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Bill McKibben to deliver 22nd annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

Author: Renée LaReau

Bill McKibben

McKibben’s lecture, “The Last Ditch Effort for a Working Climate: Report from the Front Lines,” will offer strategies and tactics for countering climate change in the context of the Paris climate accords, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, and the hottest year ever measured on the planet, 2015. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Play drums with a robot or high-five one at the fifth annual National Robotics Week event

Author: William G. Gilroy

National Robotics Week

Robots that high-five visitors, play drums with them and play games like Hot Lava Monster and Space Invaders are among the projects that will be on display during the fifth annual University of Notre Dame National Robotics Week event on April 10 (Sunday). The free event is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

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Notre Dame to host world premiere opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'As You Like It'

Author: Josh Weinhold

Opera ND 'As You Like It'

For the first time ever, the University of Notre Dame will host the world premiere of an opera: a commissioned production of “As You Like It,” the classic Shakespearean comedy.

The four-show run is a highlight of “Shakespeare: 1616-2016,” a yearlong series of campus events commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The opera features two casts, composed primarily of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend students.

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Market reactions to sudden CEO deaths highlight CEOs' importance

Author: William G. Gilroy

Business CEO

When Tootsie Roll chairman and CEO Melvin Gordon died unexpectedly on Jan. 20, 2015, the firm’s value saw an immediate 7 percent increase, which was equivalent to about $140 million. Craig Crossland, an assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and his research colleagues examined 240 sudden and unexpected CEO deaths like Gordon’s to determine how shareholders’ perceptions of CEO significance have changed over time. They found that market reactions to these events in U.S. public firms have increased markedly between 1950 and 2009.

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Continuing the search for gravitational waves

Author: William G. Gilroy

LBT (Large Binocular Telescope)

In February, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced it had detected gravitational waves for the first time, confirming the last prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Somewhat overlooked in the excitement that followed is the fact that scientists don’t know the exact location the waves were coming from. University of Notre Dame astronomer Peter Garnavich is leading a group of researchers who are hoping to more precisely locate where future gravitational waves originate.

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In memoriam: Paul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In memoriam: Paul R. Chagnon

Paul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Notre Dame, died March 22 at his home in South Bend. He was 86.

Chagnon taught physics and conducted research in nuclear physics at Notre Dame for 32 years before retiring in 1995. He published numerous articles on his research, and was admired as a stalwart of Notre Dame’s physics faculty. His teaching is honored annually at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies by the undergraduate Paul Chagnon Service Award.

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Rev. Friedrich Bechina, undersecretary for the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, to speak

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O.

Rev. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O., undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, will give the 2016 Keeley Vatican Lecture, titled “The Holy See’s Higher Education Policy from St. John Paul II to Pope Francis,” at 5 p.m. April 6 (Wednesday) in Visitation Hall of Remick Commons at the University of Notre Dame. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University, will introduce Father Bechina.

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Conference responds to global efforts to care for the planet and the poor

Author: Joan Fallon

For the Planet and the Poor

For the Planet and the Poor, the first major conference organized by the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, will open with a keynote panel, “A Surprising Convergence, a Moment of Opportunity,” at 6 p.m. on April 4 (Monday) in Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business.

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Indiana Watershed Initiative highlighted at White House Water Summit

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jennifer Tank

A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation’s heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms was highlighted Tuesday (March 22) at a White House Water Summit. The program is spearheaded through a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and Indiana University.

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Using DNA 'fingerprinting' to understand ancestry and immunity of trees

Author: Brandi Klingerman

American chestnut nuts with burrs and leaves

When Europeans came to the New World in the 16th century, they brought measles and smallpox with them. Without the immunity Europeans had cultivated over the years, the native people in America quickly fell ill. Millions died as a result. Today, trees in the New World are also dying from diseases that were introduced through global trade started by the Europeans. However, trees are much more vulnerable than humans.

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Not Irish? There’s still reason to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day

Author: Notre Dame News

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

Why do so many people celebrate and recognize St. Patrick’s Day – even if they’re not Irish at all?

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, professor of Irish language and literature at the University of Notre Dame and expert on popular religion in Ireland, as well as folklore and popular culture, explains the history and cultural significance of Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick.”

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Father Jenkins helps commemorate bipartisan spirit at Friends of Ireland luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Author: Notre Dame News

Irish Prime Minister Kenny, Father Jenkins and his mother, Helen Condon Jenkins

Returning from Washington, D.C., this afternoon (March 15) where he helped commemorate bipartisan American efforts to end violence in Northern Ireland, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, said that “the bipartisan spirit employed to reach peace abroad is sorely needed now on our own soil to ameliorate discord and bring common decency to our political discourse.”

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In Memoriam: Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, the University of Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, died Monday (March 14). He was 80 years old.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Father Elizondo was a native of San Antonio, Texas, where his Mexican immigrant parents owned a grocery store and where he himself spent many years as the pastor of San Fernando Cathedral. The Sunday Spanish Mass at which he presided was televised and carried via satellite from San Fernando Cathedral to more than 1 million households.

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Psychologist named fellow of American Educational Research Association

Author: Josh Weinhold

Darcia Narvaez

University of Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements.

Narvaez, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Letters, is one of 22 scholars who will be inducted as fellows at the AERA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

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2016 presidential campaign shows American politics has reached a breaking point, expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robert Schmuhl

Journalists and political pundits have repeatedly stressed that the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is like nothing they’ve ever seen. Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, believes that the campaign may indicate that American politics has reached a breaking point.

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A transformative journey: Notre Dame experiences life at the border

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Border Immersion

A dozen Notre Dame faculty members and community partners from South Bend went to Tucson, Arizona, to hear migrants’ stories during a four-day Mexican Border Immersion seminar in early January. The faculty and student groups participated in activities ranging from talks with community activists to hikes through the desert with humanitarians who deliver water, and from witnessing border violation court procedures to visiting the morgue that attempts to identify migrant bodies recovered from the desert. The students also heard from the other side, meeting with Border Patrol agents and ranchers in the area.

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Helping to stop colorectal cancer by identifying metastasis chances early

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Steven Buechler with students in a lab

Colorectal cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, is not a commonly discussed disease. Often symptomless in early stages, the cancer is more difficult to treat as it progresses, requiring chemotherapy in later stages. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a way to identify patients who would benefit from chemotherapy before the cancer progresses.

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Father Jenkins reflects on past, present and future collaboration with Brazil in São Paulo speech

Author: Notre Dame News

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

In a speech Friday (March 11) at the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., discussed the importance of Catholic education in an era of corruption and injustice, the University’s vision for growth in the country and its research related to the Zika virus.

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Graduate students on the clock to explain research, win competition

Author: Sue Lister

Three Minute Thesis competition

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for prize money and a bid to the regional championships during the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday (March 16). Known as 3MT, the competition features graduate students across all disciplines explaining their research in clear and succinct language appropriate for an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, all within three minutes.

3MT competitors address a live audience and panel of judges with a single static slide accompanying their presentations. The students are vying for monetary prizes, and the Notre Dame winner will claim a spot in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 3MT regional competition in Chicago on April 8.

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