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Truly Christian and African: Notre Dame theologian Paulinus Odozor’s new book

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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.”

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2014: Year in Review

Author: Notre Dame News

The calendar year 2014 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at Notre Dame, including numerous academic and research distinctions.

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Notre Dame study finds that mutual fund managers who are averse to losses are unlikely to succeed

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering launch new interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies

Author: Carrie Gates

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.

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ACE launches $1M project to improve reading outcomes in Haitian Catholic schools

Author: William Schmitt

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.

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New Notre Dame-IUSM study examines important Ebola protein

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center releases 2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: Jessica Baron

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.

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National Institutes of Health renews funding for VectorBase program at Notre Dame

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Notre Dame physicists educate and inspire using CERN data

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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.

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Notre Dame biologist Nora Besansky leads international consortium in sequencing the genomes of malaria-carrying mosquitoes

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Notre Dame Robotics featured in new James Patterson book ‘House of Robots’

Author: William G. Gilroy

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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.

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Political scientist Victoria Hui testifies before Congressional Executive Commission on China

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.”

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Innovations in capturing starlight will help astrophysicists detect planets

Author: Gene Stowe

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.

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New paper explains methods that may lead to new insights about dark matter

Author: Stephanie Healey

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.

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Notre Dame physicist among 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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.

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2014 ND-GAIN results show that Norway is most prepared for climate change

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Campus Crossroads: A state-of-the-art facility for music

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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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.

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Financial experts may not always be so expert, Notre Dame study reveals

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Notre Dame, Downtown South Bend collaborate on Jefferson Street bridge ‘ephemeral garden’

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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.

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