Notre Dame and the Latin American Episcopal Conference have signed a “memorandum of understanding,” pledging to cooperate in a range of initiatives in academics, social development, peace-building and institutional administration.
Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is the recipient of the 2015 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.
Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, was in attendance March 23 as a letter of commitment was presented to President Barack Obama, announcing that 122 U.S. engineering schools plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.
The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, have launched the inaugural State of Corporate Adaptation survey to provide unprecedented insight on how private sector players are addressing the need to adapt complex business operations to a changing climate.
A new paper by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at Notre Dame, finds that residential electricity usage can track household production in real time and helps to price assets.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, announced March 16 that the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum, Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have resonance today.
A new study led by Elizabeth Archie, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology at Notre Dame, has found that social interactions have direct effects on the gut microbiome. Archie points out that most, if not all, animals have a gut microbiome—an incredibly diverse “rainforest” of bacteria that lives in the intestine and helps animals digest food, make vitamins and fight disease.
Preliminary testing of more than 850 schoolchildren in the Haitian town of Saut-d’Eau has shown only one child to be infected with the parasite that causes lymphatic filariasis (LF), a milestone in efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease from the island. The results mean that the Notre Dame Haiti Program likely will achieve its goal of eliminating LF from Haiti by 2020.
High school students will get to be particle physicists for a day by analyzing data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider at the University of Notre Dame, one of about 210 research institutes and universities in 42 countries around the world that will host daylong Masterclasses for local students.
Notre Dame’s iconic 15th president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was honored and remembered March 4 at a memorial service in the University’s Joyce Center. Father Hesburgh, one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died Feb. 26 at Notre Dame. He was 97.
After health concerns caused Oxford Chancellor Christopher Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes) to step aside as Notre Dame’s 2014 commencement speaker, he has been invited back by Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to serve in that role and receive an honorary degree at the 2015 ceremony May 17.