With a Side of Knowledge is a podcast produced by the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. The second episode of the show’s third season, “On Incredible Women and a Story Too Good to Pass Up,” was released Thursday, Aug. 15, and features Ann Little, a professor of history at Colorado State University who specializes in the history of women, gender, and sexuality, with a focus on early North America.
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame has collaborated with Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) for more than a decade and plans to build on the experience of UCU and study the role of religion in civil society through the new Faith and Freedom Project. The effort kicked off with a symposium at UCU, “Faith and Freedom: Religions and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.”
In 2015, Volkswagen was exposed for bypassing U.S. emissions standards by equipping their diesel-engine cars with a so-called defeat device that could detect emissions tests, adjust levels to ensure compliance, then revert to non-compliant levels after test completion. Notre Dame’s Rüdiger Bachmann and his co-authors studied the scandal and found that the fallout from Volkswagen’s wrongdoing cost other German car makers billions of dollars in sales.
Researchers from Notre Dame have received $180.6 million in research funding for fiscal year 2019—$100 million more than 10 years ago and a more than 27 percent increase from last year. The awards received support a broad range of projects that tackle globally significant issues, including vector-borne diseases, cancer, psychology, nanotechnology, hypersonics and much more.
A new study from Notre Dame introduces the role of the “severity gap,” showing that when media or public perceptions of a scandal outpace its actual severity, strong-performing leaders are more likely to keep their jobs.
Eighty-six percent of companies use influencer marketing as part of their social media strategy, but effectiveness remains low. For an influencer on Facebook, the average engagement rate per post is 0.37 percent; on Twitter, it is even lower at 0.05 percent. New research from Notre Dame provides a framework of strategies to help managers yield larger returns on engagement.
Monica Arul Jayachandran, a graduate student at Notre Dame, won first place and the People’s Choice award, along with $2,500 in prize money, at the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition July 22 in Washington, D.C.
Insight on insider trades is tough to come by, but some mutual fund managers have figured out a way to leverage their networks—and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR servers—to better read between the lines when tracking stocks. New research from Notre Dame found that these tracked insider trades can predict future firm returns, with the stocks bought by a fund manager after a tracked insider buy outperforming other firm purchases.
Jennifer L. Schaefer, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame, has been selected as one of the five Toyota Young Investigator Fellows for 2019-2020 by The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Research Institute of North America. The program seeks to recognize and encourage young scholars in pursuit of research in green energy technology, specifically those areas that promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of using alternative fuels.
Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame, will step down as provost at the conclusion of his current five-year term on July 1, 2020, the University’s chair of the Board of Trustees, John J. Brennan, and president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Thursday (Aug. 1).