When Becki Dorner started writing her senior thesis, she didn’t realize that she’d soon discover her professional passion. But that’s exactly what happened when Dorner, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in English and the Arts and Letters Preprofessional Program, began working with John Duffy, associate professor of English and director of the University Writing Program, to study the language used to discuss autism.
Two faculty in the College of Arts and Letters’ Center for Philosophy of Religion have received more than $1.7 million in grant funding to continue their research into the problem of evil, a central issue for scholars who study the philosophy of religion. Michael Rea, professor of philosophy and the center’s director, and Samuel Newlands, assistant professor of philosophy and the center’s associate director, were recently awarded a grant of more than $339,000 from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant supplements an earlier $1.4 million grant the foundation awarded the two University of Notre Dame scholars.
Glen Water, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, studied solar-powered irrigation in Egypt for a semester thanks to a grant he received from the College of Arts and Letters’ "Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)":http://isla.nd.edu/undergraduate-research/about/. The program challenges students to think critically and conduct serious academic research.
The new Center for Social Research (CSR), which is online at "http://csr.nd.edu":http://csr.nd.edu/, aims to help University faculty, students, and staff of all disciplines who conduct research on social questions.
For John Burke, Notre Dame’s mock trial program was far more than a chance to don a crisp suit and play lawyer.
Professor John P. Meier continues his work to correct common misconceptions about what Jesus thought and taught.
Lance Chapman is in elite company. He's among fewer than 400 college graduates—including three others from Notre Dame—who have won the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship since the program began in 2002.
In 1988, Kevin Dunay left Notre Dame with a doctoral degree in psychology. This year, he returned to campus with a presidential motorcade.
Notre Dame economists Kasey Buckles and Dan Hungerman have received funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue research on the well-being of children and families.