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Three questions with Rich Taylor: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rich Taylor

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which seemed a particularly apt time to talk with Rich Taylor, a University of Notre Dame researcher whose research focuses on the discovery and development of new therapeutic leads for the treatment of unmet clinical needs in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Taylor is associate vice president for research, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and interim director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development.

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Notre Dame’s Irish Seminar moves from Ireland to Argentina

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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One of the flagship programs of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, its annual Irish Seminar, will be held this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Since it was established in 1999, the seminar, an international conference of Irish scholars, post-graduate students and faculty in Irish Studies, has met in Ireland at Notre Dame’s Dublin Centre in O’Connell House on Merrion Square. The 2015 Irish Seminar will meet June 27-July 11 in Buenos Aires at the Institute for Economic and Social Development (IDES).

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Notre Dame joins in call to action for American 'Innovation Imperative'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Research

The University of Notre Dame has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed Innovation: An American Imperative, a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings — and warnings — contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1M grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

Research

Scientists dedicate their lives to research. But there’s been little scholarship on the characteristics of people who make that commitment.

Does the daily practice of laboratory research shape their outlook on life? Can it be linked to specific ways of behaving or thinking? How do the habits and perspectives of scientists compare to what we might want from our colleagues, family members or fellow citizens?

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Notre Dame ranks 9th in survey of best places to work in IT

Author: Katie Rose

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Recognized for the third year in a row, the University of Notre Dame ranks ninth among large organizations in IDG’s Computerworld 2015 Best Places to Work in IT. The 22nd annual survey ranks organizations that provide challenging work for information technology employees while providing great benefits and compensation. Notre Dame is featured, along with other recognized organizations, in the June 22nd digital edition of Computerworld.

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Father Jenkins to appear on public affairs program 'The Open Mind'

Author: Dennis Brown

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

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will be the guest on the 2015-16 season premiere of “The Open Mind,” the longest-running public affairs program in public television history.

A member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Father Jenkins will speak with host Alexander Heffner about moral education and the cure for incivility in an age of entrenched partisanship.

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A letter from Father Jenkins to the Emanuel AME Church of Charleston

Author: Dennis Brown

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On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend our deepest condolences to the faithful of Emanuel AME Church on the tragic deaths of your pastor, Rev. Clementa Pickney, and your fellow congregants. You welcomed a stranger into your midst to join you in prayer and reflection on the word of God. It is hard to find words to describe our shock and sadness in learning that it was precisely this one you welcomed as a brother who senselessly killed your pastor and your sisters and brothers. We struggle to comprehend that darkness.

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Rear Adm. Mathias Winter wins Alumni Association's Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award

Author: Bill Gangluff, Alumni Association

Rear Adm. Mathias Winter

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association in June announced the 2015 recipients of three of its most prestigious awards. The recipients will be recognized in October during the fall meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

In recognition of his decades of leadership in the United States Navy, Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, class of 1984, is being presented with the Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award, which honors a Notre Dame graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in military service. The award is named for Notre Dame’s third president, who served as the chaplain of the Irish Brigade during the Civil War.

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ND Expert: The Supreme Court’s 'black-letter-law freedom of speech day'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Thursday (June 18) handed down its decisions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert — that an Arizona town had violated the First Amendment by placing limits on the size of signs announcing church services — and in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans, that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles acted lawfully in rejecting a license plate displaying the Confederate flag.

According to University of Notre Dame law professor Richard W. Garnett, a former SCOTUS law clerk who teaches and writes about the First Amendment, “Thursday was a black-letter freedom of speech day at the Supreme Court.”

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Notre Dame faculty read and react to new encyclical on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si’, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday (June 18).

In an op-ed essay in Wednesday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.

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Lou Holtz to address ACE educators at 2015 commencement ceremony

Author: Bill Schmitt

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College football coaching legend Lou Holtz, along with his wife, Beth Holtz, will receive this year’s Notre Dame Prize for Catholic Education, and will serve as the principal speaker at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) on July 11 (Saturday).

“We are blessed that Coach Holtz has accepted our invitation to celebrate and give thanks for the years of service to the ministry of Catholic education of our ACE graduates,” said Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., founder of ACE and Hackett Family Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

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Time on retailers' side: Impulse purchases rise the longer shoppers are in store

Author: William G. Gilroy

Impulse buying

Admit it: you’ve done it. We all have. You go to the grocery store with a short list of essentials you need to pick up, only to find impulse purchases like sea salt caramel gelato and Cool Ranch Doritos when you unpack your grocery bags at home.

It’s a phenomenon well-known to consumers and heavily researched by economists and social scientists. However, University of Notre Dame marketing researcher Timothy Gilbride and colleagues shed new light on this behavior in a new Journal of Marketing paper.

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Catholic high school teachers debunk science vs. religion myth

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Science and religion teachers from Catholic high schools nationwide are meeting at the University of Notre Dame June 14-19 (Sunday-Friday) to debunk the notion that their academic disciplines contradict each other.

The week-long seminar, titled Science and Religion: Strangers, Rivals, or Partners in the Search for Truth? and hosted by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL), has attracted some 90 Catholic high school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and religion from 23 dioceses from across the country.

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Collaboration between Notre Dame and region benefits local economy and University

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Construction crane for McCourtney Hall

A study commissioned by the University of Notre Dame projects that new construction at the University will more than double to $237 million annually over the next three years, compared to an average of $95 million annually in recent years.

“Nothing says economic impact like construction cranes,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, told a gathering of 250 community leaders over breakfast this morning at the University’s Morris Inn. “It also tells you something about our confidence in the future.”

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Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine 'holy light' on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world.

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Student donations support local charities and families at 11th annual Old2Gold June 13

Author: Sue Lister

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For the 11th year, the University of Notre Dame will hold the Old2Gold sale, a “yard sale” of student donations that supports local charitable organizations. Old2Gold will take place on June 13 (Saturday) at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds, 5117 Ironwood Road, South Bend. Typically held at Notre Dame Stadium, Old2Gold will take place at the fairgrounds this year due to construction surrounding the stadium.

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Alumnus Richard Corbett makes $35 million in gifts for academic building and football coaching endowment

Author: Dennis Brown

Corbett Family Hall

Two gifts totaling $35 million from University of Notre Dame alumnus Richard Corbett will underwrite the construction of a 280,000-square-foot building on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium and endow the head football coaching position at the University.

A $25 million gift is in support of Corbett Family Hall, which will house the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology and a digital media center, and the remaining $10 million will establish the coaching endowment.

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Thousands of alumni returning to campus for Reunion 2015

Author: Bill Gangluff, Alumni Association

Alumni Reunion

Thousands of University of Notre Dame alumni are traveling back to campus this weekend to share old memories and create new ones during Reunion 2015. Coming off of a record-breaking attendance of 3,900 alumni and their guests last year, expectations for the Thursday-Sunday (June 4-7) event are high.

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