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.


Seeing into the Black  

Keith Davis DVT

September 14 (New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Keith Davis, Ph.D., director of the DVT
11 a.m.
100 Jordan Hall of Science

Join Keith Davis, director of the Digital Visualization Theater, on a virtual journey through the universe to explore the dark world of black holes – and how we know they exist.


Win-Win: Managing resources and infectious disease in the developing world

Jason Rohr 250

September 28 (Virginia, 3:30 p.m. kickoff)
Jason Rohr, Ph.D., Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla College Professor of Biological Sciences
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Rohr will discuss his lab's work to more fully account for the benefits of drugs to treat the five major worm infections of humans and to address the devastating disease schistosomiasis in Africa while simultaneously increasing water access and food and energy production.


Neuroscience and You

Rachel Blanco 250

October 5 (Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. kickoff)
Rachel Branco, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

The relatively young field of neuroscience examines the biology and chemistry of the brain. Because our brains are the lenses through which we experience the world, the study of neuroscience is a unique opportunity to connect culture, philosophy, and personal stories to hard science.


How Notre Dame Trains Future Physicians and Clinicians using the New Science of Compassion

Dominic Vachon

October 12 (USC, 7:30 p.m. kickoff)
Dominic Vachon, Ph.D., professor and the John G. Sheedy, M.D., Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine
1:30 p.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

For the past eight years, Notre Dame's Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine has developed innovative preprofessional courses that apply the new science of compassion. Learn about this approach, which addresses gaps in medical training in terms of communication skills, clinical mindset, and self-care in clinical practice. Examples from eight years of graduates will highlight the benefits of these novel courses.


Beating the Spread: Wagering against two proteins that spread breast cancer to bone

Laurie Littlepage

November 2 (Virginia Tech, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Laurie Littlepage, Ph.D., Campbell Family Assistant Professor of Cancer Research
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Bone cancers that started from dormant breast cancer cells are incurable. But Notre Dame researchers have discovered how two proteins work to rapidly reproduce and form tumors in bones. Understanding how this process works can lead to new therapies to treat breast cancer metastasis.

Feeding, Function and Fossils: You are how you chew

Matt Ravosa

November 16 (Navy, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Matthew Ravosa, Ph.D., professor of biology
11 a.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

Unlike dinosaurs and other vertebrates, mammals bite and chew to initiate the breakdown of their food. This unique strategy is often reflected in the design of their skull and jaws, which allows scientists to understand the diet and lifestyle of extinct organisms. The Ravosa lab will share an interactive presentation with specimens from the Museum of Biodiversity to highlight functional insights into the fascinating diversity in mammalian cranial form.

Secrets of the Universe: What's next at the Large Hadron Collider

Mike Hildreth On Field

November 23 (Boston College, 2:30 p.m. kickoff)
Michael Hildreth, Ph.D., Professor of Physics
11 a.m. 
101 Jordan Hall of Science

What are the prospects of finding new physics at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, after the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson? Notre Dame scientists are working to answer some of the most basic questions about our universe, such as the composition of dark matter, dark energy, and quantum gravity.