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.
In a paper published in the Feb. 17 issue of Nature Geoscience, several researchers, including two from Notre Dame, show that they have detected significant amounts of water in the samples of the lunar highland upper crust obtained during the Apollo missions.
Don Pope-Davis, professor of psychology and for the past six years vice president and associate provost, will leave Notre Dame in July to become the provost at DePaul University.
A paper by researchers at Notre Dame provides new insights into speciation, which is the evolutionary process by which new biological species arise.
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.
Three faculty members in Notre Dame's College of Engineering have been named recipients of the 2013 National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science.
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.
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.
Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies has awarded Michael Meng the 2013 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies for his book “Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland,” published by Harvard University Press (2011).
Notre Dame sociologist Elizabeth McClintock studies the impacts of physical attractiveness and age on mate selection and the effects of gender and income on relationships. Her research offers new insights into why and when Cupid’s arrow strikes.
As French forces continue battling Islamist militants in Mali and the international policy community debates additional foreign intervention, the voices of those most affected by this political instability are rarely heard—until now.
This spring, students in two classes at Notre Dame—under a new pilot program—will lease iPads instead of buying books and other standard course materials.