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Beauty Industry Disruption: ESTEEM Graduates Revolutionize with Cutting-Edge AI Tools

Notre Dame ESTEEM

Emmanuel Acheampong, ESTEEM ‘21, and Rofy Okyere-Forson, ESTEEM ’22, are working to revolutionize the beauty industry with AI-powered tools geared towards matching beauty & skincare products to all skin shades. The pair are co-founders of roboMUA, a cutting-edge startup that uses artificial intelligence to help consumers find the perfect beauty products for their unique skin shade. The roboMUA mobile app…

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FirstGen@ND: Daniel Lapsley, professor of psychology and ACE collegiate professor

Shannon Rooney

Notre Dame Professor of Psychology Daniel Lapsley uses the word “naive” to describe himself as a young student approaching his college years. He grew up with five siblings near Pittsburgh. His father was a steel worker and his mother was a homemaker. Neither of Lapsley’s parents had been to college, but he knew he wanted to go. …

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The Latina/o Studies Association Holds its Biennial Conference at Notre Dame, Looks Toward the Future

Oliver Ortega

  After two years of delay, the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame hosted a gathering this past summer for one of the most important academic organizations in ethnic studies. Hundreds of scholars and artists flocked to the Duncan Student Center over the course of four days in July to attend the Latina/o Studies Association's biennial...

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Foreign Language Week is Back!

Luke Van de Walle

The LaFortune Ballroom came alive last year during Foreign Language Week 2022 with the smell of food, the beating of drums, the sound of music, and the grace of the dancers from different cultures. The Notre Dame community watched in awe as the performers transported them to different parts of the world, each dance telling a story of its own...

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Transformational Leaders Program: Staff and faculty shape student experience through personal accompaniment

It’s a wide-open room, filled with study tables and comfy chairs with colorful pillows. There are snacks in baskets beneath inspirational signs and plenty of outlets for phone and laptop charging. The wall art is eclectic, yet intentional— chosen to represent diverse cultures and the beauty of the human race. A local coffee shop? That’s not far off, at least...

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ND Law alumnus Pier Pigozzi ’10 LL.M., ’20 J.S.D. nominated to serve on Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Kevin Allen

The Republic of Ecuador has nominated Notre Dame Law School alumnus Pier Pigozzi ’10 LL.M., ’20 J.S.D. to serve on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The commission is affiliated with the Organization of American States and headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its members meet several times a year to examine allegations of human rights violations in North America, South America,...

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Pinar Zorlutuna named Roth-Gibson Professor of Bioengineering

Karla Cruse

Pinar Zorlutuna, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded an endowed professorship. She was named Notre Dame’s Roth-Gibson Professor of Bioengineering, effective January 1, 2023. “Appointment to an endowed chair is one of the highest honors in the University, signifying distinguished achievement in one’s field,” said Patricia J. Culligan…

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Caroline Kipruto

Luke Van de Walle

Kenyan native and Swahili Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Caroline Jepchumba Kipruto is an exemplary representative of her community, Eldoret. Located in the western region of Kenya near the Great Rift Valley, Eldoret is famous for a large number of world-class track and field athletes like Eliud Kipchoge who is Olympic champion is marathon runner and world record…

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Myla Leguro to receive 2023 Kroc Institute Distinguished Alumni Award

Lisa Gallagher

Myla Leguro, M.A. ‘10, has been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award, an annual honor that showcases Notre Dame peace studies graduates whose careers and lives exemplify the ideas of international peacebuilding.  Leguro will receive this prestigious award in person on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 4 p.m., and offer a presentation, “Harnessing the Power of...

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Novelist and English professor Dionne Irving Bremyer on empathy, creative writing, and climate change's impact on culture

Jon Hendricks

Reading stories about people who are like us, and not like us, develops an appreciation of what it means to be human, said Notre Dame faculty member Dionne Irving Bremyer, who authored The Islands, one of 10 books longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. “We still read Hamlet, right? And we get something out of it, not necessarily...

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