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.
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
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.…
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.
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.…
Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences co-authored new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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.
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.”
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.
Megan Golden | April 1, 2017
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. …