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Students help Notre Dame archaeologist unearth ancient artifacts in Albania

Author: Mark Shuman

On the final day of his latest six-week excavation season in historic Butrint, Albania, Assistant Professor David Hernández says “the face of a goddess appeared.” The four assistants who had a hand in the discovery? Suzanna Pratt, Patrick Conry, Matt Wieck and Wesley Wood—all Notre Dame undergraduates.

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What we’ve learned about generosity

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In 2009, Notre Dame launched the Science of Generosity, an initiative funded by a $5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The initiative has since awarded nearly $3 million to 13 research projects conducted by scholars around the world, and it is in the second year of conducting its own research on the causal mechanisms that encourage and inhibit generosity.

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Painting an evangelical icon

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John C. Cavadini, associate professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, was recently in Washington speaking to a symposium of young Catholic theologians about how to teach the faith, during which he drew on the work of a third-century colleague.

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Notre Dame physicists propose solution to constraint satisfaction problems

Author: Gene Stowe

Maria Ercsey-Ravasz, a postdoctoral associate, and Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of physics at Notre Dame, have proposed an alternative approach to solving difficult constraint satisfaction problems. Their paper, “Optimization hardness as transient chaos in an analog approach to constraint satisfaction,” was published this week in the journal Nature Physics.

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