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College of Arts and Letters Holds Inaugural Diploma Ceremony

May 26, 2010 • Arts and LettersCategories: General News

Beginning a new tradition with the Class of 2010, the College of Arts and Letters held its inaugural “Diploma Ceremony” on May 16, 2010. After the University’s traditional, campus-wide commencement, the almost 900 graduates from the 2010 class processed to the Purcell Pavilion for the intimate, College-only event. Read More >

Thirteen Seniors Receive National Fellowships and Scholarships

May 26, 2010 • William G. GilroyCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

The Fulbright Exchange Program, National Science Foundation, and other national organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 13 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2010. Read More >

Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla Dies

May 26, 2010 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

Breandán Ó Buachalla, Thomas J. and Kathleen O’Donnell Professor in the department of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, died suddenly yesterday at his home in Dublin. He was 74 years old. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2002, Ó Buachalla was the world’s most authoritative scholar on the literature and ideology of early modern Ireland, and the author of numerous books and articles on the impact of the Counter-Reformation on Irish political thought, early modern historiography, linguistics, Gaelic poetry, and the cult of the Stuarts in Irish literature. Read More >

George Lopez Says Sanctions on Iran Likely to Be Effective

May 26, 2010 • Shannon ChaplaCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

The newly proposed U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran are not weak and watered down but smartly targeted and likely to be effective, according to George A. Lopez, who holds the Hesburgh Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute and is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. This year, Lopez serves as a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C., writing a book on the future of sanctions. Read More >

Graduate Students to Host Leading Ethnography Conference

May 23, 2010 • Gene StoweCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Next spring, graduate students in Notre Dame’s Sociology Department will host the 13th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, a yearly event organized by a team of students from major Midwestern universities, including the University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and DePaul University. Notre Dame became an affiliate member of the group last year and is playing host to the conference for the first time. Read More >

ND Psychologists Partner With Madison Center

May 14, 2010 • William G. GilroyCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

The University of Notre Dame and the Madison Center, the leading provider of behavioral health care services in northern Indiana, have announced a series of agreements which will enhance research opportunities for University and Madison researchers while helping to improve the already high level of services Madison provides to the local community. Although Notre Dame psychologists have conducted research at the center for a number of years, the new agreements represent a significant scaling up of the relationship between the two entities. Read More >

13 Freshmen Earn 2009-10 Public Anthropology Awards

May 14, 2010 • Lisa WalenceusCategories: Research and Undergraduate News

The Center for Public Anthropology (CPA) has recognized 13 first-year students for op-ed articles they submitted to its 2009–10 Community Action Project competition. More than 7,500 students from 28 U.S. colleges and universities submitted work to the CPA op-ed challenge this year. Only the top five percent of entrants are given awards. Read More >

Two Notre Dame Undergraduates to Study History of NYC

May 14, 2010 • Joanna BasileCategories: General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Two Notre Dame students with a passion for history are taking to the streets this summer: Rising seniors Justine Murnane and Sam Fisher have been accepted into an educational program hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and will be heading to New York City in June to get first-hand experience investigating the history of the United States. Read More >

Senior Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Grant

May 13, 2010 • Joanna BasileCategories: General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

The dynamic, sometimes contentious, relationship between religion and democracy has long fascinated Michael Hoffman, a class of 2010 political science major. And now, thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF), he will be able to continue the research he started with his senior thesis as one of a select group of students to receive an award from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Founded in 1952, the program funds projects with the potential to have lasting, beneficial effects on society and the environment. Read More >

Jim Collins to Receive the 2010 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award

May 13, 2010 • Joanna BasileCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Arts

In recognition of his work as a scholar and teacher, the College of Arts and Letters has named Jim Collins, professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, the 2010 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award winner. Read More >

Philosophy’s MacIntyre and van Inwagen Recognized With Honorary Degrees

May 10, 2010 • Lisa WalenceusCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Two philosophers from the University of Notre Dame are being recognized this commencement season with honorary degrees. Alasdair MacIntyre, Rev. John A. O’Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy, will receive an honorary degree from Duke University at its commencement ceremony on May 16, 2010. Peter van Inwagen, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy, will be given an honorary doctor of divinity by the University of St. Andrews at its 2011 convocation. Read More >

Dowd and Kollman Awarded $100,000 PCRI Grant to Study African Charismatic Movement

