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We extend a warm welcome to Laurie Littlepage, the newest member of our faculty who joined us this summer.  As an assistant professor, Laurie will be directing research in the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute. Prior to joining us, Laurie was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF. She obtained her doctorate in Cell & Developmental Biology from Harvard and holds a bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Texas.

            On the other side of the coin, in November of last year the department hosted a mini-symposium to celebrate the professional career of Tom Nowak, who has entered into the distinguished ranks of our emeriti. Among the speakers were Tom’s former graduate students Todd Holyoak of the University of Waterloo, Andy Mesecar of Purdue University, and Pat Loria of Yale University.  It was a wonderful event and a fitting tribute to Tom’s great scholarship and service.       

            We were greatly saddened when Rev. Joseph Walter, C.S.C. and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry passed away on April 18 at the age of 82.  Fr. Walter had a long and distinguished career at Notre Dame characterized by a vigorous research program in inorganic coordination chemistry and superb teaching.  In 1971, Fr. Walter was appointed Chair of the Department of Preprofessional Studies, and in his long tenure at its helm, advised upwards of 5,000 preprofessional students.  He will be greatly missed

South Bend native returns to Notre Dame as chemistry professor

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

Katharine White

Growing up in South Bend and earning her degree from St Mary’s college, Katharine White never thought she would move back to the area. After all, White experienced the country from coast to coast from historic Boston to sunny California after her undergraduate career. Nevertheless, 12 years after earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, White now finds herself back as the Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame.

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Women Lead: Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Malgorzata Furdyna

Physics professor Malgorzata "Margaret" Dobrowlska-Furdyna enjoys solving difficult problems. But her most recent passion is mentoring students so they can reach their full potential in her role as associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Science.

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Co-hosts of Undiscovered podcast interviewed on With a Side of Knowledge

Author: Ted Fox

Photo of Golden Dome and Basilica across St. Joseph's Lake

With a Side of Knowledge is a podcast produced by the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. The 10th episode of season two, “On Science Podcasting and What Didn’t Happen to the Dinosaurs,” was released Thursday, March 7, and features Elah Feder and Annie Minoff, co-hosts and producers of Undiscovered, the podcast from WNYC’s iconic radio show Science Friday.

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Open-source application creates super-resolution images of cell development in living animals

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Cody Smith

A new tool may allow researchers to see more of the physiological state of living organisms at the cellular level, according to a study by the University of Notre Dame. Published in Development, the study shows how an open-source application, created by Notre Dame researchers, can utilize two different conventional microscope images obtained at low excitation powers to create one high-resolution, three-dimensional image. 

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