Science Institute to one that includes near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars.

Clive R. Neal, a Notre Dame planetary geologist, was part of a Universities Space Research Association (USRA) team that was selected for SSERVI membership.

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In Memoriam: Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C.

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died early Monday (Nov. 11) at Holy Cross House after a long struggle with complications of a head injury sustained in July. He was 83.

“On behalf of the University, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Father John S. Dunne, a beloved teacher, scholar, priest and friend,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Notre Dame Campus Ministry to host Mozart festival at conclusion of Year of Faith

Author: Kate Morgan

Notre Dame Folk Choir

The University of Notre Dame Office of Campus Ministry will host a special musical celebration at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 (Friday) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to honor the conclusion of the worldwide Year of Faith. The Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir and Women’s Liturgical Choir will each perform an individual piece of sacred music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart before coming together to sing the Mozart Coronation Mass with orchestra.

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New Notre Dame research offers new insights into the nature of important human pathogen

Author: William G. Gilroy

Shahriar Mobashery

New research from a team led by Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Chair in Life Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, offers an insight into cell wall recycling and virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important human pathogen. The research provides a road map for how the post-genomic analyses of biochemical processes will take place to elucidate important metabolic processes.

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Notre Dame professor, students create design campaign to help South Africans with HIV 'live positively'

Author: Carrie Gates

Notre Dame design students Sara Kolettis, Laura Straccia and Maria Massa in South Africa

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In the spring, Robert Sedlack, associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History and Design, traveled with a team of 11 students to Johannesburg to gain firsthand perspective on the problem and collaborate with South African community organizations.

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Notre Dame to host conference on Christian care for the poor

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"Caritas" window in the Basilica

Theologians and other scholars will gather for a conference at the University of Notre Dame on Nov. 14 (Thursday) and Nov. 15 (Friday) to explore the origins and implications of care for the poor in Christian life, thought and teaching.

The conference, “Blessed Are the Merciful: Charity as Sacramental Action,” is sponsored by the Institute for Church Life (ICL) and the Center for Social Concerns.

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Wireless Institute workshop sows the seeds for cooperative research program with industry

Author: William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame Wireless Institute

A recent workshop hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute brought leading wireless companies to campus to review the institute’s current research projects, identify grand challenges and potential collaborations, and lay the groundwork for a future Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at Notre Dame.

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Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

Author: William G. Gilroy

Siemens Foundation

The University of Notre Dame will host a regional final of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 8 and 9).

The New Jersey-based nonprofit Siemens Foundation created the competition to enhance science and mathematics education in America.

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Alumni conference in NYC to explore 'Investing Like A Champion'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Wall Street

To explore the multitude of issues facing the global capital markets today, some 900 University of Notre Dame alumni in the money management business have been invited to the Notre Dame Investments Conference, being held today (Nov. 6) at the Hilton New York.

The “Invest Like A Champion Today” conference is sponsored by the Notre Dame Wall Street Leadership Committee (WSLC) and the Notre Dame Investment Office.

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ND Expert: 'No place for hazing' in sports

Author: Michael O. Garvey

F. Clark Power

The Miami Dolphins’ recent suspension of Richie Incognito in the wake of allegations that his bullying of football teammate Jonathan Martin constituted “conduct detrimental to the team” should renew and intensify opposition to hazing throughout the National Football League, according to F. Clark Power, professor of psychology and fellow in the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

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