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Political scientist wins NEH fellowship, continuing Notre Dame’s record success

Author: Carrie Gates

Notre Dame political scientist Susan Collins has been awarded a 2018 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, extending the University’s record success with the NEH. Since 1999, faculty in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won a total of 62 NEH fellowships—more than any other university in the country.

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Philosophers awarded Templeton Foundation grant to explore the nature of the self

Author: Renee Peggs

Michael Rea, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, and Samuel Newlands, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Collegiate Associate Professor in Philosophy, have been awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to pursue questions related to the nature of the self. The grant supports the planning phase of a large, interdisciplinary project Rea and Newlands are developing—“Narrative Conceptions of the Self in Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology.”

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Notre Dame faculty named among the top 1 percent of highly cited researchers

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Two Notre Dame researchers—Martin Haenggi, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Prashant V. Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science—have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list. Clarivate’s list identifies the scholars who published the most articles that are in the top 1 percent of the most-cited articles.

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Moosa and Mirza to lead Madrasa Discourses winter intensive in Qatar

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Notre Dame faculty Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, and Mahan Mirza, professor of the practice, will lead 45 madrasa students in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 25 on a seven-day exploration of the tensions and harmonies between traditional Islamic thought and the scientific and technological advances of modernity.

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2017: Notre Dame year in review

Author: Notre Dame News

Notre Dame marked its 175th anniversary year in fittingly historic fashion, celebrating landmarks in its research, its international presence, and its benefaction, to name just a few areas. The year 2017 showcased how the University is using knowledge in service to justice and human flourishing while continuing to live out its mission to be a distinctive Catholic institution of higher learning.

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Harper Cancer Research Institute receives highly competitive research funding from the American Cancer Society

Author: Brandi Klingerman

The Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) has received an Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society, which is a renewal of the IRG grant from 2014. With the IRG funds, as well as additional support provided by the Colleges of Science and Engineering at Notre Dame, the HCRI will again host an internal grant competition for Notre Dame faculty, with two $30,000 grants available per competition cycle.

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Major life events shared on social media revive dormant connections, study shows

Author: Shannon Roddel

New research by Hong Guo and Sarv Devaraj from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business along with a colleague from Providence College examines the impact of major life events, such as getting married or graduating from college, on social network evolution, which, the study shows, has important implications for business practices, such as in marketing.

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Reilly Center releases its 2018 top 10 list of ethical dilemmas in science and technology

Author: Jessica Baron

Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has released its sixth annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology. The annual list is designed to get people thinking about the ethics of potentially controversial technology, but the 2018 list shows that many of these issues are already here.

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Psychologist examines methods of classifying mental disorders

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

In a new paper published in the invitation-only journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Lee Anna Clark, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Notre Dame, and her team present the challenges in using the field’s three major diagnostic manuals from a scientific perspective and offer some recommendations for re-conceptualizing the mental disorders they describe.

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Gilman Scholars to study in Rome, London

Author: Erin Blasko

Notre Dame students Frank Chung and Katherine Smith have been selected for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the spring 2018 academic term. Chung, an accounting major from Palisades Park, New Jersey, will study in the United Kingdom through the Notre Dame London Global Gateway. Smith, an English and theology double major from Saint Charles, Minnesota, will study in Italy through the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway.

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English professor wins NEH grant to bolster major digital humanities research database

Author: Emily McConville

Associate Professor of English Matthew Wilkens was recently awarded a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bolster Textual Geographies, a database and suite of tools he is developing that allow users to find, map and analyze more than 14 billion place name mentions from books and journals in English, Spanish, German and Chinese.

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Notre Dame professors named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Author: Jessica Sieff

Kenneth T. Christensen, professor and collegiate chair in fluid mechanics and chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Umesh Garg, professor of experimental nuclear physics, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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New study finds mycobacteria can sense presence of proteins that cause disease

Author: Jessica Sieff

Tuberculosis-causing mycobacteria use a select group of proteins known as virulence factors to transmit the disease. Those proteins are cargo transported by molecular machinery, a microscopic gateway that promotes the survival of bacteria in the host. A new study by researchers at Notre Dame and Michigan State University reveals that mycobacteria can sense when this molecular machine is present.

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Idea Week to showcase innovation and entrepreneurship in South Bend-Elkhart region

Author: Sue Lister

The University of Notre Dame, along with the city of South Bend, the city of Elkhart and various community organizations and businesses, will host Idea Week April 21-28 to highlight strides being made in innovation and entrepreneurship in the region and to inspire creative energy for future success.

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Notre Dame to lead NNSA-funded center focused on nuclear chemistry

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Notre Dame will lead a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Actinide Center of Excellence to conduct research in actinide and nuclear chemistry. The NNSA’s Stewardship Sciences Academic Alliance program will provide $12.5 million for the center, which is tasked with prioritizing research that is important for Stockpile Stewardship—the certification that the nation’s nuclear weapons are secure and operational.

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Brazilian Judge Sérgio Moro to serve as Notre Dame’s 2018 Commencement speaker

Author: Dennis Brown

Brazilian Judge Sérgio Moro will receive an honorary degree and serve as principal speaker at Notre Dame’s 173rd commencement ceremony May 20. Moro is a federal judge in the southern city of Curitiba who has gained international recognition and commendation in recent years for his sentencing of powerful Brazilian politicians and business leaders on corruption charges.

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