The dynamic, sometimes contentious, relationship between religion and democracy has long fascinated Michael Hoffman, a class of 2010 political science major. And now, thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF), he will be able to continue the research he started with his senior thesis as one of a select group of students to receive an award from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Founded in 1952, the program funds projects with the potential to have lasting, beneficial effects on society and the environment.
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Courtney Henderson, a senior majoring in Chinese and the Program of Liberal Studies, has been named the winner of the 2010 Liu Family Distinguished Achievement Award in Asian Studies. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures bestows the award each year to the student whose character and undergraduate work best exemplifies the qualities of commitment, diligence, and imagination in the study of Asia.
After more than five years of study on the impact of political violence on children and mothers in Northern Ireland, University of Notre Dame faculty member Mark Cummings is expanding his research to include children and families in Croatia, where tens of thousands of people died in ethnic violence between 1991 and 1995.
J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice provost of international studies at University of California, Los Angeles, has been appointed to the newly established position of vice president and associate provost for internationalization at the University of Notre Dame by Provost Thomas G. Burish.
From Pythagoras’ golden ratio to fractal art produced with modern computers, mathematics and art have long been intertwined. Because of this, Shelley Kornatz, a senior graphic design major, sees no reason why an art student shouldn’t take up the cause for math with today’s high school students.
Each summer, some of the best students in the nation are selected to travel to countries around the world to learn what the U.S. Department of State calls “critical-need languages.” Among their ranks this year will be Notre Dame’s Kevin Godshall, who will study Punjabi in Chandigarh, India, through the department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS).
Eager to tackle the growing challenge companies face to be both profitable and socially responsible, a group of Notre Dame students have formed a club to develop and test new business concepts. And they have already started winning awards for their ideas.
Shannon Drysdale Walsh, a doctoral candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has received an Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowship provides a stipend and research fund and covers university fees in the final year of dissertation work. Walsh’s dissertation, titled “Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence Against Women in Latin America,” explains variation in the development and practices of the policy agencies, police units, and courts that address violence against women in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
In the midst of one of the most challenging economic climates colleges and universities have ever faced, the University of Notre Dame has announced significant additional internal funding to support nine research initiatives during the second phase of the University’s $80-million Strategic Research Investments (SRI) process. Projects selected for second-round SRI funding represent significant research undertakings in such areas as sustainable energy, environmental change, HIV treatment, nanotechnology, hurricane impact mitigation, and religious scholarship.
Five University of Notre Dame peace studies master’s students who developed an innovative proposal to advance peace in Colombia presented their recommendations to a panel of experts at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 9, 2010. The proposal, developed by classmates Maria Helena Ariza (Colombia), Jimena Holguin (Colombia), Rachel Miller (U.S.A.), Patrick Otim (Uganda), and Laura Snider (U.S.A.), was selected for this honor by Students Participating in Resolving International Tensions (SPIRIT), a partnership of the U.N. and Columbia University.
A high-profile roundtable in Washington, D.C., gave Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Daniel Brinks the opportunity to advise international financial institutions (IFIs) on how to improve their evaluations of the developing world’s legal systems. Organized by the Center on Law and Globalization, the “Measuring Law: How to Do It Right in Real World Circumstances” roundtable on March 23, 2010, brought together senior legal staff of IFIs such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and academic experts such as Brinks.
Raymond Offenheiser Jr. travels through disaster zones about as routinely as most of us drive to work. From Africa to Afghanistan, New Orleans to most recently Haiti, Offenheiser has walked through cities and villages devastated by wars, famine and natural disasters. He has seen human suffering on a grand scale, and the heartening – and heartbreaking – efforts as people struggle to put the pieces of a life back together again. Offenheiser is the president of Oxfam America, the international relief and development agency that helps communities rebuild after a disaster. He will be speaking at the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Andrews Auditorium.
Claire Reising, a Notre Dame junior majoring in French and English, has won a 2010 Prix Du Meilleur Essai award from Women In French (WIF) for best undergraduate essay written in French by a non-native speaker. In her paper, titled “‘Cette Condition de Sans-Famille’: Le Rejet du Rôle Maternel Chez les Jeunes Femmes,” she explores three books by Muslim and Muslim-born writers in which young female protagonists contest traditional female roles in their societies.
Showcasing the creativity of contemporary Asian filmmaking, the University of Notre Dame’s annual Asian Film Festival will bring five films to the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, 2010.
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.
Graduate and undergraduate students from across the country will present dynamic human development research conducted in 43 nations at the second annual Human Development Conference, which will be held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26 and 27) at Notre Dame. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies has awarded the $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to author Roberto M. Dainotto for his book Europe (In Theory), published by Duke University Press (2007).
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.
The London Centre, the majestic Edwardian building at Trafalgar Square that houses the University of Notre Dame’s London Program, has become a hub of international scholarship.
“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.
The School of Architecture will host a two-day colloquium, “Learning From Rome: The Influence of the Eternal City on Art, Architecture, and the Humanities,” Feb. 5 and 6 (Friday and Saturday) in Bond Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will feature several scholars from the College of Arts and Letters.
Interest in international development issues runs high among University of Notre Dame undergraduates, many of whom have studied or served in the developing world. Now they have a new way to connect their experiences overseas with their own academic development—a Kellogg Institute for International Studies minor that integrates coursework and fieldwork.
Due to declining interest, Notre Dame’s study abroad program in Innsbruck, Austria, will enroll its final class of students this spring. However, the University will continue to offer a German-language study abroad opportunity through its increasingly popular program in Berlin.
This summer, four Notre Dame undergraduates had the rare opportunity to conduct research side-by-side with the famous Irish nun Sister Cyril Mooney, who has turned an elite Catholic school for girls in Kolkata, India, into an education center that welcomes the city’s street children.
Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms (Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi). The disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can cause swelling and decreased function of the lymph system, making it difficult for the body to fight germs and infections.
The University of Notre Dame’s newest summer program “is a beautiful example of interdisciplinarity, Notre Dame’s commitment to Asia initiatives and the transformative role of study abroad,” said Vice President and Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs.
Notre Dame is hosting its fourth annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship orientation from Aug. 11 to 15, with 55 foreign language teachers from 40 countries having come to campus for a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.
Donald Kommers’ account of how he spent last semester might at first remind a listener of a high-spirited adolescent’s description of a particularly exhilarating vacation.