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Three questions with Rich Taylor: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rich Taylor

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which seemed a particularly apt time to talk with Rich Taylor, a University of Notre Dame researcher whose research focuses on the discovery and development of new therapeutic leads for the treatment of unmet clinical needs in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Taylor is associate vice president for research, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and interim director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development.

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Notre Dame joins in call to action for American 'Innovation Imperative'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Research

The University of Notre Dame has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed Innovation: An American Imperative, a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings — and warnings — contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1 Million grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology and concurrent professor in the College of Science

A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religious 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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Notre Dame faculty read and react to new encyclical on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si’, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday (June 18).

In an op-ed essay in Wednesday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.

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Researchers discover massive genome switch in one generation

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rhagoletis pomonella, or "apple maggot"

A team of biologists from the University of Notre Dame, Rice University and three other schools has discovered that an agricultural pest that began plaguing U.S. apple growers in the 1850s likely did so after undergoing extensive and genome-wide changes in a single generation.

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Ethical Leaders in STEM: Announcing the first cohort of leadership fellows

Author: Mary Hendriksen

els

This fall, the Graduate School will launch a unique Ethical Leaders in STEM program, a yearlong leadership development opportunity for third- and fourth-year Ph.D. graduate students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goals of the program are to provide an opportunity to become aware of and further develop one’s leadership strengths; to provide an ethical foundation for decision-making; and to positively impact the community.

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