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Ted Barron appointed executive director of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Author: Dennis Brown

Ted Barron, senior associate director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame, has been appointed executive director of the center and Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts. He has served as interim executive director since the departure of Anna Thompson last fall.

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Looking beyond conventional networks can lead to better predictions

Author: William G. Gilroy

Network science enables an understanding and modeling of the interconnected world, whether social, biological, physical or organizational. New research from a team of Notre Dame researchers led by Nitesh Chawla suggests that current algorithms to represent networks have not truly considered the complex inter-dependencies in data, which can lead to erroneous analysis or predictions. Chawla’s team has developed a new algorithm that offers the promise of more precise network representation and accurate analysis.

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New academic departments to be added to Notre Dame’s business school

Author: Carol Elliott

For the first time in more than 60 years, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is adding a new academic department to its organization. The college functionally is adding two new departments as a result of restructuring its current management department into the Department of Management and Organization and the Department of Information Technology, Analytics and Operations.

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Nature vs. nurture? Both are important, anthropologist argues

Author: William G. Gilroy

Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Notre Dame biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes.

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Female members on corporate boards can lower number of mergers and acquisitions, study suggests

Author: William G. Gilroy

Does female membership on corporate boards impact mergers and acquisitions? As the percentage of females on boards of America’s largest companies has risen from 15 percent in 2005 to 20 percent in 2015, the question is relevant to today’s decision-makers. Craig Crossland, associate professor of management at Notre Dame, and colleagues from INSEAD Business School and Singapore Management University decided to look into the numbers.

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Hillebrand Center focuses on training compassionate health care professionals

Author: William G. Gilroy

Established in 2004, the University’s Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine advances the scientific theory and practice of compassionate care in medicine and promotes effective communication skills in physicians, nurses, health care executives and managers, and allied health professionals.

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Graduate School degree recipients are urged to confront global challenges

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rita Colwell, the first woman to direct the National Science Foundation, told Notre Dame’s Graduate School degree recipients during their May 14 Commencement Ceremony that they will not lack for challenges, excitement or gratification and that she is confident that they can change our world.

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Notre Dame and Vatican Library formalize agreement

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, formalized a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony May 9 in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, together signed a memorandum of understanding.

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Using mathematical models to fight the Zika virus

Author: Brandi Klingerman

New research from Notre Dame will be used to generate maps that provide time-sensitive, mosquito-to-human ratios that determine patterns of mosquito population dynamics for the Zika virus. The model outputs will be available online to provide users with the ability to find reported cases and estimated incidences by location of the virus to improve disease transmission and prevalence forecasts, which is critical to making accurate predictions and translating results into effective public health strategies.

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Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund launches at Notre Dame

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Building on the partnership that Notre Dame formed with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation in 2010, the University has now established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund and is moving the administrative functions and granting process of the foundation from Tucson, Arizona, to Notre Dame. Through this partnership, the Parseghian family will continue their fight to find a cure or treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease and will continue to help fundraise and support researchers around the world.

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Stacking the deck against ovarian cancer

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Nearly 70 percent of ovarian cancer cases are detected after metastasis, which is the development of secondary malignant growths distant from the primary site of cancer. Understanding ovarian cancer metastasis is a research focus of M. Sharon Stack, the Ann F. Dunne & Elizabeth Riley Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute and Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame.

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Six students honored with Undergraduate Library Research Awards

Author: Tara O'Leary

Sponsored by the Hesburgh Libraries and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Undergraduate Library Research Award competition honors those who conduct original research and draws focus to the extensive sources and methods of scholarly inquiry that modern-day research libraries offer today’s students.

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Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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Abby Davis named 2016 valedictorian; Stephen Schafer chosen as salutatorian

Author: Sue Lister

Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named valedictorian of the 2016 Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at Notre Dame Stadium. This year’s salutatorian—the first one at Notre Dame in 45 years—is Stephen Schafer, a finance major from Edgewood, Kentucky.

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