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Notre Dame’s business school opens newly renovated Chicago space

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business in Chicago

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business expanded its presence in Chicago with a newly renovated space in its Michigan Avenue campus. The expansion will house graduate and executive business programs offered by Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, which has provided a Chicago-based Executive MBA since 2002. The program celebrated the opening of the space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in April.

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Notre Dame researcher seeking to understand how students learn, or don’t learn, mathematics

Author: William G. Gilroy

Nicole McNeil research

It’s both the bane of many parents and what has been called a major national vulnerability: the inability of many children to understand mathematics. Understanding that problem and developing strategies to overcome it is the research focus of Nicole McNeil, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and the researchers in her lab.

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NDWorks "iPhoneography" contest

Author: Carol Bradley

Get inspired! Enter the NDWorks campus “iPhone-ography” contest!

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Faculty and staff members are invited to submit their photos of campus, shot with mobile phones or tablets, and compete for prizes and publication in NDWorks

Photos can be black and white or color; scenic views, sports, close-ups, “selfies” and altered images.…

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Notre Dame astrophysicist part of team that catches a supernova in the act of exploding

Author: William G. Gilroy

Light curve of one of the supernovae observed with the Kepler Space Telescope

It is one of the fundamental questions that remain unanswered in astrophysics: What are the progenitor stars of a “type Ia” supernovae? A new paper in the journal Nature by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich and a team of researchers describes how they used the Kepler Space Telescope to catch three stars in the act of exploding. The results shed light on which stars generate these energetic outbursts.

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Do social circles influence a person’s health? Grant to allow researchers to find out

Author: Carrie Gates

Samantha Lessen ’15 and Alexa Rakoski ’15 walk near the Notre Dame Rome Centre in Rome

Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of University of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices.

Faculty members in the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) have been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the relationship between the social networks of Notre Dame students and two important health-related behaviors — physical activity level and sleep patterns.

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In Memoriam: Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In memoriam

Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (May 16). She was 86.

A native of Nottinghamshire, England, Ford was born near Sherwood Forest. She was graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1957 and, after a brief career as a medical nurse, earned a master’s degree from the University of London and a doctoral degree from Nottingham in 1963.

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Class of 2015, 'Father Ted’s last class,' leaves Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Anna Kottkamp delivers the 2015 Valedictory Address

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“You leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told the graduates in his charge to the Class of 2015. “One is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh to his final rest with God.” Inviting Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne/South Bend to give a blessing to the seniors, Father Jenkins said, “I know Father Ted will join him in blessing the class of 2015 — in another way, his last class at Notre Dame.”

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to the Class of 2015

Author: Notre Dame News

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

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Class of 2015, you leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments. One that will always remain is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., to his final rest with God. As long as I live, I will cherish the memory of many of you standing shoulder to shoulder, quietly and reverently on a very cold day, along the path from the Basilica to Holy Cross cemetery, to pay tribute on Father Ted’s final journey across campus.

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Aaron Neville: 2015 Laetare Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Aaron Neville, a four-time Grammy Award winning singer and musician, speaks after being awarded the Laetare Medal

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I am honored and humbled to be receiving such a prestigious medal. I hope I’m worthy of standing next to the people who have received it before me. If it’s for me trying to get my life on the right track the way God wanted me too, then I am worthy, because I know, and God knows, that I’ve tried. I’ve prayed to see the world through God’s eyes and asked that the world see God in me.

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Anna Kottkamp: 2015 Valedictory Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Anna Kottkamp, valedictorian of the 2015 graduating class, delivers the valedictory address

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Lord Patton, Father Jenkins, distinguished faculty and guests, dearly loved family and friends, and fellow graduates: It is an honor to stand before you. Today we, the Class of 2015, receive our diplomas, the official certification that we know everything an undergraduate could possibly hope to know. After all the tests, essays and late nights, this piece of paper shouts to the world that we are finally finished learning.

