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‘Play Like a Champion’ Plays Well in Rome

May 26, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News


Two faculty members from the University of Notre Dame’s Play Like a Champion Today program have returned from a conference in Vatican City where they were pleased to learn that Pope Francis likes what they’re doing. Read More >

Graduating Seniors Honored for Commitment to Postgraduate Service

May 26, 2015 • John GuimondCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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Notre Dame honored 124 graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony May 16 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall. Read More >

Psychology Professor Seeks to Understand How Students Learn Mathematics

May 26, 2015 • William G. GilroyCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Nicole McNeil

It’s both the bane of many parents and what has been called a major national vulnerability: the inability of many children to learn mathematics. Understanding that problem and developing strategies to overcome it is the research focus of Nicole McNeil, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and the researchers in her lab. Read More >

New Sleep-enhancing App, Tools Based on Notre Dame Psychologist’s Research

May 21, 2015 • Gene StoweCategories: Alumni, Faculty News, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Jessica Payne

A team of Notre Dame entrepreneurs has developed a sleep-enhancing kit and app designed to boost college students’ healthy rest, memory, learning, and mental health. The approach is based on the research of Associate Professor Jessica Payne, the Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology and director of the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab. Read More >

Notre Dame Graduate Wins Prestigious Native American Internship in Washington, D.C.

May 20, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

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Before he heads to law school, Notre Dame graduate Tyler Barron ’15 will have a front-row seat for the lawmaking process. Barron, a sociology and American studies major, has been selected for the Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. He will work for 10 weeks this summer with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona. Read More >

In Memoriam: Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, Professor Emerita of Theology

May 20, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

In memorium

Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday. She was 86. In 1965, when she came to Notre Dame as a New Testament and Rabbinic scholar, Ford was one of only two women on the University’s faculty, and three years later she became the first female Notre Dame faculty member to receive tenure. Read More >

Sociology Majors Set Sights on Business Careers

May 20, 2015 • Arts and LettersCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Sarah Hart

With her Notre Dame sociology degree in hand, Sarah Hart ’15 is headed for the business world. When she starts work as a project manager at Epic, a software development company in the health care industry, her major has her set to succeed in a corporate environment. “It’s definitely given me a wide range of skills that can be applied to almost anything,” Hart said. Read More >

Arts and Letters Faculty Honored for Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

May 18, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members—including eight from the College of Arts and Letters—have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. An Arts and Letters faculty member was also among the three Notre Dame professors to have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations. Read More >

Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern at Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin

May 18, 2015 • Todd BoruffCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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During the summer of 2014, Patrick Butler and Patrick Valencia interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Dublin, Ireland. Both internships were sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Without that support, Valencia said, he wouldn’t have been able to “have this wonderful experience living abroad.” Read More >

Anthropologist and Theologian Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Study Human Distinctiveness

May 18, 2015 • Carrie GatesCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Celia Deane-Drummond

With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, two Notre Dame professors will co-direct the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. The three-year project will support training for theologians in evolutionary and archaeological anthropology, as well as research on the evolution of wisdom. Read More >