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College of Science hosts 4th annual Diversity, Culture and Religion in Science course

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Reggie Howard

This past Saturday (September 20), the College of Science held its fourth annual Diversity, Culture, and Religion in Science course. This one-day, one-credit course encourages students to consider the role of these three important facets of personal identity in their future endeavors. The course attendees listened to variety of speakers, ranging from successful businesspeople to professional athletes. Students also interact with the speakers and with each other throughout the day to consider diversity-related issues on campus.

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NDConnect 2014 finalists announced

Author: Provided by NDnano

Nano Science and Technology

The Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame recently announced the finalists for the fourth annual NDConnect undergraduate nanotechnology research competition. The finalists were selected from applicants who submitted research proposals in the spring, then followed up with a report in August documenting their research findings.

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Lightboard provides new, innovative technology for teaching in the College of Science

Author: Stephanie Healey

Lightboard

The University of Notre Dame is dedicated to providing an unsurpassed education to its students. Integral to that mission is bringing new and innovative teaching methods to the classroom.

Over the summer the Academic Technologies Group in the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) and the College of Science installed a new teaching tool called the Lightboard, which is used to create short videos intended to complement teaching efforts. The Lightboard consists of a glass board for writing notes and a camera to film the professor. It can also incorporate PowerPoint or Keynote slides onto the board that can be annotated by the professor during filming.

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TEDxUND now accepting applications for 2015 event

Author: Notre Dame News

TEDxUND

TEDxUND2015 organizers at the University of Notre Dame announced Monday (Sept. 22) that they are accepting speaker applications now through Oct. 12 (Sunday) for the 2015 event. TEDxUND will take place on Feb. 27 (Friday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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Peng named editor for Biophysical Journal

Author: Stephanie Healey

Jeffrey Peng

Jeffrey Peng, associate professor for chemistry and biochemistry and concurrent associate professor of physics was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the editorial board of Biophysical Journal beginning July 1, 2015.

 

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Graduate student Renato Bettiol named to U.S. delegation at second annual Heidelberg Laureates Forum

Author: Stephanie Healey

Renato Bettiol

Renato Bettiol, a Notre Dame graduate student in the Department of Mathematics, has been selected to represent the United States in the 20 person delegation of students and postdoctoral researchers that will attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The forum, focused on mathematics and computer science, will take place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany. The U.S. delegation is sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Notre Dame faculty receive pilot grants from Indiana CTSI

Author: Stephanie Healey

Indiana CTSI

Three College of Science faculty are among the 23 recipients of Spring Core Pilot Grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The Core Pilot Grant program provides small pilot grants to access labs and technology whose resources can help kick-start promising basic research projects with high potential to go on to attract additional dollars from outside funding sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and public foundations. The program provides all grant recipients access to more than 60 core facilities across the Indiana CTSI member institutions of Indiana University (IU), Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame study shows that in baboons, as well as humans, social relationships matter

Author: William G. Gilroy

A family of baboons

Both scientific research and our own personal experiences have revealed that the strength and quality of a person’s social relationships can affect their health and lifespan. Now a new collaborative study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University has discovered that social interconnectedness also matters for survival in wild female baboons. And the findings may also be applicable to other social mammals.

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Notre Dame celebrates 150 years of science

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Rev. Julius Aloysius Nieuwland, C.S.C, teaching chemistry circa 1910-1915. Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Archives

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Science will celebrate 150 years of science at Notre Dame beginning this month through September 2015. The college will host numerous events throughout the year in collaboration with the local community and national sponsors.

The History Museum will offer a year-long exhibit, “From Astrophysics to Zebrafish: 150 Years of Science at Notre Dame.” Focusing on Notre Dame’s history of scientific research and education, the exhibit includes artifacts of early scientific lab equipment, fossils and photographs of legendary Notre Dame scientists and their discoveries. The exhibit is open to the public through Aug. 2, 2015. Admission is charged.

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Notre Dame and major New York medical group to collaborate on biomedical research

Author: Arnie Phifer

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

The Feinstein Institute was founded in 1999 to host the research operations for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. As a leading nonprofit research institute with more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participating in studies each year, this partnership will allow both organizations access to data sets, patient trials and groundbreaking innovations.

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Haiti LF partners meet at Notre Dame

Author: Provided

Haiti Program Meeting

For a only the second time, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program was honored to host its international partners for their bi-annual meeting on the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), more commonly known as elephantiasis.  The meeting, held on July 24 and 25 in the Jordan Hall of Science, offered a platform for some 20 participants, representing a host of organizations, to update progress made in past six months, discuss mutual challenges, and plan for common strategic efforts to achieve the goal of elimination of this dreaded and disfiguring disease in Haiti by the year 2020.  The only other time the group has travelled to Notre Dame was in 2009.

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Indianapolis Shamrock Series events will include academic programs and service activities

Author: William G. Gilroy

Let's Have a Moment of Science

University of Notre Dame fans descending on Indianapolis for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers on Sept.13 (Saturday) will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of academic and service activities in the days leading up to the game.

Notre Dame’s College of Science will sponsor an academic event titled, “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street. The event will include fun, hands-on investigations in ecology, chemistry, math and physics. At 10:30, three Notre Dame College of Science faculty will make presentations in the Indiana Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theater. Matt Leevy will discuss “3-D Printing: Building a Better Tomorrow in Medicine and Manufacturing, Layer by Layer;” Justin Crepp will address “Earth-like Worlds Orbiting Other Suns;” and Jennifer Tank will examine “Preventing Coastal Dead Zones from a Distance.” The events are free and open to the public.

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Crepp joins NASA’s TESS science team

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Justin Crepp

NASA has named University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp as a member of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) science team. A space mission coordinated through MIT, Harvard, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, TESS will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky.

Crepp, The Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, was selected to be on the science team based on his team’s expertise with adaptive optics and their ability to use the Large Binocular Telescope, the world’s premier diffraction-limited facility, to acquire follow up observations for intriguing planetary signals that TESS will detect.

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Notre Dame collaborations receive seed grants for high-impact projects

Author: Arnie Phifer

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics word mark

The Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that it has awarded seed funding to five new research projects across three interdisciplinary themes: precision medicine, environmental health, and mobile diagnostics. In each case, the funds will be used to gather preliminary data and validation of innovative ideas proposed by Notre Dame faculty and their collaborators to solve difficult real-world problems.

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Science dean Crawford appointed associate provost and VP

Author: Dennis Brown

Greg Crawford

Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate provost and vice president of the University, effective July 1, 2015.

Crawford will begin laying the groundwork for his new position but continue as dean this academic year, during which time the University will conduct an international search for a successor.

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