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New Funding Earmarked for Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Research

Notre Dame undergraduates interested in independent, interdisciplinary research have until March 16 to apply for up to $4,500 in grant funding made possible by a new cross-college collaboration. The new program, dubbed the College of Arts and Letters and College of Science Joint Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (AL/SCI-UROP), was announced in late February.

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Senior Ryan Lash to Receive Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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.

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Report Urges U.S. Policymakers to Engage With Global Religious Actors

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Research

A high-level task force co-chaired by R. Scott Appleby, the John M. Regan Director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history, has released a report urging U.S. policymakers to rethink the role of religion in world affairs and proposing a new strategy for engaging religiously inspired people of all faiths.

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Research With Impact: Green Development and Peacebuilding

Author: Josh Stowe

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

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.

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History Professor Wins John Gilmary Shea and Philip Schaff Prizes

Author: Lisa Walenceus

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

John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, has been awarded both the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) and the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society for Church History (ACSH) for his book Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages.

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Political Science Professor Wins Three Awards for Book on Plato’s Dialogues

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues by Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, received three 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards), including the top prize, the R.R. Hawkins Award.

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Three Professors Win 2010 Christianity Today Book Awards

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Notre Dame professors Gary Anderson, Christian Smith, and Mark Noll have each earned a 2010 Book Award from Christianity Today magazine. Outstanding books in 12 categories were selected from of field of nearly 500 works as publications that “best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”

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Anthropologist Uses New Genetics Lab to Research Women’s Health Disparities

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Jada Benn Torres, assistant professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, uses genetics to research the distribution of diseases across populations, with a primary focus on women’s reproductive health. Currently, she is trying to figure out why African-American women are at a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids.

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New Book Examines “Rashomon Effect” and Implications for Conflict and Peace

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

A new book by Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology, explores the “Rashomon effect”—the tendency for events to be perceived and reported in different ways, depending on who is telling the story and to whom—and its implications for violence, protest, repression, and peace.

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New Book Focuses on Reconciling Societies Shattered by Violence

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

How do you reconcile former enemies in a society shattered by war, genocide or violence? In a new book, Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence, political scientist Ernesto Verdeja answers this question by examining reconciliation efforts in post-conflict regions from Chile to South Africa to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Sociologist Discusses Threats to Minority Home Ownership

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

On Nov. 20, 1962, President Kennedy signed an executive order prohibiting federally-funded housing agencies from denying mortgages on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin. According to University of Notre Dame sociologist Richard Williams, the dramatic improvement of American family housing security thus begun is now jeopardized both by the current economic crisis and misconceptions of what caused it.

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