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Notre Dame produces Liam Neeson-narrated documentary to remember Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

General Post Office, Dublin, Ireland

The University of Notre Dame will play a major role in the international celebration of the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, which was announced Tuesday (March 31) in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

A documentary television series, “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be broadcast worldwide during the centenary, which memorializes the events in Dublin on Easter Week a century ago, when an insurrection started a process that culminated in an independent Irish state and accelerated the disintegration of the British Empire.

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National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

Author: William G. Gilroy

JINA-CEE

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday (March 30) that it is renewing funding for a University of Notre Dame-led institute dedicated to the of study the broad range of nuclear processes in the universe that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae and X-ray and Y-ray bursts.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) was established and funded in 2003 as a NSF Physics Frontier Center between Notre Dame, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to address critical questions about the origin of heavy elements in nature or nuclear processes on compact stellar objects.

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Chinese civil rights activist to give Notre Dame’s 2015 Human Dignity Lecture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Chen Guangcheng

Chinese civil rights activist and former political prisoner Chen Guangcheng will give the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Human Dignity Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 7 (Tuesday) in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.

Chen’s lecture, “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity and Human Rights in Contemporary China,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) as one of its Human Dignity Lecture series.

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New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms

Author: Gene Stowe

Blood lab

University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.

“Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.”

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Robert Sedlack receives 2015 Ganey Award for community-based research

Author: JP Shortall

Robert Sedlack

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Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is the recipient of the 2015 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns. The award, in the amount of $5,000, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with local community organizations.

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Notre Dame and Latin American bishops sign memorandum of understanding

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, archbishop of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, and president of the Latin American Bishops' Conference (CELAM), sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The University of Notre Dame and the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) have signed a “memorandum of understanding,” pledging to cooperate in a range of initiatives in academics, social development, peace-building and institutional administration.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, president of CELAM, signed the memorandum in a ceremony Tuesday (March 24) in Notre Dame’s Main Building.

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Notre Dame’s College of Engineering to educate students to meet 'Grand Challenges'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Engineering student

Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was in attendance Monday (March 23) as a letter of commitment was presented to President Barack Obama, announcing that 122 U.S. engineering schools plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

These “Grand Challenges,” identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include complex yet critical goals such as engineering better medicines, making solar energy even more cost-competitive, securing cyberspace and advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals.

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Corgels make gift to endow Dillon Hall rector’s position

Author: Dennis Brown

Dillon Hall

Rectors at the University of Notre Dame play a pivotal role in cultivating the seamless integration of student life from classrooms to residence halls. They lead the residential communities that are a distinctive component of a Notre Dame undergraduate education and lie at the heart of students’ personal development and formation.

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Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

Author: William G. Gilroy

ND-GAIN

The University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, have launched the inaugural State of Corporate Adaptation survey to provide unprecedented insight on how private sector players are addressing the need to adapt complex business operations to a changing climate.

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New paper examines household production and asset prices

Author: William G. Gilroy

Zhi Da

A new paper by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame, finds that residential electricity usage can track household production in real time and helps to price assets.

“The importance of household production in economics has been recognized by Nobel Laureate Gary Becker back in 1960s, but measuring what household produces at home has been an empirical challenge,” Da said. “For example, it has been a puzzle why certain industries such as consumer products, food and clothing earn higher average returns than others such as steel and fabricated products. Our research shows that consumer product-related industries are risky since they have high exposure to household production risk.”

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Indiana bishops' letter on poverty originated at Notre Dame summit

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Our Lady Of Mercy, Geddes Hall

Indiana’s five Catholic bishops this week issued a new pastoral letter on poverty inviting and challenging Catholics in the state to make the needs of the poor a priority and to take action to reduce the effects of poverty. The letter has its origins in a meeting hosted and sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns two years ago.

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South Bend TV stations to simultaneously broadcast program March 20 in tribute to Father Hesburgh

Author: Dennis Brown

Fr. Hesburgh

In a first for local broadcasting, “Requiem for a Legend, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.,” a 30-minute tribute to the late University of Notre Dame president, will air simultaneously on all six South Bend-area television stations at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 20).

Notre Dame’s leader for 35 years, Father Hesburgh was a seminal figure in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs throughout the second half of the 20th century. He died Feb. 26 at age 97.

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New paper examines social effects on the gut microbiome of wild baboons

Author: William G. Gilroy

Baboons

A new study led by Elizabeth Archie, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame, has found that social interactions have direct effects on the gut microbiome.

