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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.

Glove Recycling at Jordan Hall of Science

Author: Anna Gorman

Allen Utterback, Assistant Director of Facilities for the College of Science, was at a supplier conference in 2015 when something in the corner of his eye caught his attention. 

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New Faculty Member: Emily Tsui

Author: Rebecca Hicks

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Emily Tsui will be joining the faculty at Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry this summer. Dr. Tsui is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington with Prof. Daniel Gamelin, studying the surface chemistry and photophysics of doped semiconductor nanocrystals. In 2014, Dr. Tsui received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, where her work focused on biomimetic multimetallic clusters, under the advisement of Prof. Theodor Agapie.…

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College of Science students and alumni receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Overall, 15 Notre Dame students, affiliates, and alumni won the prestigious award. Among this decorated cohort are five current College of Science undergraduate and graduate students and four alumni.

The fellowship was designed to recognize and support outstanding graduate students for three years of study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States.

 

 

 

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ACMS graduates offer words of wisdom to current students

Author: Sarah Cate Baker

Last Tuesday, April 3, the Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics Department sponsored a panel of five recent ACMS graduates to return to campus and pass on advice to current majors. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about what the graduates did on campus, what they wish they would have done, and what the future of an ACMS major really looks like.…

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Research Supported by the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund Reaches Important Milestone

Author: Sean Kassen

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Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a rare, genetic, cholesterol storage disorder that is always fatal, primarily striking children before or during adolescence, and it has a long history with the Notre Dame family. In 1994, Notre Dame alumni Cindy and Michael Parseghian founded the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation after they learned that three of their four children were diagnosed with NPC disease. The foundation is named after Ara Parseghian, the legendary Notre Dame Football coach and the children’s grandfather.

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Notre Dame Astrophysicist Beers receives Distinguished Science Alumni Award from Purdue

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Beers was honored recently by his alma mater for the work he’s done in astrophysics. Purdue’s College of Science has bestowed upon Beers one of its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The honor goes to one person from each of the college’s seven departments each year for “alumni whose work and achievements have made a significant difference in our communities and lives.”

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Notre Dame Professor Siyuan Zhang wins CTSI grant

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

 

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Siyuan Zhang, Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and affiliated member of Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, recently won a grant from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Awarded Pilot Funding for Research Use of Core Facilities, Zhang is planning on using his funding to learn more about brain metastasis in cancer patients. The award was designed to promote the use of technologies and knowledge made available by Indiana CTSI-designed cores available at partner institutions.

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Irish to Host Annual "Daughters for Dads"

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Megan Golden | April 1, 2017

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The No. 12 University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team will hold their annual Daughters for Dads fundraiser at Noon ET on Sunday, when they host No. 2 North Carolina at Arlotta Stadium. The Saint Joseph Health System will donate $25 to Harper Cancer Research Institute for every fan that attends Sunday’s game. …

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