Luksburg Collaboration Grant Awardees 2013-2018

Applied and Computational Mathematics & Statistics
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Biological Science
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry, Harper Cancer Research Institute
Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Computer Science and Engineering
Economics and Keough School of Global Affairs
Electrical Engineering
Film, Television, and Theatre
German and Russian Languages & Literatures
History, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs
Institute for Educational Initiatives
Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning
Law School
Political Science
Physics and Radiation Laboratory
Romance Languages and Literatures
Sacred Music Program
Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development

Notre Dame Principal Investigator(s) Project Name Brief Description PUC Collaborator(s)
Applied and Computational Mathematics & Statistics
Daniele Schiavazzi Uncertainty quantification of relative pressures from undersampled velocity reconstruction in 4D flow MRI This project initiates a collaboration between faculty at ND and PUC in the area of uncertainty quantification and signal processing for MRI diagnostics. It will cover travel expenses for the project directors and will support the visit of a student to the PUC/ND campus during the Summer months. Carlos Sing-Long
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Ryan G. McClarren PUC/Notre Dame Workshop in Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification We propose a joint workshop, hosted by PUC, concerning the modern tools and techniques of machine learning and uncertainty quantification targeted to engineers at the senior undergraduate/graduate level. The goal of the project is to attract top talent from PUC to attend Notre Dame for graduate school and via other exchange opportunities. The week-long workshop will feature lectures from both institutions with time for hands-on experience from the attendees. Carlos Jerez-Hanckes
Fabio Samperlotti

Mihir Sen
Initiation of ND-UC Collaboration on Solid-State Thermomechanics and Thermosacoustics The long-term goal of this project is to initiate collaboration between ND and PUC on the use of mechanics, thermodynamics and acoustics to aerospace and mechanical engineering applications such as energy harvesting and manufacturing. This grant will support a visit by the Project Director to PUC for a week in fall 2013 (to discuss research topics of common interests in order to initiate a synergistic collaboration between the two institutions) and by ND undergraduate interns working at PUC during the summer 2014.  Jorge Ramos-Grez
Tengfei Luo Initiation of ND-UC Collaboration on Nanoscale Thermoelectric Materials Initiate a collaboration between Notre Dame and PUC on the research of nanoscale thermoelectric materials; visit by Luo to PUC; set collaboration to prepare first candidate for to-be-established ND-UC dual PhD program. Amador Guzman
Biological Science
Gary Belovsky Ecological Education/Research Exchange between the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center and PUC’s Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability  This proposal will establish an exchange program between the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) and PUC’s Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES) for undergraduate and graduate students. This will provide a unique educational/research opportunity for the students of our two institutions. In addition, it will foster faculty exchanges and research collaborations between UNDERC and CAPES affiliated faculty. The ultimate goal is to link environmental studies of northern and southern temperate ecosystems to better understand their ecology and management as anthropogenic climate change impacts them. Fabian M. Jaksic
Adrian Rocha Exploring the Nexus of Water, Energy, and Food in a Changing Climate We will capitalize on active discussions and multiple meetings between faculty of the University of Notre Dame (Biological Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences) and faculty of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Biological Sciences, Ecology, Agronomy and Forest Science) to develop a research and educational partnership focused on the nexus of water resources, sustainable energy, and food production in a changing climate. As in many parts of the globe, Chile is experiencing wide fluctuations in weather and precipitation that are driving a water-poor country into severe water stress, similar to that in the western United States. Our group of Notre Dame faculty who focus on water resources will team with a complementary set of PUC faculty to study Chilean water resource ecology, and water utilization for energy and agriculture, in a dynamic climate. Research publication, proposal development, and student training will be integral and intertwined parts of the collaborative effort. UND and PUC are well poised to make important and lasting contributions to water and climate science, which are also highly consistent with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church and the recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’. Francisco Meza, Horacio Gilabert,
Juan Armesto, Aurora Gaxiola
Mark A. Suckow Transformation Through Comparative Medicine: Collaborative Acceleration of Research Notre Dame experts to assist PUC in developing a strategic plan for AAALAC accreditation of the comparative medical animal research facilities. This collaboration will trigger many interactions between Notre Dame and PUC scientists. Andrea Leisewitz
Zhi Da The Economics of Chilean Pension System This project will be carried out jointly with Profs Borja Larrain and Jose Tessada.  The Projects seeks to use unique data and local scholarly insights into the pension system in Chile to generate and test meaningful hypotheses about the economics of pension funds in general.  The project consists of data-gathering and analysis and the opportunity to present the written scholarship that will come out of the collaboration at international conferences. Borja Larrain

Jose Tessada
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Ana Egatz-Gomez Ultrasensitive Nanoparticle Molecular Switches for Biosensing The overall goal of this proposal is to further expand the existing collaborative research between the PUC School of Engineering and the University of Notre Dame Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics.Dr. Ana Egatz-Gomez at ND will visit PUC from 12/3 to 12/6. Dr. Egatz-Gomez will give a seminar at PUC on upconverting nanoparticle (UCNP) research she conducts at the Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics, and will discuss with Drs. Parra, Guzman, and other faculty at PUC the possibility of incorporating UCNP molecular detectors in the ongoing collaborative project between PUC and ND “Development of a platform for directed evolution”. During her visit, Dr. Ana Egatz-Gomez will present the ND Biomedical Engineering program and meet with PUC students, as a recruiting effort for bioengineering students as exchange/visiting students with groups here at ND or who might like to apply to ND as full-time students. Loreto Parra

