June 2007

Biologist David Severson helps map yellow fever/dengue mosquito genome

By: William G. Gilroy

The American Association for the Advancement of Science on May 17 published the first draft of the genome sequence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito species that transmits the yellow fever and dengue parasite to humans. Research by University of Notre Dame biologist David W. Severson formed an integral part of the project. >
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New study examines the role vendors play in spread of invasive species

By: William G. Gilroy

Eurasian watermilfoil, Asiatic clams, yellow flag iris and rusty crayfish may not be on your shopping list, but a new study by invasion biologists at the University of Notre Dame reveals that these and other aquatic invasive species are most likely for sale at a retailer near you. >
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A mathematical problem that just doesn’t add up

By: William G. Gilroy

Most of us share it and it seems a safe enough assumption: mathematical skills and performance develop and advance as students progress through their elementary school years. >
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Planetary geologist Neal to chair lunar analysis group

By: William G. Gilroy

Clive R. Neal, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG). As chair, he also will sit on the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. >
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Anthropologist writes new book on illegal international trade

By: Michael O. Garvey

“Global Outlaws:  Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World,” by University of Notre Dame anthropologist Carolyn Nordstrom, has been published by the University of California Press.>
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For Rodriguez, family tree is a teaching tool

By: Kyle Chamberlin

His mother was an Irish Catholic from Boston, his father a Mexican-American migrant worker. Fresh off his first job as a paperboy, Marc Rodriguez joined a Milwaukee grocer’s union at age 16. If asked to predict the future profession of this blue-collar young man, few observers would have forecast the academy. Yet Rodriguez always knew he wanted to be an agent of social change, and he found that opportunity as an assistant professor of history at Notre Dame. >
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Appleby among 21 thinkers offering “Solutions to Save the World” in Foreign Policy magazine

By: Joan Fallon & Kyle Chamberlin

R. Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history, is among the “leading thinkers” who offered “21 Solutions to Save the World” for the cover story of the May/June issue of Foreign Policy magazine. >
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Undergraduate assignments good enough to publish

By: Michael O. Garvey

Passionate opponents of grade inflation often sniff that an “A” should be given only to essays worthy of publication.  >
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Political scientist’s new book examines role of religion in presidential elections

By: Kyle Chamberlin

The role of religion in the 2004 presidential election is the subject of a new book edited by David E. Campbell, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. >
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A cymbal of love in Jamaica

By: Shannon Chapla

Three years ago Kenneth Dye, director of Notre Dame Bands, sent musical instruments to a crime- and drug-infested ghetto in Kingston, Jamaica, to help occupy the time of children living in poverty and very much in danger of falling prey to gangs. >
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