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Bishops, Notre Dame and other universities encouraged by Shultz, Perry and Nunn commit to revitalizing Catholic engagement on nuclear disarmament

Author: Paul Browne

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

Citing the long-held opposition to nuclear arms of newly canonized Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., called for a “fresh examination of the ethics of nuclear weapons in today’s world” at the Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament, hosted April 24 to 25 (Thursday to Friday) by former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William Perry at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

Author: Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.


“On Sunday (April 27), we at the University of Notre Dame will join with millions the world over in celebrating the lives of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Their canonizations could not come at a more propitious time. The rich teachings of the Vatican Council, convened by the former, stirred the evangelization of the latter.”

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Mendoza College of Business to launch two additional one-year graduate degree programs

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is launching two new one-year graduate degree programs in January 2015. The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) and the Master of Science in Finance (MSF), both designed for working professionals, will be offered at Notre Dame’s Chicago campus at 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Notre Dame and Cornell awarded $3.8 million to study hope and optimism

Author: Carrie Gates

Samuel Newlands

With a $3.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, University of Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands and Cornell philosopher Andrew Chignell will co-direct a new research project called “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations.”

The three-year, interdisciplinary effort will explore the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of hope and optimism, funding new research in the social sciences, philosophy and analytic theology.

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New Notre Dame first-year courses to include focus on wellness, cultural competency, academics, discernment

Author: Dennis Brown

University of Notre Dame

On the recommendation of the Academic Council, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has approved two one-credit courses for first-year students that include components that focus on physical and mental wellness, spirituality, cultural competency, academic success and discernment.

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Astronomers discover Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Kepler 186f artist concept

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University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin R. Crepp and researchers from NASA working with the Kepler space mission have detected an Earth-like planet orbiting the habitable zone of a cool star. The planet, which was found using the Kepler Space Telescope, has been identified as Kepler-186f and is 1.11 times the radius of the Earth. Their research, titled “An Earth-sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star,” will be published in the journal Science on Thursday (April 17).

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Scholastic, Dome publications win top honors from Indiana Collegiate Press Association

Author: Bob Franken

Scholastic Feb 2014 cover

Two University of Notre Dame student publications have won top honors from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. Scholastic was named 2014 Newsmagazine of the Year, and The Dome shared the Division I Yearbook of the Year award with Indiana University.

Scholastic won 27 awards in news, sports, feature and opinion writing, and design, photography and illustration. The publication, which appears monthly, began as a weekly newspaper and has been published continuously since 1867. The editor was senior Julia Steiner of Louisville, Ky.

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Notre Dame to host third annual National Robotics Week event

Author: Brittany Collins

National Robotics Week

On April 27 (Sunday), the University of Notre Dame will celebrate National Robotics Week in a free, community-wide event at the Morris Inn Ballroom.

More than 80 Notre Dame faculty members and students as well as community robotics groups will be on hand to talk about their research and demonstrate their work with robots and sensors. Participants will be able to interact with all the exhibits, which include mobile robots that autonomously interact with people, robots that play football and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Cancer detection test takes grand prize in Notre Dame business plan competition

Author: Carol Elliott

NanDio team McCloskey Business Competition

A team with a business plan for a simple test that detects oral cancer took the grand prize of $25,000 Friday (April 11) in the Mendoza College of Business’ 15th McCloskey Business Plan Competition at the University of Notre Dame. NanDio competed against five other teams in the final round of the competition, which was sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Mendoza. The competition awarded $300,000 in cash and prizes.

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In Memoriam: Curry Montague, custodian of Notre Dame Main Building

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In Memoriam

Curry C.L. Montague, who served as the principal custodian of the University of Notre Dame’s Main Building for some 30 years, died April 7 (Monday) at Sanctuary at Holy Cross in South Bend. He was 81.

Born Nov. 9, 1932, in Houlka, Miss., Montague moved to South Bend in 1947.

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In Memoriam: James W. Frick, former vice president for public relations at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James W. Frick

James W. Frick, former vice president for public relations, alumni affairs and development at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (April 9) at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 89.

Born Aug. 5, 1924, in New Bern, N.C., Frick, the third of five children in a family beset by the Great Depression, was raised and educated through high school in a Catholic orphanage. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before enrolling in Notre Dame as a 23-year-old freshman, working part time in the University’s development office — then called the Notre Dame Foundation — before his graduation in 1951.

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New ND Mobile app now available

Author: Lenette Votava

ND Mobile app

The University of Notre Dame MobileND program released a new mobile app for iOS and Android systems on Friday (April 11). Anyone in the Notre Dame community can find helpful campus and local information easily on their mobile devices with the ND Mobile app. This free application is available through the app stores for both iOS and Android, as well as at

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Leevy receives 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

W. Matthew Leevy accepts the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award

W. Matthew Leevy, research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and director of In Vivo (biological) Imaging within the University’s Integrated Imaging Facility, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

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Former HealthSouth CFO and whistleblower to share insider view of scandal

Author: Carol Elliott

Weston Smith

Weston Smith, former CFO turned whistleblower at health care giant HealthSouth, will deliver a talk at 5 p.m. Monday (April 14) in the Jordan Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The event is free and open to the public.

Today, HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest health care providers specializing in rehabilitation with hospitals in 27 states and Puerto Rico. In 2012, the company reported more than $2 billion in revenue. But just 10 years ago, after a decade of impressive growth, HealthSouth was destined to become a notorious case of corporate malfeasance.

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Howard Zehr, 'grandfather of restorative justice,' to speak at Notre Dame

Author: John Guimond

Howard Zehr

Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University who is widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” will speak at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 8) in the Geddes Hall Coffee House. His presentation is titled, “Dream or vision? Restorative justice in the decade ahead.” The talk is free and open to the public.

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Student Affairs honors student leaders

Author: Ann Hastings

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students with awards at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday (April 1), including a new award recognizing a graduating senior whose contributions have significantly advanced diversity and inclusion efforts within the University of Notre Dame community.

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Nitesh Chawla receives 2014 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award

Author: John Guimond

Nitesh Chawla

Nitesh Chawla, Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2014 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, which is given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.

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Notre Dame to bless new Global Gateway in Rome

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Rome Global Gateway

The University of Notre Dame’s new facility in Rome aims higher than an expansion of traditional study abroad. The new Global Gateway, in a renovated building a block from the Colosseum, will extend the University’s reach into the heart of Catholicism and create space for worldwide cultural and intellectual exchange.

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Seventh annual Father Ted's 10K race raises money for education

Author: Melissa Lindley

Father Ted’s 10K

Father Ted’s 10K, the seventh annual race for TRiO Upward Bound at the University of Notre Dame, will start at 10 a.m. April 27 (Sunday) at the Jordan Hall of Science.

The day includes 5K and 10K competitive chip-timed races and a fitness and family walk. These events provide a spring tour of campus with University landmarks such as the lakes, south quad, library and Golden Dome.

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