Rational Mechanics: The Classic Notre Dame Course

Author: Jayme Russell



The late R. Catesby Taliaferro, professor of mathematics, was an integral part of the Notre Dame community for many decades. He came to Notre Dame in 1952 to work in the Great Books Program, which is now the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). He relocated to the mathematics department in the mid-fifties and began teaching a course on rational mechanics. Talliaferro soon stood out as an educator and became known for his unique teaching style and his high standards for student performance. His rational mechanics class became so popular that he taught the course through the late 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s.

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October’s Talk Science highlights diabetes and cancer immunotherapy research

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Jeff Hansen

Every month, Notre Dame students gather in the Jordan Hall of Science to learn about ongoing scientific research at the University.

Called Talk Science, this monthly event is organized by Scientia, Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research. Students enjoy pizza and beverages while listening to presentations by undergraduate and faculty researchers. These presentations encourage students to engage with research outside their disciplines and give them a glimpse of a few of the myriad opportunities available for research at Notre Dame. On Wednesday, October 8, students heard from Jeff Hansen and Professor Brian Baker.

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Announcing the Reilly Center’s training programs for graduate students

Author: Ginna Anderson

Reilly Center

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has expanded its menu of training options for University of Notre Dame graduate students. Since August of 2013, three supplementary training and degree programs have been added and are open for graduate student enrollment. The new offerings advance understanding of the connections between science, technology, and society while broadening a traditional PhD or Master’s degree program of study.

“We’d like to get the word out about the transformation that’s taken place at Reilly over the past year,” said Reilly Director Anjan Chakravartty. “The Reilly Center is now home to the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society, we have a new History and Philosophy of Science minor, and we’re about to launch a National Science Foundation-funded training program in ethics and leadership. All three programs are open to graduate students interested in the societal impact of their research.”

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Hildreth appointed to National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Cyber-Infrastructure

Author: Stephanie Healey


Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, recently accepted a three-year term to serve on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Cyber-Infrastructure. The committee advises the National Science Foundation on matters related to vision and strategy regarding solutions to problems of efficiently connecting laboratories, data, computers, and people, with the goal of better enabling computational and data-enabled science and engineering. His term with the committee will begin Spring 2015.

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Taylor named vice-chair for Gordan Research Conference on Natural Products

Author: Jayme Russell

Rich Taylor

Rich Taylor, associate vice president for research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented a paper on his research, "Chemical and Biological Synthesis of Polyketide Natural Products", at the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products at its annual July meeting. During this year’s conference, Taylor was elected Vice-Chair of the 2015 and Chair of the 2016 conferences to be held at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. This annual international meeting provides a forum for experts to share unpublished research results and engage in scientific discussions.

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Boler, Parseghian families endow Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Boler and Parseghian families

The Boler and Parseghian families, both with longtime ties to the University of Notre Dame, have made gifts totaling $10 million to endow the University’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.

Established in 2009, the newly named Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases embraces a wide array of researchers who work to develop life-saving treatments for these illnesses.

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Serianni appointed to U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Anthony Serianni

Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently appointed to a five-year term on the U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia by the CARB Division Executive Committee, a subgroup within the American Chemical Society. Serianni, an elected fellow of the American Chemical Society, will begin his term in early 2015.

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ND Unite to fight Ebola

Author: Gene Stowe

ND Unite to Fight Ebola

ND Unite to Fight Ebola, a campus group aimed at providing relief to West African communities devastated by the disease, has partnered with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach of Springfield, Ill., to deliver supplies to the region. The group aims to raise money by Oct. 17 for a first shipment of medical supplies, and the effort will continue.

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