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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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New Sleep-enhancing App, Tools Based on Notre Dame Psychologist’s Research

Author: Gene Stowe

Categories: Alumni, Faculty News, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Jessica Payne

A team of Notre Dame entrepreneurs has developed a sleep-enhancing kit and app designed to boost college students’ healthy rest, memory, learning, and mental health. The approach is based on the research of Associate Professor Jessica Payne, the Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology and director of the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab.

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In Memoriam: Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, Professor Emerita of Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News and General News

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Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, professor emerita of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday. She was 86. In 1965, when she came to Notre Dame as a New Testament and Rabbinic scholar, Ford was one of only two women on the University’s faculty, and three years later she became the first female Notre Dame faculty member to receive tenure.

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Arts and Letters Faculty Honored for Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members—including eight from the College of Arts and Letters—have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. An Arts and Letters faculty member was also among the three Notre Dame professors to have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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Anthropologist and Theologian Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Study Human Distinctiveness

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Celia Deane-Drummond

With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, two Notre Dame professors will co-direct the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. The three-year project will support training for theologians in evolutionary and archaeological anthropology, as well as research on the evolution of wisdom.

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Notre Dame makes additions to Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Alumni, Faculty News, and General News

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Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., will join the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows as well as its Board of Trustees on July 1 when he becomes religious superior of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers at Notre Dame. He will be joined on the Board of Trustees by newly elected member Clare Stack Richer, who is a member of the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council.

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Medical Anthropologist Natalie Porter to Join Faculty

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: Faculty News and General News

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Medical anthropologist Natalie Porter will join Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology as an assistant professor in fall 2015. As a researcher studying health and biosafety issues associated with human-animal interactions and laboratory experiments, Porter will bring a “distinctive and engaging” scholarly presence, said Professor Agustín Fuentes, chair of the department.

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Maura Ryan Appointed Vice President and Associate Provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Maura Ryan

Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

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Scholar of African American Literature to Join Department of English

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: Faculty News and General News

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Jarvis C. McInnis, a scholar whose research blends African American and African diaspora literature with music and visual culture, will join Notre Dame’s Department of English as an assistant professor in fall 2016. In studying what he has deemed the “global black South,” McInnis examines the looming sociopolitical and cultural presence of the plantation in the U.S. South and the Caribbean in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Notre Dame Researcher Awarded $3.5 Million Grant to Develop Better Understanding of Students' Mathematical Achievement

Author: William Schmitt

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

Nicole McNeil

Nicole McNeil, Notre Dame’s ACE Associate Professor of Psychology—along with her colleagues at the nonprofit research agency West Ed—received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, which aims to improve students’ mathematical achievement in elementary school and beyond. The grant will allow a large-scale trial of an educational intervention McNeil and her CLAD Lab research team have developed to boost math learning by helping students grasp the concept of mathematical equivalence.

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Fraga and Matovina to Co-Direct Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Kate Garry

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

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Luis Ricardo Fraga, a pioneer in the field of Latino politics, and Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, have been appointed co-directors of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, effective July 1, 2015. “The combination of skills that they bring to the institute is spectacular,” said John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, where ILS is housed.

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Turner, Berends, and Cheng Named to Lead American Educational Research Journal

Author: William Schmitt

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

Julianne Turner

Julie Turner, associate professor of psychology and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named the new lead editor of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERAAmerican Educational Research Journal. Two other institute fellows—Mark Berends, distinguished sociologist of education and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), and Alison Cheng, associate professor of psychology—will work with Turner as a co-editor and an associate editor, respectively.

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Notre Dame Sociologists Receive Grant to Research Indiana School Choice

Author: William Schmitt

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

Megan Andrew

New research at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity will focus on the implications of Indiana’s school choice laws on students’ friendships and achievements. Notre Dame sociologists Megan Andrew and Jennifer Flashman have received a $600,000 grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation and a $50,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation. They will collect and evaluate new data about middle school students in Indiana, which is known for its robust school choice programs.

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Anthropologist Meredith Chesson Awarded NEH Grant

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Anthropologist Meredith Chesson in the field

Meredith Chesson, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue fieldwork in Italy’s Bova Marina region. Her project—examining how human landscapes of the Mediterranean have changed over millennia—is an outgrowth of 18 years of research by the Bova Marina Archaeological Project (BMAP). The project is co-directed by Chesson, John Robb of the University of Cambridge, and Lin Foxhall of the University of Leicester, working under the auspices of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Calabria.

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Anthropologist Focuses on Cultural Poetics

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Alex Chavez

Furiously strumming his jarana into the early morning hours of a stranger’s backyard birthday party in Austin, Texas, Alex Chavez was having fun with the hired musicians who had brought him along as an impromptu guest. He was also doing fieldwork. Chavez, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology in 2014 as an assistant professor, studies “the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary lived politics”— sometimes referred to as cultural poetics. He focuses on the unfolding of this expressive grammar among Latino migrant communities in the United States.

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Professor Robert Sedlack Receives 2015 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has been named the winner of the 2015 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The Sheedy award presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the McKenna Hall auditorium. It is open to all faculty and students.

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Notre Dame Continues Record Success with NEH Fellowships

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

NEH

Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—Laura Dassow Walls and Sophie White—have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2015. The fellowships continue the University’s record success with the NEH. Since 1999, Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded 53 total NEH grants—more than any other university in the country.

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Notre Dame Awarded NIH Grant to Study Social Networks and Health

Author: Carrie Gates

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

David Hachen

Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices. Faculty members in the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) have been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the relationship between social networks and health-related behaviors.

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Professor Wins Prestigious Whiting Writers Award

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English, has joined a prestigious group of writers that includes Jonathan Franzen, Alice McDermott, and David Foster Wallace. In March, Van der Vliet Oloomi was named a 2015 Whiting Award winner for “early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come.” Other past winners of the Whiting Award, established in 1985, include Jeffrey Eugenides, Ben Marcus, Mona Simpson, and Suzan-Lori Parks.

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In Memoriam: Lewis E. Nicholson, Professor Emeritus of English

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Lewis E. Nicholson

Lewis E. Nicholson, professor emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame, died Tuesday, April 28, at his home in South Bend. He was 93. A renowned scholar in medieval and Anglo-Saxon studies and a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1958, Nicholson taught courses ranging from Beowulf, Chaucer, and Middle English metrical romance to classes on the Gothic language and Old Norse. For the last 18 years of his life, he directed the Hesburgh Library’s Medieval Library Initiative.

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Associate Professor Sophie White Wins NEH Fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Sophie White

Sophie White, associate professor in the Department of American Studies, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—her second NEH award in five years—for her book project, Voices of the African Diaspora Within and Beyond the Atlantic World. As one of two winners from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters for 2015, White continues the University’s record success in earning NEH fellowships. Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded a total of 53 NEH fellowships since 1999—more than any other university in the country.

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English Professor Laura Dassow Walls Awarded NEH Fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Laura Dassow Walls

Laura Dassow Walls, the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete a biography of Henry David Thoreau. A renowned scholar of American transcendentalism, Walls began working on the book with the support of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship during the 2010-11 academic year. She plans to publish the book to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth in 2017.

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