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New biochemistry professor seeks to integrate neuroscience and biochemistry

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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Rachel Branco knew what she wanted to do with her life when she was still a young girl. In her middle school science class, she always wanted to do projects on neuroscience. Today, she is living her childhood dream after taking on the role of assistant teaching professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry, hoping to merge her background in neuroscience into the field of biochemistry.

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Students from 54 area schools compete in regional science fair at Notre Dame

Author: Kathy Jonas

Science Fair

More than 260 students entered projects in the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) at Stepan Center at Notre Dame on March 2. Grade 3 – 12 students from 54 schools in Northern Indiana who have advanced from their local school fairs go on to compete in the regional competition in elementary, junior and senior divisions.

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Notre Dame engineers part of consortium proposing US-Mexico ‘energy-water corridor’ in lieu of border wall

Author: Patrick Gibbons

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The proposal, outlined in the white paper “Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP): A Secure and Permanent US-Mexico Border Solution,” makes the case for developing a light industrial zone in the territory along the nearly 2,000-mile border as a means to curb illegal immigration and create jobs on both sides of the border in the potentially energy-rich region.

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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

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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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