An interview and discussion radio program based at Notre Dame will air on WVPE-HD beginning Sunday, Feb. 1. The program, titled “Vantage Point,” is hosted by Agustín Fuentes, professor and chair of the University’s Department of Anthropology, and offers the insights of academic experts on issues related to politics, religion, history, culture, society and the arts.
Notre Dame expanded its reach in global education with the arrival of 35 students from Tsinghua University, a top-ranked school located in Beijing. The students, who arrived on campus Jan. 24, are taking part in an intensive two-week program offered by the Mendoza College of Business in coordination with Notre Dame International, gaining insights into American business practices and capitalism.
Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees has elected Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to a third five-year term as president of the University, effective at the conclusion of his second term June 30. The Board has also re-elected Thomas G. Burish to a new five-year term as the University’s provost.
Notre Dame announced Jan. 21 its first-ever endowed professorship in Islamic studies, established with a $3 million gift from alumna Susan Scribner Mirza. The Mirza Family Professorship of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies also is the first endowed chair in the University’s new Keough School of Global Affairs.
Notre Dame will present TEDxUND 2015, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers that includes a modern-day artisan, a youth poet, the mayor of South Bend and many others, exploring the topic “What if …” on Feb. 27 (Friday) in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
David M. Schwarz, an architect known for excellence in traditional design and his commitment to the creation of vibrant public environments, has been named the recipient of the $200,000 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at Notre Dame. In conjunction with the Driehaus Prize, renowned environmental health expert Dr. Richard J. Jackson will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award. Together these prizes represent the largest recognition of classicism in the contemporary built environment.
In 2010, 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in the United States due to diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has announced that it is funding a $1.6 million Accelerator Award to Mayland Chang, research professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame, to help lower that number.
Notre Dame and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, a member of the Trinity Health system, have announced that they are collaborating on research aimed at earlier detection of sepsis in patients. Sepsis, a potentially fatal illness in which the body has a severe inflammatory response to bacteria or other microorganisms, is the leading cause of death from infection in the world and is the costliest condition to U.S. hospitals.
Notre Dame’s first MOOCs (massive open online courses) are now open for registration. Created by Notre Dame faculty working with the Office of Digital Learning, these inaugural four MOOCs, offered through the University’s partnership with edX, draw on expertise from across the University. The courses are available to anyone with a free edX account.
Two studies led by Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, were featured on the cover of the Jan. 2 edition of the prestigious journal Science. This research resulted in the sequencing of the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world.
The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) will lead an adaptation advisory committee to determine local adaptation indicators for the United States, using these indicators to create a five-city pilot urban adaptation assessment.