At Notre Dame’s core is an aspiration to become a preeminent research university with a distinctive Catholic mission and an unsurpassed undergraduate education. Those values will find expression in the new Digital Media Center, a component of the Campus Crossroads project.
With the start of the 2014–15 academic year, the University was pleased to welcome more than 80 new members to its faculty. NDWorks, the faculty/staff newspaper, recently profiled each of these scholars, asking them, among other things, what attracted them to Notre Dame.
Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, will be awarded the John Cardinal Wright Prize by the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh on Sept. 27.
A wide dispersal of facilities across the campus has inhibited efforts to further build the Department of Anthropology, which is one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Letters and has recently launched a doctoral program. However, the East building of the Campus Crossroads project will change all that, providing classrooms, offices, laboratories and a student lounge for the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology.
Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year.
The Notre Dame Department of Psychology turns 50 next year, and its growth will soon generate a significant reward—a new building attached to Notre Dame Stadium to call its home. The East building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories and a student lounge for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology.
Both scientific research and our own personal experiences have revealed that the strength and quality of people’s social relationships can affect their health and lifespan. Now a new collaborative study by researchers at Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University has discovered that social interconnectedness also matters for survival in wild female baboons. And the findings may be applicable to other social mammals, as well.
Notre Dame and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.
Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University. Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations.
Peter Smith, professor and chair of music at Notre Dame, wryly confesses a suspicion that the University’s Department of Music might be “a bit too well-kept a secret.” Next month, he and two of his colleagues are going to do something about that.
NASA has named Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp as a member of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) science team. A space mission coordinated through MIT, Harvard, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, TESS will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky.
Professor Mitchell Wayne of the High Energy Physics group has received a $4.3 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support work on the Phase I upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid detector at the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.
Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science and professor of physics, has been appointed associate provost and vice president of the University, effective July 1, 2015.