University receives $128 million in research funding

first_imgNotre Dame received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016, the second highest total in school history, according to a University press release.This year was topped only by the 2015 fiscal year, in which the University received $133 million in research funds.“The research, scholarship and creativity of Notre Dame faculty continues to make a difference in multiple ways across our country and around the world,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “The growth in external funding is a tangible testimony to the importance of their work.”According to the release, funded research projects cover a variety of disciplines, including energy, economics and everything in between.For example, Alan Seaubaugh, chair professor in the College of Engineering, and his research team won a $5.8 million award to support the Center for Low Energy Systems (LEAST), a Notre Dame-led initiative working to devise new concepts for energy-efficient devices to reduce power in electronic systems.For his research on advancing the empirical study of global religion in mainstream academia, sociology professor Christian Smith received a $4.9 million award from the Templeton Religion Trust.Faculty from the College of Science and College of Engineering — led by Frank Collins and Scott Emrich — received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support Vectorbase, a bioinformatics database that provides web-based resources to the scientific community on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens.The University supports research in more than 20 facilities and in each of Notre Dame’s colleges, according to Notre Dame Research’s website.This year, 57 percent of awards came from federal funding, along with 16 percent from foundations and 15 percent from industry sponsors, according to the release. Local and state governments, foreign entities and nonprofit organizations also sponsored various research projects.“This was another strong year for Notre Dame Research and it reflects the talents of our faculty and students,” Robert Bernhard, vice president for research, said in the release. “Due to their hard work and great achievements, we are celebrating another successful year for research funding and finished strong with the highest month of funding — nearly $23 million in June — in the University’s history.”Tags: research fundinglast_img read more

Christian charity facing banishment by government regulators 6 October 2017Family First Comment: World famous in NZ – as international media start to cover our experience!A Christian charity in New Zealand right now is fighting a battle more and more Christians may come to encounter as LGBT activists expand their influence around the globe – a government decision its belief in biblical marriage “cannot be determined to be for the public benefit.”While Christian and conservative organizations in the United States faced harassment and targeting under the administration of Barack Obama, with deliberate delays in regulatory approval so they could operate, charities in New Zealand operate under a different legal structure.There, they must be authorized by regulators, the government’s New Zealand Charities Board, or they simply are not allowed to operate. That is, without that approval they are not allowed to collect donations at all.Officials at the Barnabas Fund, which works on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, explained when the first Charities Commission was set up in the United Kingdom, which was integral in establishing governments in New Zealand and Australia, in 1853, “its role was very simple – to ensure that when people gave money to a charity, that money was used for the purpose for which it was given.”“In those days everyone understood what a charitable purpose was – it was things like helping the poor, caring for the sick or spreading the Gospel. In fact in the nineteenth century more than three-quarters of all charities had a specifically Christian foundation,” the report said.“However, in the last two decades laws have been passed in Australia, NZ and the UK which require charities to prove they provide a ‘public benefit.’ This has created a dangerous situation in all three countries where unelected individual civil servants at the charity regulator can effectively decide on their own what is/is not allowed to be a charity (and therefore allowed to collect donations).”It’s the Family First NZ organization that has been fighting the attacks from the regulators.It recently lodged a followup appeal with the Wellington High Court regarding the regulators attempts to shut it down.“Family First has also successfully applied for an order that the board be restrained from deregistering Family First until the appeal is heard,” the group reported.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more