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Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame is the nation’s leading Catholic research university, providing a distinctive voice in higher education that is at once rigorously intellectual, boldly moral in orientation, and firmly embracing of a service ethos. Rated among the top 20 of all U.S. institutions of higher learning and a member of the Association of American Universities, Notre Dame ranks among the top 10 nationally in the percentage of students who study abroad and has seen research funding more than double in the past decade.

The University is organized into four undergraduate colleges — Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business — the School of Architecture, the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Law School, and the Graduate School. It is located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, in a region with a population of more than 320,000, and is widely known for its scholarly excellence, Catholic character, legendary athletics programs, and the beauty of its campus, including the Golden Dome of the Main Building, the world’s most recognized university landmark.

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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, center, of the North Carolina Supreme Court swears in state presidential electors to cast their votes on Dec. 14, 2020. AP Photo/Gerry Broome

2020’s ‘fake elector’ schemes will be harder to try in 2024 – but not impossible

In the 2020 presidential election, groups of self-appointed electors in seven states met to cast votes for Donald Trump, even though Joe Biden had carried their states. Could that happen again?
A man with a child shows his identification to police officers at a checkpoint in Honduras as migrants attempt to reach the U.S. Photo by WendelPhoto by WENDELL ESCOTO/AFP via Getty Images

Young Hondurans’ desire to migrate is influenced by factors beyond poverty and violence

New research challenges the conventional wisdom that those who enjoy some form of employment and strong support networks are more inclined to attach themselves to a set geography.
Fragments of Russian shells piled at a farm in the Chernihiv region of northern Ukraine. Volodymyr Tarasov /Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Wars cause widespread pollution and environmental damage − here’s how to address it in peace accords

War is wreaking havoc on land, water and critical infrastructure in Ukraine and Gaza. Two experts on peace and conflict explain how to include such impacts in peace agreements.
Aid trucks loaded with supplies wait in Arish, Egypt, after a border crossing with Gaza was closed on May 8, 2024. Ali Moustafa/Getty Images

I’ve spent decades overseeing relief operations around the world, and here’s what’s going wrong in Gaza

A United Nations agency known as UNRWA is the main player in crisis response in Gaza – but Israel will no longer work with UNRWA, and border crossings are not consistent in getting aid through.
Coffee is not the only way to fight boredom. Vladimir Vladimirov/E+ via Getty Images

How to battle boredom at work

New research suggests alternating boring and meaningful tasks can keep workers more engaged and productive.
Penny Knight and Phil Knight were the second-largest givers of 2023. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Donations by top 50 US donors fell again in 2023, sliding to $12B − Mike Bloomberg, Phil and Penny Knight, and Michael and Susan Dell led the list of biggest givers

Three philanthropy scholars discuss several trends in giving by the wealthiest Americans highlighted in this yearly report. Among them: Much of this money doesn’t go to charities right away.
The ruins of a church in Bohorodychne, Donetsk district, Ukraine, on Jan. 27, 2024. Ignacio Marin/Anadolu via Getty Images

The Russia-Ukraine War has caused a staggering amount of cultural destruction – both seen and unseen

In addition to destroyed buildings, there’s an entire underground world – filled with untold numbers of artifacts, bones and ruins – that are exposed and damaged by the digging of trenches.
Police place a fence at the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 8, 2024, before justices heard arguments over whether Donald Trump is ineligible for the 2024 ballot. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Supreme Court skeptical that Colorado − or any state − should decide for whole nation whether Trump is eligible for presidency

Partisan differences at the Supreme Court seemed to be set aside as conservative and liberal justices alike asserted concerns about giving states too much power over national elections.
A heat exchanger and transfer pipes at Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby, Md. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

The US, a minor liquefied natural gas supplier a decade ago, now is the world’s top source. That’s good for energy security, but bad for Earth’s climate. An energy scholar explains the trade-offs.

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