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Faculty hiring initiative supports Notre Dame’s ongoing investments in research

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Building on the momentum of its recent Strategic Research Investment initiative — which committed $80 million in internal resources to 14 research projects — the University of Notre Dame has announced the winning proposals in a new strategic hiring initiative. The initiative, which is a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision program, will create approximately 80 faculty positions in 10 key areas of research across campus, drawing on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures to this academic priority.

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2013: The year in review

Author: Notre Dame News

The 2013 men’s soccer team won the national NCAA championship

The calendar year 2013 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Some of the significant events include the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library, the reopening of the Morris Inn after extensive renovations, and the men’s soccer team winning the national title for the first time in its history.

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Hesburgh Libraries launch Center for Digital Scholarship

Author: Tara O'Leary

"Word of Life" mural

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The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries have officially launched the Center for Digital Scholarship, located in the northeast corner on the first floor of its flagship Hesburgh Library building. This launch marks a transformational leap into the future for the Hesburgh Libraries and helps to meet the growing demand for advanced research expertise and digital library services at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame issues statement of support for peaceful protesters in Ukraine

Author: Notre Dame News

Notre Dame Blue Seal

The following statement was issued by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, in response to events in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine.

“In concert with the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the University of Notre Dame stands with the students, faculty and administrators of the Ukrainian Catholic University who, in adherence to principles of peaceful protest and civil disobedience, and at risk to their personal safety, continue along with tens of thousands of their compatriots to protest their government’s suppression of free speech in violation of Ukraine’s constitution.”

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Notre Dame-Rutgers the only bowl with graduation rates higher than 85 percent

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Football helmet

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl matchup between the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers will be the only post-season college football game in which both programs each have a graduation rate of better than 85 percent, according to an annual survey.

Notre Dame, with a 94 percent rate, and Rutgers, at 85 percent, will meet Dec. 28 (Saturday) at Yankee Stadium.

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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center releases list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

Reilly Center

As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2014.

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Graduate Molly Hayes awarded George Mitchell Scholarship


Molly Hayes

Molly Hayes, a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded a 2014 George Mitchell Scholarship.

Hayes, who studied English and Arabic while at Notre Dame, will use the Mitchell Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Irish literature at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is the first Mitchell Scholar from Notre Dame since 2007.

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Grace Xing receives U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy grant

Author: William G. Gilroy

Grace Xing

A team led by Huili (Grace) Xing, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a $2,496,428 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program for projects aimed at developing next-generation power conversion devices that could dramatically transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid.

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Notre Dame, on religious liberty grounds, sues for relief from federal mandate

Author: Paul Browne

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday (Dec. 3) re-filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana for relief from a mandate by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that, contrary to Catholic teaching, requires Notre Dame and similar religious organizations to provide through their insurance plans or third-party administrators contraceptives, sterilization procedures and drugs that some assert induce abortions.

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School of Architecture students raise a barn with Madison Primary fourth-graders

Author: Brittany Collins

Madison Primary fourth-graders working in "Teamwork and Timbers" program

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On a snowy November afternoon, fourth-graders from South Bend’s Madison Primary Center came to the University of Notre Dame campus to build a barn.

The 21 elementary students met with fifth-year School of Architecture students at the Stepan Center on Nov. 12 (Tuesday) for a barn raising, part of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s “Teamwork and Timbers” program.

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