Amador Guzman
Hsueh-Chia Chang A High-Throughput Optical Micro-Well Reactor Array Technology for Massively Parallel Drug Discovery by Directed Evolution Further the collaboration of Notre Dame and PUC in developing a revolutionary drug discovery platform Loreto Parra

Amador Guzman
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Allen Oliver X-ray Crystallography Course at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile This proposal is to continue the collaboration between the Chemistry Departments at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and University of Notre Dame (UND). Three faculty members from UND will visit PUC in summer 2018 and reprise a course in Chemical Crystallography that was conducted in August 2016. This will provide PUC researchers the opportunity to learn crystallographic techniques and to submit samples for analysis at Notre Dame. This short course will also provide the opportunity for UND faculty to interact in order to establish new and to strengthen existing collaborations. Rene Rojas Guerrero
Alexander G. Lappin

Zachary D. Schultz
Collaboration in Surface and Catalysis Studies between Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the University of Notre Dame. The proposal has two main aims. The first is to discuss and develop ongoing research collaborations between the group of Professor Mauricio Isaacs at PUC and the groups of Professor Lappin and Professor Schultz at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Professor Schultz will advise in the set-up and use of newly acquired major instrumentation for the characterization of surface chemistry at PUC. Ongoing research in this area will be planned. Both Notre Dame faculty members will visit PUC in July or August of 2014 for one week and funds are requested to support this trip. Three PUC graduate students will visit Notre Dame over the summer and fall to conduct research and some incidental expenses will also be covered by the funds requested. Professor Mauricio Alejandro Isaacs Casanova
Shahriar Mobashery Joint Symposium in Chemical Sciences A two-day symposium is organized on the campus of the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) for the week of October 3, 2016. Per on-going discussions between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and the Faculty of Chemistry at PUC, a symposium theme of Chemical Biology/Biomedical Sciences/Pharmaceutical Sciences was mutually agreed upon.  We envision this event to include scientific presentations by faculty members from Notre Dame and from PUC, as well as oral and poster presentations by students and postdoctoral fellows. A panel discussion open to all symposium attendees, and a concluding round-table discussion involving all faculty participants are additional aspects of the program that we seek to incorporate.  The purpose for this symposium is to expose each side to the capabilities and expertise on the two campuses, such that these resources could be leveraged most effectively in initiating lasting and productive research exchanges and collaborations. Dean Barbara Loeb
Allen G. Oliver Crystallography Summer School at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile This proposal will establish new collaborations between the chemistry departments at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and University of Notre Dame. Three faculty members from UND will visit PUC in summer 2016 and organize in collaboration with faculty at PUC a summer school for crystallography. This will give the opportunity for researchers at PUC to learn crystallography techniques and to submit samples for analysis at Notre Dame. This summer school will also provide the opportunity for UND faculty to interact in order to establish new collaborations as well as to strengthen the existing ones. Rene Rojas Guerrero
Norman Dovichi Quantitative proteomics of the regenerating spinal cord This proposal will catalyze collaboration between research groups at Notre Dame and Catholic University of Chile to address fundamental aspects of spinal cord regeneration following damage. Damage to the spinal cord leads to catastrophic paralysis after serious trauma. Xenopus laevis, the African clawed frog, provides an interesting model organism for study of the regeneration of the spinal cord following damage. Xenopus has regenerative and non-regenerative stages. As a tadpole, it is fully capable of functional recovery after a spinal cord injury, while its juvenile form (froglet) loses this capability during metamorphosis. We envision that comparative studies between regenerative and non-regenerative stages in Xenopus could aid in understanding why spinal cord regeneration fails in human beings. Juan Larrain
Brian M. Baker Joint Symposium for Collaborative Science Follow-up to Spring 2014 visit by College of Science chairs and associate deans to Chile and PUC in particular; symposium involving 20-25 Notre Dame faculty, graduate students and administrators interfacing with PUC counterparts (January 2015) Juan Larrain
A. Graham Lappin Collaborative research effort in chemistry Following a PUC graduate student’s (Departamento de Química Inorgánica) visit to ND for 5 months in fall 2013, two ND faculty will visit PUC in spring 2014 to discern opportunities for broader interactions in chemistry between PUC and ND, including potential graduate student exchange opportunities. Mauricio Alejandro

