Though isolated acts of violence rarely can be attributed to a single cause, there is one trait common to many perpetrators, according to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez: as children, often they were neglected or exposed to traumatic violence, both of which raise the risk for the development of schizophrenia or other psychotic symptoms later in life.
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Danielle Beverly, a visiting assistant professor of filmmaking at Notre Dame, is headed to the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 for the world premiere of the documentary Rebirth. Beverly, who began teaching in the University’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre this fall, spent the last nine years working as the movie’s field producer.
The eyes may be a window to the soul as far as philosophers are concerned; to Notre Dame Associate Professor James Brockmole they are roving indicators of attention and memory—“the keystones on which human experience is built.” Brockmole’s research in the Department of Psychology looks at how eye movements influence what we pay attention to and how that visual attention translates into useful information and memories.
Responding to continued student demand for graduate-level courses in the languages and cultures at the foundation of Western civilization, Notre Dame is launching a new master’s degree program in classics.
University of Notre Dame researchers from a variety of academic disciplines are teaming up to study how to grapple with the consequences of climate change.
The University of Notre Dame Band has been awarded the 2011 Sudler Trophy, recognizing “collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life.” The trophy was presented Dec. 17 during the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
Jorge Bustamante, Eugene Conley Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Mexican Bar Association’s National Jurisprudence Award in honor of his lifelong work in defense of the human rights of migrants.
Pride in his cultural heritage and a love of literature prompted Matthew Coyne—a Notre Dame senior majoring in English—to delve into the origins of the Appalachian literary journal Cold Mountain Review. “My professors encouraged me to study what I love,” says Coyne, who was raised in Parkersburg, W.Va., a small town located in the heart of Appalachia. “So I did—and I haven’t looked back since.”
In his latest book, Why Choose the Liberal Arts?, former Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters Dean Mark Roche explores the enduring value of a classic, liberal arts education.
This year, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) appointed Assistant Professors Eric Sims and Abigail Wozniak as research fellows, a validation of their ongoing work in the field—and testament to the growing influence of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics.
Asher Kaufman, associate professor of history and peace studies, has been appointed director of doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, effective January 1, 2011. The Kroc Institute offers a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with Notre Dame’s departments of history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.
Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., associate professor of theology and former vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed executive vice president and associate professor of theology at the University of Portland, effective July 1.
A new initiative in the Department of Psychology is uniting faculty from across the University of Notre Dame who study various aspects of the mind’s connection to the brain. Assistant Professors Michelle Wirth and Jessica Payne—who both joined the department last year—created the group called Conversations on Brain, Mind and Behavior as a platform for faculty to share ideas in their various areas of expertise and to inspire new research collaborations.
The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association this fall honored DePauw University President Brian W. Casey, an alumnus of the College of Arts and Letters. Casey received the association’s annual Harvey G. Foster Award, which recognizes alumni involvement in civic and university initiatives.
Though many know the Christmas lore surrounding jolly old St. Nicholas—the snowy-bearded saint whose legendary generosity morphed into America’s secular Santa Claus figure—few are familiar with the origins and details of his acts of kindness. Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is author of Saint Nicholas in America: Christmas Holy Day and Holiday, in which he takes a closer look at the saint whose feast the Catholic Church celebrates on December 6.
Two recent graduates from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre won a student award at the 2010 U.S. International Film and Video Festival. Mark Lyons and Alex Wheeler, both from the Class of 2010, were honored for Trunk, their documentary short about Jeb Barsh, a Portland, Ore., zookeeper, and an Asian elephant named Rama.
The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion (CPR) has received a $1.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to promote research at the intersection of philosophy and theology. The award is part of a four-year, $5.7 million initiative called Analytic Theology: The Convergence of Philosophy and Theology.
Whether they work with hospice patients in Uganda or study stone artifacts in Illinois, anthropology students like Elise Alonzi and Hanna O’Brien who pursue fieldwork can gain valuable experience and discover their personal passions within the discipline.
Most adults say they can’t remember things as well as they used to. What they really mean is that they can’t remember anything for very long—and poor sleep may be the cause, according to new research from Jessica Payne, assistant psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame.
Three College of Arts and Letters students will share their experiences doing senior thesis research abroad at a free event at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 at the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures.
With the new Family Lifestyles and Heart to Heart projects, researchers at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families are taking direct aim at two major obstacles to healthy child development: childhood obesity and child maltreatment.
Joseph P. Kaboski brings a rare combination of skills and interests to the economics department: the ability to move between macroeconomics and microeconomics—and experience using both areas of study to answer some of today’s most pressing questions about growth and development.
Thomas F.X. Noble, chair of the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) in 2011 and will become its president in 2012.
The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.
Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science emeritus and professor of law emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Monday (November 8) at a ceremony in the office of the German Consulate in Chicago.
It is fitting that the University of Notre Dame – one of the leading Catholic universities in the world – would promote intellectual engagement between science and theology. Notre Dame’s renowned graduate program, History and Philosophy of Science, has added an additional area of specialization focusing on theology and science.
Most everyone has experienced getting lost in a building – hospitals, museums, libraries and shopping malls top the list of structures that leave us turned around and wondering where to go next. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Laura Carlson researches why that occurs.
The University of Notre Dame Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) will present Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman November 11 to 21 in the Philbin Studio Theater at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Two University of Notre Dame Ph.D. students studying peace studies and political science have been named Mullen Family Fellows.
Catherine Cangany, Deborah Tor, and Gil-li Vardi joined the Department of History this year. Although the three women share a passion for teaching and research, their areas of expertise vary widely, from military history to the colonial Midwest to medieval Islamic history.