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Workshop Focuses on Philosophy of Astronomy

Author: Gene Stowe

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Matt Dowd missed the first Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, organized in 1993 by Michael J. Crowe, but he has the group photo to prove he was part of the second event in 1995. Crowe, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus in Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies, was Dowd’s dissertation adviser for the Ph.D. he received in 2003 in the history and philosophy of science.

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Project Studies Effectiveness of Mediation in Custody Disputes

Author: Renee Hochstetler

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

A joint project between the Law School’s legal aid clinic and the College of Arts and Letters’ Center for Children and Families will examine the effectiveness of mediation in child custody disputes—specifically the success of educational programs required by the courts and whether the type of mediation makes a difference.

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Political Scientist Michael Desch on Solving Israel-Palestine Conflict

Author: Kate Garry

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

The results of a recent Zogby poll confirm the growing anti-American attitude of most of the Arab world, and President Obama’s lack of meaningful action in the Israeli-Palestine conflict can be blamed for a good portion of it, according to Michael Desch, chair of the University of Notre Dame's Department of Political Science and fellow in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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Study Links Cell Phone Usage and Relationship Strength

Author: Renee Hochstetler

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

A project on the dynamics of social networks at the University of Notre Dame's Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) has found a link between cell phone usage and relationship strength. To conduct the study, sociologists David Hachen and Omar Lizardo collaborated with faculty members from the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Physics.

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Political Scientist Vincent Phillip Muñoz Wins Book Award

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Vincent Phillip Muñoz has been named a winner of the 2011 American Political Science Association’s Hubert Morken Award for his book _God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson_ (Cambridge University Press). Muñoz, the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Notre Dame, will receive this biennial prize for the best book in religion and politics at the association’s annual meeting in early September.

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Anthropology Alumna Supports International Housing Initiative

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Stephanie Sluka Brauer '97 helps house families in 18 countries as the resource development manager for Habitat for Humanity International’s Africa and Middle East regional office. Brauer, who majored in anthropology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, now lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Christine Becker Book on Film Stars Wins International Prize

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Christine Becker, an associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, has received the 2011 Michael Nelson Prize from the International Association for Media and History for her book _It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950’s Television_.

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Stuart Greene Honored for Civic Engagement

Author: William Schmitt

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

Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, has named Stuart Greene, an Institute for Educational Initiatives fellow and director of the Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) program at the University of Notre Dame, one of four finalists for the 2011 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to Perform at International Event

Author: Christine Sopczynski

Categories: Arts and General News

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will present _Pericles_ by William Shakespeare as part of the 2011 International Youth Arts Festival from July 3 through 11, 2011. Directed by NDSF Ryan Producing Artistic Director Jay Paul Skelton, the production features an international cast and crew that includes two students from the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.

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Russian Major Learns Subtleties of Slang in Moscow

Author: Kate Garry

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

Morgan Iddings expected some culture shock when she traveled from Notre Dame to Moscow for an intensive Russian language immersion. The first-year Russian student faced an added challenge when she realized her host mother didn’t speak a word of English. “Nevertheless, I ended up having a great experience,” Iddings says.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Comments on Video Game Ruling and Moral Development

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on the sale of violent video games to minors may have been a victory for free speech, but raises an important issue: Do violent video games really harm kids? Absolutely, according to Darcia Narvaez, a University of Notre Dame psychology professor who researches the effect of violent video games on the developing brains of children and teens.

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Scholars Unearth Franco’s Legacy

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

As if to illustrate the truth of the biblical adage that a prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house, Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, an internationally prominent champion of human rights, was recently suspended from his nation’s high court for abuse of judicial authority. Observations on the case are part of an essay which appears in _Unearthing Franco’s Legacy_, recently published by the University of Notre Dame Press and co-edited by Spanish Professor Carlos Jerez-Farrán.

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China Expert Lionel Jensen Comments on Release of Ai Weiwei

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Internationalism and General News

After being apprehended by the Chinese government and detained for more than two months on charges of tax evasion, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been released. “I suspect that the condition of Ai's diabetes, his resistance to confession, intense and embarrassing international pressure from capitalist and political institutions, as well as an ongoing struggle within the ranks of the Chinese Communist Party itself, all have contributed to this development,” says Lionel Jensen, associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Department of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Student Develops New Outlook in Italy

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

Raised in a predominantly Spanish-speaking Miami community, Notre Dame senior Carolyn Caballero says she knows that daily interactions with native speakers are the key to truly understanding a new language. “You can’t take four years of Spanish and think you know it,” she says. “You have to experience dialect, questions coming out of left field, and thick accents.”

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Language ‘Clicks’ in Jordan for Arabic Major

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

Senior Arabic and biology major Ryan Shannon says he learned as much during the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) program in Jordan as he did during four semesters of Arabic courses on campus. “Before I went to Amman, I had a hard time holding a conversation in Arabic,” Shannon says. “While there, all of a sudden things started making sense and clicking.”

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