Campus courtyard is home to Lucier Memorial

Author: Stephanie Healey

Spring flowers

Have you ever spent time in the courtyard between Hayes-Healy Center and Hurley Hall? When warmer weather and sunny skies finally return to Notre Dame, you’ll often find friends eating lunch, students studying, or even little ducklings running around.  The courtyard is enjoyed by many around campus, but few know the history behind this treasured space.

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National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

Author: William G. Gilroy


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday (March 30) that it is renewing funding for a University of Notre Dame-led institute dedicated to the of study the broad range of nuclear processes in the universe that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae and X-ray and Y-ray bursts.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) was established and funded in 2003 as a NSF Physics Frontier Center between Notre Dame, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to address critical questions about the origin of heavy elements in nature or nuclear processes on compact stellar objects.

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New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms

Author: Gene Stowe

Mark Alber

University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.

“Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.”

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Notre Dame alumnus launches health and wellness start-up

Author: Notre Dame ESTEEM

Chris Freise

Chris Freise, a 2012 entrepreneurship master's (ESTEEM) alumnus, has formed a startup with three partners to develop a novel application to promote wellness by tracking activities, making recommendations, and rewarding good behavior. After working at Epic, a healthcare software company based in Madison, Wis., Freise formed  UpDown Technologies Inc., in January. UpDown plans beta testing and case studies this summer, and expects to enter the market by early 2016.

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Math For Everyone explores the historical connection with math and poetry during the Italian Renaissance

Author: Shadia Ajam

Math for Everyone -- March 2015

This past Thursday (Mar. 19) at the Math for Everyone lecture series, Arielle Saiber, associate professor of romance languages at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., gave a presentation titled “Mathy Words in the Italian Renaissance: Niccolò Tartaglia's Poetic Solution to the Cubic Equation.” The presentation looked at the motives behind Tartaglia’s “poetic solution” and what it says about the close relationship between ‘poeisis’ and ‘mathesis’ in this period of mathematics’ history.

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ESTEEM student to compete in Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

Author: Gene Stowe

Enlightened Diagnosis win 2nd place in the 2015 Cardinal Challenge

Christopher Cali, an entrepreneurship master’s (ESTEEM) student and a 2014 science-business alumnus, is part of a team that will compete in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition in Austin, Tex. in May. The group, Enlightened Diagnostics, Inc. (EnDx), qualified at a regional competition in February at the University of Louisville’s Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge.  EnDx is developing a three-dimensional molecular imaging device to provide abundant data for breast cancer diagnosis and research, with potential application to colon, prostate, and other cancers.

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Lynch Lecture Series features Nobel-laureate physicist

Author: Julia Murray

DJ Wineland, Lynch Lecture speaker

Nobel-laureate physicist David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Time and Frequency Division in Boulder, Colo., gave a presentation to a full house on Mar. 18 (Wednesday) at the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library. The lecture entitled, “Quantum Computers and Raising Schrödinger’s Cat,” discussed quantum computers, their history, mechanics, and future in the worl

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Fifth annual Commercialization Award event coming soon

Author: Joanne Fahey

Matthew Leevy, 2014 winner of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award

The University of Notre Dame will host the fifth annual 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award Dinner on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend.

Established in 2008 with a $1 million gift from 1st Source Bank, the award is presented each year to faculty from Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) who have successfully transitioned their technology from the lab to the marketplace.

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