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Notre Dame nuclear physicists receive $1.6M NSF award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The figure shows an artist conception of the facility as presently planned, consisting of two high-intensity, low-energy accelerators

Nuclear physicists at the University of Notre Dame have received a one-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for continuing research and development of the first U.S.-based underground accelerator laboratory, the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics (DIANA). The purpose of the facility is to directly study nuclear reactions that drive the burning of stars in the laboratory and will complement the experimental program at the newly installed heavy ion machine at the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory.

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Barger joins Notre Dame on prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship

Author: Shelly Goethals

barger_kat_postdoc_fellowKathleen Barger, Ph.D. has joined Notre Dame’s Department of Physics on a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. A recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Astronomy, Barger will explore the role gas in and around galaxies plays in galaxy evolution in collaboration with Professors Nicolas Lehner and J. Christopher Howk.

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(Real) Irish students flourish in ESTEEM program

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Naughton Fellows Shane McCarthy, Tomas Collins, Shane McQuillan and Conor O'Donoghue stand in their work area at Innovation ParkAdjusting to an unfamiliar program at a university in a foreign country can be stressful for even the most adventurous spirit. But for four Irish exchange students pursuing master’s degrees in engineering, the adjustment to Notre Dame has been seamless.

Adjusting to an unfamiliar program at a university in a foreign country can be stressful for even the most adventurous spirit. But for four Irish exchange students pursuing master’s degrees in engineering, the adjustment to Notre Dame has been seamless.

“If there’s anywhere in America where you can feel at home as an Irishman, it’s Notre Dame,” says Shane McCarthy, a native of The Old Head in County Cork, and recent graduate of the University College Cork (UCC).

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Patricia Clark receives 2013 Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators

Author: Stephanie Healey

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The Biophysical Society has selected Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, as the recipient of the 2013 Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution to biophysics by someone who has not reached the rank of full professor. Clark was selected for her research on the biophysics of protein folding in the cell, which has provided new directions of research for both experimentalists and theoreticians.

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Paper-based counterfeit drug testing gains attention

Author: Marissa Gebhard and Gene Stowe

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Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has collaborated with faculty and students to demonstrate advances in paper analytical devices (PADs) to test for counterfeit drugs. The promising low-tech solution has received broad attention in the scientific community. Lieberman’s work was featured in Chemical and Engineering News and presented recently at the American Chemical Society’s 244th National Meeting in Philadelphia.

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Senior Kevin McDermott spends summer at CERN

Author: Stephanie Healey

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott, a senior physics major at the University of Notre Dame, recently returned from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent nine weeks as a summer researcher. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle accelerator in the world. McDermott was one of 10 students selected from the United States to work at CERN for the summer.

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Bunker elected as Chair of International X-ray Absorption Society

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Bruce Bunker, Professor in the Department of Physics, has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the International X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS). IXAS is an international scientific organization representing all those working on the fine structure associated with inner shell excitation (near edge and extended) by various probes (e.g. x-rays and electrons), and related techniques, and currently has over 1000 members.

 

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Collon named Kaneb Faculty Fellow

Author: Shelly Goethals

Phillipe Collon

Prof. Philippe Collon has been named a 2012-13 Kaneb Faculty Fellow. Each year, the Kaneb Center names faculty fellows in recognition of their records of teaching excellence. Kaneb Faculty Fellows share their teaching abilities and experiences through workshops, discussion groups, research, and individual consultation.

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Strauss named fellow of the Krell Institute

Author: Shelly Goethals

Sabrina Strauss

Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration founded the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) in 2006. Sabrina Strauss, a first-year Notre Dame graduate student, is one of this year's recipients. Strauss received her B.S. degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Grant from Mexico boosts Notre Dame physics' ties with Mexican universities

Author: Gene Stowe

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Prof. Antonio Delgado, Prof. Christopher Kolda, and Postdoctoral Research Associate Jorge de Blas Mateo have received a grant from the Mexican government that will strengthen ties between the University of Notre Dame and universities in Mexico. The grant, supporting research in models of particle physics relevant for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, involves Notre Dame, the University of Puebla and the University of Colima both in Mexico, and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

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Mathematics alumnus receives NSF International Research Fellowship

Author: Gene Stowe

Chris Porter

Christopher Porter, who recently completed his Ph.D. in the joint program in mathematics and philosophy, has received an International Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to conduct mathematics research for two years with Laurent Bienvenu at Université Paris Diderot. Porter's project, “Randomness Preservation and Randomness Extraction,” is in the field of algorithmic randomness, a discipline lying at the intersection of computability theory, probability, and information theory.

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Gooyit receives Baxter Young Investigator Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Major Gooyit, a graduate student in the laboratories of Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang, has won a Baxter Young Investigator Award from Baxter International Inc., a global healthcare company involved in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The award focuses on researchers whose work can be applied to critical care therapies. Gooyit, who earned a degree in chemistry at the University of the Philippines and came to Notre Dame in 2007, works on the elucidation of molecular mechanisms of gelatinase-dependent diseases such as neurological diseases and diabetic wounds. 

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Woodard receives NSF graduate research fellowship

Author: Gene Stowe

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Anna Woodard, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Physics, has received a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Woodard, who is doing research in high energy physics, collaborates with other Notre Dame students and faculty on the Compact Muon Spectrometer (CMS) team at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator in Switzerland.

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New accelerator helps Notre Dame scientists understand workings of the universe

Author: William G. Gilroy

The accelerator is lowered through the roof of Nieuwland Hall

University of Notre Dame physics professor Michael Wiescher is interested in the origin of the elements in the chemical evolution of the universe, and a new particle accelerator in Nieuwland Hall of Science is helping advance that research.

“We try to simulate the reactions that take place in stars,” Wiescher said.

He points out that our bodies are 70 percent hydrogen — 50 percent of which was formed 12 to 13 billion years ago in the Big Bang and the rest in subsequent generations of stars.

“You have a direct personal connection,” he said. “Half of the atoms in your body have been part of supernova explosions of stars."

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Serianni named American Chemical Society Fellow

Author: Rachel Fellman

Anthony Serianni

Anthony S. Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  He is one of 96 researchers selected nationwide and announced in the July 23 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine of the ACS.

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