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Global business leaders accept student invitation to address ‘Mortgaging the Future’ in Notre Dame panel discussion

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Blue and gold academic seal

A presentation and panel discussion on generational equity and the economic challenges awaiting America’s youth will be held at the University of Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 (Wednesday) in the auditorium of Washington Hall.

The discussion, “Mortgaging the Future: Millennials’ Declining Share of the Economic Pie,” will be introduced by Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame to host conference on theology of Mary

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Our Lady of Vladimir

A conference of theologians will convene Oct. 6-8 (Sunday-Tuesday) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall for a new consideration of recent, but lately overlooked, scholarship on Mary.

The conference, “Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council,” is being sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life. It will focus on the works of several prominent Catholic thinkers of the 20th century — among them Karl and Hugo Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Yves Congar, Henri de Lubac and Thomas Merton — and examine their implications for the 21st century.

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Notre Dame endowment returns 11.8 percent for fiscal year 2013

Author: Dennis Brown

closeup of the Golden Dome

The University of Notre Dame endowment returned 11.8 percent for the year ending June 30, according to Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer.

The endowment pool value grew from $7.4 billion on June 30, 2012, to $8.3 billion on June 30. The University benefited from spending distributions of some $286 million for the fiscal year.

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‘Good Morning America’ to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with broadcast from Notre Dame on Oct. 1

Author: Julie Hail Flory

ABC News Goes Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ABC News’ “Good Morning America” (GMA) will observe the start of the occasion with special coverage on Tuesday (Oct. 1) that will include live remote broadcasts from a number of locations across the country, including the University of Notre Dame, where the Kelly Cares Foundation has invited some 200 breast cancer survivors and their families to assemble for the event.

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Notre Dame hosts seventh annual energy week

Author: William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame Energy Week

The University of Notre Dame will host its seventh annual Notre Dame Energy Week from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4 (Sunday through Friday) at various campus locations.

Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame and greeND, Energy Week provides educational programs that promote general awareness and increased understanding of issues and topics related to sustainable energy.

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Armed and attentive: The face is the focus for a person wielding a gun, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

James Brockmole

A person wielding a gun focuses more intently on the face of an opponent with a gun, presumably to try to determine that person’s likelihood of pulling the trigger, according to a new study that builds on gun-in-hand research from the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame Associate Professor of Psychology James Brockmole, who specializes in human cognition and how the visual world guides behavior, conducted the research at Notre Dame with Adam Biggs, currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Jessica Witt, associate professor of cognitive psychology at Colorado State University.

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Matthew and Joyce Walsh make $27 million gift to Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Blue and gold academic seal

University of Notre Dame alumnus Matthew Walsh and his wife, Joyce, have made a $27 million gift to his alma mater. In recognition of the gift, the University will name in their honor a new building for the School of Architecture.

“Matt and Joyce have been tremendous leaders and generous supporters of architecture at Notre Dame, including a gift for the renovation of our new facility in Rome and chairing our advisory council,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “This gift is simply transformative in nature. It will allow the University to take what already is a remarkable architecture school and make it among the very best in the world. We are grateful beyond words.”

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Notre Dame team leads effort to track genetically engineered organisms in the wild

Author: Arnie Phifer

Atlantic salmon (Courtesy Timothy Knepp, USFWS)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a multidisciplinary team of University of Notre Dame researchers a grant of $500,000 to develop a new technology for tracking the movement of genetically engineered (GE) organisms and their byproducts in the environment.

“Understanding and monitoring the dispersal of these organisms is a critical component of the safe and responsible use of transgenic technology,” said principal investigator Scott Egan, a research assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative and researcher in the University’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI).

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Economic Impact Report finds growing partnership between ND and region

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Eddy Street Commons

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From a local restaurateur who chose Eddy Street Commons for his latest venture to a program that pairs University of Notre Dame entrepreneurial graduates with local mentors to save the city millions of tax dollars, a growing partnership between the University and its surrounding community is generating an economic boost for the region.

The economic impact of the University of Notre Dame’s employment, spending, students, visitors and research brought $1.167 billion in economic activity and 13,766 jobs to St. Joseph County last year, a new study finds.

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Vatican expert and journalist John Allen to speak on the global Church

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John L. Allen Jr.

