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Local biologist donates lifetime of botanical work to University

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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South Bend biologist Victor Riemenschneider spent his professional life collecting, preserving and mounting plants from northern Indiana. An associate professor emeritus of biology at Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB), he entrusted his life's work to Notre Dame's Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium.

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Research is our Superpower

Author: M. Sharon Stack, PhD

Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Science Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute and professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Basic research is not an abstract luxury reserved for bearded professors lounging about in secluded ivory towers. What begins with a simple question such as “how”, “why” and “what” is the driving force for innovation, applied technology development, and medical breakthroughs. 

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Adversity No Match for Researcher: Federal K01 Grant First Ever Received by University of Notre Dame Postdoctoral Scholar

Author: Valli Sarveswaran

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Certainly, Notre Dame is not lacking in success stories-- but once in a while, the University witnesses truly impressive researchers rise from humble backgrounds to become dynamic and successful leaders in their respective fields. One such success story, Dr. Tyvette Hilliard, recently received a highly competitive 5-year K01 Research Career Development award from the NIH/NCI, and is the first-ever K01 awardee from the University of Notre Dame.

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Researchers receive $1.5 million NSF award to study sustainability of recreational fisheries

Author: Alex Gumm

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Recreational fishing is a longstanding American outdoor tradition, generating $25 billion annually. Whether fishing on lakes, rivers or streams; from shorelines, boats or embankments; freshwater fishing remains the most popular form of fishing, attracting more than 37 million participants last year.

While recreational fisheries are culturally and economically valuable, freshwater ecosystems are vulnerable to degradation and collapse.

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New NIH-funded research to solve problem of drug-resistant malaria

Author: Tammi Freehling

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University of Notre Dame biologist Michael Ferdig, Ph.D., is leading a new $11.5 million program project (P01) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ferdig and his team at Notre Dame are partnering with researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CID Research) in Seattle and Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) to better understand the genes in the malaria parasite that are responsible for drug resistance and virulence in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the often deadly disease.

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Students participate in summer biology research at Notre Dame

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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In the summer of 2017, the University of Notre Dame opened its doors to students from other universities to participate in the annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in biology. Open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in biology, the NSF-funded REU program involves 10 weeks of intensive research that culminates with a final presentation of all the participants’ research.

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Students spend summer performing analytical chemistry research at Notre Dame

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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As in previous years, the University of Notre Dame again welcomed students from around the country to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in analytical chemistry. The program is open to any rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate from four-year colleges who has a strong background in science or engineering and an interest in international development. An NSF-funded program, the 10-week full-time research program teaches students how to participate in a research project that can help solve problems in the developing world.

 

 

 

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Undergraduate wins first place in national conference for medical students

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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Every year, the University of Florida hosts the Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students, an annual gathering for medical students to present important research developments and network with professionals as they prepare to apply to residencies. This year, Samuel Rudisill won a first place award for his research on infant anesthesia and sedation. Remarkably, Rudisill is not a medical student, but a senior at the University of Notre Dame.

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25 years at CERN yields answers...and more questions

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Twenty-five years. That's how long Notre Dame researchers have made valuable contributions on an experiment being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. They helped discover a famous particle, but research continues as they seek to discover exactly how the universe operates.

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Spanish major hones language skills to prepare for career in medicine

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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In summer 2016, Notre Dame senior Andrew Grose studied abroad in Spain — taking a headfirst dive into a language and culture he loved and had studied for years. The experience confirmed for him that whatever path he takes after graduation, Spanish will be a part of it. Grose, a Spanish and preprofessional studies major, is planning a career in medicine and knows his language skills will be a valuable asset — a fact that was underscored in a course on Latin America he took last fall.

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VIDEO: Notre Dame's Pre-health Study Abroad Program in Puebla, Mexico

Author: Todd Boruff

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In Notre Dame International's study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico, students can enroll in a unique pre-medicine track, taking classes on health-related topics at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. Participants in this track also shadow doctors twice per week in two Mexican public hospitals, learning about different specialties and gaining valuable clinical experience. They return with valuable language and cultural experience and a new perspective on health care, which they can apply to their future health professions at home or abroad.

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Physics REU students cap off summer with diverse presentations

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Twenty-seven of the 32 students who participated in the Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program capped off their summer with final presentations at the end of July, sharing results of their work on topics as wide-ranging as forgery and supernovae explosions.

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Researchers tackle ovarian cancer using a multidisciplinary approach

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Science Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute and professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Researchers at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, which is a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend (IUSM-SB), are working with community partners to not only foster awareness of ovarian cancer, but to develop tests for early detection, create novel chemotherapies, and target the Holy Grail: A cure.

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Dr. Jeremy Zartman Awarded Highly Competitive NIH Grant

Author: Khoa Huynh

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Jeremy Zartman, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a competitive Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA, R35) grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

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NIH awards $3.5 million to Shaw Center for Children and Families

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

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The National Institutes of Health awarded a new $3.5 million grant to Notre Dame’s William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families in support of a project for families that include a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

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New End Point Strategy for Disease Elimination

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, and his team of researchers have developed a model to assess the utility of using dyethalcarbamazine (DEC) treated salt. Their research was recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, a peer-reviewed journal publishing topic areas and methods that address essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty.

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