REM sleep enhances emotional memories, study shows

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Witnessing a car wreck or encountering a poisonous snake are scenes that become etched in our memories.

But how do we process and store these emotional scenes so that they’re preserved more efficiently than other, more neutral memories?

In a new study published recently in “Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience,” University of Notre Dame researchers Jessica Payne and Alexis Chambers found that people who experienced rapid eye movement (REM) sleep soon after being presented with an emotionally-charged negative scene — a wrecked car on a street, for example — had superior memory for the emotional object compared to subjects whose sleep was delayed for at least 16 hours. Read More

Notre Dame’s Reilly Center highlights emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values

As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013.

The center aimed to present a list of items for scientists and laypeople alike to consider in the coming months and years as new technologies develop. It will feature one of these issues on its website each month in 2013, giving readers more information, questions to ask and resources to consult. Read More

Dual-Degree Alumni Spotlight

Author: Jessica Baron

Alumni Spotlight - Santiago Garcés (Class of 2011)

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This is the first in a series of alumni/ae spotlights for the Reilly Dual-Degree Arts & Letter/Engineering Program. Read on to see what Santiago Garcés ('11) is doing for the city of South Bend and how thedual-degree program helped forge that path. Read More

New book takes readers on mathematical excursions to the world’s greatest buildings

Author: William G. Gilroy

"Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings"

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When many of us view a great building, we are struck by the majesty and artistry that spring from its form, function and materials. University of Notre Dame mathematician Alexander J. Hahn sees all this, but also something more. He sees the mathematics that lies at the heart of great buildings and finds in it a beauty of its own.

Hahn examines the mathematics at work in great buildings in a compelling and richly illustrated new book, ""Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings:http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9693.html," published by Princeton University Press.

“Mathematical Excursions” discuss the pyramids of Egypt; the Parthenon in Athens; the Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome; the Hagia Sophia; historic mosques; great Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals; some of Palladio’s villas; the U.S. Capitol; and three icons of the 20th century: the Sydney Opera House, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Read More

Seeking Answers to Complex Questions

Author: Carol Bradley

Don Howard, professor of philosophy and director of the Reilly Center

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values focuses on three broad areas in support of its mission: education, research and outreach, says Don A. Howard, center director and professor of philosophy. “We want to be a partner with technical faculty, to help them talk about social, ethical, legal and policy implications of science and technology. We also want to take our voice off-campus, and be more than a campus leader—we want to be a national and international leader.” Read More

HPS philosophers head to China for The International Conference on Scientific Explanation and Methodology

Author: Jessica Baron

Three philosophers from the HPS program are giving papers at The International Conference on Scientific Explanation and Methodology of Science at Shanxi University's Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology this week. Katherine Brading is presenting "Special Relativity and the Spatiotemporal Extent of the Present," Janey Kourany is giving a paper on "The New Ignorance," and Anjan Chakravartty will talk about "Cases as Bases for the Epistemology of Science." Read More

Melinda Gormley wins science writing fellowship

Author: Jessica Baron

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Dr. Melinda Gormley, Assistant Director for Research at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, has been chosen as a fellow for the To Think, To Write, To Publish project at Arizona State University (ASU). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered through the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at ASU. Read More

Paper-based counterfeit drug testing gains attention

Author: Marissa Gebhard and Gene Stowe

A female student holds two paper-based counterfeit drug strips, which will become part of a larger pad later A female student holds two paper-based counterfeit drug strips, which will become part of a larger pad later.

