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Frank Connolly awarded inaugural CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award

Author: Provied by Lindsay Currie, CUR

Frank Connolly

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will be presenting Francis Connelly, professor emeritus of mathematics the inaugural 2014 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award.  The award will be presented on June 30 at the closing banquet of the 2014 CUR Conference in Washington, D.C.  In addition to a plaque commemorating the award, the University of Notre Dame will receive a $5,000 award in support of the Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR) program, which was founded by Connolly.

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Notre Dame study reveals that having and raising offspring proves costly for baboon moms

Author: William G. Gilroy

Yellow baboons

A new study by University of Notre Dame biologist Elizabeth Archie and the National Museums of Kenya examining yellow baboons over a 29-year period demonstrates that having offspring influences the health of female baboons.

Scientists are already aware that reproduction can be dangerous and energetically costly, exposing individuals to physical harm, infectious disease and reduced immunity. Archie and her fellow researchers used data collected as part of the Amboseli Baboon Research Project near Kilimanjaro, Kenya, to analyze how long-lived, slow-reproducing species such as primates adjust to the dangers of reproduction.

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Arthur Lim wins the 2014 Thomas P. Madden Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Arthur Lim receives 2014 Madden Award

Arthur Lim, associate professor of the practice in the Department of Mathematics, won the Thomas P. Madden Award, which recognizes exceptional teaching of first-year undergraduate students. Lim was recognized at the annual President's Dinner on May 20. The Madden Award was established in 1962 by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. when the First Year of Studies was established. Teachers of first year courses are nominated for the award by first-year students and the award recipient is selected by a panel of past recipients.

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Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Achievement Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Award

Prashant V. Kamat, The Rev. John A, Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Research Achievement Award at the annual President’s Dinner on May 20. Established in 2001, the award honors a distinguished faculty member who has made significant contributions to scholarship in his or her discipline and to the research and graduate education goals of the University.

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Top science seniors honored at annual awards luncheon

Author: Stephanie Healey

2014 Dean's Award

The top graduating seniors in the College of Science were honored at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 16. Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science, presented the Dean’s Award and Dean’s Research Award and the chairs of each department recognized the top students in each of their majors.  In addition, Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, was awarded the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award.

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Large Binocular Telescope committee selects Crepp’s iLocater to be built

Author: Gene Stowe

Justin Crepp and graduate students at the Krizmanich Telescope

The group that oversees the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) has selected the team led by Justin Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, to build a new astronomical spectrometer named “iLocater” for its next-generation of instruments. The instrument was selected from among new hardware concepts proposed by the LBT observatory's domestic and international partners.

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Ayangeakaa named 2014 Shaheen Award recipient

Author: Shelly Goethals

Daniel Ayangeakaa

Akaa (Daniel) Ayangeakaa, Ph.D., has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Shaheen Award. The highest honor bestowed on Notre Dame graduate students, the The Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Awards were established in 1990 and are named for two long-time benefactors of the University. They recognize the superior academic achievements of a graduating student in each of the four divisions of the Graduate School—Engineering, the Humanities, Science, and the Social Sciences. Nominated by their departments, Shaheen Award winners are chosen for their superior ability as exhibited by grades, research, and publication records, fellowships, and other awards received during the course of study at Notre Dame, as well as teaching ability.

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Notre Dame study reveals that particle size matters for environmental DNA monitoring

Author: William G. Gilroy

Common carp

University of Notre Dame scientists have now published the first detailed investigation of just how small (or big) environmental DNA, or eDNA, particles really are, and their results provide important guidance for all eDNA monitoring programs.

Like investigators combing a crime scene for DNA traces from suspects or victims, ecologists now apply similar genetic tests to search the environment for important species.

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New paper examines natural selection’s role in parallel evolution and speciation

Author: William G. Gilroy

Soria carrascos

Jeffrey L. Feder, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is a co-author of a paper featured Thursday (May 15) on the cover of the May 16 issue of the prestigious journal Science.

The paper describes the genomic basis for parallel evolution in the walking stick insect, Timema cristinae. Parallel evolution occurs when similar traits evolve independently in different related populations due to natural selection.

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Notre Dame welcomes over 300 fifth graders to STEAMnd

Author: Stephanie Healey

STEAMnd

On Monday, May 12, over 300 fifth graders from the Michiana area came to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for STEAMnd, an initiative to teach students about how the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields can be integrated together. The goal of this event was to teach the students about the math and science behind musical instruments.

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#Toilets4all campaign emphasizes importance of clean sanitation around the world

Author: Stephanie Healey

#toilets4allentry

The student-run ND Fighting NTDs organization recently ran a social media campaign to raise awareness of the importance of clean sanitation. Poor sanitation is a leading cause of many preventable maladies in developing countries such as lymphatic filiariasis, which is caused by disease-carrying mosquitos that often breed around raw sewage, Schistosomiasis, and intestinal worm infections. Over two billion people use toilets that discharge raw sewage into open drains and surface areas. In addition, fifteen percent of the world’s population still practices open defecation.

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COS-JAM showcases scientific research from over 180 student researchers

Author: Stephanie Healey

Matthew Cole

On Friday, May 2, the eighth annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) was held in the Jordan Hall of Science and featured over 140 research presentations from more than 180 student researchers. The mission of COS-JAM is to highlight undergraduate scientific research at the College of Science. COS-JAM is held in conjunction with the annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference at Notre Dame.

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Haifeng Gao receives research award from the Department of Army

Author: Stephanie Healey

Haifeng Gao

Haifeng Gao, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, was recently awarded a $150,000 research award from the Chemical Sciences Division of the Department of Army’s Research Office. The research award will begin this summer and can be used for three years of research.

To be considered for the award, Gao submitted a proposal titled, “Regulating inter-polymer chain reaction in nanospace: an efficient method to produce hyperbranched polymer with uniform structure.”

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Undergraduate Jonathan Jou receives Harvard stem cell summer fellowship

Author: Rebecca Wingert

Jonathan Jou

Jonathan Jou, a junior biological sciences major, is the distinguished recipient of a fellowship to perform research this summer at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) in Cambridge, MA. Jou was selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, open to current students at Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally, to participate in the HSCI Summer Internship Program (HIP).

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New paper provides important insights into how carcinoma-associated fibroblasts function in breast cancers

Author: William G. Gilroy

Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs)

A new paper by a team of researchers led by Zachary T. Schafer, Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, offers important new insights into the role carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play in tumor biology.

A number of recent studies have revealed CAFs to be a major contributor to tumor progression through a variety of mechanisms. Despite this information, the precise role CAFs play in augmenting the growth of tumors is still poorly understood.

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Notre Dame hosts 17th annual EYH Conference

Author: Shadia Ajam

Expanding Your Horizons 2014

This past Saturday (Apr. 26) Notre Dame hosted the 17th annual Expand Your Horizons (EYH) conference for girls in middle school that includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). During the day-long conference, the attendees met female role models in STEM fields and learned more about careers in those fields. The main goal of the conference is to attract more young females towards STEM careers and help them realize that they have the potential to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.

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Jordan’s giving to Notre Dame is unprecedented: $75 million is largest single gift; bringing total to $150 million

Author: Dennis Brown

Jay Jordan

A $75 million gift from University of Notre Dame alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan is the largest in the University’s history and makes him its most generous benefactor, with a giving total of $150 million.

Jordan’s latest gift, announced Friday (May 2) during the University’s spring Board of Trustees meeting, will be directed toward the creation of a world-class research program in an area of science and technology that is new to Notre Dame and that has the potential to create innovative intellectual property that has important commercial potential.

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