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Darcia Narvaez wins Expanded Reason Award for research on neurobiology and morality development

Author: Theo Helm

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Darcia Narvaez, professor of psychology in the Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and a fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named one of two winners of the first Expanded Reason Award for research. The award was given by University Francisco de Vitoria and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation to recognize innovation in scientific research and academic programs based on Benedict XVI’s proposal to broaden the horizons of reason. Narvaez’s book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, was chosen from among more than 360 total entries from 170 universities and 30 countries. 

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Psychologist named fellow of American Educational Research Association

Author: Josh Weinhold

Darcia Narvaez

University of Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements.

Narvaez, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Letters, is one of 22 scholars who will be inducted as fellows at the AERA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

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CTSHF Blog Now Live!

Author: Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser

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The Center is a bustling hub of innovative research, now with a new blog showcasing the research endeavors of its affiliated scholars.

Check for updated content often!

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1M grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

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Scientists dedicate their lives to research. But there’s been little scholarship on the characteristics of people who make that commitment.

Does the daily practice of laboratory research shape their outlook on life? Can it be linked to specific ways of behaving or thinking? How do the habits and perspectives of scientists compare to what we might want from our colleagues, family members or fellow citizens?

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Faculty React to Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on June 18. In an op-ed in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.”

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The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming

Author: Emily Hammock

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A sophisticated theological anthropology that takes into account evolutionary theories and our relationships to other animals

In this book Celia Deane-Drummond charts a new direction for theological anthropology in light of what is now known about the evolutionary trajectories of humans and other animals. She presents a case for human beings becoming fully themselves through their encounter with God, after the pattern of Christ, but also through their relationship with each other and with other animals.…

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Anthropologist and Theologian Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Study Human Distinctiveness

Author: Carrie Gates

Celia Deane-Drummond

With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, two Notre Dame professors will co-direct the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. The three-year project will support training for theologians in evolutionary and archaeological anthropology, as well as research on the evolution of wisdom.

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"Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science" Project Receives $3.1 Million Grant from Templeton Religion Trust

Author: Emily Hammock

“Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science” marks the first multidisciplinary investigation into the dispositions cultivated by scientific practice. Supported by a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, this project will focus on identifying virtues among laboratory scientists — that  is, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional dispositions to act in ways that advance the good of both the individual and a given community. Over a three-year period, the project team (including psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and historians) will use broad surveys and intensive ethnographic studies to examine the dispositions that are correlated with laboratory research in biology. Drawing on existing literature and original research, the team will also consider how these dispositions might sustain or impede human flourishing in both science and other contexts, including familial, religious, and civic communities. Furthermore, a smaller study of musical ensembles will provide a contrasting look at highly-trained, cooperative teamwork in a non-scientific field. We anticipate that this project will generate significant transdisciplinary research, such as spurring theological and philosophical reflection on the virtues in new and perhaps unexpected ways.…

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