How faculty adapted to distance learning, new BA in computer science + more
How faculty adapted to distance learning, new BA in computer science + more

‘We are all in this together’: How A&L faculty rapidly adapted their courses for distance learning

From philosophy to musical theatre to economics, Arts and Letters faculty are using technological innovations — as well as creativity, patience, and empathy — to continue the educational experience for their students as the University shifts to online classes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The sudden shift has prompted adaptation in the face of adversity — from defending a dissertation via Zoom meeting to posting and analyzing behind-the-scenes clips of rehearsal for a musical that won't be performed — but it has also already helped faculty and students forge new bonds with each other.
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University launches BA in computer science major

Notre Dame’s new bachelor of arts in computer science major will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to obtain rigorous training in the rapidly advancing areas where computer science intersects with the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Housed in the College of Arts and Letters, the program will involve significant coursework in the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering while offering enough flexibility for students to enroll in an Arts and Letters program — a major, supplementary major, minor, or 15-credit hour course sequence of their own design.
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Departments, faculty donate personal protective equipment for county coronavirus response

Notre Dame is donating personal protective equipment (PPE) from labs across the University in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a shortage of such equipment among local doctors, nurses, and first responders on the front lines of the outbreak. The Department of Art, Art History & Design loaned their 3D printers to Innovation Park for the production of PPE, and a history assistant professor mobilized faculty and staff to donate about 1,300 items to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
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Women Lead 2020: Sara Bernstein 

Sara Bernstein has been asking philosophical questions for as long as she can remember. Even as a child, she pondered deep issues of life, death, and ethics — wondering what might happen if all humans suddenly disappeared, or how we can possibly know that what we’re taught is correct. Now, as the Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, Bernstein is a leading expert on the metaphysics of causation, of time and of feminist theory. In the University’s annual Women Lead feature highlighting female scholars across campus, Bernstein discusses time travel, the importance of mentorship, and philosophy as a cornerstone of Catholic education.
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Neuroscience major explores her faith and values through minor in philosophy, religion, and literature

When Revell Cozzi decided to add a minor in philosophy, religion, and literature (PRL), she was driven by more than just an academic interest. Cozzi felt the minor provided her with a piece of herself she’d been missing in college life. “One of Notre Dame’s application essays asked us what Father Basil Moreau’s quote, ‘Education is the art of helping young people to completeness,’ meant to us,” the senior said. “I feel like having that interdisciplinary aspect is the best way to bring people to completeness.”
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Alumna named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Arts and Letters alumna Ashley Zhou will study medical science at the University of Cambridge this fall as a member of the Gates Cambridge Scholar class of 2020. Zhou is a 2019 graduate from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She received a bachelor of arts degree in neuroscience and behavior and minored in innovation and entrepreneurship. She currently lives in San Jose, California.
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Video: Political scientist’s definitive research on the first century of women voters

Christina Wolbrecht, a professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, has published a new book marking the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. In this video, she discusses her research on the evolution of women’s voting behavior, turnout, and candidate choice.
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