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Three questions with political scientist Christina Wolbrecht

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Christina Wolbrecht

Christina Wolbrecht, associate professor of political science, C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame, teaches and writes about American politics, political parties, women and politics and American political development. Now at work on a study of the first 100 years of women as voters in American politics, she is co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of the recently published book “Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal.”

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Notre Dame and Stamps Foundation expand partnership

Author: Shannon Rooney

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame welcomes 11 undergraduate Stamps Scholars to the Class of 2020, marking an expansion of the partnership between Notre Dame and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. The partnership began in 2013, with the admission of five scholars each year since. The prestigious scholarship awards have now doubled to allow twice as many students per year to benefit from the scholarship.

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Gurulé testifies before Congressional Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing

Author: Shannon Roddel

Jimmy Gurulé

University of Notre Dame law professor Jimmy Gurulé, a terrorist financing expert, testified Thursday (June 23) before the Congressional Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing — part of the House Committee on Financial Services. Gurulé, also a former assistant U.S. attorney general and former undersecretary for enforcement for the U.S. Treasury Department, offered recommendations to enhance the U.S. government’s counterterrorist financing efforts, including sanctions on foreign companies that assist ISIS.

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Creating more effective product recalls by improving traceability

Author: Shannon Roddel

Strawberries

Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans get sick — sometimes mortally — from an all-too common source: foodborne pathogens. Even as the industry looks for ways to curb outbreaks, a new University of Notre Dame study finds that just being able to trace a product through its supply chain is at once critical, and difficult.

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Notre Dame to steward Newman University Church in Dublin

Author: Dennis Brown

Interior of Newman University Church in Dublin. Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.

The University of Notre Dame has agreed to steward Newman University Church in Dublin, and to found there the Notre Dame–Newman Center for Faith and Reason. Built by the then-rector of University College Dublin, Blessed John Henry Newman, the church opened in 1856 and has since been an iconic landmark in Dublin’s city center and a testament to the harmony of faith and reason. Newman would later be named a cardinal of the Catholic Church, and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

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Notre Dame ranks 6th among large organizations in IDG's Computerworld 2016 Best Places to Work in IT

Author: Katie Rose

Office of Information Technology

Recognized for the fourth year in a row, the University of Notre Dame rises to sixth among large organizations in IDG’s Computerworld 2016 Best Places to Work in IT. The 23rd annual survey ranks organizations that provide challenging work for information technology employees while providing great benefits and compensation. Notre Dame is featured, along with other recognized organizations, in the June 13 digital edition of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.

“It is an honor for Notre Dame to have been recognized in this prominent ranking for four consecutive years,” said Ron Kraemer, vice president for information technology and chief information and digital officer.

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Two trees near Main Building to be replaced

Author: Notre Dame News

On Monday, June 13, Landscape Services will replace two trees on the Main Quad near the south entrance to the Main Building. Some walkways will be temporarily closed during the project. The European copper beech trees are located between Washington Hall and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. University arborists indicate the trees’ health has declined due to damage from storms, changes in the soil caused by nearby steam tunnels, and other factors. On Tuesday, June 14, Landscape Services will plant two swamp white oak trees in the same area, weather permitting.

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Entomologist Nicole L. Achee helps write gene drives report

Author: William G. Gilroy

Nicole Achee

University of Notre Dame medical entomologist Nicole L. Achee is a member of a committee convened to summarize the scientific discoveries related to gene drives and considerations for their responsible use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to convene the committee.

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Notre Dame holds ribbon cutting for new Turbomachinery Laboratory

Author: Sue Lister

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory

Nearly two years ago to the day of the ribbon cutting, the University of Notre Dame announced a plan to build a $36 million turbomachinery research and testing laboratory at Ignition Park in South Bend. On that day, June 25, 2014, the University and its project partners — the City of South Bend, Great Lakes Capital, the state of Indiana and Indiana Michigan Power — unveiled a vision for the new Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), a high-powered research laboratory to analyze and advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants and the oil and gas industry.

Tuesday (June 7), the 25,000-square-foot facility was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring University leaders and researchers along with community, state and private sector representatives. Researchers at the NDTL will study aerodynamics, thermodynamics and structural mechanics of parts of large rotating machines, with a focus on things such as vibration, stability, flow and efficiency.

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Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

Author: William G. Gilroy

Midland painted turtle

Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution.

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Father Jenkins commends ‘collaborative engagement’ with region’s community leaders at Notre Dame breakfast

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, left, listens to President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., as Associate VP Tim Sexton stands at the 2016 President's Community Leaders Breakfast

Describing the Michiana region’s recent winning bid in the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative competition as “clearly a team victory,” University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told a gathering of 250 community leaders at the President’s Community Leaders Breakfast Monday morning (June 6) at the University’s Morris Inn that it “epitomized our exciting collaborative engagement over the last year.”

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Remarks by Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia, University of Notre Dame

Author: Notre Dame News

Jonathan Noble

Remarks as prepared by Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia at the University of Notre Dame, at the seventh annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-People Exchange. The event will take place June 7 (Tuesday) at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

Ladies and gentlemen and distinguished panelists, it’s my honor to represent the University of Notre Dame at this important forum and signing ceremony as part of the seventh annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, or CPE.

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Notre Dame participates in 7th Annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange to support athletics in Chinese higher education

Author: Sue Lister

Jonathan Noble

The University of Notre Dame will take part in two programs this summer to strengthen cooperation and support the growth of amateur athletics in Chinese higher education.

Assistant Provost for Internationalization Jonathan Noble is scheduled to speak Tuesday (June 7) in Beijing at a signing ceremony between Notre Dame and the Federation of University Sports China (FUSC), inaugurating a Chinese athletic administrator training program on the Notre Dame campus this summer. The signing ceremony is part of the seventh annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), a conference to promote and strengthen ties between the United States and China in the fields of education, culture, health, science and technology, sports and women’s issues.

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Study reveals insights into protein linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Author: William G. Gilroy

NMR-based model for Pin1, and its interaction with its “disordered” protein targets pertinent to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease usually target the active sites of specific protein molecules sustaining the disease. Traditional drug design views proteins as rigid 3-D objects with active sites consisting of surface-accessible “pockets” with a specific, well-defined structure. Traditional drug design involves finding small molecules with shapes that fit specifically into this pocket. A new study from University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that there are alternative approaches to targeting these proteins, a significant finding for future clinical applications.

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