Thomson Reuters has named Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Professor of Astrophysics, and Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, to its 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list. After Reuters analyzed Essential Science Indicators that included 128,887 highly cited papers ranked in the top 1 percent by total citations, the work of Beers and Kamat stood out as being among the most valuable and significant in their fields.
Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative has announced it will assess the climate vulnerability and readiness of every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 in an effort to help inform decisions by city officials on infrastructure, land use, water resources management, transportation and other adaptive strategies.
For the fourth year in a row, Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released a list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology. The 2017 list includes freezing brains and swarms of drones and highlights issues in robotics, neuroscience, education and medical management.
Research in the laboratory of Rebecca Wingert, the Gallagher Family Associate Professor of Adult Stem Cell Research in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame, has confirmed the key role of a certain small molecule in the development of kidney structures in zebrafish, a widely used model for human kidneys. The discovery could help advance understanding to address issues such as birth defects and repair of the kidney after illness or injury.
Three Notre Dame faculty members—Associate Professors Darren Dochuk, Karen Graubart, and Sean Kelsey—were offered fellowships last week from the National Endowment for the Humanities, continuing the University’s record success winning support for humanities research.
In a stirring and evocative Nobel Peace Prize speech in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos mentioned scholars, poets, negotiators, researchers, NGOs, activists and other Nobel Laureates who contributed to the end of the western hemisphere’s oldest and largest armed conflict. Santos directly acknowledged Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which has served as an academic partner in the Colombian peace process for many years.
Notre Dame and the South Bend Board of Parks have reached an agreement on a 50-year lease that gives the University rights to construct and operate a hydroelectric generation facility on the dam in the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend.
Andrew J. McKenna Sr., a Notre Dame alumnus and emeritus chairman of the Board of Trustees, has made a leadership gift to his alma mater for the establishment of the Andrew J. and Joan P. McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business.
Notre Dame is initiating a search for a new director for its Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, a merit-based scholarship and leadership development initiative. Joseph A. Buttigieg, a longtime distinguished faculty member and the inaugural director of the program, has announced his retirement at the end of the current academic year.
Bryan K. Ritchie, currently president and chief executive officer of GrowthSPORT, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for innovation at Notre Dame, effective in March. In this role, Ritchie will lead the University’s new IDEA Center initiative and coordinate Notre Dame’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.
More than 30,000 children will benefit from a $6.3 million grant awarded to Notre Dame by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve early-grade literacy in Haiti.
How each and every person consumes digital content is different, but Notre Dame researchers are working to better understand and model this process. The Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) at Notre Dame is partnering with Condé Nast—a media company known for producing high-quality content for the world’s most influential audiences—to advance deep learning research on content consumption.
Notre Dame astronomers have identified what they believe to be the second generation of stars, shedding light on the nature of the universe’s first stars.
Notre Dame Law School professor Douglass Cassel will join Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10 in Oslo, Norway. Santos was named the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize laureate “for his resolute efforts to bring Colombia’s more than 50-year-long civil war with the country’s largest rebel group, the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), to an end.” Cassel, who played a crucial role in the peace talks, will join Santos at his request.
The Institute for International Education ranked Notre Dame fourth among doctorate-granting universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad during the academic year 2014–15. This represents a significant increase from the University’s ranking of #10 last year in the annual Open Doors report.
Gaining access to important biopharmaceuticals needed to treat illnesses and autoimmune diseases is one of the biggest obstacles developing countries face. Now, a study led by Matthew Webber, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals a new way to improve the stability of common protein drugs and extend shelf life.
Four Notre Dame students have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2017 academic term. The recipients are Tsz Yan Grace Chow, Gregory Jenn, Joshua Pine and Joseph Wells. This is the most Gilman Scholars Notre Dame has had selected in a single competition.
Working memory is a process psychologists are trying to understand better, though there are several theories about how it works. A new study from Nathan Rose, assistant professor of psychology at Notre Dame, examined a fundamental problem your brain has to solve, which is keeping information “in mind,” or active, so your brain can act accordingly.
Studying historical, astronomical and biblical records, Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology at Notre Dame, believes the event that led the Magi was an extremely rare planetary alignment occurring in 6 B.C. and the likes of which may never be seen again.
Ray Offenheiser, a widely known nonprofit leader and innovator with a broad range of international development experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, will join the Notre Dame faculty as Distinguished Professor of the Practice and as the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development in the new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. Offenheiser has served as CEO and president of Oxfam America for the past 20 years.
Notre Dame seniors Christa Grace Watkins and Alexis Doyle have been selected to the United States Rhodes Scholar Class of 2017. They are Notre Dame’s 18th and 19th Rhodes Scholars and will commence their studies at Oxford University in October. This marks the first time Notre Dame has had Rhodes Scholars in three consecutive years and the third time the University has had two in a single year. It also is the first time that Notre Dame has had two women chosen in the same year.
In a paper published recently in the journal Family Relations, lead researcher James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab and Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame, and his colleagues suggest that the origin of both colic and SIDS may be related to the gradual emergence of an infant’s ability to voluntarily control the release of air through the vocal tract.
Patients suffering from pancreatic cancer may soon face better treatment options due to the latest discovery by Reginald Hill, Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and researcher at the Harper Cancer Research Institute. Hill’s research focuses on drugs that are already approved by the FDA to find out why those drugs are not working in patients with pancreatic cancer.
Notre Dame and Balkh University in Mazari Sharif city, province of Balkh in Afghanistan, are partnering to develop a master’s program in finance and accountancy for students at Balkh. The venture aims to enhance the skills and employability of technically qualified and professionally capable Afghan women and men in the private and public sectors.
The lab of Robert Stahelin, adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame and interim senior associate director at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, aims to advance understanding of how the mechanisms of lipid signaling are controlled in lung and other types of cancers.
Research by William Evans, chair and Keough-Hesburgh Professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics and co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, and senior Danny Fitzgerald indicates that over the course of 20 years, refugees adapt to American life and, on average, pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits. Evans and Fitzgerald will present their findings to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Nov. 15.
Led by Notre Dame’s Antonio Simonetti, scientists have found a key indicator in determining whether the presence of carbon, found in the Earth’s mantle, is derived from continental crust—a step toward better understanding the history of crustal formation on Earth’s surface and the rate at which tectonic plates have moved throughout geologic time, which can be linked to the cooling of Earth’s mantle.
Christian communities around the world face marginalization, imprisonment, torture and even death on a massive scale. Advocacy group Open Doors USA has reported that more than 7,100 Christians were killed for their faith in 2015 alone, making it the deadliest year for Christians in modern history. A new documentary from Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Institute looks in-depth at how these communities respond.
Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life has received a $1.675 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to expand its Science and Religion Initiative—a multifaceted program that trains Catholic educators to raise the quality of high school science and religion education and develop useful learning materials for engaging dialogue between the disciplines.
James Sullivan, co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) and Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, testified Nov. 4 before the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Washington, D.C. He presented recommendations developed by LEO regarding non-governmental demand for evaluation.