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Notre Dame Band Awarded Prestigious Sudler Trophy

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: Arts and General News

The University of Notre Dame Band has been awarded the 2011 Sudler Trophy, recognizing “collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life.” The trophy was presented Dec. 17 during the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

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Love of Appalachian Literature Inspires Student Research

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: Research, Undergraduate News, and General News

Pride in his cultural heritage and a love of literature prompted Matthew Coyne—a Notre Dame senior majoring in English—to delve into the origins of the Appalachian literary journal Cold Mountain Review. “My professors encouraged me to study what I love,” says Coyne, who was raised in Parkersburg, W.Va., a small town located in the heart of Appalachia. “So I did—and I haven’t looked back since.”

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Historian Asher Kaufman To Lead Peace Studies Ph.D. Program

Author: Renée LaReau

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

Asher Kaufman, associate professor of history and peace studies, has been appointed director of doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, effective January 1, 2011. The Kroc Institute offers a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with Notre Dame’s departments of history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.

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Shared Interest in Mind-Brain Connection Sparks Collaboration

Author: Mike Weiler

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

A new initiative in the Department of Psychology is uniting faculty from across the University of Notre Dame who study various aspects of the mind’s connection to the brain. Assistant Professors Michelle Wirth and Jessica Payne—who both joined the department last year—created the group called Conversations on Brain, Mind and Behavior as a platform for faculty to share ideas in their various areas of expertise and to inspire new research collaborations.

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Notre Dame Professor Explores Historic St. Nicholas

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Catholicism, Research, and General News

Though many know the Christmas lore surrounding jolly old St. Nicholas—the snowy-bearded saint whose legendary generosity morphed into America’s secular Santa Claus figure—few are familiar with the origins and details of his acts of kindness. Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is author of Saint Nicholas in America: Christmas Holy Day and Holiday, in which he takes a closer look at the saint whose feast the Catholic Church celebrates on December 6.

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Student Documentary Wins Film Festival Award

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Arts, Alumni, Undergraduate News, and General News

Two recent graduates from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre won a student award at the 2010 U.S. International Film and Video Festival. Mark Lyons and Alex Wheeler, both from the Class of 2010, were honored for Trunk, their documentary short about Jeb Barsh, a Portland, Ore., zookeeper, and an Asian elephant named Rama.

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Center for Philosophy of Religion Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion (CPR) has received a $1.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to promote research at the intersection of philosophy and theology. The award is part of a four-year, $5.7 million initiative called Analytic Theology: The Convergence of Philosophy and Theology.

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Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, Catholicism, Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

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José Limón Joins Notre Dame Faculty

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Faculty News, Centers and Institutes, and General News

José Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, will soon become the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature. Currently the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of English and director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas, Limón will join the faculty at Notre Dame in January 2011.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Research, and General News

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

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History of Science Society Comes to University of Notre Dame

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News

The History of Science Society (HSS) has arrived at Notre Dame—a move that promises to benefit the society, the University’s History and Philosophy of Science program and Notre Dame’s science programs by providing new opportunities for collaboration among society members, faculty, and students. HSS, which relocated from the University of Florida this fall, is the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. The organization has more than 3,000 members.

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Students Engage in New Undergraduate Journal and Online Hub

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Centers and Institutes and General News

“You are looking for something. I know it.” So begins the introduction to the first issue of Lost Piece, a new monthly journal of letters created by a group of undergraduates to provide an independent forum for creative, thought-provoking expression outside of the classroom. A new, student-run, academic networking website also shares Lost Piece’s mission to promote intellectual engagement among students.

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