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Alex Coccia

Rising Senior Alex Coccia Named Truman Scholar

Alex Coccia, an Africana studies and peace studies major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named a 2013 Truman Scholar. Read More >

Jon T. Coleman

Historian Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Notre Dame History Professor Jon T. Coleman has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to work on an environmental history of movement in America. Read More >

Mallory Meter

Video: Mallory Meter Valedictory Address

Mallory Meter, a psychology major from Beverly Hills, Mich., was named valedictorian of the 2013 University of Notre Dame graduating class. Read More >


Graduate Students Win
NSF Fellowships

The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Nine current Notre Dame students won the prestigious award—including three from the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >


Seven Seniors Receive National Honors

The Fulbright Exchange Program, Churchill, Clarendon, and other national organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to seven members of the Class of 2013. Six of them completed majors in the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >


Lyn Spillman

Sociologist Lyn Spillman Awarded Two Book Prizes

Professor Lyn Spillman has been awarded two book prizes from the American Sociological Association for her work Solidarity in Strategy: Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations. Read More >

Barry McCrea

Video: English Professor Barry McCrea on Why Novels Matter

“Novels offer us not just a map of the human mind but a way to understand how the individual human mind interacts with the world outside,” says Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies. Read More >

Semion Lyandres

Russian History Professor’s Book Casts New Light on February Revolution

History is written by the winners, but sometimes the story gets revised. In the case of Russia&squo;s February Revolution of 1917, Notre Dame’s Semion Lyandres has done just that in his latest book, The Fall of Tsarism. Read More >

Social Media

Measuring the Emotionality of Offline Communication

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University are developing an innovative system using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communications. Read More >


Stephen McFeely

Alumnus Finds Success as Hollywood Screenwriter

Behind the mask, the cape, and the suit of every superhero stands a seemingly ordinary individual blessed with an incredible gift. Behind Captain America stands Stephen McFeely ’91. Read More >

Alisa Rantanen

Senior Named Among Top Five Industrial Design Students in Nation

Notre Dame senior Alisa Rantanen has been named the Industrial Designers Society of America’s Midwest District Merit Award winner, ranking her one of the top five graduating industrial design students in the nation. Read More >

Kate Squiers

Pre-Med Student Thrives in Glynn Honors Program

Notre Dame junior Kate Squiers wants to be a doctor—and knows that a broad-based liberal arts education can help her become a great one. Read More >

Justin Farrell

Exploring Humanity’s Relationship to the
Natural Environment

Justin Farrell, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, is interested in how human values, morality, and religion impact our responses to environmental problems. Read More >

Kelly Taylor

Notre Dame Senior Lands Internship at ‘Late Show’

Millions of viewers tune in nightly to the Late Show with David Letterman, but these viewers don’t see the hours of preparation behind each evening’s episode. Last summer, Notre Dame student Kelly Taylor got the opportunity to be a part of the team that produces the popular television show. Read More >

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Summer 2013

Video: Arts and Letters Seniors Share Reflections

College Presents Saturday Scholars Lectures

Alumna Appointed White House Deputy Director of Communications

Risk Factor for Depression Can be ‘Contagious’

FTT Students Film Theological Journey Through Jerusalem

FedEx Executive Combines Liberal Arts
and Engineering

Renovated West Lake Hall Houses Design Program

Theology Professor Wins Luce Fellowship

Editors Bring Arts and Letters Edge to
Student Newspaper

Mandated Infertility Coverage Carries Unintended Costs

ND Opens Three New International Programs

Professors Win Six Catholic Press Awards

New Sociologist Focuses on Immigration

English Ph.D. Students Receive Prestigious Research Fellowship

Video: Meet Arabic Studies Major Owen Cox

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