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Video: Meet American Studies Major Olivia Lee

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Internationalism, Alumni, Research, Undergraduate News, and General News

“As a freshman I was interested in psychology and history and English and anthropology and political science. I chose American studies because I’ve been able to take all of those while also studying issues of race and gender, religion, politics,” says Olivia Lee, an American studies and peace studies major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.

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Video: Meet Music Major Samantha Osborn

“We study not only the pieces of music that these composers wrote but where they grew up, who they learned music from, and how previous composers influenced the type of music that they wrote,” says Samantha Osborn, a music major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really can’t understand a piece of music until you understand the history, politics, art—all of the influences that helped create that piece of music.”

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Older Adults Don’t Speak 'Robot,' Study Finds

Categories: Research and General News

In order to effectively program robots that ultimately could be used to aid seniors, researchers at the University of Notre Dame and University of Missouri studied the type of language older adults used when describing the location of a desired object to either a robot or human-like avatar. It turns out that seniors become tongue-tied when talking to robots.

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Notre Dame Researchers Using Smart Devices to Measure Emotionality of Offline Communication

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University are developing an innovative system using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communications. The interdisciplinary effort is designed to examine whether the increasing prevalence of online interactions may be inhibiting the development of strong, reciprocal, and emotionally significant offline social ties.

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Ph.D. Student Explores Humanity’s Relationship to Natural Environment

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Alumni, Research, and General News

Justin Farrell, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, is interested in how human values, morality, and religion impact our responses to environmental problems. His dissertation analyzes the cultural dimensions of environmental policy conflict in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The study is funded primarily by a three-year U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Graduate STAR Fellowship for Environmental Studies.

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Alumnus Finds Success as Hollywood Screenwriter

Author: Gabriela Leskur

Categories: Alumni and General News

Behind the mask, the cape, and the suit of every superhero stands a seemingly ordinary individual blessed with an incredible gift. Behind Captain America stands Stephen McFeely ’91. The English and goverment major is part of the screenwriting duo behind the Captain America movies, the Narnia trilogy, and Pain & Gain, as well as the Primetime Emmy Award-winning biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

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ND Expert: NSA’s Alleged Spying on EU 'Not Surprising'

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and General News

Amid allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on European Union institutions, European officials expressed outrage and predicted serious repercussions. But according to University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Michael Desch, an expert in international security, these latest developments should not be surprising to anyone. “This is a reaffirmation of the old adage that when it comes to diplomacy, countries don’t have permanent allies, only permanent interests,” Desch says.

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