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Notre Dame’s College of Engineering to educate students to meet “Grand Challenges”

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Notre Dame Forum events to recognize 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council Documents

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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.

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New paper examines social effects on the gut microbiome of wild baboons

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Early survey results indicate that LF will be eliminated in Haiti

Author: Gene Stowe

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.

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International Masterclasses open cutting-edge physics to young investigators worldwide

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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.

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The University of Notre Dame and friends honor and remember Father Hesburgh

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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.

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Following cancellation last year, Christopher Patten to speak at 2015 Commencement

Author: Dennis Brown

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.

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