Science Exploration Series

Make science part of your game day schedule and join the College of Science for exciting presentations before Notre Dame home football games. All presentations are open to the public and will be held in the Jordan Hall of Science.


Falling for a Star: Gravity Lessons from Footballs to Orbiting Stars  

Keith Davis DVT

September 11 (Toledo, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Keith Davis, Ph.D., director of the DVT
11 a.m.
100 Jordan Hall of Science

During this immersive digital experience, gain a new appreciation for a falling football. Join us on a “tour” of the universe through the eyes of gravity, and learn how a ball thrown on the football field relates to everything from the orbit of manmade satellites to binary star systems.



De-Mystified: DNA and Me

250x250 Amy Stark

September 18 (Purdue, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Amy Stark, Ph.D.
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

DNA is talked about everywhere today, from consumer ancestry testing, to forensic TV shows, to COVID-19. Have you wondered about the accuracy and application of those examples? Learn how DNA affects our lives, and get a chance to isolate and see your own DNA.



Bed and Breakfast of Pathogens: Urinary Catheterization

Ana Flores Mireles 250

October 2 (Cincinnati, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Ana Lidia Flores-Mireles, Ph.D.
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Urinary catheters improve patients’ quality of life. However, their placement could cause catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Understanding how urinary catheterization establishes urinary infection can help us develop efficient intervention strategies.


Notre Dame Drug Discovery: Fighting Cancer, Alzheimer's, and other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Brian Blagg 250 2017

October 23 (USC, 7:30 p.m. kickoff)
Brian Blagg, Ph.D.
1 p.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Certain types of proteins in the cell can be offensive or defensive. While on offense, they can play a protective role and be useful for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other neuropathies. However, these proteins can also stimulate cancer growth and require the defensive approach of inhibiting their function to treat cancer.



Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future

Jim Elser

October 30 (UNC, 7:30 p.m. kickoff)
Jim Elser, Ph.D. ('81 B.S. Biological Sciences)
1 p.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Did you know that during your lifetime you’ll consume more than 75 pounds of phosphorus in your food and drink, and use it to build not only your bones but also your DNA?  Come learn how this fascinating element is a driver both of the Green Revolution and of widespread water pollution, and therefore holds a key to unlocking a sustainable future for our food and water.

Data Privacy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fang Liu 250

November 6 (Navy, 3:30 p.m. kickoff)
Fang Liu, Ph.D.
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

A huge amount of data of various types have been collected during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the release and sharing of this data can be associated with serious privacy concerns. Liu will provide examples of the privacy risk associated with several pandemic data types, and will describe ways to mitigate your risk.

Getting the Lead Out: Notre Dame's Efforts to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Heidi Beidinger

November 20 (Georgia Tech, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, Ph.D.
11 a.m. 
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Lead poisoning is a devastating, persistent problem for our community and nation. Notre Dame recognizes the need for innovation to help make home environments safe. Learn how our team is changing how we identify lead, and how we are helping families to live "lead safe."