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

Thomas Totten '87: Actuaries and Startups

Author: Sarah Cate Baker

Totten Tom

On October 5, distinguished actuary, CEO, and Notre Dame alumnus Thomas Totten ’87 gave a talk to undergraduates entitled “Actuaries and Startups.” Intended for students with both actuarial and entrepreneurial futures in mind, the lecture used Totten’s own actuary-based startup to exemplify how the two fields can complement each other, and accomplish amazing things. The talk was in many ways a preview to a new course available next spring, in which undergraduates will receive hands-on experience doing real actuarial work pertinent to Totten’s company.

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Identifying DNA and developing data

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Genomics 250

When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug and antibiotic resistance, monitoring invasive species, and much more.

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Chemistry alumna, Ann Weber ‘82, inducted into MEDI Hall of Fame

Author: Tammi Freehling

Ann Weber '82

Newly inducted into the MEDI Hall of Fame this year, alumna Ann Weber ’82, graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame with a B.S. in chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Harvard University. She is currently Senior Vice President – Drug Discovery at Kallyope Inc., a New York City-based biotechnology company focused on harnessing the potential of the gut-brain axis.

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Physicists Beers and Surman elected APS Fellows

Author: Tammi Freehling

Tim Beers And Rebecca Surman

Notre Dame astronomer, Timothy Beers, Ph.D., and nuclear astrophysicist Rebecca Surman, Ph.D., were elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its September 2016 meeting. The APS is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, and advocacy.

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Collaboration yields new understanding of nano properties needed to build new materials

Author: Gene Stowe

Jon Camden

A collaboration between Jon Camden, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, David Masiello of the University of Washington, and Philip Rack of the University of Tennessee has directly observed hybridized magnetic resonances in plasmonic nanostructures for the first time. The achievement is a critical step toward developing materials that interact with light in unexpected ways and that may someday cloak military equipment throughout the visible spectrum or underlie future PV technology optimized to capture energy from the sun’s infrared rays. Their paper on the work, “STEM/EELS Imaging of Magnetic Hybridization in Symmetric and Symmetry-Broken Plasmon Oligomer Dimers and All-Magnetic Fano Interference,” was published in the American Chemical Society’s Nano Letters.

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Students share Galapagos Islands diversity with area children

Author: Gene Stowe


Days before their Fall Break trip to the Galapagos Islands as part of a course in the Department of Biological Sciences, 14 Notre Dame undergraduates introduced the Darwin-inspiring islands to youngsters at the Robinson Community Learning Center who will be “virtual explorers” with them through the adventure.

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