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Three questions with DYNAMO Lab’s Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Author: William G. Gilroy

Meet Tracy L. Kijewski-Correa, Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences. Kijewski-Correa’s work focuses on the unique challenges facing 21st-century infrastructure, with her current efforts directed toward sustainable reconstruction of urban housing in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. She leads the Structural DYNamics And MOnitoring (DYNAMO) Laboratory, which addresses civil infrastructure challenges posed by increased urbanization and hazard vulnerability, using interdisciplinary collaborations and context-driven technologies.

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Your brain on sleep

Author: Notre Dame News

What’s going on in your head while you sleep? The research of Jessica Payne, associate professor and Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, shows that the non-waking hours are incredibly valuable for your day-to-day, especially for helping to commit information to memory and for problem-solving.

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Environment of tumors impacts metastasis, study finds

Author: Gene Stowe

If a tumor is like a seed, the soil around it plays a significant role in its growth, a new study finds. According to the study’s results, the microenvironment of a tumor cell has significant impact on cancer metastasis. This discovery by Siyuan Zhang at Notre Dame and a team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has focused attention on fighting cancer in the tumor cell’s microenvironment.

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ND-LEEF pavilion receives award from Indiana AIA

Author: Notre Dame News

The Morrison Family Education and Outreach Pavilion, the inaugural building at Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) at St. Patrick’s County Park, received a 2015 Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indiana. Designed by Aimee Buccellato, assistant professor of architecture, the pavilion is the first University structure to receive a commendation from AIA Indiana Design Awards.

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Astrophysicists produce the first age map of the halo of the Milky Way

Author: Notre Dame News

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Notre Dame astronomer Timothy Beers and his Galactic Archaeology group, which includes Notre Dame astronomers Daniela Carollo and Vinicius Placco, have led an international team of researchers that produced the first chronographic (age) map of the halo of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Supreme Court could improve on its selection of cases, law scholars argue

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In the early 1980s, the Supreme Court decided some 150 cases a year, nearly twice the number it annually decides these days. Legal scholars and practitioners of law have criticized, lamented and even denounced this “docket shrinkage,” but while much attention has been paid to how the Supreme Court decides its cases, far less attention has been paid to the question of which cases the Court chooses to decide—and which cases it chooses not to. That question is taken up by two Notre Dame Law School professors in a paper forthcoming in the journal Constitutional Commentary.

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Samantha Salden Teach

Author: Ted Fox

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture

Samantha Salden Teach

“Here, regardless of individual background, we recognize that we are part of something greater than ourselves—that we are stewards of our community, both local and global, and of the generations to come.” Read More

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CEO job anxiety strongly impacts judgment and decision-making, researchers find

Author: William G. Gilroy

A new study by researchers Michael Mannor, Adam Wowak, Viva Bartkus and Luis Gomez-Mejia from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business finds that CEOs experience job anxiety as much or more than others, and such anxiety has powerful influences on their judgment and strategic decision-making.

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Three questions with political scientist Rev. Robert Dowd

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science at Notre Dame, is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and director of its Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. His recently published book, “Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa,” provocatively argues that religious diversity in Nigeria and other African countries actually encourages, rather than inhibits, religious tolerance.

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Andalusian architect awarded the €50,000 Rafael Manzano Architecture Prize

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

In recognition of his contribution to the enrichment and recovery of Andalusian architecture, Australian-born architect Donald Gray will receive the 2015 Rafael Manzano Martos Prize for Classical Architecture and Monument Restoration, presented by Notre Dame’s School of Architecture in partnership with the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

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Notre Dame welcomes new faculty

Author: Provost Office

With the start of the 2015–16 academic year, the University was pleased to welcome nearly 90 new members to its faculty. NDWorks, the faculty/staff newspaper, recently profiled this group of scholars, asking them, among other things, what attracted them to Notre Dame.

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Alan Seabaugh

Author: Ted Fox

Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, Director of the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST)

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“As engineers, we get to solve problems that can improve the lives of others. As engineering faculty, we are privileged to mentor the leaders and problem-solvers of the next generation.” Read More

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Researchers aim to refocus wandering minds

Author: William G. Gilroy

We’re all guilty of it at times. Whether it’s reading a report, sitting through a meeting or listening to a classroom lecture, we’ve all realized, with a start, that our minds have wandered. Notre Dame researcher Sidney D’Mello and colleagues are researching this “mind wandering” phenomenon and developing a software system that can both detect when a person’s focus shifts from the task at hand and get that person to refocus.

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CREO receives grant to study Indiana’s school choice program

Author: Bill Schmitt

Indiana’s school choice program is one of the largest in the United States. Until now, little has been known about how this initiative to increase parents’ educational options for their children is affecting either the schools or the students. Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) has been awarded a $1 million grant to examine a range of those effects.

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Kathleen Sprows Cummings elected vice president/president-elect of ACHA

Author: Notre Dame News

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, has been elected vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA). She will take office in January 2016 and will succeed Liam Matthew Brockey as president of the organization in January 2017.

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Judith Fox appointed to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board

Author: Notre Dame News

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced the appointment of Notre Dame Law School Professor Judith L. Fox to its Consumer Advisory Board. After being nominated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Fox was appointed to the board along with 11 other external experts, industry representatives, consumers, community leaders and advocates.

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Irish prime minister launches new Notre Dame program at Kylemore Abbey

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Ireland’s prime minister, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, officially marked the commencement of work Monday, Sept. 28, on Notre Dame’s new academic programming initiatives in the iconic Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway. The Taoiseach unveiled a lintel stone over the center at the Abbey.

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Alliance for Catholic Education honored with Seton Award

Author: Eric Prister

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Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will be recognized by the National Catholic Educational Association with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on Monday, Oct. 5. The award celebrates individuals and organizations that have shown a lifelong devotion to serving the nation’s youth through the apostolate of Catholic education.

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