Craig Crossland, assistant professor of management in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and his colleagues studied the NFL to determine if the so-called “acolyte effect” that makes protégés of successful head coaches successful in turn is real. They tracked the career outcomes of almost 1,300 coaches over 30 years.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded two of its prestigious 2016 fellowships to faculty in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The fellowships, which fund a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists, will go to Anjan Chakravartty, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Stephen Fallon, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies and the Department of English.
Vatican City, both the smallest sovereign state in the world and the administrative headquarters of its largest Christian Church, is also a United Nations World Heritage site. Among the series of architectural restoration projects planned or under way there, few are more significant than that of the Cortile del Belvedere, or Belvedere Courtyard, where a team of Notre Dame faculty and graduate students from the University’s School of Architecture and Department of Physics have begun an unprecedented study.
With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India.
Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, will formalize a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. May 9 (Monday) in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, will sign a memorandum of understanding.
Michael E. Pippenger, Columbia University’s dean of undergraduate global programs and assistant vice president for international education, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for internationalization at Notre Dame. He succeeds J. Nicholas Entrikin, the inaugural occupant of the post, who will retire this summer.
Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business ranked No. 2 out of 114 schools nationwide in the Bloomberg Businessweek annual ranking of undergraduate business programs, released April 19.
A novel platform for delivering cancer treatment drugs was the grand prizewinner of the 16th Annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition, an annual competition sponsored by Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship. The winning team, Certus Therapeutics, was made up of five Notre Dame graduate students representing four academic programs.
Two juniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Caleb “C.J.” Pine and Christa Grace Watkins, have been named 2016 Truman Scholars. Just 54 college juniors have been selected as Truman Scholars this year, based on leadership potential, intellectual ability, and a commitment to public service. The winners were chosen from 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities nationwide—a record number of applications and institutions.
What is true for humans is also true for baboons: The tougher the childhood, the higher the risks of premature death later in life. Numerous studies have shown that childhood trauma can have far-reaching effects on adult health and survival; new research from Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University finds the same is true for wild baboons.
A team of eight undergraduate students in Notre Dame’s School of Architecture will formally present design proposals April 22 for a unique new housing project on South Bend’s south side.
George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History emeritus at Notre Dame, has been elected a member of the 2016 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will be formally inducted at a ceremony at the American Academy’s headquarters Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gary H. Bernstein, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award, celebrating his “quilt packaging” microchip packing technology.
Jennifer Tank has received the 2016 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award for working together with Kosciusko County farmers and local conservation staff to reduce nutrient runoff in the Shatto Ditch watershed. The award is a $5,000 prize presented annually to a regular faculty member at Notre Dame who has completed at least one research project that addresses a need within South Bend or the surrounding area.
Corporate tax expert James Seida, associate accountancy professor at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, says the new U.S. Treasury rules issued April 4 will limit inversion activity but ultimately fail to address the fundamental reason companies use to justify inversions.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized six Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science for their accomplishments in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The CAREER program was established in 1995 and is the NSF’s most prestigious recognition given to junior faculty.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research recognized five Notre Dame scientists and engineers with Young Investigator Program awards for 2016.
Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won 2016 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The ACLS, the pre-eminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, conferred just 69 fellowships from a pool of more than 1,100 applicants.
Mary Beckman, associate director for academic affairs and research at the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame, has been appointed to the additional role of director of academic community engagement for a two-year term.
Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) in Rome April 8. The document addresses such areas of Catholic Church doctrine as the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacrament of the Eucharist, same-sex relationships and cohabitation. Here is what some people on the Notre Dame faculty are saying and thinking about “Amoris Laetitia.”
Pamela Nolan Young has been appointed to the newly created role of director for academic diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame. Young, who received her juris doctor degree from the Notre Dame Law School, brings more than 25 years of experience to the University in the areas of diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, education and law.
Crisp, clear images of a “hot Jupiter” system captured by a Notre Dame physicist were vital in determining that a newly found planet inhabits a three-star system, a phenomenon documented only a few times before. Justin R. Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, was part of the team that discovered KELT-4Ab, a so-called “hot Jupiter” because it is a gas giant that orbits extremely close to one of the stars in its solar system.
Rita Colwell, a molecular microbiologist whose research focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health, will receive a doctor of science honorary degree at Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday). She joins six previously announced honorary degree recipients.
A team led by Justin Crepp, the Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at Notre Dame, has discovered a rare brown dwarf, a faint object with properties in between that of a star and planet. In addition to taking its picture for the first time, Crepp’s team also determined the brown dwarf’s mass, age and composition—essential information that can be used to “benchmark” the study of these elusive objects.
WNIT, the Michiana Public Broadcasting television station, has produced a companion series of half-hour programs to accompany “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” the three-part documentary series produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.
Nora J. Besansky, O’Hara Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at Notre Dame, assembled a diverse and multinational team of scientists to crack the genetic code of the Y chromosome in malaria mosquitoes for the first time.
Copernicus. Galileo. Hubble. For ages, humans have looked up at the night sky to ponder the secrets of the universe. The flickering stars have been the stuff of fascination and research for millennia, from men and women who mostly turned their gaze ever upward to study the vastness of space. Yet today, a group of Notre Dame astrophysicists is going down—way down—in a new attempt to gain an understanding of the evolution of stars.
In February, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced it had detected gravitational waves for the first time, confirming the last prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Somewhat overlooked in the excitement that followed is the fact that scientists don’t know the exact location the waves were coming from. Notre Dame astronomer Peter Garnavich is leading a group of researchers who are hoping to more precisely locate where future gravitational waves originate.
For the first time ever, Notre Dame will host the world premiere of an opera: a commissioned production of “As You Like It,” the classic Shakespearean comedy. The four-show run is a highlight of “Shakespeare: 1616-2016,” a yearlong series of campus events commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The opera features two casts, composed primarily of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend students.
When Tootsie Roll chairman and CEO Melvin Gordon died unexpectedly on Jan. 20, 2015, the firm’s value saw an immediate 7 percent increase, which was equivalent to about $140 million. Craig Crossland, an assistant professor of management at Notre Dame, and his research colleagues examined 240 sudden and unexpected CEO deaths like Gordon’s to determine how shareholders’ perceptions of CEO significance have changed over time.