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Four faculty appointed collegiate chairs

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Dean of the College of Science Greg Crawford has announced that four professors have been appointed five-year collegiate chairs. Professor Nora J. Besansky has been appointed the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Biological Sciences. Professor Patricia L. Clark 

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Science director named for Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

Author: William G. Gilroy

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M. Sharon Stack has been named Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Science Director of the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. In her role, Stack will work collaboratively with the clinical director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute to develop and foster a collaborative and innovative cancer research program. 

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Theoretical physicist Mark Caprio named 2010 Cottrell Scholar

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Mark Caprio, assistant professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a 2010 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award recognizes leaders who integrate science teaching and research at leading American research universities. …

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Chemistry Alumnus Inspires Undergraduates to be Entrepreneurs

Author: Gene Stowe

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Michael Flavin is Chairman & CEO of Advanced Life Sciences (ADLS.OB), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of new drugs to fight infection, inflammation and cancer.  Flavin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1978, and has started five companies related to drug discovery and development. In the past 20 years, he has raised more than $240 million for the work and taken a new antibiotic to last-stage clinical trials.…

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Notre Dame hosts Indiana CTSI Retreat on Healthcare Innovation

Author: Gene Stowe

Event:
Tues. November 23 
10a.m. to 3p.m.
Eck Visitor’s Center
Indiana CTSI Retreat

Lunch is provided. Registration is free and open to the public through the following website:http://www.indianactsi.org/NDretreat.

The University of Notre Dame will host the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) informational retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, (Nov. 23), at the Eck Visitor Center at the University of Notre Dame. Presenters will discuss the acceleration of the rate of health care innovation in Indiana and beyond through collaborations among the member universities as well as public and private partnerships.…

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Gursky Joins Center for Health Sciences Advising

Author: Gene Stowe

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Susan K. Gursky, assistant professional specialist, has joined Rev. James Foster and Kathleen Kolberg as an advisor in the Center for Health Sciences Advising. Her role will be to advise the incoming sophomore SCPP students. Collectively, the three advise all students in the sophomore through senior years who plan to apply to medical, dental and other professional schools. Last year, nearly 300 Notre Dame students applied to medical schools.…

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Peter Annin appointed managing director of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Peter Annin, an award-winning Great Lakes author and environmental journalist, has been named managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative.
 
The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) is a key branch of the University’s Strategic Research Investment (SRI) program that has allocated $80 million of Notre Dame’s own money to advance the scope, excellence and visibility of the University’s research enterprise.

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Garg selected for Physics REU Leadership Group executive committee

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Umesh Garg, professor of physics, has been elected as a member of the executive committee for the National Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Leadership Group. The group of leaders aims to publicize physics REU programs and to foster communication among physics REU sites. Garg will serve on the committee until 2013.…

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Two Novae Discoveries for Garnavich Team at VATT

Author: Gene Stowe

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Professor of physics Peter Garnavich, physics majors Nancy Paul and Colin Littlefield along with Samia Bouzid, a Rutgers University student in the Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates, found two novae and confirmed a third at the Vatican Observatory in June. The discovery was described in the Vatican Observatory’s Fall 2010 newsletter. Garnavich has worked for years to discover novae in M31 and M81 with Kamil Hornoch of the Ondrejov Astronomical Institute in the Czech Republic.…

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NDeRC Graduate Students Showcase Nanotechnology to Community

Author: Gene Stowe

About 100 business leaders, educators and others from the University of Notre Dame and the surrounding community participated in the Memorial Community Plunge, “Nanotechnology – The Power of Small,” on Nov. 4 in McKenna Hall. The event, organized by Memorial Hospital, included nano demonstrations by NDeRC graduate students and Penn High School teachers, talks by Robert Dunn, managing director of the Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame (NDnano) and Kathy Eggleson, associate director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, and a tour of Stinson-Remick Hall.…

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Helquist Awarded Year-Long Guest Professorship in Sweden

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Paul Helquist has recently been awarded the Tage Erlander Guest Professorship in Chemistry from the National Science Research Council of Sweden. Helquist and his wife Christie will live in Sweden from May 2011 to July 2012. The $325,000 award includes support for graduate students and postdoctoral associates.…

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Undergraduate Researcher's Professional Case Study Published

