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Instrumentation Funding for Biomolecular Interactions

Instrumentation Funding for Biomolecular Interactions

  Funding from the National Institutes of Health was awarded for the purchase of an ultrasensitive microcalorimeter for the study of biomolecular interactions. The instrument, a Microcal ITC200, tracks the heat released when two molecules interact, allowing determination of a complete thermodynamic profile for the interaction. The ITC200 is specifically...

Chief Scientific Officer Schadt Speaks on Integrative Biology

Chief Scientific Officer Schadt Speaks on Integrative Biology

Eric Schadt, the chief scientific officer at Pacific Biosciences and founder of SAGE Bionetworks, in a lecture on the emerging field of systems biology on Nov. 24, proposed a broad approach that takes into account the complexity of living organisms. The lecture in the Jordan Hall of Science titled: “An...

Eskildsen Honored at Irish Hockey Game

Eskildsen Honored at Irish Hockey Game

Morten Eskildsen, associate professor of physics, was chosen to be honored on “Favorite Professor Day” at the Irish hockey game on November 15 against Northern Michigan. Eskildsen was selected by senior goaltender Tommy O'Brien who has taken Quantum Mechanics I and II, and Introduction to Mechanics I and II from...

Eskildsen Honored at Irish Hockey Game

Eskildsen Honored at Irish Hockey Game

Morten Eskildsen, associate professor of physics, was chosen to be honored on “Favorite Professor Day” at the Irish hockey game on November 15 against Northern Michigan. Eskildsen was selected by senior goaltender Tommy O'Brien who has taken Quantum Mechanics I and II, and Introduction to Mechanics I and II from...

College of Science programs find opportunities in laboratories for undergrads

College of Science programs find opportunities in laboratories for undergrads

Undergraduate research, a longstanding natural element of a College of Science education at the University of Notre Dame, has accelerated in recent years with an increased commitment to make such opportunities available in a systematic way. New and expanded programs, both during the academic year and during the summer, are...

Notre Dame to unveil multi-wavelength NASA images

Notre Dame to unveil multi-wavelength NASA images

In commemoration of the International Year of Astronomy, the University of Notre Dame will unveil new mural-sized images from NASA’s great observatories Thursday (Nov. 19) during two shows in the Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science. The shows, which are free and open to the public, will...

Notre Dame’s Neal being briefed on water findings from lunar-impact mission

Notre Dame’s Neal being briefed on water findings from lunar-impact mission

NASA announced Nov. 13 that its LCROSS lunar-impact probe mission found significant quantities of water in the plume of material the crash produced. “We are ecstatic,” said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist for the LCROSS, a sentiment which is shared by Clive Neal, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at...

New paper describes connections between Circadian and metabolic systems

New paper describes connections between Circadian and metabolic systems

A paper by University of Notre Dame biologist Giles Duffield and a team of researchers offers new insights into a gene that plays a key role in modulating the body’s Circadian system and may also simultaneously modulate its metabolic system. The relationship between circadian and metabolic systems the researchers describe...

Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14 at Notre Dame

Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14 at Notre Dame

Five individuals and five teams of high school students have been selected to compete Friday and Saturday (Nov. 13 and 14) at the University of Notre Dame in the regional round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students....

Thomas Catanach Receives American Physical Society Scholarship

Thomas Catanach Receives American Physical Society Scholarship

Sophomore physics and classical languages major Thomas Catanach has received a Minorities in Physics scholarship from the American Physical Society. This scholarship is aimed at fostering continued education in physics and undergraduate research. Catanach’s application included significant research he performed as a Notre Dame freshman in Project GRAND, Gamma Ray...

Research with a vision

Research with a vision

To the naked eye, humans may not appear to have much in common with the zebrafish, a small tropical freshwater species belonging to the minnow family. But a Notre Dame biologist is taking a much closer look at the two species and finding potential for treating a number of diseases...

New Notre Dame study provides insights into the molecular basis of tumor cell behavior

New Notre Dame study provides insights into the molecular basis of tumor cell behavior

A new study by a team of researchers led by Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, sheds light on the molecular basis by which tumor cells modulate their surroundings to favor cancer progression. The study elucidates mechanisms involved in the release of microvesicles...

Bunker Elected Vice Chair of International X-ray Absorption Society

Bunker Elected Vice Chair of International X-ray Absorption Society

Bruce A. