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Political Scientist David Campbell Receives Book Award

Author: Joanna Basile

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

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us has been named the Best Nonfiction Book by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). David Campbell, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame, and his co-author, Robert Putnam of Harvard University share this 2011 Wilbur Award for “excellence in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in the secular media.”

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Anthropologist Rahul Oka Tracks Trade in Conflict Zones

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Even the most carefully planned humanitarian and development efforts are often stymied by the chaotic realities on the ground in war-torn zones such as Sudan and Northern Kenya. Notre Dame Economic anthropologist Rahul Oka aims to improve the success rate of these critical relief missions by studying how local trade networks are able to operate in the same areas with remarkable resilience and efficiency.

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Psychologist Nicole McNeil Studies Math and Cognition

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Trouble with algebra? Notre Dame Psychologist Nicole McNeil’s research shows that basic math may be to blame. The new study suggests that even though adults tend to think in more advanced ways than children do, those advanced ways of thinking don’t always override old, incorrect ways of thinking—especially in the domain of mathematics. The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Cognition and Development.

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Anthropologist Deb Rotman Takes Irish Oral Tradition Online

Author: Kevin Clarke

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

Deb Rotman is in a race against time. Rotman, director of undergraduate studies for Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology, is keenly aware that the generation of Irish immigrants who can still share memories of the Irish Civil War and their experiences in early 20th century America will soon be lost forever. “Those generations have some really great stories that we’re trying to capture, but we can only do so much,” she says.

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First Year a Success for Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Renee Hochstetler

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

What must we change in order to help us bridge the gap between the world as it is, and the world as it should be? In its first year, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS)—inspired by the classical values of beauty, goodness and truth—began transforming the academic landscape through an annual conference, lecture series and fellowships.

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Research Links “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland to Mental Health Problems in Children

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

A new study from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Mark Cummings examines the effect sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland has had on children. “Though exposure to both sectarian and non-sectarian violence are related to anti-social behavior, the emotional insecurity caused by politically-motivated community violence was more powerful than we had expected,” he says.

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Grants Support Student Research on Life Issues

Author: Chris Milazzo

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

Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Letters can now get up to $1,500 per month this summer to fund original research into life-related issues. Suggested topics range from the history of contraception to art about the dignity of life and the economics of the death penalty. The grants are part of a new Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) track offered by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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Sociologist Mark Berends Researches Student Achievement

Author: Renee Hochstetler

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

As debate about how to improve education continues across the country, research currently underway at the University of Notre Dame will significantly contribute to the conversation. Mark Berends, a professor of sociology and education, is conducting two studies that seek to understand instruction’s role in student achievement.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Benefits of Unions

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

As the Wisconsin battle over union benefits continues to rage, the passion and commitment of people on both sides reflect that the activists are fighting over “a perennial ideological debate in American politics: whether labor unions are good or bad for society,” says University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff.

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Christian Davenport Develops Human Rights Tracking Tool

Author: Renée LaReau

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

A new Web-based database and research tool, developed by Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will expand dramatically what academic researchers, international human rights advocates, journalists, students, and the public know about government repression.

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Candida Moss Receives International Award for Theological Promise

Author: Joanna Basile

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

Candida Moss, assistant professor in the Department of Theology, is one of only 12 scholars in the world to receive the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Awarded in collaboration with the Research Center of International and Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the John Templeton Foundation’s prize honors up-and-coming academics based on their doctoral dissertation or first post-doctoral book on the topic of God and spirituality.

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Notre Dame to Host Conference on Dimensions of Goodness

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

The University of Notre Dame Institute’s for Advanced Study (NDIAS) will host an international and interdisciplinary conference called Dimensions of Goodness, April 4-6, 2011 in the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall). The event features 17 leading scholars and other experts from a wide variety of disciplines, including biomedicine, engineering, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, and theology.

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Student Conference to Explore Human Development and the Common Good

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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

The third annual Human Development Conference February 11-12 at the University of Notre Dame will bring together hundreds of students and guests from Notre Dame and universities as far away as Uganda to share their research experiences in the developing world and discuss the meaning of authentic human development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Researches Child Development and Violence

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Though isolated acts of violence rarely can be attributed to a single cause, there is one trait common to many perpetrators, according to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez: as children, often they were neglected or exposed to traumatic violence, both of which raise the risk for the development of schizophrenia or other psychotic symptoms later in life.

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Psychologist James Brockmole Focuses Research on Eyes and Cognition

Author: Kevin Clarke

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The eyes may be a window to the soul as far as philosophers are concerned; to Notre Dame Associate Professor James Brockmole they are roving indicators of attention and memory—“the keystones on which human experience is built.” Brockmole’s research in the Department of Psychology looks at how eye movements influence what we pay attention to and how that visual attention translates into useful information and memories.

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