What Would You Fight For?

The University of Notre Dame’s award-winning What Would You Fight For? series showcases the work, scholarly achievements, and global impact of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni.

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Art and History

Fighting to Build on Tradition

On the Navajo Nation, a territory encompassing 27,000 square miles across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, sits a lone Catholic school — Saint Michael Indian School. There, 400...

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Science and Technology

Fighting to Understand the Scientific Impact of Community

Playing in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro are 300 baboons that are the focus of one of the longest-running studies of wild primates. For more than 40 years, these Amboseli...

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Science and Technology

Go Faster and Farther Than Ever Thought Possible

In 1882, an ambitious Notre Dame student named Albert Zahm built what might have been the first wind tunnel in the United States so that he could study the lift and drag of...

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Science and Technology

Fighting to Protect the Brave

Diane Cotter knew cancer was a risk of her husband’s job. Paul had been a firefighter for 27 years, and they had been advised of not only the safety risks, but also the health...

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Science and Technology

Fighting to Uncover the Evidence

When recent Notre Dame graduate Christina Casino started as an intern in the Cyber Crimes Unit three years ago, she did not expect the stark reality she confronted in her second...

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Health and Society

Fighting to Help Others Walk Again

Marissa Koscielski ’17, ’18M.S., was in eighth grade when she fractured her pelvis and lower back in a gymnastics accident. Instead of slowly healing, she developed flu...

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Science and Technology

Fighting for the Human Heart

The human heart beats 70 times per minute, 4,200 times per hour and 100,800 times per day. In that day, it pumps more than 2,000 gallons of blood through the body and provides...

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Global Affairs

Fighting for Religious Understanding

Professor Ebrahim Moosa sits surrounded by an unlikely group. Before him are Muslim scholars from both Pakistan and India — typically unfriendly nations — mixed with a small...

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Science and Technology

Fighting the Spread of Misinformation

It was 2012. Tim Weninger was a Ph.D. student surfing Facebook and Reddit. As a computer scientist, his procrastination took a turn when he noticed some alarming trends on the...

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Science and Technology

Fighting to Protect Our Community

As Ed Striedl remembers it, the borough of Keansburg, New Jersey, tried to fortify against Hurricane Sandy. In the days and hours ahead of the storm, evacuation was encouraged....

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Law and Politics

Fighting For Fair Housing

It has been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act made discrimination in buying and selling homes illegal. Fifty years since Edward Brooke, the first African-American senator from...

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Global Affairs

Fighting for Freedom of Thought

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine declared itself an independent state. But political independence didn’t rid the country of Soviet or communist influence....

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