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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem speaks on Christians in the Holy Land

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, delivers a public talk titled “Middle East Christians’ Future: In Whose Hands?”

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, spoke of the situation of Christians in the Holy Land Tuesday night (Sept. 29) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

“Generally, people like to hear a ‘fair and balanced’ presentation, especially on a contentious subject,” Patriarch Fouad said. “I am not sure that this is possible when speaking about the Middle East and the Holy Land.”

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Author Gwyneth Cravens to lecture on nuclear energy on Oct. 6

Author: William G. Gilroy

Gwyneth Cravens

Gwyneth Cravens, an American author and journalist who is best known for her writings on nuclear power as a safe and reliable alternative energy source and as an essential preventive of global warming, will present a lecture titled “Can We Save the World with Nuclear Energy?" at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Oct 6) at Washington Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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The people behind a beautiful campus: Facilities Design and Operations

Author: Carol Bradley

Facilities Design and Operations

Notre Dame’s campus is consistently ranked among the most beautiful in America—and the team that’s behind the planning, design and construction, maintenance and long-term renewal of the University’s physical plant is Facilities Design & Operations, led by Doug Marsh, associate vice president and University Architect.

Responsibilities of the division’s 125 employees are wide-ranging but can be divided into four major areas: project design and construction; interior architecture; maintenance and utilities. All these areas are committed to work together seamlessly and outside of silos that are often found among these units on other campuses.

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New study examines how bullying by bosses emerges

Author: William G. Gilroy

Workplace bullying

As anyone who has experienced it will attest, dealing with a boss who acts abusively can be a very difficult and confusing experience. However, the process by which such behavior emerges has received little attention from researchers. A new study by researchers Charlice Hurst, Ken Kelley and Timothy Judge from the Department of Management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Lauren Simon of Portland State University is the first to examine bullying behavior by bosses in terms of supervisor/employee relationship over time.

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Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Patriarch Fouad Twal

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, will speak on the increasingly desperate plight of Christians in the Middle East at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

The lecture, “Middle East Christians’ Future: In Whose Hands?” will be introduced by University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Researchers propose 'breastsleeping' as a new word and concept

Author: William G. Gilroy

Bedsharing

As far as titles in academic journals go, it’s quite the attention-getter. “There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping,” reads the title of a new peer-reviewed commentary piece by University of Notre Dame anthropologists James McKenna and Lee Gettler that appears in the prestigious European journal Acta Paediatrica.

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Rev. Jenkins: Pope Francis calls Americans to 'live up to the highest ideals of our nation'

Author: Brittany Collins

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shakes hands with Pope Francis in Rome. Photo courtesy Vatican Photo Office

During his historic visit to the United States, on Thursday morning (Sept. 24) Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to members of Congress and an audience that included Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to greet Pope Francis at the White House, said that the pontiff called on Americans to challenge themselves to live up to their ideals.

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Law professor Cassel helps craft Colombia peace accord

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Bogotá, Colombia

The peace accord announced in Havana Wednesday (Sept. 23) between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) could bring to an end that country’s 51-year war. The announcement also comes as particularly happy news to Douglass Cassel, professor of law and adviser to the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), who had played a crucial role in the peace talks.

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Notre Dame goal: No coal

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Power Plant

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (Sept. 21) that the University will cease burning coal entirely within five years, and cut its carbon footprint by more than half by 2030.

“In recognition of both Pope Francis’ encyclical and his visit this week to the United States, Notre Dame is recommitting to make the world a greener place, beginning in our own backyard,” Father Jenkins said. “Of greater importance, however, are the contributions our faculty and students are making across disciplines to find sustainability answers, especially for poor countries in most need of development and the most vulnerable to climate change.”

Father Jenkins also said Notre Dame was planning the investment of $113 million in renewable energy sources and projects, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields both on and off campus, which collectively will reduce CO2 emissions by 47,500 tons.

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Daron Acemoğlu, author of 'Why Nations Fail,' to deliver 2015 Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Daron Acemoğlu

Renowned economist Daron Acemoğlu, co-author of the best-seller “Why Nations Fail” whose acclaimed research addresses why some countries are rich and others poor, will deliver the second annual Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 (Wednesday). Open to the public, the lecture will be held in the McCartan Courtroom of the Eck Hall of Law on the University of Notre Dame campus.

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Bob Mundy elected to board of The Common Application

Author: Dennis Brown

Bob Mundy

Bob Mundy, director of admissions at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the Board of Directors for The Common Application, a leading higher education membership organization, by the chief admission officers at the colleges and universities who make up the group’s membership. His four-year term will run through August 2019.

“Bob Mundy has been an active leader and voice for admissions practices that support high school students,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index honors innovative climate adaptation projects

Author: William G. Gilroy

DADTCO cassava farming for ND-GAIN

Two innovative projects that address climate change in developing countries — an imaginative program in Mozambique that produces starch for craft beer from cassava and another that helps cities worldwide develop resiliency to disaster — have won the coveted 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize awarded by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index.

The annual honor underscores the growing movement by multinational and local corporations to develop resourceful contributions to climate adaptation in countries that rank in the bottom 50 of the ND-GAIN’s 180-country index. The index summarizes a country’s vulnerability to global climate challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience.

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