It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people do not have access to electricity. Researchers at Notre Dame with counterparts in Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria are working to bridge the gap through a program called Energy E3—Empowering Nations to Power Their Nation, with plans underway for an inaugural energy innovation center in Uganda.
Nine Notre Dame faculty members have received awards for five projects from the University’s Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics’ (AD&T) Discovery Fund. Each year, grants from the Discovery Fund are awarded to researchers who propose novel technologies and diagnostics that can improve human and environmental health.
Notre Dame’s Department of Theology has launched a new area of concentration within its Master of Theological Studies program: World Religions World Church (WRWC). The area of WRWC offers students the opportunity to study both global religions and the global Church while receiving exposure to other areas of Christian theology. In WRWC coursework, students will have the freedom to focus on a particular non-Christian tradition or cultural context of the Church and develop skills in primary and research languages.
According to new research led by Guillermo Trejo, associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, nations that adopt transitional justice measures, such as truth commissions and judicial prosecutions for past human rights violations, experience lower homicide rates and lower levels of criminal violence.
The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, will initially receive approximately $1.75 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a partner on two separate research-assistance consortiums established to support higher education in developing countries.
Rick and Molly Klau of Denver have contributed $10 million to strengthen and endow Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, which is being re-named in their honor. Founded in 1973 by then University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the Center for Civil and Human Rights is dedicated to the principle that every human being is created in the image of God and therefore has a dignity that merits respect and protection.
Notre Dame has launched an interdisciplinary minor in musical theater—a collaboration between the Departments of Music and Film, Television, and Theatre—which can be customized for students interested in performing, songwriting, directing, conducting or scholarship.
Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez is helping lead a $3.9 million Templeton Religion Trust grant that will support new research on civic virtues. The Self, Virtue and Public Life Project, which began this week and runs through 2021, will fund research projects, conferences, edited volumes and community outreach activities.
The St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit recently relocated to Hammes Mowbray Hall, home of the Notre Dame Security Police department, to provide the county with expanded working space and greater access to a larger group of University student interns. Previously, the internship program operated from the county jail with three Notre Dame student interns. On Sept. 7, six undergraduates were sworn in to work as interns with the unit.
Notre Dame’s Laura Carlson addressed this year’s incoming cohort of graduate students on Aug. 13 as part of the two-day Graduate Orientation hosted by the Graduate School and the Division of Student Affairs. In her remarks, Carlson, who is a vice president and associate provost, dean of the Graduate School and a professor of psychology, emphasized Notre Dame’s commitment to fostering an environment of well-being for graduate students.