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University of Notre Dame acquires Seaside Archives, launches new Seaside Research Portal

Author: Jessica Temple

Seaside, Florida

Affirming its status as the paramount institution for the study of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism, the University of Notre Dame has acquired the Seaside Archives. The collection, secured by the University’s School of Architecture in cooperation with the Hesburgh Libraries and Seaside founder and developer Robert Davis, details the history, planning, design and building of the first New Urbanist development.

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Unique community partnership will provide personalized cancer profiling to area residents

Author: William G. Gilroy

Brian Shannon works on a project in Harper Cancer Center

A unique partnership initiated by the Harper Cancer Research Institute and consisting of clinical partners from The Medical Foundation (TMF), Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and Beacon Health System (BHSMH) will provide an individualized “molecular portrait” to SJRMC and BHSMH cancer patients.

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Martin Horn, director of New York State Sentencing Commission, to lecture on prison reform and human dignity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life

Martin F. Horn, executive director of the New York State Sentencing Commission and Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at the John Jay College of City University of New York, will give a lecture titled “Prison Reform: Problematic Necessity” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 (Wednesday) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall Auditorium.

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Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index honors unique climate-linked projects

Author: William G. Gilroy

ND-GAIN's 2014 Corporate Adaptation Prize

In Senegal, efforts to counter the effects of rising sea levels and ocean storms have produced a dike that reclaims hundreds of acres of land for rice. A seawall protects homes, and beach restoration is saving thousands of tourist-related jobs. In India, Indonesia, Kenya and Vietnam, a unique social venture called “Healthy Family” helps address barriers to health care access such as the limited distribution of medicines.

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Notre Dame endowment returns 19.7 percent for fiscal year 2014

Author: Dennis Brown

The Main Building across the lake

The University of Notre Dame endowment returned 19.7 percent for the year ending June 30, according to Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer.

The endowment pool value grew from $8.3 billion on June 30, 2013, to $9.8 billion on June 30. The University benefited from spending distributions of some $300 million for the fiscal year.

Notre Dame’s longer term results are in the top tier of institutional investors. Over the past 10 years, the Notre Dame endowment achieved an annualized return of 11 percent.

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Campus Crossroads Project: Digital Media Center: Cutting-edge technology, traditional University values

Author: Notre Dame News

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At the core of the University of Notre Dame is an aspiration to become a preeminent research university with a distinctive Catholic mission and an unsurpassed undergraduate education. Those values will find expression in the new Digital Media Center, a component of the Campus Crossroads project.

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TEDxUND now accepting applications for 2015 event

Author: Notre Dame News

TEDxUND

TEDxUND2015 organizers at the University of Notre Dame announced Monday (Sept. 22) that they are accepting speaker applications now through Oct. 12 (Sunday) for the 2015 event. TEDxUND will take place on Feb. 27 (Friday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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Conference on Archbishop Romero to convene at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

An international conference to explore the significance of the life and martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador will be held at the University of Notre Dame Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27, in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium.

The International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero, sponsored by Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC) and Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, will bring together theologians, social and pastoral workers, journalists, historians and policymakers to discuss the effects of Archbishop Romero’s witness and ministry on their work, the Church and the world.

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Notre Dame hosts parenting conference for local parents and practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

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On Sept. 27 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology will partner with Attachment Parenting International to host a day-long parenting conference, Nourishing Parents for Child Well-Being, bringing together scholars, practitioners and professionals who work with children and families. As part of the Pathways to Child Flourishing symposium, presenters at the workshop will address a variety of topics, including birth, breastfeeding, sleep, discipline and adult-child relationships.

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Notre Dame reports highest level of research funding in a non-stimulus year

Author: Joanne Fahey

Lab research

The University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year.

Notre Dame received $119 million in 2010, but approximately $30 million was from government stimulus grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Former drug czar Walters to speak on marijuana legalization

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John Walters Hudson Institute

John P. Walters, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will give a lecture titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy and the Drug Problem” Sept. 25 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall Room 129, on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Now executive vice president of the Hudson Institute, Walters served as former President George W. Bush’s drug czar from 2001 to 2009, overseeing all aspects of federal drug control programs and spending. An outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization, he has argued that there is a nationwide drug problem which particularly affects young people but which is not insurmountable in a democracy.

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Campus Crossroads Project. Anthropology: An Audacious Plan

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Ian Kuijt

In one section of the Lithic Lab in the basement of Flanner Hall, a half-dozen piles of chipped rock litter the floor from students learning to make obsidian tools from the Neanderthal Age. In another area, students study life during the Irish Famine through examination of pottery, coins and clay pipes unearthed last summer beside an abandoned home on an Irish island.

This lab space is the fourth that archaeologist Ian Kuijt has used in 14 years at Notre Dame – and the first in the same building as his sixth-floor office.

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Notre Dame receives $10 million gift to support mental health services for students

Author: Dennis Brown

Mark Gallogly and Lise Strickler

University of Notre Dame graduate Mark Gallogly and his wife, Lise Strickler, have made a $10 million gift to the University to endow the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being.