Isaacs Casanova
Chemistry & Biochemistry, Harper Cancer Research Institute
Sharon Stack FAT Cadherins:  Novel Cell Adhesion Molecules in Ovarian Cancer Progression and Metastasis The most fatal of gynecological cancers, ovarian cancer (OvCa) is the 5th leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S.   Widespread intra-peritoneal metastasis is mediated by adhesion molecules called cadherins present in tumor cells and host tissue. Although much is known about the role of classical cadherin members, very little is known regarding the role of atypical cadherins belonging to the FAT family in cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. The objective of this project is to obtain a molecular-level understanding of FAT2 cadherin in ovarian cancer progression and metastasis. We propose a highly integrative approach to evaluate FAT family cadherin expression in ovarian cancer and to modulate FAT2 gene expression  in ovarian cancer cells using the CRISPR/ Cas9 system.  Modified cells will be used in a suite of in vitro, organotypic and ex-vivo model systems to assess functional consequences relevant to FAT2 expression and ovarian cancer cell aggresive behavior.  Furthermore the project will allow us to establish a new collaboration between a PD with expertise in ovarian cancer (Stack, UND) and a PD with expertise in FAT cadherins (Melendez, PUC). Jaime Melendez
Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Rob Nerenberg Development of a Joint Course on Urban Sustainability We propose developing a joint Notre Dame (ND)/Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) course on urban sustainability.   This course would benefit from the complementary resources and faculty expertise at each institution, and would provide a more comprehensive, global perspective to students.  The Luksic funds would be used primarily to send eight ND faculty to a planning workshop in Chile.  In addition to facilitating course development, the workshop would help connect faculty with complementary research interests, potentially catalyzing new research collaborations, student exchanges, and participation in the PUC-ND dual PhD program. Pablo Pasten
Alexandros Taflanidis Enhancing Community Resilience Against Natural Hazards: A Collaborative Approach to a Global Challenge  In recent decades increased urbanization and mass migrations towards cities have contributed to population shifts and infrastructure growth in some of the world’s most hazard-prone areas. The inevitable result is particularly large life and economic loss potential, something that has unfortunately been confirmed far too often by the thousands of lives lost and communities devastated in recent events like the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, New Zealand and Japan. These conditions have created a motivation for engineers and researchers across the world to coordinate their efforts in addressing what is now widely considered as one of the great challenges of the 21st century: enhancing community hazard-resilience and adaptation capacity. The civil engineering departments at ND and PUC have risen to this challenge and have made this topic a strategic focus of their recent efforts. The faculty members involved in this grant intend to formulate a strategic plan to better formalize a partnership with PUC on hazard-resilience during an eight-day-long visit to PUC at the time of the XI Chilean Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering ACHISINA 2015 (that PUC is organizing) and the Ph.D. defense of Rafael Ruiz, one of the first students completing the dual Ph.D degree between the two institutions (co-advised by Dr. Taflanidis and Dr. Lopez-Garcia). The ND delegation will include Dr. Kijewski-Correa, Dr. Taflanidis, Dr. Mavroeidis and graduate students Kevin Fink and Ioannis Gidaris (lead authors of two papers that being considered for the ACHISINA 2015 conference). A summary of the goals/activities of the trip are
1.    Strategic alignment of community resilience research between the two universities, under the banner of PUC’s National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management, and rapidly maturing initiatives at ND to attract national centers of excellence. This trip offers a timely and unique opportunity to expand the previous footprint of early collaborations in this area in light of new capacities being developed by the two universities and new funding opportunities associated with the US’s evolving decadal science plan in this area. 
2.    Facilitation of new collaborations and future dual Ph.D. students through the exposure of PUC faculty to the work of Drs. Kijewski-Correa and Mavroeidis, who previously had not visited PUC. 
3.    Allow additional faculty from ND (Dr. Kijewski-Correa and Dr. Mavroeidis) to participate in the Ph.D. committee for Rafael Ruiz to provide tangible proof of the commitment of the ND faculty to the students and their colleagues at PUC and the dual Ph.D program. 
4.    Promote further collaboration on the topic of community resilience through risk mitigation in the housing sector, expanding existing discussion that Dr. Kijewski-Correa and Dr. Taflanidis have had with PUC colleagues related to their efforts to seed new construction practices in Haiti. 
5.    Allow the ND delegation to participate in the ACHISINA 2015 conference to engage in intellectual discussions around the themes of community resilience to seismic events and showcase both ND as well as the established partnerships with PUC and the research accomplishments that have been already achieved through them. This will demonstrate the active role ND is seeking to play in assisting PUC’s achievement of its own strategic goals.
Diego Lopez-Garcia
Computer Science & Engineering
Yiyu Shi A Novel Privacy-Aware Online Scheduling Strategy for Smart Homes in Santiago Chile Santiago, Chile may very well be the smart city of the future. In 2013, a smart city pilot development was approved to move forward in the Huechuraba area of Santiago. The area now has lots of smart homes, which integrate electronic information services through smart meters to help residential customers control and lower their electricity usage and bill costs. However, due to the fine-grained power consumption information collected by smart meters, residential customers’ privacy leakage becomes a major security concern. With the highly accurate aggregate load information, an attacker could identify residential customers’ personal behavior patterns, such as residential occupancy and social activities. Unfortunately, traditional privacy-aware smart home scheduling algorithms all assume either implicitly or explicitly that the electricity price is authentic. Yet it has already been shown that an attacker can easily fake the electricity price, thus rendering all these algorithms ineffective. Moreover, some household appliances such as TVs and laptops need to be turned on and off upon the consumer’s desire, and the timing cannot be decided ahead of time by the scheduler. None of the existing studies have considered the effects of operation uncertainties introduced by these non-schedulable appliances. With the utility data collected by our collaborators at PUC, this project will explore a novel real-time anomaly detection algorithm to identify fake electricity price attack which may reveal homeowners’ private information. In addition, it will put forward a Privacy-Aware online Cost-Effective Smart Home Scheduling framework called PACES to protect customers’ privacy in a cost-effective manner while taking into account the influences of non-schedulable appliances’ operation uncertainties. All proposed techniques will be validated through simulations using data provided by PUC as well as through implementation in smart home prototype in Santiago. This project should further strengthen the collaboration between the PI’s group at Notre Dame and the collaborators’ group at PUC, which was established last year. Matías Negrete Pincetic 

