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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center highlights emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

As a new year approaches, Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013.

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REM sleep enhances emotional memories, study shows

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In a new study, Notre Dame researchers Jessica Payne and Alexis Chambers found that people who experienced rapid eye movement (REM) sleep soon after being presented with an emotionally charged negative scene—a wrecked car on a street, for example—had superior memory for the emotional object compared to subjects whose sleep was delayed for at least 16 hours.

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Notre Dame MBA ranks No. 1 for ethics in Bloomberg Businessweek survey

Author: Carol Elliott

Notre Dame's MBA program ranked No. 1 for ethics in the Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Specialty Ranking announced Dec. 17. The ethics ranking was released as part of the publication’s 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, where the Notre Dame MBA program landed at No. 20, improving four slots compared to its 2010 result.

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A festschrift for Pope Benedict from Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well-understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from Notre Dame earlier this month.

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The education of a science dean

Author: Gene Stowe

Gregory Crawford, dean of Notre Dame's College of Science, has written a personal account of his experiences since he accepted the position in 2008. All proceeds from the book, titled “The Education of a Notre Dame Science Dean: My Four-Year Ride with the Irish,” support the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to find a cure or treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease.

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Researchers collaborate to seek FDA approval for drug treatment for rare disease

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

A Notre Dame alumnus is working with Olaf Wiest and Paul Helquist, professors of chemistry and biochemistry, and Frederick Maxfield of Cornell University’s Weill Medical College to bring to market a promising new treatment for people with Niemann-Pick Type C disease.

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Notre Dame researchers to lead new science data preservation effort

Author: William G. Gilroy

One of the emerging, and soon to be defining, characteristics of science research is the collection, usage and storage of immense amounts of data. A new project led by Notre Dame researchers will explore solutions to the problems of preserving data, analysis software and computational work flows and how these relate to results obtained from the analysis of large data sets.

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Notre Dame research could improve sustainability and cost-effectiveness of wastewater treatment

Author: William G. Gilroy

In the past, Notre Dame's Robert Nerenberg has addressed ways to drastically improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment. Now he is pursuing a new line of research that has the capability of significantly decreasing chemical costs and the carbon footprint associated with this process.

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Five Notre Dame faculty named fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Notre Dame faculty William G. Dwyer, Julia F. Knight, Mei-Chi Shaw, Andrew J. Sommese and Nancy K. Stanton have been named fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013. They are part of an inaugural class that includes mathematical scientists from 600 institutions around the world.

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Notre Dame’s Nitesh Chawla receives 2012 IBM Watson faculty award

Author: Nina Welding

Notre Dame's Nitesh Chawla is among the 10 instructors recently named recipients of the 2012 IBM Watson Solutions Faculty Awards, which recognize individuals who are on the cusp of the next big trend in computing—big data and analytics—and are introducing that information to their students via innovative curriculum.

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