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Notre Dame researcher seeking to understand how students learn, or don’t learn, mathematics

Author: William G. Gilroy

It’s both the bane of many parents and what has been called a major national vulnerability: the inability of many children to understand mathematics. Understanding that problem and developing strategies to overcome it is the research focus of Nicole McNeil, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Associate Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame, and the researchers in her lab.

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Notre Dame’s business school opens newly renovated Chicago space

Author: Carol Elliott

Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has expanded its presence in Chicago with a newly renovated space in its Michigan Avenue campus. The expansion will house graduate and executive business programs offered by Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, which has provided a Chicago-based Executive MBA since 2002.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist part of team that catches a supernova in the act of exploding

Author: William G. Gilroy

It is one of the fundamental questions that remain unanswered in astrophysics: What are the progenitor stars of a “type Ia” supernova? A new paper in the journal Nature by Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich and a team of researchers describes how they used the Kepler Space Telescope to catch three stars in the act of exploding. The results shed light on which stars generate these energetic outbursts.

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Class of 2015, “Father Ted’s last class,” leaves Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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“You leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told the graduates in his charge to the Class of 2015. “One is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh to his final rest with God.”

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Graduate School degree recipients entering into exciting period of higher education, McAuliffe says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Having served as president of Bryn Mawr College, among many other positions, Jane McAuliffe has a deep familiarity with the world of higher education. With that familiarity comes an understanding of the turbulent nature of the contemporary higher education environment. Yet despite that turbulence, McAuliffe expressed her firm belief that degree recipients at Notre Dame’s Graduate School Commencement ceremonies May 16 are entering into the most exciting period of higher education.

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Agreement between Engineering, Universidad de Chile encourages academic exchange

Author: Nina Welding

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame has entered into a five-year agreement with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, that encourages academic exchange and collaborative initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Notre Dame to offer free course on understanding wireless

Author: Sonia Howell

Notre Dame will offer its second MOOC (massive open online course) on edX, titled Understanding Wireless: Technology, Economics and Policy, beginning Monday, May 18. Unlike other MOOCs, Understanding Wireless offers students in the U.S. and Canada an opportunity to compete for $5,000 to improve their local community based on what they learned from the course.

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Maura Ryan appointed vice president and associate provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

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Notre Dame continues record success with NEH Fellowships

Author: Carrie Gates

Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—Laura Dassow Walls and Sophie White—have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2015. Since 1999, Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded 53 total NEH grants, more than any other university in the country.

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