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Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaborations

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Robert Norton Robert Norton

Notre Dame International (NDI) has awarded nine grants through its new Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) program to Notre Dame faculty engaged in research with colleagues at partner institutions around the world. Five of the projects involve faculty from the College of Arts and Letters.

The GCI initiative was launched to support and promote international cooperation through research, scholarship, and other forms of sustained collaboration that can make significant contributions to a field of study, according to Robert E. Norton, NDI’s associate vice president for academic affairs and research and a professor in the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures.

“Notre Dame International sees such collaborations as a key element of a premier research university, and we are pleased to support these nine stellar projects in the initial round of the GCI,” he says. “Indeed, the fact that the grant winners represent five of the different colleges and schools at Notre Dame further underscores the importance of internationalization throughout the entire University.”

The selected Notre Dame faculty, listed below with their research projects, span a wide range of disciplines:

  • Scott Appleby (Department of History, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies) and Paola Bernardini (Kroc Institute) – Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular

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  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Department of American Studies, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism) – From Daughters of the Church to Citizens of the World:  A Transnational Study of Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council
  • E. Mark Cummings (Department of Psychology, Center for Children and Families), Laura Miller  (Department of Psychology, Kroc Institute), Atalia Omer (Kroc Institute) – Academic and Community Partnerships for the Development of a Comprehensive Social-Ecological View of Political Violence in Israel and Palestine
  • Umesh Garg, Ani Aprahamian, and Michael Wiescher (Department of Physics) – Notre Dame-Europe Symposium on Nuclear Science and Society
  • Thomas Gresik (Department of Economics, Kellogg Institute of International Studies), Michael Kirsch (Law School) and Jim Seida (Department of Accountancy) – International Taxation Issues: Toward a Partnership Between the University of Notre Dame, the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, and the Norwegian Center of Taxation

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  • Peter Jeffery (Department of Music, Sacred Music at Notre Dame) and colleagues – The Musical Traditions of Eastern Christianity: Protection and Preservation in the Contemporary World
  • Krupali Krusche (School of Architecture) – The Digital Future of World Heritage: A Symposium on Blended Management and Scholarship in the New Millennium
  • Tengfei Luo (Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame) and Jindal Shah (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) – Identification of Directional Solvent for Low Cost and Low Emission Water Desalination
  • Y. Elaine Zhu (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Center for Sustainable Energy), Haifeng Gao (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for Sustainable Energy), and William Phillip (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Center for Sustainable Energy) – Development of Multifunctional and Sustainable Polymer Composite Filtration Membranes for Efficient Liquid Phase Separation and Water Purification

In its inaugural cycle, the GCI grant competition elicited strong faculty interest across campus. Twenty-four proposals were submitted from researchers representing more than 15 departments in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science, as well as the School of Architecture.

Nine awards were selected to fund research initiatives in collaboration with other universities and research organizations as diverse as Fudan University, University of Oxford, University of Milan, University of Haifa, Chinese Academy of Science, and the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, among others.  Several initiatives make extensive use of the Notre Dame Global Gateway locations in London, Rome and Jerusalem.

“We are delighted at the success of the inaugural GCI Grant process,“ Norton says, “and look forward to seeing the research of the Notre Dame faculty further develop around the world.”

NDI will open a second grant application cycle in the Global Collaboration Initiative in summer 2014 for funding in the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information, go to or email Dr. Geraldine Meehan.

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