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New paper offers insights into "blinking"

Author: William G. Gilroy


A new paper by a team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame physicist Bolizsár Jankó provides an overview of research into one of the few remaining unsolved problems of quantum mechanics.

More than a century ago, at the dawn of modern quantum mechanics, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Neils Bohr predicted so-called quantum jumps. He predicted that these jumps would be due to electrons making transitions between discrete energy levels of individual atoms and molecules. Although controversial in Bohr's time, such quantum jumps were experimentally observed, and his prediction verified, in the 1980s. More recently, with the development of single molecule imaging techniques in the early 1990s, it has been possible to observe similar jumps in individual molecules.

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Mobashery receives Astellas Award

Author: William G. Gilroy


Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Astellas USA Foundation Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his work on antibiotic resistance and his important contributions to the understanding of the bacterial cell wall.

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Notre Dame hosts antibiotics conference

Author: Marissa Runkle


Twenty-one leading researchers from universities and pharmaceuticals around the world will present at a conference titled, "Novel Antibiotics, Old and New Targets" on Saturday and Sunday (June 28 and 29) in the Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame.

The conference assembles leaders from Pfizer, Merck, AstraZeneca, Wyeth-Ayerst, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Gent, the University of Ljubljana, Northwestern University, and numerous other institutions and pharmaceutical corporations who share an interest in developing antibacterial agents. Presenters will share their work on developments involving highly resistant bacteria, known assuperbugs, for which there are few, if any, treatments.

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Students Receive Summer Research Fellowships

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The College of Science has awarded thirteen Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to students who are conducting research on campus this summer. This selective fellowship award consists of a stipend of $4000 or more, and up to $500 for supplies. Each fellowship recipient is working full-time for 9– 10 weeks on a research project mentored by faculty in the College of Science. Support for SURF is provided by the College of Science, the Claire Booth Luce Scholars program,  …

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Algebraic geometry conference honors Sommese

Author: Gene Stowe

Sommese conference (2008)

Some 60 scholars from around the world attended a conference May 22-24 titled “Interactions of Classical and Numerical Algebraic Geometry” in honor of the 60th birthday of Andrew Sommese. Sommese, director of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Duncan Professor of Mathematics, was a central figure in classical algebraic geometry before he turned his attention to numerical algebraic geometry in the mid-1990s and became a leader in that field.

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Astronomers find tiny planet orbiting tiny star

Author: William G. Gilroy


An international team of astronomers led by David Bennett of the University of Notre Dame has discovered an extra-solar planet of about three Earth masses orbiting a star with a mass so low that its core may not be large enough to maintain nuclear reactions. The result was presented Monday (June 2) at the American Astronomical Society annual meeting in St. Louis.

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