Author: Gene Stowe

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Emily Kolbus, a senior preprofessional studies major, was published in the September 2010 edition of the journal Retinal Physician. Kolbus, who did summer research on the oncology service at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, wrote a case study of her work with Dr. Carol Shields and Dr. Carlos Bionciotto. The article, “Conservative Treatment of Ciliary Body Melanoma with Extraocular Extension,” explains how plaque radiotherapy allowed a patient to avoid enucleation, the ordinary treatment for the condition.…

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Eck Institute for Global Health Faculty and Students Attend American Society of Tropical Medicine

Author: Katherine Taylor

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Twenty-two representatives from the Eck Institute for Global Health are contributing to the premier forum for tropical medicine and global health this week. Eleven faculty members, six graduate students, one undergraduate student, and four technical staff are represented on nine presentations at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from November 3-7, 2010. In addition, Frank Collins, professor of biological sciences, is a member of the prestigious faculty invited to teach the basic science pre-meeting course, Recent Advances in the Biology of Invertebrate Vectors and Implications for the Control of Tropical Diseases. The faculty and student researchers are commended for their contribution to global health research.…

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Research Projects Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

Author: Gene Stowe

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Eleven College of Science undergraduates gave oral presentations on their summer research projects and 34 gave poster presentations at the Fall Undergraduate Research Fair and Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Jordan Hall of Science. The Research Fair also included opportunities to learn about research opportunities across the country, the Notre Dame Hub, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, clubs and other activities on campus.…

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Physics Faculty Receive DOE Award to Study Nuclear Properties

Author: Shelly Goethals

Professors of physics Grant Mathews, Stefan Frauendorf, and Mark Caprio have received a 3-year Department of Energy award, totaling $570,000 for their research on "Nuclear Properties at Extreme Density, Temperature, Spin, and Isospin".

This proposal involves theoretical investigations which will reveal the properties of nuclear matter and individual nuclei in both astrophysical and laboratory environments with extreme temperature, density, angular momentum, or large excesses of neutrons or protons. The astrophysical investigations include the development of computer models for hot big bang, the formation of galaxies, the deep interiors of massive stars, the explosions of stars in supernovae, and the high-density environments around neutron stars and black holes. The nuclear studies will explore the collective and quantum many-body structure of exotic atomic nuclei. These studies will help to clarify the origin and evolution of the universe and the elements, along with pointing the way to new experiments for the next generation of nuclear heavy-ion accelerators that seek to find new exotic isotopes and new forms of nuclear matter.physics_professors_doe2010

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Physics Graduate Students Win India- U.S. Travel Awards

Author: Gene Stowe

Two of the six travel award winners in this year’s India-U.S. Physics Students Visitation Program were graduate students in Physics at Notre Dame. Akaa Daniel Ayangeakaa and James Matta, both advised by Umesh Garg, participated in the program co-sponsored by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the American Physical Society (APS).…

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Physicists Receive $600K NSF Award for Advancing Research in Semiconductors

Author: Gene Stowe

Physicists, Margaret Dobrowolska, Jacek Furdyna and Xinyu Liu, have just been awarded a 4-year grant of $600,000 by the National Science Foundation for work titled, “Electron Spin Effects in Semiconductor Nanostructures” which will ultimately aid in increasing the functionality of electronic microchip devices.…

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Notre Dame Recognizes its heroes of Haiti

Author: Angela Sienko

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During the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh football game on Saturday, October 9, the University recognized a special group of alumni and staff who represented the large Notre Dame contingent who helped with the recovery efforts after the January earthquake in Haiti.

Léogâne, the city hit hardest by the quake, is home to the Notre Dame Haiti Program, which was founded by Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., a professor of biological sciences, to eradicate lymphatic filariasis. Also volunteering in Léogâne are members of Emil’s Army, medical professionals who are former chemistry students of Professor Emeritus Emil T. Hofman.

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Furdyna Invited to Join Ukrainian Journal of Physics International Advisory Board

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Jacek Furdyna, who holds the Marquez Chair of Information Theory and Computer Technology in the Department of Physics, has been invited to join the International Advisory Board of the Ukrainian Journal of Physics.

Furdyna, a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics, has co-authored over 700 publications and given talks across the United States as well as in Poland, Korea, Germany, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Japan, France, Georgia and Russia. Furdyna, a native of Poland who earned his bachelor’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, came to Notre Dame in 1987.…

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Eskildsen Receives DOE Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Morten Ring Eskildsen, associate professor of physics, has been awarded a new, 3-year DOE award of $519,013 for his project, "Metastable Vortex Lattices – Properties and Applications."

