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New Course Makes Special Effects Real for FTT Students

July 24, 2015 • Tom LangeCategories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

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In a new course, Special Effects for Studio and Stage, associate professional faculty member Ken Cole taught Department of Film, Television, and Theatre students how to brainstorm and design a wide range of practical illusions for use in creative productions. The group of about 10 students simulated explosions, used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds, built props out of scraps and spare parts, and conjured up a realistic rainstorm. Read More >

Record Fulbright Award Year Led by 15 Arts and Letters Students

July 24, 2015 • Notre Dame NewsCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Graduate Students, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Fifteen Notre Dame students who studied in the College of Arts and Letters have received grants from the Fulbright program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A total of 18 students were named Fulbright finalists—the most grantees the University has ever had in the program. Read More >

ACE to Send Forth 272 Catholic School Teachers and Leaders in Missioning Ceremonies

July 22, 2015 • William G. SchmittCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Undergraduate News


The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education will send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders to nearly 200 Catholic schools across the country in the annual Missioning Mass, capping two months of professional formation and spiritual renewal. The ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 24 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, will celebrate and bless the next steps on the educators’ journeys back to their respective schools and classrooms. Read More >

White House Report on Juvenile Offender Diversion Programs Highlights Project with LEO Ties

July 20, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Research


A White House Council of Economic Advisers report released July 14 includes an account of Reading for Life, a local juvenile diversion program that is being evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities. The report, “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change,” features the RFL program, which has been used at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center since 2007. Read More >

FTT Alumnus to Launch Kids Web Series After Winning Mister Rogers Award

July 08, 2015 • Aaron SmithCategories: Alumni, Arts, and General News

Eugene Staples

Eugene Staples has a vision: Entertainment can be more than a distraction—it can be an inspiration. It can teach kids how to be better people. It can make the world a better place. That sense of responsibility—the desire to make things that make an impact—was sparked at Notre Dame, and was recognized this spring by the Television Academy Foundation, which honored him with a Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Read More >

Theologian Describes Pope Francis’ South American Journey as Renewal of Acquaintances

July 06, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

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Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago. Read More >

Two Romance Languages and Literatures Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Global Nutrition

July 01, 2015 • Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there. Read More >

Theatre Alumnus Jack Blakey Appointed to Federal Judgeship

June 29, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Alumni and General News


When Jack Blakey was studying theatre at Notre Dame in the 1980s, he never dreamed he would one day be hearing legal disputes on the federal bench. But his liberal arts courses were preparing him for it nonetheless. Blakey was formally installed this spring as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate last year. Read More >

LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program

June 26, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research


Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education. Read More >

Researchers in New Notre Dame Center Awarded $3.1 Million Grant to Study Virtues in Science

June 22, 2015 • Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

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A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University. Read More >