Notre Dame professors Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict and peace studies, and David Campbell, Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy, are two of 35 nationwide recipients of 2017 Andrew Carnegie fellowships. Each Carnegie fellow receives up to $200,000 toward the funding of significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities—the most generous stipend of its kind.
Alvin Plantinga, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Notre Dame, was named the 2017 Templeton Prize Laureate on April 25 by the John Templeton Foundation. Over his 50 years of research in philosophy of religion, epistemology and metaphysics, Plantinga has advanced landmark arguments for the existence of God, returning the questions of religious belief to the common discourse of academic philosophy.
Notre Dame is highlighted in a new report on the importance of scientific research to economic growth. The study, which was conducted by The Science Coalition, identifies more than 100 companies that exist due to funding received by academic researchers from federal government agencies.
Scott Appleby, professor of history and the Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, will receive an honorary degree May 6 from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. He also will deliver the commencement address to graduates of Saint Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Hesburgh Libraries, has launched Convocate, the first online research tool for simultaneous searching of Catholic social teaching documents and the instruments of international human rights law.
A new report from Notre Dame’s Under Caesar’s Sword—the first systematic and global investigation into how Christian communities respond to severe violations of religious freedom—finds that 43 percent of persecuted Christians respond primarily with strategies of survival, including nimble adaptation plans to sustain the life and practices of the community, while 38 percent place primary focus on building ties with others to strengthen resilience.
This June, the University will host a Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) cohort of 15 active or veteran military members who will spend a week on campus preparing for enrollment at colleges and universities around the country. Notre Dame joins more than 15 other partner institutions hosting a WSP cohort.
Four faculty members in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded 2017 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Three historians—Mariana Candido, Deborah Tor and Evan Ragland—were among the 71 ACLS fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants. Katherine Brading, a professor of philosophy, is a member of one of nine teams to win a collaborative research fellowship.
Nitesh Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award. Established in 2008, the award is presented annually to faculty from Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend who have successfully transitioned their technologies from the lab to the marketplace.
Rev. Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and peace studies at Notre Dame, was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2017–2018, one of six scholars selected from members of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. He will spend a year studying three predominant forms of violence in sub-Saharan Africa.
When it comes to greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide tends to steal the spotlight—but new research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals how scientists have developed a new, predictive tool to estimate nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from rivers and streams around the world. Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor of Biological Sciences and director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative, is co-author of the study.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 15 current Notre Dame students, affiliates and alumni winning the prestigious award and another 18 earning honorable mention. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate and graduating undergraduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees.
Notre Dame junior Rebecca Blais, a political science major from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has been named a 2017 Truman Scholar. Blais is one of just 62 college juniors to be selected for the prestigious scholarship this year, from a pool of 768 candidates nominated by 315 colleges and universities nationwide.
Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Steve Reifenberg have been appointed co-directors of the Integration Lab (i-Lab), an innovative feature of the new Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame that engages students, faculty across disciplines and partners around the world in addressing complex global challenges.
At “Vision and Action: Pioneering Women Faculty at Notre Dame,” a panel of six notable Notre Dame women—all with successful careers in higher education and beyond—reflected on past and present experiences and also paid tribute to the earliest Notre Dame women faculty, several of whom were in attendance.