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José Limón Joins Notre Dame Faculty

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

José Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, will soon become the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature. Currently the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of English and director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas, Limón will join the faculty at Notre Dame in January 2011.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

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

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Violent Video Games' Impact on Kids

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week from some 12 states, urging it to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to children younger than 18. The states, including California and Texas, say that banning sales to minors would provide moral and psychological protection. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez agrees.

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Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

Author: Marie Blakey

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, Catholicism, and Faculty 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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China Expert Lionel Jensen Discusses Nobel Peace Prize

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Though China does not appear to see it that way, the Nobel Peace Prize recently awarded to Chinese literary critic and activist Liu Xiaobo should be considered an honor “bestowed in a spirit of recognizing how far China has come, having delivered more than a quarter of a billion people from absolute poverty and opening itself to the world,” says Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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New Book Reevaluates Work of Theologian Hans Frei

Author: Joan Fallon

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

In his new book Toward A Generous Orthodoxy: Prospects for Hans Frei’s Postliberal Theology, just released by Oxford University Press, Jason A. Springs, assistant professor of religion, ethics, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Sociology, reevaluates the work of American theologian Hans Frei.

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Notre Dame Symposium to Address Early Human Experience

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

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families is hosting a symposium, Human Nature and Early Experience: Addressing the ‘Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness,’ October 10 to 12 (Sunday to Tuesday) at McKenna Hall on Notre Dame’s campus. An international collection of renowned scholars from several disciplines will present research on the psychological, anthropological, and biological conditions related to the optimal brain and body system development in human beings.

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Katherine Zieman Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Assistant Professor of English Katherine Zieman has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship for work on her next book, Richard Rolle and His Readers: Defining the Literary in the Fifteenth Century. She is one of just 36 fellows selected to spend the 2010-2011 academic year working at the North Carolina-based center.

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Science of Generosity Awards $1.4 Million in Research Grants

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The University of Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative has awarded $1.4 million to nine research projects that will study the origins, manifestations and consequences of generosity. The winning projects were chosen from among 327 proposals by scholars in numerous disciplines in this second phase of research funding. Four projects were funded earlier this year.

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Sociologist Larissa Fast Researches Humanitarian Security

Author: Joan Fallon

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

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Larissa Fast, assistant professor of sociology and conflict resolution at the University of Notre Dame, and her co-investigators from Johns Hopkins University and Save the Children, a grant for research that seeks to increase security for international relief and development agencies worldwide.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Parenting Practices

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Ever meet a kindergartener who seemed naturally compassionate and cared about others’ feelings? Who was cooperative and didn’t demand his own way? Chances are, his parents held, carried, and cuddled him a lot; he most likely was breastfed; he probably routinely slept with his parents; and he likely was encouraged to play outdoors with other children, according to new research findings Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia F. Narvaez.

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Economist James Sullivan Says Official Poverty Numbers Misleading

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The official poverty report the U.S. Census Bureau releases this week is expected to show that the number of Americans defined as poor in 2009 increased by 2 to 3 percentage points—the largest year-to-year increase of the past 50 years. But those figures don’t tell the whole story, says University of Notre Dame economist James Sullivan.

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Historian Scott Appleby Addresses Islamic Backlash

Author: Shannon Chapla

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

R. Scott Appleby, Notre Dame history professor and John M. Regan, Jr., Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, dispels misconceptions spread by people caught up in a wave of suspicion fueled by the mosque controversy in New York City, a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Qu’ran, and Muslims’ worries over the 9/11 anniversary coinciding with Ramadan celebrations.

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Psychologist Joshua Diehl Explores Autism Treatment Options

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Notre Dame Assistant Psychology Professor Joshua Diehl is working to improve communication skills in children with autism, a diagnosis that impacts one out of every 100 children born in this country. “The signature characteristic for all children with autism is difficulty communicating,” Diehl says. “Many of the children desire to be social, but comprehension is a barrier for them. They don’t always understand social conventions or norms.”

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Psychologist Jessica Payne Studies Sleep and Creativity

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Research from University of Notre Dame Assistant Psychology Professor Jessica Payne shows that too little sleep causes more than crankiness and tantrums in children: it also results in the inability to process new ideas and be creative. “If children are deprived of adequate sleep, their brains are not as able to make the kinds of connections necessary for learning new ideas,” says Payne, whose research focuses on sleep, memory, and creativity.

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