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In Memoriam: Robert Pierce Sedlack, Jr., Professor of Visual Communication Design

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Alumni, Faculty News, and General News

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication design at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (May 30) in his sleep at his home in South Bend. He was 47. “Robert Sedlack was a visionary leader in the graphic design program at Notre Dame,” said Richard Gray, chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. “Our university has lost an incredible colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend.”

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Professor Strives to Build World-Class Islamic Studies Program

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For Ebrahim Moosa, the chance to develop an elite Islamic studies program at a Catholic university is full of opportunity. “Catholics and Muslims can potentially embark on a series of meaningful conversations on common concerns,” he said. “There are challenges both Catholics and Muslims face on gender issues, science, evolution, and values. How do strong religious values survive in the midst of formidable social and political challenges?

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Psychology Professor Seeks to Understand How Students Learn Mathematics

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

Nicole McNeil

It’s both the bane of many parents and what has been called a major national vulnerability: the inability of many children to learn mathematics. Understanding that problem and developing strategies to overcome it is the research focus of Nicole McNeil, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and the researchers in her lab.

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New Sleep-enhancing App, Tools Based on Notre Dame Psychologist’s Research

Author: Gene Stowe

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

Jessica Payne

A team of Notre Dame entrepreneurs has developed a sleep-enhancing kit and app designed to boost college students’ healthy rest, memory, learning, and mental health. The approach is based on the research of Associate Professor Jessica Payne, the Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology and director of the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab.

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Notre Dame Graduate Wins Prestigious Native American Internship in Washington, D.C.

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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Before he heads to law school, Notre Dame graduate Tyler Barron ’15 will have a front-row seat for the lawmaking process. Barron, a sociology and American studies major, has been selected for the Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. He will work for 10 weeks this summer with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona.

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In Memoriam: Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, Professor Emerita of Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News and General News

In memorium

Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday. She was 86. In 1965, when she came to Notre Dame as a New Testament and Rabbinic scholar, Ford was one of only two women on the University’s faculty, and three years later she became the first female Notre Dame faculty member to receive tenure.

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Sociology Majors Set Sights on Business Careers

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Sarah Hart

With her Notre Dame sociology degree in hand, Sarah Hart ’15 is headed for the business world. When she starts work as a project manager at Epic, a software development company in the health care industry, her major has her set to succeed in a corporate environment. “It’s definitely given me a wide range of skills that can be applied to almost anything,” Hart said.

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Arts and Letters Faculty Honored for Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members—including eight from the College of Arts and Letters—have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. An Arts and Letters faculty member was also among the three Notre Dame professors to have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern at Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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During the summer of 2014, Patrick Butler and Patrick Valencia interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Dublin, Ireland. Both internships were sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Without that support, Valencia said, he wouldn’t have been able to “have this wonderful experience living abroad.”

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Anthropologist and Theologian Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Study Human Distinctiveness

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Celia Deane-Drummond

With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, two Notre Dame professors will co-direct the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. The three-year project will support training for theologians in evolutionary and archaeological anthropology, as well as research on the evolution of wisdom.

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Anthropology Major Alexis Palá Awarded Fulbright for Research in Chile

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Anthropology major Alexis Palá has spent the past three years studying opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities in Chile and Spain. Next year, she will continue her research in Chile with support from a Fulbright U.S. Student Award.

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Anthropology Ph.D. Program Establishes Strong Reputation in First Year

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

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Under the leadership of Ian Kuijt, director of graduate studies, seven first-year Ph.D. students encountered a curriculum focused on integrative anthropology—studying approaches and methods across a range of subfields. Next year, the program will add six students, who chose Notre Dame over several other elite institutions.

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Notre Dame makes additions to Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Alumni, Faculty News, and General News

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Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., will join the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows as well as its Board of Trustees on July 1 when he becomes religious superior of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers at Notre Dame. He will be joined on the Board of Trustees by newly elected member Clare Stack Richer, who is a member of the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council.

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Sociology Course Helps Students Prepare for International Field Research

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

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Undergraduate research projects are transformed from broad ideas to focused realities in International Research Design, a new course in the Department of Sociology developed by Erin Metz McDonnell. Offered for the first time this spring, the class covered the fundamental elements of an international research project, from conception to execution.

