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Supreme Court could improve on its selection of cases, law scholars argue

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Supreme Court

In the early 1980s, the Supreme Court decided some 150 cases a year, nearly twice the number it annually decides these days. Legal scholars and practitioners of law have criticized, lamented and even denounced this “docket shrinkage,” but while much attention has been paid to how the Supreme Court decides its cases, far less attention has been paid to the question of which cases the Court chooses to decide — and which cases it chooses not to.

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Environment of tumors impacts metastasis, study finds

Author: Gene Stowe

Siyuan Zhang

If a tumor is like a seed, the soil around it plays a significant role in its growth, a new study finds.

According to the study’s results, the microenvironment of a tumor cell has significant impact on cancer metastasis. This discovery by Siyuan Zhang at Notre Dame and a team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has focused attention on fighting cancer in the tumor cell’s microenvironment.

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Your brain on sleep

Author: Notre Dame News

Sleep feature

What’s going on in your head while you sleep? The research of Jessica Payne, associate professor and Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, shows that the non-waking hours are incredibly valuable for your day-to-day, especially for helping to commit information to memory and for problem solving. If you ever thought sleep was just downtime between one task and the next, think again.

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Boston Shamrock Series to feature numerous events along with game

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2015 Shamrock Series

Much more than a football game will be on offer for University of Notre Dame fans traveling to Boston next month for the 2015 Shamrock Series.

Leading up to the off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and the Boston College Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 (Saturday) in Fenway Park, a series of academic and service events will be held in Boston throughout the Shamrock Series weekend.

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Transcending orthodoxies

Author: Notre Dame News

Hesburgh Library

A conference from ISLA will focus on re-examining academic freedom in religiously affiliated colleges.

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Three questions with political scientist Rev. Robert Dowd

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and director of its Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. A popular teacher and scholar of religion’s impact on development and political institutions, he has conducted extensive research on communities and societies throughout Africa. His recently published book, “Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa;,” provocatively argues that religious diversity in Nigeria and other African countries actually encourages, rather than inhibits, religious tolerance.

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Nigerian bishop to lecture on religion, development and democracy in Africa

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Bishop Matthew H. Kukah

Bishop Matthew H. Kukah, a noted Nigerian advocate for justice, democracy and human development, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 29 (Thursday). His lecture, “Religion, Human Development and Democracy in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria,” is sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

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CEO job anxiety strongly impacts judgment and decision-making, researchers find

Author: William G. Gilroy

CEO anxiety

Feeling anxious in your job? You may be surprised to learn that you have company in the form of CEOs. A new study by researchers Michael Mannor, Adam Wowak, Viva Bartkus and Luis Gomez-Mejia from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business finds that CEOs experience job anxiety as much or more than others, and such anxiety has powerful influences on their judgement and strategic decision-making.

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John Brennan elected chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

John J. Brennan

John J. Brennan, chairman emeritus and former chief executive officer of the Vanguard Group, was elected Friday (Oct. 16) chairman of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

Brennan will succeed Richard C. Notebaert, who has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997 and as chairman for the past nine years. Both serve as Fellows of the University — the 12-member body of lay people and priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross who elect the Trustees, adopt and amend the bylaws and are specifically charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character.

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Andalusian architect awarded the €50,000 Rafael Manzano Architecture Prize

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

Architect Donald Gray

In recognition of his contribution to the enrichment and recovery of Andalusian architecture, Australian-born architect Donald Gray will receive the 2015 Rafael Manzano Martos Prize for Classical Architecture and Monument Restoration, presented by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in partnership with the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

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Father Jenkins to receive Spirit of Francis Award from Catholic Extension

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has been named the 2015 recipient of the Spirit of Francis National Award by Catholic Extension for his role in supporting and encouraging future leaders of the Catholic Church throughout his career at Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins will receive the honor at a dinner and ceremony at the Metropolitan Club in New York on Oct. 22.

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Mendoza hosts women's basketball alumnae, coach in leadership panel

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza blue banner reads: University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

Muffet McGraw, the Karen and Kevin Keyes Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Notre Dame, joins two former players, Cathy Engelbert and Ruth Riley, for a panel discussion titled “Lessons in Leadership: From the Locker Room to the Boardroom,” 5-6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 16) in the Mendoza College of Business’ Jordan Auditorium. Anne Thompson, alumna and NBC News chief environmental affairs correspondent, will serve as moderator.

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Alumni couple makes $20 million gift to establish Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing

Author: Dennis Brown

James Parsons and Dr. Carrie Quinn with Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.

James Parsons and Dr. Carrie Quinn of New York City have made a $20 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow a new Institute for Global Investing in their alma mater’s Mendoza College of Business.

“This magnanimous gift will allow a cadre of superb finance faculty members at Notre Dame to advance their teaching and research to new levels,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “Jim and Carrie are distinguished graduates of the University, and we are most grateful for their wonderful generosity.”

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