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Restorative Justice through Nature: Elsa Barron '21 and Karli Siefker '21

Author: Natalie Ambrosio '17

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A baby preying mantis will extend its front legs and make itself appear as tall as possible to fend off a hungry spider. This may seem trivial, or perhaps humorous, and indeed, the group of teenage boys in DePaul Academy’s biology class laughed when they first saw a video of this encounter. But then, when asked to think more about it, the conversation turned to how us humans are similar to the preying mantis – sometimes we act big and tough when we don’t want to get hurt. These students could relate to the insect, and thus, grow in their connection to nature. …

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study announces its 2021-2022 class of fellows

Author: Olsen, Kristian and Brandi Wampler

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) has announced its faculty fellowship class for 2021-2022. The 11 residential fellows come from top research universities, including Notre Dame, and have diverse research interests that span the disciplines, including ecology, political science, anthropology, history, food studies, and creative nonfiction. They will come together for a year of intensive collaborative research on Resilience, the NDIAS’s organizing research theme for 2021-2022.

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Sustainability Career Series Opens Virtual Doors for Students

Author: Alanah Hahn '22

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With a record number of students enrolled in the Sustainability Minor and an increasing interest in careers incorporating sustainability, there was no question of canceling this semester's Environmental Career Trek. In light of the pandemic, the Sustainability Minor partnered with the Meruelo Center for Career Development to host a virtual career event.

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Remote Internships Allow Sustainability Students to Broaden Their Skills While at Home

Author: Natalie Ambrosio '17

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In spring 2020, like many other students around the world, Notre Dame’s sustainability students were watching their summer internship plans fall through. When Dr. Rachel Novick, Director of Notre Dame’s Sustainability Minor reached out to alumni to see if they had any remote internships opportunities for these students she was met with great support. From a nonprofit focused on sustainable food systems to Knoxville’s sustainability office and a research center at Arizona State, there was a diverse set of new opportunities for sustainability students. For all of the students I spoke with, this was their first remote internship opportunity, and many stepped into fields that they were unfamiliar with. …

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Cancer cells mediate immune suppression in the brain

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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In newly published research in the journal Cell, researchers showed that one type of cell important for immunity, called a myeloid cell, can suppress the immune response — which has the effect of allowing breast cancer cells to metastasize to the brain to form secondary tumor cells there.

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Notre Dame launches a weekly webinar series discussing COVID-19

Author: Brandi Wampler

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Starting in October, from 6 to 7 p.m. EDT each Monday, coronavirus experts will discuss a new aspect or angle of the pandemic, such as epidemiology, food security, public health, racial inequities, testing, vaccines and evidence used to inform decisions about opening schools, athletics and businesses. 

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