The calendar year 2014 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Here are some of them.
The American Physical Society (APS) recently announced that Morten Eskildsen, professor of physics, was elected as a Fellow for the society’s Division of Condensed Matter Physics. Eskildsen is one of 32 condensed matter physicists elected as Fellows this year and was selected from more than 6,000 physicists studying the field in the United States. He was nominated for his insightful studies of the vortex lattice in conventional and unconventional type-II superconductors.
A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, as well as a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, investigates how the most abundant protein that composes the Ebola virus, VP40, mediates replication of a new viral particle.
A Masterclass collaboration between the Department of Physics and John Adams High School in South Bend has accelerated student interest in physics – nearly 50 students signed up for astronomy teacher Daniel Walsh’s class this year, up from 11 in last year’s class when the program first started at John Adams.
In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and the Population (MSPP), the Congregation of Holy Cross and other partners, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program dedicated a new fortified salt production plant Monday (Dec. 8) in Delmas, Haiti. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Sophia Martelly, first lady of Haiti.
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2015.
The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.
The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame recently hosted the first annual Notre Dame Europe Symposium on Nuclear Science and Society on October 27-29 at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway. Sponsored by Notre Dame International and organized by physics professors Ani Aprahamian, Umesh Garg, and Michael Wiescher, the symposium attracted more than 50 scientists representing more than 20 institutions across Europe. Over the three day symposium, the talks focused on the applications of nuclear science in the healthcare and energy, especially the research work currently underway in the United Kingdom.
On November 4, Notre Dame hosted the inaugural Soft Polymer Materials Symposium at McKenna Hall. Twelve Notre Dame faculty and postdocs presented their current research in the areas of general synthesis, application, and characterization of soft polymer materials.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed funding for VectorBase, a bioinformatics resource center based at the University of Notre Dame since 2004 that manages genomic information on arthropods and other invertebrates that transmit human pathogens.