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has collaborated with faculty and students to demonstrate advances in paper analytical devices (PADs) to test for counterfeit drugs. The promising low-tech solution has received broad attention in the scientific community. Lieberman’s work was featured in Chemical and Engineering News and presented recently at the American Chemical Society’s 244th National Meeting in Philadelphia. Read More

Words in action: English Department faculty bring science and literature expertise into ND HPS

Author: Jessica Baron

Highlighting the strength in science & literature at Notre Dame

Laura Dassow Walls

William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English

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Research includes:

  • literature and natural science in 19th-century America, especially Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, and Poe, along with Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, and Louis Agassiz.
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Catherine Jackson Joins the HPS Program

Author: Jessica Baron

Catherine Jackson

The HPS program would like to welcome Catherine Jackson as its first postdoctoral fellow! Professor Jackson received her first Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cambridge University and her second Ph.D. in History of Science from University College London. She was most recently a Gordon Cain Teaching Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Read More

Reilly Center Director to teach summer course on Einstein’s philosophy of science

Author: Jessica Baron

Reilly Center director and professor of philosophy Don Howard will teach a week-long interdisciplinary summer course on Albert Einstein’s philosophy of science in Tübingen, Germany. The course, which will run from July 30-August 3, 2012, will include a diverse array of graduate students and junior scientists from around the world, including many from top history and/or philosophy of science graduate programs in North and South America and Europe. Read More

Symposium on the work of Fr. Ernan McMullin

Author: Jessica Baron

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly has published the proceedings from a symposium held in honor of the late Notre Dame philosopher Fr. Ernan McMullin and his contributions to philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, religion and science, and history of science. Read More

Update on HPS Alumnus Nahyan Fancy

Author: Jessica Baron

Congratulations to Nahyan Fancy, who recently received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of History at DePauw University. Dr. Fancy graduated from the History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. program in 2007 and wrote a dissertation entitled "Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection: The Interaction of Medicine, Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288)" under advisors Phillip R. Sloan (emeritus) and Ahmad Dallal (Georgetown University). Read More

Reilly Center Awards 2012 Sloan Prizes

Author: Jessica Baron

Charles Pence and Grace Deardurff have been awarded the 2012 Sloan prizes by the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. The Sloan Prize is awarded each year to one graduate student who embodies Reilly Fellow and History and Philosophy of Science professor Phillip Sloan's commitment to scholarship and to one undergraduate student who in some special way embodies the mission and core values of the Reilly Center. Each student will receive a $500 award. Read More

Reilly Fellow Jon Coleman publishes new book

Author: Jessica Baron

A new book by Reilly Fellow Jon T. Coleman explores the myth of Hugh Glass, a hunter brutally mauled by a grizzly bear along the Yellowstone River in the summer of 1823. Glass, who survived the attack despite being abandoned by his hunting partners, became a mythic figure to those seeking adventure in the American West. Read More

Reilly Center Announces Dual-Degree Award Winners

Author: Jessica Baron

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values hosted an awards ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012 for students from the Reilly Arts & Letters/Engineering Five-Year Dual-Degree Program. Guests included the Reilly Center’s benefactor Mr. Jack Reilly, as well as John Staud (Senior Director, Pastoral Formation and Administration, ND Alliance For Catholic Education (ACE) Program) and Susan Valdiserri (pictured below, Executive Coach, Leadership & Learning Consultant, Read More

Reilly Center Inducts Four New Fellows

Author: Jessica Baron

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values announced its new fellows on Monday, April 30, 2012: David Hernandez (Classics), Nick Laneman (Wireless Institute), Jessica Payne (Psychology), and Carter Snead (Law School). The four nominees represent a diverse mix of scholarship and are drawn from the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Engineering, and the Law School. Read More

Reilly Center co-sponsors inaugural Ethics Workshop for Notre Dame doctoral students

Author: Jessica Baron

On Monday, January 17, 2012 the Graduate School hosted its first Ethics Workshop, a new requirement for all incoming doctoral students at Notre Dame. The event was co-hosted by the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and drew 254 students from the Schools of Science, Engineering, and Arts & Letters.       Read More

Robert Goulding wins ACLS Fellowship

Author: Jessica Baron

Reilly Fellow Robert Goulding, Associate Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and in the History and Philosophy of Science, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for the 2012-2013 academic year. Read More