From Pythagoras’ golden ratio to fractal art produced with modern computers, mathematics and art have long been intertwined. Because of this, Shelley Kornatz, a senior graphic design major, sees no reason why an art student shouldn’t take up the cause for math with today’s high school students.
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The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the largest gathering of anthropologists in the world, which also makes it an amazing place for undergraduate anthropology students to present their work. For its 108th meeting in December 2009, the AAA invited Notre Dame faculty Agustín Fuentes, professor, and Deborah Rotman, professor and director of undergraduate studies, to organize a poster session titled “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology.”
More than 270 students in diverse majors from across the University of Notre Dame’s colleges will showcase their research, scholarship, and creative endeavors on April 30, 2010, from noon to 6 p.m. at the third annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference. The conference opens in 105 Jordan Hall of Science with an announcement of the winners of the inaugural Library Undergraduate Research Award, two of which will be presenting at the conference.
Shannon Drysdale Walsh, a doctoral candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has received an Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowship provides a stipend and research fund and covers university fees in the final year of dissertation work. Walsh’s dissertation, titled “Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence Against Women in Latin America,” explains variation in the development and practices of the policy agencies, police units, and courts that address violence against women in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
In the midst of one of the most challenging economic climates colleges and universities have ever faced, the University of Notre Dame has announced significant additional internal funding to support nine research initiatives during the second phase of the University’s $80-million Strategic Research Investments (SRI) process. Projects selected for second-round SRI funding represent significant research undertakings in such areas as sustainable energy, environmental change, HIV treatment, nanotechnology, hurricane impact mitigation, and religious scholarship.
University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and faculty members Scott P. Mainwaring and R. Scott Appleby have been elected members of the 2010 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). They will be formally inducted at an October 9, 2010, ceremony at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Since its founding during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots, the academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th.
Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, is the editor of a new book that examines both the writer’s art and the role of journalism in American culture. Released this month by Andrews McMeel Publishing, “Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing,” features lectures by 15 of the country’s most respected journalists and writers, given as part of a Notre Dame lecture series that honors award-winning columnist Walter W. “Red” Smith.
When one out of every 100 children born in this country is diagnosed with autism, treatment for those children requires as much attention as the diagnoses. “Ten or 20 years ago we were lucky to diagnose a child by age four or five,” says Joshua Diehl, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, who specializes in developmental disorders, with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders and dyslexia.
Five University of Notre Dame peace studies master’s students who developed an innovative proposal to advance peace in Colombia presented their recommendations to a panel of experts at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 9, 2010. The proposal, developed by classmates Maria Helena Ariza (Colombia), Jimena Holguin (Colombia), Rachel Miller (U.S.A.), Patrick Otim (Uganda), and Laura Snider (U.S.A.), was selected for this honor by Students Participating in Resolving International Tensions (SPIRIT), a partnership of the U.N. and Columbia University.
The editorial board of the European Romantic Review and the executive committee of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism have chosen an article by Julia Douthwaite, professor of French in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, as the winner of their Best Article of 2009 award. “The Frankenstein of the French Revolution: Nogaret’s Automaton Tale of 1790,” written by Douthwaite with former graduate student Daniel Richter, was selected for the prize based on its merits in scholarship, originality, quality of writing, and significance for romantic era studies.
Doug McAdam, professor of sociology, director of urban studies, and director emeritus of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University is the 2010 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movement and Collective Behavior. The award ceremony will take place in conjunction with CSSM’s Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference, a gathering of distinguished graduate students and recent Ph.D.s from around the country.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative has awarded $1.4 million to four research projects that will study the origins, manifestations and consequences of generosity. The winning projects were chosen from among 325 proposals by scholars in 32 countries and numerous disciplines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graduate and undergraduate students from across the country will present dynamic human development research conducted in 43 nations at the second annual Human Development Conference, which will be held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26 and 27) at Notre Dame. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
The Center for Migration and Border Studies in Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies has received a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to investigate how social and cultural factors impact Mexican immigrants’ savings for retirement.
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.
The largest-ever study on the Dalits—the so-called “untouchables” of India—reveals widespread caste-based discrimination in every aspect of daily life, according to Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology and one of the co-authors of the research report.