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GM Presents Sommese with Most Valuable Colleague Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Andrew Sommese, professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, has received the 2010 Most Valuable Colleague Award from General Motors Research and Development for his work with Charles Wampler. Wampler, a GM senior researcher and adjunct professor in the department received the General Motors Research and Development prestigious Campbell Award. Sommese, the Vincent J. and Annamarie Micus Duncan Chair in Mathematics, and Wampler worked together for over a decade on numerical algebraic geometry and kinematics.

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Breakthrough in Niemann-Pick Type C research reported by Notre Dame and Cornell scientists

Author: William G. Gilroy and Gene Stowe

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A paper announcing a breakthrough discovery in the fight against Niemann-Pick Type C, coauthored by Olaf Wiest and Paul Helquist of the University of Notre Dame’s Department Chemistry and Biochemistry and Frederick Maxfield, Chair of Biochemistry at Cornell University Weill College of Medicine, appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science this week. The paper shows how use of a histone deacetylase inhibitor corrects the damage done by the genetic disorder and allowed once-diseased cells to function normally.

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Math-Philosophy Alumnus Sean Walsh Wins Gödel Research Prize Fellowship

Author: Gene Stowe

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Sean Walsh, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame in January with a Ph.D. in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics, won one of five Kurt Gödel Research Prize Fellowships, two-year awards worth 100,000 Euros (about $140,000). Walsh’s project is titled“The Limits of Arithmetical Definability.” The fellowships honor the legacy of Gödel, a pioneering logician who was born in Austria and emigrated to the United States.…

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Malcolm Fraser elected fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

Author: Gene Stowe

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Malcolm J. Fraser, Jr., professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorary leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. The election recognizes Fraser’s long record of teaching and innovative research, especially in the fields of virology and transgenic engineering.

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Notre Dame cycling team raises money for NPC research

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Inspired by last summer's Desert to Dome bike ride by Greg and Renate Crawford, the Notre Dame Cycling Team will host the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Race on March 26-27, 2011 to raise money for the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to fight Niemann Pick Type C disease.

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Mana Espahbodi wins Wiech Outstanding Junior Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Mana Espahbodi has received the 2011 Norbert L. Wiech Outstanding Junior Award. The award, established by Weich, a 1960 Notre Dame graduate who became a leading biochemist and drug developer, honors academic excellence and accomplishments in undergraduate research.

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Jessica Hellmann named 2011 Leopold Leadership Fellow

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Jessica Hellmann, associate professor of biological sciences, has been named a 2011 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Hellman is among 20 mid-career academic environmental scientists named as Fellows this year. The group was selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of their exceptional scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in communicating science beyond traditional academic audiences.

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