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Father Gustavo Gutierrez receives welcome in Rome

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P.

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and widely acknowledged founder of the “liberation theology” movement, was in Rome earlier this week, the surprise speaker at a Vatican book launch.

Father Gutierrez was helping to launch a book, “Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church,” edited by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who directs the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two of the book’s chapters were written by Father Gutierrez, and its introduction was written by Pope Francis.

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Notre Dame awarded U.S. Department of State grant to train young African leaders

Author: Notre Dame News

Golden Dome

As part of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), a group of collaborators at the University of Notre Dame has received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to train young African leaders in entrepreneurship. The collaborators include the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Nonprofit Executive Program, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the University’s Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program.

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In memoriam: Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, died Feb. 14 (Friday) after a brief illness. He was 84.

A native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, Freeman began a lifelong career in chemistry while working in his father’s drugstore and discovering that he could obtain a wide variety of chemicals from the store’s suppliers.

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Anthropologist Lee Gettler discusses fatherhood research at AAAS annual meeting

Author: William G. Gilroy


A presentation by University of Notre Dame anthropologist Lee Gettler at the recent “Building Babies” session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) highlighted new research that contributes a number of novel insights into our understanding of the way men’s biology can respond to the demands of parenthood and drew significant media attention.

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Notre Dame hosts conference on the Catholic Church and immigration

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"The Church and Immigration"

Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of Guatemala and University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will be among the scholars, pastoral workers, church leaders, public policymakers and advocates for migrants and refugees who will gather at the University from March 2 to 5 for a conference on the role of the Catholic Church in the lives of migrants and refugees.

Titled “The Church and Immigration” and hosted by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, the conference will begin with a keynote address by Bishop Ramazzini at 7 p.m. March 2 (Sunday) in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

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Notre Dame to adjust admission practices for prospective business undergraduates

Author: Dennis Brown

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

In response to the growth of its undergraduate business school, the University of Notre Dame is adopting new admission practices for students interested in enrolling in the Mendoza College of Business. The new policy, which will commence with the fall 2015 first-year class, will cap enrollment at 550 per graduating class.

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Notre Dame a partner in two manufacturing innovation institutes awarded by President Barack Obama

Author: Sue Lister

The University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a research partner in both of the advanced manufacturing institutes named Tuesday (Feb. 25) by President Barack Obama to receive government and private sector funding to help revolutionize manufacturing in the United States. Notre Dame is one of only two universities to be named a partner in both institutes.

Chicago’s Digital Lab for Manufacturing and the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) Institute in Canton, Mich., were each awarded $70 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to enhance advanced manufacturing infrastructure and activity in the United States.

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New ND-GAIN partnership addresses climate risk in supply chains

Author: Notre Dame News


Climate indicators and country risk ratings developed by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), the world’s leading research index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with climate disruption and other global shifts, will be instrumental in a new partnership announced Tuesday (Feb. 25) whose goal is to develop the Climate Change Risk Management (CCRM) application.

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Sue Lister promoted to director of public relations

Author: Dennis Brown

Sue Lister

Sue Lister, associate director of internal communications at the University of Notre Dame, has been promoted to director of public relations.

In her new role, Lister will oversee a team of writers and media specialists to help proactively tell the Notre Dame story. In addition to media relations efforts, Lister’s team manages news on the Notre Dame website and the University’s social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. Lister also will assist with crisis and issues communications.

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Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella to deliver 2014 Keeley Vatican Lecture

Author: Monica Caro

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and Titular Archbishop of Vicohabentia, will deliver the 2014 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 26) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Archbishop Fisichella’s lecture, titled “The Role of the Church in Contemporary Society,” is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame Haiti Program expands distribution of disease-preventing salt nationwide

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Bon Sel Dayiti

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program has established a partnership with Carribex S.A., one of the largest food corporations in Haiti, to distribute the program’s Bon Sel Dayiti, co-fortified salt that will reduce preventable disease in Haiti. With Carribex’s nationwide distribution network, the salt is now available to most of Haiti’s 10 million people.

More than 2 million Haitians are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne disease that is the second leading cause of long-term disfigurement and disability worldwide. The debilitating and socially marginalizing disease, also known as elephantiasis, is carried by mosquitoes.

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Joannes Westerink to receive inaugural Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award

Author: Nina Welding

Joannes Westerink

The American Society of Civil Engineers has named Joannes J. Westerink the inaugural recipient of the Orville T. Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award. Westerink is the Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering and Henry J. Massman Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. The award will be presented at the 34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering in Seoul, Korea, in June.

