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Class of 2020: Academic achievers dedicated to service and leadership and uniquely suited to Notre Dame

Author: William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame’s Class of 2020 that arrived on campus this week is marked by a record of academic achievement and a passionate commitment to service and leadership. The average incoming first-year Notre Dame student is in the top 1 percent in the nation in academic high school performance and/or national testing. More globally representative and diverse than any previous incoming class, 34 percent of the Class of 2020 are students of color or international citizens.

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Uncovering a new pathway to halting metastasis

Author: William G. Gilroy

Metastasis, the process by which cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to other sites in the body, is responsible for more than 90 percent of cancer deaths. Thus, there is a significant need to improve the therapeutic options for patients who suffer from metastatic disease. New research from the laboratory of Notre Dame’s Zachary T. Schafer could lead to these new therapies.

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Reinterpreting the fossil record on jaws

Author: William G. Gilroy

Scientists use the fossil record to make judgments on the physiology and behavior of species. But are those interpretations correct? New research from a team led by Notre Dame’s Matthew Ravosa puts into question how we interpret the behavior of extinct organisms from their fossil remains, and the greater role of plasticity—or the adaptive fine-tuning of the link between anatomy and behavior—in determining evolution diversity.

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Emergency financial aid from call centers effectively prevents homelessness

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

Nearly every major U.S. city offers a hotline for people facing homelessness to call in order to request emergency financial assistance. In a new study published in the journal Science, a team led by James Sullivan and William Evans, co-founders of Notre Dame’s Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, found that these hotlines have a considerable effect on people facing homelessness, and that emergency financial assistance successfully prevents homelessness—if funding is available.

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Amy Coney Barrett

Author: Ted Fox

Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Professor of Law, Professor of Law

Amy Barrett

“I draw on the Constitution’s text, structure, and history to determine optimal constraints on the power of government entities, particularly in the face of modern governing challenges. … The Law School’s Program on Constitutional Structure has proven indispensable to my work.”

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Agustín Fuentes

Author: Ted Fox

Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology

Agustín Fuentes

“Here, we are encouraged to take the knowledge generated by research into the classroom and out into the world. … The opportunity to ask difficult questions and unpack the complicated, challenging, and sometimes politically charged answers is what makes me love Notre Dame.”

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