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Lights Out for Earth Hour

Author: Donnetta McClellan

On Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, Notre Dame will once again participate in Earth Hour by turning off the lights on the Golden Dome and the Word of Life Mural on Hesburgh library.

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Professor Emeritus of Physics has passed away

Author: Shelly Goethals

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John Mihelich, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has passed away in Fort Collins, Colorado, on March 10. John was a long-time member of our faculty and our nuclear physics group, joining Notre Dame in 1954 from Brookhaven. While here, he gained a national reputation in gamma-ray spectroscopy, training in his lab many of the later leaders in the field. He and his wife, Jan, raised three children in South Bend, spending their free time in travel, camping, and classical music. John retired in 1989, and he and Jan eventually moved to Fort Collins. …

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Student Funding Opportunity-$12,500 Award-Deadline Extended

Author: Jenna Bilinski

Have you or someone you know been directly or indirectly affected by cancer? Unfortunately, for many of us, the answer is yes. And in those situations, we often feel a sense of helplessness. Have you ever wanted to help but didn’t know how? Here’s an opportunity for you to make a difference.

The Research Like A Champion (RLAC

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Science fair at Notre Dame prepares young minds for future

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Tony Kramer and Sam Chippas, seniors at Marian High School, combined their interests in electrical engineering and computer science to develop a robotics project for the March 4 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) at Notre Dame.

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2017 Women Lead

Author: Office of Strategic Content

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Tomorrow belongs to the bold. Notre Dame is proud to celebrate women whose scholarship and leadership are empowering change in the global community.

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Expanding new areas of rare disease research at Notre Dame

Author: Chontel Syfox and Tammi Freehling

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Coinciding with the World Rare Disease Day, Notre Dame acknowledges a recent, generous gift from Notre Dame parents David and Cathleen Reisenauer of Morgan Hill, Calif., which will allow the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development to initiate a new area of research, focusing on the rare disease glycogen storage disease type III (GSDIII), also known as Cori Disease.

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Michael Foley wins Chambliss medal from AAS

Author: Grant Johnson

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Junior Physics and Math double major Michael Foley was awarded the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award medal for his presentation at the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present posters at AAS meetings.

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Solved: Decades-old mystery in theoretical condensed matter physics

Author: Gene Stowe

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Researchers in the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group of Professor Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators have solved a decades-old mystery of fluorescence intermittency – blinking – that indicates classical physics behavior in a quantum mechanical system. 

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New Research Addresses Complexity of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control

Author: Sarah Craig

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The University of Notre Dame’s Edwin Michael, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is on the cutting edge of an initiative to address the sociology of disease transmission and control, by factoring in the impacts that complex transmission dynamics and social determinants play in the effective management of infectious diseases.

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Rare Disease Research Symposium: ESTEEM Students Reflect

Author: Madeline Zupan and Jack Kenney

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Throughout the symposium, researchers highlighted experimental techniques and therapeutic developments in rare cancers, neurological disorders, and genetic anomalies. Perhaps the most distinct aspect of the weekend was the significant time spent showcasing the global achievements and research advancements in two emerging rare disease fields: Non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH) and Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC).

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Senior John Huber awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Author: William G. Gilroy

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This prestigious postgraduate scholarship program, which fully funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge, was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000; this remains the largest single donation to a U.K. university.

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Rare Disease Day Celebration highlights neglected diseases

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Hope Kern, 6, skittered between her parents and the posters in Jordan Hall, scribbling in a small notebook as her parents, Melissa and Tim Kern, spoke with students who presented the poster on Hope’s disorder. She is one of only about 40 people in the world diagnosed with Shprintzen Goldberg Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder. She, like other patients with this disorder, has various skeletal and cranial malformations and experiences trouble swallowing, among other symptoms. Researchers believe the disease is caused by novel gene mutations.

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Senior John Huber awarded Gates Cambridge scholarship

Author: William G. Gilroy

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This prestigious postgraduate scholarship program, which fully funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge, was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000; this remains the largest single donation to a U.K. university.

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Shirey second Notre Dame student to present at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Author: Grant Johnson

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Biochemistry graduate student Carolyn Shirey has been selected to attend the 2017 National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Selection in the NGSS is extraordinarily competitive as application is by invitation only. Over 1,500 students were invited to apply for the 2017 symposium of which only 42 students, including Biological Sciences grad student Josh Mason, were selected to participate. Shirey and the other selected participants will receive an all expenses paid trip to St. Jude this Spring where they will give a talk, present a poster, and meet with St. Jude scientists.

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International collaboration provides Notre Dame students with unparalleled opportunity

Author: Tammi Freehling and Cliff Djajapranata

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For decades, professor Paul Helquist has partnered with colleagues in Sweden to send undergraduate and graduate chemistry students to each others’ laboratories—around 50 in total—to perform research at Notre Dame, the University of Stockholm, Gothenburg University, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm as well as the Astra Zeneca pharmaceutical lab near Gothenburg. Students from Notre Dame obtain valuable experience working in an international lab in a country which has a long-standing, strong program in science and engineering, particularly chemistry.

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Notre Dame researchers study potential cause of common birth defect

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) proteins are small peptides that get added on to other proteins to regulate their activity. While SUMO has many regulatory roles in cells, it is especially important for controlling gene expression during early development. Just a few years ago this connection between SUMO and gene regulation was relatively unknown, but now, Notre Dame researchers are exploring how a disruption to the SUMO protein’s ability to regulate embryo development may be linked to congenital heart defects. 

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Alex Perkins named Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America

Author: Grant Johnson

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The University of Notre Dame’s Alex Perkins, Eck Family Assistant Professor, and member of the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Environmental Change Initiative, was named a 2017 Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

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Notre Dame scientists study the past to predict climate change

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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A chance meeting a decade ago in a graduate school hallway led paleoecologist Jason McLachlan to create a Jurassic Park-like wonder in Notre Dame’s greenhouse, where rows of salt marsh bulrushes have germinated from 100-year-old seeds.

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