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Philosopher Robert Audi elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Author: Amanda Skofstad

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.

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23 students and alumni win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards or honorable mentions

Author: Nora Kenney

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.

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Study links rising heroin deaths to 2010 OxyContin reformulation

Author: Patrick Gibbons

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. 

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Collaboration focuses on restoring dignity, mobility through robotics

Author: Jessica Sieff

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.

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Survival strategy: How one enzyme helps bacteria recover from exposure to antibiotics

Author: Jessica Sieff

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.

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Notre Dame faculty member helps develop new violence risk assessment tool

Author: Luis Ruuska

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.

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