May 07, 2010 • Lisa WalenceusCategories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Two Notre Dame faculty—Robert Dowd, C.S.C, assistant professor of political science and director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development, and Paul Kollman, C.S.C, associate professor of theology—have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative (PCRI) of the University of Southern California (USC). Their project was one of only 21 to receive funding, selected from more than 500 applications. The grant will support Dowd and Kollman’s study of the Roman Catholic Charismatic Movement (RCCM) in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More >

Ava Preacher Honored by American Mock Trial Association

May 07, 2010 • Lisa WalenceusCategories: General News

Ava Preacher, assistant dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Letters, has received the 2010 Congressman Neil Smith Award by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) in recognition of her “outstanding and exemplary contributions to law-related education.” This is the first time that someone who has not previously served on the AMTA board of directors has been so honored. “Ava was selected not only for her work with AMTA but also for her national role in pre-law advising,” notes Sara Zeigler, AMTA president and professor of political science at Eastern Kentucky University. Read More >

Students Showcase Their Research at First-Ever Colloquium

May 07, 2010 • Lisa WalenceusCategories: General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

In April 2010, the College of Arts and Letters’ Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR), Beyond Politics, Sociological Voices, and Through Gendered Lenses joined the College of Science’s journal Scientia to hold Notre Dame’s first student-organized celebration of undergraduate research and publication. The Undergraduate Research Publication Colloquium recognized the more than 100 undergraduate authors who this year submitted work for consideration by the student editors of these research journals. The event also launched the release the 2009-10 issues of JUR and Scientia. Read More >

Teaching Awards Honor Exemplary Work With Undergraduates

May 07, 2010 • Shannon ChaplaCategories: Faculty News and General News

A select group of University of Notre Dame faculty members have received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Read More >

Senior Henderson Wins Asian Studies Distinguished Achievement Award

May 06, 2010 • Lisa WalenceusCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Courtney Henderson, a senior majoring in Chinese and the Program of Liberal Studies, has been named the winner of the 2010 Liu Family Distinguished Achievement Award in Asian Studies. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures bestows the award each year to the student whose character and undergraduate work best exemplifies the qualities of commitment, diligence, and imagination in the study of Asia. Read More >

Cummings Research Focuses on Forgotten Victims of European Wars

May 04, 2010 • Joan FallonCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

After more than five years of study on the impact of political violence on children and mothers in Northern Ireland, University of Notre Dame faculty member Mark Cummings is expanding his research to include children and families in Croatia, where tens of thousands of people died in ethnic violence between 1991 and 1995. Read More >

UCLA Scholar Appointed VP for Internationalization

May 04, 2010 • Dennis BrownCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Research

J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice provost of international studies at University of California, Los Angeles, has been appointed to the newly established position of vice president and associate provost for internationalization at the University of Notre Dame by Provost Thomas G. Burish. Read More >

A Bridge Between Scholars Present and Future

May 01, 2010 • Gene StoweCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

The Department of Sociology’s Center for the Study of Social Movements has adopted a strategy that brings together young scholars and seasoned professionals to help the flow of ideas flourish across academic generations. It’s an approach that’s also enriching the experience of Notre Dame graduate students while bearing witness to that old adage about imitation and flattery. Read More >

Senior Thesis Project Uses Art to Teach Math

May 01, 2010 • Michelle RomeuCategories: General News, Internationalism, Research, Arts, and Undergraduate News

From Pythagoras’ golden ratio to fractal art produced with modern computers, mathematics and art have long been intertwined. Because of this, Shelley Kornatz, a senior graphic design major, sees no reason why an art student shouldn’t take up the cause for math with today’s high school students. Read More >

Student Awarded State Department Scholarship to Study “Critical Language”

May 01, 2010 • Joanna BasileCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Each summer, some of the best students in the nation are selected to travel to countries around the world to learn what the U.S. Department of State calls “critical-need languages.” Among their ranks this year will be Notre Dame’s Kevin Godshall, who will study Punjabi in Chandigarh, India, through the department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS). Read More >

Fuentes and Rotman Lead Undergraduate Research Presentations at AAA Meeting

May 01, 2010 • Department of AnthropologyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the largest gathering of anthropologists in the world, which also makes it an amazing place for undergraduate anthropology students to present their work. For its 108th meeting in December 2009, the AAA invited Notre Dame faculty Agustín Fuentes, professor, and Deborah Rotman, professor and director of undergraduate studies, to organize a poster session titled “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology.” Read More >