Thomas E. Bear, formerly vice president for enrollment services at the University of Evansville, has been appointed executive director of student financial strategies at the University of Notre Dame, effective July 30. In his new role, Bear will oversee financial aid and student accounts in the Office of Student Financial Services.
Notre Dame's Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, has won the 2012 Distinguished Career Award from the Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity section of the American Sociological Association.
Jeanne Romero-Severson, associate professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame, and her collaborators are tracking the evolution of the live oaks of eastern North America, seeking to understand how the trees adapted to climate change during glacial periods.
What is war? The question is more than academic, says international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, the editor of a new book that “makes concrete the fact that armed conflict is legally defined as ‘war’ only when there is actual fighting by organized groups at a certain level of intensity on the battlefield.”
For the 22 undergraduate students from Fudan University in Shanghai, the July visit to Notre Dame was a crash course in the American education system.
Steven R. Schmid, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has been named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation Swanson Fellow and assistant director for research partnerships in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office.
Since the early days of iris recognition technologies, it has been assumed that the iris was a “stable” biometric over a person’s lifetime. However, new findings by Notre Dame researchers indicate that iris biometric enrollment is susceptible to an aging process that causes recognition performance to degrade slowly over time.
Gretar Tryggvason, the Viola D. Hank professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and department chair at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Fluids Engineering Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Notre Dame economist Joseph Kaboski has been awarded the 2012 Frisch Medal, one of the top three prizes in the field of economics, for a paper evaluating the impact of microfinance, widely used as a tool to fight poverty in developing countries.
Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the Institute for Latino Studies, has received two awards for recent publications from the Catholic Press Association.
Two faculty from Notre Dame's Department of Electrical Engineering, Associate Professor Debdeep Jena and Research Associate Professor Thomas Pratt, have each received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants from the Department of Defense for 2012, totaling more than $650,000.
Notre Dame researchers have long been involved in the search for the Higgs boson, the final piece of a model proposed four decades ago laying out the basic building blocks of matter in the universe.
Anne García-Romero, an assistant professor at Notre Dame, has been accepted to the prestigious Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference this summer. She was one of just eight playwrights selected out of nearly 1,000 applicants.