2016 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Marisel Moreno

Marisel Moreno, an associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Juniors Caleb Pine and Christa Grace Watkins named 2016 Truman Scholars

Author: Carrie Gates

Christa Grace Watkins, left, and Caleb "C.J." Pine

Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1M grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

Research

Scientists dedicate their lives to research. But there’s been little scholarship on the characteristics of people who make that commitment.

Does the daily practice of laboratory research shape their outlook on life? Can it be linked to specific ways of behaving or thinking? How do the habits and perspectives of scientists compare to what we might want from our colleagues, family members or fellow citizens?

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Do social circles influence a person’s health? Grant to allow researchers to find out

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Samantha Lessen ’15 and Alexa Rakoski ’15 walk near the Notre Dame Rome Centre in Rome

Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of University of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices.

Faculty members in the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) have been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the relationship between the social networks of Notre Dame students and two important health-related behaviors — physical activity level and sleep patterns.

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Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering launch new interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies

Author: Carrie Gates

Andre Murniek's classroom

The College of Arts and Letters and the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame will launch an interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies (CDT) starting in fall 2015.

The CDT minor will offer a foundation for Arts and Letters students interested in all facets of technology — from technology consulting and cybersecurity to the digital arts and humanities.

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College of Arts and Letters and College of Science launch new major in neuroscience and behavior

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Beginning in fall 2014, the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and College of Science will offer a collaborative major in neuroscience and behavior, which will include both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science tracks.

Neuroscience is a relatively young field devoted to the scientific study of the nervous system. It encompasses many different levels of analysis — from the study of molecular mechanisms in individual neurons to the evolution of nervous systems to the development of models of human thinking, affect and behavior.

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Notre Dame and UNC-Chapel Hill philosophers to examine religious and transformative experiences

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The Experience Project

Whether as dramatic as the divine visions that inspired Mother Teresa’s work or as commonplace as the decision to have a child, certain events have the power to transform us.

To explore aspects of these religious and transformative experiences, philosophers Michael Rea and Samuel Newlands of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and philosopher L.A. Paul from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences will co-direct “The Experience Project.”

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Notre Dame and Cornell awarded $3.8 million to study hope and optimism

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Samuel Newlands

With a $3.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, University of Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands and Cornell philosopher Andrew Chignell will co-direct a new research project called “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations.”

The three-year, interdisciplinary effort will explore the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of hope and optimism, funding new research in the social sciences, philosophy and analytic theology.

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Alumnus Adam Cowden awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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Adam Cowden

Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall.

Cowden is one of only 40 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious scholarship, from an initial field of approximately 800 applicants.

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In Memoriam: Maureen Hallinan, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Sociology Emeritus

Author: Carrie Gates

Maureen Hallinan

Maureen Hallinan, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died Monday (Jan. 28) in South Bend after an illness. She was 73.

A native of New York, Hallinan earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College, a master’s degree in mathematics from Notre Dame and a joint doctorate in sociology and education from the University of Chicago.

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Department of Film, Television, and Theatre to present 'Cabaret,' its first full-scale musical in 20 years

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"Cabaret"

Cabaret,” winner of the 1967 Tony Award for best musical, is coming to the University of Notre Dame Wednesday-Sunday (Nov. 13-17).

Known for its outstanding music, edgy themes and underlying social issues, the show will be the first full-scale musical the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) has produced in more than 20 years, said Associate Professor Kevin Dreyer.

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Notre Dame professor, students create design campaign to help South Africans with HIV 'live positively'

Author: Carrie Gates

Notre Dame design students Sara Kolettis, Laura Straccia and Maria Massa in South Africa

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In the spring, Robert Sedlack, associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History and Design, traveled with a team of 11 students to Johannesburg to gain firsthand perspective on the problem and collaborate with South African community organizations.

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Julia Douthwaite to receive 2013 Sheedy Award

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Julia Douthwaite

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award.

The highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters, the Sheedy Award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the college from 1951-69.

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