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The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health offers scholarships to Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

Author: Kimarie Merz-Bolgold

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The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health is partnering with the Peace Corps to offer financial help to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The joint program will provide an annual scholarship of $12,000 to qualifying returned Peace Corps Volunteer accepted into the Master of Science in Global Health program beginning Fall 2015.

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Woodard and Wolf receive CHEP 2015 poster award

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Department of Physics graduate students Anna Woodard and Matthias Wolf received an award for their poster presentation at the 21st International Conference on Computing and High Energy Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2015) in Okinawa, Japan, April 13-17. Their poster, titled “Exploiting Volatile Opportunistic Computing Resources with Lobster,” was about a software package that they wrote together to enable high energy physicists on the CMS experiment to make use of a broader set of computing resources then they can usually access.

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Notre Dame start-up wins awards at world’s richest student business plan competition

Author: Arnie Phifer

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Enlightened Diagnostics, a start-up company run by students from the University of Notre Dame, won three prizes and $19,000 at the 2015 Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest competition of its kind in the world.

From among 42 teams from the U.S., Europe, and Asia invited to Rice University in Houston, Texas, Enlightened Diagnostics received awards for the quality of its presentations and the promise of the company’s novel 3D tumor imaging platform to radically improve cancer diagnostics in the future.

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Michael Dinh named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Author: Stephanie Healey

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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation recently announced that Michael Dinh has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar.  Dinh, a junior biological sciences and psychology double major and member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, was one of 260 scholarship recipients selected from over 1,200 applications.

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Anthony Ruth receives NASA Fellowship

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Department of Physics graduate student Anthony Ruth has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF15). His application was titled, “Hybrid Van Der Waals materials in next-generation electronics.”

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Kevin Struhl gives Nieuwland lecture

Author: Jayme Russell

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On Monday April 20, Kevin Struhl, David Wesley Gaiser Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, gave a Nieuwland Lecture Series presentation titled, "An epigenetic switch linking inflammation to cancer and the use of metformin as an anti-cancer drug."

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New paper sheds light on harnessing the clinical potential of microvesicles released from cancer cells

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Over the past few years, extracellular vesicles, or membrane sacs secreted from cells, have emerged as important mediators by which cells communicate with their surroundings to regulate a diverse range of biological processes. In addition, specialized roles for extracellular vesicles are beginning to be recognized in various diseases including cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. Moreover, engineered extracellular vesicles are likely to have applications in drug delivery.

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Notre Dame hosts 18th annual EYH Conference

Author: Shadia Ajam

 

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This past Saturday (Apr. 18), Notre Dame hosted the 18th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) career conference for middle school girls that focused on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The main goal of the conference is to attract more young females to STEM careers and help them realize that they have the potential to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges.

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Detecting low-quality antimalarial drugs with a lab-on-paper

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Access to high-quality medicine is a basic human right, but more than four billion people live in countries where many medications are substandard or fake. Marya Lieberman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and Abigail Weaver, a postdoctoral associate in the University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Earth Sciences, took up the challenge of how people in developing countries could detect low-quality antimalarial drugs without expensive equipment and without handling dangerous chemicals.

The solution they developed involves using paper cards, embedded with reagents, that carry out 12 colorful chemical tests all at once on a solid sample. The colors show whether a medicine contains the expected ingredients and whether fillers or substitute drugs have been added.

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