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Putting the presidential election in perspective

Author: NDWorks

White House

As a member of the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., fielded his fair share of questions about the 2016 U.S. presidential race. He, along with other Notre Dame faculty, were highly sought-after experts leading up to and following the election of the nation’s 45th commander in chief. Via television, radio and print media outlets on the international, national and local level, these experts contributed to the public discussion about the election.

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University photographer shares observations of Cuba

Author: Matt Cashore, for NDWorks

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In September 2011 Matt Cashore photographed the Notre Dame Magazine story “Rome of the Americas.” He was pretty sure it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Cuba. Surprise! In October, he returned to Havana. In the five years between the two visits, U.S.–Cuba relations have moved a bit more toward normalization, but he wondered what would be similar and what would be different from 2011 to 2016.

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Staff chaplain recommends gratitude to combat stress

Author: Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., for NDWorks


Staff chaplain Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., shares this advise for handling stress during the holidays: “I have used Father Ted Hesburgh’s simple prayer when I sensed stress in my own life: ‘Come, Holy Spirit.’ It gave me peace and calm in the face of anxiety. You might also pray over Isaiah 43:4 which reminds us, ‘You are precious to me, you are mine.’ Living in the moment is all we have and by prayer I felt more present and less concerned about the future or the past. Let’s pray for one another. That is an excellent, precious gift.”

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Reuters names Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat 2016 highly cited researchers

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Timothy Beers, left, and Prashant Kamat

Thomson Reuters has named Timothy Beers, the University of Notre Dame Chair of Astrophysics, and Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, to its 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list. After Reuters analyzed Essential Science Indicators that included 128,887 highly cited papers ranked in the top 1 percent by total citations, the work of Beers and Kamat stood out as being among the most valuable and significant in their fields.

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Notre Dame finalizes agreement to construct hydro facility on St. Joseph River

Author: Dennis Brown

South Bend and Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame and the South Bend Board of Parks have reached an agreement on a 50-year lease that gives the University rights to construct and operate a hydroelectric generation facility on the dam in the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. The agreement was approved Monday (Dec. 12) by the park board’s commissioners.

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Nobel Peace Prize speech highlights contribution of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute to process of ending war in Colombia

Author: Joan Fallon

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In a stirring and evocative Nobel Peace Prize speech in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday (Dec. 10), Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos mentioned scholars, poets, negotiators, researchers, NGOs, activists and other Nobel Laureates who contributed — by inspiration or dedicated action — to the end of the western hemisphere’s oldest and largest armed conflict.

Santos directly acknowledged the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which has served as an academic partner in the Colombian peace process for many years and is now engaged with the commission charged with implementing the peace agreement in Colombia through the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) project.

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2016 Team Irish Awards

Author: Office of Human Resources

Team Irish

The Presidential Team Irish Award program provides a special and unique opportunity to publicly recognize staff teams that exemplify the University’s core values on behalf of their department and the University. The public recognition of a significant accomplishment, collaboration or initiative occurs during each home football game. Award recipients collaborate on a project, process or initiative that significantly advances the University’s mission, organizational goals, and/or departmental goals while exemplifying the University’s core values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership in mission and leadership in excellence. The 2016 recipients are members of: Green Dot, FaithND, Waste Warriors, Young African Leaders Initiative, Maintenance Zones 3 and 5, and Staff Advisory Council.

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Employee Compassion Fund provides relief for staffer

Author: Tiffany Griffin


The Employee Compassion Fund is a University emergency assistance program funded entirely by Notre Dame faculty and staff contributions to the annual United Way campaign — five percent of each pledge supports the fund. The program is administered by the Family and Children’s Center, and is designed to assist employees who find themselves in temporary financial hardship. The funds are not taxable as income.

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