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Professor Sandra Gustafson Awarded NEH Fellowship

Author: Joan Fallon

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

Sandra M. Gustafson, professor of English and concurrent professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship to write a book on conflict and democracy in classic American novels. Faculty in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters Notre Dame have been awarded 49 NEH fellowships between 1999 and 2013—more than any other university in the country.

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Notre Dame Unveils Major New Archive in Russian History

Author: Anthony Monta

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

Thanks to the efforts of Semion Lyandres, an associate professor in the Department of History, and crucial seed funding from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Notre Dame has now unveiled a significant archive of primary documents that shed new light on the origins of modern Russia.

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Senior Takes Advantage of International Research Opportunities

Author: Nancy Joyce

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

What do Sierra Leone, Croatia, and Ireland have in common? All are the subject of University of Notre Dame senior Catherine Reidy’s undergraduate research. Reidy, a psychology major and anthropology minor in the College of Arts and Letters, spent the past two summers collecting ethnographic research data in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

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Reilly Center Highlights Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Centers and Institutes and General News

As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.

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Video: "The Senior Thesis: Independent Research, Student-Inspired"

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Undergraduate News

Researching and completing a senior thesis can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your college career. It is challenging—but ultimately satisfying because it starts and ends with you and your ideas. Each year, 30% of seniors in the College of Arts and Letters complete a yearlong thesis project, working one-on-one with a faculty member or graduate student to make an intellectual contribution to their chosen field of study.

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REM Sleep Enhances Emotional Memories, Study Shows

Categories: General News and Research

In a new study published recently in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, University of Notre Dame psychology researchers Jessica Payne and Alexis Chambers found that people who experienced rapid eye movement (REM) sleep soon after being presented with an emotionally-charged negative scene—a wrecked car on a street, for example—had superior memory for the emotional object compared to subjects whose sleep was delayed for at least 16 hours.

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Notre Dame Announces New Ph.D. Program in Anthropology

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News and Research

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a doctoral program in the Department of Anthropology, with the first cohort of students due to enroll in fall 2014. The new program, says Susan Blum, professor and chair of the department, will focus its curriculum and training on integrative anthropology.

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Notre Dame Launches Doctor of Musical Arts Program

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Sacred music is foundational to many of the world’s artistic traditions, and this is especially so when it comes to Western music. It is also an artistic—and academic—area that continues to grow and develop. To celebrate and promote this diverse and vibrant art form, the University of Notre Dame is launching a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program with majors in organ and choral conducting, beginning in fall 2013.

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Theologian Presents Pope Benedict with a Festschrift From Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him December 7 in Rome.

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In Memoriam: Rev. Matthew Miceli, C.S.C., ND Theologian and Rector

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News

Rev. Matthew Mitchell Miceli, C.S.C., associate professor emeritus of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died on Sunday, December 9, at Holy Cross House. He was 89. Father Miceli ’47, served as rector of Cavanaugh Hall from 1963 to 1990, and holds the University’s record as longest-serving rector of one residence hall. Seventeen children of Cavanaugh alumni have been named after him.

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Video: Shakespeare Scholar Peter Holland Wins Sheedy Award

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Peter Holland, associate dean for the arts in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the College’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was awarded the 2012 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. Watch this video of his acceptance speech from the December 5 award ceremony.

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Constitutional Scholar Donald Kommers Honored in Germany

Author: Chris Milazzo

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

The American Academy in Berlin, Germany’s Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), and other prestigious scholarly institutions in Germany recently hosted a symposium in honor of Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and professor of law emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. The symposium, entitled The Curious Life of the Grundgesetz [German constitution] in America, was held in Berlin. The event celebrated Kommers’ extraordinary body of work in German constitutional scholarship during the year of his 80th birthday.

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Video: Fighting to Develop Great Leaders

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Is this a dream we can make come true? When she was just 15 years old, Caitlin Crommett founded DreamCatchers, a volunteer organization that works with hospice care professionals to fulfill the dreams of terminally ill patients. Today, thanks to support from Notre Dame’s Hesburgh–Yusko Scholars Program, the sophomore business entrepreneurship and film, television and theatre major’s vision of fulfilling the dreams of others is now active in 10 states and counting.

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Psychology Professor Seeks Clues to Psychiatric Disorders in DNA

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Data, data everywhere. In genomics research, there is a data deluge, and so innovative ways to analyze all that information will play a critical role in future breakthroughs. Gitta Lubke, associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame, is at the forefront of developing new statistical methods to help find DNA markers that are related to psychiatric disorders—and spur further research regarding individual patients’ conditions.

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Renowned Shakespeare Scholar Peter Holland to Receive 2012 Sheedy Award

Author: Chris Milazzo

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Peter Holland, associate dean for the arts in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the College’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, has been selected to receive the 2012 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The award ceremony will take place on December 5, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall and is open to all faculty and students.

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Pascal Jean-Pierre Joins Psychology Faculty

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Anyone who has been through an ordeal with cancer knows firsthand that the disease, related stressors, and subsequent treatments take a toll not only on the body but also on the mind. Pascal Jean-Pierre—who this fall was named assistant professor of psychology and Walther Cancer Foundation Collegiate Chair in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame—has spent a good portion of his career advancing cancer-control research and working to improve psychosocial functioning and the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

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Students Find Summer Language Abroad Program Transformative

Author: Kate Garry

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

Whether they camped with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, visited ancient temples in Japan, hiked around the Black Forest of Germany, or took a road trip to the beaches of Ecuador, the alumni of the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) grant program agree on one thing: their experience was completely transformative.

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Public Relations Expert Draws on Liberal Arts Background

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Alumni and General News

Nancy Ruscheinski, chief innovation officer and global vice chair at Edelman—the world’s largest public relations firm—returned to the University of Notre Dame recently to deliver an unlikely message to undergraduates: it’s okay to not have a plan for your future right away. As an Arts and Letters student, Ruscheinski ’84 explored a broad range of interests while developing a versatile—and valuable—skill set.

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Moreau Fellow Studies Impact of Student Loan Policies

Categories: General News and Research

Today, most students in the United States must rely on some combination of loans and scholarships to attend college. Over the course of her own journey through the higher education system, Deondra Rose, who recently joined the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science this fall as a fellow in the Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Program, says she became fascinated with the complicated history and politics surrounding the development of student aid.

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Political Science Ph.D. Alumnus Wins Warren E. Burger Prize

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Alumni and General News

Derek A. Webb, who received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science in 2008, was recently honored at the U.S. Supreme Court for his paper titled “The Original Meaning of Civility: Democratic Deliberation at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention.” Webb’s essay won the American Inn of Court’s prestigious 2012 Warren E. Burger Prize, named for the late Chief Justice and the founder and first president of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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Arts and Letters Alumnus Named Ambassador to Mozambique

Author: Kevin Clarke

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

Douglas Griffiths ’86 has been a professional globetrotter for more than two decades—not collecting postcards but rather serving his country in U.S. diplomatic outposts all over the world. Griffiths, who received his B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was appointed U.S. ambassador to Mozambique in July.

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