26 Jan
2021

Professors receive fellowships

first_imgTwo Notre Dame professors recently received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to pursue their scholarly work next year, increasing the University’s record number of NEH fellowships to 44 in the last 12 years. Notre Dame has earned more NEH fellowships since 1999 than any other university in the country, according to a University press release. The University of Michigan earned 35 NEH fellowships and Harvard earned 26. Notre Dame theology professor Eugene Ulrich received a fellowship this year in Ancient Languages to pursue his book, “The Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” a compilation of his previous work on the topic. “The Dead Sea Scrolls … open up a period that we had lost sight of, a period that had just been lost to history,” Ulrich said. “Which is part of the period of the composition of the Scriptures.” Ulrich’s career has been focused on exploring this era through the scrolls, and therefore gaining a greater appreciation for and understanding of the Biblical texts. His work began as a graduate student at Harvard under Frank Cross, one of the two original American editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His dissertation became an analysis of one of the major scrolls. “It was being in the right place at the right time,” Ulrich said. Ulrich’s first NEH fellowship in 1977 enabled him to publish one of the scrolls, leading to a lifetime of research pertaining to these documents. When the other editor, Monsignor Patrick Skehan of Catholic University of America, died, he left his life’s work to Ulrich because he was so impressed with his research. “This coming year will be my 39th year of teaching here,” Ulrich said, “and 21 of those years, I have had NEH funding. They were very interested in the publication of the scrolls.” Ulrich’s upcoming work expands on a book he published last year, “The Biblical Qumran Scrolls: Transcriptions and Textual Variants,” which includes all of the text from the Biblical Scrolls, but makes it more accessible. “After going through scroll after scroll after scroll and seeing different surprises here, different surprises there, what I’m doing now is synthesizing all that and putting it into one monograph so that you can get in one book a clear explanation and description of how the Bible came to be the way it is,” Ulrich said. Thomas F. X. Noble, chair of Notre Dame’s History Department, received an NEH fellowship in Medieval Studies to produce his book “Rome in the Medieval Imagination,” a look at how Rome was perceived by different people and cultures during Medieval times. “Everyone had an opinion about Rome,” Noble said. “Good, bad or indifferent.” Noble’s previous work focused on Rome itself, especially Popes and the Roman Church. His new book, however, will explore Rome through the eyes of Medieval citizens. “Rome was a constant presence for Medieval people,” Noble said “It haunted their imagination, and [in my book] I am poking around inside people’s imagination a thousand years ago.” Noble said “Rome in the Medieval Imagination” will finally provide a source for Medieval scholars to learn about their subjects’ perceptions of Rome. “Whoever studies Medieval art, literature or history runs into Rome all the time,” Noble said. “Some people might be thinking why this author in 12th century France thought this about Rome … and they’ve never had a book to take off the shelf to look that up and find out. So what I’m trying to do is explain why you bump into Rome all the time if you study the Middle Ages.” This is Noble’s third NEH fellowship, but he said he still feels just as great about it as his first two. “When you win one of these awards, it means that an anonymous panel of our peers thought well of what we’re doing,” Noble said. “When the NEH looks at all those worthy applications and picks yours, it feels pretty good. Notre Dame has a wonderful tradition in winning these so it’s nice to be part of that group.”last_img read more

