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In Memoriam: Father Jenkins pays tribute to Seamus Heaney

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has offered the following statement regarding the death of Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney:

“When the University of Notre Dame conferred an honorary degree upon Seamus Heaney at our Keough-Naughton Centre in Ireland in 2008, we recognized not only a literary giant, but a poet whose spiritual voice will live on through the ages.”

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ND Experts urge caution in Syria

Author: Shannon Chapla

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President Barack Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday (Aug. 28), despite a rejection of such action by America’s strongest ally, Britain, and mounting concerns from Congress.

But, David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, believes that would be a mistake. Read Cortright’s op-eds on Syria in TIME and the Christian Science Monitor.

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Mosquitoes smell you better at night, study finds

Author: Sarah Craig

A female Anopheles gambiae mosquito seen at 125x magnification (© David Scharf/Science Faction/Corbis)

In work published this week in Nature: Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, led by Associate Professor Giles Duffield and Assistant Professor Zain Syed of the Department of Biological Sciences, revealed that the major malaria vector in Africa, the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, is able to smell major human host odorants better at night.

The study reports an integrative approach to examine the mosquito’s ability to smell across the 24-hour day and involved proteomic, sensory physiological, and behavioral techniques.

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Researchers identify new drug target for treating jet lag and shift work disorders

Author: William G. Gilroy

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University of Notre Dame researchers, as part of a collaborative effort, have identified a protein that potentially could be a target for drugs that that would help people recover faster from jet lag and better adjust their circadian rhythms during rotational shift work. The study appears in the Aug. 29 issue of the journal Cell.

An internal circadian body clock helps virtually all creatures synchronize their bodily functions to the 24-hour cycle of light and dark in a day. However, travel to a different time zone, or shift work, disrupts the body’s clock.

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Notre Dame and Moi University join research efforts to shed light on breast cancer

Author: William G. Gilroy

Sharon Stack, left, Rispah Torrorey and Laurie Littlepage

Breast cancer is a major health problem worldwide, and the incidence of the disease is rising across Africa.

A new joint research effort between the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and Harper Cancer Research Institute and a Kenyan doctoral student from Moi University is examining the unique manifestation of breast cancer in Kenya.

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Saturdays with the Saints program to feature 20th-century martyrs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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The “Age of Martyrs” is the term of art for the earliest years of Christian history, but as Pope Francis remarked in a homily last April 15, “the age of martyrs is not yet over; even today we can say, in truth, that the Church has more martyrs now than during the first centuries.” More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all previous centuries combined.

The lives of these remarkable men and women and the effects of their witness in the Church and the world are the subjects of the University of Notre Dame’s Saturdays with the Saints program, a series of morning talks offered on football home game days throughout the fall.

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Mendoza College brings in top business execs for Boardroom Insights series

Author: Carol Elliott

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Corporate executives ranging from “the Steve Jobs of yogurt” to the leader of the largest of the Big Four accounting firms will speak as part of Boardroom Insights, a fall lecture series offered by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

The annual series brings in corporate leaders and senior executives to discuss current business issues. The talks, which are free and open to the public, take place from 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on select Fridays in the Mendoza College’s Jordan Auditorium.

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Notre Dame’s accounting programs take top rankings

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

In a just-released ranking by the Public Accounting Report, the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business jumped two spots to No. 4 in the nation, while the undergraduate accountancy program retained its No. 5 spot.

For the first time, the report included an additional ranking based on the number of full-time faculty. In its category (16-21 faculty members), the Notre Dame MSA program ranked No. 1; the undergraduate accountancy program ranked second in the nation.

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Center for Social Concerns launches series on hyper-incarceration

Author: John Guimond

Center for Social Concerns "Hyper-Incarceration" series

1963 was a pivotal year in this country’s civil rights movement. In April of that year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” On June 12, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. On Aug. 28, 50 years ago Wednesday, King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. And on Sept. 15, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young girls.

Fifty years past that tumultuous time, there is growing recognition of a significant civil rights challenge in our midst: hyper-incarceration, which disproportionately targets minorities.

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In memoriam: Former Ohio governor and ND law professor emeritus John J. Gilligan

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Former Ohio governor John J. Gilligan, professor emeritus of law at the University of Notre Dame, died Monday (Aug. 26) at his home in Cincinnati. He was 92.

A Cincinnati native and a 1943 Notre Dame alumnus, Gilligan entered the U.S. Navy after graduation to serve as a gunnery lieutenant in World War II. He earned a Silver Star for saving several crew members from the destroyer USS Rodman after it was taken under Japanese fire and set ablaze off Okinawa.

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Notre Dame MBA, Coca-Cola co-sponsor online competition

Author: Carol Elliott

2013 Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge

The Coca-Cola Co. is well-recognized for its iconic brands and marketing savvy. And now, one of the world’s best-known companies is partnering with the Notre Dame MBA program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business to sponsor an innovative online competition that asks participants to submit ideas about how Coca-Cola can advance a global sustainability project currently under development. The grand-prize winner will then have an opportunity to travel with Coca-Cola’s sustainability team to experience the project firsthand.

