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.
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.
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.
Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices.
Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s Play Like a Champion Today program have returned from a conference in Vatican City, where they were delighted to learn that Pope Francis likes what they’re doing.
More than 120 Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on May 16.
On May 27, Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at Notre Dame, will embark on his fifth cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for rare disease research at Notre Dame.
“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.”
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.
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.
Notre Dame International will launch four new short-term study abroad programs for summer 2015: South Africa for Student-Athletes, Summer Greece, China Summer Language Program and Global Gateway seminars for rising first-year students.
Notre Dame will confer 3,080 degrees during Commencement Weekend May 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday) on campus.
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.
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.
Enlightened Diagnostics, a startup company run by students from Notre Dame, won three prizes and $19,000 at the 2015 Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest competition of its kind in the world.
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.
Four Notre Dame students received an Undergraduate Library Research Award for their exemplary research skills during a special event at the eighth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on May 1.
Twenty Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and three have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.
Anna Kottkamp, an environmental sciences major with a minor in international development studies from Wenatchee, Washington, has been named valedictorian of the 2015 Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the University Commencement Ceremony on May 17 at Notre Dame Stadium.
Thirty-two winners of the Internal Grants Program Awards were announced recently by Notre Dame Research. The grants were awarded to faculty from five colleges and schools in three categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), and Equipment Restoration and Renewal.
Notre Dame and the Benedictine Community at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, have formed a partnership to create a center to advance their shared spiritual, cultural and educational missions.
Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner has led a team of scientists who have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to identify an immense halo of gas surrounding the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to Earth.