Giant gas cloud boomeranging back into Milky Way

Author: Gene Stowe

Since astronomers discovered the Smith Cloud, a giant gas cloud plummeting toward the Milky Way, they have been unable to determine its composition, which would hold clues as to its origin. Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner and his collaborators have now determined that the cloud contains elements similar to our sun, which means the cloud originated in the Milky Way’s outer edges and not in intergalactic space as some have speculated. Read More

New avenues found for treatment of pathogen behind diseases including fasciitis, toxic shock syndrome

Author: William G. Gilroy

One bacterial pathogen is responsible for a range of diseases, from pharyngitis and impetigo to more severe diagnoses such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease). Known as Group A Streptococcus, it induces rapid destruction of red blood cells. In a new study, the research group led by Shaun Lee, associate professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame, provides the first real-time, high-resolution observation of this red cell destruction. Read More

Corporate philanthropy can have a positive impact on employees

Author: William G. Gilroy

Corporate philanthropy benefits organizations in many ways. But does it do anything to benefit a business’s employees? Researchers Emily Block and Michael Mannor from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and colleagues at Kedge Business School in France and the University of California, Los Angeles, address this question in a new study published in the Journal of Business Ethics. Read More

Mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus found in Washington, D.C.

Author: Sarah Craig and Brittany Collins

Zika virus is transmitted by the mosquito species Aedes aegypti, also a carrier of dengue fever and chikungunya, two other tropical diseases. Though Aedes aegypti is not native to North America, researchers at Notre Dame who study the species have reported a discovery of a population of the mosquitoes in a Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Read More

Enrollment Division establishes Matriculate chapter

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame’s Enrollment Division has established a Matriculate chapter on campus. Founded in fall 2014, Matriculate is a college-access organization that helps high-achieving, low-income high school students make the transition to college by pairing them with advising fellows at leading colleges and universities nationwide. Read More

Building a better phone

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Bert Hochwald, the Freimann Chair professor at the Notre Dame Wireless Institute, and his team are leading a three-year, $1.2 million investigation into how to improve the performance of cell phones while also reducing the potentially harmful radiation the phones expose our bodies to. Read More

Notre Dame expands its Rome program with purchase of a villa for new student residence

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame has purchased a villa in central Rome to be used as a student residence hall for Rome Global Gateway programs. The century-old building, quite new by Roman standards, is a city block away from the headquarters of the Notre Dame program at 15 Via Ostilia in Rome’s Rione Celio neighborhood on the slopes of the Caelian Hill. Read More

Notre Dame launches initiative for better Catholic preaching

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame’s John S. Marten Program for Homiletics and Liturgics has embarked on a unique project specifically designed to strengthen Catholic preaching. The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Notre Dame Preaching Academy, a five-year initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis, has enrolled its first cohort of 23 priest-participants from Notre Dame’s founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as from the archdioceses of Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky, and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. Read More

Scott Merrill named 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

Scott Merrill, an architect known for his originality and creative application of architectural precedents, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Merrill, the 14th Driehaus Prize laureate, will be awarded the $200,000 prize and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a ceremony on March 19 (Saturday) in Chicago. In conjunction with the Driehaus Prize, Eusebio Leal Spengler, city historian of Havana, Cuba, will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award. Read More

Mark McKenna appeals to Supreme Court in Apple v. Samsung dispute

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Mark P. McKenna, professor of law and associate dean for faculty development in the Notre Dame Law School, is among the leaders of a group of 37 law professors who filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Apple v. Samsung case, in which Samsung has appealed its patent loss to Apple in a lower federal circuit court dispute over the copying of iPhone technology. Read More

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