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Taylor named associate dean

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Richard Taylor, has been appointed to the position of associate dean of the College of Science. In his position, Taylor directs the research and planning efforts of the College of Science, oversees grant management, engages faculty in multidisciplinary research and assists in forming strong collaborations across the University and with external research partners. He serves as the college’s primary liaison to the Office of Research and the Graduate School. Taylor also directs the Science Computing Facility.

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Notre Dame particle physicists will help probe mysteries of the universe as part of LHC project

Author: William G. Gilroy

Large Hadron Collider

The massive Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will smash together particles at nearly the speed of light in an effort to understand the makeup of the universe, began test operations Wednesday (Sept. 10) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, and University of Notre Dame particle physicists are key participants in what has been termed the largest experiment even conducted.

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Loves mosquitoes, but not their diseases

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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Catherine Young grew up liking bugs.

Today she's a University of Notre Dame biologist whose area of expertise is medical entomology, the study of insects that cause disease in humans.

By contributing to research on major human health threats, she "gets to feel like she's saving the world," says Young, a biologist with the University's Eck Family Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, "but its really just an excuse to play with bugs," she adds with a smile.

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Undergraduate utilizes computational chemistry to analyze water efficiencies

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Patrick Holvey

Modern coal-fired power plants achieve significant efficiencies by using supercritical water as a coolant.

But water that is superheated to its critical point undergoes dramatic transformation, not the least of which is that it becomes acidic.

Therein lies a dilemma that Notre Dame sophomore Patrick Holvey investigated as part of his research initiative this past summer on campus with Daniel Gezelter associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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