Coca-Cola and the Notre Dame MBA program are partnering in the fourth annual Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge, a virtual case competition open to members of the public as well as prospective MBA students.

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Irish novelist Patrick McCabe to speak on Irish village life

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Irish novelist Patrick McCabe will speak on “Irish Village Life Over 100 Years: From Brass Band to Broadband” at 4 p.m. Friday (Aug. 30) in the Rare Books Room of the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

McCabe’s lecture is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies as one of a series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the Institute’s founding.

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2013 Saturday Scholar Series to kick off football weekends

Author: Arts and Letters

Saturday Scholars 2013

The 13th annual Saturday Scholar Series promises an intriguing lineup of lectures by leading faculty members on each home football game weekend this fall.

Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, the lectures address a variety of fascinating issues and offer an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the University’s most engaging faculty.

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Community events will celebrate Africa, the African diaspora

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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Africana Studies and Office of Community Relations are working together to present a yearlong community celebration of Africa and the African diaspora. The series of programs, lectures and events, called “The Africana World,” is a collaboration between local higher education institutes and community organizations.

The series begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 28) at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture with an artist talk by Claudia Bernardi called “Walls of Hope: African American Elders Share Memories of Integration during the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s.”

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New study explores how dengue virus changes mosquito behavior

Author: Sarah Craig

Aedes aegypti mosquito (courtesy CDC)

Biting mosquitoes are not only annoying but can be dangerous, even deadly. A new study involving researchers at the University of Notre Dame explores a potential biological mechanism through which disease virus can alter the behavior of mosquitoes. In a previous study, led by Alexandre Peixoto of Fiocruz in Brazil, disease-infected mosquitoes were found to fly around more than uninfected mosquitoes, increasing their ability to spread chronic and deadly diseases.

The new study indicates that drug-treated mosquitoes behave differently than those not treated, flying farther or for a longer duration. While this initially is not good news for humans and animals, the research indicates that with this knowledge researchers can develop better intervention tools to stop disease transmission. Results of the study were published this month in the Journal of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.

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Notre Dame MBA changes admissions criteria for One-Year Program

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza blue banner reads: University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

The University of Notre Dame MBA program at the Mendoza College of Business has made a significant change to the admissions criteria for its One-Year Program that will allow prospective students with a broad range of undergraduate degrees to apply.

Historically, the Notre Dame One-Year MBA Program required applicants to have a business undergraduate degree. Now the program invites all prospective students who have a demonstrated proficiency in business knowledge and skills — plus three credit hours of financial accounting and three credit hours of statistics — to apply.

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Father Thesing to serve as Notre Dame football team chaplain

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C., has been appointed chaplain of the University of Notre Dame football team

Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C., has been appointed chaplain of the University of Notre Dame football team, replacing Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C.

Father Thesing is the director of finance and administration in the Mendoza College of Business and has served as the road game chaplain for football for the past four seasons. Father Doyle, the rector of Dillon Hall, has been the team chaplain since 2001.

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Police offer advice to football game-day motorists

Author: Dennis Brown

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The realignment of Douglas Road to the north of the University of Notre Dame campus and ongoing road construction in other areas could cause confusion and possible delays while traveling to and from the University on home football game days this season.

Local law enforcement agencies are working collaboratively with the Notre Dame Security Police department to minimize delays, and they encourage motorists to keep the following in mind.

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Notre Dame will admit undocumented students

Author: Dennis Brown

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The University of Notre Dame has adopted changes in its admission policies that will make possible the admission of undocumented students who successfully compete for a place in its first-year and transfer classes.

“In making the decision to admit academically qualified men and women who are undocumented,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, “we will strengthen our incoming class and give deserving young people the chance for a Notre Dame education.”

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Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry office launches new smartphone app

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Daily Faith app

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry has launched a new smartphone application accessible to all Apple and Android devices. The free app, which is available from the Apple Store and Android Market by searching “Notre Dame Daily Faith,” includes a calendar of campus liturgies, meetings of prayer groups, performances of sacred music, retreats, lectures and seminars.

“ND Daily Faith is the first app of its kind at Notre Dame,” said Rev. Jim King, C.S.C., director of Campus Ministry. “Over the past year, we’ve made several updates that we hope will make us more effective in communicating with our students. We have a new website, a weekly e-newsletter and now an app, too. With these tools, we are creating new opportunities for students to connect with us and continue their prayer lives on campus.”

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Research by ND sociologist Christian Smith helps shape nationwide Catholic initiative

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth,” an initiative that brings Catholic parishes and schools together with Catholic families to strengthen and deepen their faith, is now active in some 60 dioceses in the United States and Canada.

According to those who conceived, organized and now direct this new and growing movement in youth ministry, social science research conducted by Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society, has been instrumental in the development of the program.

