Monday Morning Update
July 19, 2010
Polish Polymath: When the remains of the Renaissance astronomer Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) were re-interred in Poland in May, Professor Andre Goddu was one of just two Americans invited to participate in the ceremonies. After centuries of searching, archaeologists discovered Copernicus' remains in 2005 and the events around his re-interment featured scholarly reflections and religious services. Goddu teaches the history of astronomy & physics and his new book is Copernicus and the Aristotelian Tradition. For more on Goddu's experience as a witness to history, visit here.
Take a Tour: To help connect with "stealth" visitors on campus, computer science majors Ryan Curtis '10 and Scott Markoski '10 developed their own mobile touring application called Gaido (Japanese for "tour guide") this past year. With Gaido, visitors who don't wish to take part in directed tours can download the application, now available in the Android market, and take a fully-featured tour on campus. From academics to student life, Gaido users pick from a range of themed tours. Computer Science Professor Bob Dugan advised the students on the project and he says "this is an example of what can be accomplished when you put a couple of smart, talented computer scientists together to try and solve a problem." For more on this unique, versatile application, visit here.
Faith and Service: In May, two Stonehill students spent five days in New York City participating in a program on Catholic social teaching sponsored by the Path to Peace Foundation, which supports the Vatican's United Nations mission. Sponsored by the Mission Division, Thomas McKenney '11 and Kaylee Johnson '12 joined 48 students from across the country in interacting with U.N. ambassadors, representatives from Catholic agencies, and top officials on issues like poverty, social justice and equality. To find out what the students learned about linking faith with service, visit here.
Philosophically Speaking: With the publication of his acclaimed new book Engaging Heidegger, Philosophy Professor Richard Capobianco recently spoke with Ereignis, a leading website dedicated to the study of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). The German philosopher is hailed as the greatest philosopher of the 20th century and Capobianco is a recognized authority on Heidegger and how he revolutionized contemporary philosophy. To read Capobianco's extended and detailed Ereignis interview, visit here.
Passage to India: Our students and faculty have sent 10,000 books to Rev. Paul Pudussery, C.S.C. who is establishing a new university sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross in India. Thank you to everyone who made this book transfer so successful. Of course, good luck to Fr. Paul who has returned to India after a summer visit to the U.S.
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