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The Center for Mathematics at Notre Dame hosts undergraduate summer school program

Author: Stephanie Healey

CMND Undergraduate Program 2013

The Center for Mathematics at Notre Dame (CMND) hosts an annual thematic summer school program each year.  A total of 36 students from universities across the United States and abroad, attended this year’s undergraduate session held May 20-24. This theme for this year’s program was motivic invariants and singularities.

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Researchers find chemical process for creating holes in graphene oxide

Author: Gene Stowe

Prashant Kamat

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory have developed a synthesis method to “drill” holes in reduced graphene oxide using gold nanoparticles as catalysts. This method represents an alternative to the tedious process of drilling one hole at a time with an electron beam or other methods using high temperature without the advantages of post-processing solution chemistry. Graduate student James Radich and Prashant Kamat, the Reverend John A. Zahm Professor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, published their findings, “Making Graphene Holey. Gold-Nanoparticle-Mediated Hydroxl Radical Attack on Reduced Graphene Oxide,” in ACS Nano this month.

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Graduate student Jordan Scott wins Best Poster Award

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott, a Univerrsity of Notre Dame graduate student working with Rob Stahelin, won a Best Poster Award during the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Boston in April.

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Notre Dame to host international workshop on molecular and cellular biology of plasminogen activation

Author: William G. Gilroy

A microscope

The University of Notre Dame will host the XIV International Workshop on Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plasminogen Activation from June 4 through June 8 (Tuesday through Saturday).

The co-chairs of the conference are Francis J. Castellino and Victoria A. Ploplis of Notre Dame’s W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research. The conference is co-sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

The plasminogen activation system and related proteolytic systems are essential regulators of tissue remodeling events as well as of cell functions through activation of cell signaling pathways. Through early studies involving in vitro biochemical investigations and, more recently, in vivo biological studies involving gene modified technology, the plasminogen activation pathway has been identified as a major participant in the regulation and progression of a number of clinically relevant human diseases. These include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological pathologies and bacterial pathogenesis.

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NDnano awards summer fellowships to science and engineering students

Author: Stephanie Healey

Nano Science and Technology

The Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has awarded 29 undergraduate research fellowships for this summer. Each student will work with a faculty-led research team and complete a 10-week project in nanoscience or nanoengineering. This is the fifth year of the program and will include students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue College of Technology. There are also several students from Ireland who will attend the program as part of the Naughton Fellowship Exchange program and three students from universities in India.

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Notre Dame Ph.D. students to study under international scientific leaders

Author: Gene Stowe

Chemistry

The National Science Foundation has funded an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program that will support 12 Notre Dame Ph.D. students to do research at any of three laboratories in Sweden. Paul Helquist, associate chair for research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is principal investigator for the project. The award is for nearly $250,000.

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College of Science Joint Annual Meeting showcases 188 undergraduate researchers

Author: Stephanie Healey

COS JAM 2013

The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) attracted over 300 student attendees to the Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 3. This year, 146 abstracts were submitted from 188 undergraduate researchers.  Students presented their original research in the areas of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.  In addition, six guest presenters from the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair for K–12 students exhibited their research in the Galleria.  Participation at this year’s event was the largest in the seven-year history of COS-JAM.

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Science students receive Fulbright awards for research

Author: Gene Stowe

Fulbright Scholarship

Two College of Science students have received Fulbright scholarships to conduct research in Singapore this year. Patrick Kramer, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry this year, and Amy Klegarth, a third year graduate student who has worked in Singapore before, will be involved in different kinds of research.

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Reilly Center releases new publication on ethics and policy in science and technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

Reilly Center Reports

The University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released Reilly Center Reports, an online collection of essays addressing the ethical, social, legal and policy implications of science and technology.

The short essays are intended for anyone interested in urgent and emerging issues in the ethics and policy of science, engineering and medicine. The Reilly Center Reports are an open-access resource geared to concerned citizens, policymakers, policy advisers, journalists, educators and religious leaders.

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Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Academic Mark

Eighteen University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and three faculty have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

The undergraduate teaching award is supported by a gift from the late Father Joyce’s classmates in the Class of 1937. This is the seventh year that advisers and student mentors are being honored through an award supported by the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable Foundation.

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