John L. Allen Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and Vatican analyst for CNN, will speak on “Seeing the Church with Global Eyes: The Rise of a World Church and What It Means for American Catholics” at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 30) in the Andrews Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Geddes Hall.

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Kroc Institute to host 15th Annual John Howard Yoder Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace

Author: Joan Fallon

Ricardo Esquivia

Ricardo Esquivia, a Colombian Mennonite who has dedicated his life to building peace in Colombia, will discuss peace, justice and human rights at the 15th Annual Yoder Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Sponsored by the Kroc Institute, the talk, titled “Building Just Peace in Colombia,” will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 (Thursday) in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium.

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Notre Dame installs new telescope on Jordan Hall

Author: William G. Gilroy

Installation of the Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope on the roof of the Jordan Hall of Science

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The University of Notre Dame has completed installation of the new Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope on the roof of the Jordan Hall of Science.

The telescope, which features a 0.8-meter (32-inch diameter) mirror, will be especially useful for undergraduate astronomy research. The light collecting area of the mirror makes it one of the largest telescopes in Indiana.

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Notre Dame to dedicate new DNA Learning Center

Author: Marissa Gebhard

DNA Learning Center

In collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame will dedicate the DNA Learning Center at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 28) in the Jordan Hall of Science, Room 139. The event is open to the public.

A hands-on science center devoted to modern biology education, the DNA Learning Center will prepare local K-12 students to thrive in the gene age.

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Nanovics make leadership gift for social sciences building at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

The University seal as seen from Notre Dame Avenue

Robert S. and Elizabeth Nanovic of North Yarmouth, Maine, have made a leadership gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of a new social sciences building in the College of Arts and Letters.

Nanovic Hall will be built on Notre Dame Avenue, south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, and will house the Departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed by August 2017, prior to the start of the academic year.

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New paper describes genetic connections between biological rhythms, timing of feeding and insulin sensitivity

Author: William G. Gilroy

Part of the research team investigating the role of the Id2 gene in circadian-metabolic function

A new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers, which appears in the Sept. 2 edition of the journal PLoS ONE, is a significant step in understanding the molecular genetic and physiological basis for a spectrum of metabolic diseases related to circadian function.

Obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic levels and are responsible for increased morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Furthermore, the incidence of metabolic disease is significantly elevated in shift-work personnel, revealing an important link between the circadian clock, the sleep-wake cycle, time-of-day feeding and metabolism.

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ND Expert: Diplomacy is on the rise

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

Diplomacy appears to be on the rise. Not only has a negotiated agreement replaced military threats in Syria, a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran now also seems plausible.

President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani both will speak at the United Nations on Tuesday (Sept. 24).

“The signals from Iran have been encouraging of late, with Rouhani promising ‘constructive engagement’ and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urging ‘heroic leniency’ in talks with the West,” says David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “Achieving progress with Iran will be difficult given the deep differences between Washington and Tehran. Each side will need to make a conciliatory gesture to break the ice. Iran desperately wants sanctions relief and would probably offer significant concessions in return for an easing of economic pressure.”

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

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 comments made by Pope Francis that were released via media today (Sept. 19).

“Pope Francis speaks in a loving, welcoming voice that resonates at Notre Dame and the world over for those who hunger for the Church’s inclusive, spiritual embrace grounded in the ‘simple, profound, radiant’ Gospel message of God’s love and mercy.”

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Notre Dame's 13th annual Blue Mass to be celebrated Sept. 26

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Blue Mass

The 13th annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 26 (Thursday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside, and Rev. James Bracke, C.S.C., will preach at the Mass.

Named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by officers in police and fire departments nationwide, the Blue Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional “month’s mind” Mass for the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Notre Dame high-energy physicists receive NSF award to continue work with CERN

Author: Gene Stowe

Notre Dame high-energy physicists (L to R) Mitch Wayne, Kevin Lannon, Colin Jessop, Randy Ruchti, Mike Hildreth and Nancy Marinelli (not pictured) worked with a number of international collaborators on the search for the Higgs boson

University of Notre Dame high-energy physicists have received a $2.4 million, three-year award from the National Science Foundation to continue their work on the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment on campus and at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The group’s work includes physics analysis central to the recent Higgs boson discovery.

