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Notre Dame Physicists Invites Campus to CERN Collision Event Tuesday

Author: Gene Stowe

Large Hadron Collider at CERN

 

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, will begin colliding high energy proton beams at 7 Trillion electron volts center-of-mass energy on Tuesday, March 30, 9am-6pm Central European Summer Time (CEST).   This event will usher in a new era of discovery at the Energy Frontier of Physics with the recording of collision events from our experiment CMS as well as the other experiments ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE. …

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Notre Dame Students Meet Challenge of Putnam Mathematical Competition

Author: Gene Stowe

Putnam Competition

 

For the second year in a row, Notre Dame ranked 20 of 546 institutions participating in the 70th W.L. Putnam Mathematical Competition. Eight Notre Dame students scored in double digits in the challenging competition, administered by the Mathematical Association of America. Four placed in the top 12 percent and one, Eric Reidl, in the top two percent, with a score of 50. Median scores on the 12-question test – each worth 10 points – are usually in the low single digits.…

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Garnavich will Play Key Role in Largest Hubble Project

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Peter Garnavich, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, is co-investigator on the largest Hubble project ever undertaken, one that will watch galaxies form and hunt for distant explosions. Astronomers will peer deep into the universe in five directions to document the early history of star formation, galaxy evolution and find distant supernova explosions in the ambitious new project, which will require an unprecedented amount of time on the Hubble Space Telescope.…

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Inventor Steven Brickner to receive honorary doctorate

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Eight distinguished figures in education, engineering, law, philanthropy, science and the Church will join principal speaker Brian Williams as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 165th University Commencement Ceremony May 16 (Sunday). Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Only one of the eight distinguished speakers will receive an honorary doctor of science-- Steven J. Brickner.

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Umesh Garg Receives Terrence Akai Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Umesh Garg, professor of physics, has received the 2010 Terrence Akai Award for Exceptional Service to International Students from the Department of International Student Services and Activities. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who exemplifies the qualities for which Terry Akai was known, including enthusiasm, generosity, tolerance, humor, and a commitment to improving the international student experience – both inside and outside the classroom.…

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Patrick Shirey Receives Award from Ecological Society of America

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Patrick Shirey, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences and a GLOBES Fellow, is one of three winners of the 2010 Graduate Student Policy Award from the Ecological Society of America. The award includes a trip to Washington, DC in April where Shirey will participate in two days of science policy activities including meetings with congressional offices.

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High School Students Learn Particle Physics Through US Masterclass

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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More than 140 South Bend high school students participated in a particle physics Masterclass on February 26 hosted by the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center, the US sponsor of the international initiative. South Bend students shared data and dialogue with students gathered at the University of Vienna and the University of Cincinnati, with moderators at Fermilab near Chicago.…

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Notre Dame Awards License for Smith’s Cell Targeting Technology

Author: Chris Pak and Shannon Chapla

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The University of Notre Dame has awarded an exclusive license to Molecular Targeting Technologies Inc. (MTTI) for novel sensing technology developed by Bradley Smith, Emil T. Hofman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The technology can selectively target dead and dying mammalian cells as well as bacteria. When the targeting component is attached to a fluorescent probe, it has been successfully used to target mammary and prostate tumors and bacterial infection in mice.

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