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Alumnus opens Hesburgh Hospital in Ecuador

Author: Ann Kovar Miller

Hesburgh Hospital

This summer, business major-turned physician, Dr. David Gaus, helped to open Hesburgh Hospital on behalf of Andean Health & Development, a nonprofit aimed at providing quality and sustainable healthcare for rural poor in the Ecuador.

Through the inspiration of Fr. Hesburgh, Dr. Gaus attended medical school and determined to use his degree for good: by providing residents of rural Ecuador affordable, accessible medical care. In 2000, he founded the Pedro Vicente Maldonado. Since then, the hospital has treated more than 75,000 patients, including 2,500 childbirths, 1,200 surgeries and 7,500 emergencies.

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Graduate School honors Steven Corcelli

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Steven Corcelli

During Commencement season 2015, the Graduate School bestowed four prestigious awards: the Distinguished Alumnus Award; the James A. Burns, CSC Award; the Director of Graduate Studies Award; and the Graduate Administrative Staff Member Award.

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Graduate School announces 2015 Shaheen Award winners

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Main Building

The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Awards. This year, two students from the lab of Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, were honored with Shaheen Awards.

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Undergraduates attend Center for Math summer program

Author: Gene Stowe

Math Conference

The Undergraduate Summer School hosted by the Center for Mathematics at Notre Dame attracted more than 30 students from around the world to hear talks from leading mathematicians and network with faculty and fellow students. The event, May 19-22, is the first of three related gatherings in a thematic program that has been organized by the center each year since 2011. This year’s organizers were François Ledrappier of Notre Dame, Françoise Dal'Bo of the Universite de Rennes in France, and Amie Wilkinson of the University of Chicago.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist part of team that catches a supernova in the act of exploding

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Garnavich, professor of physics

It is one of the fundamental questions that remain unanswered in astrophysics: What are the progenitor stars of a “type Ia” supernovae? A new paper in the journal Nature by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich and a team of researchers describes how they used the Kepler Space Telescope to catch three stars in the act of exploding. The results shed light on which stars generate these energetic outbursts.

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Notre Dame team develops sleep-enhancing app and tools

Author: Gene Stowe

Somni products

A team of Notre Dame entrepreneurs has developed a sleep-enhancing kit and app designed to boost college students’ healthy rest, memory, learning, and mental health. The approach is based on the research of Jessica Payne, the Nancy O'Neill Associate Professor of Psychology and director of the Sleep Stress and Memory Lab. Matt Berg, who received his undergraduate degree in science-business in 2012 and master’s degree in the entrepreneurship master's program (ESTEEM) in 2013, and junior Ryan Gannett work with Payne. Their company, Somni, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for kit manufacturing and app development.

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Aquaponics across the spectrum

Author: Stephanie Healey

Shella Raja

Through a multidisciplinary approach, the sustainability minor at Notre Dame prepares students to serve as leaders in their communities by making constructive and substantive contributions to the development of more sustainable practices for the benefit of their own personal and professional lives, the lives of others, and the lives of future generations.

As part of the minor, students are required to complete a capstone project of their choice during their senior year. Shella Raja, a biological sciences major, and double minor in anthropology and sustainability, took a unique approach to her project and decided to incorporate a community service component with her research.

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College of Science seniors honored at annual luncheon

Author: Stephanie Healey

2015 Dean's Awards Luncheon

The top graduating seniors in the College of Science were honored at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 15 in the Jordan Hall of Science. Gregory Crawford, William K. Warren Dean of the College of Science, presented the Dean’s Award and Dean’s Research Award and the chairs of each department recognized the top students in each of their majors.  In addition, Anthony Hyder, professor of physics, was awarded the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award.

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