“The health of our students is an utmost priority, and the McDonald Center will enable us to more effectively and comprehensively support their mental and other health needs,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “I am grateful to Lise and Mark for their extraordinary generosity and their decision to honor my brother in Holy Cross, Father Jim McDonald."

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Father Jenkins to give keynote address at King’s College conference on Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will give the keynote address at a conference on the mission of Catholic colleges and universities in higher education Sept. 19 (Friday) at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The two-day conference, entitled “The Idea of a Catholic College: Charism, Curricula, and Community,” will include speakers from Boston University, St. Mary’s College of California, the University of Portland, Gonzaga University, St. Edwards University and the University of Scranton. In addition members of the King’s College King’s faculty, administration, and board of directors, the event will bring together more than 100 faculty members and administrators from Catholic institutions of higher education nationwide. Its proceedings will be published in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.

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Letting Asia in on a musical secret

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Peter Smith, professor and chair of music at the University of Notre Dame, wryly confesses a suspicion that the University’s Department of Music might be “a bit too well-kept a secret.” He notes with satisfaction, even pride, that the students who come here to study music learn very quickly of the department’s excellence both in performance and in musical theory and scholarship, and he would like to see that excellence even better known.

Next month, Smith and two of his Notre Dame colleagues are going to do something about that. Smith, violin professor Tricia Park, and piano professor John Blacklow will tour three major cities in Asia, performing and teaching music and inviting Asian high school students and their families to think about studying music at Notre Dame.

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Father Gutierrez to receive 2014 Gittler Prize

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University.

Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. It will be formally presented to Father Gutierrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, Oct. 5.

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Notre Dame celebrates 150 years of science

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Rev. Julius Aloysius Nieuwland, C.S.C, teaching chemistry circa 1910-1915. Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Archives

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Science will celebrate 150 years of science at Notre Dame beginning this month through September 2015. The college will host numerous events throughout the year in collaboration with the local community and national sponsors.

The Center for History will offer a year-long exhibit, “From Astrophysics to Zebrafish: 150 Years of Science at Notre Dame.” Focusing on Notre Dame’s history of scientific research and education, the exhibit includes artifacts of early scientific lab equipment, fossils and photographs of legendary Notre Dame scientists and their discoveries. The exhibit is open to the public through Aug. 2, 2015. Admission is charged.

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Notre Dame study shows that in baboons, as well as humans, social relationships matter

Author: William G. Gilroy

A family of baboons

Both scientific research and our own personal experiences have revealed that the strength and quality of a person’s social relationships can affect their health and lifespan. Now a new collaborative study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University has discovered that social interconnectedness also matters for survival in wild female baboons. And the findings may also be applicable to other social mammals.

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Psychology: Finding solutions to real-life problems

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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A famous psychological test asks children to sit in a room with a marshmallow or cookie for 15 minutes. Those who can delay gratification and endure the torture of temptation get a second sweet treat as reward. Their self-discipline is also likely to lead to success later in life.

The Notre Dame Department of Psychology turns 50 next year, and its patience and growth will soon generate a significant reward – a new building attached to Notre Dame Stadium to call its home. The East building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories and a student lounge for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months.

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Notre Dame and major New York medical group to collaborate on biomedical research

Author: Arnie Phifer

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

The Feinstein Institute was founded in 1999 to host the research operations for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. As a leading nonprofit research institute with more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participating in studies each year, this partnership will allow both organizations access to data sets, patient trials and groundbreaking innovations.

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Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, to deliver Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition

Author: John Guimond

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Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, will deliver the Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture entitled “Joy & Hope in the Hood” at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 (Tues.) in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. “Joy & Hope” is the theme for the Center for Social Concerns for the 2014–15 academic year in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as one of the most significant documents of Catholic social teaching in the twentieth century. This event is free and open to the public.

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Indianapolis Shamrock Series events will include academic programs and service activities

Author: William G. Gilroy

Indianapolis Shamrock Series 2014

University of Notre Dame fans descending on Indianapolis for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers on Sept.13 (Saturday) will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of academic and service activities in the days leading up to the game.

Notre Dame’s College of Science will sponsor an academic event titled, “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street. The event will include fun, hands-on investigations in ecology, chemistry, math and physics. At 10:30, three Notre Dame College of Science faculty will make presentations in the Indiana Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theater. Matt Leevy will discuss “3-D Printing: Building a Better Tomorrow in Medicine and Manufacturing, Layer by Layer;” Justin Crepp will address “Earth-like Worlds Orbiting Other Suns;” and Jennifer Tank will examine “Preventing Coastal Dead Zones from a Distance.” The events are free and open to the public.

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Crepp joins NASA’s TESS science team

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Justin Crepp

NASA has named University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp as a member of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) science team. A space mission coordinated through MIT, Harvard, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, TESS will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky.

Crepp, The Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, was selected to be on the science team based on his team’s expertise with adaptive optics and their ability to use the Large Binocular Telescope, the world’s premier diffraction-limited facility, to acquire follow up observations for intriguing planetary signals that TESS will detect.

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Notre Dame physicist receives $4.3 million NSF award for work at CERN

Author: William G. Gilroy

Hadron Collider

University of Notre Dame Professor of Physics Mitchell Wayne of the High Energy Physics group has received a $4.3 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support work on the Phase I upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

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