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Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

Author: Marie Blakey

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

In November 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in what is considered one of the closest elections of the 20th century. The election is also noted in the history books because it ushered into the White House the first Roman Catholic to hold the nation’s highest office. To look at what this meant—and still means today—to American politics, the University of Notre Dame’s Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy has invited a group of leading political scholars and authors to join in a panel discussion titled Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: 50 Years After the Election of America’s First Catholic President.

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Notre Dame Hosts Top African American High School Students

Author: Marie Blakey

Categories: Catholicism, Alumni, and General News

Forty of the nation’s best and brightest rising high school seniors converged on the University of Notre Dame campus recently for a week of intellectual engagement and a glimpse of academic and student life. Since 2000, Notre Dame’s Seminar for African American Scholars (SAAS) has exposed students to the vibrant intellectual life and Catholic character of the University.

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Mark Cummings Researches Children’s School Performance and Family “Type”

Author: Marie Blakey

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

The way a family interacts can have more of an impact on a child’s predicted school success than reading, writing, or arithmetic, according to a University of Notre Dame study published recently in the _Journal of Child Development_. University of Notre Dame Professor of Psychology Mark Cummings and colleagues at the University of Rochester studied the relationship patterns of some 300 families with six year-olds over the course of three years and found distinct family-school connections. Specific family “types” emerged as predictors of school success.

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Notre Dame Historian J. Robert Wegs Dies

Author: Marie Blakey

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

James Robert “Bob” Wegs, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. He was 73. Specializing in modern European social and economic history, especially in Germany and Austria, he taught at New York University from 1969 to 1976 and at Vanderbilt University for a year before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1977.

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Joshua Diehl Explores Treatment Options for Children With Autism

Author: Marie Blakey

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

When one out of every 100 children born in this country is diagnosed with autism, treatment for those children requires as much attention as the diagnoses. “Ten or 20 years ago we were lucky to diagnose a child by age four or five,” says Joshua Diehl, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, who specializes in developmental disorders, with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders and dyslexia.

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Economics Departments Reorganized

Author: Marie Blakey

Categories: General News

The University’s Academic Council voted on February 25, 2010, to change the departmental structure supporting the College of Arts and Letters’ economics major, which is currently administered by faculty from two departments, Economics and Policy Studies and Economics and Econometrics.

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