College of Science hosts 4th annual Diversity, Culture and Religion in Science course

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Reggie Howard

This past Saturday (September 20), the College of Science held its fourth annual Diversity, Culture, and Religion in Science course. This one-day, one-credit course encourages students to consider the role of these three important facets of personal identity in their future endeavors. The course attendees listened to variety of speakers, ranging from successful businesspeople to professional athletes. Students also interact with the speakers and with each other throughout the day to consider diversity-related issues on campus.

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NDConnect 2014 finalists announced

Author: Provided by NDnano

Nano Science and Technology

The Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame recently announced the finalists for the fourth annual NDConnect undergraduate nanotechnology research competition. The finalists were selected from applicants who submitted research proposals in the spring, then followed up with a report in August documenting their research findings.

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Lightboard provides new, innovative technology for teaching in the College of Science

Author: Stephanie Healey


The University of Notre Dame is dedicated to providing an unsurpassed education to its students. Integral to that mission is bringing new and innovative teaching methods to the classroom.

Over the summer the Academic Technologies Group in the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) and the College of Science installed a new teaching tool called the Lightboard, which is used to create short videos intended to complement teaching efforts. The Lightboard consists of a glass board for writing notes and a camera to film the professor. It can also incorporate PowerPoint or Keynote slides onto the board that can be annotated by the professor during filming.

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TEDxUND now accepting applications for 2015 event

Author: Notre Dame News


TEDxUND2015 organizers at the University of Notre Dame announced Monday (Sept. 22) that they are accepting speaker applications now through Oct. 12 (Sunday) for the 2015 event. TEDxUND will take place on Feb. 27 (Friday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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Peng named editor for Biophysical Journal

Author: Stephanie Healey

Jeffrey Peng

Jeffrey Peng, associate professor for chemistry and biochemistry and concurrent associate professor of physics was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the editorial board of Biophysical Journal beginning July 1, 2015.


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Graduate student Renato Bettiol named to U.S. delegation at second annual Heidelberg Laureates Forum

Author: Stephanie Healey

Renato Bettiol

Renato Bettiol, a Notre Dame graduate student in the Department of Mathematics, has been selected to represent the United States in the 20 person delegation of students and postdoctoral researchers that will attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The forum, focused on mathematics and computer science, will take place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany. The U.S. delegation is sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Notre Dame faculty receive pilot grants from Indiana CTSI

Author: Stephanie Healey

Indiana CTSI

Three College of Science faculty are among the 23 recipients of Spring Core Pilot Grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The Core Pilot Grant program provides small pilot grants to access labs and technology whose resources can help kick-start promising basic research projects with high potential to go on to attract additional dollars from outside funding sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and public foundations. The program provides all grant recipients access to more than 60 core facilities across the Indiana CTSI member institutions of Indiana University (IU), Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame study shows that in baboons, as well as humans, social relationships matter

Author: William G. Gilroy

A family of baboons

Both scientific research and our own personal experiences have revealed that the strength and quality of a person’s social relationships can affect their health and lifespan. Now a new collaborative study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University has discovered that social interconnectedness also matters for survival in wild female baboons. And the findings may also be applicable to other social mammals.

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