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NDWorks 2016 Photo Contest

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Abruzzo Squirrel Photo

Faculty and staff are asked to pull out their cameras and enter their photos in this year’s NDWorks photo contest. Submit entries anytime between Thursday, May 19 and Friday, Aug. 26.

Copyright remains with the photographer. Each digital image submitted should be labeled with your name and a title (i.e., yourlastname_tulips.jpeg). Email submissions and any questions to Carol C. Bradley, bradley.7@nd.edu.

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Conservation plays vital role in preserving collections

Author: Carol Bradley

Medical Text

Rare books conservator Sue Donovan holds a rare herbal book by 16th-century German physician and botanist Leonhart Fuchs, part of the Edward Lee Greene collection. When repairing the book’s binding, it was discovered that the book had spine linings of parchment manuscript waste used to bind the book, including an extremely rare medical text by Constantinus Africanus (Constantine the African), an 11th- century physician and Benedictine monk from North Africa who spent the last part of his life in Italy.

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Summer repair and maintenance projects underway on campus

Author: Cidni Sanders

Under Construction

The end of the academic year has ushered in several construction and renewal projects across the University. Six key projects that will impact access to certain campus buildings, walkways and roads:

• LaFortune Student Center west entry reconstruction
• Hesburgh Library east entrance closure
• Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering basement waterproofing
• Main Building stair rail 
replacement
• Notre Dame Stadium B Parking Lot reconstruction
• Walsh Hall selective renovation

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Smashburger replacing Burger King in LaFortune Student Center

Author: Notre Dame News

Notre Dame Student Government, Campus Dining and Student Activities Facilities have announced that Smashburger will replace Burger King in LaFortune Student Center. Construction began the week of May 16, and the new facility is expected to be open at the start of the school year. Smashburger is a fast casual restaurant serving “smashed-to-order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, sides and Häagen-Dazs shakes.

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'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' exhibit at ND Center for Arts and Culture

Author: Carol Bradley

Skiles

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a selection of collage works by artist and professor Nathan Skiles, will be on view through June 30 in the Crossroads Gallery, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.

These 12 round works reference rose or ocular stained glass windows often found in churches. Skiles has created two large versions of these metaphorical windows specifically for the exhibition. These rondo collages will structurally reference the north and south rose windows of Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Looking beyond conventional networks can lead to better predictions

Author: William G. Gilroy

Nitesh Chawla

Zebra mussels, a ship-borne invasive species, are such a problem in American waters that they cost the U.S. power industry alone $3.1 billion in economic losses in 1993-1999, mainly by blocking pipes that deliver water to cooling plants. Researchers looking for a way to predict where they might end up next, so that preventive measures can be taken, have relied on network science, a way to identify patterns and meaningful connections in fields ranging from invasive species to international terrorism and social networks to infectious diseases.

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Hillebrand Center focuses on training compassionate health care professionals

Author: William G. Gilroy

Hillebrand Center

For Ruth Hillebrand, compassionate health care was both a professional and personal mission. A clinical psychologist in Manhattan, she specialized in treating patients with eating disorders. She also had an intimate knowledge of how compassion on the part of a physician could impact a patient’s treatment and recovery. A physician whom she met once delivered her own terminal diagnosis in a brief, perfunctory, late-night phone call and then hung up.

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Making circulating materials backpack-proof

Author: Carol Bradley

Library Preservation

Tosha McComb, conservation technician for general collections at the Hesburgh Libraries, reattaches boards with toned Japanese paper and wheat starch paste. The paste is stable, alkaline and reversible in water. Modern resin-based adhesives are also used in repairing items in the circulating collections.

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Nature vs. nurture? Both are important, anthropologist argues

Author: William G. Gilroy

Agustin Fuentes

Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist.

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2016 Presidential Award Recipients

Author: Office of Internal Communications

Craig Marsh

The University strives to create a culture of appreciation and celebration through award and recognition programs. Recipients receive a cash award and a keepsake, and are acknowledged at the annual Service Recognition Dinner. Eight members of the staff were honored.

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Biden and Boehner jointly receive Laetare Medal

Author: Notre Dame News

President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., is flanked by Laetare Medal recipients John Boehner, former Speaker of the House, and Vice President Joe Biden before walking onto the stage for the 2016 Commencement Ceremony

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Remarks of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., upon conferring the 2016 Laetare Medals.

“Man is a political animal,” wrote Aristotle, and thus, as St. Thomas Aquinas noted, some are charged to combine practical reason with a concern for the community to fashion laws that serve their fellow citizens. Through the invitation of one of our Laetare awardees, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress. As our awardees stood behind the Holy Father on that historic day, he reminded the assembled legislators that theirs is the call to “the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good … the chief aim of politics.” No doubt today’s medalists had occasion to reflect on their long careers given to that pursuit.

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Vice President Joseph Biden: 2016 Laetare Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Vice President Joseph Biden addresses the Class of 2016

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Let’s get something straight right off the bat. I don’t like John Boehner. I love him. Father Jenkins, Notre Dame, thank you. Thank you for this honor — the Laetare Medal. I can say, without fear of contradiction, it is the most meaningful award I’ve ever received in my life. And my mother Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, I wish she were here, but she’s looking down to see me receive this.

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John Boehner: 2016 Laetare Address

Author: Notre Dame News

Former Speaker John Boehner addresses the Class of 2016

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Father Jenkins, Vice President Biden, graduates … It’s truly an honor and a privilege for me to be here with all of you today — just a regular guy who used to have a big job.

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to the Class of 2016

Author: Notre Dame News

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., addresses the Class of 2016

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We have recognized so many deserving people, but have not yet recognized a group who is perhaps most deserving. Graduates, you would not be here if it were not for the support, care and love of your parents, guardians and families. They have many, many times cheered for you. We need to recognize them. So graduates, I ask you to turn and applaud those without whom you would not be here: your parents and families.

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