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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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