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ND Expert: Chinese government threatened by Christianity

Author: Shannon Chapla

Lionel Jensen

Government authorities in southeast China are continuing what local church leaders call a campaign against Christianity — knocking down crosses and razing sanctuaries at dozens of churches in the Zhejiang province.

Christianity has grown so rapidly, it’s viewed as a threat by the Communist government, according to Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.

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Additional shuttles and parking realignment coming soon

Author: Notre Dame News


Upcoming construction projects on both the north and south sides of the Notre Dame campus are sure to positively impact the University’s teaching, research and service mission for decades to come. But with such growth will come some changes.

During this past spring semester, a 14-member committee composed of representatives from the undergraduate and graduate student bodies, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Advisory Council and staff from relevant departments examined how campus growth will affect parking and offered solutions to manage the situation for the next two to four years. The committee members placed a premium on preserving the pedestrian nature of the Notre Dame campus and ensuring convenience and safety. Their recommendations have resulted in the following changes and additions, effective at the start of the academic year:

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Grant propels largest growth of Notre Dame Haiti Program’s salt operations

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Workers at the Bon Sel Dayiti salt factory in Port-au-Prince bag clean, co-fortified salt for distribution in the nation’s marketplaces

The Notre Dame Haiti Program at the University of Notre Dame has received a large, anonymous grant that will support the growth of its salt program, which produces clean, co-fortified salt, intended to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and combat iodine deficiency disorder. The $375,000 grant will be matched by other donations and, in conjunction with several other resources, will fund the largest growth in the history of the salt program.

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ACE to send forth 254 Catholic school teachers and leaders in missioning ceremonies

Author: Bill Schmitt

Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will send forth 254 Catholic school teachers and leaders to serve in more than 175 schools around the country, capping a summer of intensive study, community formation and spiritual fellowship on campus.

ACE’s annual missioning Mass, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday (July 25) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, serves to celebrate and bless the teachers and leaders as they return to the communities they serve across the country.

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Notre Dame earns sixth consecutive Great College to Work For honor

Author: Scott Palmer

Great Colleges to Work For 2014

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Notre Dame has been named to the honor roll of Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Great Colleges program is the premier recognition program in higher education. The results, released Monday (July 21) in The Chronicle’s annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities.

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ND Experts: No excuse for Malaysia Airlines 'mistaken identity'

Author: Shannon Chapla

Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff, left, and Michael Desch

President Barack Obama on Friday (July 18) began building a case that would blame separatist forces supported by Russia for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine on July 17. Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and that evidence indicates the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

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Thomson Reuters names three Notre Dame faculty among the world’s most influential scientific minds

Author: Nina Welding

Thomson Reuters The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014

University of Notre Dame faculty members Joan Brennecke, Bertrand Hochwald and Prashant Kamat have been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”

The list includes more than 3,200 scientists around the world who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers. The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies analyzed for publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences.

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Robert Bernhard discusses university research at Washington roundtable

Author: Notre Dame News

Robert Bernhard speaks at the All Things Research 2014 roundtable

Robert Bernhard, the vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, gathered with senior research officers from prominent universities around the country for a roundtable discussion with journalists. The discussion focused on the sequester and its impact on universities’ ability to conduct research and retain faculty, as well as technology transfer and the growing role of universities in driving regional economic development.

Bernhard highlighted the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility announcement as an example of one way Notre Dame is collaborating with the region to boost its resources and economy. “The state of Indiana, the city of South Bend and a couple of other partners are involved. We are looking forward to building the programs that over the years have been federally funded into programs that the corporations will have access to. The facilities are pretty unique and are able to advance their technology.”

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Tea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Tea Party

In January 2009, Barack Obama assumed the U.S. presidency in the midst of the most severe recession since the great depression of the 1930s. While many Americans hoped the new administration would take an active role in providing relief for those harmed by the economic collapse, a “Tea Party” movement emerged to oppose Obama’s agenda.

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Falcon 10 aircraft donation enables research at transonic speeds

Author: Mandy Kinnucan

Dr. Eric Jumper, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, thanks Matthew McDevitt for the donation of a Falcon 10 during a news event at the South Bend International Airport.

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A recent donation to the University of Notre Dame’s Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory (AAOL) is about to give laser-directed energy and free-space communication a transonic boost: researching at the speed of sound.

A Falcon 10 aircraft, donated by Philadelphia-area businessman Matthew McDevitt, will enable the University to continue its groundbreaking aerospace research and development that will advance technology for weapons systems and communications.

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Notre Dame to receive Father Badin’s Bible

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Stephen Badin

The University of Notre Dame has acquired a Bible once owned by Rev. Stephen Badin, the pioneer priest on whose mission grounds Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., began to build the University 172 years ago.

Father Badin’s Bible was purchased from the Sisters of Loretto of Nerinx, Kentucky, and a delegation of sisters is coming to Notre Dame on Monday (July 14) to deliver it by hand during a Mass that will be celebrated in the Log Chapel where Father Badin is buried.

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Biologist David Lodge named Jefferson Science Fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy

David Lodge

David Lodge, Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a world-renowned expert on invasive species, has been named a 2014-15 Jefferson Science Fellow. The Jefferson Science Fellowship Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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ACE event salutes two South Bend school leaders

Author: Bill Schmitt

Maritza Robles receives the Notre Dame Champion for Education Award

After a 30,000-mile, seven-month string of visits to Catholic schools around the country, the University’s ACE Bus returned to campus Monday, June 9, and drove up to the Main Building for an event presenting awards to two champions of local public schools.

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