GAIN Index moves to Notre Dame

Author: Jessica Baron


The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN, now known as ND-GAIN) - the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with droughts, super-storms, and other natural disasters that climate change can cause - is moving to the University of Notre Dame under the guidance of our partners at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). ND-ECI announced the news today at a press conference at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. GAIN ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt. It was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

Five Reilly Fellows are involved in the beginning stages of ND-GAIN. In addition to David Lodge, fellows Jessica Hellmann (Biological Sciences) and Nitesh Chawla (Computer Science and Engineering) will be among key faculty working on the GAIN Index. Reilly Center Director Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy) as well as fellow Frank Incropera (H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) are affiliated researchers. Read More

Dual-Degree Student Spotlight

Author: Jessica Baron

Antwane Mason

Student Spotlight - Antwane Mason (Class of 2013)

This is part of a series of student spotlights for the Reilly Dual-Degree Arts & Letter/Engineering Program.

Author: Antwane Mason (Computer Science and Japanese)
Spring 2013

Antwane Mason recently received the honor of second place with the prize of $1500 in a curriculum development competition sponsored by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology, CMD-IT. He was also awarded the opportunity to attend this year's SIGCSE Technical Symposium.

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"I believe that the Reilly Dual Degree program has broadened my thinking, which has allowed me to look beyond simply writing code, but also into thinking about how to sustain the practice of computer science in the future, which I believe is tied to increasing diversity within the field. This desire led our group to think about how to get minority groups and people with disabilities excited about computer science in introductory CS coursework."

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Reilly Center Announces its Dual-Degree Scholars for 2014

Author: Melinda Gormley

Vanessa Steger

The Reilly Center announced its Dual-Degree (DD) Reilly Scholars for 2014 on Friday, April 5 at the annual spring gathering. The Reilly Scholars Award recognizes three to four rising fifth-year students who while pursuing two majors have found ways to merge their two degrees. It is the greatest honor that the Reilly Center offers to Dual-Degree students and comes with official honors at commencement and a $1,000 award.

Awardees exemplify the highest ideals of the dual-degree program because they are using both degrees in their present endeavors and have their sights on fusing the two degrees in their future careers.

This year's awardees are Michael “Mitch” S. Kochanski, A. James Schmidt, Jonathan Schommer, and Vanessa Steger. Read More