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Stuart Greene to Be Honored With 2010 Ganey Award

Author: Lisa Walenceus

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

Stuart Greene, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Letters and associate professor in the Department of English, will be honored with the 2010 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award at an award ceremony set for April 7, 2010. The Center for Social Concerns award recognizes his latest project, No Parent Left Behind (NPLB), a parent-centered research initiative that springs both from Greene’s theoretical work in literacy learning and his many years of community-based research in South Bend’s schools.

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Senior Thesis Research Explores New Language to Describe Autism

Author: Josh Stowe

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Research

When Becki Dorner started writing her senior thesis, she didn’t realize that she’d soon discover her professional passion. But that’s exactly what happened when Dorner, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in English and the Arts and Letters Preprofessional Program, began working with John Duffy, associate professor of English and director of the University Writing Program, to study the language used to discuss autism.

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Kerby-Fulton Wins 2010 Haskins Gold Medal for Books Under Suspicion

Author: Lisa Walenceus

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

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Notre Dame Professor of English, has received the 2010 Haskins Gold Medal from the Medieval Academy of America for her work, Books Under Suspicion: Censorship and Tolerance of Revelatory Writing in Late Medieval England. The committee announced in presenting the award, “Kerby-Fulton’s magnum opus presents a fresh panorama of theology, literature, and history in the age of Chaucer with an originality that promises to have an impact across numerous disciplines within and beyond medieval studies for years to come.”

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Templeton Awards Additional Funding to Research on Problem of Evil

Author: Josh Stowe

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

Two faculty in the College of Arts and Letters’ Center for Philosophy of Religion have received more than $1.7 million in grant funding to continue their research into the problem of evil, a central issue for scholars who study the philosophy of religion. Michael Rea, professor of philosophy and the center’s director, and Samuel Newlands, assistant professor of philosophy and the center’s associate director, were recently awarded a grant of more than $339,000 from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant supplements an earlier $1.4 million grant the foundation awarded the two University of Notre Dame scholars.

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Gift to Establish Fellowship at National Humanities Center

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

A gift from the estate of the late Philip L. Quinn, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will endow an annual fellowship in philosophy at the National Humanities Center (NHC). Quinn, a specialist in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1985, died Nov. 14, 2004. He had often spoken admiringly of the NHC, regarding it as crucial for the nurture of liberal arts scholarship, and for many years reviewed fellowship applications and served on the center’s selection committee.

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King of Pop Focus of Erskine Peters Fellowship Symposium

Author: Notre Dame News

Categories: General News, Research, and Arts

The sixth annual Erskine A. Peters Fellowship Symposium, titled “Reconstructing Michael Jackson’s Image: Explorations of Body, Spirit and Society,” will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the symposium will feature the five 2009-10 Erskine Peters Fellows, who will discuss the image of the late musical artist Michael Jackson from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The symposium will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. in the Eck Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Sean Kelly Examines Teaching Strategies in Segregated Schools

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Do teachers in urban, racially segregated schools experience more behavioral challenges in their classrooms and, as a result, modify their teaching strategies to cope with these challenges in ways that limit students’ engagement? That is the question addressed by Sean Kelly, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, in his recently published article, “A Crisis of Authority in Predominantly Black Schools?” in Teachers College Record.

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Book Advances Bold New Vision of Peacebuilding

Author: Joan Fallon

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

Oxford University Press has just published Strategies of Peace, a collection of provocative essays that explore innovative models for building peace after genocide, civil war, and terrorism. The book features the writing of eight faculty members of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and seven other scholars of peace and conflict from around the country.

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Michael Zuckert Receives ASFI Award for Distinguished Scholarship

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Michael Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science and former chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, will receive the Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society at the association’s annual conference in May 2010 at Princeton University.

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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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