This is a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff at Notre Dame.
This is a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff at Notre Dame.
NDWorks Weekly
Campus news for faculty and staff
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Football helmet on field.


Stadium seating reserved for students, faculty and staff

Jack Swarbrick, vice president and the James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, announced to season ticket holders, yesterday, that due to the pandemic, attendance at home football games is limited to 20 percent of stadium capacity and seating will be reserved for students, faculty and staff. Also, tailgating will not be permitted this season. These decisions, while made in the interest of community health, will undoubtedly affect the local economy, which University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., also addressed Monday. (More...)
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Health & Safety 

Dashboard now features number of recovered, active cases

The Notre Dame coronavirus dashboard now breaks down the number of positive cases into two categories: recovered and active cases. The dashboard is updated daily at noon. Test results reflect University administered diagnostic tests by the Wellness Center and University Health Services (including athletic team surveillance testing). See the dashboard.
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I am HERE 

Answering the call to help students in isolation, quarantine

Margaret Morgan, director of student support and care, leads a mighty team in the Grace Hall basement. About a dozen staff members — who normally work in offices such as Development, Special Events or Notre Dame International (NDI) — answer calls from students who are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. (More...)
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Unmasked: Study shows which face coverings are effective

Last week, the University announced that gaiters are not suitable replacements for face masks while indoors on campus. Watch the video above, which compares the effectiveness of various face coverings and face masks, including the ones faculty, staff and students received from Notre Dame. Two professors of chemical and biomolecular engineering conducted the research at the request of the University. (More...)
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“We have to assume that everyone we interact with on campus is a potential cloud of infectious droplets and the only way for us to protect ourselves, our community, our University is to wear a (two-layer) mask to control the emission of droplets."
David Leighton, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.  

Picured above is Eulalia "Lia" Roberts, who normally works in the accounting department at the Morris Inn. She currently serves as a HERE ambassador reminding people to wear face masks and maintain physical distance, among other duties. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame) 


Funding and research pivots to tackle COVID-19

The Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (AD&T) research center announced new awards that will enable faculty researchers to pivot or expand their existing research to address the detection, diagnosis, treatment or prognosis of COVID-19 viral infections and related serious medical conditions. (More...)
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Ask a Wellness Coach 

How do I deal with the anxiety of plans changing?

When Marketing Communications Account Manager Erin Winger planned her wedding, it was 2019 and she was looking forward to a November 2020 big day. The coronavirus changed most of the wedding plans, including setting a new date, in September. That came with stress and a different kind of anxiety. Wellness Coaches Martha Vanderheyden and Mary Shafer have tips to help move from disappointment about altered plans to acceptance and contentment. (More...)
Photo of candle at the Grotto.


Staff prayer request line established

If you face fears and anxiety associated with the turbulent times in which we live, you are not alone. Prayer can be a path to finding peace, courage and strength. Rev. James Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, has initiated a prayer request line to support staff. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible to Father Bracke. Submit prayer requests here.


Master integrator

Meet Patricia Culligan, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Notre Dame's College of Engineering. The new dean is co-directing a $12 million research network sponsored by the National Science Foundation, developing new models for urban infrastructure to make cities cleaner, healthier and more enjoyable places to live. (More...)


Express lane for training

Want training fast? How about in 30 minutes? OIT will put you in the driver's seat for quick lessons showcasing new features, special tricks and timely information such as various COVID scams. (More...)
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