Thomas Noble Wins 2011 Otto Gründler Book Prize

Thomas Noble

Notre Dame historian Thomas F.X. Noble has won the 2011 Otto Gründler Book Prize for his work Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians. Noble’s accomplishment marks the first time the prestigious medieval studies prize has been awarded twice to faculty from one university—let alone a single department in back-to-back years. Read More >

Notre Dame Junior Named 2011 Truman Scholar

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis, a Program of Liberal Studies major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named a 2011 Truman Scholar. Nationwide, just 60 college juniors are selected as Truman scholars each year, based on leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of “making a difference.” Read More >

Notre Dame Graduates Receive National Honors

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The Fulbright Exchange Program, National Science Foundation, and other national organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 16 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2011, 14 of whom are students in the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >

Students Take Summer Dive Into Foreign Cultures

Carolyn Caballero

Dozens of College of Arts and Letters undergraduates spread out across the globe this summer to participate in the Summer Language Abroad program. If the past is any guide, they will return to campus with dramatically improved language skills, valuable insights into other cultures, and real-world skills they can use after graduation. Read More >

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Payday Can Be Fatal, Says Economist William Evans

William Evans

People are more likely to die on or shortly after the day they’re paid, according to a new study by University of Notre Dame economist William Evans. Traffic fatalities, heart attacks, and increased substance abuse are among the most common causes of the short-term—but significant—increase in mortality following payday. Read More >

Abandoned Irish Island Offers a Window to the Past

Inishark Island

The last 24 human inhabitants of the Irish island of Inishark departed together on October 20, 1960—a solemn end to a slow, steady decline. This small community’s collapse more than 50 years ago now offers Professor Ian Kuijt and his students “a window” to Irish life in the 19th century. “These people were living little differently than they were in the 1860s,” he explains. Read More >

Scholar Reveals Human Side of Sierra Leone

Catherine Bolten

An army officer betrayed by the government. A market trader who forges an alliance with a rebel leader to feed her starving children. And a man who risks his life to get food for his pregnant wife. These are among the scores of survivors Notre Dame anthropologist and peace scholar Catherine Bolten came to know during more than seven years researching post–war Sierra Leone. Read More >

Chinese Professors Make Winning Translation Team

Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Lin

A Chinese novel translated by Notre Dame’s Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin recently won the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize, which they share with author Bi Feiyu. The book, Three Sisters, was the fifth novel the two Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures professors translated together and the second to win a prize. Read More >

Eileen Botting Publishes Forgotten Boston History

Eileen Hunt Botting

Notre Dame political scientist Eileen Hunt Botting has teamed up with a former Ph.D. student and four undergraduates to publish, for the first time, one of the few major histories of the American Revolution written by a woman. And not just any woman. Read More >

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Senior Poses Triple Threat in Music, Theatre, Design

Ryan Belock

It has been “a blessing and a journey”—and one that happened almost by chance, Notre Dame senior Ryan Belock says. A triple major in music, design, and film, television, and theatre, Belock also participated in the marching band, glee club, New Orleans brass band, and more than a dozen theatre productions, from Macbeth and Two Gentlemen of Verona to Proof and Grease. Read More >

Service Work Leads Anthropology Alumna to Africa

Stephanie Sluka Brauer

Stephanie Sluka Brauer ’97 helps house families in 18 countries as the resource development manager for Habitat for Humanity International’s Africa and Middle East regional office. Brauer, who majored in anthropology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, now lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa. Read More >

History Grad Student Wins Newcombe Fellowship

Heath Carter

Heath Carter, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for his work on the intersection of American religious and working-class history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Read More >

Recent Philosophy Ph.D. Given International Honor

Sean Walsh

Sean Walsh, a graduate of Notre Dame’s departments of philosophy and mathematics, has been awarded a Kurt Gödel Research Prize Fellowship—one of the most prestigious honors in the field of logic. Read More >

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