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Anthropology Major Studies Social Mobility in Guatemala

Author: Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates

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

Last summer, Notre Dame senior Marianinna Villavicencio brought the perspective and research skills she gained as an anthropology major to her home country of Guatemala, exploring issues facing the country’s ethnic minority for her senior thesis project. With the help of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Villavicencio focused on the governmental policies geared toward indigenous populations in Guatemala and the cultural factors that prevent their upward mobility.

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Sociologist Focuses On Intersection of Politics, Development in Africa

Author: Aaron Smith

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

As a college student, Erin Metz McDonnell wanted “to experience a world view as completely different from my own as possible, a way of life that would take me out of my Midwestern comfort zone.” She chose Ghana and fell in love with the country. Now a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, McDonnell continues to explore the region in her research and teaching.

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ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Author: Kate Garry

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

Anthropologist Arlene Dávila will visit the University of Notre Dame next week as the inaugural recipient of the Institute for Latino Studies’ Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. A professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University, Dávila, “is one of the country’s leading Latino studies cultural anthropologists,” says ILS Director José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies.

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Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries.

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Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Alumni

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework.

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Anthropologist Maurizio Albahari Illuminates Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean

Author: Carrie Gates

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

“Everything changed on October 3, but nothing really changed,” says Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology. In October 2013, several major media outlets covered two tragic shipwrecks off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which killed more than 400 Eritrean and Syrian migrants trying to reach Europe. Following the first incident, CNN reached out to Albahari for a quote.

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Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Three Notre Dame researchers—combining expertise in psychology, religion, and peace—have been awarded a grant from Notre Dame International’s Global Collaboration Initiative to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The researchers will join with a team of scholars from universities in Israel and Palestine.…

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Notre Dame Psychologist Darcia Narvaez to Co-Direct $2.6 Million Virtue Project

Author: Kate Garry

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

Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and Nancy Snow, a professor of philosophy at Marquette University, are co-directing a new, interdisciplinary research initiative on virtue, character, and the development of the moral self. The three-year project is supported by a $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, which funds “discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.”

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Junior Samantha Lessen Awarded 2014 Monteverdi Prize

Author: Jonathan Warren

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

Samantha Lessen, a junior in the College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded the second annual Monteverdi Prize through Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). The Monteverdi Prize, a scholarship created by the Cioffi family for PLS juniors, will provide Lessen with funding to conduct research this summer for her senior thesis. As part of the prize, she will live at Monteverdi Tuscany, a hotel and center for the liberal arts in Italy, founded by PLS alumnus Michael Cioffi ’75.

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Notre Dame Participates in “Humanities Without Walls” Project

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The University of Notre Dame is participating in Humanities Without Walls—a consortium of 15 universities, dedicated to collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities. Funded by a $3 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project is led by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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ND Philosopher Illuminates 80 Years of Department History

Author: Gene Stowe

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Ken Sayre’s Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame, a narrative history of nearly 80 years, divides the decades into three distinct periods: textbook Thomism, pluralism, and professionalism. Sayre, who came to Notre Dame in 1958 with a Ph.D. from Harvard, has witnessed them all. “I’ve been at Notre Dame continuously for 55 years,” he says, “except for visiting appointments at Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge. This is one thing that qualifies me to take on the project.

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English Major wins Brennan Prize for Critical Essay

Author: Ben Horvath

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

When senior Michelle Werner wrote an essay analyzing playwright Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, she did not imagine that the class assignment would later win her a prestigious departmental award. “It felt a bit like winning the lottery without having bought a ticket,” she says. “I am incredibly grateful to the Department of English for selecting my essay.”

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Senior Focuses Thesis on International Students’ Notre Dame Experience

Author: Ben Horvath

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

Notre Dame senior Margaret Pickard understands the challenges of integrating into a culture different from her own. The sociology and Japanese double major studied abroad last year in Nagoya, Japan, where she gained a fresh perspective on the difficulties of being a college student in a foreign setting.

