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College of Science faculty receive Dockweiler and Joyce Awards

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Paul Grimstad, associate professor of biological sciences, has been selected to receive the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The award recognizes faculty and staff who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to Notre Dame undergraduates through outstanding mentoring, academic advising or career counseling services. Grimstad was one of only three recipients.

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Dooley Society supporting medical missions

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Last summer, 15 students and alumni who received partial funding from the Dooley Society for medical missions traveled to sites such as the Maryknoll Missions in Cambodia, Common Hope in Guatemala, The Timmy Foundation in Ecuador, the Foundation for Peace in the Dominican Republic, and the Institute for Internal Medicine in Africa. Seniors Andrea Dreyfuss and Lisa Zickuhr were among the 15 students who received Dooley stipends last summer. They are both planning to be physicians.

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Distinguished alumna lecture is like a “mini course in medicinal chemistry"

Author: Gene Stowe

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Ann Weber, executive director of medicinal chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories, described the design and synthesis of Januvia™ (generic: sitagliptin), a new treatment for type 2 diabetes at a lecture last Thursday (April 10)  in Nieuwland as part of the Organic Seminar series sponsored by the Department of Chemistry.

Weber, who was Notre Dame’s 1982 valedictorian, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and  later earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Harvard University. Marvin Miller, the George and Winifred Clark Chair in Chemistry, called the talk “a mini course in medicinal chemistry.”

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Distinguished career of Walter Johnson

Author: Gene Stowe

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Early in his career at the University of Notre Dame, around 1960, Walter Johnson took students at night to Bendix Corp. to do calculations on the manufacturer’s computer that could do 15 multiplications a second–15 times as many as the University’s computer.

“When they weren’t using their computer, they let us use it,” recalled Johnson, an atomic physicist. “The emphasis was to try to do things that people normally would do with pencil and paper, but you can’t get far that way. That’s been kind of the story of my research. During the time I’ve been working in this area, there has been this incredible development of computers.”

Johnson, 79, has been a world leader in the use of computers to solve complex problems, bringing the technology together with mathematics and physics. Leading physicists gathered at Notre Dame from around the world April 4-5 to toast his half-century with a symposium on atomic physics.

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