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Voters’ views of Mormonism still stumbling block for Romney, new study shows

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Though the social barriers of race and gender were largely overcome during the last U.S. presidential campaign, religious affiliation (in this case, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormonism) is still a significant hurdle, according to a new study by a Notre Dame political scientist and colleagues from Brigham Young University and the University of Akron.

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Contrary to popular belief, investment banks do add value to M&As, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Although often stereotyped as greedy, investment banks do add value to mergers and acquisitions and, despite certain biases, do produce important information for the M&A advisory process, according to new research by Matthew Cain, assistant professor of finance at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

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Notre Dame ties for 5th in degrees earned by Fortune 500 CEOs

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Notre Dame tied for fifth place in a U.S. News & World Report study that analyzed Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of American corporations based on revenue and focused on which CEOs held degrees and where those degrees were earned. With 14 total degrees awarded, Notre Dame shares the ranking with the Universities of Michigan and Virginia.

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Mendoza ranked No. 1 for ethics and sustainability in Bloomberg Businessweek specialty rankings

Author: Shannon Chapla

Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business earned top five rankings in eight of 14 business specialty categories—including first-place spots in ethics and sustainability—in the 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek annual ranking of the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs by Specialty."

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Music historian and liturgical scholar Margot Fassler wins three research awards

Author: Joanna Basile

Art. Sacred music. Medieval history. And the digital humanities. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, brings them all together in her current research—research for which she has been awarded two major fellowships. Adding to these accolades, Fassler recently received the 2012 Otto Gründler Book Prize.

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Survey of Catholic school principals finds support needed for a tough job

Author: William G. Schmitt

Catholic elementary school principals, speaking out in a major nationwide survey, report faithful commitments alongside acute challenges in the operation of their schools. The study, completed by Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education and its Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, is a rare, comprehensive glimpse of these principals’ views on what they need in order to do their jobs better and how they describe the state of Catholic education today.

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Graphene-based terahertz devices: The wave of the future

Author: Nina Welding

People use electromagnetic energy every day … watching television, listening to the radio, popping corn with a microwave, taking an X-ray or using a cellphone. One of the hottest areas of the electromagnetic spectrum being explored today is the terahertz (THz) range, and researchers at Notre Dame have shown that it is possible to efficiently manipulate THz electromagnetic waves with atomically thin graphene layers.

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Unique research laboratory focuses on making aircraft engines more efficient

Author: William G. Gilroy

Travel on airlines has become so routine for most of us, we often fail to appreciate what a true technological marvel it is. And it’s a costly and noisy marvel. That helps explain why the companies that manufacture aircraft engines often find their way to the laboratory of Notre Dame's Scott Morris.

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Richman honored for online Creole course that builds connections to Haiti

Author: Esther Terry and Elizabeth Rankin

Karen Richman, academic director of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, has been honored by the OpenCourseWare Consortium with the 2012 Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence. Her free, online Creole Language and Culture course was selected from among the 17,000 courses shared openly by universities worldwide to receive one of five awards in the text and still image category.

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José Limón to direct Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Kate Cohorst

José E. Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, has been appointed to lead Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). As the new director of ILS, he will hold the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies. Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, will serve as executive director of the institute.

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