Connecting the Golden Dome With the Capitol Dome | August 2023
Transatlantic Traditions of Service & Excellence
The Aer Lingus Football Classic in Dublin is a few weeks away and we can’t wait to kick off the 2023 football season in true Irish fashion! Whether you’ll be cheering on the Irish from DC or Dublin, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the rich tradition of service and love of country shared by Notre Dame, the U.S. Navy, and Ireland.
A great example of ND’s work on timely issues of national security and Irish relations is the ARINS project. This research partnership between the Keough-Naughton Institute and the Royal Irish Academy provides independent analysis of key constitutional and policy questions regarding Ireland and its future, from the post-Brexit economy to religious identity politics. Check out one of their recent features, "It is not as simple as Catholics voting for a united Ireland and Protestants voting against.”
And if you’re making the trip, be sure to swing by the Notre Dame Club of DC’s meet-up at Flannery’s Pub on Friday, August 24 at 7 PM. Email Scott Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to RSVP.
This month, we gathered with colleagues from Northeastern University-Arlington to discuss the future of AI for the common good with Nitesh Chawla, founding director of the Lucy Institute for Data & Society. Dr. Chawla shared how Lucy is using AI to solve "wicked problems" through transformative research. He also discussed how universities can play a leading role in helping policymakers answer difficult questions surrounding the ethical and equitable use of AI, while helping prepare tomorrow’s workforce for these rapid advancements. Visit the Lucy Institute website to learn more about how researchers at ND are using data and innovation as a force for good in the world.
Enhancing Summer Experiences
Our team worked with the Washington Program and Keough School Washington Office to welcome more than 100 students to DC this summer, providing alumni connections and policy discussions to round out their summer internships. A highlight was our “Meet the Members” series of off-the-record Q&A sessions with ND alums in Congress. Special thanks to Rep. Brendan Boyle (‘99), Rep. Mike Flood (‘97), and Rep. Rudy Yakym (EMBA ‘19) for their generous participation.
Creative Solutions for Federal Disaster Housing
Earlier this summer, ND Architecture professor Marianne Cusato was selected to display her latest concept home on National Mall as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2023 Innovative Housing Showcase. As Director of ND’s Housing and Community Regeneration Initiative, Marianne is working to reform federal disaster housing policy and find creative solutions to make housing more attainable, resilient, and affordable. Read more about this innovative housing concept and Marianne’s impressive contributions in the field of disaster recovery and resilience here.
ND Joins Prestigious University Research Consortium
ND was recently selected for inclusion in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of the nation’s leading research universities working to transform lives through education, research, and innovation. Joining the AAU marks an exciting milestone in ND’s mission to advance research for impact and serve as a force for good in DC and beyond. Read the announcement from Fr. Jenkins here.
Welcome to ND's New VP for Research!
On July 1st, ND officially welcomed Jeff Rhoads as the new Vice President for Research. Our team looks forward to partnering with Dr. Rhoads in his new role and continuing our federal engagement efforts that have helped make ND one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the nation. Learn more about Jeff Rhoads and ND Research here.
Bridging the Digital Divide
The Wireless Institute at ND is committed to addressing the critical gaps in broadband access through groundbreaking research in wireless technologies. Drawing upon a combination of policy and technology expertise, ND researchers are driving wireless research forward and developing innovative approaches to benefit society.
One example is the Citywide Classroom South Bend (CCSB), a partnership between ND’s Wireless Institute, the city of South Bend, and local schools that provides internet connection options for students in need. The Wireless Institute helped equip pandemic-paused school buses with WiFi equipment to blanket the city with connectivity areas. Based on this success, the school district is now working with the Wireless Institute to pilot its own private LTE network that can reach 1,000 families. This pilot project uses public access airwaves, called the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), and could be replicated across the country.
The Wireless Institute is also home to SpectrumX, the NSF Spectrum Innovation Center. To learn more or get involved in their efforts to advance cutting edge spectrum research, policy, and workforce solutions, check out their website here.
