Astronomers discover chemical signature of first-generation very massive stars

Author: Gene Stowe

An optical image of the star SDSS J0018-0939, obtained by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (Credit: SDSS/NAOJ)

A team of international astronomers has discovered a low-mass star that exhibits the peculiar chemical abundance ratios associated with the process of creating new atomic nuclei (nucleosynthesis) in a first-generation very-massive star. The team, which includes Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, used the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope’s High Dispersion Spectrograph to make the discovery. The team members published a report, “A chemical signature of first-generation very-massive stars,” in the Aug. 22 issue of the journal Science.

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Rob Stahelin joins Harper administration

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Rob Stahelin

Robert Stahelin has been appointed interim senior associate director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), representing the interests of Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and the IUSM-South Bend campus. HCRI is a partnership between IUSM-SB and the University of Notre Dame.

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Study shows Asian carp could establish in Lake Erie with little effect to fishery

Author: William G. Gilroy

common carp

If bighead and silver carp were to establish in Lake Erie, local fish biomass is not likely to change beyond observations recorded in the last three decades, according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology on Thursday (Aug. 6) by a group of scientists from the University of Notre Dame, Resources for the Future, U.S. Forest Service, University of Michigan and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory.

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Nicholas Myers awarded USP Global Fellowship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Nicholas Myers

Fourth year chemistry graduate student Nicholas Myers recently earned a $30,000 United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Global Fellowship for his work related to counterfeit drug detection. Myers was one of three recipients chosen this year in the international competition.

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Notre Dame researcher working to understand and combat Ebola virus

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rob Stahelin

The largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history currently occurring in West Africa has raised fears that the disease may soon spread to the United States. However, a University of Notre Dame researcher who studies the virus believes that, while there are grounds for concern, there is no need to panic.

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REU students compete in the Physics Olympics

Author: Jayme Russell


On July 24, the Department of Physics and Notre Dame’s Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program hosted the annual Physics Olympics in the Jordan Hall of Science. REU students from Michigan State, Purdue, and Notre Dame participated in the challenges. The Physics Olympics allows the REU students from these three universities universities to participate in friendly competition.

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NDConnect 2014 deadline extended to Aug. 15

Author: Provided

The NDConnect 2014 has been extended to August 15, 2014. Any undergraduate summer researchers in a nano-related field at any university (including Notre Dame students) are still eligible if they submit all the requested application materials by the new deadline:

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Grant propels largest growth of Notre Dame Haiti Program’s salt operations

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Workers at the Bon Sel Dayiti salt factory in Port-au-Prince bag clean, co-fortified salt for distribution in the nation’s marketplaces

The Notre Dame Haiti Program at the University of Notre Dame has received a large, anonymous grant that will support the growth of its salt program, which produces clean, co-fortified salt, intended to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and combat iodine deficiency disorder. The $375,000 grant will be matched by other donations and, in conjunction with several other resources, will fund the largest growth in the history of the salt program.

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