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Science dean Crawford appointed associate provost and VP

Author: Dennis Brown

Gregory Crawford

Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate provost and vice president of the University, effective July 1, 2015.

Crawford will begin laying the groundwork for his new position but continue as dean this academic year, during which time the University will conduct an international search for a successor.

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Notre Dame’s Mendoza College names director for new master in finance program

Author: Carol Elliott

Gianna Bern

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has named Gianna Bern as the director of the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, a graduate business degree set to launch in Notre Dame’s downtown Chicago campus in January.

Bern, who also is an associate teaching professor of finance at Mendoza, will be responsible for directing strategic initiatives for the new program, including administrative oversight of recruiting and curriculum development and implementation.

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ND Expert: Don’t panic over ISIS

Author: Shannon Chapla

Michael Desch Michael Desch

As the Islamic State extremist group, commonly referred to as ISIS, shocks the world with its brutality and takes control of more territory in the region, Michael Desch, professor and chair of political science at the University of Notre Dame, says the U.S. should take ISIS seriously and stop its progess, but not panic.

“ISIS is a serious local threat in Syria and Iraq, but does not yet pose a direct threat to the United States,” says Desch, an expert on international security and American foreign and defense policies. “While the presence of Western nationals in their ranks is worrisome, they have the greatest potential to do mischief in the weak states in the region, two of which we have created in Syria and Iraq with ill-advised policies.”

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Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights awarded grant to study Christian persecution

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Tantur Ecumenical Institute

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

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ND Expert: Illegal ransom payments principal source of ISIS funding

Author: Shannon Chapla

Jimmy Gurulé

Islamic State (ISIS) militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria this week reportedly had demanded $132.5 million in ransom for his release.

Collecting ransom payments is a principal source of funding for ISIS, according to terrorist financing expert Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, who says making such a payment is a federal crime.

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Astronomers discover chemical signature of first-generation very massive stars

Author: Gene Stowe

An optical image of the star SDSS J0018-0939, obtained by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (Credit: SDSS/NAOJ)

A team of international astronomers has discovered a low-mass star that exhibits the peculiar chemical abundance ratios associated with the process of creating new atomic nuclei (nucleosynthesis) in a first-generation very-massive star. The team, which includes Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, used the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope’s High Dispersion Spectrograph to make the discovery. The team members published a report, “A chemical signature of first-generation very-massive stars,” in the Aug. 22 issue of the journal Science.

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Notre Dame E2E group develops novel housing solution for Haiti

Author: William G. Gilroy

A Notre Dame structural engineering team constructs an E2E house prototype in White Field

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The attention and concern of the world was focused on Haiti following its Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. As is often the case, as time went on, the focus on Haiti became less intense as the world moved on.

However, the plight of Haitians has remained a driving concern for a group of University of Notre Dame engineering professors and students who are working to bring about a novel housing solution in that country.

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Notre Dame biometrics expert is helping to ensure an honest election in Somaliland

Author: William G. Gilroy

Right iris image from one Somaliland trial voter registration record

Somaliland declared itself independent in 1991 and has been transforming itself into a rare, multiparty democracy in the Horn of Africa. University of Notre Dame biometrics expert Kevin Bowyer and his Ph.D. students Estefan Ortiz and Amanda Sgroi are playing a critical role in that process.

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Notre Dame reports academic misconduct investigation

Author: Paul J. Browne

The University of Notre Dame is investigating suspected academic dishonesty on the part of several students, including four members of the football team. Because of the potential for NCAA violations, the University notified the NCAA today, and the four football players will be held out of practice and competition until the conclusion of an ongoing investigation and the University honor code process. Any possible academic dishonesty by other students will be addressed appropriately.

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Fulbright foreign language teachers introduced to American culture at Notre Dame

Author: Brittany Collins

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program orientation brunch

The University of Notre Dame is hosting its ninth Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the upcoming academic year. Sixty teachers from 28 countries, representing 15 languages, are staying on campus Aug. 9-13 (Saturday-Wednesday) and will attend a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.

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Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn to serve as artist-in-residence at Notre Dame

Author: Noelle Elliott

Nathan Gunn

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will return to his hometown in September to inaugurate his artist-in-residence series with the Department of Music at the University of Notre Dame.

Gunn will spend one week each semester for the next four years teaching Notre Dame vocal students, visiting classes, coaching students as they prepare for OperaND’s annual performances and participating in public colloquia with faculty.

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ND Expert: Pope in South Korea 'a singular event' for Asian Catholics

Author: Shannon Chapla

Lionel Jensen

Pope Francis leaves on Wednesday (Aug. 13) for five days in South Korea, his first outing to Asia and “a singular event” for all of Asia’s Catholics, according to Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.

“This visit is a powerful symbol of the Vatican’s recognition that it is in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa that the church is growing most prominently,” says Jensen, an expert on religion in Asia.

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ND Expert: Persecution of Christians not confined to Iraq

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Dan Philpott

As some 100,000 people flee the town and region of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq, international attention is being drawn to a worldwide human rights violation that has received too little notice for too long, according to Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies and director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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Study shows Asian carp could establish in Lake Erie with little effect to fishery

Author: William G. Gilroy

common carp

If bighead and silver carp were to establish in Lake Erie, local fish biomass is not likely to change beyond observations recorded in the last three decades, according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology on Thursday (Aug. 6) by a group of scientists from the University of Notre Dame, Resources for the Future, U.S. Forest Service, University of Michigan and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory.

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