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New Sociology Professor Focuses on Social Side of Child Mental Health Issues

April 17, 2014 • Aaron SmithCategories: Alumni, Faculty News, and General News

Sociologist Sarah Mustillo ’96 combines real-world experience and statistical expertise to explore the social origins of child mental health issues. This fall she returned to Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters to continue her innovative research as a professor in the Department of Sociology. Read More >

ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

April 17, 2014 • Kate GarryCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Anthropologist Arlene Dávila will visit the University of Notre Dame next week as the inaugural recipient of the Institute for Latino Studies’ Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. A professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University, Dávila, “is one of the country’s leading Latino studies cultural anthropologists,” says ILS Director José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies. Read More >

In Memoriam: Remie Constable, Director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

April 17, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, died of cancer at home Wednesday (April 16). A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1995, Constable had directed the Medieval Institute since 2009. Read More >

Notre Dame Theologians Explore Life, Death, and Resurrection in Rwanda

April 16, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary is being observed worldwide this month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic, or even blasphemous. But for Jean Bosco Rutagengwa, it is most of all a searing mystery. “This country went through what Jesus Christ went through,” he says of his homeland. “Life, death, and resurrection.” Read More >

Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

April 16, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries. Read More >

Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

April 16, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Alumni, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework. Read More >

Anthropologist Maurizio Albahari Illuminates Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean

April 16, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

“Everything changed on October 3, but nothing really changed,” says Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology. In October 2013, several major media outlets covered two tragic shipwrecks off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which killed more than 400 Eritrean and Syrian migrants trying to reach Europe. Following the first incident, CNN reached out to Albahari for a quote. Read More >

Department of History Fosters Learning Outside Classroom

April 14, 2014 • Ben HorvathCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Undergraduate News

Notre Dame’s Department of History is a place where undergraduates aren’t just invited to attend lectures by world-renowned visiting scholars—they also get opportunities to converse one-on-one and even share meals with them. Read More >

Alumnus Jimmy Small Hits It Big With NASCAR

April 14, 2014 • Cat CaracciCategories: Alumni and General News

In 2012, SportsPro Magazine named Jimmy Small ’08 one of 10 top sports executives under the age of 30. And in December, Small was appointed president of Iowa Speedway, a racetrack purchased by NASCAR last year. At 28, he is believed to be the youngest president of a major racing facility in the nation. At Notre Dame, Small was an economics major in the College of Arts and Letters and a member of the Irish Guard. Read More >

Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

April 11, 2014 • Renée LaReauCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Three Notre Dame researchers—combining expertise in psychology, religion, and peace—have been awarded a grant from Notre Dame International’s Global Collaboration Initiative to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The researchers will join with a team of scholars from universities in Israel and Palestine. Read More >