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Notre Dame study reveals that having and raising offspring proves costly for baboon moms

Author: William G. Gilroy

Yellow baboons

A new study by University of Notre Dame biologist Elizabeth Archie and the National Museums of Kenya examining yellow baboons over a 29-year period demonstrates that having offspring influences the health of female baboons.

Scientists are already aware that reproduction can be dangerous and energetically costly, exposing individuals to physical harm, infectious disease and reduced immunity.

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2014 Presidential Award Recipients

Author: Notre Dame News

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The University strives to create a culture of appreciation and celebration through award and recognition programs. Recipients receive a cash award and a keepsake, and are acknowledged at the annual Service Recognition Dinner. Eight members of the staff were honored.

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ND Expert: Pope’s Holy Land pilgrimage to challenge religious 'chauvinism'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

View into Bethlehem from the Tantur Ecumenical Institute

The official purpose of Pope Francis’ Holy Land visit, May 24-26, is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch, but according to Rev. Patrick Gaffney, C.S.C., associate professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and faculty fellow of the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, the Pope’s pilgrimage is also intended to challenge the “chauvinism” that threatens the spirit of true ecumenism.

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Kenneth Miller Laetare Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Kenneth Miller, 2014 Laetare Medal recipient

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Delivered at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony, held May 18, 2014, in Notre Dame Stadium

To Father Jenkins, distinguished guests, parents, friends, and above all to you guys — the class of 2014 — thank you for this incredible honor. It is humbling even to be mentioned with the likes of Dorothy Day, John F. Kennedy, Joseph Cardinal Bernadin and Sister Helen Prejean, who have received this award in the past.

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Notre Dame economist appointed to Council of Economic Advisers

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Abigail Wozniak

University of Notre Dame Associate Professor Abigail Wozniak has been appointed to a one-year term as a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), the board that advises President Barack Obama and his staff on domestic and international economic policy.

“It’s a chance to answer questions that people need answered,” said Wozniak, who will start at the White House in July. “I’m looking forward to being able to use the training that I have in a way that helps the public interest.”

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Graduating seniors honored for commitment to postgraduate service

Author: John Guimond

From left, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Annie Selak, Terry Fitzgibbons, Rev. Ray Hammond, M.D., and Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C., join hands in prayer at the closing of the Center for Social Concerns’ Seniors Send-Off Ceremony

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on May 17 (Saturday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, commended the seniors for their commitment to service.

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to the Class of 2014

Author: Notre Dame News

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, speaks at the 2014 Commencement ceremony in Notre Dame Stadium

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We have recognized so many deserving people, but have not yet recognized a group that is perhaps most deserving. Graduates, you would not be here if it were not for the support, care and love of your parents, guardians and families. They have many, many times cheered for you. We need to recognize them. So graduates, I ask you to turn and applaud those without whom you would not be here: your parents and families.

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Commencement 2014: Passing it on

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Reminding the University of Notre Dame’s graduating seniors that “there is no more dangerous or delusional myth than that of the self-made woman or man,” the principal speaker at the University’s 2014 Commencement, Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, appealed to them to remember “the grace of collective support from the people gathered around you today and pass it on.”

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Rev. Ray Hammond Commencement Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Rev. Ray Hammond, 2014 Commencement speaker

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Delivered at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony, held May 18, 2014, in Notre Dame Stadium

My sincere thanks to Father Jenkins, to the trustees, the faculty and staff and to the many members of the South Bend community who have so graciously welcomed and hosted us; my congratulations to my stellar fellow-honorands; and, most especially, my thanks to the class of 2014 for the privilege of participating in this very special celebration.

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Mark Santrach Valedictorian Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Mark Santrach, 2014 valedictorian

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Delivered at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony, held May 18, 2014, in Notre Dame Stadium

Rev. Hammond, Father Jenkins, distinguished faculty and guests, beloved family and friends, and fellow graduates, we gather today to lay a cornerstone. As the first stone laid upon the foundations, a cornerstone both commemorates a building’s establishment and orients and projects future construction. We do the same today.

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Graduates urged to develop their own vision of success at Graduate School Commencement

Author: William G. Gilroy

Kerry Ann Rockquemore gives the Commencement address at the 2014 Graduate School ceremony

The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School recognized 344 master’s and 204 doctoral degree recipients and presented several awards during Commencement ceremonies Saturday (May 17) in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, delivered the Commencement Address.

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Notre Dame study reveals that particle size matters for environmental DNA monitoring

Author: William G. Gilroy

Common carp

University of Notre Dame scientists have now published the first detailed investigation of just how small (or big) environmental DNA, or eDNA, particles really are, and their results provide important guidance for all eDNA monitoring programs.

Like investigators combing a crime scene for DNA traces from suspects or victims, ecologists now apply similar genetic tests to search the environment for important species.

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New paper examines natural selection’s role in parallel evolution and speciation

Author: William G. Gilroy

Walking stick insect

Jeffrey L. Feder, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is a co-author of a paper featured Thursday (May 15) on the cover of the May 16 issue of the prestigious journal Science.

The paper describes the genomic basis for parallel evolution in the walking stick insect, Timema cristinae. Parallel evolution occurs when similar traits evolve independently in different related populations due to natural selection.

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Faculty/staff bicycle registration

Author: Jane Morrow

Bicycles

Faculty and staff are required to have a red Notre Dame bicycle decal on bicycles on campus by Wednesday, May 21. Blue decals are no longer valid. Bicycles left on campus without a summer tag (for students) or red decal (for faculty and staff) may be impounded as abandoned property and donated to charity if not claimed.

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Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education receives additional transformative gift from the Remicks

Author: Dennis Brown

Mary Ann and Jack Remick

Adding to what had already amounted to the largest and most significant set of gifts to support the University of Notre Dame’s efforts to strengthen and transform Catholic K-12 education, Mary Ann and Jack Remick, of Rochester, Minnesota, have made an additional $10 million leadership gift to the University’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

This most recent gift will more than double the endowment of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, the nation’s preeminent formation program to shape a generation of faith-filled and talented principals for America’s Catholic schools.

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ND Expert: Anti-Christian vandalism in Jerusalem should 'challenge simplistic ideas'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Gabriel Said Reynolds

A recent spate of vandalism on church buildings in Jerusalem should “challenge the simplistic ideas of certain Christian supporters of Israel who imagine that Christians and Jews are natural allies against a dangerous Arab enemy,” according to Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic studies and theology at the University of Notre Dame.

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New paper provides important insights into how carcinoma-associated fibroblasts function in breast cancers

Author: William G. Gilroy

Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs)

A new paper by a team of researchers led by Zachary T. Schafer, Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, offers important new insights into the role carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play in tumor biology.

A number of recent studies have revealed CAFs to be a major contributor to tumor progression through a variety of mechanisms. Despite this information, the precise role CAFs play in augmenting the growth of tumors is still poorly understood.

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Kellogg launches International Development Fellowships with awards to graduating seniors

Author: Joseph McNally and Elizabeth Rankin

Olivia Schneider, left, Patrick Salemme and Maria Krug

The first recipients of the new International Development Fellowship established by the the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies will be graduating seniors Maria Krug, Patrick Salemme and Olivia Schneider, Kellogg Institute Director Paolo Carozza announced in April.

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