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One year later, Father Jenkins remembers Father Hesburgh

Author: Notre Dame News

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the one-year anniversary of the death of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987.

“As we mark today the one-year anniversary of the passing of Father Hesburgh, it hardly seems possible it was that long ago. But perhaps that is because his presence can tangibly be felt in so many ways still, through the results of his service to the Vatican and Church, his presence on presidential commissions, and, of course, his leadership of Notre Dame."

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New formulation of FDA-approved drug may help treat Niemann-Pick Type C disease

Author: William G. Gilroy

Undergraduate Sue Yi does biology research in Galvin Life Sciences

Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure. NPC primarily strikes children before and during adolescence and affects one in every 150,000 children. Researchers Kasturi Haldar, the Nieuwland Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Parsons-Quinn Director of the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases in the College of Science, and Dr. Suhail Alam and Michelle Getz in the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases used existing FDA-approved drugs in a novel approach to treatment with promising results.

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Live eagle’s nest camera installed at ND-LEEF in St. Patrick’s County Park

Author: Sue Lister

Bald eagle at St. Patrick's County Park

In the spring of 2015, two bald eagles took over an existing red-tailed hawk nest at the University of Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) at St. Patrick’s County Park and fledged one eaglet. Over the past few months, the birds have returned and are again building up a nest for the upcoming season.

Given the overwhelming community interest sparked by the eagles’ arrival, a camera has been installed at ND-LEEF so that enthusiasts can enjoy a live view of the nest without disturbing the pair. To view the eagle cam, visit environmentalchange.nd.edu/resources/nd-leef/live-bald-eagle-cam/.

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Gala premiere of Keough-Naughton Institute’s documentary series, '1916: The Irish Rebellion,' to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Volunteers marching just before the Irish 1916 Rising. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.

The gala premiere of “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” a three-part documentary film series produced by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be held March 3 (Thursday) in Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. It is an invitation-only event.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, who will attend the gala premiere, “1916: The Irish Rebellion” was conceived, written and co-produced by Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. & Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature. Christopher Fox, professor of English and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, is executive producer. The first documentary series to give a comprehensive account of the events of the 1916 Rising in Dublin, the film has been made a centerpiece of the Irish government’s global centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising, and will air on 255 U.S. public television stations as well as stations in Australia, Canada, Finland, Spain, Slovenia and several countries in South America.

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Fourteen Fulbright finalists place Notre Dame among top-producing universities in US

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It awards a one-year postgraduate fellowship for research, study or teaching English abroad. During their fellowship, scholars will work, live and learn in their host country.

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Notre Dame’s tuition to increase 3.7 percent

Author: Dennis Brown

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Notre Dame will increase 3.7 percent for the 2016-17 academic year to $49,685. Average room and board rates of $14,358 will bring total student charges to $64,043.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg highlight Financial Security Day program

Author: Sue Lister

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin

Tax season is a time when personal finances are top-of-mind for many, including whether you are saving enough to secure a decent retirement. To help individuals, families and small-business owners understand and improve their finances, the University of Notre Dame is bringing together national experts from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the financial wellness industry for Financial Security Day on Feb. 25 (Thursday) at the McKenna Conference Center on the Notre Dame campus. The program is co-sponsored by the United Way of St. Joseph County.

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Father Jenkins welcomes new Saint Mary’s College president

Author: Dennis Brown

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

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the election of Jan Cervelli as the 12th president of neighboring Saint Mary’s College.

“Allow me to be among the first to say welcome home to Jan Cervelli. The Saint Mary’s Board has elected an outstanding university administrator and scholar for the college’s 12th president. Her experience combined with a love for her native South Bend bodes very well, indeed, for Saint Mary’s future. I also wish only the best for President Mooney in the months and years ahead. I was privileged to collaborate with her over the past decade on issues important to both of our institutions, the community and higher education at-large. I look forward to continuing a similarly fruitful partnership with her successor."

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Notre Dame to commemorate first anniversary of the death of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Author: Monika Spalinski

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The life of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, who died Feb. 26, 2015, at the age of 97, will be remembered in events on campus and in the community this month. Events including a memorial concert, special content from Notre Dame magazine and a WNIT program.

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Michel Hockx, scholar of Chinese literary and Internet culture, appointed director of Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Author: Joan Fallon

Michel Hockx

Michel Hockx has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies within the new Keough School of Global Affairs.

Hockx is professor of Chinese and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. He will join the Notre Dame faculty in August 2016.

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Peace wager: Law expert assists with negotiations in Colombia

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Havana, Cuba. September 23, 2015, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia (left in the photo) and the head of the FARC, Comandante Timoschenko (right in the photo) shake hands during a ceremony announcing the first agreement for peace. Never before had a Colombian President and a FARC comandante shaken hands.

Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the country’s principal leftist guerillas had come to a standstill yet again. One of the longest and bloodiest civil wars in modern history hung in the balance. A month earlier, the rebels had killed 11 soldiers at an army camp. The government retaliated, killing more than 20 guerillas, who ended their unilateral ceasefire.

In the middle of this chaos last May, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called Doug Cassel, a human rights attorney and an expert in transitional justice, at his office in the Notre Dame Law School.

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Faculty mourn the loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia

Author: Shannon Roddel

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the Law School, Oct. 19, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan and was known for his conservative views, died Saturday (Feb. 13) at the age of 79. He will be missed, said University of Notre Dame Law School professors.

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Conference explores Laudato Si’ and sustainable development

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

As part of the celebration of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’, the University of Notre Dame is hosting a two-day conference to explore the significance of the encyclical, as well as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs), key targeted environmental and developmental goals unanimously approved by world leaders in September.

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Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education.

According to Fraga, the Jan. 28 special issue, titled “Latinos, Education, and the Church,” concerns the opportunities and challenges confronting the Catholic Church in providing educational opportunities for the children of Latino families.

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'Black Futurities'

Author: Notre Dame News

Hazel Carby

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Hazel Carby will speak on "Black Futurities: Shape-shifting beyond the Limits of the Human.”

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Supreme Court's suspension of Clean Power Plan a 'devastating loss' for Obama administration, expert says

Author: Shannon Roddel

Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber, associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, who specializes in environmental, natural resources and energy law, is shocked by the U.S. Supreme Court’s action Tuesday night (Feb. 10) to block the EPA from enforcing its Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate change policy.

“The plan has been the subject of a swift and strong legal challenge, mounted by more than 20 states. Although the Court’s decision is temporary, it represents a major victory for these states and a devastating loss for the administration.

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