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Notre Dame to expand exchange with Chile’s Pontifical Catholic University

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Ignacio Sánchez Díaz

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, and Ignacio Sánchez Díaz, president of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen scholarly engagement between their institutions, and to advance their mutual ambition to rank among the world’s greatest research universities.

The agreement, signed by both presidents in a ceremony in Notre Dame’s Main Building Monday (April 29), will establish an exchange program in which faculty, doctoral students and university representatives from Notre Dame will visit, work, study and collaborate with PUC colleagues over the next three years.

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GM CEO to speak at Mendoza College graduate commencement ceremony

Author: Carol Elliott

Daniel Akerson

Daniel F. Akerson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors, will be the featured speaker for the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business graduate commencement ceremony. The event will take place at 10 a.m. May 18 (Saturday) in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.

The graduate programs bestowing degrees include Notre Dame MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Nonprofit Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy.

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Apple executive lectures at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway

Author: Notre Dame News

Len Rinaldi presents London lecture

Len Rinaldi, Apple’s managing director for western Europe, delivered the fifth annual Notre Dame Alumni-Student Lecture at Notre Dame International ’s London Global Gateway on April 17.

Notre Dame International and the Notre Dame Club of London cosponsor the lecture series, which is intended to bring Notre Dame students and alumni together to engage with academic, business and governmental leaders from around the world.

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Center for Social Concerns to celebrate 30th anniversary with open house

Author: John Guimond

Center for Social Concerns

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC), founded in 1983, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an open house on Monday (April 29) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Coffee House. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m.

The CSC is Notre Dame’s community-based learning, research and service center, a place where faith and action, service and learning, research and resolve intersect. Over the past 30 years, the CSC has grown to offer hundreds of community-based courses, community-based research, and service opportunities that allow students and faculty to better understand—and respond to—poverty and injustice grounded in the 2,000 year-old Catholic social tradition. A recent study conducted by the Center showed that nearly 70 percent of Notre Dame’s undergraduate alumni are engaged in some form of service 10 years after graduation, a testament to the lasting influence of the Center’s programs

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Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition to begin May 10

Author: Megan Zagger

40th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

The 40th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition will be held May 10 to 12 (Friday to Sunday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

This unique weekend features remarkable young musicians from around the world in three divisions: juniors, senior strings and senior winds. Ensembles may include brass quintets, string quartets, woodwind quintets, piano trios, saxophone quartets, string sextets, percussion ensembles, wind trios and an eclectic mix of winds and strings.

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Bald is beautiful: Event raises funds for pediatric cancer

Author: Notre Dame News

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Members of the University of Notre Dame community participated in “The Bald and the Beautiful” fundraiser April 17-19, 2013. The annual event started in 2008 after freshman Sam Marx lost his battle with cancer. The yearly event is organized by students to fight pediatric cancer locally and nationally. Since its beginning, the effort has raised more than $150,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and for Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and more than 400 hair donations have been made to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

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Four Arts and Letters faculty receive ACLS Fellowships

Author: College of Arts and Letters

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Four professors in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year.

“The competition for these fellowships is fierce,” notes Ken Garcia, associate director for the College’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. The ACLS received 1,121 fellowship applications nationwide and made only 65 awards—a success rate of only 5.8 percent.

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Washington Program packed with opportunity


U.S. Capitol

For students participating in the University of Notre Dame’s Washington Program, the semester studying in our nation’s capital offers opportunities to combine coursework with internships in a range of areas, from Congress and advocacy groups to media and cultural institutions.

This semester, Notre Dame Washington Program students have visited the White House, the Capitol, the State Department, the Pentagon and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), as part of their core seminar.

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Ninth annual ‘Old 2 Gold’ sale to be held June 15


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The University of Notre Dame’s ninth annual “Old 2 Gold” year-end campus yard sale will be held June 15 (Saturday) from 7 to 10 a.m. in Notre Dame Stadium.

The event, which benefits participating local charities, will feature items donated by students, including electronics, clothing, computers, furniture, appliances and sports equipment. All net revenues will be donated to the participating charities.

“Old 2 Gold is a great opportunity for students to dispose of items no longer needed, and for the University to make these available to the community in a sustainable way while helping charitable organizations in the area – a win-win-win for all,” said Sarah Misener, associate vice president for campus services.

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Notre Dame engineering team receives NSF I-Corps Award for innovation training

Author: Notre Dame News

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (AD&T)

A team from the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $50,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award to perform a commercialization assessment of a diagnostic technology that resulted from prior NSF-funded research coming out of the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative (AD&T). The I-Corps program was established in 2011 to help jump-start a national innovation ecosystem by providing entrepreneurial training to more effectively move technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace.

I-Corps teams are composed of a principal investigator who has a funding track record with the NSF; an entrepreneurial lead, which can be a student or junior researcher having significant experience in the technology as well as entrepreneurial aspirations; and a business mentor who has experience transitioning technologies to the market.

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Senior Andrew Owens wins 2013 Baker Award

Author: Notre Dame News

Andrew Owens

For the third time in the past four years, a student enrolled in the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame is the recipient of the Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

Andrew Owens, a graduating senior in the Gallivan Program, was named the 2013 Baker Award winner at a recent ceremony of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

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New study: Risk factor for depression can be 'contagious'



According to a new study from the University of Notre Dame, a particular style of thinking that makes people vulnerable to depression actually can be “contagious” to others and increase their symptoms of depression six months later.

The study, conducted by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gerald Haeffel is published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

Research on depression has shown that people who interpret stressful life events as the result of factors they can’t change and as a reflection of their own deficiency are more vulnerable to depression. This “cognitive vulnerability” has been shown to be such a potent risk factor for depression that it can predict who is likely to experience a depressive episode in the future, even if they have never been depressed before.

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Indiana Catholic bishops to participate in 'Poverty Summit' at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Cross on Notre Dame campus

All five of the Catholic bishops of Indiana, together with representatives of Catholic institutions statewide, will meet at the University of Notre Dame Friday (April 26) for a day-long conference to explore and recommend new initiatives to reduce poverty and alleviate the suffering it causes.

The Indiana Catholic Poverty Summit, sponsored and hosted by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, is inspired by Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America and the PovertyUSA initiative recently begun by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition to the Catholic bishops, summit participants will include Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, and Sheila Gilbert, president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as well as social service providers from healthcare and educational institutions and Catholic religious orders.

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ND Expert: Boston bombing suspect will face multiple terror charges, but likely not death

Author: Shannon Chapla

Jimmy Gurulé

With charges expected to be filed soon against Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, terrorism law expert and former federal prosecutor Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, says he likely will face multiple charges of violating federal terrorism statutes.

“I expect him to be charged with ‘use of weapons of mass destruction;’ ‘acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries;’ and ‘bombing of places of public use, government facilities, public transportation systems and infrastructure facilities,’” says Gurulé, also a former assistant U.S. attorney general and former undersecretary for enforcement for the U.S. Treasury Department.

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Chuck Hurley appointed registrar of the University of Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Chuck Hurley

Charles T. (“Chuck”) Hurley has been named registrar of the University of Notre Dame by Thomas G. Burish, University provost.

Prior to the appointment, Hurley had served as Notre Dame’s interim registrar since the retirement of his predecessor, Harold Pace, in 2011. Hurley had also served as associate University registrar and the director of the Summer Session.

A 1993 alumnus of Notre Dame, Hurley earned a master of science in administration from the University’s Mendoza College of Business in 2001 and a master of arts in theology from the University in 2007.

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Take Ten festival to be held May 2

Author: Notre Dame News

Robinson Community Learning Center

Students from ten local schools and community centers will visit the University of Notre Dame May 2 (Thursday) from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Stepan Center for a celebration of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) Take Ten violence prevention initiative.

Some 300 school children will attend the Take Ten Festival, which will include visits by Eric Crittenden of the South Bend Police Department, Superintendent Carol Schmidt of the South Bend Community School Corporation and a representative from the mayor’s office. The event will include games and activities, refreshments, distribution of T-shirts and performances by Notre Dame’s First Class Steppers and other campus musical groups.

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Chang receives 1st Source Commercialization Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Professor Hsueh-Chia Chang receives a ceremonial check from Chris Murphy, Chairman and CEO of 1st Source Bank after winning the 2013 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award Professor Hsueh-Chia Chang and Chris Murphy, Chairman and CEO of 1st Source Bank

Hsueh-Chia Chang, Bayer Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

Chang, who also is an investigator with the University’s Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative (AD&T), is a leading researcher in micro/nanofluidics, particularly in the area of nano-electrokenetics.

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Father Jenkins calls for reform of immigration policies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, joined other national leaders of higher education calling for reforms in United States immigration policies on Friday (April 19), the National Immigration Forum Campus Day of Action for Immigration Reform.

“Notre Dame is proud of a long history of educating immigrant communities,” Father Jenkins said, “and our Catholic tradition urges us to provide welcome to the stranger among us. While recognizing the complex legal, economic, social and political questions surrounding immigration in our nation, we join others in calling for just and effective immigration reform. We urge particular attention to reform that will allow deserving, academically qualified young men and women who were brought to the United States as children to have access to higher education in the United States and opportunities following from educational achievement. By educating these young people, we will improve their lives, enrich our nation and live up to our values.”

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Notre Dame astrophysicist discovers planets similar to Earth

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Justin Crepp

Researchers for the first time have identified Earth-sized planets within the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. Images of the star taken by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp rule out alternative explanations of the data, confirming that five planets orbit Kepler-62, with two located in the habitable zone. The results were published in Science magazine today.

“A five-planet system with planets of 1.41 and 1.61 Earth-radii in the habitable zone of a K2V star has been detected with the Kepler spacecraft and validated with high statistical confidence,” the paper reports. Those two, named Kepler-62 e and f, are the outermost of the five observed planets and receive a solar flux from the star similar to that received from the Sun by Venus and Mars. Their size suggests that they are either rocky, like Earth, or composed mostly of solid water.

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Notre Dame and NBC extend football contract to 2025

Author: Dennis Brown

NBC logo

The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports have reached agreement on a new 10-year contract giving NBC the rights to televise Irish home football games from 2016 to 2025 and extending the partnership between the University and network to 35 years.

A joint announcement of the extension was made April 18 by Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, and Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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GAIN Index moves to Notre Dame

Author: Notre Dame News

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The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) — the world’s leading index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with the droughts, super-storms and other natural disasters that climate change can cause — is moving to the University of Notre Dame. GAIN, which ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt, was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

GAIN is being given to the University by the Global Adaptation Institute with full support of its primary founding sponsor, NGP Energy Capital Management, a $13 billion investment fund based outside Dallas. To help draw attention to the importance of climate change adaptation, the chairman of the Global Adaptation Institute and NGP’s CEO and founder, Ken Hersh, said, “The era of climate change denial is over, the world is getting warmer, and numerous countries are not ready for the chaos that climate change will bring.” The gift includes a $2 million donation from the Natural Gas Partners Foundation":

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Child’s counting comprehension may depend on objects counted, study shows



Concrete objects — such as toys, tiles and blocks — that students can touch and move around, called manipulatives, have been used to teach basic math skills since the 1980s. Use of manipulatives is based on the long-held belief that young children’s thinking is strictly concrete in nature, so concrete objects are assumed to help them learn math concepts.

However, new research from the University of Notre Dame suggests that not all manipulatives are equal. The types of manipulatives may make a difference in how effectively a child learns basic counting and other basic math concepts. The study will be published in the May edition of Child Development.

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2013 ND Relay for Life raises $189,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society

Author: Brittany Collins

Relay for Life Football players Everett Golson, Elijah Shumate, Louis Nix III, Prince Shembo and Joey Brooks pose for a picture at the 2013 Relay for Life in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

The 2013 University of Notre Dame Relay for Life, which took place Friday and Saturday (April 12 and 13) at the Compton Family Ice Arena, successfully raised more than $189,000, the highest amount in the ND Relay’s history, to fight cancer.

To date, the 2013 ND Relay for Life has raised $189,152.51 to benefit the American Cancer Society, bringing the total funds raised by the annual event to more than $1 million.

Students and teams from throughout the University held auctions, bake sales, blood drives and a variety of other events in a friendly competition to raise funds for Relay for Life. Two teams, UR Walking on Sunshine from University Relations and Techies Tackling Cancer from the Office of Information Technologies, each raised more than $20,000.

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Cardinal Walter Kasper to visit Notre Dame

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

Cardinal Walter Kasper

His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will deliver the 2013 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture at 5 p.m. April 24 (Wednesday) in the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. Pope Francis specifically commended the theological work of Cardinal Kasper at his first Angelus message, noting that, “(i)n these days, I have been able to read a book by a cardinal — Cardinal Kasper, a talented theologian, a good theologian — on mercy. And it did me such good, that book.”

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Cardinal Kasper will address “The Origins of Vatican II.” This lecture is free and open to the public. Cardinal Kasper will also participate in an international gathering of scholars, “The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: A Celebration of his Life and Work,” which will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center on April 25-27 (Thursday-Saturday).

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New research reveals dangers to humanitarian workers in conflict zones

Author: Joan Fallon

Larissa Fast

Larissa Fast, assistant professor of conflict resolution at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, has co-authored three new research reports documenting and analyzing the dangers facing humanitarian aid staff working in conflict zones around the world. The reports, recently published in Insecurity Insight, have already been downloaded more than 2,000 times.

In recent years, the number of aid workers killed and injured by firearms, explosive weapons, bombs and other forms of severe violence has risen to unprecedented levels, said Fast.

“Aid workers are first and foremost civilians," said Fast, whose forthcoming book, “Aid in Danger,” also addresses this issue. “Protecting them is a critical part of the overall effort to protect civilians in armed conflict.”

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Documentary explores life and death of IRA icon Mairead Farrell


Mairead Farrell

Patriot, terrorist or victim? The life and death of Mairéad Farrell, one of Ireland’s most high-profile Irish Republican Army members, have intrigued University of Notre Dame Professor Bríona Nic Dhiarmada for years.

The documentary film “Mairéad Farrell — An Unfinished Conversation,” showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 18) in Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema, is based on the personal relationship Nic Dhiarmada had with Farrell. The two met several times and talked about Farrell’s life journey from the middle-class upbringing in Belfast to her rise as an iconic IRA figure once imprisoned then gunned down at age 31. At the time of Farrell’s death in 1988, Nic Dhiarmada had been working on a book about her.

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Scholastic wins 25 awards from Indiana Collegiate Press Association

Author: Notre Dame News

Scholastic magazine covers, November and December 2012

The University of Notre Dame’s student news magazine, Scholastic, has received top honors from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association.

Scholastic was named 2013 Newsmagazine of the Year, winning 25 awards in news, sports, feature and opinion writing and in design, photography and illustration. The publication, which appears monthly, began as a weekly newspaper and has been published continuously since 1867, making it one of the oldest continuously published student magazines in the country. Scholastic is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

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Rev. Ronald Nuzzi honored by National Catholic Educational Association

Author: William Schmitt


Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, senior director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program in the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), has received the C. Albert Koob, OPraem, Merit Award, with which the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) honors an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to Catholic education in the United States.

The NCEA presented the 2013 Koob Award to Father Nuzzi during the group’s annual convention, attended by 8,000 Catholic educators April 2-4 in Houston.

“I am honored and humbled by this gracious award from my good friends and colleagues at the NCEA,” Father Nuzzi said in a statement. “I am especially grateful for the many faith-filled colleagues with whom I share this important ministry, here at Notre Dame and across the country.”

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Statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on tragedy at Boston Marathon

Author: Notre Dame News

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The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the tragic events that took place April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon:

“The prayers of the Notre Dame community are with those who lost their lives and were injured, as well as with their families and friends, in the bombing Monday in Boston. Such tragic events have become all too common in our world, and yet I call upon all to avoid treating them as routine, but instead to lift up those who are suffering.”

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Student-run conference to focus on research, commercialization and entrepreneurship

Author: William G. Gilroy


Spark,” a student-run conference focusing on University of Notre Dame research, commercialization and entrepreneurship, will take place Tuesday (April 16) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.

The organizers of Spark hope to demonstrate the possibilities of research at Notre Dame and to highlight projects that have the potential to become viable businesses. They hope to “spark” intellectual curiosity in all Notre Dame undergraduates and present them with opportunities and tools to get them involved in these projects in the future.

The event features 12 speakers delivering 15-minute lectures from 2 to 6 p.m. A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

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