Visitors who want a break from tailgating on football weekends have a variety of options for public lectures and talks around campus this fall. From science to the humanities to faith, these events will explore a range of topics of interest to the University of Notre Dame community.
The Reilly Center is delighted to announce that Gary Lamberti, professor of biological sciences and director of the Stream and Wetland Ecology Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, has agreed to serve as the interim director of the GLOBES Program in Environment and Society for 2015-16 academic year.
What do football and climate change research have in common? For wide receiver Corey Robinson, the two involve following your passions.
Robinson is a rising senior in the program of liberal studies (PLS) and sustainability minor. He chose this course of study because he really enjoys philosophy and speculative thinking. “Sustainability was a perfect way to combine my love for ethics and philosophy with practical environmental policies,” he said.
Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O'Hara C.S.C Professor of Biochemistry, has been elected to the executive council of the Protein Society. She will serve a three-year term (2015-18), during which she will work with the other councilors to organize and conduct the society’s business and help plan conferences and other activities for the organization’s membership.
Janaee Wallace joined the University of Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s (ESTEEM) Program because her college counselor said it would equip her to fulfill her dreams. Wallace wants to develop marine aquaculture in her native Bahamas to launch innovative, sustainable food production across developing island and coastal nations in the Caribbean and South America. ESTEEM is adding extensive business, marketing, and technology skills to the scientific knowledge she gained with a biology major and chemistry minor at St. Edward’s University.
Climate change presents daunting challenges along myriad fronts, including environmental effects, government policies, human services — and business investment. In just the next two decades, an estimated investment of $53 trillion will be required to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Agency. Even at that level, the agency puts the odds at just 50 percent.
Rising senior Andrew Flatley, recently completed a 10-week research internship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Established in 1995, the Summer Internship Program provides biomedical and public health research experiences to college juniors and seniors. The goal of program is to encourage students to pursue careers in science, medicine and public health.
Through the National Science Foundation, twenty physics teachers from across the United States joined 30 of their European counterparts in July in Attica, Greece, for Inspiring Science Education Summer Academy 2015, a six-day training and networking program aimed at boosting inquiry-based learning in high school classrooms. The National Science Foundation funded the trip through the national QuarkNet Program, an education and outreach program that partners high school physics teachers with particle physicists at more than 50 centers across the country.
A group of thirteen international high school students are currently participating in the first ever International Summer Physics Institute (iSPI). The two-week program, July 27-August 7, has brought the high school students to Notre Dame from China and Ireland to explore their interest in physics.
The final year of the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) – Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future – came to a close on July 31. Ten science teachers from local high schools participated in the seven-week program and focused their attention on conducting energy-related research that was used to develop new curriculum for their classrooms.
Stephanie Prince, a biochemistry major in the Class of 2016, recently completed 10 weeks of summer research at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis as an Amgen Scholar.