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Video: Meet Sociology Major Sam Lee

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Internationalism, and Catholicism

“I took a University Seminar in sociology and I really liked it—it fit my personality,” says Sam Lee, a Notre Dame senior from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. “Sociology shapes your lens and perspective and how you see people in a larger context and the social forces that shape people. It’s applicable to a lot of things.”

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New Videos Highlight Theology Major and Study Abroad

Author: Emily Hammock

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Internationalism, and Catholicism

Over Fall Break 2012, 10 undergraduate students from the University of Notre Dame traveled to Israel as part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land sponsored by the Department of Theology. Several of the travelers, led by Professor Todd Walatka, are Theology majors and minors. Two students from the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, accompanied the group in order to film the experiences of these Notre Dame pilgrims.

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ND Expert: African Pope Would Reflect Church’s 'Shifting Center of Gravity'

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Catholicism

Over the past several years, the number of Catholics in Europe has plummeted to the point that it is no longer the most Catholic region in the world, and the election of a non-European pope would reflect that change, according to Naunihal Singh, a University of Notre Dame political scientist specializing in African politics.

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Economist Joseph Kaboski Awarded Grant to Study Savings Motives in Uganda

Author: Aaron Smith

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

University of Notre Dame economist Joseph Kaboski has been awarded a $415,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to lead a research project that will explore the poor’s motives and reasons for saving in developing countries. The study, now underway, is called “Unlocking the Black Box of Savings: Using Quantitative Theory and Microfinance” and will focus on the nation of Uganda, combining structural theory with experimental data.

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Political Science Ph.D. Student Awarded SSRC and NSF Grants

Author: Elizabeth Lawton

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

Sandra Botero, a Ph.D. student in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has won two prestigious fellowships to support her research on the policy outcomes of judicial decisions in Colombia and Argentina. Botero received an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and a Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project, “High Courts and Socioeconomic Rights in Latin America.”

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ND Expert: Kenya’s Election Important for Growth, Development and Security of Entire Region

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

A peaceful presidential election in Kenya would bolster efforts to promote economic growth, human development and security not only in Kenya, but throughout East Africa, according to University of Notre Dame political scientist Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., who specializes in African politics with particular expertise in Kenya.

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Meet English Major Michael Fronk

Author: Arts and Letters

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

“What I love about the English major is that it challenges you in a completely unique way,” says Michael Fronk, a senior English and math major at the University of Notre Dame. “Just the critical dialogue that you’re able to have about these esteemed works of literature that have survived throughout the ages, discussing the human condition, and the way you’re required to just think critically about these and to form your own novel intelligent thoughts and formulate them into writing, has just been an experience that I’ve found tremendous and invaluable.”

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Collaborative Effort Brings Leading Development Economists to Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Five of the world’s preeminent development economists are visiting Notre Dame this spring as part of the series “New Frontiers in Economic Development,” sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies in collaboration with the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Letters.

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Music Major Uncovers, Publishes, and Performs

Author: Ben Horvath

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

Finding and publishing long-forgotten musical compositions by classical composers is usually a project reserved for Ph.D. and master’s students. But don’t tell Samantha Osborn that. Last summer the Notre Dame music and pre-med major spent two weeks in Rome at the Conservatory of Saint Cecilia, where she was able to locate and duplicate eight of Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti’s handwritten cantatas. She will perform one of them this spring as part of her senior thesis recital.

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Notre Dame Ranks on Peace Corps’ Annual List of Top Volunteer-Producing Schools

Author: John Guimond

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

For the 13th year in a row, the University of Notre Dame has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. With 23 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the University ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 865 Notre Dame alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

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Video: Notre Dame Alumnus and Astronaut Kevin Ford on the Value of a Well-Rounded Education

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

University of Notre Dame alumnus and NASA shuttle veteran Kevin A. Ford spoke with his alma mater from his command post on the International Space Station. “I took a Russian class at Notre Dame. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fly someday in a Russian spacecraft with two cosmonauts, speaking only Russian,” he says.

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Students Take Learning on the Road and Around the World

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Internationalism

There’s nothing quite like dipping one’s foot into the Dead Sea or speaking with participants of the 1965 Freedom Marches to bring perspective to classroom learning. Over fall break 2012, students in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters took advantage of the week off to expand their educational experiences through travels abroad, around the nation, and across campus.