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Notre Dame team wins top honors in 2014 Cardinal Challenge

Author: Notre Dame News


NanDio, a team of students from the University of Notre Dame, took first place in the 2014 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge held Feb. 14-15 by the University of Louisville College of Business.

The team was honored for its business plan to commercialize an oral cancer detection device for dentists. All teams were judged on their written plan, the poise and professionalism of their presentation and the viability of their venture.

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Notre Dame tuition increase same as previous year’s

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Blue and gold academic seal

In a letter to parents and guardians of students returning for the next academic year, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., thanked them for their investment in Notre Dame and the sacrifices they make to pay for “an educational experience that is second to none.” Father Jenkins said the University is honored that parents and guardians have sent their sons and daughters to Notre Dame to learn, discover and grow in their academic, social, emotional and spiritual lives.

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University of Notre Dame acquires Léon Krier Library and Archives

Author: Tara O'Leary

Léon Krier

The University of Notre Dame announces the acquisition of the Léon Krier Library and Archives. This monumental acquisition will become part of the University’s permanent research collection and serve as the cornerstone for a research center devoted to the study of classical and traditional architecture and urbanism.

Krier is recognized today as one of the world’s most distinguished architects and urbanists. A leading neo-traditional architect and planner, Krier is best known for the development of Poundbury, the New Urban development outside of Dorchester, U.K.

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Student-Parent Leadership Conference to celebrate National TRiO Day

Author: Brittany Collins

12th annual Student-Parent Leadership Conference

Representatives of the University of Notre Dame and the local community will gather Saturday (Feb. 22) for the 12th annual Student-Parent Leadership Conference at Notre Dame in celebration of National TRiO Day.

The conference begins with a college fair and refreshments, with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. in McKenna Hall. Stephen Ponzillo, director of Notre Dame’s TRiO Programs, will welcome participants, followed by comments from State Rep. Dale DeVon and a pre-recorded message from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly.

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Student-led conference to explore evolving field of international human development

Author: Genevieve Gill-Wiehl, Anna Kottkamp and Ilse Zenteno

Human Development Conference 2014

The sixth annual Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame will bring together hundreds of students and guests from Notre Dame and colleges and universities as far away as Uganda, India, the Dominican Republic and Switzerland to share their research experiences in the developing world and discuss the meaning of authentic human development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Notre Dame ranks on Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing schools

Author: Notre Dame News

Peace Corps volunteer Tricia Wilbur in Panama

For the 14th year in a row, the University of Notre Dame has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. With 18 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the University ranks No. 16, up two spots from last year. Since the agency was created in 1961, 874 Notre Dame graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

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Alumnus Adam Cowden awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Author: Carrie Gates

Adam Cowden

Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall.

Cowden is one of only 40 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious scholarship, from an initial field of approximately 800 applicants.

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ND Expert: Recalls damage GM, Toyota brands

Author: Shannon Chapla

Kaitlin Wowak

General Motors (GM) on Thursday (Feb. 13) announced it is recalling nearly 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s in North America because the compact cars’ engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause deadly crashes. This follows a massive global recall yesterday by Toyota Motor Corp. of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall.

Kaitlin Wowak, assistant professor of management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, says both companies’ brands will suffer.

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Kevin Bowyer to receive IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award

Author: Nina Welding

Kevin Bowyer

Kevin W. Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award. Bowyer is being recognized for his “pioneering contributions to the science and engineering of biometrics” and will receive the award, along with the four other honorees, during a ceremony to be held in Seattle in June.

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Wolfgang Porod to serve as AAAS Annual Meeting panelist

Author: William G. Gilroy

Wolfgang Porod

Wolfgang Porod, Frank M. Friemann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, will be a featured panelist for a session titled “Nanoelectronics for Renewable Energy: How Nanoscale Innovations Address Global Needs” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Feb. 13-17 (Thursday-Monday) in Chicago.

Thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers and journalists from around the world gather at the annual meeting to discuss recent developments in science and technology.

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Nanovic Institute awards $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize to 'Modernity and Bourgeois Life'

Author: Monica Caro

Jerrold Seigel, "Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics, and Culture in England, France, and Germany since 1750"

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2014 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Jerrold Seigel for his book “Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics, and Culture in England, France, and Germany since 1750,” published by Cambridge University Press (2012).

The $10,000 prize is presented annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole, and rotates between the humanities and history and social sciences.

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