Daniel Olivares Quero 
Yiyu Shi Urban Microgrid Design for Major Disaster Resilience - Exploring Synergies between Electronic Design Automation and Power Systems Engineering Chile has suffered from natural disasters such as landslides, floods, and earthquakes, which caused major stress over the power system and compromised the operation of key infrastructure. Considering the tremendous social and economic impacts therein, Chile is now modernize and informatize its century-old national electrical power system infrastructure. A new concept of interest is to develop urban microgrids, which can seamlessly switch between operating with or without a connection to a wider power system, to reduce the number of electricity disruptions following natural disasters. However, the fact that these microgrids have to be incrementally built based on the existing power networks in a cost effective manner imposes many challenges. It also remains unknown how to operate these microgrids efficiently, or how much benefit can be obtained from them.  Unfortunately, traditional design, analysis and optimization approaches commonly used in power systems engineering are not quite effective when tackling these problems. Interestingly, it is possible that the experience and know-how of the sister discipline of electronic design, which evolved in full symbiosis with the computer era, can be of great help. The commonality is that both disciplines rely heavily on computational tools for design, analysis, and efficient management. In fact, problems very similar to the micorgrid design have already been well addressed in design for reliability in electronic circuits. The interdisciplinary collaboration established by this project will combine the expertise of the PI in the area of electronic design automation and the expertise of the collaborators at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) in the area of power systems engineering. It will pioneer the exploration of the analogies and potential synergies existing between two electrical engineering disciplines – Electronic Design Automation and Power Systems Engineering – which so far have followed nearly separate evolutions. The project shall reveal the missing links between the two disciplines and boost the collaboration between researchers from these two disciplines. The breakthroughs from this exploration will enable a systematic framework to optimally design urban microgrids in Chile at lowest cost and maximum reliability enhancement.  The project will also open new research directions for long-term collaboration between Notre Dame and PUC.  Matias Negrete Pincetic 

Daniel Olivares Quero
Chaoli Wang Visualization and Recommendation of Large Image and Text Collections toward Effective Sensemaking Graphs are node-link diagrams that encode general data relationships and have been widely used in data visualization and visual analytics. This joint project between UND and PUC targets iGraph, a framework we developed for visualizing and exploring large image and text collections. Finding relevant items in a large visualization with tens of thousands of linked images, such as the graphs displayed by iGraph, can easily lead to cognitive overload. Therefore, our main purpose is to support user exploration with adaptive navigation and effective recommendation. Denis Parra
Cesar Sosa-Padilla The Notre Dame – PUC Luksburg Conference on Recent Advances in Macroeconomics This proposal outlines a Macroeconomics research conference jointly organized between Faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and Faculty of the Instituto de Economía at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in December 2018 in Santiago de Chile. The purpose of the conference is to further develop relationships between our two institutions and facilitate collaborative research on macroeconomics and related fields, with a special focus on Latin-America and other emerging markets. The conference will feature a series of presentations by Notre Dame and PUC faculty and graduate students, as well as invited external speakers. We expect that this conference will facilitate faculty interaction, develop learning opportunities for Notre Dame students and encourage PUC students to apply to the Notre Dame graduate economics program. This conference will build upon the success of Adronico Luksic Conference on Economic Analysis and the ND-PUC Conference on Development Economics to strengthen relationships between the two departments, leveraging on the growing interest on macroeconomics and international economics at Notre Dame. Alexandre Janiak 

David Kohn
Thomas Gresik A Proposal for Collaboration in Industrial Organization I propose to leverage my existing professional relationship with Professor Juan-Pablo Montero at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) to strengthen connections between our economics departments. This will be done by visiting PUC in the Spring of 2016 to discuss research on strategic behavior in markets, to present a research seminar on my current work, and to give several lectures to students in PUC's microeconomic theory course. Montero will also visit ND in the Spring 2016 semester during which he will give a research seminar and give several lectures on the anti-trust topic of exclusionary practices in my graduate Industrial Organization course. This faculty exchange will seek to introduce each of us to colleagues in the other's department, enhance the quality of graduate instruction in each location by offering topics not normally covered in each program, and to further introduce graduate students to opportunities for study in each university Juan-Pablo Montero
Wyatt Brooks Andronico Luksic Conference on Economic Analysis This proposal is to support a research conference between faculty at the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and the faculty of the Instituto de Economia at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) in March 2014 in Santiago. The main purpose of the conference is to build on existing ties between the two departments, and develop relationships that will benefit both departments. Strong interdepartmental links encourage faculty interaction, develop student learning opportunities and foster international collaborative research. These benefits have been recently highlighted in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both universities, which calls for closer scholarly engagement between the two institutions. Loris Rubini
Economics & Keough School of Global Affairs
A. Nilesh Fernando The Notre Dame-PUC Luksburg Conference on Development Economics This proposal outlines a development economics research conference between faculty at the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, the faculty of the Instituto de Economía and the Escuela de Administración at the Ponticia Universidad Catolica de Chile in March 2018 in Santiago. The purpose of the conference is to further develop relationships between our two institutions and facilitate collaborative research on development economics in Latin America. The conference will feature a series of presentations by Notre Dame, PUC and external faculty. We expect that this conference will facilitate faculty interaction, develop learning opportunities for Notre Dame students and encourage PUC students to apply to the Notre Dame graduate economics program. This conference will build upon the success of Adronico Luksic Conference on Economic Analysis to further develop relationships between the two departments at a pivotal moment in the study of international development at Notre Dame. Jeanne Lafortune 

