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Dean is Dancing with Our Stars

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Dean Gregory Crawford is among nine local celebrities in a "Dancing with Our Stars" benefit for the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. The event pairs stars with professional dancers, and fans pay $39 a vote—the cost of supporting one guest for one day at the Center—to support their favorite star.

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Physics alumnus receives Fellowship from Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Author: Gene Stowe

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Marcus Hedahl, who graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1995, has won a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Hedahl, a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Georgetown University, is one of 21 Fellows selected from 585 applicants. His dissertation, Owing It to Us: Duties Directed to One’s Own, deals with the duties that individuals owe to groups of which they are a member.

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Champion advises student who wins Top Young Scientist honor

Author: Gene Stowe

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Tim Trippel, a Marian High School senior who works with Matthew Champion, research assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, won Top Young Scientist honors at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair. Trippel and Champion developed a low-cost electroporator, a key component in DNA transformation. Trippel won $10,000 and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May.

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Shahriar Mobashery sheds new light on antibiotics and the survival of bacteria

Author: Gene Stowe

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Research in the laboratory of Shahriar Mobashery in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has led to further understanding of how a bacterial cell wall cross-links, an event that penicillin and other antibiotics disrupt, a step in the maturation of a cell wall that is critical for the survival of bacteria.

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Corcelli named Kavli Fellow

Author: Gene Stowe

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Steven Corcelli, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, attended the 17th German-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium in California. His participation identifies Corcelli as a Kavli Fellow, a group that has included more than 100 National Academy of Science members and eight Nobel Prize winners since it started in 1989. The event is sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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College of Science faculty receive Joyce and Dockweiler awards

Author: Gene Stowe

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Five College of Science faculty members are among 20 winners of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Theses faculty have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Xavier Creary and Jeffrey Peng of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Anthony Hyder of the Department of Physics, Charles Kulpa of the Department of Biological Sciences and Anne Pilkington of the Department of Mathematics received the award.…

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Alber appointed to two editorial boards

Author: Gene Stowe

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Mark Alber, the Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics and director of the Center for the Study of Biocomplexity, has been appointed to editorial boards for two prestigious journals. This year, Alber became an associate editor of PLoS Computational Biology and a member of the editorial board of theBulletin of Mathematical Biology. He has been on the board of the Journal of Statistical Physics for about two years.

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Ani Aprahamian appointed to Armenia’s Expert Advisory Committee

Author: Gene Stowe

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Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, has been appointed to Armenia’s Expert Advisory Committee. The committee will advise Armenia’s Minister of Economy and the director of A.I. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory (AANL) in developing a science strategy for the laboratory, in establishing an evolving administrative structure, and in evaluating scientific programs. Aprahamian was also invited to give a talk at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in the Republic of Armenia on April 14.

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Young researchers in Helquist lab publish research

Author: Gene Stowe

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A team of researchers in the laboratory of Paul Helquist, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was published in the American Chemical Society’s Organic Letters. The team included Asia Adams Thomas, a high school student in South Bend; Pablo Cabrera, a visiting undergraduate Guatemalan student from Regis University in Denver; Katherine Byrd, a graduate student in the lab; and Casey Cosner, a graduate student who co-mentored the students with Paul Helquist.

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NIH grants Patricia Clark $3.36M to study protein folding

Author: Gene Stowe

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Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has received two NIH grants totaling $3.36 million for studies on protein folding. Clark, who has been a member of the faculty since 2001, won a $1.86 million competitive renewal of her previous five-year NIH grant for research on the influence of protein synthesis on folding mechanisms for newly synthesized proteins. She also won a new $1.5 million NIH grant to continue research in her laboratory first funded by an NSF CAREER Award and a National Research Development Award from the American Heart Association.…

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Notre Dame Teams Take First and Second Place in Nanotech Competition

Author: Carol Elliott and Philip Fiorini

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A University of Notre Dame entrepreneurial team developing a nanocomposite bone substitute claimed the $30,000 top prize March 25 in the inaugural Nanotechnology New Ventures Competition, sponsored by Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.…

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