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Cultivating ivy-covered gardens: Political science professor looks at disconnect between self-image and reality of field

Author: William G. Gilroy

Michael Desch

Trends in political science are marginalizing the subfield of security studies, argues Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, in a new piece in the journal Perspectives on Politics.

Desch believes that social science, as practiced in the United States since the early 20th century, has tried to balance two impulses: to be a rigorous science and a relevant social enterprise. However, he believes there is a disconnect between political science’s self-image of balancing rigor and relevance with the reality of how political scientists actually conduct their scholarship most of the time.

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Notre Dame receives $1.6 million from Accenture to expand technology and opportunity in Uganda and South Africa

Author: Notre Dame News

Johannesburg, South Africa

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) has received $1.6 million from Accenture — one of the world’s leading professional services companies, with capabilities in consulting, strategy, digital, technology and operations — to expand the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) project.

CE3 empowers disconnected communities in northern Uganda by harnessing solar energy to deliver clean, efficient, renewable power and Wi-Fi connectivity to off-grid communities, significantly improving access to technology, job-skills training and mentoring. The project was introduced in 2012 by NDIGD and Accenture as a pilot program in rural northern Uganda, resulting in 40 new business startups and more than 130 new jobs.

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In Memoriam: V. Paul Kenney, professor emeritus of physics

Author: William G. Gilroy

In memoriam: V. Paul Kenney

V. Paul Kenney, 87, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (July 18) in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village.

Kenney and colleague Bill Shephard were recruited by then President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., to start Notre Dame’s High Energy Research Program in 1963. Under Kenney’s direction, the research group grew in size to include many professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and support staff.

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ACE to send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders in missioning ceremonies

Author: William G. Schmitt

Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders to nearly 200 Catholic schools across the country in the annual Missioning Mass, capping two months of professional formation and spiritual renewal. The ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday (July 24) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, will celebrate and bless the next steps on the educators’ journeys back to their respective schools and classrooms.

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STEM research leaders call for change in undergrad education

Author: William G. Gilroy

Undergraduates in 2012 Dan Philpott course

Immediate change is needed at all levels to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in research universities, according to a paper on undergraduate STEM learning and teaching co-authored by Zachary Schultz, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, that appears in a special July issue of the journal Nature.

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Hesburgh Libraries receive largest gift in history from Navari Foundation

Author: Dennis Brown

Hesburgh Library

The Marilyn & Rudolph M. Navari Charitable Foundation has made a $10 million gift to the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame, the largest gift in the libraries’ history, surpassing the $6 million Ford Foundation Challenge Grant that helped fund the original construction of the then-Memorial Library in the early 1960s.

The gift will be used in part to fund renovation of the future home for the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship in the Hesburgh Library, as well as to establish an endowment to support digital library services and research projects related to the center.

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Four College of Engineering faculty awarded $1.8M in DURIP grants

Author: Nina Welding

Department of Defense

Four faculty members from the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame have received Defense University Research Instrumention Program (DURIP) grants from the Department of Defense for 2015, totaling more than $1.8 million. These highly competitive awards will enable the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment in support of the foundational research being conducted in defense-critical areas at the University.

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Stephen Wrinn to lead University of Notre Dame Press

Author: Notre Dame News

Stephen M. Wrinn

Stephen M. Wrinn, director of the University Press of Kentucky, has been named director of the University of Notre Dame Press. The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

“Steve brings national and international visibility, extensive experience in academic and for-profit publishing, and unquenchable energy to the director position,” Burish said. “It is easy to see why he was the unanimous choice of the search committee.

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Nutritional assistance programs would benefit from analysis, economist testifies before subcommittee

Author: William G. Gilroy

James Sullivan

James Sullivan, Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., associate professor of economics and director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame, testified Wednesday (July 15) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition.

Sullivan spoke at the subcommittee’s hearing on “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Developing and Using Evidence-Based Solutions.” SNAP is the United State Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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White House report on juvenile offender diversion programs highlights project with LEO ties

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

A White House Council of Economic Advisers report released Tuesday (July 14) includes an account of Reading for Life (RFL), a local juvenile diversion program that is being evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO).

The report, “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change,” features the RFL program, which has been used at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center since 2007.

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New paper describes novel synthesis of hyperbranched polymers

Author: William G. Gilroy

Haifeng Gao

A new paper by a team of researchers that includes Haifeng Gao, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, presents, for the first time, a one-pot, one-batch synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with tunablemolecular weights, uniform size and high degree of branching using an efficient click polymerization technique.

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Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture co-hosts West Washington neighborhood block party

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Arts and Culture, in conjunction with the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, will celebrate South Bend’s past, present and future during a block party at 1045 W. Washington St. in the West Washington neighborhood. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (July 18).

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2015 Family Volunteer Camp honors legacy of Father Hesburgh

Author: Brittany Collins

2013 Family Volunteer Camp

The Notre Dame Alumni Association’s annual Family Volunteer Camp in July is remembering Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., with its first-ever theme, “Honoring Father Ted through participating: An event deeply rooted in his values.”

The camp invites alumni families to campus to spend a week doing volunteer work at community partner sites and to reconnect with the University of Notre Dame and each other. Children ages 9 and older come with their parents to participate in service projects while learning about the University’s commitment to giving back. After Father Ted passed away at the age of 97 in February, the camp’s organizers wanted to honor his legacy of service by dedicating this year’s camp to him.

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Notre Dame guarantees Saint Mary’s students four seats in master of science in management program

Author: Gwen O'Brien

Mary statue

The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College have announced a new partnership that offers Saint Mary’s non-business majors the opportunity to be admitted into the University’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in the Mendoza College of Business. According to an articulation agreement reached between the institutions, Notre Dame will guarantee seats each academic year to four qualified Saint Mary’s students. The agreement, signed by Saint Mary’s College Provost Patricia Fleming and University of Notre Dame Provost Thomas Burish, is valid through June 1, 2018.

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Notre Dame program cited in report to President Obama on improving financial capabilities of young people

Author: Dennis Brown

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A council appointed by President Barack Obama to find and suggest means to improve the financial competencies of young people has cited a University of Notre Dame initiative as a model program in the education sector.

Notre Dame’s Saving for College program is on the recommended list of proven and promising financial capability programs, tools and resources singled out by the President’s Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, which released its report last week.

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