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New Research: Mali Villagers Say Basic Humanitarian Relief Most Important

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

As French forces continue battling Islamist militants in Mali and the international policy community debates additional foreign intervention, the voices of those most affected by this political instability are rarely heard—until now. University of Notre Dame Political Scientist Jaimie Bleck, who specializes in Malian politics, has completed extensive research in Mali where she interviewed some 600 Malian villagers living on the border of rebel-claimed territory.

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Video: Students Find Summer Language Abroad Program Transformative

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Whether they camped with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, visited ancient temples in Japan, hiked around the Black Forest of Germany, or took a road trip to the beaches of Ecuador, the alumni of the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) grant program agree on one thing: their experience was completely transformative.

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Notre Dame’s Pierpaolo Polzonetti Receives Book Award

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, has won the Lewis Lockwood Award for his book Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press). Bestowed by the American Musicological Society, the annual prize recognizes a book of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.

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PLS Student Takes Senior Thesis Back in Time and Online

Author: Chris Milazzo

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

Writing a senior thesis can be an uphill climb—in Michael McHale’s case, quite literally. For his senior thesis, “A Journey Through the World of Petrarch’s Letters,” McHale, a Program of Liberal Studies major and 2012 graduate of the University of Notre Dame traveled across France and Italy to visit locations significant to Petrarch, the 14th century poet, philosopher, and “father of humanism.”

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Nelson Mark Named Acting Director of Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

Notre Dame economist Nelson Mark has been appointed acting director of the University’s Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. The appointment is effective immediately and runs through July 1, 2014. “As acting director, I am eager to help develop research and academic programming that drive collaborative scholarship on the many interdisciplinary issues that confront Asia,” says Mark, the Alfred C. DeCrane Jr. Professor of International Economics.

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‘Life of Kings’ for Pulitzer Winner Mike Leary Began at Notre Dame

Author: Mark Shuman

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

In the lobby of the Baltimore Sun offices, beneath a photo of the newspaper’s late, legendary journalist and essayist H.L. Mencken, there is a quote: “As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.” To University of Notre Dame history alumnus Mike Leary ’71, those sentiments feel about right. “I’ve never done anything else, nor would I want to,” says the Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Notre Dame Unveils Major New Archive in Russian History

Author: Anthony Monta

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

Thanks to the efforts of Semion Lyandres, an associate professor in the Department of History, and crucial seed funding from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Notre Dame has now unveiled a significant archive of primary documents that shed new light on the origins of modern Russia.

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Senior Takes Advantage of International Research Opportunities

Author: Nancy Joyce

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

What do Sierra Leone, Croatia, and Ireland have in common? All are the subject of University of Notre Dame senior Catherine Reidy’s undergraduate research. Reidy, a psychology major and anthropology minor in the College of Arts and Letters, spent the past two summers collecting ethnographic research data in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

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Theologian Presents Pope Benedict with a Festschrift From Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him December 7 in Rome.

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Constitutional Scholar Donald Kommers Honored in Germany

Author: Chris Milazzo

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

The American Academy in Berlin, Germany’s Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), and other prestigious scholarly institutions in Germany recently hosted a symposium in honor of Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and professor of law emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. The symposium, entitled The Curious Life of the Grundgesetz [German constitution] in America, was held in Berlin. The event celebrated Kommers’ extraordinary body of work in German constitutional scholarship during the year of his 80th birthday.

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Psychology Professor Seeks Clues to Psychiatric Disorders in DNA

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Data, data everywhere. In genomics research, there is a data deluge, and so innovative ways to analyze all that information will play a critical role in future breakthroughs. Gitta Lubke, associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame, is at the forefront of developing new statistical methods to help find DNA markers that are related to psychiatric disorders—and spur further research regarding individual patients’ conditions.

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Students Find Summer Language Abroad Program Transformative

Author: Kate Garry

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

Whether they camped with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, visited ancient temples in Japan, hiked around the Black Forest of Germany, or took a road trip to the beaches of Ecuador, the alumni of the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) grant program agree on one thing: their experience was completely transformative.

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