ND-TEC launches, Good Place creator visits A&L, music major video + more
ND-TEC launches, Good Place creator visits A&L, music major video + more

New Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center to address ‘big questions’ of emerging technology

Spearheaded by Arts and Letters Dean Sarah Mustillo, the new center, known as ND-TEC, aims to address the increasingly complex and continuously evolving ethical and policy questions related to the impact of technology on society and individuals. The University will add 15 new faculty positions for scholars who will conduct research and explore enduring and emerging ethical concerns across a wide range of innovation and technological contexts and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and perspectives.
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Pop culture and philosophy converge as The Good Place creator Mike Schur visits A&L classes

Mike Schur — creator of The Good Place and Parks and Recreation and a writer and producer on The Office — came to Notre Dame last week to talk to students in the The Good Class, a course focused on the philosophy and production of his current NBC show, as well as multiple sections of the God and the Good Life introductory philosophy course. A public panel discussion on whether television can make us better people also included a special presentation to Schur in honor of Li'l Sebastian, a fan-favorite character on the Indiana-set Parks and Recreation.
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How Africana studies and biology help senior Shelene Baiyee understand the world

Shelene Baiyee’s time at Notre Dame has been characterized by connection — whether it’s with faculty, other students, or seemingly unrelated subject matters. The senior may be busy with clubs, service, research, and more, but never loses sight of what drives her forward — the connection between it all. “It’s really important, especially as a black female in America, to understand the history of race in America, and to acknowledge a lot of history that has been left out of history books,” she said. “Having two extremely different majors allows you to see the interconnectedness of certain topics and life in general, because what you can understand through science can be aided by history.”
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Leading an international staffing firm, Andrew Hilger ’91 uses English and philosophy majors every day

As president of Allegis Group, a staffing and services company that works with upwards of half a million people a year, Andrew Hilger lays out the firm’s investments, growth, and direction in the digital age — and sees a big part of his job as helping employees and clients in ways that go beyond day-to-day tasks. “As we move into an age where more and more of the computational and rote tasks are done by machines, the world needs liberal arts,” he said. “Competencies that are uniquely human — empathy, persuasion, creativity, ethical judgment — will be at a premium, and they are nurtured through an Arts and Letters education.”
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Video: The music major at Notre Dame

What is the music major like at Notre Dame? “Everybody here is working very, very hard for their own success — but it's never at the expense of someone else,” said music major Aileen Markovitz. Music majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as collaboration, musicianship, communication, and critical thinking. After graduation, they go on to top graduate and professional schools and work in a variety of professions and industries.
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Psychology professor receives $2.5 million NIH grant to launch intervention program for pregnant women exposed to violence

Laura Miller-Graff, an assistant professor of psychology and peace studies, will evaluate the intervention program through a randomized, controlled trial involving more than 200 women and their infants. “Violence is an offense against the whole person, the whole family, and our response to it should also be holistic,” she said. “The core of our program focuses on promoting safety, healthy coping, and strong positive relationships, but we approach it from a framework that realizes women’s access to these things is intimately connected to a host of other cultural, community, and economic resources that inhibit or promote family well-being.” 
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