Welcome to this week's edition of the ThinkND newsletter, which highlights some of Notre Dame's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) efforts.

In addition, be sure to check out our new, free digital learning program - Big Questions, a series of micro-courses that includes short videos, online materials, recommended readings, and discussion questions. Learn from this content and all the free videos, podcasts, articles, and courses available on

Look forward to next week's Veteran's Day and active military edition.

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New Big Questions course: What Makes A Life Good?
Professor Meghan Sullivan will guide you through this big philosophical question using brief lectures, case studies, and practical activities. The lectures will introduce you to the big ideas; the case studies will show you how these ideas relate to real world scenarios; and the activities will help you think about how to apply them in your own life. Enjoy this custom learning experience here.

On Math, Origami, and How No Discipline is an Island

Whatever your thoughts about math, there's a good chance this brunch with Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Graduate Student Fellow, Clare Kim will make you see the "queen of the sciences" in a brand-new light.
On Math, Origami, and How No Discipline is and Island
Listen time: 35 minutes

John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications

John Donovan is responsible for the bulk of AT&T’s global telecommunications and video services businesses, including AT&T’s Business, Entertainment, and Technology & Operations groups.
John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications
Run time: 73 minutes

Ubiquitous Robots? Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Jim Schmiedeler, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Notre Dame, researches robotics, human biomechanics, and the intersection of the two. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Ubiquitous Robots? Challenges and Opportunities
Run time: 73 minutes
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