Welcome to the second installment of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s alumni newsletter. Much has transpired in the department since the launching of our inaugural newsletter, and I’m delighted to be able to bring you up to date. It’s been a great year for us, marked by a strong cadre of 39 baccalaureate, 19 doctoral, and eight master’s degree recipients. Our faculty corralled an abundance of awards and honors that are detailed below. The department welcomed a new faculty member, but sadly bid farewell to Fr. Walter. We were honored to host the family of Nicholas Angelotti (B.S., 1950), as they helped us launch an undergraduate research fund in his name.
Please know that we here in the department are proud of our alumni and welcome opportunities to learn of your accomplishments. Simply send an email to our assistant chair, Mary Prorok and we will do our best to incorporate items of interest into future newsletters. In the meantime, I wish you an enjoyable remainder of the summer. Stay cool and stay in touch!
Every year, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Laboratory Astrophysics Division awards a prize to an individual who has made significant contributions to laboratory astrophysics over the course of his or her career. The 2018 award went to Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Physics. He was recognized for his significant contributions to the experimental foundation of nuclear astrophysics, as well as his research that closes the gap between experiment and theory in the field.
Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named the director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano). As the new director, he will lead a center that supports more than seventy NDnano-affiliated faculty members from across nine departments in the Colleges of Engineering and Science to grow the scale and stature of the University’s nanotechnology research efforts.
A key component of the University’s Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy includes reducing its carbon dioxide emissions in part through increasing its use of renewable and recoverable energy sources. A new energy plant, located in the small wooded area northeast of campus, will help do that.
Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named to The Analytical Scientist’s 2017 Power List for his contributions to genomics research.
The most recent campus tree survey to commemorate the 175th year of the University's founding is one of the most comprehensive surveys of its kind on any college campus in the country, and aims to preserve Notre Dame's natural beauty for generations to come.
University of Notre Dame physicist Mitchell Wayne was awarded $1.4 million for continued work on the Phase I upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid Detector at the Large Hadron Collider at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
The University of Notre Dame is partnering with the city of South Bend to transform raw, underused data into useful information that can be used to shape policy and improve city government, saving taxpayer time and money.
Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics Timothy C. Beers collaborated with Anna Frebel, associate professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on a review article about the formation of the heaviest elements in the universe. The article, about the cosmic origins of the rapid neutron-capture process (the r-process), was published Jan. 2, 2018, in Physics Today.