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Colombia awards Douglass Cassel country’s highest honor for foreign citizens

Author: Notre Dame News

Colombia has conferred upon Notre Dame Law School professor Douglass Cassel the Order of Merit, the highest award Colombia grants to foreign citizens. Cassel was awarded the medal for his service to the government in helping to negotiate the transitional justice component of a peace agreement between the government and the largest rebel group in Colombia.

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CEOs are compensated, valued more by conservative (vs liberal) boards

Author: Shannon Roddel

Recent studies have examined the ways in which CEOs’ political ideologies influence their firms’ strategies, but new, first-of-its-kind research from Notre Dame shows that corporate directors’ conservative or liberal leanings influence their decisions about CEO pay and the extent to which CEOs should be rewarded and penalized for firm performance.

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Do it well and do it right: Business success requires top-notch service and ethics

Author: Shannon Roddel

Recent headline-grabbing scandals at Volkswagen and Bank of America, among a host of car makers, big banks and other businesses, have underscored the impact poor corporate ethics can have on top, globally established companies. New research from Notre Dame shows that businesses must place equal importance on ethical adherence and quality service in order to be successful.

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LEO’s James Sullivan presents homelessness prevention study on Capitol Hill

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

James Sullivan, Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics and co-founder of the Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at Notre Dame, participated in a briefing to Congressional members, staff and other key stakeholders on Sept. 15 about the impact of emergency assistance on homelessness.

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IDEA Center created to catalyze new research, innovation, commercialization initiatives

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame will create new innovation and commercialization initiatives under a new entity to be known as the IDEA Center—standing for Innovation, Discovery and Enterprise Acceleration. To be located in Innovation Park, the center will provide technical services and expertise for idea development, technology translation, business formation and commercialization.

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Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development awarded $1.2 million contract to support USAID impact evaluation in Honduras

Author: Notre Dame News

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development has been awarded a $1.2 million contract out of an activity implemented by Dexis Consulting Group for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Honduras.

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Open floor plans may lead to more eating

Author: Michael O. Garvey

According to Kim Rollings, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, dining environments can have serious consequences for eating behaviors. In an article published recently in the journal Environment and Behavior, she and Nancy Wells, an environmental psychologist from Cornell University, describe some of them.

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Quinn family provides $5 million gift for Phase II of Innovation Park

Author: Dennis Brown

The late Thomas Quinn and his wife, Diane, have made a $5 million gift to Notre Dame for the construction of the second phase of Innovation Park. The Thomas H. and Diane G. Quinn Hall for Innovation and Change will be a 40,000-square-foot, three-level facility located on a 12-acre site immediately south of the Notre Dame campus on Angela Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin late this fall or early winter.

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Notre Dame announces collaboration with AT&T for online master’s degree in data science

Author: Sue Lister

In a data-driven economy, industry leaders rely increasingly on skilled professionals who can see the significance in data and use it to solve business challenges, create new opportunities and shape change. Recognizing this growing need for skilled data scientists, Notre Dame, in collaboration with AT&T, has announced its new online master of science degree with a specialization in data science.

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Kroc Institute charged with technical verification and monitoring of historic Colombian peace accord

Author: Renée LaReau

The historic Colombia peace agreement announced on Aug. 24—celebrated as a major turning point in ending the country’s 52-year armed conflict—gives the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies primary responsibility for technical verification and monitoring of implementation of the accord through the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) Barometer initiative.

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Researchers to pursue novel Zika solution

Author: William G. Gilroy

A team of researchers from Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) has received a grant from the USAID to pursue a novel solution to the Zika outbreak. The team, led by Molly Duman Scheel, an associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, associate adjunct professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame and member of EIGH, is developing an insecticide to destroy Aedes aegypti larvae before the mosquitoes are able to hatch and transmit Zika.

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Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

Author: Gene Stowe

Collaborative research at Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.

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