The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) is pleased to announce two awards for best imaging publications for calendar year 2013.
The 2013 Best Biological Imaging Publication was awarded to Giles E. Duffield, associate professor of biological sciences. Duffield and his coworkers have pioneered the use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to monitor the daily rhythms of small living animals.
The 2013 Best Electron Microscopy Imaging Publication 2013 was awarded to Khachatur V. Manukyan, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
This past Wednesday (Mar. 26), the Delahanty Family Endowment for Mathematics Excellence Lecture Series welcomed Jeremy Pecora, FCAS, MAAA, a senior actuarial consultant with the risk consulting and software business of Towers Watson. His presentation, “Rising Through the Actuarial Profession,” provided students with an overview of the actuarial profession.
The College of Science is partnering with the Notre Dame men’s rugby team and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation for the 2nd annual Parseghian Cup, a rugby game between the Fighting Irish and the University of Arizona Wildcats to raise money for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease.
On Saturday, March 21, the University of Notre Dame hosted the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) at Stepan Center.
The fair featured 275 participants comprised of 255 projects from science, social science, engineering and mathematics projects from students in grades 3-12.
This past Thursday (Mar. 20) at the Math for Everyone lecture series, Arlo Caine, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, gave a presentation titled “The Shape of Information.” His lecture was focused on an ingenuous application of an existing mathematical theory that’s relevant for the 21st century, particularly in helping people understand how to think about large data sets of information.
Now that the human genome is sequenced, University of Notre Dame researchers are focusing on the study of the proteome, which is the protein content of an organism, tissue or cell. Bioanalytical chemist Norman Dovichi and molecular biologist Paul Huber have successfully tracked the changing patterns of protein expression during early development of Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog, embryos. They have developed the largest data set on developmental proteomics for any organism, and have included the single-cell zygote.
Notre Dame researchers led by Sylwia Ptasinska, assistant professor of physics, have observed significant DNA damage in cancer cells irradiated by atmospheric pressure plasma, a new radiation source. They have recently published their research in the European Physical Journal D in an article titled, “Plasmid DNA damage induced by Helium Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet.”
Last week during spring break, students in the College of Science and Center for Social Concerns seminar, Science Policy Ethics: Guiding Science Through the Regulation of Research and Funding, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with individuals and agencies at the intersection of science and government.
Now in its second year, the seminar explores the life cycle of science in Washington through the framework of values, ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching. Specifically, the seminar examines why Congress invests federal funds into scientific research, how research is regulated and priorities are set, and how science is communicated among scientists, lobbyists, government, federal agencies, and industry.
David Balkin, Ph.D. has joined Notre Dame's Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) as the managing director, effective March 1. As a member of the NDnano executive committee, David will oversee the financial, strategic planning, public relations, and day-to-day activities of the Center.
A team from the Higher Learning Commission will be on campus March 31 through April 2 as part of the University accreditation process that takes places every 10 years.
Seniors Sean McGee and Luke Smith met in freshman calculus in 2010 and have been friends ever since. Although their individual courses of study have taken different paths, they’ve come together over the last year to embark on an exciting entrepreneurial business venture called Imani Health.
The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair will take place March 22 (Saturday) at the Stepan Center at the University of Notre Dame. The event is open to the public at 1:30 p.m. and parking is available in the D lot next to the Stepan Center.
University of Notre Dame biologists Nicole Achee and Neil Lobo are leaders of an international $23 million research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their five-year project will generate the data required to show the effectiveness of a new paradigm in mosquito control — spatial repellency — for the prevention of two important mosquito-borne diseases: malaria and dengue fever.
In the United States, about one out of eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Undergraduates working with Jenifer Prosperi, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, seek to increase our understanding of underlying mechanisms of the process of breast cancer. Junior science preprofessional major, Katia Fernandez, is currently studying the response of breast cancer cells to chemotherapy, focusing on the APC tumor suppressor.
Junior chemistry major, Mary Wickert, aspires to use her scientific knowledge to help others – both in and out of the laboratory. She is currently considering applying to the Alliance for Catholic Education program next year to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education and teach high school chemistry. This semester, Wickert is working in the lab of Amanda Hummon, the Walther Cancer Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, whose focus is the biology of cancer, specifically colorectal cancer.
A novel University of Notre Dame program is using rock climbing as means of connecting South Bend area young people to the outdoors while teaching them important life lessons.
Founded by Victoria Lam, a Notre Dame doctoral student in biology, the program is titled “Triple C.” The “C’s” stand for camping, climbing and cameras.
When the College of Science hosted the seventh annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum at Jordan Hall of Science recently, growing connections converged between local educators, business and community leaders, academia, and K-12 classrooms for a potentially huge payout.
This past Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Math for Everyone lecture series, David A. Cox from the Department of Mathematics at Amherst College gave a presentation about the problem of counting lines and how they are tangent to four spheres of radius one floating in space.
The William K. Warren Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has made a $3.5 million gift to the University of Notre Dame that, combined with a previous gift valued at $6.5 million, will endow the creation of The Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development in the College of Science.
As a follow-up to its “Top Biology Grad Programs” list published last fall, Graduateprograms.com recently released its “Dean’s List” of top biology graduate programs in the areas of career support, school use of technology, financial aid, and education quality. The graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Notre Dame was ranked fourth for career support and sixth for financial aid.
The Nieuwland Lecture Series and Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted Lewis Cantley, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor and Director of the Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College & New York Presbyterian Hospital, for two presentations about his cancer research.