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Video: English and Irish Major Interns at National Folklore Collection in Dublin

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“I knew I wanted to major in Irish; I did not expect to end up in Ireland my first summer,” said Caelin Miltko, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2014, Miltko interned at the National Folklore Collection of Ireland based at University College Dublin. Her work centered on digitizing the Schools Collection, a group of manuscripts gathered by Irish schoolchildren in the 1930s featuring stories and traditions from their families.

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Sociology Ph.D. Student Wins SSRC, Fulbright Grants for Brazil Research

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Stefanie Israel, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, has been awarded a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship to support her comparative ethnography of four “pacified” favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earlier this year, she was awarded a Fulbright Study-Research Grant for the same project. The funding will allow Israel to spend all of 2016 conducting research in Rio. She will observe urban reform efforts in favela communities at a key point in time: before, during, and after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which have been a focus of protests sweeping across Brazil.

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Notre Dame International launches four new short-term study abroad programs

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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Notre Dame International at the University of Notre Dame will launch four new short-term study abroad programs for summer 2015: South Africa for Student-Athletes, Summer Greece, China Summer Language Program, and Global Gateway seminars for rising freshmen. This expansion of program offerings marks progress toward the University’s goal to provide every eligible undergraduate with an opportunity to study abroad.

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Aspiring Doctor Draws on Anthropology Background in Global Health Fellowship

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Alumni, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Patrick Salemme ’14 went to Mexico to make an impact on global health. Once he got there, his experience in the College of Arts and Letters helped him determine how he could do the most good. The anthropology and Arts and Letters pre-health major deferred his entry into medical school in order to spend a year in Chiapas, Mexico—a mountainous, coffee-farming region where more than half the residents live below the poverty line.

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Medical Anthropologist Natalie Porter to Join Faculty

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: Faculty News and General News

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Medical anthropologist Natalie Porter will join Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology as an assistant professor in fall 2015. As a researcher studying health and biosafety issues associated with human-animal interactions and laboratory experiments, Porter will bring a “distinctive and engaging” scholarly presence, said Professor Agustín Fuentes, chair of the department.

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Video: Krysta Dennis ’07, ’08 MA on Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

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Krysta Dennis majored in French and film, television, and theatre at Notre Dame and also has a master’s in Romance languages from the University. She is now associate lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury and is finishing a dual Ph.D. in theater and globalization. She also co-founded Through the Grapevine Performed Wine Tastings, a theatrical production company where each performance is devised based on the wine served during the show.

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Philosopher Charles Camosy Tackles Life’s Big Questions

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: Alumni and General News

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Charles Camosy ’97 makes a living wrestling with some of society’s greatest moral dilemmas: What are the medical and clinical ethics of stem cell research? Should we have moral concern for animals? What are the basic issues at stake in abortion morality and law? He first confronted some of those challenging questions as a philosophy major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He now teaches Christian ethics at Fordham University in New York and has published four books on morality and ethics.

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Maura Ryan Appointed Vice President and Associate Provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Maura Ryan

Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

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English Major Austin Hagwood Follows Research Interests Around the World

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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English major Austin Hagwood ’15 doesn’t dream small. He took a train past the Arctic Circle to meet the only living Finnish rune singer. He interned in Paris at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. He taught English courses at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He ventured to New Zealand to research Maori folklore and literature. And that’s not all.

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Scholar of African American Literature to Join Department of English

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: Faculty News and General News

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Jarvis C. McInnis, a scholar whose research blends African American and African diaspora literature with music and visual culture, will join Notre Dame’s Department of English as an assistant professor in fall 2016. In studying what he has deemed the “global black South,” McInnis examines the looming sociopolitical and cultural presence of the plantation in the U.S. South and the Caribbean in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Notre Dame Researcher Awarded $3.5 Million Grant to Develop Better Understanding of Students' Mathematical Achievement

Author: William Schmitt

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

Nicole McNeil

Nicole McNeil, Notre Dame’s ACE Associate Professor of Psychology—along with her colleagues at the nonprofit research agency West Ed—received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, which aims to improve students’ mathematical achievement in elementary school and beyond. The grant will allow a large-scale trial of an educational intervention McNeil and her CLAD Lab research team have developed to boost math learning by helping students grasp the concept of mathematical equivalence.

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