Kevin Barry, director of Notre Dame’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, was elected president of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education at its Fall 2014 annual conference.
The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis nearly two years ago is only one illustration of how the Catholic Church has become less concentrated in Europe and North America than in the southern hemisphere. Notre Dame theologian Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp., is mindful of this shift in the Church’s center of gravity and alludes to it as he introduces his new book, “Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations.”
A new study by a team of researchers that includes Notre Dame scientists Joshua Shrout and Mark Alber provides new insights into the behavior of an important bacterial pathogen.
The calendar year 2014 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at Notre Dame, including numerous academic and research distinctions.
A new study by Andriy Bodnaruk of Notre Dame and Andrei Simonov of Michigan State University found that professional mutual fund managers vary greatly in their aversion to losses, and high managerial loss aversion negatively impacts chances for successful careers.
In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and the Population, the Congregation of Holy Cross and other partners, the Notre Dame Haiti Program dedicated a new fortified salt production plant Dec. 8 in Delmas, Haiti.
The College of Arts and Letters and the College of Engineering at Notre Dame will launch an interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies (CDT) starting in fall 2015. The CDT minor will offer a foundation for Arts and Letters students interested in all facets of technology—from technology consulting and cybersecurity to the digital arts and humanities.
Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Haiti initiative recently launched its “Haiti Reads” project, an innovative literacy program in 52 Haitian Catholic schools. Working in partnership with the Haitian Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the project began in the summer and is supported by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, as well as additional funding and staff support from CRS and ACE.
A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, investigates how the most abundant protein that composes the Ebola virus, VP40, mediates replication of a new viral particle.
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, has renewed funding for VectorBase, a bioinformatics resource center based at Notre Dame that manages genomic information on arthropods and other invertebrates that transmit human pathogens.
Researchers and educators around the world now have access to data that CERN has recently made public from the Large Hadron Collider experiment. Two programs managed at Notre Dame, QuarkNet and I2U2, have played important roles in developing tools and programs for the early use of this data that could address some of the most fundamental questions about the origin and composition of the universe.
In the wake of the 50th anniversary of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, the University will begin an interior renovation of the iconic building later this month.
Peter Annin, managing director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative, will provide a briefing on the Great Lakes Compact to congressional staff members in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Dec. 5.
Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of scientists in sequencing the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world.
Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has named Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., as the new Luke McGuinness Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, starting July 1, 2015. Tyson takes over the position from Thomas Harvey, who is retiring after a decade leading the department.
Prolific bestselling author James Patterson released a new children’s book Nov. 24, one with a distinct Notre Dame feel. House of Robots, co-written by Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, takes place in South Bend and features illustrations from the University’s annual National Robotics Week event and robotic football tournament.
Alex Coccia, a 2014 Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015.
Karsten Grove and Matthew J. Gursky of Notre Dame’s Department of Mathematics were among 63 recently announced Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2015. In its third year, the program honors society members who have made exceptional contributions in mathematics.
Michelle A. Whaley, a teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences, has been named the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Victoria Hui, an associate professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at Notre Dame, testified Nov. 20 before a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled “The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong.”
Notre Dame law professor Jimmy Gurulé, a terrorist financing expert, testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Nov. 13 on the principal sources of Islamic State funding.
Justin Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at Notre Dame, has published a study Thursday (Nov. 13) in the journal Science that details how next-generation planet-hunting instruments will benefit from advancements in infrared technology that change how astronomers capture starlight.
A new paper, co-authored by Notre Dame astrophysicist Joseph Bramante, discusses how detecting imploding pulsars may lead to insights about the properties of dark matter. The paper, “Detecting Dark Matter with Imploding Pulsars in the Galactic Center,” was recently published in Physical Review Letters, the flagship journal for the American Physical Society.
As a member of the High-Z Supernova Search Team led by Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University, Notre Dame physics professor Peter M. Garnavich shared in the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced Nov. 9. The award was also shared with the Supernova Cosmology Project, led by Saul Perlmutter of the University of California, Berkeley.
Together with national and international collaborators, researchers at Notre Dame have designed a simple, yet highly accurate traffic prediction model for roadway transportation networks. They have recently published their work in the journal Nature Communications.
Norway is the best prepared country for climate change, and has been so for almost 20 years, according to data released Nov. 5 by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is the world’s leading annual index that ranks more than 175 countries based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, superstorms and natural disasters that climate change can cause.
Among the most noticeable features of the Campus Crossroads Project will be the South Building, a six-level structure connected to the south side of Notre Dame Stadium that will make possible the relocation of the Department of Music from its present quarters in Crowley Hall, bringing it under the same roof as the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program.
When in doubt, an expert always knows better. Except in the case of mutual fund managers. There may be some room for doubt in their case, according to a study by Andriy Bodnaruk, an assistant finance professor at Notre Dame, and colleague Andrei Simonov from Michigan State University.
Led by Lucien Steil, associate professor of architecture, Notre Dame students are working with South Bend officials and residents to design an “ephemeral garden” on the Jefferson Street bridge, a temporary oasis of grassy spaces, plants and pavilions that would let visitors relax and enjoy nature and the beauty of the city.