José Tessada 
Electrical Engineering
Yih-Fang Huang

Vijay Gupta
Distributed Sensor Networks for Monitoring and Mitigating Natural Hazards Support travel of two ND faculty as they work closely with two PUC faculty members to develop distributed sensor networks (DSNs) applicable to monitoring and mitigating natural hazards.  Faculty members from ND and PUC will meet to explore the expertise of both parties to establish a fruitful and sustainable research collaboration in theory and applications of DSNs for natural hazard management. Miguel Rios 

Christian Oberli 

Christian Escauriaza
Vijay Gupta

Yih-Fang Huang
Commercial Charging Stations for Plug-in Electric Vehicles: Scheduling Algorithms and Pricing Mechanisms Commercial charging stations will be crucial for any large-scale integration of plug-inhybrid electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles (together denoted by PEVs from nowon) into the power grid. However, academic research has largely bypassed design of this important component in the PEV ecosystem. This proposal provides a research roadmap for this area of great societal relevance. Specifically, this proposal aims at posing and solving various optimization problems that will arise for the commercial charging station owners at the distribution / retail level. The researchers at Notre Dame and at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) provide complementary expertise and experience; a formal opportunity such as this will lead to large new initiatives making both Notre Dame and PUC leaders in this important and upcoming area. Matias Negrete-Pincetic

Hugh Rudnick
Film, Television, and Theatre
Anton Juan

Anne García- Romero
Devised Theater  "Devised Theatre" will be taught at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) in Fall 2018. This course will explore the creation of theatre works that document historical events, contemporary community-based issues and social justice concerns. This course will delve into the analysis of documentary theatre texts and performance, archival research and interview methodologies, personal narratives, and memory (evoked through music, objects and the five senses), with the aim of providing multiple paths toward creating vibrant new devised theatre pieces. Students will collaborate to generate original works that culminate in a public performance. The course will also be interdisciplinary with intertextual elaborations through theatre, music, film, dance and movement, visual and performance art. This course will be ideal for any student who desires to explore playwriting and performance as tools to devise and stage compelling national and global narratives. The course will be taught bilingually and will be offered to PUC students and UND students studying at PUC. Alexei Vergara A.
German and Russian Languages & Literatures
Robert Norton Gustav Radbruch: Lawyer, Philosopher, Politican, Humanist Gustav Radbruch (21 November 1878 – 23 November 1949) was a German legal scholar and politician. He served as Minister of Justice of Germany during the early Weimar period. Radbruch is also regarded as one of the most influential legal philosophers of the 20th century.
The conference between the three institutions and to be held at the Heidelberg Center in Santiago, Chile, is intended to shed light on this most important figure in twentieth-century German and European history.  Radbruch was renowned for his legal philosophy, but he was also an active politician and prominent public figure.  A long-time professor at Heidelberg University, he is less well-known outside of the country than he should be.  This international conference, which will serve as the basis for a published volume at its conclusion, brings together scholars from three continents who will examine Radbruch’s legacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Raoul Madrid
Robert Norton

Walter Eckel
Symposium on Hans-Georg Gadamer The symposium on the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, scheduled for  April 9 to 11, 2015, will be the first activity of the planned triangular cooperation between the University of Notre Dame, the Pon­ti­ficia Universidad Católica de Chile and the University of Heidelberg. The second activity will be a Summer School for doctoral students in the field of anorganic chemistry, scheduled for July 13 to 24, 2015 Eduardo Fermandois, Francisco de Lara, Mariano de la Maza, and Pablo Oyarzun
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto A Proposal for Collaboration in History In collaboration with Ximena Illanes, History Dept at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC).  This proposal aims to create partnerships for the advancement of scholarship and teaching between Notre Dame’s History Department and the Instituto de Historia of PUC, by means of  a new and distinctive program of exchanges.  Our aim in the short-term is to enhance teaching in history in both universities by introducing La Católica’s professors (and promising graduate students with teaching responsibilities) to Notre Dame’s classroom culture and vice versa, and by bringing professors from each institution into pedagogic planning and conversation at the other. Ximena Illanes
History, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs
Patrick Griffin The Idea of a Nation and Narratives of Independence The bicentenary of the Declaration of Chilean independence, promulgated by Bernardo O´Higgins in 1818, provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore themes related to colonialism, independence, and nationhood in Chile and in Latin America as a whole.  The bicentennial also offers the possibilities of placing Chilean history and culture in conversation with other countries around the world that have defined nationhood around the idea of independence.  In a partnership that includes the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC), the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Irish Government, the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello (Monticello Foundation), and others, we propose to co-sponsor a paired series of conferences in Santiago in December 2018 that will do just that: see this moment as a means of exploring the idea of independence in comparative and global perspectives.  The first conference will take the form of an intensive roundtable with approximately 20 leading scholars from the United States and Latin America.  It will explore intersections—both historical and contemporary—between the United States and Latin America on the theme of independence.  The second, larger conference—with some sessions open to the public—will explore a myriad of points of historical and contemporary connection between Ireland and Latin America, again focused on the theme of independence.  Notre Dame will serve as the linchpin of the paired conferences, and scholars from one will participate in the other.  Together, the conferences provide the PUC and Notre Dame with a platform to stand at the very center of the commemorations of Chilean independence. They bring together an extraordinary mixture of institutions and colleagues in ways that enhance connections and raise the international profile of all partners.  We fully expect to go forward after December 2018 with a structure in place for future cooperation and future collaborative projects on themes related both to independence and to Irish Studies. Fernando Purcell
Institute for Educational Initiatives
Timothy Scully

