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Two faculty members named AAAS fellows

Two faculty members named AAAS fellows

Two University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific society...

Kamat's research featured on the cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry

Kamat's research featured on the cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry

Prashant Kamat has recently published a feature article titled “Quantum Dot Solar Cells. Semiconductor Nanocrystals as Light Harvesters” which was featured on the front cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Kamat is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and senior scientist at the Radiation Laboratory, and concurrent professor in...

Congressman Donnelly visits Nuclear Science Laboratory

Congressman Donnelly visits Nuclear Science Laboratory

Congressman Joe Donnelly (IN-2) and his science staffer Paul Gether visited the Nuclear Science Laboratory at Notre Dame on Wednesday December 3, 2008. The Congressman was invited by Professor Umesh Garg of the Physics Department. The Nuclear Science Laboratory is one of the highest funded research enterprises in the state...

Ferdig publishes research results on drug resistance

Ferdig publishes research results on drug resistance

Michael Ferdig, professor of biological sciences, has published two papers on drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum, the most severe malaria parasite responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. His pioneering work was published in PLoS Biology as well as in PLoS Genetics, which includes results from his collaboration with malaria biologist...

Cover of Optics and Photonics News Features Notre Dame QuarkNet

Cover of Optics and Photonics News Features Notre Dame QuarkNet

The Notre Dame QuarkNet Center was featured as the cover story in the November issue of Optics and Photonics News, a major journal for scientists and engineers in the field of photonics.  QuarkNet is a national education and outreach program that partners high school teachers and students with particle physicists.

Undergraduates learn about research and internship opportunities

Undergraduates learn about research and internship opportunities

105 Jordan Hall of Science was packed with mostly underclassmen for the Undergraduate Research Internship Information Night (UGRIIN) on November 4.  Eager to learn about the research opportunities available to them, the science students attended the event which was co-sponsored by the College of Science and the Notre Dame Biology...

Groundbreaking ceremony for Harper Hall Nov. 21

Groundbreaking ceremony for Harper Hall Nov. 21

A groundbreaking ceremony for Harper Hall, the new home of expanded medical and cancer research initiatives at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) and the University of Notre Dame, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday (Nov. 21) at a site adjacent to Raclin-Carmichael Hall on the corner...

Siemens Regional Competition to be held Nov. 7 and 8

Siemens Regional Competition to be held Nov. 7 and 8

Five individuals and five teams of high school students have been selected to compete Friday and Saturday (Nov. 7 and 8) at the University of Notre Dame in the regional of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students.

Alumna Receives Nobel Laureate Signature Award

Alumna Receives Nobel Laureate Signature Award

Laura A. Banaszynski, who earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Notre Dame in 2000, has won the 2009 Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry from the American Chemical Society for her work with Dr. Thomas J. Wandless at Stanford University. The award, sponsored by Mallinckrodt Baker Inc....

Don't worry about making his day

Don't worry about making his day

Physicists, says Randy Ruchti, are driven by the great questions. The importance of fundamental science for us is in our bloodstream,the 31-year veteran of the University of Notre Dame physics faculty reflected last month during the earliest working days of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the massive new particle physics...

Midwest relativity meeting scheduled for Oct. 24-25

Midwest relativity meeting scheduled for Oct. 24-25

The University of Notre Dames Center for Astrophysics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) and Department of Physics will host the 18th annual Midwest Relativity Meeting on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 24-25) at the Jordan Hall of Science.

Innovations in science teaching is focus of lecture

Innovations in science teaching is focus of lecture

John Janovy Jr., Varner Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska, will deliver the first lecture in the University of Notre Dame College of Science’s new Innovations and Excellence in Science Teaching series at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 20) in room 105 of the University of Notre...

Sen. Lugar presents Energy Patriot award to GreeND

Sen. Lugar presents Energy Patriot award to GreeND

GreeND, a University of Notre Dame student organization focused on energy and environmental issues, received an Energy Patriot award from Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., who spoke on campus and toured the Universitys Energy Center on Oct. 8.

Undergraduates head to Haiti

Undergraduates head to Haiti

Pre-med juniors Megan Rybarczyk, Greg Podolej, and Brennan Bollman will join Father Thomas Streit C.S.C. on Jan. 3 in Haiti to help with research projects that are aimed to rid the impoverished Caribbean country of LF, or lymphatic filariasis, as part of the overall goal for the Notre Dame Haiti...

