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Three questions with Rich Taylor: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Author: William G. Gilroy

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which seemed a particularly apt time to talk with Rich Taylor, a Notre Dame researcher whose research focuses on the discovery and development of new therapeutic leads for the treatment of unmet clinical needs in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s.

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1M grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

Scientists dedicate their lives to research. But there’s been little scholarship on the characteristics of people who make that commitment. A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs.

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Notre Dame joins in call to action for American Innovation Imperative

Author: William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed Innovation: An American Imperative, a document aimed at federal decision-makers and legislators.

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Time on retailers’ side: Impulse purchases rise the longer shoppers are in store

Author: William G. Gilroy

Admit it: You’ve done it. We all have. You go to the grocery store with a short list of essentials you need to pick up, only to find impulse purchases like sea salt caramel gelato and Cool Ranch Doritos when you unpack your grocery bags at home. It’s a phenomenon well-known to consumers and heavily researched by economists and social scientists. However, Notre Dame marketing researcher Timothy Gilbride and colleagues shed new light on this behavior in a new Journal of Marketing paper.

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Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine “holy light” on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Controversial even before its release, Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Si” (“Praised be You”), has elicited questions about whether the environment has anything to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Theologians and scientists at Notre Dame insist that Laudato Si, however contemporary the issues it will engage, precisely concerns Church teaching, and they look forward to hearing what Pope Francis has to say. 

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Alumnus Richard Corbett makes $35 million in gifts for academic building and football coaching endowment

Author: Dennis Brown

Two gifts totaling $35 million from Notre Dame alumnus Richard Corbett will underwrite the construction of a 280,000-square-foot building on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium—to house the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology and a digital media center—and endow the head football coaching position at the University.

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