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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

In memorium

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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Father Jenkins to Discuss Polarization Among American Catholics at Notre Dame Conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

President John Jenkins

A group of Catholic scholars and Church leaders, including University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will gather at the University Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 to examine the problem of polarization among American Catholics and to propose ways it might be resisted and overcome. The conference, Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal, opens at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall auditorium.

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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern on 1916 Documentary in Ireland

Katie Brennan

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and to be in Dublin. It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Katie Brennan, a sociology major in the College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2014, Brennan and three other University of Notre Dame undergraduates interned on the production of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a three-part television documentary set to air on PBS, the BBC, and Irish broadcaster RTÉ in 2016.

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New Book Sheds Light on Education of Muslim Youth

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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A new book by Notre Dame professor Ebrahim Moosa offers an expansive introduction to madrasas, the most common kind of religious schools in the Islamic world. “I wrote this book for those who are curious and eager to know what exactly transpires in these institutions,” said Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies and author of What Is a Madrasa?, recently published by the University of North Carolina Press.“I see myself as a translator between the world inside the walls of the madrasa and those on the outside.

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Notre Dame Produces Liam Neeson-Narrated Documentary to Remember Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Liam Neeson

The University of Notre Dame will play a major role in the international celebration of the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, which was announced Tuesday, March 31 in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. A documentary television series, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be broadcast worldwide during the centenary, which memorializes the events in Dublin on Easter Week a century ago, when an insurrection started a process that culminated in an independent Irish state and accelerated the disintegration of the British Empire.

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Video: Tom Tweed on the History of Religion in America

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Thomas Tweed

“How do we tell a more inclusive story that represents the broad and deep history of religion in the lands that became the United States?” said Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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Robert Sedlack Receives 2015 Ganey Award for Community-Based Research

Author: JP Shortall

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

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is the recipient of the 2015 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns. The award honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with local community organizations.

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Notre Dame to Host Medieval Scholars Conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting

The University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute will host the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) annual conference Thursday-Saturday (March 12-14). Some 420 medieval scholars will attend the conference, at which the MAA will announce the winners of its new Olivia Remie Constable Award, established in memory of Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at Notre Dame, who died last April.

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Notre Dame Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Labor to Evaluate Approaches in Reducing Child Labor

Author: Meg McDermott

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

Eva Dziadula

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) was recently awarded an $883,000 grant from the United States Department of Labor to implement an impact evaluation, determining the most effective approaches in reducing child labor. Eva Dziadula, assistant professional specialist in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics will be working closely with NDIGD throughout the evaluation.

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