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Kroc Institute leads effort to examine ethical and legal dimensions of drone warfare

Author: Joan Fallon

Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies has launched a new policy initiative to examine the complex ethical, strategic and legal implications of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles—commonly called “drones”—for combat purposes, and to foster the development of internationally accepted rules for how these weapons should be used.

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Students solve case in 'CSI'-style project

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Visitors to Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library on a recent day most likely thought they’d wandered into location filming for a “CSI” or “NCIS” television episode. Yellow crime scene tape surrounded a library study area and a team of what appeared to be crime scene experts scoured the site for evidence. However, the dramatic scene had an academic purpose.

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Notre Dame study explores potential benefits and threats of nanotechnology research

Author: Arnie Phifer

Every day, scientists learn more about how the world works at the smallest scales. While this knowledge has the potential to help others, it is possible that the same discoveries can also be used in ways that cause widespread harm. A recent article in the journal Nanomedicine, born out of a Federal Bureau of Investigation workshop held at Notre Dame, tackles this complex “dual-use” dilemma.

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Biologist Jennifer Tank named 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jennifer Tank, Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences and an international authority on the cycling of nutrients in freshwater ecosystems, has been named a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Tank is one of 20 mid-career academic environmental researchers named as fellows this year.

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