Notre Dame Among Top Producers of Fulbrights

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Notre Dame students were awarded 13 Fulbright grants for the 2011–12 academic year, placing the University among the top in the nation. Eleven of the 13 are from the College of Arts and Letters. “Our Fulbright scholars illustrate one of the many ways in which the University is cultivating global citizens and world leaders who will successfully address the significant challenges of the 21st century,” says Deb Rotman, director of Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. Read More >

Economics Research to Improve Sanitation in Africa Gets $1 Million Boost

Molly Lipscomb

Molly Lipscomb, assistant professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, and two colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, hope to increase the accessibility of sanitation technology in poor neighborhoods in Senegal. The project is supported by a more than $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read More >

Philosopher Anjan Chakravartty Joins University

Anjan Chakravartty

Anjan Chakravartty, a distinguished philosopher of science and metaphysics, is joining the University of Notre Dame as a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. “This is a signal hire for the Notre Dame philosophy department, the History and Philosophy of Science graduate program, and the Reilly Center,” says Don Howard, director of the center and a a professor of philosophy. Read More >

Noted Conductor and Artist Carmen-Helena Tellez Joins Notre Dame

Carmen-Helena Tellez

In July 2012, scholar, conductor, and interdisciplinary artist Carmen-Helena Tellez will join the University as a professor in the Department of Music and in the Master of Sacred Music program in the Department of Theology. “Carmen-Helena is a renowned specialist in 20th and 21st century choral and choral orchestral sacred repertory,” says Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy and co-director of the Master of Sacred Music program. Read More >

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Medievalist Kent Emery Jr. Receives Major Grant

Kent Emery, Jr.

University of Notre Dame Professor Kent Emery Jr. and his team have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to produce the first critical edition of a key work by medieval theologian and philosopher John Duns Scotus. The three-year, $300,000 grant was one of the largest awarded by the NEH this year. Read More >

Economist Daniel Hungerman Tests Assumptions About Faith

Dan Hungerman

By many different measures, people who take religion seriously are different from the rest of society, says University of Notre Dame economist Daniel Hungerman. “In fact, religiosity is the best predictor of any number of positive social outcomes,” he says. “Religious people are generally healthier, they give more to charities, they are much more likely to be involved in civic life, and they are much less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness.” Read More >

Researchers Engineer Psychological Innovations

Sidney D’Mello

A growing collaboration between Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and Department of Computer Science and Engineering has given rise to a number of research projects that explore the interaction of humans with technology. These interdisciplinary efforts “have been expanding at an impressive rate over the past few years,” says Professor Dan Lapsley, chair of the Department of Psychology. Read More >

Political Scientist Debra Javeline Researches Responses to “Russia’s 9/11”

Debra Javeline

On the morning of September 1, 2004, University of Notre Dame political scientist Debra Javeline found herself, like many people around the world, glued to the television, watching in horror as the Beslan school hostage crisis—widely known as “Russia’s 9/11”—unfolded. Javeline, an expert in mass political behavior, followed the tragedy’s aftermath with deep concern and a social scientist’s eye. What would happen next? Read More >

Psychologist Nicole McNeil Developing New Math Learning Strategies

Nicole McNeil

What do children know about mathematics before they start learning it in school? How do external factors like language, education, and culture affect children’s understanding? What is the best way to structure an environment so they have the building blocks needed for success in math? These are just some of the questions Notre Dame psychologist Nicole McNeil seeks to answer in her research. Read More >

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Bernoulli Winners Employ Skills Beyond Graduation

Libby Koerbel

Economics majors in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters develop the analytical skills and social perspective needed to better understand complex economic forces at work in the world. They also hone the ability to express their ideas and insights both clearly and concisely. That’s exactly what Class of 2011 students Elizabeth Koerbel and Matthew Conti demonstrated in their senior theses, which won first and second place, respectively, in the University’s annual Bernoulli competition. Read More >

Political Science Majors Discover the World at Work

David Baron

Understanding the way the world works is important. But understanding the way you work is just as important, says Joshua Kaplan, director of undergraduate studies in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science. And by majoring in political science, students come to know both. “Our students learn something about the world and something about themselves,” Kaplan says. Read More >

Alumna Reports From the Heart of the Vatican

Elizabeth Simari

Elizabeth Simari, a College of Arts and Letters alumna from 2008, crosses Saint Peter’s Square on the way to and from work, shops at the Vatican’s grocery store, and has even had the Pope drop by her office. “It’s an amazing experience,” says Simari, who works for the weekly English edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. “I feel blessed to have these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.” Read More >

Political Science Ph.D. Candidate Studies Colonialism and Slavery

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Political science graduate student and former Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellow Olukunle Owolabi has a unique personal connection with the subject of his research—the differences in development and governance between countries with a history of plantation slavery and those with a history of colonial occupation. Read More >

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