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Biology Club Hosts Outreach Event

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Members of the Biology Club put their knowledge to use as they hosted a “Science Night” on Nov. 29 in Stepan Center. They guided developmentally disabled young adults in the Best Buddies Club through several simulated experiments including creating bubbles, writing with invisible ink and forming cold and gaseous substances with combinations of baking soda, vinegar and water. One favorite station gave the buddies the opportunity to dissect large frog replicas. Without the irritating formaldehyde odor, buddies learned a few of the basic inner parts of a frog.…

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NASA and Notre Dame Team up for Space Presentations

Author: Gene Stowe

 

When Thomas Loughran heard that NASA was sending its mobile visualization unit to South Bend recently, he saw an opportunity to take a good thing and make it better.

Loughran, a professional specialist in the Notre Dame Physics Department and a South Bend Saint Joseph’s High School science research teacher, eventually was able to enrich the visit by pulling together the combined efforts of the Physics Department, the Michiana Astronomical Society, and the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center, of which he is one of the founding members.…

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AAAS Honors Shahriar Mobashery's Work to Fight MRSA

Author: Gene Stowe

Shahriar Mobashery

Long before most people knew anything about MRSA (methicillin-resistantStaphyloccocus aureus), Notre Dame chemist/biochemist Shahriar Mobashery and members of his laboratory were seeking new approaches both to understand what made this antibiotic-resistant superbacterium so insidious and to try and find ways to control it.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates 2007

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Gina Buffaloe and Noah Schroeder came to Notre Dame this summer with the intent of expanding their knowledge of physics through the 10-week program known as Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU.

Little did they know that Notre Dame’s REU program is one of the nation’s oldest, having gotten its start in 1985 – years before other universities developed similar programs.…

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Stepan Hall Dedication, October 2-3, 1982

Author: Marissa Gebhard

It was 25 years ago today...

...when the University dedicated Stepan Chemistry Hall. Who was the headliner at this gala affair, but Walter Cronkite. The venerable CBS News anchor came to campus for the event and warned in his address that America faced a “social, economic, and political upheaval” because of our failure to teach science properly.…

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Undergraduate Presents Research in Ireland during Fall Break

Author: Marissa Gebhard

A wonderful thing happened last summer to Gary Nijak, Jr. He completely failed in his attempt to create a new polymer that would improve an automated bacteria detection device. It wasn’t long afterward that the junior Chemistry and Chemical Engineering major realized that there’s no success like failure because it was only after his initial setback that he happened upon an altogether novel way of achieving his goal.…

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QuarkNet Receives $2.71 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Author: Gene Stowe

Notre Dame QuarkNet Center

 

Perhaps there is no better example of University of Notre Dame’s involvement in the Michiana educational community than with the success of the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center (NDQC).

Founded in 1999 by Notre Dame Physicist Randy Ruchti, this unique facility at 929 North Eddy Street has given local high school physics teachers and their students an opportunity to play key roles in designing parts of detectors for the world’s highest energy particle accelerators.…

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Sensing Our World 2007

Author: Marissa Gebhard

 

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere."  
Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov

The minds of 19 local middle school youngsters were brightened by the high-wattage power of scientific discovery the third week of July when they immersed themselves in the second “Sensing Our World” science camp at Notre Dame.…

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College Welcomes Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Dominic Chaloner

 

The College of Science is pleased to welcome Dominic Chaloner, Ph.D., as the new Undergraduate Research Coordinator for the College of Science. In this role, Chaloner hopes enhance the existing infrastructure within the College of Science to support undergraduate research, promote the many successes resulting from the mentorship of undergraduates by science faculty , and provide advice to students about pursuing the most appropriate and fulfilling avenue of research.…

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Digital Visualization Theater Director

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Keith Davis

 

In January, the College of Science welcomed Astrophysicist Keith Davis as the director of the Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science. Davis plans to expand the use of the DVT and enhance our faculty’s ability to interact with students during presentations. “The immersive qualities of the DVT can then be combined with the flexibility of traditional teaching aids to make the DVT a truly amazing teaching tool,” Davis explained.…

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Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference

Author: Gene Stowe

The conference will open with a panel discussion on undergraduate mathematics at 1:00 p.m. followed by individual student presentations from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. by students who participated in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) and other research projects at the University of Washington, Cornell University, Claremont Colleges, Williams College and the University of Notre Dame. The students’ research on various topics including group theory, topology, knot theory, graph theory, and linear algebra has applications to many interesting problems in mathematics.

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High Energy Physics Students Complete Summer Research Projects

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The College of Science congratulates all students who completed research projects this summer. Of note are five Notre Dame students who conducted high energy physics research under the direction of physics professors Michael Hildreth and Philippe Collon.

 

High Energy Particle Students and Professor Mike Hildreth

Thomas Rehagen worked with Prof. Hildreth on a team that included fellow undergraduates Matthew Lucia, Zachary Liptak and A.J. McGauley. The group is developing an optical instrument to detect motion of components in a linear accelerator, so the energy of the beam can be measured accurately. Rehagen said, “This program’s been a great introduction to physics research in general and high energy physics as well.” He expects to do graduate work in high energy physics. Rehagen was a recipient of the College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) while McGauley received a stipend from the College of Science/College of Arts and Letters Honors Program. Funding for Lucia and Liptak comes from the Department of Energy and Hildreth’s Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award.…

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Charles "Mike" Harper

Author: Gene Stowe

Charles

 

“By the end of the century, biomedical research at Notre Dame had begun to make its mark in the world,” said Castellino. “Not too many places have gone from virtually nothing to real prominence in the field.”

Today, cancer research at Notre Dame is organized into three focus groups, namely 1) cell biology and cell signaling, 2) gene targeting, and 3) drug design\discovery. Studies in the cell biology and cell signaling group emphasize cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane trafficking, molecular motors, and small G proteins in relation to the apoptotic response of tumors to hormone and chemotherapy, using cell culture, autochthonous tumor models, orthotopic xenografts and transgenic models of cancer.…

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Mathematics Seniors Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Honorable Mentions

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Senior honors mathematics major Adam Boocher received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award. He s one of only 26 mathematics majors in the country to be so honored. Four other senior honors mathematics majors Jacob Hughes, Ben Fehrman, Matt Gunden and alumnus Zach Madden ’07 received honorable mentions from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

 

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Geometry of Mechanism Science Conference

Author: Gene Stowe

Some of the nation's leading mechanism theorists and experts in polynomial-system solving will converge at Notre Dame March 1-4 when the Department of Mathematics Center for Applied Mathematics host a conference entitled "Geometry of Mechanism Science."

The event focuses on the theory of mechanisms. Machines such as robots, cars, planes, lawnmowers, are basically assemblies of mechanisms. For example, cars include piston assemblies, windshield wipers, door and trunk mechanisms, brakes, to name a few. Another important class of mechanisms arise in the development of replacement body parts, e.g., heart valves and artificial limbs.…

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Notre Dame Scientists Announce Bacterial Cell Wall Breakthrough

Author: Gene Stowe

Shahriar Mobashery

 

Ever since scientists determined about 50 years ago that the cell wall of bacteria consists of a mesh-like network called peptidoglycan, elucidating the structure of this  critically-important layer of the bacterial envelope has been the focus of intense study.…

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