Archie points out that most, if not all, animals have a gut microbiome — an incredibly diverse “rainforest” of bacteria that lives in the intestine and helps animals digest food, make vitamins and fight disease.

The new study revealed that baboons that had closer social bonds had more similar gut bacteria than animals with weaker social ties.

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Notre Dame Forum events to recognize 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council Documents

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (March 16) that the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum, Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have resonance today. The forum will highlight the Declaration on Non-Christian Religions (Nostra aetate), the Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis humanae) and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes).

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Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville to receive Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal

Author: Sue Lister

Aaron Neville (Credit: Sarah A. Friedman)

Aaron Neville, a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and musician, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 170th University Commencement ceremony May 17 (Sunday).

“Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Through tumultuous times in his life, Aaron turned to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Jude for strength, forgiveness and salvation. His example of repentance and devotion shine bright for all who see him perform.”

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Early survey results indicate that LF will be eliminated in Haiti

Author: Gene Stowe

Haiti Program MDA

Preliminary testing of more than 850 schoolchildren in the Haitian town of Saut-d’Eau has shown only one child to be infected with the parasite that causes lymphatic filariasis (LF), a milestone in efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease from the island. The results, involving children from 38 schools in the community of 35,000 people 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince, mean that the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program likely will achieve its goal of eliminating LF, also known as elephantiasis, from Haiti by 2020.

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Notre Dame to host medieval scholars conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Medieval Institute

The University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute will host the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) annual conference Thursday-Saturday (March 12-14).

Some 420 medieval scholars will attend the conference, at which the MAA will announce the winners of its new Olivia Remie Constable Award, established in memory of Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at Notre Dame, who died last April.

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International Masterclasses open cutting-edge physics to young investigators worldwide

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Daniel Karmgard, research assistant professor of physics, instructs a student at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center

High school students will get to be particle physicists for a day by analyzing data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the University of Notre Dame, one of about 210 research institutes and universities in 42 countries around the world that will host daylong Masterclasses for local students. Masterclasses at Notre Dame will be held on March 12 (Thursday), March 13 (Friday) and March 21 (Saturday) at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center.

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Notre Dame vice president Scott Malpass to be honored by the University of Portland

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Scott Malpass

Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Portland.

According to Portland’s announcement, Malpass, who will receive the honor during its undergraduate commencement ceremony May 3, “is responsible for investment of the university’s endowment, working capital, pension and life income assets totaling some $10 billion. He and his staff closely partner with the most sophisticated investment management organizations throughout the world, which has allowed the Notre Dame endowment to achieve top-tier investment performance over both short- and long-term time periods.”

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Professor Emeritus William F. Eagan

Author: Carol Bradley

Professor Emeritus William F. Eagan, Department of Management, Mendoza
College of Business, died Saturday, Feb. 28. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 6 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

Robinson Community Learning Center
912 N. Eddy Street
South Bend, IN 46617…

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Deloitte Global CEO Salzberg to speak at Mendoza’s graduate program commencement

Author: Carol Elliott

Barry Salzberg

Barry Salzberg, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global), will serve as speaker for the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business’ 2015 Graduate Commencement and Diploma Ceremony. The event will take place at 10 a.m. May 16 (Saturday) in the Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion on the Notre Dame campus.

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Women engineers gather at Notre Dame, bring the ‘brains and beauty to engineering’

Author: Notre Dame News

Society of Women Engineers

This Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7), approximately 850 female collegiate students and professionals will gather at the University of Notre Dame for the 2015 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region H Conference, highlighting women engineers’ unique place and voice within the engineering industry and bringing a significant economic impact to the area.

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The University of Notre Dame and friends honor and remember Father Hesburgh

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Thomas O'Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, leads the procession to the cemetery following the funeral of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame’s iconic 15th president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was honored and remembered Wednesday night (March 4) at a memorial service in Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.

Father Hesburgh, one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died Thursday (Feb. 26) at Notre Dame. He was 97.

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Notre Dame mourns passing of student

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame seal

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has expressed his deepest condolences to the family of Lisa Yang, a Notre Dame senior who passed away Tuesday (March 3) at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

“At the same time that we mourn the passing of Father Hesburgh, we grieve for Lisa and her family,” Father Jenkins said. “I ask all members of our community to keep her family and friends in their prayers.”

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