$3 million gift from Susan Scribner Mirza to establish Notre Dame’s first endowed professorship in Islamic studies

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame announced Jan. 21 its first-ever endowed professorship in Islamic studies, established with a $3 million gift from alumna Susan Scribner Mirza. The Mirza Family Professorship of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies also is the first endowed chair in the University’s new Keough School of Global Affairs. Read More

Notre Dame to host TEDxUND on Feb. 27

Author: Sue Lister

Notre Dame will present TEDxUND 2015, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers that includes a modern-day artisan, a youth poet, the mayor of South Bend and many others, exploring the topic “What if …” on Feb. 27 (Friday) in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Read More

David M. Schwarz named 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

David M. Schwarz, an architect known for excellence in traditional design and his commitment to the creation of vibrant public environments, has been named the recipient of the $200,000 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at Notre Dame. In conjunction with the Driehaus Prize, renowned environmental health expert Dr. Richard J. Jackson will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award. Together these prizes represent the largest recognition of classicism in the contemporary built environment. Read More

Nora Besansky-led studies featured on the cover of Science

Author: William G. Gilroy

Two studies led by Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, were featured on the cover of the Jan. 2 edition of the prestigious journal Science. This research resulted in the sequencing of the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world. Read More

Notre Dame launches inaugural open online courses on edX

Author: Sonia Howell

Notre Dame’s first MOOCs (massive open online courses) are now open for registration. Created by Notre Dame faculty working with the Office of Digital Learning, these inaugural four MOOCs, offered through the University’s partnership with edX, draw on expertise from across the University. The courses are available to anyone with a free edX account. Read More

Notre Dame, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center join together to fight sepsis

Author: Arnie Phifer

Notre Dame and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, a member of the Trinity Health system, have announced that they are collaborating on research aimed at earlier detection of sepsis in patients. Sepsis, a potentially fatal illness in which the body has a severe inflammatory response to bacteria or other microorganisms, is the leading cause of death from infection in the world and is the costliest condition to U.S. hospitals. Read More

Mayland Chang receives $1.6M American Diabetes Association research award

Author: Stephanie Healey

In 2010, 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in the United States due to diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has announced that it is funding a $1.6 million Accelerator Award to Mayland Chang, research professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame, to help lower that number. Read More

Truly Christian and African: Notre Dame theologian Paulinus Odozor’s new book

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis nearly two years ago is only one illustration of how the Catholic Church has become less concentrated in Europe and North America than in the southern hemisphere. Notre Dame theologian Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp., is mindful of this shift in the Church’s center of gravity and alludes to it as he introduces his new book, “Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations.” Read More

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