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Notre Dame to host conference on civil marriage

Author: Michael O. Garvey

“For Richer, For Poorer, For Children: The Definition and Importance of Civil Marriage”

A conference on the political and social significance of civil marriage will be held Thursday (April 3) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.

The conference, “For Richer, For Poorer, For Children: The Definition and Importance of Civil Marriage,” is being sponsored by Students for Child-Oriented Policy.

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Notre Dame to award 7 honorary degrees at Commencement

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Judith Jamison

Six distinguished figures in business, the Church, community leadership, education, engineering and the performing arts will join principal speaker Christopher Patten as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday).

The ceremony will be held in the morning at Notre Dame Stadium in order to accommodate as many guests as possible. Undergraduate diploma ceremonies for each college and school will be held the afternoon of May 18, and the Law School, graduate business and Graduate School ceremonies will take place May 17.

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Biologist Kenneth Miller to receive Notre Dame’s 2014 Laetare Medal

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Kenneth R. Miller

Kenneth R. Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement ceremony May 18 (Sunday).

“Kenneth Miller has given eloquent and incisive witness both to scientific acumen and religious belief,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “As an accomplished biologist and an articulate believer, he pursues two distinct but harmonious vocations and illustrates how science and faith can mutually flourish.”

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Rome symposium, exhibit to highlight the digital future of world heritage

Author: William G. Gilroy

DHARMA in Rome

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John R. Phillips, U.S. ambassador to Italy, will be in attendance as an exhibit and symposium highlighting the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture’s discoveries at the historic Roman Forum open April 2 (Wednesday) in Rome. Dario Franceschini, Italy’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and Véronique Dauge, head of the Cultural Unit, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, also will be in attendance.

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Peter Woo named recipient of Indiana Campus Compact student community commitment award

Author: John Guimond

Peter Woo speaks at the 2014 TEDxUND event

Senior Peter Woo, Class of 2014, a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a finance and philosophy major with a minor in Chinese at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) 2014 Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. The annual award recognizes the efforts of students from an Indiana college or university for the impact they have in their communities and on the citizens of Indiana.

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Ann Janiszewski

Author: Jane Morrow

Ann Janiszewski, 100, died Thursday, Mar 20. She retired in 1978 after more than 25 years in Procurement Services.

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Evelyn P. Pinter

Author: Jane Morrow

Evelyn P. Pinter, 97, died on Tuesday, Mar. 25. She retired from University of Notre Dame.

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Harris Wofford to deliver spring installment of Hesburgh Libraries Lecture Series

Author: Tara O'Leary

Harris Wofford

Harris Wofford, senior adviser to the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute, will deliver the final installment of the Hesburgh Libraries Lecture Series for the 2013-2014 academic year at 4 p.m. April 4 (Friday) in the Hesburgh Library William J. Carey Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Wofford’s lecture is titled, “Father Hesburgh and Human Rights: His Legacy and Our Bridge to the Future.” This event is free and open to the public. It will be followed immediately by a reception in Special Collections, Room 102 in the Hesburgh Library.

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IT maintenance on Sunday, March 30

Author: Lenette Votava

A computer with caution tape around it

Office of Information Technologies (OIT) systems engineers will perform a variety of planned maintenance activities and upgrades from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30 (ET).

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Notre Dame scientists develop largest developmental proteomic data set for any animal

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog

Now that the human genome is sequenced, University of Notre Dame researchers are focusing on the study of the proteome, which is the protein content of an organism, tissue or cell. Bioanalytical chemist Norman Dovichi and molecular biologist Paul Huber have successfully tracked the changing patterns of protein expression during early development of Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog, embryos. They have developed the largest data set on developmental proteomics for any organism, and have included the single-cell zygote.

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Keough-Naughton Institute announces inaugural Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Breandán Ó Buachalla

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies announces the inaugural Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 27) in the Hesburgh Library Rare Books Room on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

As part of the Twentieth Anniversary Speakers and Public Talks Series, the lecture honors the late Breandán Ó Buachalla, the first Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, who was instrumental to the success of both the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Department of Irish Language and Literature.

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Tenth annual Relay for Life set for March 28-29

Author: Brittany Collins

Patrick and Shannon Deasey, honorary chairs of the 2014 Relay for Life

The 10th annual Relay for Life at the University of Notre Dame will take place from 6 p.m. March 28 (Friday) to 9 a.m. March 29 (Saturday) in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Relay for Life brings communities around the world together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith to deliver 2014 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism

Author: Jane Murphy

Hedrick Smith

Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and best-selling author Hedrick Smith will deliver the 2014 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism at the University of Notre Dame on April 2 (Wednesday).

