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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

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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