Paolo Carozza
Global Catholic Education: Setting and Expanding a Social Science Research Agenda Despite the Catholic Church’s ubiquitous presence as a global provider of education, systematic, empirically-robust research has scarcely been pursued to improve understanding of its contribution to the overall landscape of international education, especially in the Global South. To begin constructing a methodologically and empirically rich body of scholarship in Latin America and the Caribbean, scholars from Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) and Kellogg Institute (KI), as well as faculty within the Pontificia Universidad Católica, here put forth a proposal for a conference held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in December, 2018. We aim to achieve two major goals in the conference: (1) catalogue the empirical realities of the global landscape of Catholic education in Latin America and the Caribbean and (2) begin to forge a sustainable network of relationships among faith-based education researchers and practitioners. This conference, with a working title of “Global Catholic Education: Setting and Expanding a Social Science Research Agenda,” will begin a long-term collaboration project between Notre Dame and the Pontificia Universidad Católica to study the various aspects of K-12 Catholic education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Patricia Imbarack 

Guillermo Marini
Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning
Kevin Barry Educational Development: An Exchange of Knowledge and Practices between the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning & Centro de Desarrollo Docente The Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning proposes that two Kaneb Center staff members, Chris Clark and I, visit the Centro de Desarrollo Docente at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) for the purpose of exchanging knowledge and best practice in educational development. During the visit staff from the two centers will exchange information about theoretical and practical foundations, as well as strategies for implementing activities. Kaneb Center staff will offer one or more workshops for PUC faculty and will be available to consult with individual faculty members or academic units. In addition, we will work together to identify possible future collaborations. Magdalena Jara
Elena Mangione-Lora

G. Alex Ambrose
Flipped Finals: Assessment As Learning via Culminating ePortfolios The Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the Department of Romance Languages proposes that two faculty members, G. Alex Ambrose and Elena Mangione-Lora visit the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) for the purpose of exchanging knowledge and best practices in two areas:  1) the development and implementation of ePortfolios, especially, but not exclusive to foreign language pedagogy, and 2) to illustrate how the principles and tools of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can be applied to evaluate the usability of the ePortfolios. Professors Ambrose and Mangione-Lora will collaborate with faculty at the PUC through a workshop that shares our experiences teaching, learning, and assessing ePortfolios as an alternative final exam, a presentation that describes our ongoing SoTL research, and an invitation to collaborate on future research projects including the possibility of replicating and extending our SoTL research to the teaching of foreign languages (including English) at the PUC. Juan Larraín Correa
Law School
Joseph Bauer Collaboration with Pontifical Catholic University on Antritrust (Competition) Law Proposal to attend a conference on Competition Law organized by Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC), allowing Prof. Bauer to meet with faculty and administrators from PUC and generate future collaborations at both the faculty and student level around this important international topic. Elina Cruz

Carolina Barriga
Matthew Gursky Partial Differential Equations This proposal seeks support to initiate a collaboration between research groups in the departments of mathematics at Notre Dame and PUC in the area of partial differential equations (PDEs).  This is a broad area of mathematics that encompasses both basic theory and more applied problems.  The PDE group at Notre Dame includes several senior faculty members with extensive publication records and grant support.  The PDE group at PUC is remarkably strong, both scientifically and institutionally, and is part of CAPDE, a center with members from various mathematics departments in Chile who work on PDEs.   We propose to begin a research project which attempts to apply the techniques developed by Musso, del Pino, and Ruf to an important class of higher order equations that Gursky has studied.  The Luksic Grant will support four visits between faculty members at ND and PUC over a two-year period. Professor Monica Musso
François Ledrappier Dynamical Systems at PUC Santiago Professor Ledrappier has been invited to participate to an international conference on Dynamical Systems "Beyond Hyperbolicity" organized by, among others, the Dynamical Systems group in the mathematics department at PUC. The Grant would allow him to travel to Santiago and to spend one more week to give lectures and to discuss with the members of that group. Mario Ponce
Political Science
Michael Coppedge Varieties of Democracy in Latin America Hold a workshop at PUC in January 2014 to bring together members of the V-Dem team from all over Latin America and hold a public event at PUC to publicize and disseminate the findings of V-Dem.  V-Dem is an international research collaboration that is producing new indicators of hundreds of attributes of democracy for every country and colony in the world from 1900 to the present. David Altman
John O'Callaghan Moral and Juridical Responsibility in an Age of Side-Effects In an increasingly globalized world, the traditional moral and legal boundaries separating the actions, and corresponding moral or legal liabilities, of individuals, businesses, and nations has become less and less credible. International divestment and boycott campaigns, greater corporate attentiveness to socially responsible investment strategies (SRI), heightened awareness of the adverse effects of local industry and consumption on other parts of the globe (e.g., climate change), and the rising legitimacy of international law and juridical institutions, all bear witness to an emerging moral and legal consciousness that demands some systematic reflection on the principles that should undergird our analysis of the moral and legal responsibility individuals or collectives ought to have for the foreseen, but unintended, effects of their action, i.e., ‘side-effects.’ We propose to hold an interdisciplinary research workshop that would bring together historians, lawyers, philosophers, political scientists, and theologians to explore this topic at the Pontifical University of Chile. Cristóbal Orrego Sánchez
Kenneth Cecire Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas IV Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas IV (MICA IV) builds on the success of its predecessor programs MICA I-III. With their collaboration in particle physics outreach through International Masterclasses and cosmic ray studies firmly in place, they can now take the capacity they have built to under-served rural schools in Chile far from Pontificia Universidad Catolica. They will introduce teachers and students to particle physics through masterclasses using authentic data from CERN and through the use of a cosmic ray detector. They will also use the detector to study how the South Atlantic Anomaly in the terrestrial magnetic field might affect cosmic ray flux as well as do cosmic ray altitude studies. Benjamin Koch
Marco Aurelio Diaz
Pedro Ochoa
Timothy Beers

