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We extend a warm welcome to Laurie Littlepage, the newest member of our faculty who joined us this summer.  As an assistant professor, Laurie will be directing research in the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute. Prior to joining us, Laurie was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF. She obtained her doctorate in Cell & Developmental Biology from Harvard and holds a bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Texas.

            On the other side of the coin, in November of last year the department hosted a mini-symposium to celebrate the professional career of Tom Nowak, who has entered into the distinguished ranks of our emeriti. Among the speakers were Tom’s former graduate students Todd Holyoak of the University of Waterloo, Andy Mesecar of Purdue University, and Pat Loria of Yale University.  It was a wonderful event and a fitting tribute to Tom’s great scholarship and service.       

            We were greatly saddened when Rev. Joseph Walter, C.S.C. and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry passed away on April 18 at the age of 82.  Fr. Walter had a long and distinguished career at Notre Dame characterized by a vigorous research program in inorganic coordination chemistry and superb teaching.  In 1971, Fr. Walter was appointed Chair of the Department of Preprofessional Studies, and in his long tenure at its helm, advised upwards of 5,000 preprofessional students.  He will be greatly missed

Thirty years of molecular beam epitaxy stimulates international collaborations

Author: Tammi Freehling

Jacek Furdyna 250

In continuous operation since its beginning in 1987, more than 10,000 crystals have been grown in the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) lab of Professor Jacek Furdyna. Materials designed and fabricated in the MBE lab led to collaborations with scientists in more than 100 institutions outside of Notre Dame, including some 35 in foreign countries, resulting in significant worldwide visibility.

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Neal to help examine extraterrestrial samples for NASA

Author: Nina Welding

Clive Neal 250

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has selected Clive R. Neal, professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences at the University of Notre Dame, as a member of its committee studying Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis Facilities for the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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Are faith and science compatible?

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Gold Mass 250

The inaugural Gold Mass and lecture at the University of Notre Dame was held on Nov. 15, 2017, the feast day of Saint Albert the Great, the patron saint of scientists. The events, a campus-wide collaboration among several colleges, centers and institutes, drew hundreds.

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Little Giants: A closer look at a tiny bug with a big role to play

Author: Jessica Sieff

Daphnia 250

Michael Pfrender sits facing a whiteboard in his lab at the Galvin Life Science Center. He's discussing the genomics of Daphia--water fleas, found in every standing body of water in the world--and has a tendency to sketch when he speaks. "You want to see some of them?" he asks. "That's the fun part, right?

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Senior biochemistry major a co-author on ovarian cancer paper

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Annemarie Leonard 250

Senior biochemistry major Annemarie Leonard knew she wanted to become a doctor, but the undergraduate research she has done since the summer after her freshman year has further fueled her passion. It also led to her being named as a co-author on a paper about ovarian cancer, as well as an author of chapter in an upcoming book.

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