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Brendan Bell: 2015 Invocation

Author: Notre Dame News

Brendan Bell gives the invocation

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As is our tradition at the University of Notre Dame, let us begin with prayer.

Loving God, we pray in thanksgiving for all those who have been instrumental in allowing us to be here this Commencement Day. We ask You to bless our families and friends, who provide unconditional support and show faith in us. We ask You to bless the faculty, staff, Holy Cross religious, rectors, campus ministers and administrators at the University of Notre Dame, whose zeal for educating the whole person so deeply affects our way of viewing ourselves and the world around us. And we ask You to bless all those members of the Notre Dame family, both near and far, living and deceased, as we are constantly reminded of the ways that they continue to impact our lives.

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Graduate School degree recipients entering into exciting period of higher education, McAuliffe says

Author: William G. Gilroy

2015 Graduate School Commencement ceremony

Having served as president of Bryn Mawr College, dean of arts and sciences at Georgetown University and professor and chair at the University of Toronto, among many other positions, Jane McAuliffe has a deep familiarity with the world of higher education. With that familiarity comes an understanding of the turbulent nature of the contemporary higher education environment.

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Jane McAuliffe: Graduate School address

Author: Notre Dame News

Jane Dammen McAuliffe, director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, gives the Commencement address at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony Jane Dammen McAuliffe gives the Commencement address at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony

Thank you for the extraordinary privilege of being with you today. I was delighted when Dean [Laura] Carlson asked me to speak at your commencement but even more delighted as I began to learn more about you and your achievements.…

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Notre Dame mourns death of senior

Author: Paul Browne

Notre Dame blue seal

UPDATE: William Meckling, a 21-year-old senior due to graduate Sunday from the University of Notre Dame, died early Saturday morning (May 16) after a fall from the roof of the Joyce Center.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy’s family and friends after this terrible tragedy,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University president, said. “It is a profound sadness for all of us, on this graduation weekend, to lose someone so young and brimming with promise.”

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Notre Dame makes additions to Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

University of Notre Dame

Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., will join the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows as well as its Board of Trustees on July 1 when he becomes religious superior of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers at Notre Dame. He will be joined on the Board of Trustees by newly elected members Clare Stack Richer and Byron O. Spruell. Phillip B. Rooney, a member of the Board of Trustees since 1993, was elected to emeritus status.

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Agreement between Engineering, Universidad de Chile encourages academic exchange

Author: Nina Welding

Universidad de Chile

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at the University of Notre Dame has entered into a five-year agreement with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DIQBT) of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, that encourages academic exchange and collaborative initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Notre Dame to offer free course on understanding wireless

Author: Sonia Howell

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The University of Notre Dame will offer its second MOOC (massive open online course) on edX, titled Understanding Wireless: Technology, Economics and Policy, beginning on Monday (May 18).

Understanding Wireless is a survey-style course that offers an opportunity to gain understanding of the technical, regulatory and economic aspects of the mobile wireless revolution and its impact on society. This not-for-credit course is intended for a broad audience, from engineers to business majors to aspiring lawyers, but students will be most comfortable if they are not intimidated by early-college mathematics. The course is entirely free and open to everyone.

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Notre Dame International launches four new short-term study abroad programs

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Student in China

Notre Dame International at the University of Notre Dame will launch four new short-term study abroad programs for summer 2015: South Africa for Student-Athletes, Summer Greece, China Summer Language Program and Global Gateway seminars for rising freshmen. This expansion of program offerings marks progress toward NDI’s — and the University’s — goal to provide every eligible undergraduate with an opportunity to study abroad.

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Thirty percent of corporations say climate change has impacted business materially

Author: Notre Dame News

Climate change

An inaugural survey examining how corporations are addressing the need to adapt their business operations to changing climate conditions reveals that 30 percent already have experienced a material impact to their business operations from climate events. It also found that 30 percent of respondents across a wide range of sectors don’t have a climate adaptation plan or strategies in place.

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