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NSF Grant Helps Institute’s Fellows Study Wandering Minds in STEM Classes

Author: Bill Schmitt

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

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A research collaboration involving two scholars in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology that seeks to combat student inattentiveness in STEM learning has captured the attention of the National Science Foundation (NSF), receiving a three-year grant totaling $550,000. The work of James Brockmole, an associate professor of psychology and visual attention expert; Sidney D’Mello, an assistant professor of psychology and computer science who studies cognitive sciences; and others is part of a research effort to fight the problem called mind wandering.

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Three Questions with Theologian Timothy Matovina

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Timothy Matovina

Pope Francis is due to arrive in America Sept. 22, his first trip to North America. He’s expected to address the growing influx of Latinos in the U.S. Catholic church while he’s here, including delivering several talks in Spanish. Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, says Latinos have much to offer in the Church. Matovina teaches and studies Latino theology and Catholic history in America.

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The Experience Project Awards $1.7 Million to 22 Research Projects

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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A research collaboration that aims to build new understanding about how religious and transformative experiences occur and shape people’s lives is awarding its first round of funding with more than $1.7 million going to 22 projects. The Experience Project, supported by a John Templeton Foundation grant, looks to answer questions about how religious experiences affect a person’s concept of God; how transformative experiences can affect a person’s identity, values, and behaviors; and how types of transformative experiences differ.

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Unique Collaboration Brings Scholar of Ancient Philosophy to Campus

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Diego De Brasi

An Italian-born, German-speaking scholar of ancient philosophy will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the University of Notre Dame, supported by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study and Workshop on Ancient Philosophy teamed up to help secure the post-doctoral fellowship for Diego De Brasi, an assistant professor of classical philology at the University of Marburg, Germany.

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Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Awarded ACLS Fellowships

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Eileen Hunt Botting and John Welle

Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won fellowships this year from the American Council of Learned Societies. John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and concurrent professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was awarded the fellowship to complete his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Eileen Hunt Botting an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, received the award to support her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

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Romance Languages Professor Awarded ACLS Fellowship to Research Golden Age of Italian Silent Film

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

John Welle

John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has won a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to finish his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Welle’s research examines discourses on stardom and celebrity from 1890 to 1920, when the Italian film industry flourished by promoting poets and divas.

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Professor Wins ACLS Fellowship to Explore Political Philosophy in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

Eileen Hunt Botting

Eileen Hunt Botting’s students have suggested, only half jokingly, that had someone only given Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature a hug, a lot of violence and tragedy could have been avoided. Botting, an associate professor of political science, has come to believe those students aren’t far from Shelley’s main point—that so much can go wrong when society shirks its responsibilities for its most vulnerable citizens. She will get to elaborate on that theory over the course of a year thanks to an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship supporting her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

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Sociologist Calls for Research on Charter Schools to Go Beyond Test Scores

Author: William G. Schmitt

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

Mark Berends

A comprehensive review of the research assessing charter schools as the fastest growing area of school choice reforms has uncovered a need for studies that take a different tack, according to Notre Dame sociologist Mark Berends. The director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity notes that the explosive growth of charter schools in the past decade, with total enrollment now exceeding 2.5 million children, has benefited from claims in the public arena that are not thoroughly examined.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Receives William James Book Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Darcia Narvaez

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has received the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association for her latest book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom. The award recognizes a recent book that attempts to bring together diverse subfields of psychology and related disciplines and demonstrates an essential underlying set of themes that serve to unify or integrate the field.

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Three Questions with Gabriel Said Reynolds, Quran Scholar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and Research

Gabriel Said Reynolds

Notre Dame theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds studies the Quran and the interactions between Christians and Muslims. Academic courses taught by Reynolds include Foundations of Theology, Islam and Christian Theology, The Qur’an and Its Relation to the Bible, The Holy Land, and Islamic Origins. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Qurʾan in Conversation with the Bible: The Qurʾan Translation of Ali Quli Qaraʾi Annotated with Biblical Texts and Commentary.