Research and Finance Assistant, Embassy of Ireland USA
In keeping with our Irish theme, we bring you an interview with ND Alum Isabel Cabezas. Isabel served as the first office manager for the newly opened Keough School Washington Office before going on to complete her Fulbright in Ireland. She returned home to DC and now works at the Irish Embassy. Read on for her reflections on ND and Ireland (plus a few travel tips for Dublin!).
How have you incorporated your art history background into your current role at the Irish Embassy?
I support our public diplomacy work by looking after the art in the Chancery and Residence, including efforts to commission a set of double portraits of Frederick Douglass and Daniel O’Connell and John Lewis and John Hume. The soft power of art can subtly showcase the many connections between Ireland and the US, nod to traditional Irish culture and Irish-American perspectives, and promote the values of modern Ireland.
You received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2019 for your work with the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin – the first public museum of modern art in the world. Tell us about your project.
The aim of my Fulbright was to strengthen engagement between the Hugh Lane Gallery and Dublin communities. I conceptualized a program to utilize the gallery's art collection as an entry point to each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, thereby bringing in nontraditional voices and perspectives into the gallery.
How have your ND experiences influenced your interest in Ireland?
ND's presence in Ireland is top-notch and has us learning through the soles of our feet, as they say. My family identifies strongly with our Irish-American heritage, so I was delighted to live in Ireland and work at the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre through ND’s Irish Internship Programme. When I moved there for my Fulbright, one of the strongest testaments to how richly ND had introduced us to Ireland was that my Irish roommate thought I had grown up spending my summers in Ireland.
For those going to Dublin later this month, any recommendations?
- Guinness: For those who think Guinness is too bitter, ask for blackcurrant to sweeten it a tad.
Ice Cream: Get a 99 and try Brown Bread and/or Dingle Gin ice cream at Murphy's on Wicklow Street.
- Culture: See the painting that earned Ireland its first Olympic medal – Jack Yeats' The Liffey Swim – at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Lastly, will we see you at the game?
I do visit Ireland in the summers but instead of going to the game, I will be on Achill Island for a week in early August, fulfilling a childhood (and anthropology minor's) dream of going on an archaeological dig.
Interview edited for length and clarity.
Isabel with then-Vice President Biden at the Irish Ambassador's Residence in 2018. In the background is a portrait of John Shaw, the first Irish person to become a naturalized US citizen.
Dome to Dome: Community Notes
Keep reading for recent career updates and accomplishments from our ND community in DC, and be sure to submit yours below!
Congrats to Haley Coleman (‘20) and Veronica Maska (‘22) who are headed to law school this fall. Haley will be attending Georgetown Law School and has been working at the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative since graduating from ND. Veronica will be leaving her current role at Deloitte to return to Notre Dame for law school. Jessica Pedroza (‘17) recently began a new job as the Fellowships Manager at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She most recently worked on Capitol Hill for the office of Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-3) and is a former CHCI Fellow herself. This spring, Christine Joseph (‘16) transitioned from the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to a position as Special Advisor at the Office of Space Commerce in the Department of Commerce. Annie Kuster (‘16) and her team at Nayaraq Stories have been selected for a U.S. Department of State grant to carry out a storytelling project with adolescent mothers in the Peruvian Amazon. In addition to running Nayarq, Annie works full time on the Clinton Health Access Initiative's Global Markets Team. Amy Chaput (‘97) is beginning an Executive Ph.D. in Executive Business Research at Virginia Tech. Amy is a Managing Director for Deloitte’s Global Public Sector Analytics & Cognitive practice. Masaaki Yoshimori (MNA ‘22) was recently published by the SocioEconomics Challenges journal. Click here to read his article, “Rising Global Economic Power by China to Challenge New Global Order.” Jason Prince (JD ‘05) joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in its international trade and finance services practice groups. Jason most recently served as Chief Counsel for the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Department of the Treasury.
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