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29 Sep
2020

PensionDanmark backs government plan for agriculture investment fund

first_imgHe said this would result in growth and employment particularly in those parts of Denmark where they were most needed.Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s minister for business and growth, said there were many farmers with effective businesses that they were ready to invest in, but who were hindered by high levels of debt.“Several hundred businesses are assessed as being effective enough to be able to remain profitable by investing more in their production combined with a long-term solution for their overall debt,” he said, adding that these were exactly the farmers the fund was targeting.Danish Agricultural Capital would receive a DKK500m transfer from the state.The ministry said the goal was to attract at least a further DKK500m from pension funds and possibly other investors to reach the initial goal of raising DKK1bn.It said the Danish Growth Fund would run the new farms fund, and that it was working right now on making deals with a range of larger pension funds to invest in it.“If the negotiations go as we expect,” Lund Poulsen said, “Danish Agricultural Capital will be able to grant its first loan at the start of 2017.”The new farm financing fund would offer subordinated loans that are non-callable by Danish Agricultural Capital. The ministry said there were no fixed sizes or terms for the loans and that they were expected to be for DKK5m to DKK10m, with terms of up to eight years at an individually fixed rate of interest.Loans are expected to be given to 150-200 farms over the next few years. PensionDanmark has voiced its support for an investment fund being launched by Denmark’s Ministry of Business and Growth to raise DKK2bn (€269m) of equity and debt financing for Danish farms.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of the DKK189bn labour-market pension fund, said: “There has been a constructive dialogue for some time between the Ministry of Business and Growth, the Danish Growth Fund and several Danish pension funds about setting up Danish Agricultural Capital (Dansk Landbrugskapital).”The Danish Growth Fund (Vækstfonden) is a state investment fund set up in 1992 that invests equity and provides loans and guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises in conjunction with private partners and Danish financial institutions. “It now looks as if a model has been found in which PensionDanmark and other investors can put capital into the new fund, thereby making a reasonable return while at the same time helping supply financing for skilled farmers keen to invest in their businesses,” Möger Pedersen said.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Celebration Galore as Curtains Fall on 2018 Saharalympics

first_imgOf the 70 gold, silver and bronze medals handed out at the close of the event; forty two medals were shared among Ikeja Electric, Asharami Synergy and Sahara Group respectively. Ikeja Electric had the distinction of scoring the highest number of gold medals to emerge the overall winners of the 2018 Saharalympics. The companies which occupied the fourth, fifth and sixth positions include Egbin Power, Centrum and Asharami Energy.Bethel Obioma, Head Corporate Communications said the Saharalympics had become a phenomenon that is attracting global interest, especially as it clearly demonstrates the role of sports in enhancing excellence, team performance and sustainability. “Sahara Group is proud of the Saharalympics and how the platform is evolving in line with global standards. It is amazing and remarkable that participants from the previous editions have not lost the drive and enthusiasm that saw them achieve remarkable sporting feats while our new colleagues making their Saharalympics debuts have also embraced our values, adding to the swell of physical and intellectual talent that runs right across the organization.”The warmth and enthusiasm of the crowd was just as palpable when former Nigerian Super Eagles captain and Everton central defender Joseph Yobo made a special appearance to kick off the Women’s football game.“The atmosphere was amazing and the organization of the event was exceptional. Sahara Group put up a spectacle that I would always remember. The athletes were quite competitive but still upheld the values of fair play and team work. Their determination to work hard and play hard was outstanding,” said Yobo.The biennial event comes up again in 2020 when many more participants are expected given the ongoing expansion drive of the Sahara Group across the globe.“For now, with the memories still fresh, Saharians are left with a series of vivid snapshots: EXCO members aggressively popping balloons as they squared off against their peers in a one of a kind ‘Treasure Hunt’, the various teams trading hilarious banters and the sheer spectacle of witnessing the might and grit of the brawniest athletes pitted against each other in a Tug of War. 2020 may look like forever, but one thing is sure, Sahara Group will raise the bar higher again, we always do,” enthused Obioma.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sahara Group’s company–wide games, The Saharalympics, lived up to its billing with amazing track and field performances that saw staff win  70 medals in the keenly contested completion that was designed to promote excellence and team sprit at the leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate.The Saharalympics competition which kicked off by 10.am at the Campus Mini Stadium, Lagos Island on Saturday, September 29, 2018 attracted hundreds of Sahara Group staff from the energy giant’s various locations in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.A total of 6 teams jostled for medals and glory at the track and field competition. They include Asharami Synergy (Downstream Division), Asharami Energy (Upstream Division), Sahara Power Group, Egbin Power Plc., Ikeja Electric and First Independent Power Limited (all of the Power Division) Centrum, SIVC and CVL (Infrastructure Division) and Sahara Group Ltd- the organisation’s innovation and strategy nerve centre.last_img read more

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