Astrophysicist Wiescher receives award

Astrophysicist Wiescher receives award

Astrophysicist Michael C. Wiescher has been named an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The foundation was established by the Federal Republic of Germany to promote international cooperation in research.  This prestigious fellowship will allow Wiescher to study the nuclear reactions leading to the formation of...

Biologist Hellmann helps author Chicago climate report

Biologist Hellmann helps author Chicago climate report

Chicago has worn many nicknames throughout its history including the Windy City, the Second City,and the City of the Big Shoulders. However, if Chi-Town successfully adopts the recommendations of a climate report co-authored by Jessica Hellmann, a University of Notre Dame biologist, it may well be known as America's Greenest...

Recent Ph.D. recipient receives fellowship at the Pasteur Institute

Recent Ph.D. recipient receives fellowship at the Pasteur Institute

Sherri Smith has won a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She is working under Nancy Guillén, studying the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. The research involves characterizing the immune response during infection with the amoeba and determining the role potential virulence factors play in the elicited immune response.

Taylor named associate dean

Taylor named associate dean

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Richard Taylor, has been appointed to the position of associate dean of the College of Science. In his position, Taylor directs the research and planning efforts of the College of Science, oversees grant management, engages faculty in multidisciplinary research and assists in forming strong collaborations...

Loves mosquitoes, but not their diseases

Loves mosquitoes, but not their diseases

Catherine Young grew up liking bugs. Today she's a University of Notre Dame biologist whose area of expertise is medical entomology, the study of insects that cause disease in humans. By contributing to research on major human health threats, she "gets to feel like she's saving the world," says Young,...

Undergraduate utilizes computational chemistry to analyze water efficiencies

Undergraduate utilizes computational chemistry to analyze water efficiencies

Modern coal-fired power plants achieve significant efficiencies by using supercritical water as a coolant. But water that is superheated to its critical point undergoes dramatic transformation, not the least of which is that it becomes acidic. Therein lies a dilemma that Notre Dame sophomore Patrick Holvey investigated as part of...

Mobashery team documents how bacteria recycle their cell walls

Mobashery team documents how bacteria recycle their cell walls

A team led by Prof. Shahriar Mobashery, the Navari Family Chair in Life Sciences, has documented how bacteria recycle their cell wall in the process of doubling, a critical step in understanding bacteria physiology. The team, using synthetic cell wall pieces and synthetic products of fragmentation, characterized an unusual chemical...

High school teachers and students present at QuarkNet symposium

High school teachers and students present at QuarkNet symposium

In early June, 15 high school physics teachers and a 14 high school students arrived at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center for the summer physics Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program and the Research Experience for High School students (REHS). Both groups came do physics research over an eight week...

Seven new faculty join the college

Seven new faculty join the college

Seven new faculty have joined the College of Science in the areas of chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, physics, and biological sciences.

Researchers analyze how new anti-MRSA antibiotics function

Researchers analyze how new anti-MRSA antibiotics function

A new paper by Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and researchers in his lab provides important insights into promising new antibiotics aimed at combating MRSA. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major global health threat that kills approximately 20,000 people in...

Mobashery group releases results on fighting MRSA

Mobashery group releases results on fighting MRSA

The Journal of the American Chemical Society will publish research led by Prof. Shahriar Mobashery on two drugs that are undergoing clinical trials to fight the highly resistant superbug called methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The broad-spectrum antibiotics from Cerexa, Inc. – ceftaroline (CPT), a cephalosporin, and ME1036 (ME), a carbapenem – show...

College announces two new chairs

College announces two new chairs

The College of Science has named Bei Hu, professor of mathematics, as chair of the Department of Mathematics, and Gary Lamberti, professor of biological sciences, as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, beginning July 2008.

College of Science welcomes Dean Crawford

College of Science welcomes Dean Crawford

The College of Science welcomes Gregory Crawford as the new dean, effective July 1. Dean Crawford, who has also been appointed to the physics faculty, personifies the future of interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial collaboration—focused on solving problems and making a difference—toward which the College and the University as a whole are...

Castellino to receive 2008 WYETH-ISFP Prize

Castellino to receive 2008 WYETH-ISFP Prize

Francis J. Castellino, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry and director of the W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2008 WYETH-ISFP Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of fibrinolysis, proteolysis and thrombosis.