The largest construction project in the 175-year history of the University of Notre Dame – an 800,000-square-foot integration of world-class space for teaching, research, performances, faith, multimedia, student life and athletics – is nearing completion, with several components now open or opening over the next two weeks and most of the other facilities ready for occupancy in January.
Together with faculty from Wesleyan University and Fordham University, Meghan Sullivan, a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, has won a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support a two-week NEH Summer Institute on teaching philosophy as a way of life.
Heather Hyde Minor, professor of art history at Notre Dame, has been appointed academic director of the University’s Rome Global Gateway. During her two-year term, Hyde Minor will hold full academic oversight of the Gateway, including the Rome undergraduate program and efforts to enhance the University’s research profile in Rome and beyond.
Notre Dame is hosting its 12th annual summer orientation for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, on campus Aug. 5-9. This year, 69 teaching assistants from 32 countries will attend a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.
JoAnn DellaNeva, professor of Romance languages and literatures at Notre Dame, has been appointed academic director of the University’s London Global Gateway. During her two-year term, DellaNeva will hold full academic oversight of the Gateway, including the London undergraduate program and efforts to enhance the University’s research profile in London and beyond.
Richard E. Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named interim director of Notre Dame California. He succeeds Patrick J. Flynn, Duda Family Professor of Engineering, who served as interim director from July 2016 through June of this year.
For nearly 1 billion people living on the subcontinent of India, monsoon rainfall provides water for agriculture, drinking water and hydroelectricity production. The torrential rainfall also can lead to deadly floods and landslides. Researchers at Notre Dame are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models.
Notre Dame has received a $1.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and its transformative work with graduate students and the community.
Each year natural hazards wreak havoc on vulnerable cities and communities; the United States alone has seen costs exceed $9 billion due to weather and climate-related events so far this year. Damage to infrastructure stemming from such events is a focus of the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), a new center co-led by Notre Dame’s Ahsan Kareem, Robert M.Moran Professor of Engineering.
Determining which fish are living in various bodies of water can be a daunting task for scientists studying those populations. Identifying invasive or endangered species, for example, has often relied on the ability to catch them. Now, according to a new study published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, researchers from Notre Dame, Cornell University, and the Oceanic Institute at Hawaii Pacific University have improved their method of tracking species by using the biological material those organisms leave behind.