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Political Scientist Looks at Disconnect Between Self-image and Reality of Field

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Michael Desch

Trends in political science are marginalizing the subfield of security studies, argues Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science, in a new piece in the journal Perspectives on Politics. Desch believes there is a disconnect between political science’s self-image of balancing rigor and relevance with the reality of how political scientists actually conduct their scholarship most of the time.

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2015 Saturday Scholar Series to Kick Off Football Weekends

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Faculty News and General News

The 15th annual Saturday Scholar Series promises an intriguing lineup of lectures by leading faculty members on each home football game weekend this fall.

Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, the lectures address a variety of fascinating issues and offer an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the University’s most engaging faculty.…

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New Course Makes Special Effects Real for FTT Students

Author: Tom Lange

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

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In a new course, Special Effects for Studio and Stage, associate professional faculty member Ken Cole taught Department of Film, Television, and Theatre students how to brainstorm and design a wide range of practical illusions for use in creative productions. The group of about 10 students simulated explosions, used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds, built props out of scraps and spare parts, and conjured up a realistic rainstorm.

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Theologian Describes Pope Francis’ South American Journey as Renewal of Acquaintances

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Peter Casarella

Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago.

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LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

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Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education.

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Researchers in New Notre Dame Center Awarded $3.1 Million Grant to Study Virtues in Science

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Celia Deane-Drummond

A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University.

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Father Jenkins to Appear on Public Affairs Program ‘The Open Mind’

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will be the guest on the 2015-16 season premiere of The Open Mind, the longest-running public affairs program in public television history. A member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Father Jenkins will speak with host Alexander Heffner about moral education and the cure for incivility in an age of entrenched partisanship.

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Faculty React to Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on June 18. In an op-ed in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.”

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Institute Assembles Catholic High School Teachers to Bridge Gap Between Science, Religion

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Science and religion teachers from Catholic high schools nationwide are meeting at the University of Notre Dame June 14 to 19 to debunk the notion that their academic disciplines contradict each other. The week-long seminar hosted by the Institute for Church Life attracted some 90 Catholic high school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and religion from 23 dioceses from across the country.

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Theologians Expect Pope’s Encyclical to Shine ‘Holy Light’ on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

John Cavadini

Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Sii,” has elicited indecorous responses, including questions about whether the environment has anything to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Theologians and scientists at the University of Notre Dame, however, insist that it precisely concerns Church teaching, and they look forward to hearing what Pope Francis has to say.

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Video: Theologian Gary Knoppers on the Origins of an International Judaism

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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“Different texts speak with different voices. Paying attention to these differences between different writings really helps to illumine the history of early Judaism,” said Gary Knoppers, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Knoppers, whose research focuses on ancient Israelite history, is currently writing commentaries of 2 Chronicles and 1 and 2 Kings, Biblical texts authored during the Babylonian exile.

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Philosopher Honored for Research on Immanuel Kant

Author: John Slott

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Karl Ameriks

Karl Ameriks, the McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, was honored by the American Philosophy Association as the 2014–15 lecturer for its Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecture Series. The distinction, granted to one scholar per year, recognizes an individual whose work includes “a broad approach to Kantian philosophy across the philosophical disciplines.”

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Historian’s Award-Winning Book Offers New View of Turbulent Times for Mexico

Author: John Slott

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Jaime Pensado

Notre Dame historian Jaime M. Pensado has been awarded the Conference on Latin American History’s 2014 Mexican History Book Prize for his first book, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties. An unprecedented look at student activism in 1960s Mexico, the book was judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published in 2014.

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Video: Economist Ruediger Bachmann on the Causality of Uncertainty

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Ruediger Bachmann

“Does uncertainty drive the business cycle or vice versa: does the business cycle actually cause uncertainty?” said Ruediger Bachmann, associate professor of economics at Notre Dame. Bachmann specializes in the macroeconomics of heterogenous agents. He serves as an associate editor for the Economic Journal and as a member of the executive committee of the German Economic Association. He has done extensive work on economic uncertainty and helped establish its counter-cyclical connection to the business cycle, Bachmann says, as a “new business cycle fact.”

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Exhibit Showcases Medieval Liturgical and Musical Manuscripts

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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

David Gura

Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal.

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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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