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FTT Students Film Theological Journey Through Jerusalem

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Internationalism, Undergraduate News, and General News

Over fall break, Erin Moffitt and Nicole Timmerman, both senior film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors in the College of Arts and Letters, traveled with a group of undergraduate theology students to Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Their mission was to create a pair of short documentaries about the experience for the Department of Theology.

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English Ph.D. Students Receive Prestigious Research Fellowship

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Research and General News

“When you’re working on a dissertation, you’re stuck in your own head a lot, so I wondered if anyone cares about this other than me,” says Hilary Fox, who received her Ph.D. from Notre Dame’s Department of English in 2012. “Having a group of people tell you, ‘Yes, we actually do care and find it really interesting and important,’ that’s a psychological boost.” The Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship Fox received offered her that validation and quite a bit more.

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Child’s Counting Comprehension May Depend on Objects Counted, Study Shows

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Concrete objects--such as toys, tiles, and blocks--that students can touch and move around, called manipulatives, have been used to teach basic math skills since the 1980s. Use of manipulatives is based on the long-held belief that young children’s thinking is strictly concrete in nature, so concrete objects are assumed to help them learn math concepts. However, new research from the University of Notre Dame suggests that not all manipulatives are equal.

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New Study: Risk Factor for Depression Can be 'Contagious'

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

According to a new study from the University of Notre Dame, a particular style of thinking that makes people vulnerable to depression actually can be “contagious” to others and increase their symptoms of depression six months later. The study, conducted by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gerald Haeffel and former Notre Dame undergraduate student Jennifer Hames '09, is published in the journal _Clinical Psychological Science_.

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Theology Professor Wins Luce Fellowship

Author: Kate Garry

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

Yury P. Avvakumov, an assistant professor in Notre Dame's Department of Theology, was recently selected as one of six Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for his work on the relationship between the Latin West and Byzantine East during the 12th century. Established in 1993, the Luce Fellows Program has awarded just 136 fellowships in its 20-year existence.

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Catherine Reidy Named a Clarendon Scholar

Catherine Reidy, a University of Notre Dame senior majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology, has been awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Reidy, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, will use the scholarship to study for her master’s degree in African Studies starting in October.

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Historian Wins ACLS Fellowship to Research Counterfeit Goods

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Catherine Cangany can’t stop thinking about fakes. Luckily, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) doesn’t want her to stop. Cangany recently won an ACLS fellowship for her proposed research project “An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America,” which will analyze counterfeit goods travelling around the Americas during the colonial period.

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Historian John Van Engen Awarded 2013 Haskins Medal

Author: Kate Garry

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

John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, has won the 2013 Haskins Medal for his book, _Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages_. The Haskins Medal is the highest award granted by the Medieval Academy of America, the main professional organization for medievalists.

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Psychology Student Examines Legacy of Trauma

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Research, and Undergraduate News

University of Notre Dame senior Taylor Thomas says she chose to major in psychology because it can help bring order to things that seem incomprehensible. “I’m interested in the ways we can explain systematically the very chaotic aspects of life.” In pursuing this interest, Thomas spent last summer studying how mothers who have experienced trauma engage their children in conversation.

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Notre Dame And Catholic Charities USA Join Forces to Reduce Poverty in America

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Catholicism and General News

An innovative partnership between the University of Notre Dame, the nation’s preeminent Catholic university, and Catholic Charities USA, one of this country’s most influential social service networks, was announced recently. The formation of the collaboration, called the Alliance, was driven by the two institutions’ common belief that helping those in need is a core element of the Catholic faith. A key component of the Alliance is Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), the first domestic poverty lab in the United States.

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Three Professors Earn NEH Awards; ND Leads Nation for Past 15 Years

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Three University of Notre Dame professors have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowships for 2013-14, bringing Notre Dame’s total number of NEH grants to 49 since 1999, more than any other university in the country. The University of Michigan is second to Notre Dame with 36 fellowships, followed by Harvard with 28, Princeton with 23 and the University of California at Berkeley with 21.

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ND Expert: African Pope Would Reflect Church’s 'Shifting Center of Gravity'

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Catholicism, Internationalism, and General News

Over the past several years, the number of Catholics in Europe has plummeted to the point that it is no longer the most Catholic region in the world, and the election of a non-European pope would reflect that change, according to Naunihal Singh, a University of Notre Dame political scientist specializing in African politics.

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ND Expert: Kenya’s Election Important for Growth, Development and Security of Entire Region

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

A peaceful presidential election in Kenya would bolster efforts to promote economic growth, human development and security not only in Kenya, but throughout East Africa, according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., who specializes in African politics with particular expertise in Kenya.

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Theology Alumna Melanie Howard Wins Essay Prize

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Alumni and General News

Melanie A. Howard, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Master in Theological Studies (MTS) program, has won the 2011-12 _Word & World_ Essay Prize for Doctoral Candidates. The prize is sponsored by _Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry_, a quarterly journal published by Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Joseph S. Khalil, a current Ph.D. student in the department, won the prize last year.

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Economics Alumnus Wins TIAA-CREF’s Samuelson Award

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Alumni and General News

Sylvester Schieber, who received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1974, was recently recognized by TIAA-CREF for his work on the history of the U.S. retirement system and the ways in which it could be improved. Schieber won the 17th annual TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security for his book _The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System_.

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Students Take Learning on the Road and Around the World

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Internationalism, Undergraduate News, and General News

There’s nothing quite like dipping one’s foot into the Dead Sea or speaking with participants of the 1965 Freedom Marches to bring perspective to classroom learning. Over fall break 2012, students in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters took advantage of the week off to expand their educational experiences through travels abroad, around the nation, and across campus.

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Design Blitz Connects Students, Community

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Arts, Undergraduate News, and General News

Thirteen design majors in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History & Design used their fall break to engage the local community with a “social design blitz.” In a single week, the students brainstormed, conceptualized, created, and exhibited three public, interactive art projects designed to help bridge the gap between downtown South Bend and the Notre Dame campus.

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New Research: Mali Villagers Say Basic Humanitarian Relief Most Important

Author: Kate Garry

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

As French forces continue battling Islamist militants in Mali and the international policy community debates additional foreign intervention, the voices of those most affected by this political instability are rarely heard--until now. University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Jaimie Bleck, who specializes in Malian politics, has completed extensive research in Mali where she interviewed some 600 Malian villagers living on the border of rebel-claimed territory.

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Vocal Instructor Lives Dream at Metropolitan Opera House Debut

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Arts, and General News

“It’s all I’ve ever dreamed about,” says Deborah Mayer. “I can’t think of any young, American, soprano who didn’t dream of singing at the Met. Now I can die happy.” Mayer, a vocal instructor for the Department of Music in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, will make her debut with the Metropolitan Opera this spring in the role of Gerhilde in Richard Wagner’s opera, _Die Walküre_; part of the Met’s revival of Wagner’s epic, four-part _Ring_ cycle directed by Robert Lepage, and conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.

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