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The department is delighted to announce the creation of the Nicholas C. Angelotti Undergraduate Research Fund in Analytical Chemistry. The fund, which will provide summer stipends for undergraduate researchers, was formally launched in April with a visit by the family of Nicholas Angelotti.  Included was a lecture by Nicholas’ son, Tim Angelotti, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1985 with a degree in chemistry and is currently an associate professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. The lecture, "Molecular Pharmacology: A biochemical analysis of receptor and ion channel function," described Tim’s work towards defining the molecular basis for receptor specificity with the goal of informing drug design.  Tim’s brother David, a 1985 Notre Dame graduate with a B.S. in engineering, followed the lecture with a few words about his father. Nicholas Angelotti graduated from Notre Dame in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, earned a graduate degree at Case Institute of Technology and worked as an analytical chemist for 42 years at Dow Corning Corporation. In addition to Tim and David, Nicholas’ wife Mary Lou, son Steve, and daughter Linda also shared in the day’s events.  Their generosity is most appreciated.  The inaugural recipient of the award is Revathi Kollipara, a senior chemistry major working in the laboratory of Marya Lieberman.

            The department also hosted a gathering of invited chemistry and biochemistry graduate student alumni before the Navy game in late October of 2011.  Fifteen alumni spanning the 1960’s through the 2000’s participated in a pilot focus group for the purpose of identifying ways in which the department can better engage its graduate alumni.  The impetus for this exercise was sourced in the recognition that the graduate experience at Notre Dame differs significantly from the undergraduate one and that graduate alumni probably have stronger ties to their graduating department than do undergraduates, whose allegiance tends to lie with the University as a whole.  Our department was selected for this exploratory study as it boasts one of the largest graduate populations in the University.  Results and a refined model of graduate alumni engagement will be shared with other departments.  If you have thoughts on how the department might better involve it’s former graduate students, please drop a note to Sean Kassen, academic advancement program director for the College of Science.

New NIH-funded research to solve problem of drug-resistant malaria

Author: Tammi Freehling

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University of Notre Dame biologist Michael Ferdig, Ph.D., is leading a new $11.5 million program project (P01) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ferdig and his team at Notre Dame are partnering with researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CID Research) in Seattle and Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) to better understand the genes in the malaria parasite that are responsible for drug resistance and virulence in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the often deadly disease.

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Students participate in summer biology research at Notre Dame

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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In the summer of 2017, the University of Notre Dame opened its doors to students from other universities to participate in the annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in biology. Open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in biology, the NSF-funded REU program involves 10 weeks of intensive research that culminates with a final presentation of all the participants’ research.

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Students spend summer performing analytical chemistry research at Notre Dame

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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As in previous years, the University of Notre Dame again welcomed students from around the country to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in analytical chemistry. The program is open to any rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate from four-year colleges who has a strong background in science or engineering and an interest in international development. An NSF-funded program, the 10-week full-time research program teaches students how to participate in a research project that can help solve problems in the developing world.

 

 

 

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Undergraduate wins first place in national conference for medical students

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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Every year, the University of Florida hosts the Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students, an annual gathering for medical students to present important research developments and network with professionals as they prepare to apply to residencies. This year, Samuel Rudisill won a first place award for his research on infant anesthesia and sedation. Remarkably, Rudisill is not a medical student, but a senior at the University of Notre Dame.

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