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Notre Dame cancer researcher named V Scholar

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Zachary Schafer, the Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, has been named a 2011 V Scholar by one of the nation’s leading cancer research fundraising organizations, the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Seventeen physician/scientists will share the $3.4 million in funding given through the V Scholar program to bring science closer to finding a cure for cancer.

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College of Science Faculty inspire local 8th graders

Author: Gene Stowe

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Some 140 eighth graders from Edison Intermediate Center in South Bend visited the Notre Dame campus during fall break to get a taste of college life, especially science study. The annual event is part of the Campus Tours Project, a collaboration among the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Physics, Department of Biological Sciences, South Bend Community School Corporation and the City of South Bend.

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Enzyme Mini-Symposium to Celebrate the Career of Thomas Nowak

Author: Rachel Fellman

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has announced a mini-symposium, “For the Love of Enzymes,” to celebrate the service and retirement of Thomas Nowak, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry. The conference will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Notre Dame Conference Center and is organized by Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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Notre Dame group wins first place international systems biology competition

Author: Rachel Fellman

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Most winners of the DREAM Challenge, an international competition in systems biology, are teams of Ph.D.-level scholars—computer scientists from major universities as far-flung as Singapore, Switzerland, Italy, and Sweden. This year, the winning team is from Notre Dame. They are the Fighting Irish Systems Team, or FIrST, led by biology graduate student and 2009 Eck fellow Geoffrey Siwo. The team includes biology graduate student Richard Pinapati, computer science graduate student Andrew Rider, and laboratory technician Asako Tan who, with Siwo, are all affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA).

 

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Schulz lab brings a new insight into blood cell development

Author: Gene Stowe

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Researchers from the laboratory of Robert Schulz, the Notre Dame Chair of Biological Sciences, have discovered that common genetic factors control the fate of stem cells in the development of the reproductive system and the blood cells of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), a model genetic organism. Their work is published in the September 15 issue of the journal Development.

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Nobel winners' team that discovered accelerating universe included Garnavich

Author: Gene Stowe

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Peter Garnavich, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, was a member of the High-Z Supernova Search Team whose leader, Brian Schmidt, shared in the Nobel Prize in physics announced Tuesday (Oct. 4). Garnavich wrote the team's first paper that included supernovae data from the Hubble telescope.

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Scientific and Medical Leadership course shows new opportunities to undergraduates

Author: Gene Stowe

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A one–day course on Scientific and Medical Leadership, organized by Dean Gregory Crawford, brought top scientists, entrepreneurs, physicians, and academic, military, business and innovation leaders to address a large lecture room filled with undergraduates in the Jordan Hall of Science. The 10–hour event, with nine presentations followed by discussion, was held Oct. 1. Crawford said the leadership course, like a one–day ethics course offered last year, is part of an increased focus on practical opportunities in science.

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