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Anthropologists Propose 'Breastsleeping' as New Word and Concept

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and Research

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As far as titles in academic journals go, it’s quite the attention-getter. “There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping,” reads the title of a new peer-reviewed commentary piece by University of Notre Dame anthropologists James McKenna and Lee Gettler that appears in the prestigious European journal Acta Paediatrica.

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Scholar of Latin American Studies Joins Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Author: John Slott

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Joshua Lund

Joshua Lund finds studying a combination of literature, visual culture, and art to be the richest way to think about social problems in Latin America. He joins the Department of Romance and Romance Languages as an associate professor of Spanish with expertise in literature, film, political history, and cultural politics.

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Video: Luxury as Power in Restoration-Era England

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Laura Knopppers

“Scholars who have worked on Charles II have tended to back away from the sensational side of the Restoration," said Laura Knoppers, professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. “When I come to Charles II, I see that mode of luxury as central to his political power and is essential to the way that that monarchy is representing itself in England.” Knoppers’ research centers on the 17th century and intersections between literature, visual culture, politics, and religion.

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NSF Grant Helps Institute’s Fellows Study Wandering Minds in STEM Classes

Author: Bill Schmitt

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

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A research collaboration involving two scholars in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology that seeks to combat student inattentiveness in STEM learning has captured the attention of the National Science Foundation (NSF), receiving a three-year grant totaling $550,000. The work of James Brockmole, an associate professor of psychology and visual attention expert; Sidney D’Mello, an assistant professor of psychology and computer science who studies cognitive sciences; and others is part of a research effort to fight the problem called mind wandering.

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The Experience Project Awards $1.7 Million to 22 Research Projects

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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A research collaboration that aims to build new understanding about how religious and transformative experiences occur and shape people’s lives is awarding its first round of funding with more than $1.7 million going to 22 projects. The Experience Project, supported by a John Templeton Foundation grant, looks to answer questions about how religious experiences affect a person’s concept of God; how transformative experiences can affect a person’s identity, values, and behaviors; and how types of transformative experiences differ.

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Video: Meet Art History Major Seán Cotter

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Seán Cotter

Majors in art history gain a broad understanding of Western art along with opportunities for in-depth examination of particular periods, such as ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and modern art. “There’s something I really love about the challenge that comes with the unexplored,” said Cotter. “I love the tradition that can emerge from that, and I love that I’m part of that tradition.”

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Army Officer Earns Economics Ph.D. in Record Time

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Carl Wojtaszek

Two years and nine months. That’s how long it took Army Maj. Carl Wojtaszek to complete his Ph.D. in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics—a little more than half the typical time. An assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point since 2008, Wojtaszek received a prestigious, yet finite, award from the Army—full funding to pursue his advanced degree, but a three-year time limit to complete it.

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Unique Collaboration Brings Scholar of Ancient Philosophy to Campus

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Diego De Brasi

An Italian-born, German-speaking scholar of ancient philosophy will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the University of Notre Dame, supported by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study and Workshop on Ancient Philosophy teamed up to help secure the post-doctoral fellowship for Diego De Brasi, an assistant professor of classical philology at the University of Marburg, Germany.

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Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Awarded ACLS Fellowships

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Eileen Hunt Botting and John Welle

Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won fellowships this year from the American Council of Learned Societies. John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and concurrent professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was awarded the fellowship to complete his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Eileen Hunt Botting an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, received the award to support her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

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Romance Languages Professor Awarded ACLS Fellowship to Research Golden Age of Italian Silent Film

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

John Welle

John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has won a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to finish his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Welle’s research examines discourses on stardom and celebrity from 1890 to 1920, when the Italian film industry flourished by promoting poets and divas.

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Professor Wins ACLS Fellowship to Explore Political Philosophy in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

Eileen Hunt Botting

Eileen Hunt Botting’s students have suggested, only half jokingly, that had someone only given Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature a hug, a lot of violence and tragedy could have been avoided. Botting, an associate professor of political science, has come to believe those students aren’t far from Shelley’s main point—that so much can go wrong when society shirks its responsibilities for its most vulnerable citizens. She will get to elaborate on that theory over the course of a year thanks to an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship supporting her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

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Sociologist Calls for Research on Charter Schools to Go Beyond Test Scores

Author: William G. Schmitt

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

Mark Berends

A comprehensive review of the research assessing charter schools as the fastest growing area of school choice reforms has uncovered a need for studies that take a different tack, according to Notre Dame sociologist Mark Berends. The director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity notes that the explosive growth of charter schools in the past decade, with total enrollment now exceeding 2.5 million children, has benefited from claims in the public arena that are not thoroughly examined.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Receives William James Book Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Darcia Narvaez

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has received the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association for her latest book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom. The award recognizes a recent book that attempts to bring together diverse subfields of psychology and related disciplines and demonstrates an essential underlying set of themes that serve to unify or integrate the field.

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Three Questions with Gabriel Said Reynolds, Quran Scholar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and Research

Gabriel Said Reynolds

Notre Dame theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds studies the Quran and the interactions between Christians and Muslims. Academic courses taught by Reynolds include Foundations of Theology, Islam and Christian Theology, The Qur’an and Its Relation to the Bible, The Holy Land, and Islamic Origins. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Qurʾan in Conversation with the Bible: The Qurʾan Translation of Ali Quli Qaraʾi Annotated with Biblical Texts and Commentary.

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Political Scientist Looks at Disconnect Between Self-image and Reality of Field

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Michael Desch

Trends in political science are marginalizing the subfield of security studies, argues Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science, in a new piece in the journal Perspectives on Politics. Desch believes there is a disconnect between political science’s self-image of balancing rigor and relevance with the reality of how political scientists actually conduct their scholarship most of the time.

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Record Fulbright Award Year Led by 15 Arts and Letters Students

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Fifteen Notre Dame students who studied in the College of Arts and Letters have received grants from the Fulbright program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A total of 18 students were named Fulbright finalists—the most grantees the University has ever had in the program.

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White House Report on Juvenile Offender Diversion Programs Highlights Project with LEO Ties

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Research

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A White House Council of Economic Advisers report released July 14 includes an account of Reading for Life, a local juvenile diversion program that is being evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities. The report, “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change,” features the RFL program, which has been used at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center since 2007.

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Two Romance Languages and Literatures Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Global Nutrition

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Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there.

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LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

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Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education.

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Researchers in New Notre Dame Center Awarded $3.1 Million Grant to Study Virtues in Science

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Celia Deane-Drummond

A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University.

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The Art of Truth: Maxim Kantor

Author: Andy Fuller

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

Maxim Kantor

Maxim Kantor is the portrait of a character from a well-crafted Hollywood political drama: an artist, writer, and philosopher whose early work went largely unnoticed in Cold War Russia because it did not conform to the tastes of the Soviet regime. Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study hosted the artist as its Director’s Fellow in 2015.

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Video: Theologian Gary Knoppers on the Origins of an International Judaism

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Gary Knoppers

“Different texts speak with different voices. Paying attention to these differences between different writings really helps to illumine the history of early Judaism,” said Gary Knoppers, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Knoppers, whose research focuses on ancient Israelite history, is currently writing commentaries of 2 Chronicles and 1 and 2 Kings, Biblical texts authored during the Babylonian exile.

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Philosopher Honored for Research on Immanuel Kant

Author: John Slott

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Karl Ameriks

Karl Ameriks, the McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, was honored by the American Philosophy Association as the 2014–15 lecturer for its Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecture Series. The distinction, granted to one scholar per year, recognizes an individual whose work includes “a broad approach to Kantian philosophy across the philosophical disciplines.”

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Historian’s Award-Winning Book Offers New View of Turbulent Times for Mexico

Author: John Slott

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Jaime Pensado

Notre Dame historian Jaime M. Pensado has been awarded the Conference on Latin American History’s 2014 Mexican History Book Prize for his first book, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties. An unprecedented look at student activism in 1960s Mexico, the book was judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published in 2014.

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Video: Economist Ruediger Bachmann on the Causality of Uncertainty

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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“Does uncertainty drive the business cycle or vice versa: does the business cycle actually cause uncertainty?” said Ruediger Bachmann, associate professor of economics at Notre Dame. Bachmann specializes in the macroeconomics of heterogenous agents. He serves as an associate editor for the Economic Journal and as a member of the executive committee of the German Economic Association. He has done extensive work on economic uncertainty and helped establish its counter-cyclical connection to the business cycle, Bachmann says, as a “new business cycle fact.”

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Exhibit Showcases Medieval Liturgical and Musical Manuscripts

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal.

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Video: French and History Major Researches Diderot in Paris

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Anne Seul ’15, a history and French major, spent the summer of 2014 conducting research at the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the French capital’s historical library. Her research focused on perceptions of Denis Diderot, the 18th-century French philosopher best known as the chief editor of Encyclopédie and a key figure influencing the French Revolution. “It’s a new challenge. I’ve never done anything remotely like this by myself—living on my own and being in charge of this big project,” she said.

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Professor Strives to Build World-Class Islamic Studies Program

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For Ebrahim Moosa, the chance to develop an elite Islamic studies program at a Catholic university is full of opportunity. “Catholics and Muslims can potentially embark on a series of meaningful conversations on common concerns,” he said. “There are challenges both Catholics and Muslims face on gender issues, science, evolution, and values. How do strong religious values survive in the midst of formidable social and political challenges?

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