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Notre Dame peace scholar’s research examines role of identity in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Author: Renée LaReau

"When Peace is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice" by Atalia Omer

University of Notre Dame religious studies and peace scholar Atalia Omer shows how re-examining Jewish-Israeli identity can contribute to peace building in Israel and Palestine in her recently published book.

When Peace is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice,” recently published by University of Chicago Press, focuses on the perceptions and histories of Israel’s most marginalized groups — Palestinian Israelis, Arab Jews and non-Israeli Jews — and their role in the Israeli peace movement, which was born in 1978 during peace talks between the leaders of Israel and Egypt.

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Notre Dame to enhance stadium safety with new bag policy

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame to enhance stadium safety with new bag policy

As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, the University of Notre Dame has adopted a new policy on bags and other items fans can bring into its football stadium on game days.

Beginning with the 2013 season-opening game Aug. 31 (Saturday), fans will be prohibited from bringing large bags such as backpacks, duffel bags and totes into the stadium (see photo for examples). Smaller bags, such as purses, will be allowed but will be inspected by trained security personnel, as will blankets, coats, ponchos and other similar items.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist determines occurrence rate of giant planets around M-dwarfs

Author: Gene Stowe

Justin Crepp

A study led by Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp has for the first time definitively determined how many of the lowest-mass stars in the galaxy host gas giant planets. The researchers’ paper, “The Occurrence Rate of Giant Planets around M-dwarfs,” was posted to arXiv this week and submitted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.

The group used ground-based imaging observations in combination with the Doppler radial velocity method to determine that 6.5 percent of low-mass stars, the so-called “M-dwarfs,” have planets located within 20 astronomical units, including the outer regions where researchers previously could not access.

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Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a big data approach to personalized health care

Author: William G. Gilroy

Doctor discusses with patient

University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness.

Notre Dame computer science associate professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system called Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine (CARE) for personalized disease risk predictions and well-being.

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Marie Blakey appointed to new academic communications position

Author: Dennis Brown

Marie Blakey

Marie Blakey, currently the senior director of communications and marketing in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to the newly created position of executive director of academic communications at the University. She will report to both Provost Thomas G. Burish and Paul J. Browne, the new vice president for public affairs and communications.

Blakey will have a broad mandate to create an innovative and comprehensive communications strategy that enhances the research and teaching reputation of Notre Dame. She will work closely with the University’s central communications departments and will share oversight of the communications teams in Notre Dame’s colleges, schools, institutes and departments with their respective deans, directors and chairs.

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New Notre Dame study proposes changes in New Orleans area levee systems

Author: William G. Gilroy

Joannes Westerink in New Orleans

Less may mean more when it comes to the levee systems designed to protect New Orleans from hurricanes.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Joannes Westerink, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences and co-developer of the authoritative computer model for storm surge used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Louisiana to determine water levels due to hurricane surge and to design levee heights and alignments.

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ANDkids World Film Festival opens fifth year Wednesday

Author: Brittany Collins


The ANDkids World Film Festival, the signature summer children’s film festival hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, opens its fifth year at 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 24) with the University’s new ensemble-in-residence, Third Coast Percussion, performing a live percussion accompaniment to a silent film.

The four-day (July 24-27) ANDkids World Film Festival features a variety of live-action, animation, shorts and feature films. New this year, each film will be introduced by children from the community. The introductions are based on brief reviews that the children wrote after advance copies of the films shown at the festival.

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Notre Dame-Bruker partnership promotes advancements in imaging

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Example PET, SPECT and CT images from the Albira at the Notre Dame In Vivo Imaging Facility

The University of Notre Dame has established a formal partnership with Bruker Corp., a world leader in scientific instrumentation. The partnership will develop one of the Midwest’s top imaging facilities at Notre Dame. The arrangement, called Bruker at Notre Dame (BAND), will allow the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) and Bruker to collaborate on research, training and new application development.

Robert J. Bernhard, Notre Dame’s vice president for research, said the agreement will accelerate a wide range of research, education and outreach activities. “The partnership will enable Notre Dame students and faculty to utilize innovative technology from Bruker in our programs, which we believe will also inform Bruker about future markets,” he said. “We believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial to both parties and are very pleased to formalize our relationship.”

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Notre Dame earns fifth consecutive 'Great College to Work For' honor


2013 Great Colleges to Work For

For the fifth year in a row, the Chronicle of Higher Education has named the University of Notre Dame to the honor roll on its annual list of Great Colleges to Work For. The honor roll, the Chronicle notes, recognizes the “best of the best” among the colleges surveyed for the list.

The Great Colleges program, started in 2008, is the premier recognition program in higher education. The program recognizes colleges and universities for specific best practices and policies.

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College graduates healthier than non-grads, study shows


Abigail Wozniak

It’s generally understood that people with college degrees earn more money than those who did not attend college, and new research now shows that a college degree also boosts health. According to a study from the University of Notre Dame, college graduates experience long-term health effects not seen in non-college grads. The study, titled “The Effect of College Education on Health,” is part of the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series.

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Third Coast Percussion joins University of Notre Dame as ensemble-in-residence

Author: Notre Dame News

Third Coast Percussion

The internationally acclaimed Third Coast Percussion quartet assumed the position of ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame, beginning in June and continuing through the next five academic years. The Chicago-based ensemble, consisting of Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore, will perform on campus, engage in interdisciplinary collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, perform world premieres of new works by leading composers, conduct master classes and provide community-building residency performances and activities for youth in local schools.

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Alumni families return for service projects with the Family Volunteer Camp

Author: Brittany Collins

Family Volunteer Camp volunteers

For two weeks beginning July 21 (Sunday), University of Notre Dame alumni and their families are coming back to campus to take part in the Family Volunteer Camp, a weeklong program that invites alumni to reconnect with the University and introduce their children to the University’s mission of service to others.

The Family Volunteer Camp, organized by the Alumni Association, brings Notre Dame graduates to campus to participate in service projects in the area, stay in one of the dorms on campus and connect with other families. The camp has been offered in one form or another since 1996, said Angie Appleby Purcell, spirituality program director for the Alumni Association, and for the first time this year the association arranged two consecutive weeklong camps to meet demand.

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Notre Dame Executive MBA ranked 15th in the world

Author: Carol Elliott

University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

In a just-released survey by The Economist, the University of Notre Dame Executive MBA ranked No. 15 among the top EMBA programs worldwide. The Economist’s “Which MBA? Executive MBA Ranking” is the international news publication’s inaugural ranking of executive graduate business degree programs.

The Notre Dame EMBA is offered through the Stayer Center for Executive Education at the Mendoza College of Business, which opened a state-of-the-art, 54,000-square-foot building in March to house the executive education program. The ranking included the Notre Dame EMBA’s 21-month program in South Bend, as well as the 17-month program in Chicago.

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Notre Dame appoints Paul Browne VP for public affairs and communications

Author: Dennis Brown

Paul J. Browne

Paul J. Browne, currently the deputy commissioner of public information for the New York City Police Department, has been appointed by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, to the newly elevated post of vice president for public affairs and communications, effective Aug. 19 (Monday).

Working closely with the president, Browne will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy to enhance both nationally and internationally Notre Dame’s growing reputation for preeminent research, superb graduate education and unsurpassed undergraduate education — all informed by a distinctive Catholic mission. Browne will provide leadership in advancing the University’s interests and contributions in the public arena and direct Notre Dame’s communications toward its multiple internal and external audiences.

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Unattractive people more likely to be bullied at work, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Timothy Judge

It’s common knowledge that high school can be a cruel environment where attractive students are considered “popular,” and unattractive kids often get bullied. While that type of petty behavior is expected to vanish with adulthood, new research proves it does not.

Colleagues can be just as immature as classmates.

The study by Timothy Judge, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and Brent Scott from Michigan State University is the first to link attractiveness to cruelty in the workplace.

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Laura Carlson appointed dean of Notre Dame Graduate School; Hugh Page named VP and associate provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Laura Carlson and Rev. Hugh R. Page Jr.

Two University of Notre Dame administrators and faculty members have been appointed to leadership positions in the Provost’s Office, according to Provost Thomas G. Burish.

Laura Carlson, associate dean in the Graduate School and professor of psychology, has been appointed vice president, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, and Rev. Hugh R. Page Jr., dean of the First Year of Studies (FYS) program, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs.

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Scott Appleby appointed director of academic planning for School of International Affairs

Author: Dennis Brown

R. Scott Appleby

R. Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed director of academic planning for a proposed School of International Affairs by Notre Dame Provost Thomas G. Burish, effective Aug. 1.

An International Affairs Working Group established by Burish has examined a wide array of possible initiatives and focused its report on the creation of a School for International Affairs, which the Working Group judged to have the greatest transformative potential for the University. The group recommended to Burish that he appoint an academic director to lead discussions with faculty, assess initial fundraising possibilities and explore in depth topics such as curriculum, staff and faculty hiring.

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Older adults don’t speak 'robot,' study finds


Laura Carlson

In order to effectively program robots that ultimately could be used to aid seniors, researchers at the University of Notre Dame and University of Missouri studied the type of language older adults used when describing the location of a desired object to either a robot or human-like avatar. It turns out that seniors become tongue-tied when talking to robots.

The objective of the study was to see how well these natural directives (e.g., “My glasses are on the table next to the couch in the living room.”) can be translated into robot commands, which would help program robots to navigate and find the target.

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Notre Dame researchers offer new insights on cancer cell signaling

Author: William G. Gilroy

Wnt proteins and cancer cell signaling

A pair of studies by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey, professor of biological sciences, sheds light on a biological process that is activated across a vast range of malignancies.

Wnt proteins are a large family of proteins that activate signaling pathways (a set of biological reactions in a cell) to control several vital steps in embryonic development. In adults, Wnt-mediated functions are frequently altered in many types of cancers and, specifically, within cell subpopulations that possess stem cell-like properties.

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Notre Dame researchers using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communication

Author: William G. Gilroy

social media

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University are developing an innovative system using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communications.

The interdisciplinary effort is designed to examine whether the increasing prevalence of online interactions may be inhibiting the development of strong, reciprocal and emotionally significant offline social ties.

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Historian Jon Coleman awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Author: Mike Danahey

Jon T. Coleman

His two books thus far have explored American tales of wolves, bears, mountain men and the truths behind myths.

Now, University of Notre Dame History Professor Jon T. Coleman has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to work on an environmental history of movement in America before the widespread use of automobiles and airplanes.

“I’m interested in how travel and migration interacted with other natural movements like seasonal cycles of plant growth — such as grass to feed beasts of burden — and hydrological and weather cycles that influenced river flows and wind patterns for sailing,” Coleman says.

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ACE summer initiatives bring future of Catholic schools to campus

Author: William Schmitt

ACE bus unveiled

The “ACE Summer” of 2013 is in full swing as the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) once again hosts more than 300 participants in programs preparing tomorrow’s leaders of Catholic schools.

Intensive coursework and vibrant opportunities for community life and spiritual growth are enriching many recent college graduates from around the country who have come to campus for Service Through Teaching, ACE’s distinctive formation of Catholic school teachers. That initiative is now starting its 20th year of operation.

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ND Expert: NSA’s alleged spying on EU 'not surprising'


Michael Desch

Amid allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on European Union institutions, European officials expressed outrage and predicted serious repercussions. But according to University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Michael Desch, an expert in international security, these latest developments should not be surprising to anyone.

“This is a reaffirmation of the old adage that when it comes to diplomacy, countries don’t have permanent allies, only permanent interests,” Desch says.

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Notre Dame commemorates Gettysburg anniversary with Mass

Author: Michael O. Garvey

President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., offers mass in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg at the statue of former Notre Dame president Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., in Gettysburg National Military Park

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University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., visited the Gettysburg National Military Park on June 22 (Saturday) to mark the 150th anniversary of the decisive Civil War battle and to celebrate Mass on the spot where his predecessor, Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., gave a general absolution and blessing to Union and Confederate troops on the second day of fighting.

The Mass, sponsored and organized by the Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg, drew some 200 people to the site, where a statue of Father Corby was erected in 1910. A duplicate of the statue stands before Corby Hall on Notre Dame’s campus.

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