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God’s energy yesterday, today and tomorrow: using gravity to power Africa

Author: Grant Johnson

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A common issue with the world of science is how much can we separate science from religion and spirituality. Professor Abigail Mechtenberg of the Department of Physics and the Center for Sustainable Energy, believes that the way we look at spirituality and its relationship to science, affects the solutions we obtain from science. She argues that energy today is based on our social constructs and as a result, we can’t ignore them. Mechtenberg’s own spirituality led her to use her passion for physics to make a positive impact on the world.

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In memoriam: physicist Barry Baumbaugh

Author: Gene Stowe

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Barry Baumbaugh, professional specialist, who joined Notre Dame’s High Energy Physics Group in 1978 as an electrical engineer and played key roles in the design and construction of generations of high-energy experiments, died on Sept. 21. He was 62.

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Jay LaVerne joins U.S. Department of Energy “dream team” to aid in nuclear waste cleanup

Author: Gene Stowe and Tammi Freehling

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ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Jay LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent professor of radiation physics, has joined a “dream team” of experts to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time, with the goal of identifying safe, permanent storage for the radioactive material. The nuclear waste is left over from the Manhattan Project, a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.

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Notre Dame high energy physics group receives $2.77 million NSF grant

Author: Tammi Freehling

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The high energy physics group at Notre Dame recently received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their research with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This new award began September 1, 2016, and will total $2.77 million for three years. The award represents a 15 percent increase over the group’s previous 3-year award of $2.4 million.

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Patricia Curtin White ’80: giving them the world

Author: Chontel Syfox

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While speaking about her most recent trip to Haiti this summer, Dr. Patricia Curtin White ’80 felt a lump in her throat. “What a meaningful week,” she mused, “it’s always hard to leave, and when you do, that week just stays with you.” From June 18 to June 25, Dr. White, a dedicated Haiti Program volunteer, led a team of 20 physicians, nurses, students, and non-medical professionals on a mission trip to Haiti.

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Injuries on the rise among young athletes amid negative youth sports culture

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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In recent years, overuse injuries have become more common among youth athletes. Along with that trend is a pattern of decreased participation in youth sports. That is all according to Dr. Frederick Azar, who came to speak at the first Dooley Society lecture before the home football game Saturday, Sept. 10.

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Notre Dame to host Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Retreat

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Researchers from Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame will be attending the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) retreat hosted at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, October 21, 2016. During the event, faculty, students, and other researchers will have the opportunity to present posters and hear from colleagues throughout Indiana.

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Annual research funding at Notre Dame tops $128 million

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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The University of Notre Dame has received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016 — the second highest in its history. In fiscal year 2015, the University’s research funding was its highest of all time, reaching $133 million.

“The research, scholarship and creativity of Notre Dame faculty continues to make a difference in multiple ways across our country and around the world,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “The growth in external funding is a tangible testimony to the importance of their work.”

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Powering and empowering Tanzania with gravity lights

Author: Gene Stowe and Chontel Syfox

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In the summer of 2015, the unimaginable challenges that arise when power is suddenly lost mid-surgery in a rural Tanzanian hospital became a stark and all too familiar reality for Luke Maillie, a Notre Dame physics-in-medicine major and international development studies minor. The desperate need, shared by an entire community, to co-design an affordable backup source of electricity during these power blackouts stuck with Maillie long after he left Tanzania to return to Notre Dame.

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Detailed age map shows how Milky Way came together

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Using colors to identify the approximate ages of more than 130,000 stars in the Milky Way’s halo, University of Notre Dame astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how the galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago.

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Notre Dame interdisciplinary researchers receive $1.1 million grant from NIH

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Researchers representing four labs across two colleges at Notre Dame have received a four-year, $1.1 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The oldest grant mechanism used by the NIH, the R01 provides support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH.

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Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

Author: Gene Stowe

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Collaborative research at the University of Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.

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