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New Funding Earmarked for Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: General News, Research, and Centers and Institutes

Notre Dame undergraduates interested in independent, interdisciplinary research have until March 16 to apply for up to $4,500 in grant funding made possible by a new cross-college collaboration. The new program, dubbed the College of Arts and Letters and College of Science Joint Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (AL/SCI-UROP), was announced in late February.

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Senior Ryan Lash to Receive Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Ryan Lash, a senior majoring in medieval studies and anthropology, has been awarded a Gates Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. He is one of only 29 American students who will become new Gates Scholars in 2010–2011. More than 800 U.S. students applied for this honor in the 2009 competition.

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Report Urges U.S. Policymakers to Engage With Global Religious Actors

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: General News, Research, and Centers and Institutes

A high-level task force co-chaired by R. Scott Appleby, the John M. Regan Director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history, has released a report urging U.S. policymakers to rethink the role of religion in world affairs and proposing a new strategy for engaging religiously inspired people of all faiths.

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Research With Impact: Green Development and Peacebuilding

Author: Josh Stowe

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, Alumni, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

Glen Water, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, studied solar-powered irrigation in Egypt for a semester thanks to a grant he received from the College of Arts and Letters’ Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. The program challenges students to think critically and conduct serious academic research.

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History Professor Wins John Gilmary Shea and Philip Schaff Prizes

Author: Lisa Walenceus

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

John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, has been awarded both the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) and the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society for Church History (ACSH) for his book Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages.

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World-Renowned Watson and Clark Among Psychology's Nine Faculty Hires

Author: Ted Fox

Categories: General News and Faculty News

For better or worse, a lot of time and energy gets devoted to efforts aimed at ascertaining the relative quality of academic departments. Amidst the chorus of opinions, Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology recently has been receiving powerful, if informal, confirmation of both its stature and trajectory in the broader discipline.

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Political Science Professor Wins Three Awards for Book on Plato’s Dialogues

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues by Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, received three 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards), including the top prize, the R.R. Hawkins Award.

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Notre Dame to Host Brazilian Carnaval

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

Vibrant Brazilian dance rhythms will transport revelers from South Bend to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during the University of Notre Dame’s 12th annual celebration of Brazilian Carnaval, to be held Feb. 12 (Friday) from 8 p.m. to midnight in Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

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Classics Students Use Rome as Classroom for a Week

Author: Katie Louvat

Categories: General News and Internationalism

“The merits of firsthand exposure to the art and architecture of ancient Rome are hard to articulate, but there is something affective about the experience that raises questions and inspires critical thought beyond a textbook reading,“ wrote Tracy Jennings, a senior classics major, in a journal she kept while traveling through Rome in October.

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New Book Suggests Liberal Public Policy Makes People Happier

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News and Faculty News

Liberal public policies, such as a state’s level of spending on social programs and the degree to which its economy is subject to political regulation, have strong positive effects on life satisfaction, according to a new book edited by Amitava Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff, professors of economics and political science, respectively.

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All Art is Propaganda

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Categories: General News and Arts

Sophomore Kelly Fallon’s eyes light up when she talks about her visit to Ditchling, the small village in East Sussex, England, where, in 1921, Eric Gill founded the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The guild was a Roman Catholic community of artists and craftsmen, inspired by medieval guilds. “I’d never heard of Gill before,” she says, “but going to Ditchling and seeing so many people who knew Gill and the guild really brought home to me how important he was to English art.”

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