Peter Garnevich

Christopher Howk
Development of Astronomy & Astrophysics Connections with PUC The University of Notre Dame and the PUC have entered into a cooperative agreement designed to strengthen the academic interface between the two institutions. Cooperation on research in Astronomy & Astrophysics between ND and PUC provides one of the best avenues to accomplish this goal.  Both institutions have strong, well-developed programs in this area, and have already participated in (Luksic Foundation funded) visits in order to discuss areas of mutual research interest and the development of specifics for a joint PhD program.  Here we propose to strengthen this connection by sending current ND faculty and students to PUC for (possibly multiple) extended visits of up to three months duration to work with PUC personnel on existing research programs, to develop new research efforts, and to give ND students the opportunity to participate in observing programs in Chile, thereby providing them valuable experience in the field.  These plans will build on existing research collaborations with PUC involving Professors Timothy Beers, Peter Garnavich, and Chris Howk, all of whom were members of the visiting team of ND faculty to PUC in October 2015. Research Professors Daniela Carollo and Vinicius Placco are also involved with collaborations that include  PUC faculty and students, and they may participate in the proposed program as well. Marcio Catelan 
Julio Chaname
Alejandro Clocchiatti 
Gaspar Galaz
Nelson Padilla
Thomas Puzia
Kenneth Cecire Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas III In MICA III, the Project Directors and participants from the University of Notre Dame and their collaborators from Pontificia Universidad Catolica propose a new, more extensive program of collaboration. As in previous years, the workshops will include preparation for International Masterclasses, including a joint ND-Catolica masterclass; in addition, the more Santiago-area teachers who already have masterclass experience will have an opportunity to understand particle physics data analysis more deeply through a masterclass activity using MatLab. The other new items are significant: a cosmic ray detector workshop with a detector on long-term loan from QuarkNet and masterclass-type workshops in Santiago-area high schools. Maximo Bañados, Benjamin Koch, Marco Aurelio Diaz, Pedro Ochoa
Kenneth Cecire

Mitchell Wayne
Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas (MICA) Project MICA, Masterclass Institutes in the Americas, will build particle physics masterclasses in Chile through collaboration between the particle physics group at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) and the QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame. The project director and a QuarkNet teacher will visit PUC in Santiago to facilitate a workshop to prepare high teachers and students, along with their physicist mentors from PUC, for an international masterclass in which they collaborate by videolink with their counterparts at Notre Dame. They will also work with PUC particle physicists to plan the masterclass and further collaboration in both outreach and particle physics. Benjamin Koch
Peter Garnavich Strengthening Astrophysics Collaboration with PUC Through INCAI ND and PUC have two of the strongest astrophysics research programs of any Catholic institutions. Goal is to strengthen the connection between these two institutions by sending two ND graduate researchers to Santiago. These students will represent ND at the International Network of Catholic Astronomy Institutions (INCAI) workshop being hosted by PUC. Students will present talks at the conference and meet individually with PUC faculty to discuss their research. The INCAI conference is likely to be hosted by Notre Dame in 2014 and PUC faculty and students are expected to attend. Alejandro Clocchiatti
L. Arielle Phillips High Z in Chile: Connecting PUC and Notre Dame to the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics With Yael Prizant (Notre Dame Film, Theater and Television) will record oral histories of PUC scientists who were members of the High Z Supernova project team: Alejandro Clocchiatti, Mark Phillips and Chris Smith) Alejandro Clocchiati
Physics & Radiation Laboratory
Sylwia Ptasinska Efficacy of copper-based oxide materials involved in energy-related processes Current research in material sciences is continuously trying to enhance the efficiency of photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells using various semiconductor photoelectrodes for water (H2O) splitting and carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction. Such photoelectrodes should have good stability in aqueous media with suitable band-edge and band-gap energies to match both the potential for water oxidation-reduction reactions and the solar spectrum, respectively. Copper (Cu)-based oxide semiconductors are candidates showing a great promise to fulfil these criteria, but little is known about the gas chemisorption properties of these compounds. Therefore, knowledge of interfacial reactions on the surface of Cu-based oxides under various conditions is essential to improve our understanding of CO2 reduction and water-splitting mechanisms, as well as to increase the stability and efficacy of PEC devices. The proposed study consists of fabrication of Cu-based oxides and their interactions with H2O and CO2. The outcome of this study will provide surface model structures with realistic properties, thus this project may open an alley of possibilities to design novel materials that can be incorporated to devices used for energy-related problems. Therefore, the proposed study has important ramifications for societal energy consumption with the potential to positively impact the global challenge of climate change. Alejandro L. Cabrera
Romance Languages and Literatures
María Rosa Olivera-Williams University and Catholicism: Memory Studies as a Project of Cultural Politics This project wants to realize, from the distinctive nature of the Catholic university, the call of philosopher Martha Nussbaum, who in 2010 underscored the importance of “[s]eeing how another group of intelligent beings cut up the world differently” (Not for Profit. Why Democracy Needs the Humanities 90). In 2010, Nussbaum responded to the crisis of the humanities demanding that “all students” learn “at least one foreign language well” in order to gain “an essential lesson in cultural humility” (90). Learning the language of the other is indeed opening a space for the other. It is inviting all languages in the widest sense of the word—methodologies, fields of studies, sciences, technologies, and, of course, different cultures—to address the problems of our present. It is opening the walls of the university to the outside, to the world. This opening is precisely what distinguishes the intellectual tradition of Catholicism. With the support of the Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grants Program, two Catholic universities, the University of Notre Dame and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, propose “memory studies” in the Latin American context as a point of critical inquiry with intrinsic value and value for society in the two Americas. Cristián Opazo
Sacred Music Program
Carmen-Helena Tellez

