Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and director of the University’s Environmental Change Initiative, has been named a Hoosier Resilience Hero by the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute.
Research, Graduate Studies, and Postdoctoral Training
As a Catholic university, one of [Notre Dame’s] distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.
Research and graduate education have an inextricable connection to one another. Both professors and students benefit from working together, the former by mentoring new colleagues who can provide not only assistance but also fresh perspectives, and the latter by learning how one contributes research that matters to the body of knowledge in a particular field.
Quite often faculty seek out postdoctoral scholars to join their teams, as well. In addition to significantly enhancing a group’s research capacity and further developing their own professional identities, these recent Ph.D. recipients bring an understanding of the demands pursuing a doctorate entails, making them a tremendous asset to graduate students currently navigating that process.
Notre Dame fosters an outstanding environment for these wide-ranging collaborations, as they naturally depend, first and foremost, on the strength of the faculty, and ours are among the best at what they do.
Prashan de Visser (M.A. peace studies, 2015) presents
Indicators of their excellence are numerous, ranging from an impressive fellowship record in the liberal arts to partnerships such as the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics—Center for the Evolution of the Elements. These faculty in turn bring their considerable expertise to the graduate programs administered by the School of Architecture, the Mendoza College of Business, the Graduate School, and the Law School, allowing the University to offer approximately 30 doctoral and 60 master’s degrees as well as the J.D.
Building on our commitment to support scholarship at the most advanced levels, recent University initiatives—highlighted by the Strategic Research Investments, Notebaert Premier Fellowships for graduate students, and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars—promise to raise the bar even higher. This is a fitting trajectory for an institution founded on the premise that it would someday be “one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.”
Indeed, those words, spoken by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., when Notre Dame was little more than an idea, continue to drive research that matters some 175 years later.
Jason Ruiz, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of American Studies at Notre Dame, has been awarded a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship to create a set of walking tours and digital tools to explore Pilsen—the changing neighborhood at the heart of Chicago’s Latinx community—through its vibrant, historic murals.
Declan Kiberd, the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English, and Dianne Pinderhughes, chair of the Department of Africana Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers.
Researchers at Notre Dame have effectively prevented the binding of peanut allergens with an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) to suppress the allergic reaction to peanuts using a first-in-class design of allergen-specific inhibitors.