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on campus.

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Ruan Yisan to receive 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award in Chicago

Author: Notre Dame News

Ruan Yisan

Ruan Yisan, historic preservationist and professor of architecture at Tongji University, will receive the 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award on March 29 (Saturday) at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago. Ruan will receive the award in conjunction with the Richard H. Driehaus Prize ceremony, at which the Driehaus Prize will be presented to Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi.

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Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi to receive 2014 Driehaus Prize in Chicago

Author: Notre Dame News

Pier Carlo Bontempi

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi will receive the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize from the University of Notre Dame at a ceremony to be held on March 29 (Saturday) at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago.

Bontempi’s award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma’s historical center, as well as the Place de Toscane and the “Quartier du Lac” resort in Val d’Europe near Paris. His studio works on new traditional architecture and architectural projects including restoration, rebuilding and town planning.

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to address Latino civic engagement

Author: Arnel Bulaoro

Julián Castro

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will visit the University of Notre Dame campus at 7 p.m. April 7 (Monday) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, for an event titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement.” Joining the mayor on stage will be his former Stanford faculty mentor Luis Fraga. The two will discuss the mayor’s journey into the world of politics.

This is the third collaborative event of the American Politics series between Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the Institute for Latino Studies Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.

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Notre Dame junior wins New York Times journalism contest

Author: Jane Murphy

Nicole Sganga

University of Notre Dame junior Nicole Sganga will be going on assignment with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Nick Kristof this summer, The New York Times announced Sunday (March 16).

Sganga is the winner of Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest. Her prize is traveling with the Times’ columnist to a developing country to raise awareness about global poverty. During the trip, she will report for a blog and videos that will be published on The New York Times website.

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President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., appears on 'Charlie Rose'

Author: Notre Dame News

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., appears on the Charlie Rose Show

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, appeared on a segment of “Charlie Rose” on PBS on Wednesday (March 12). Father Jenkins discussed Pope Francis’ first year in office with Rose; Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large at America magazine; and Miguel Diaz, professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton.

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Two prominent South African anti-apartheid participants to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Allan Boesak

Two prominent South African participants in the anti-apartheid struggle will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday (March 19) and April 3 (Thursday) as part of the Africa Working Group’sCelebrating Nelson Mandela” series. One a liberation theologian and political activist, the other the “Jackie Robinson of South Africa,” they each played a crucial role in moving their nation out of apartheid.

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South Africa’s ambassador to the U.S. to deliver 20th annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

Author: Joan Fallon

Ebrahim Rasool

Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, will deliver the 20th annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at 4 p.m. April 8 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Rasool’s lecture, “Relic of the Past or Template for the Future: Nelson Mandela’s Impact on Peacemaking and Statecraft in the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public.

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Second largest research award at Notre Dame fights malaria and dengue fever

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Spatial Repellent Products for Control of Vector-borne Diseases

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University of Notre Dame biologists Nicole Achee and Neil Lobo are leaders of an international $23 million research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their five-year project will generate the data required to show the effectiveness of a new paradigm in mosquito control — spatial repellency — for the prevention of two important mosquito-borne diseases: malaria and dengue fever.

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Jessica A. Wisler

Author: Jane Morrow

Jessica A. Wisler, 67, died Sunday, Mar. 9. She retired after 17 years at Notre Dame.

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Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Malloy Hall stained glass window

A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (March 17) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The discussion, “Marriage, the Church and the Common Good,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and several student groups and will include Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute; Ron Belgau, founder of the website Spiritual Friendship; and Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson, coauthors, with Robert P. George, of the book “What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.”

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Notre Dame study finds American Catholics 'distinctively optimistic'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Madonna and Child

A new report published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) indicates that American Catholics hold “distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.”

The report, “Distinctive Catholicism: U.S. Catholics’ Views on Human Nature,” summarized the findings of a study done by CSPRI director Brian Starks. The CSPRI initiative is a program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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ND MBA earns high rankings on Economist’s ‘potential to network’ survey

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

The University of Notre Dame MBA program at the Mendoza College of Business ranks No. 6 for “potential to network” among top global business schools, according to The Economist’s “Which MBA?” survey. The Notre Dame MBA program also earned a ranking of No. 3 among top U.S. schools for “extent/helpfulness of the alumni network” based on student ratings.

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Patrick Horsbrugh

Author: Jane Morrow

Patrick Horsbrugh, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 12. He retired from the School of Architecture.

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