News » Archives » December 2016

Irish Close Non-Conference Schedule

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Robby Hamman | December 29, 2016


No. 24/24 Notre Dame (11-2) wrapped up the non-conference portion of the 2016-17 campaign on Wednesday evening, defeating Saint Peter's (5-7) by a score of 63-55 to remain unbeaten in Purcell Pavilion this season.

Senior forward V.J. Beachem paced the Irish with 18 points. Fellow senior Steve Vasturia added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting and junior Bonzie Colson chipped in 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds to propel the Irish to the victory. Notre Dame's defense was the story of the game, as the Irish held the Peacock's to a shooting percentage of .357 for the game. Read More

ND Expands Research Collaborations

Author: Daily Domer Staff

The University of Notre Dame is continuing to expand its research collaborations with new partners, while also considering the needs of industry. Read More

Clemens Sedmak

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Visiting Professor Clemens Sedmak has published a new book on Pope Francis, poverty, and orthodoxy. Read More

Brian Polian Named Special Teams Coordinator

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Michael Bertsch | December 29, 2016

Ap 786916437915 W540

Former University of Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian, who spent the last four years as the head coach at Nevada, has been named Fighting Irish special teams coordinator.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to return to Notre Dame,” said Polian. “This is a very special University and football program. I want to thank coach Kelly and Jack Swarbrick for the opportunity to re-join the Fighting Irish family. Laura and I are looking forward to coming back to this wonderful community. I’m excited to go to work, get to know the terrific student-athletes and prepare for a great 2017 season.” Read More

Three Faculty Offered NEH Fellowships

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Three ND faculty members were offered fellowships last week from the National Endowment for the Humanities, continuing the University’s record of winning support for humanities research. Read More

Reilly Center Announces 2017 List

Author: Daily Domer Staff

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released a list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology.  Read More

Patricia Kay

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Patricia Kay '17 was highlighted for her work in the Energy Studies minor by the Center for Sustainable Energy. Read More

Researchers Shed Light on Stars

Author: Daily Domer Staff

University of Notre Dame astronomers have identified what they believe to be the second generation of stars, shedding light on the nature of the universe’s first stars. Read More

Khachatur V. Manukyan

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Khachatur V. Manukyan, a researcher in the Department of Physics and the Nuclear Science Laboratory, co-authored a major review. Read More

Study to Assess Climate Resiliency

Author: Daily Domer Staff

The University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative will assess the climate vulnerability and readiness of more than 250 U.S. cities with populations of over 100,000. Read More

The Organ Builders: Andreas Schonger

Author: Daily Domer Staff

One day about halfway through his work as the main carpenter on the Notre Dame organ, Andreas Schonger wiped out while training for a mountain bike race.  Read More

Scott C. Malpass

Author: Daily Domer Staff

ND Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Scott C. Malpass has been named to the board of the Vatican Bank. Read More

Busy Award Season For The Irish

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Tony Jones | December 23, 2016


In recognition of stellar academic and athletic achievement during the 2016 season, University of Notre Dame men’s soccer senior defender Brandon Aubrey (Plano, Texas) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America first team on Thursday. The scholar All-America scroll was the first national academic honor for Aubrey during his collegiate career. Read More

Student Government Promotes Diversity

Author: Daily Domer Staff

During their campaign in the spring, student body president and vice president Corey Robinson and Becca Blais stressed diversity and inclusion as one of their top priorities. Read More

Mike Elko Named Defensive Coordinator

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Michael Bertsch | December 21, 2016

Mike Elko

Mike Elko, widely considered one of college football's brightest defensive minds, has been named defensive coordinator for the University of Notre Dame.

"Mike has consistently coordinated defenses that keep the points down, negate big plays, create negative plays, excel in the red zone and, quite simply, force opposing offenses to execute at an extremely high level to move the football," said head coach Brian Kelly. "This rare combination of consistent success in those facets of defense, along with a proven ability to develop talent and fit it into his system, really places Mike in a class by himself among defensive coordinators across the country. Read More

Faculty Honored for Service to FTT

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Two faculty members and former chairs who were instrumental in the development of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) are taking their final bows.  Read More

An Irish Holiday Surprise

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Robby Hamman | December 21, 2016

12765590 G

No. 25/24 Notre Dame (10-2) used a 20-point performance from senior forward V.J. Beachem to defeat Colgate (2-10) by a final score of 77-62 on Monday evening inside Purcell Pavilion. With the win Notre Dame improves to 8-0 when playing at home this season. Read More

QuarkNet Impacts Education in Africa

Author: Daily Domer Staff

ND Physicist Tom McCauley and QuarkNet National Staff Teacher Ken Cecire traveled to Africa to hold day-and-a-half workshops for high school physics teachers. Read More

Bryan Ritchie

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Bryan K. Ritchie has been appointed vice president and associate provost for innovation at the University of Notre Dame.  Read More

Irish Overwhelm Rockets In 85-68 Victory

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Leigh Torbin | December 19, 2016


After taking a week off for exams and facing a near-record crowd of 5,697 fans at Savage Arena and an 8-1 opponent, the No. 2 Notre Dame women's basketball team (10-1) fell behind Toledo, 5-0, at the start of the game. The Irish responded with runs of 8-0 and 14-0 before the end of the first quarter to take a 25-11 lead after 10 minutes and carry that momentum to an 85-68 victory on Sunday afternoon. Read More

Meet the Murdy

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Introducing the Murdy Family Organ, which professor of organ Craig Cramer calls “a significant instrument in the United States.” The Murdy was first played in October of 2016. Read More

McKenna Funds New Center

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Andrew J. McKenna Sr. has made a leadership gift to his alma mater for the establishment of the Andrew J. and Joan P. McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business. Read More

ND to Construct Hydro Facility

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Notre Dame has reached an agreement with South Bend on a 50-year lease to the rights to construct and operate a hydroelectric generation facility on the St. Joseph River.  Read More

Two Junior Stars Join Men's Golf Program

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Leigh Torbin | December 16, 2016


Coming off of a strong fall season which saw Notre Dame claim two team and three individual titles, Irish men's golf head coach Jim Kubinski strengthened his program for the future with the addition of two National Letter of Intent signees during the fall signing period. Read More