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Education Research Center to Build Global Scholarly Network

Author: Bill Schmitt

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) has been designated an “international research network” by the World Education Research Association (WERA). This recognition of CREO’s leadership in the sociology of education will open new doors for international scholarly collaborations in research on educational inequality.

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Professor Brings Animation to Life in New Book and Course

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

Whether we’re driving down the highway, scrolling our Facebook newsfeeds, or flipping through television channels, various forms of animation bombard us constantly. “Even if you don’t watch television, you see these images on your phone, your iPad, even billboards when you drive down the road,” says Donald Crafton, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre at Notre Dame.

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Video: Meet American Studies Major Olivia Lee

Author: Arts and Letters

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

“As a freshman I was interested in psychology and history and English and anthropology and political science. I chose American studies because I’ve been able to take all of those while also studying issues of race and gender, religion, politics,” says Olivia Lee, an American studies and peace studies major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.

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Older Adults Don’t Speak 'Robot,' Study Finds

Categories: General News and Research

In order to effectively program robots that ultimately could be used to aid seniors, researchers at the University of Notre Dame and University of Missouri studied the type of language older adults used when describing the location of a desired object to either a robot or human-like avatar. It turns out that seniors become tongue-tied when talking to robots.

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Notre Dame Researchers Using Smart Devices to Measure Emotionality of Offline Communication

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University are developing an innovative system using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communications. The interdisciplinary effort is designed to examine whether the increasing prevalence of online interactions may be inhibiting the development of strong, reciprocal, and emotionally significant offline social ties.

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Ph.D. Student Explores Humanity’s Relationship to Natural Environment

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News, Research, and Alumni

Justin Farrell, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, is interested in how human values, morality, and religion impact our responses to environmental problems. His dissertation analyzes the cultural dimensions of environmental policy conflict in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The study is funded primarily by a three-year U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Graduate STAR Fellowship for Environmental Studies.

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New Research on Catholic Generosity Finds Giving Stems From Conscious Effort

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Massive catastrophes, the globally televised images of human suffering they generate, and the innate compassion of ordinary people invariably combine to unleash impressive feats of giving, but a new University of Notre Dame study suggests that generosity, at least among American Catholics, may be more complicated than that.

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New Study Looks at Unintended Costs of Mandated Infertility Coverage

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The rate of triplet or higher-order multiple births increased by 26 percent between 1996 and 2002 in seven states mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatments, costing an additional $900 million in delivery costs alone, according to a new study by University of Notre Dame economist Kasey Buckles. The study will be published in the July issue of Health Economics.

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New Sociologist Focuses on Immigration

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

Jennifer Jones, the newest faculty member in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, focuses her teaching and research on the ways in which immigration policies affect the experiences and identities of various minority groups in the United States. “I liked observing the dynamics around race in other countries and that got me interested in comparing race relations and how race works here,” she explains.

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Historian Jon Coleman Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

His two books thus far have explored American tales of wolves, bears, mountain men, and the truths behind myths. Now, Notre Dame History Professor Jon T. Coleman has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to work on an environmental history of movement in America before the widespread use of automobiles and airplanes.

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New Book Explores How Catholic Parishes Contribute to Polarization

Author: Kate Garry

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

Same-sex marriage, abortion and other cultural conflicts centered on the family have intensified in recent years, particularly among American Catholics. These same conflicts also are widely believed to form the basis for much of the moral polarization in public politics among Americans in general. A new book by Mary Ellen Konieczny, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, examines how religion and family life are intertwined and how local parishes shape that intersection.

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Grant Program Supports Arts and Letters Summer Internships

Author: Ben Horvath

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

The Notre Dame campus is an exceptional place for learning, but some lessons can only come through real-world experience. That’s where internships play a vital role.

“Internships give Arts and Letters students an opportunity to polish the critical thinking and communication skills they develop during their studies here—and apply them in a professional setting,” says John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.…

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Notre Dame Establishes Office of Postdoctoral Scholars

Categories: General News and Research

To ensure that postdoctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers receive necessary resources, training, mentoring and comprehensive professional development support, the University of Notre Dame is forming an Office of Postdoctoral Scholars. The newly formed office will be administered through the Graduate School and is slated to open July 1.

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Sociologist Lyn Spillman Awarded Two Book Prizes

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Lyn Spillman, professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has been awarded two book prizes from the American Sociological Association for her work Solidarity in Strategy: Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations (University of Chicago Press). The Mary Douglas Prize honors the best book in the field of cultural sociology, and the Viviana Zelizer Award recognizes the best book in economic sociology.

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English Ph.D. Students Receive Prestigious Research Fellowship

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“When you’re working on a dissertation, you’re stuck in your own head a lot, so I wondered if anyone cares about this other than me,” says Hilary Fox, who received her Ph.D. from Notre Dame’s Department of English in 2012. “Having a group of people tell you, ‘Yes, we actually do care and find it really interesting and important,’ that’s a psychological boost.” The Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship Fox received offered her that validation and quite a bit more.

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Graduate Students Win NSF Fellowships

Author: Kevin Zeise

Categories: General News and Research

The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Program, with nine current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award—including three psychology students from the College of Arts and Letters—and another nine earning honorable mention. This year’s nine winners equal the total number of winners from Notre Dame over the last seven years combined.

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Child’s Counting Comprehension May Depend on Objects Counted, Study Shows

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Concrete objects—such as toys, tiles, and blocks—that students can touch and move around, called manipulatives, have been used to teach basic math skills since the 1980s. Use of manipulatives is based on the long-held belief that young children’s thinking is strictly concrete in nature, so concrete objects are assumed to help them learn math concepts. However, new research from the University of Notre Dame suggests that not all manipulatives are equal.

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New Study: Risk Factor for Depression Can be 'Contagious'

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According to a new study from the University of Notre Dame, a particular style of thinking that makes people vulnerable to depression actually can be “contagious” to others and increase their symptoms of depression six months later. The study, conducted by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gerald Haeffel and former Notre Dame undergraduate student Jennifer Hames ’09, is published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

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Theology Professor Wins Luce Fellowship

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

Yury P. Avvakumov, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, was recently selected as one of six Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for his work on the relationship between the Latin West and Byzantine East during the 12th century. Established in 1993, the Luce Fellows Program has awarded just 136 fellowships in its 20-year existence.

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Catherine Reidy Named a Clarendon Scholar

Catherine Reidy, a University of Notre Dame senior majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology, has been awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Reidy, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, will use the scholarship to study for her master’s degree in African Studies starting in October.

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Fighting for Democracy and Policy Change in Latin America

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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

Just as the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas on January 1, 1994, was a turning point in Mexico’s history, it was a turning point for Guillermo Trejo, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and a faculty fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

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