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Three questions with Rich Taylor: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rich Taylor

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which seemed a particularly apt time to talk with Rich Taylor, a University of Notre Dame researcher whose research focuses on the discovery and development of new therapeutic leads for the treatment of unmet clinical needs in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Taylor is associate vice president for research, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and interim director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development.

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Notre Dame joins in call to action for American 'Innovation Imperative'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Research

The University of Notre Dame has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed Innovation: An American Imperative, a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings — and warnings — contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1 Million grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology and concurrent professor in the College of Science

A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religious Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University.

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Notre Dame faculty read and react to new encyclical on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si’, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday (June 18).

In an op-ed essay in Wednesday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.

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Researchers discover massive genome switch in one generation

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rhagoletis pomonella, or "apple maggot"

A team of biologists from the University of Notre Dame, Rice University and three other schools has discovered that an agricultural pest that began plaguing U.S. apple growers in the 1850s likely did so after undergoing extensive and genome-wide changes in a single generation.

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Ethical Leaders in STEM: Announcing the first cohort of leadership fellows

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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This fall, the Graduate School will launch a unique Ethical Leaders in STEM program, a yearlong leadership development opportunity for third- and fourth-year Ph.D. graduate students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goals of the program are to provide an opportunity to become aware of and further develop one’s leadership strengths; to provide an ethical foundation for decision-making; and to positively impact the community.

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Beers interviewed on Big Picture Science

Author: Shelly Goethals

Big Picture Science

Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Professor of Astrophysics, was interviewed on this week's episode of Big Picture Science. Big Picture Science is a nationally syndicated radio talk show produced by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. and broadcast nationally on NPR.

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Molly Duman Scheel receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Molly Duman Scheel

Indiana University announced on Monday (Jun. 8) that Molly Duman Scheel, adjunct associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Small Interfering RNA Larvicides for Control of Malaria Vector Mosquitoes."

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The Pursuit of "Why?"

Author: John Fineran

Siyuan Zhang

The pursuit of the question, “Why?” has taken Siyuan Zhang from his native China to Notre Dame to find answers in the battle against breast cancer. 

 

“I tell my students the best of the best have curious minds,” says Zhang, the Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research
 at Notre Dame’s Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute. “The best of the best are always asking, ‘why?’

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Stahelin named recipient of Navari gift

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Rob Stahelin

Robert V. Stahelin, adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), has been awarded IUSM-SB's Navari Family Endowed Chair.

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Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine 'holy light' on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world.

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Marya Lieberman earns Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Marya Lieberman

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, was awarded the inaugural Partners for Progress Prosperity (P3) Award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015 Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting on Friday (May 29).  She was recognized for her partnerships with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya and Chemists Without Borders.

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Brother Guy Consolmagno, 'Pope’s astronomer,' to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., astronomer and president of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on his career in science and faith at 7 p.m. June 16 (Tuesday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.

Brother Consolmagno’s lecture, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” will concern this and similar questions addressed to him in emails and letters he receives in the course of his work.

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