Anton Juan
Dante in the Americas: Co-Creating a Musical and Interdisciplinary Work. A Collaborative Project with Performative and Academic Components between Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the Facultad de Arte of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Professors Carmen-Helena Téllez of Sacred Music and Anton Juan of Film, Television and Theatre propose a trip to the Universidad Católica de Chile to engage in an exploration of the possibility of co-creating a Chilean version of the interdisciplinary sacred music drama on Dante’s Divine Comedy that they are producing currently a Notre Dame, and to participate in a colloquium on interdisciplinary arts with members of the Facultad de Artes. Professor Juan had discussed the project from a political perspective with Juan Esteban Montés, Notre Dame’s on-site director at Santiago de Chile, and received encouragement about the suitability of the project for a Luksic Grant. The Dante Project has been designed co-creatively on a libretto by internationally renowned poet and translator Robin Kirkpatrick (University of Cambridge) to bring Dante’s perspective to serious concerns of our time, including ecological waste, political crimes, and imperialistic greed among other modern ruptures. Dante also offers avenues for self-awareness and healing within a Catholic perspective.   Professor Juan has long thought that the Dante Project would be adapted to offer unique insights on the Latin American political experience. Professors Téllez and Juan will travel to Chile in the company of a representative octet from Notre Dame Vocale to showcase a semi-staged concert of the music especially developed for the Notre Dame production, as part of the discussion of a Chilean production at a later stage.  Professors Juan and Téllez will use this opportunity to offer a workshop and participate in a colloquium on immersive and co-creative interdisciplinary arts as tools for engagement with social and political issues. Professor Téllez has requested the principal collaboration of Professor Daniel Party, Director of Graduate Studies at the Facultad de Artes of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  We hope that he will visit also the premiere of our Dante Project on campus with a PUCC faculty member of his choice.  Daniel Party, Associate Professor of Musicology, Chair of Graduate Research
Christian Smith Exploring Collaborative Research Ties in the Sociology of Religion between ND and PUC The purpose of this proposed project is to fly a small delegation of ND sociologists of religion to Santiago, Chile for one week to meet and hold discussions with faculty, students, and leaders at PUC in order: (1) to explore the possibilities for future research collaborations and possible exchanges between we ND scholars and those at PUC; (2) for me to present to social science scholars at PUC a variety of new research opportunities related to my soon-to-be-approved $3.5 million external grant-funded project on Promoting the Global Study of Religion; (3) to take the ND delegation on some field trips focused on varieties of expressions of religion in the Santiago and Valparaiso and surrounding areas, in order to consider some sites of possible substantive research projects there and in general to pique the interests of ND people in the possibility of fieldwork research in Chile; and (4) to investigate the most promising language training programs in Santiago that future ND visitors might use. I (Smith) am also considering developing a new undergraduate course on religion, politics, and culture in Latin America, which would involve student travel to the region (perhaps especially Chile), and this trip will facilitate my exploration of the potential for such a new course to succeed. Finally, if time allows, I would also like to connect to with work of CSC priests and sisters in Santiago, to see how possible research may relate to them and to build social ties within the CSC world. Eduardo Valenzuela 

Juan Carlos Castillo
Samuel Valenzuela Research Proposal: The New Party System in Chile Collaborate with Department of Sociology faculty at PUC on scholarly article on the configuration of the present day Chilean party system.  The research will require traveling between ND and PUC and the hire of research assistant at PUC. Nicolás M. Somma González
Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development
Richard E. Taylor

Paul Helquist

Olaf Wiest
Initiating a Notre Dame – Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Collaboration in Rare Disease Research This proposal is respectfully submitted to the Luksic Grants Program in an effort to advance collaborative interactions between medicinal chemists within the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and cellular and molecular biologists within the Escuela de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. As a starting point for these interactions, we will initially focus on our common interests in the rare disease, Niemann-Pick Type C. During the academic year 2016-2017, four Warren Center faculty researchers, Helquist, Wiest, Melancon and Taylor will visit PUC to establish a collaboration and ensure both sides are well aware of each other’s capabilities. During the calendar year 2017, Professor Silvana Zanlungo and a student coworker on the project will visit Notre Dame to analyze the results, develop external grant proposals, and publication. In the interim, research will be performed at both sites on the development of small therapeutic leads for NPC. In addition, both visits will also be used to discern opportunities to expand research collaborations and student exchanges throughout the Warren Center beyond our efforts in NPC. Professor Silvana Zanlungo