Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, has been elected to the 2018 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the seventh living Notre Dame philosophy faculty member to be so honored and is to be inducted at an October ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Eight Notre Dame graduate students will compete for $4,500 in prize money at the annual Shaheen Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Jordan Auditorium at the Mendoza College of Business.
George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters during the St. John Fisher College commencement ceremony on May 12 and will also deliver the keynote address.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of its 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program, with 12 Notre Dame students and alumni winning the highly coveted award from a pool of national competitors. Another 11 received honorable mention. The fellowship provides three years of financial support in the form of $34,000 annual stipends and $12,000 cost-of-education allowances to the fellows’ graduate institutions.
TEDxUND organizers, in partnership with the IDEA Center at Notre Dame, will present TEDxUND 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center April 28 (Saturday) as part of IDEA Week. The daylong event will feature two live sessions, one from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and one from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Researchers at Notre Dame and Boston University found that while prescription opioid consumption stopped rising in August 2010, heroin overdose deaths began climbing the following month, and the rate of growth was greater in areas with greater pre-reformulation access to heroin and opioids.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, in the United States more than 300,000 people are recovering from spinal cord injuries. Exoskeletons can help patients recover from these injuries, and a new project led by Notre Dame is focusing on making the devices more intuitive, using the fundamentals of human movement to improve rehabilitation outcomes and give patients a sense of control over their recovery.
Beta-lactam antibiotics, including penicillin, are one of the most widely used classes of antibiotics in the world. Though they’ve been in use since the 1940s, scientists still don’t fully understand what happens when this class of drugs encounters bacteria. Now, researchers at Notre Dame have elucidated how an enzyme helps bacteria rebound from damage inflicted by antibiotics not strong enough to immediately kill the bacteria on contact.
An article that details the creation of a new violence risk assessment tool in Honduras, co-authored by Notre Dame faculty and researchers at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, has been published in the Journal of Crime and Justice. The project seeks to move beyond identifying communities or groups at risk of crime and violence to highlight individuals who are most at risk of becoming involved in violence as either victims or perpetrators.
Computational scientists from five research universities, including Notre Dame, are developing a cyberinfrastructure and supporting tools that allow researchers to conduct and track their work in a reproducible way.