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Notre Dame Study Finds American Catholics 'Distinctively Optimistic'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

A new report published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) indicates that American Catholics hold “distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.” The report, “Distinctive Catholicism: U.S. Catholics’ Views on Human Nature,” summarized the findings of a study done by CSPRI director Brian Starks. The CSPRI initiative is a program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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Political Science Hires Bring Diversity, Commitment to Excellence

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science welcomed four new hires last fall and recognized the accomplishments of a faculty fellow as she entered her second year at the University. “In hiring Susan Collins, Sarah Daly, Tanisha Fazal, and Matt Hall, and by appointing Deondra Rose as a Moreau post-doctoral fellow, the Department of Political Science continues its tradition of bringing the very best scholar-teachers to Notre Dame’s intellectual community,” says Professor and Department Chair Michael Desch.

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Anthropologist Lee Gettler Discusses Fatherhood Research at AAAS Annual Meeting

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

A presentation by University of Notre Dame anthropologist Lee Gettler at the recent “Building Babies” session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) highlighted new research that contributes a number of novel insights into our understanding of the way men’s biology can respond to the demands of parenthood and drew significant media attention.

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Political Science Graduate Students Awarded Fellowships

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News and Research

In recognition of their research, three graduate students from Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science have been awarded prestigious fellowships. Ph.D. student Sandra Botero has won both an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and a Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Michael Hartney has received a dissertation fellowship from the National Academy of Education (NAEd) / Spencer Foundation, and Ryan Anderson has received a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Heritage Foundation.

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New Sociology Hires Bring Focus to Secrecy, Social Movements

Author: Mike Danahey

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

Two recent faculty hires in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters are generating excitement, even outside the University. David Gibson, associate professor of sociology, and Ann Mische, associate professor of sociology and peace studies, joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. Professor Rory McVeigh, chair of the Department of Sociology, says,  “I can’t tell you how many people—outside of Notre Dame—have said something along the lines of, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize David Gibson was on your faculty,’ or ‘Wow! When did Ann Mische come to Notre Dame?’

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Video: Political Scientist Susan Collins on Violence and Political Founding in Ancient Greece

Author: Todd Boruff

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

“The Ancients need to be made relevant to the concerns that we have today,” says Susan Collins, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Collins specializes in ancient political philosophy. Her most recent book is a translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, with Robert Bartlett (University of Chicago, 2011), which was nominated for the John D. Criticos prize. She is also the author of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship (Cambridge 2006).

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Alumnus Adam Cowden Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: National Fellowships, General News, Undergraduate News, Research, Alumni, and Internationalism

Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall. Cowden is one of only 40 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious scholarship, from an initial field of approximately 800 applicants.

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In the News: A General in a Classroom Takes on the Ethics of War

Author: Arts and Letters

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

The New York Times, February 7, 2014

“A General in a Classroom Takes on the Ethics of War”

Robert H. Latiff, adjunct professor, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He teaches a course in the Department of Philosophy, titled The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies.…

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Psychologist Developing Treatment Strategies for Arab Spring’s Trauma Victims

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Laura Miller is part of an international team of psychologists seeking to design effective treatments for children and adults who suffered trauma in the wake of the Arab Spring, the wave of demonstrations, protests, and civil wars that swept the Middle East beginning in December 2010. Miller is an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Along with four other psychologists from the United States and Egypt, she is working to identify the clinical needs of the region by studying the psychological underpinnings of the Arab Spring and its impact on the mental health of people and communities.

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Notre Dame Researchers Add Insights for Teacher Evaluations

Author: William Schmitt

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

New research led by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) points a way forward to improve certain teacher performance evaluation systems. These systems look closely at the question: To what degree did the teachers add value — that is, did students of these teachers grow and achieve more than expected, as measured by their test score gains?

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New Facilities for Arts and Letters Departments in Campus Crossroads Project

Author: Dennis Brown

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

The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday, January 29, the largest building project in its 172-year history, integrating the academy, student life, and athletics with the construction of more than 750,000 square feet in three new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the University’s iconic football stadium, at a projected cost of $400 million. The Campus Crossroads Project will add significant academic space at the same time the University is hiring 80 new faculty to build on Notre Dame’s existing strengths.

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