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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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