The department is delighted to announce the creation of the Nicholas C. Angelotti Undergraduate Research Fund in Analytical Chemistry. The fund, which will provide summer stipends for undergraduate researchers, was formally launched in April with a visit by the family of Nicholas Angelotti.  Included was a lecture by Nicholas’ son, Tim Angelotti, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1985 with a degree in chemistry and is currently an associate professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. The lecture, "Molecular Pharmacology: A biochemical analysis of receptor and ion channel function," described Tim’s work towards defining the molecular basis for receptor specificity with the goal of informing drug design.  Tim’s brother David, a 1985 Notre Dame graduate with a B.S. in engineering, followed the lecture with a few words about his father. Nicholas Angelotti graduated from Notre Dame in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, earned a graduate degree at Case Institute of Technology and worked as an analytical chemist for 42 years at Dow Corning Corporation. In addition to Tim and David, Nicholas’ wife Mary Lou, son Steve, and daughter Linda also shared in the day’s events.  Their generosity is most appreciated.  The inaugural recipient of the award is Revathi Kollipara, a senior chemistry major working in the laboratory of Marya Lieberman.

            The department also hosted a gathering of invited chemistry and biochemistry graduate student alumni before the Navy game in late October of 2011.  Fifteen alumni spanning the 1960’s through the 2000’s participated in a pilot focus group for the purpose of identifying ways in which the department can better engage its graduate alumni.  The impetus for this exercise was sourced in the recognition that the graduate experience at Notre Dame differs significantly from the undergraduate one and that graduate alumni probably have stronger ties to their graduating department than do undergraduates, whose allegiance tends to lie with the University as a whole.  Our department was selected for this exploratory study as it boasts one of the largest graduate populations in the University.  Results and a refined model of graduate alumni engagement will be shared with other departments.  If you have thoughts on how the department might better involve it’s former graduate students, please drop a note to Sean Kassen, academic advancement program director for the College of Science.

Notre Dame community encouraged to attend ND Energy’s inaugural research symposium

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) will host its inaugural research symposium. The event is free and open to the Notre Dame community. A full day of events is planned for attendees, including a presentation from Sally M. Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy from Stanford University.

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23 students and alumni win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards or honorable mentions

Author: Nora Kenney

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of its 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 12 University of Notre Dame students and alumni winning the highly coveted award from a pool of national competitors. Another 11 received honorable mention. Overall, 23 current or former Notre Dame students earned recognition from the NSF.

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Gallagher, Schoenbauer named 2018 Goldwater Scholars

Author: Erin Blasko

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The scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year for one or two years.

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Science-business softball player helps raise funds for cancer patients

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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When senior science-business major Katie Beriont signed on to play Division I softball for the University of Notre Dame, she never thought her effort on the field would make an impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families. Now in her final season, Beriont has taken a role in organizing the team’s 8th annual Strikeout Cancer event.

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Notre Dame to host TEDxUND 2018 April 28

Author: Patrick Gibbons

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TEDxUND organizers, in partnership with the IDEA Center at Notre Dame, will present TEDxUND 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center April 28 (Saturday) as part of IDEA Week. The daylong event will feature two live sessions, one from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and one from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

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Multi-university collaboration developing platform to improve research reproducibility

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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From engineering to biology, there is at least some concern of whether or not a given study’s results can be reproduced and therefore utilized in another study. To overcome this challenge, computational scientists from five research universities, including the University of Notre Dame, are developing a cyberinfrastructure and supporting tools that allow researchers to conduct and track their work – including data and methodologies – in a reproducible way.

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Notre Dame earns LEED Gold certification for McCourtney Hall

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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McCourtney Hall was constructed with sustainable building practices from concept to completion, sourcing 33 percent of the building materials from the local region and using more than 32 percent of materials with recycled content.

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