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Out of the office: Marching for Life

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Whenever I think of the March for Life, I think of my oldest son. I think of him as a miniature boy about 17 months old, walking along the double-yellow line that runs down Washington D.C.’s Constitution Avenue, wearing a giant woolen hat and snow boots that nearly covered his knees. Sometimes out of habit he would rocket his mittened hand upward to find his pregnant mother’s gloved one.

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What I'm Reading: Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan

By Tara Hunt ’12

There are fleeting moments where I wonder if I’m losing it — like when I pour orange juice into my morning cereal or stash my fiance’s credit card information in the office fridge — moments when I question if I actually have it all together. Those moments are few and infrequent, but as someone who thinks and processes and communicates for a living, I fear the day I’m not in full control of my mental capacities.

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Out of the office: Ireland’s penitential moment

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Barely a day goes by when I don’t think about the undergraduate semester I spent in Ireland 21 years ago. I’ve never found the opportunity to return, but two recent events on the Notre Dame campus renewed my acquaintance with the island and my hope that transformative Christian faith may not be a thing of the Irish past.

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Having coffee with Jennifer Tank: Tempest in a stream

By John Monczunski

“Until you experience it, you don’t realize the pressure that can be placed on science when it has some sort of monetary repercussion,” says a Notre Dame biochemist. “Actually, our work can’t be pigeonholed either ‘for’ or ‘against’ genetically modified crops.”

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Five years of progress

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Saturday marked the five-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 220,000 people. But Haiti is much more than the sum of the natural disasters and political unrest that has plagued the nation for the last few decades.

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Global Doc: Long day

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

The only thing on my schedule today was to go to the bank to send an international wire transfer. I never made it there. Before I could, the day would turn bizarre and then surreal in the mountains high above Port-au-Prince.

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The cheat police

By Madeline Buckley ’11

For many in the Notre Dame community and wider public, investigations this past fall of alleged academic honor code violations concerning five Notre Dame football players spurred the question: Just how does Notre Dame handle accusations of cheating?

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Adventures in history

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Forget taking it easy. When Brian DeToy ’85, a lieutenant colonel, retired in March of 2013 after 28 years of Army service, he and his wife, Sheryl, decided it was time to open a business.

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Setting the stage for change

By Tara Hunt ’12

The state of public education in Chicago is a weighty topic for a theater company, but it isn’t the first for Collaboraction, a Wicker Park-based group led by Anthony Moseley ’95.

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A journey with the Sherpas

By Jessica Trobaugh Temple ’92

Stepping off the plane in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal in 1973, Zeke O’Connor ’49 encountered a world previously confined to his imagination. The Himalayas’ stark, angular faces and the thick rhododendron forests seemed like mythic visions to the guy from the Bronx who had hardly experienced camping.

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Something To Think About

By The editors

But each list — while perhaps jaunty and pithy and quick — contains a rich stack of ideas to linger over, loiter with and think about. So read and push pause on your life and listen to the music in your head.

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Fingerprinting the bomb to keep us safe

By John Monczunski

Antonio Simonetti is a geologist by training, a chemist by trade and a Notre Dame associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences by title. “But you can think of me as the CSI person on TV,” he says.

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Alumni 234 revisited

By Lucy Negash '15

Dr. Daniel Krach ’83 and his son Patrick ’15 share a love of swords. That unusual affinity can be traced directly to the time each has spent as a resident assistant in Alumni Hall under the tutelage of rector Father George Rozum, CSC, ’61, ’80MSA.

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