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Notre Dame, Downtown South Bend collaborate on Jefferson Street bridge ‘ephemeral garden’

Author: Brittany Collins

Jefferson Street bridge in South Bend (credit: Nathan Holth)

The University of Notre Dame is working with South Bend officials and residents to design an “ephemeral garden” on the Jefferson Street bridge, a temporary oasis of grassy spaces, plants and pavilions that would let visitors relax and enjoy nature and the beauty of the city. Notre Dame students will participate in an all-day design charrette Saturday (Nov. 1), and will present their ideas from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 2) at a public reception in the Bond Hall gallery at Notre Dame.

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Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, to speak at Notre Dame Forum

Author: Brittany Collins

Richard Brodhead

Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus.

The 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Brodhead will speak on the importance of the humanities in higher education, followed by a discussion between Brodhead and John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.

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In memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology emerita at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Joan Aldous

Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (Oct. 29) in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old.

A native of Washington, D.C., Aldous was 12 years old when her father died, and her suddenly widowed mother obtained an advanced degree from Columbia University, subsequently teaching home economics, child care and family relations at Kansas State University. Her mother’s difficult and, in those days, highly unconventional choice of a career path so affected Aldous that she ever afterward credited it as inspiration for her own somewhat groundbreaking career.

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Notre Dame’s junior faculty achieve record success in nationally competitive awards

Author: William G. Gilroy

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized eight University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science for their excellence in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Additionally, two faculty members have been awarded Young Investigator Program (YIP) Awards from the Army Research Office.

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Mary Martin

Author: Jane Morrow

Mary Martin, 88, died Monday, Oct. 6. She retired from Notre Dame in 1990 after working 18 years in North Dining Hall.

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United Way kick off in October

Author: Carol Bradley

Live United

In past years, the generosity of the faculty and staff has made Notre Dame the largest workforce contributor in St. Joseph County, helping improve education, health and financial stability of individuals and families in our community.

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Waldo Mikels-Carrasco: Supporting the United Way

Author: Carol C. Bradley

What are the forces that keep people in poverty?


Waldo Mikels-Carrasco hadn’t been involved with the United Way until he was called in to provide information to the agency on health disparities in St. Joseph County. 


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Live United, a United Way-ACC partnership

Author: Gene Stowe

Lacrosse player mentors 6-year-old cancer patient


When the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team was paired with Bobby Russell last fall as part of Fighting Irish Fight for Life, a Student Welfare & Development program, midfield player Katherine McManus was immediately drawn to the 6-year-old who had been undergoing cancer treatments since he was 2.…

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New study identifies potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines

Author: Stephanie Healey

Notre Dame researchers and their collaborators explain how identifying distinctions between mutant (yellow) and normal (orange) immune targets can help locate neo-epitopes that elicit anti-cancer immune responses

A team of University of Notre Dame scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Connecticut, have announced the results of a new study on identifying potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines. The paper, “Genomic and bioinformatic profiling of mutational neoepitopes reveals new rules to predict anticancer immunogenicity,” was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The research group at Notre Dame was led by Brian Baker, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and included Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and graduate student Cory Ayers.

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Cardinal Müller among speakers at fall conference of Center for Ethics and Culture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The crucifix in Moreau Seminary chapel

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Nobel laureate economist James J. Heckman will be among the speakers at the 15th annual fall conference of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Oct. 30-Nov.1 (Thursday-Saturday).

The conference, “Your Light Will Rise in Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will take as its theme an admonition made by Pope Francis in his address last year to the Archbishop of Canterbury. “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ,” Pope Francis said, “is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.”

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IT maintenance

Author: Lenette Votava

A computer with caution tape around it

Office of Information Technologies (OIT) systems engineers will perform a variety of maintenance and upgrades that will affect many IT services on Sunday, October 26, from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET).

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'Gay in Christ' conference to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey


A two-day conference, “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity,” co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) and the Gender Relations Center, will convene Oct. 31 (Friday) to explore appropriate pastoral strategies for Catholic parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual, but who accept Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

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Washington Post writer Wil Haygood, author of 'The Butler,' to speak at Notre Dame

Author: College of Arts and Letters

Wil Haygood (Courtesy of Julia Ewan)

Washington Post national writer Wil Haygood, whose feature story provided the basis for the movie “The Butler,” will discuss his career as a journalist and author Oct. 28 (Tuesday) at the University of Notre Dame.

The conversation, which is open to the public and free of charge, will begin at 7 p.m. and take place in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Notre Dame Avenue.

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Campus Crossroads: Helping students find their passion

Author: Sue Lister

Campus Crossroads Career Center

Students face many decisions during their time at Notre Dame, including important choices about their future after graduation. These choices will begin to shape them as individuals and the potential impact they will have on the world.

Career services at Notre Dame offer a holistic approach to helping students find their calling through a number of resources and experiences. These services and programs are about to be significantly enhanced as a result of the Campus Crossroads project.

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Notre Dame faculty share research discoveries on NPR's 'Science Friday'

Author: Marissa Gebhard

"Science Friday"

Three University of Notre Dame faculty in the College of Science will speak about their research at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15) in the Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. They will appear on the national radio show “Science Friday” to be broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country.

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Center for STEM Education launches Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program

Author: William Schmitt


Excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical for the nation’s continued social and economic well-being and security. In order to foster growth in these disciplines, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education is launching the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program.

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College of Arts and Letters and College of Science launch new major in neuroscience and behavior

Author: Carrie Gates

Beginning in fall 2014, the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and College of Science will offer a collaborative major in neuroscience and behavior, which will include both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science tracks.

Neuroscience is a relatively young field devoted to the scientific study of the nervous system. It encompasses many different levels of analysis — from the study of molecular mechanisms in individual neurons to the evolution of nervous systems to the development of models of human thinking, affect and behavior.

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Notre Dame sociologists explore the paradox of generosity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"The Paradox of Generosity" by Christian Smith

For most religious believers, it is an article of faith that it is more blessed to give than to receive. For at least two University of Notre Dame sociologists, it is an article of fact as well.

In their recently published book, “The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose,” Christian Smith, Notre Dame’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, and sociology doctoral candidate Hilary Davidson provide empirical evidence in support of the biblical admonition. According to their analysis of measurable data, people who are generous with their money, time and associations are happier, healthier and more resilient than their less generous counterparts.

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Campus Crossroads: Economic development: Solid impact

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Campus Crossroads: Economic development

The recent financial crisis truly hit the Michiana construction industry in late 2009 after the completion of major projects at the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and Cook Nuclear Plant.

Area demand became so soft that the local unions stopped taking on new apprentices while their members struggled to find enough work, said Mike Compton, the business manager of IBEW Local 153, the region’s electrical workers’ union.

But there was one place the cranes and backhoes never stopped: the University of Notre Dame. And now with the $400 million Campus Crossroads Project, construction is ramping up.

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Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

Author: Dennis Brown

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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Notre Dame to establish Keough School of Global Affairs; Scott Appleby appointed founding dean

Author: Dennis Brown

Rendering of Jenkins Hall

The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday (Oct.1) the creation of the first new college or school at the University in nearly a century — the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of global religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school.

The establishment of the school as well as the construction of Jenkins Hall to house it has been made possible by gifts totaling $50 million from Donald and Marilyn Keough, among the most generous benefactors in the University’s history. Construction of the hall will begin in the spring, and it will open in August 2017.

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