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Nineteenth annual Expanding Your Horizons broadens career aspirations for girls

Author: Shadia Ajam

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This past Saturday (Apr. 23), Notre Dame hosted the 19th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) career conference for middle school girls that focused on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Throughout the conference, students had the opportunity to collaborate and learn from female role models working in STEM fields. This exposure provides a gateway for empowering girls to see themselves as future participants in STEM and STEM-related careers. 

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Community-based course development grants impact local community

Author: Gene Stowe

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Several faculty in the College of Science have received Community-Based Course Development Grants from the Center for Social Concerns. The $2,500 grants are available to faculty and graduate students to support the design of new courses or major redesigns of existing courses. The courses incorporate community-based learning, where students conduct service or other civic work into the academic experience.  

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Twelve graduate students receive Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Twelve graduate students who are instructors and teaching assistants in the College of Science received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. The recipients are Bide Xiong of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics; Jenifer Gifford, Sheri Sanders, Kimbra Turner, and Victoria Zellmer of Biological Sciences; Michael Brennan, Clyde Daly, Ruth Nelson and Emily Shangle of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Edward Burkard and Brian Stoyell-Mulholland of Mathematics; and Bryce Frentz of Physics. 

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Nine students named winners in Living Worlds Space Art Contest

Author: Brian Wallheimer and Marissa Gebhard

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Nine students in kindergarten through fifth grade are first, second or third place winners in Notre Dame’s first Living Worlds Space Art Contest in which students are asked to imagine and depict the unusual forms of life that might inhabit other planets. In addition to the artwork, entrants also include written descriptions of their creature, describing how it has adapted to conditions on its planet.

Over 1,000 students from ten states submitted entries to the contest which allows students to explore evolution, adaptation and the discovery of planets around other stars. Entries are divided into classroom categories of grades K-1, 2-3 and 3-5. Prizes have been awarded for first through third places in each grade range.

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Solving the ebola outbreak: Paul Farmer and the four s’s

Author: Shadia Ajam

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This past Tuesday, April 19, Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health and professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard University, visited Notre Dame and delivered a lecture titled, “Taking up the Challenges of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters.” Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the event welcomed hundreds of attendees both from the University and the wider community.

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Researchers begin high-tech study of Vatican courtyard

Author: Public Affairs & Communication

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Vatican City, both the smallest sovereign state in the world and the administrative headquarters of its largest Christian Church, is also a United Nations World Heritage site. Among the series of architectural restoration projects planned or under way there, few are more significant than that of the Cortile del Belvedere, or Belvedere Courtyard, where a team of Notre Dame faculty and graduate students from the University’s School of Architecture and Department of Physics have begun an unprecedented study.

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Twenty-four graduate students win NSF GRFP awards

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The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 24 current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another 17 earning honorable mention. Overall, there were 41 students recognized by the NSF. This doubles the number of Notre Dame awardees from 2015, and nearly doubles the previous Notre Dame record of 26, set last year, for total students recognized by the NSF.

The NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees. The award provides a stipend, tuition support, and research funds for three years.

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Ganey awards fund studies to inspire students to pursue STEM and to improve academic achievement

Author: Gene Stowe

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Rodolfo Capdevilla, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, and Nancy Michael, an assistant teaching professor of neuroscience and behavior received Ganey Community Engagement Awards for Research and Teaching at the Center for Social Concerns’ annual Ganey Awards dinner, sponsored by Rod and Carol Ganey, on April 11. 

Capdevilla received the first-ever Ganey Community-Based Research Graduate Stipend for the project “Inspiring High School Students to Enter Stem Careers Using Quantum Physics Demos.” His team of researchers includes Mitchell Wayne, professor of physics; Kenneth Cecire of the national QuarkNet Program; and Don Howard, a professor of philosophy. The stipend is $3,000. 

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A tough childhood can lead to a shorter life for baboons

Author: Notre Dame News

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What is true for humans is also true for baboons: The tougher the childhood, the higher the risks of premature death later in life. Numerous studies have shown that childhood trauma can have far-reaching effects on adult health and survival; new research finds the same is true for wild baboons.

People who experience childhood abuse, neglect and other hallmarks of a rough childhood are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and other health problems later in life, even after the stressful events have passed, previous research shows.

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Notre Dame family to celebrate third annual Notre Dame Day

Author: Sue Lister

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The celebration will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 24 and end at midnight on April 25. The 29-hour live broadcast from LaFortune Student Center will share inspiring and entertaining Notre Dame stories from around the world through interviews and celebrity guests. It also provides members of the Notre Dame family the opportunity to give back to areas of the University they love most through an online fundraising competition. 

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Stoneburner co-authors report on innovative laser procedure

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Christine Petti, M.D., a plastic surgeon (SMC ’76), and her daughter, Jacqueline Stoneburner, a senior majoring in both science-business and Spanish at Notre Dame, published the results of the 16-patient clinical trial in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Petti developed a method for repairing both lipodystrophy and cellulite with a fiber optic laser in one procedure, rather than the standard two.

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Junior faculty receive nationally competitive research awards

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized six University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science for their accomplishments in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The CAREER program was created to recognize and support outstanding junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating research while also providing educational opportunities for students. The program was established in 1995 and is the NSF’s most prestigious recognition given to junior faculty.

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