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Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research expands facility

Author: William G. Gilroy

Aerospace Engineering professor Tom Corke speaks with undergraduates at the wind tunnel at the White Field facility

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The University of Notre Dame’s Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research has added new laboratory space to its White Field facility.

The White Field facility opened in 2008 and was primarily designed to house three facilities: a 1750-horsepower, Mach 0.6 wind tunnel, a 400-horsepower transonic compressor facility and an 800-horsepower transonic turbine facility. A component of the University’s Center for Flow Physics and Control (FlowPac), the White Field Laboratory was designed to enhance the Notre Dame’s long history of aerospace research through the use of wind tunnels and other simulation equipment. It enables researchers to run experiments at high speeds, much closer to real flight conditions, including experiments preparing for the coming generations of ultra-efficient airplanes, including pilotless vehicles.

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Nitesh Chawla receives IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Nitesh Chawla

IBM has announced that Nitesh Chawla, the University of Notre Dame’s Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications, is one of the winners of its 2013 Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards for top-rated curricula and research that mix business and technical skills.

He joins 13 other researchers from around the world who will receive $10,000 each for top-rated curricula designed to develop business and technical skills required for data-crunching jobs.

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In memoriam: James A. Roemer, former director of community relations at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James Roemer

James A. Roemer, former director of community relations at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday (Aug. 10) in California. He was 83.

A native of South Bend, Roemer spent most of his childhood on or near the Notre Dame campus, where his father, William P. Roemer, taught philosophy. All of his five brothers graduated from the University and his sister, a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, earned a master’s degree from Notre Dame. Roemer’s high school years were spent at Notre Dame’s Holy Cross Seminary.

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A man’s occupation linked to time spent on housework, study finds

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A woman’s work is never done — or so the saying goes. Though women still do about two-thirds of household chores, the division of labor may depend on what her mate does for a living.

New research by University of Notre Dame Sociologist Elizabeth Aura McClintock shows that married or cohabiting men employed in heavily female occupations — such as teaching, child care or nursing — increase the time they spend doing housework, while their wives or partners decrease the time they spend on housework.

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Notre Dame engineering students provide young patient with a 'joy ride'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Memorial Hospital patient Austin Rousselow, 2, drives a Little Tikes Hummer car specially outfitted for him by Notre Dame students

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According to its website, “Little Tikes has provided countless hours of fun for all ages.” Two University of Notre Dame engineering students used a Little Tikes Hummer car to not just bring fun but to tremendously enrich the life of a young patient at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Derek Wolf and Jake Darnell are members of the University’s Class of 2013. During their engineering studies, they were members of SERO (Students Engineers Reaching Out), a group that uses their mechanical, structural, electrical, computer and industrial engineering skills to develop effective, efficient and sustainable solutions for a variety of not-for-profit organizations.

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Astronomers utilize Hubble Space Telescope to find source of Magellanic Stream

Author: Marissa Gebhard

These companion images show wide and close-up views of a long ribbon of gas called the Magellanic Stream, which stretches nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy

University of Notre Dame astronomers Nicolas Lehner and Christopher Howk, along with their collaborators, have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to solve a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy.

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream’s discovery by radio telescopes in the early 1970s, astronomers have wondered whether the gas comes from one or both of the satellite galaxies. New Hubble observations reveal most of the gas was stripped from the Small Magellanic Cloud about 2 billion years ago, and a second region of the stream originated more recently from the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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ND Expert: A bold proposal to save Egypt

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

As the political crisis continues between Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the country’s military-backed government, David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, says the Egyptian revolution is being lost and the Obama administration must act, before it’s too late.

“The glorious unarmed uprising of 2011 that so inspired the world is now being crushed by the armed forces,” Cortright says. “I grieve for the people of Egypt and the dangers that lie ahead, unless something is done.”

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Notre Dame adds new children's choir

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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The voices of 40 children will be added to the University of Notre Dame’s internationally renowned choirs this fall.

According to Mark B. Doerries, conductor of The University of Notre Dame Children’s Choir, “Our program is geared toward three populations: the children of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross faculty and staff; children from local Catholic and Protestant churches that do not currently have children’s choirs; and home schooling families who may not have access to artistic children’s programs.” Participation in the ecumenical choir is free, and information on auditions and registration is available online.

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Fulbright foreign language teachers get 'Americanized' at Notre Dame

Author: Brittany Collins

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The University of Notre Dame is hosting its eighth annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the coming academic year, bringing foreign language teachers from 28 countries to campus Aug. 5 through 8 (Monday through Thursday) for a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States. The program also will introduce them to important features of American culture in preparation for their teaching experiences across the country.

Most of the scholars participating in this year’s orientation have never been to the U.S. and will participate in workshops covering everything from how to prepare a syllabus to the rules of American football. See the schedule of events for a complete list of workshops as well as other orientation details.

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