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On Thanksgiving, welcome Syrian refugees to America

Author: Notre Dame News

Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.

On Thanksgiving, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., issued the following statement welcoming Syrian refugees to America.

On Friday night, Nov. 13, many from the Notre Dame community gathered at our Grotto and illuminated the word “PARIS” in votive candles as a way of marking our prayers for, and solidarity with, the people of France in the aftermath of the horrendous terror attacks there. The next day, thousands stood in silence at Notre Dame Stadium to mourn the dead.

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Mendoza College names new executive education director

Author: Carol Elliott

Paul Slaggert

Paul J. Slaggert has been named the director of the Stayer Center for Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Slaggert, who previously served as the director of Stayer’s non-degree programs, will be responsible for the leadership and administrative oversight of marketing, recruiting, student services, curriculum and operations for all of the executive education programs. These include the graduate degree programs — the Notre Dame Executive MBA in South Bend and Chicago, the Master of Science in Business Analytics and the Master of Science in Finance — as well as non-degree open-enrollment, custom and online programs.

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Physicist Jay LaVerne named AAAS fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jay LaVerne

Jay LaVerne, professional specialist in the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory and a concurrent research professor of physics, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

LaVerne’s research concerns the examination of the energy loss, charge and other properties of ionizing radiation and to elucidate the fundamental radiolytic decomposition of molecules and the subsequent kinetics of the reactive transients.

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Shamrock Series: Bringing the Irish to Beantown

Author: Sue Lister

2015 Shamrock Series at Fenway Park in Boston

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South Bend, Mass.?” That was the headline on the front page of the Boston Globe on Friday (Nov. 20) as the University of Notre Dame descended on Boston for the annual Shamrock Series.

This year’s Boston trip will long be considered one of the most successful Shamrock Series weekends, featuring well-attended academic events, an overwhelmingly fruitful service project, a beautiful Mass attended by hundreds, a jam-packed fan fest in the historic Fenway Park neighborhood, and a win by the football team that elevated its record to 10-1 and maintained its place in the hunt for a national playoff berth.

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Notre Dame’s Emily Mediate named Rhodes Scholar

Author: Sue Lister

Emily Mediate

Emily Mediate, a 2015 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2016. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mediate was one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 869 candidates who had been endorsed by their colleges and universities. She is Notre Dame’s 17th Rhodes Scholar, and will commence her studies at Oxford University in October 2016.

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2015 Shamrock Series

Author: Notre Dame News

Boston skyline

Much more than a football game is being offered for Notre Dame fans traveling to Boston this weekend for the 2015 Shamrock Series.

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Rev. Jenkins urges dialogue at Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education

Author: Paul Browne

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

Invited by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education to a meeting of Catholic educators from around the world at the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo near Rome, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Thursday (Nov. 19) cited Pope Francis and the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, in urging that Catholic universities serve as “both a beacon for the world, which shows the light of the Gospel, and a crossroads, where genuine seekers of truth can come together in dialogue.”

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Center for Ethics and Culture fall conference to explore religious freedom

Author: Notre Dame News

The crucifix in Moreau Seminary chapel

The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will host a debate on Dignitatis Humanae and Church doctrine in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom. The event is part of the center’s 16th annual fall conference Nov. 19-21, titled “For Freedom Set Free,” and the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include French philosopher and Ratzinger Prize winner Remi Brague, and Alasdair MacIntyre, senior fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture.

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Countries on the rebound making significant climate adaptation progress, ND-GAIN data show

Author: Joyce Coffee

ND-GAIN 2015 Movers Map

In the lead-up to 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 21), 10 countries have come from behind to make marked progress in their ability to withstand the shocks and stresses of climate change, while five are distinctly less resilient, according to data released Tuesday (Nov. 17) by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

Over the last five years, the 10 countries that have made the biggest jump on the ND-GAIN Country Index to become better climate adapters are Cote d’Ivoire, Laos, Georgia, The Philippines, Russia, Poland, Rwanda, Mongolia, Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

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WHO's LF elimination program is not enough

Author: William G. Gilroy

Haiti Program MDA

More than 1 billion people in tropical and subtropical countries are at risk for lymphatic filariasis (LF), also known as elephantiasis. The World Health Organization has set a goal to eliminate LF in vulnerable countries through mass drug administrations, an effort that has seen dramatic results. However, a new study suggests that WHO’s recommendations for elimination are not enough.

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Notre Dame Magazine, Strategic Content honored with CASE awards

Author: Monika Spalinski

Notre Dame Magazine spring 2015 cover

Notre Dame Magazine, a quarterly publication of the University of Notre Dame, received three awards from the annual assembly of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The University’s new Office of Strategic Content was also honored with a medal.

The Office of Strategic Content was honored with a gold medal in the “Best Website, Individual Page” category for its story on artist Maxim Kantor, written by Andy Fuller and designed by Nevin McElwrath.

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Notre Dame mourns death of student

Author: Paul Browne

Notre Dame blue seal

Jake Scanlan, a University of Notre Dame junior from North Potomac, Maryland, died Wednesday (Nov. 11) in his room in Siegfried Hall. He was 20, majoring in mechanical engineering.

“On behalf of the entire University, I extend my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Jake’s family and friends, and to his parents especially. I pray that they may find some solace in God’s grace, and support through Jake’s extended Notre Dame family. We mourn with them on this tragic occasion,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University.

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