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.
Religion as a subject of study in the social sciences is a relatively neglected topic in universities and institutes around the United States, as is the study of religions outside the North Atlantic region. But the Global Religion Research Initiative at Notre Dame seeks to change that.