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Notre Dame receives gold rating for sustainability achievements

Author: Notre Dame News

STARS gold seal

The University of Notre Dame has earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Scoring a 68.52 through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), Notre Dame improved its sustainability score by 17.25 points over three years.

Previously achieving a silver rating in 2011, this year’s gold rating places Notre Dame among the top 13 percent of more than 300 reporting institutions across the world and the highest rated of the nine participating schools in Indiana.

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2014: Year in Review

Author: Notre Dame News

Campus Crossroads Project

The calendar year 2014 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Here are some of them.

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Truly Christian and African: Notre Dame theologian Paulinus Odozor’s new book

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp.

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis nearly two years ago is only one illustration of how the Catholic Church has become less concentrated in Europe and North America than in the southern hemisphere. Nearly half of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics live in Latin America, and the Catholic Church in Africa, home to the largest seminaries in the world, is growing at an annual rate of more than 3 percent.

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Notre Dame study finds that mutual fund managers who are averse to losses are unlikely to succeed

Author: William G. Gilroy

Andriy Bodnaruk

A large body of research has established the fact that individual investors are concerned not only with the performance of their investments, but also with the risk of how much they could lose if their investments perform poorly. But what about professional fund managers? A new study by Andriy Bodnaruk of the University of Notre Dame and colleague Andrei Simonov of Michigan State University found that investment professionals vary greatly in their aversion to losses, and high managerial loss aversion negatively impacts chances for successful careers.

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ACE launches $1M project to improve reading outcomes in Haitian Catholic schools

Author: William Schmitt

Haiti Reads

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Haiti initiative recently launched its “Haiti Reads” project, an innovative literacy program in 52 Haitian Catholic schools. Working in partnership with the Haitian Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the project began in the summer and is supported by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, as well as additional funding and staff support from CRS and ACE.

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Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering launch new interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies

Author: Carrie Gates

Andre Murniek's classroom

The College of Arts and Letters and the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame will launch an interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies (CDT) starting in fall 2015.

The CDT minor will offer a foundation for Arts and Letters students interested in all facets of technology — from technology consulting and cybersecurity to the digital arts and humanities.

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New Notre Dame-IUSM study examines important Ebola protein

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robert Stahelin

A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, as well as a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, investigates how the most abundant protein that composes the Ebola virus, VP40, mediates replication of a new viral particle.

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Notre Dame Haiti Program dedicates new salt facility

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The following dignitaries from Haiti and Notre Dame cut a symbolic ribbon in celebration of the dedication of the new salt factory (L-R): Rev. Thomas Streit, founder and principal investigator of the Notre Dame Haiti Program; Dr. Florence Guillaume, the Haitian Minister for Public Health and Population (MSPP); Earl Carter, managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program; Sophia Martelly, the first lady of Haiti; and Joseline Marhone Pierre, director of the Office of Nutrition, MSPP

In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and the Population (MSPP), the Congregation of Holy Cross and other partners, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program dedicated a new fortified salt production plant Monday (Dec. 8) in Delmas, Haiti. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Sophia Martelly, first lady of Haiti.

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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center releases 2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: Jessica Baron

Google Glass

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2015.

The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.

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National Institutes of Health renews funding for VectorBase program at Notre Dame

Author: William G. Gilroy


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed funding for VectorBase, a bioinformatics resource center based at the University of Notre Dame since 2004 that manages genomic information on arthropods and other invertebrates that transmit human pathogens.

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The scholarship of sports

Author: Carol Bradley

A program from the first Max Schmeling--Joe Louis heavyweight fight in 1936

The Joyce Sports Research Collection, in the Hesburgh Library’s Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, includes 5,000 book titles alone, plus hundreds of periodicals, photographs (including an important collection of boxing photographs), and tens of thousands of pieces of printed ephemera on athletic sports, physical culture, recreation and leisure, as well as sports literature and journalism. The emphasis is on American sports up to about 1950.

“People think, ‘Oh, sports,’ says curator George Rugg. “But sports have been a subject of scholarly interest for decades, in sociology, anthropology and history.

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In memoriam: Thomas J. Mason, former vice president for business affairs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In memoriam: Thomas J. Mason

Thomas J. Mason, former vice president for business affairs at the University of Notre Dame, died Nov. 24 (Monday) in Naples, Florida. He was 82 years old.

A native of Detroit, Mason studied at St. Jerome School in Kitchener, Ontario, before serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In 1959, he was graduated from the University of Detroit and earned a master’s degree in business administration from there in 1963.

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The Paradox of Generosity

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Christian Smith

The notion of generosity, and the ways in which we deal generously—or not—with our friends, family and communities—is the heart of the book, which is based on empirical data collected during five years of research as part of the Science of Generosity Initiative.

The research draws on a survey of 2,000 Americans, 60 in-depth interviews with individuals across 12 states, and more than 1,000 photographs and other visual materials.

The conclusion Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, draws is that there’s a direct correlation with happiness and generosity. “The more generous Americans are, the more happiness, health and purpose in life they enjoy,” he says.

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Environmental Change Initiative’s Peter Annin to brief congressional staffers on Great Lakes Compact

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Annin

Peter Annin, managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), will provide a briefing on the Great Lakes Compact to Congressional staff members in Washington, D.C., on Friday (Dec. 5).

The briefing was organized by the nonprofit, bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Institute. Honorary sponsors of the briefing are Senate Great Lakes Task Force co-chairs Sens. Carl Levin and Mark Kirk, Senate vice-chairs Debbie Stabenow and Rob Portman, and House Great Lakes Task Force Chairs Candice Miller, John Dingell, Sean Duffy and Louise Slaughter.

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Notre Dame physicists educate and inspire using CERN data

Author: Marissa Gebhard


Researchers and educators around the world now have access to data that CERN has recently made public from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment — considered to be one of the largest international scientific collaborations in history. Two programs managed at the University of Notre Dame, QuarkNet and I2U2, have played important roles in developing tools and programs for the early use of this data that could address some of the most fundamental questions about the origin and composition of the universe.

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Notre Dame to renovate Hesburgh Library

Author: Tara O'Leary

Library renovation - Level 1 north view

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, the University will begin an interior renovation of the iconic building later this month.

Named in honor of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the Hesburgh Library is the flagship for Notre Dame’s library system, collectively called the Hesburgh Libraries. Grand in both vision and scale, the building is more than 440,000 square feet, stands 14 stories tall and is believed to have been the largest collegiate library of its day.

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Notre Dame’s crèche pilgrimage: Celebrating life’s most intimate moment

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Crèches From Around the World - Mexico

When the University of Notre Dame’s Crèche Pilgrimage begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 7) in the Eck Visitors Center, those on hand to visit, view and pray at some 30 Nativity scenes on exhibit throughout the campus will be participating in a Christmas tradition as ancient as it is universal.

“Mary is the most ‘inculturated’ person in the Church,” said John Cavadini, professor of theology and director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL). “Nowhere is this more evident than in the depiction of the Nativity of the Lord as interpreted by people of the various cultures of the world who have embraced this mystery in their heart. In these crèches, we are at once invited into one of the most intimate moments in a family’s life, the welcoming of a newborn child, and in contemplating this scene, we are invited into what Christian faith believes to be the most intimate moment between God and creation, the Incarnation.”

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