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A global celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and legacy

Author: Notre Dame News

Shakespeare's First Folio

In January, Shakespeare at Notre Dame will kick off “SHAKESPEARE: 1616-2016,” a yearlong series of performances, conferences and special events commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and his legacy. “Act One” of the celebration includes events slated during the University of Notre Dame’s spring semester, which runs January through April.

First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare,” a national exhibition and tour curated by the Folger Shakespeare Library, opens in January at the University of Notre Dame.

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A look back on 2015

Author: Notre Dame News

The Main Building at sunset

From construction cranes spanning across the campus to a record high in research funding, and from fighting a rare disease in Haiti to designing a sanctuary in Philadelphia for the Pope, 2015 was an eventful one for the University of Notre Dame. Here are some of the many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection.

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Understanding the 'wicked problem' of climate change

Author: William G. Gilroy

Frank Incropera

Frank Incropera acknowledges that it’s somewhat unusual for an engineer to delve deeply into the topic of climate change. Scientists, not engineers, have played the most prominent roles in the climate change debate to date. However, Incropera believes solving the problem going forward will require a joint effort from the two specialties. Scientists have provided an understanding of the problem, and engineers can now evaluate the feasibility of proposed solutions to the problem.

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Three faculty receive fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities

Author: Josh Weinhold

Julia Douthwaite

Three faculty received fellowships this week from the National Endowment for the Humanities, continuing the University’s record success winning support for humanities research. Receiving the grants are Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French; Amy Mulligan, an assistant professor of Irish language and literature; and Gabriel Said Reynolds, a professor of Islamic studies and theology.

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How researchers are turning ‘Star Wars’ droids into reality

Author: Notre Dame News

R2-D2, left, and C-3PO droids from "Star Wars"

After nearly 40 years of pop culture relevancy, the “Star Wars” saga is continuing this month with the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Fans are lining up to see beloved characters return to the screen, including Han Solo and General Leia, and to welcome several new ones, including a variety of droids.

The enduring popularity of and interest in C-3PO and R2-D2 speaks to the fascination many people have with robotics and artificial intelligence. Although no one will have their own C-3PO soon, a number of University of Notre Dame researchers are working to make droids more science fact than science fiction.

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Foreign policy beyond 2016

Author: College of Arts and Letters

Michael Desch

Michael Desch, political scientist and director of the Notre Dame International Security Center, will participate in a panel discussion in Chicago.

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Nanovic Institute explores Cold War with film screening, NHL alumni

Author: Monica Caro

NHL player Petr Klíma

On Dec. 10­-11, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame will present “Elite Athletes and the Cold War,” a series of events that will bring former NHL players to campus to explore how professional athletes from the former Soviet bloc experienced the political contest of the Cold War.

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Reilly Center releases its annual top 10 list of ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

Author: Jessica Baron

"Hello Barbie" ((c) Mattel)

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its fourth annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2016. This list is designed to get people thinking about potential ethical dilemmas before controversial science or technology goes mainstream.

The center generates its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology with the help of Reilly fellows, other Notre Dame experts and friends of the center. Readers are encouraged to vote on the issue they find most compelling and in need of discussion at reillytop10.com and clicking on the vote button.

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Obesity contributes to ovarian cancer metastasis

Author: William G. Gilroy

Harper Cancer Center

M. Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of the HCRI and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, notes that ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancy in the U.S. Researchers set out to determine whether obesity contributes to ovarian cancer metastatic success. In other words, are tumor cells better able to successfully metastasize when the “host” is obese versus lean?

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart to open mercy doors in accordance with Jubilee

Author: Kate Morgan

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

In accordance with the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame will open a symbolic Door of Mercy on Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent. The opening of the door will mark the beginning of the extraordinary Holy Year. Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., Basilica rector, will preside over the rite, which will occur during the 10 a.m. Mass.

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Architect proposes sustainable, short-term housing for European refugees

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Refugee housing floor plan

Fleeing the wars of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia and other countries, refugees in staggering and unprecedented numbers are swarming into Europe, some 800,000 so far this year alone. This global and increasingly catastrophic movement is likely not only to continue but even to increase, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has warned “it is imperative that the situation be managed in such a way as to minimize the risks of new problems being created.”

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