The collective nature of the correlated electron many-body system in the presence of magnetic fields and/or localized magnetic moments displays an astonishing variety of different phenomena. Among these one finds magnetic ordering, superconductivity, fractionally charged excitations, quantum criticality and non-Fermi liquid behavior to name just a few. One of the current grand challenges in solid state physics is to provide a microscopic understanding of superconductivity in systems where it coexists with local magnetic moments, relevant for high-Tc as well as heavy-fermion superconductors.…

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Kolda Uses Large Hadron Collider Results in HEP Research

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Christopher Kolda, associate professor of physics, has just received a new, 3-year NSF award in support of his research in theoretical high energy physics (HEP). Kolda has been funded to study the physics of electroweak symmetry breaking using forthcoming results from the Large Hadron Collider, specifically the twin theoretical ideas of the Higgs mechanism and supersymmetry. By examining extensions of the Higgs sector, he and his students will be working to test, and distinguish among, the minimal models of supersymmetry.…

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3-D Animations Depict Lieberman’s Work

Author: Gene Stowe

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The work of Marya Lieberman, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been depicted in three educational, engaging 3-D animations that make technical subject matter accessible to students and the general public. Lieberman is a member of the Notre Dame Center for Nanoscience and Technology and studies how such DNA Origami interact with semiconductor surfaces and how the origami could serve as templates for nanoelectronic circuits.…

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Balsara NSF Grant Advances Computational Astrophysics Research

Author: Gene Stowe

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Dinshaw Balsara, associate professor of physics, has won a National Science Foundation grant to advance his groundbreaking work that has application to science and engineering in general as well as astrophysics in particular. The grant, “Multidimensional Riemann Solvers and Higher Order Schemes with AMR for Computational Astrophysics” is related to Balsara’s “Numerical PDE Techniques for Scientists and Engineers,” text and software used in an interdisciplinary Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics/Physics course.

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Journal of Organic Chemistry Cites Miller as Prolific Author

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Editor-in-Chief C. Dale Poulter and the Journal of Organic Chemistry Associate Editors have recognized 79 prominent authors as ones who have made the most significant contributions to the journal in its first 75 years of publication.

Marvin Miller, The George and Winifred Clark Chair in Chemistry, is listed at number 47. The journal states, “There is no doubt that these authors and others have been the key to establishing and maintaining The Journal of Organic Chemistry as the leading and most cited journal in the field of organic chemistry.”

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CBBI Program Awards 16 Fellowships

Author: Gene Stowe

The Chemistry, Biochemistry Biology Interface Program (CBBI) has announced the CBBI Fellowship Awards for 2010-2011. The fellowships carry an annual stipend of $26,000 plus health insurance and travel support for research internship.

The fellowship recipients include Esther Braselmann, Mary Cloutier, Brandon Haines, Joshua Lee, Cheng Ji, Daniel Scott, Jordan Scott, Erin Cole, Michelle Favila, Major Gooyit, Apryle O’Farrell, Yao Shen, Mark Wacker, Rosanne Frederick and Bryan Smith.…

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New York Times: “Researchers Create Nanostructures, and Whip Up a Recipe, Too”

Author: Kenneth Chang

Class of 2010 Ph.D. graduate Jeremiah Gassensmith is now a member of a research team at Northwestern University that is working to create a class of structures known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that are rigid and porous.

The group’s edible nanostructures were featured in a recent New York Times article stating, “Because they are made from widely available compounds used in the food industry, the Northwestern nanostructures are cheaper and easier to make than previous metal-organic frameworks, which are generally synthesized out of petroleum products."…

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Undergraduate Researches Ugandan Healthcare

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

Bill Flavin, an undergraduate student in biochemistry at Notre Dame, was given the opportunity to conduct research in Uganda this summer. His three-week research project was funded and organized in partnership with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity as part of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. After spending the past three summers researching at the University of Chicago Medical Center under the guidance of Eugene B. Chang in the Digestive Diseases Research Core Center, Flavin decided to focus his research in Uganda on enteric and diarrheal diseases caused by impure water, as a consequence of extreme systematic poverty and grassroots economic growth and development.…

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