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New Notre Dame program to train theology teachers for Catholic schools

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life Echo program

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) has announced a new program to train recent college graduates for service as theology teachers in Catholic middle and high schools.

The new initiative, Echo Teaching Theology, is receiving applications now through January, and will begin in the summer of 2014. In partnership with ICL’s Echo program, which since 2004 has trained catechetical leaders for ministry in Catholic parishes, and Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, Echo Teaching Theology will offer participating students a tuition-free graduate degree in theology through summer studies at Notre Dame, service in Catholic schools and dioceses, and human and spiritual formation in Echo communities nationwide.

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Hesburgh Library to celebrate 50th anniversary

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"Word of Life" mural (aka "Touchdown Jesus")

The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library will mark its 50th anniversary with a slate of events during the 2013-14 academic year in celebration of the library’s enduring mission of connecting people to knowledge and the vital contributions the Hesburgh Libraries have made to the advancement of Notre Dame, its faculty, students and alumni.

A ceremony inaugurating the 50th anniversary celebration will be held Friday (Sept. 20) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the library’s Richard and Margaret Carey Courtyard.

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James Frabutt to lead academic community engagement initiative

Author: Dennis Brown

James M. Frabutt

James M. Frabutt, director of the Teaching Exceptional Children (TEC) program in the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program, has been asked by Provost Thomas G. Burish to take on the additional responsibility of serving as the director of academic community engagement.

In his new role, Frabutt will help facilitate and promote connecting the many intellectual assets of Notre Dame’s faculty to community, social, cultural, human and economic development. This additional set of duties was recommended by the University’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council, a body established in 2011 to deepen a culture of engagement between Notre Dame and community partners.

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Notre Dame philosopher Vittorio Hösle appointed to Vatican academy by Pope Francis

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Vittorio G. Hösle

Vittorio G. Hösle, Paul Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis.

“We were very gratified to learn of Professor Hösle’s appointment to this truly distinguished body,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Hösle for this well-deserved and important recognition, and thank him for helping Notre Dame fulfill its mission of serving the Church through scholarship.”

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Notre Dame researcher awarded grant to study improving water quality in Lake Erie

Author: Jim Erickson

Sheila Christopher

Sheila Christopher, a research assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, has won a research grant to study the effects of new farmland-drainage practices in reducing farm runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Christopher, who works with Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences Jennifer Tank on the Land Use and Water Quality program at ECI, won the $155,358 grant from the University of Michigan Water Center for her project, “Watershed-scale assessment of stacked drainage practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin to improve water quality.”

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Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art presents 'The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present'

Author: Gilberto Cardenas

"The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present"

The Crossroads Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture will begin the fall 2013 semester with an exhibition titled, “The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present.” This exhibition, now on tour in the form of educational panels, images and didactics, was originally organized and toured by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. The original show examined the missing chapter in Mexican history that highlighted the African contributions to Mexican culture over the past nearly 500 years.

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Notre Dame Forum events to explore women in leadership

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2013 ND Forum

The 2013-14 Notre Dame Forum, titled “Women in Leadership,” will include a variety of events focusing on the roles and realities of women who are leaders in their fields, beginning with an event this month featuring two leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The goal of this year’s forum is to spotlight over the course of the academic year the extraordinary contributions and achievements of women across a range of fields, creating opportunities for the Notre Dame community to learn from the personal accounts of women who have risen to the top of their professions,” said University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Notre Dame community of faith responds to call for peace in Syria

Author: John Guimond

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World

The University of Notre Dame community of faith will join Pope Francis and people of faith around the world for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World on Saturday (Sept. 7). Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Peace Fellowship, Militia of the Immaculata and other student organizations have planned a series of events and liturgies to mark the day of fasting and prayer, and they welcome participation in person or in spirit.

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Newly renovated Morris Inn now open to the public

Author: Megan Akatu

Morris Inn at dusk

After a more than $30 million renovation and expansion, the Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame reopened to the public Sept. 1 (Sunday). The hotel had been closed since the project began in October.

“The Morris Inn has been completely reimagined to better serve our guests, while still preserving the spirit and tradition of the original hotel and supporting the academic mission of the University,” Director and General Manager Joe Kurth said. “We look forward to welcoming our guests ‘a thousand times over,’ as they experience everything the University of Notre Dame has to offer.”

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