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Marie Forte competes in Harvard Business School Case Competition

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Sophomore science-business major, Marie Forte recently attended the Business Today International Conference and competed in a Harvard Business School case competition in November 2010. Marie was one of 160 students to be selected from over 1,000 applicants worldwide to participate in the conference, a three-day, all-expenses-paid event held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

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Severson invited speaker at NIH dengue conference in Puerto Rico

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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David Severson, director of the Eck Institute for Global Health and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was an invited speaker and co-chair of the vector biology session for a scientific meeting sponsored by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to explore opportunities for dengue research collaboration in the Americas. The meeting, titled “A Re-Emerging Challenge in the Americas: Opportunities for Dengue Research Collaboration” was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 16-18, 2011 and brought together around 100 researchers from around the world.

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Miller and Ferdig labs discover dual-action compound for potential treatment of TB and malaria

Author: Gene Stowe

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Marvin Miller, the George and Winifred Clark Chair in Chemistry, and Michael Ferdig, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame are co-authors of a recently-published study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society on a potential breakthrough in the fight against tuberculosis and malaria—global diseases that each kill some 2 million people a year.

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Eck Institute for Global Health establishes Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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The Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame has established a lecture in honor of Paul P. Weinstein (1920 Ð 2008). Weinstein, a leading authority on parasitology, vector biology and public health, joined the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame in 1969 as a professor and department chair.

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Janko research featured on two journal covers

Author: Gene Stowe

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A paper on fluorescence imaging titled, "Understanding fluorescence blinking is the first path to an imaging solution," by Boldizsar Janko’s theory group in the Department of Physics and Ken Kuno’s experimentalist group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the cover story of Laser Focus World. Another article, "Vortex manipulation in superconducting films with tunable magnetic topology," by Janko with Belgian colleagues M.V. Milo?evi? and F.M. Peeters, is the cover story of Superconductor Science and Technology.

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Pink Zone luncheon and game honors clinicians and researchers

Author: Gene Stowe

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“Docs in Pink,” a Pink Zone Luncheon sponsored by the College of Science in collaboration with the Notre Dame women’s basketball team and two South Bend physicians, brought together researchers, doctors, nurses and cancer survivors to build relationships and raise money for the fight against cancer.…

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Engbers and Shirey receive top awards at GSU Research Symposium

Author: Gene Stowe

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John Engbers, Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics, received the award for best entry in the sciences at the Graduate Student Union’s 2011 Research Symposium. Engbers presented "The Typical Structure of Proper Colorings of the Discrete Hypercube." Patrick Shirey, Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Sciences, received second place for his research titled, "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Informing Ecological Restoration and Environmental Management."…

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Kamat named top 100 chemist

Author: Gene Stowe

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Prashant V. Kamat, the Reverend John A. Zahm Professor of Science, has been listed among the Top 100 Chemists, based on average citations for papers published in chemistry journals since 2000. Kamat is No. 58 on the list, with an average of 64.9 citations per paper. The list was compiled by Times Higher Education of the United Kingdom.

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Notre Dame biologist Pfrender plays key role in Daphnia sequencing

Author: William G. Gilroy

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University of Notre Dame biologist Michael Pfrender is the coauthor of a paper appearing today in the prestigious journal Science describing the sequencing of the species Daphnia pulex, often referred to as the water flea. Daphnia, a small freshwater crustacean, is the first crustacean to have its genome sequenced. It contains more than 31,000 genes, as compared to 23,000 genes of humans.

Daphnia has long been a model for ecology and early in the last century significant biological findings had their origin in Daphnia ,” Pfrender said. “For example, the concept of phenotypic plasticity, the dose-response curve central to toxicology and the effects of inbreeding to name a few.”

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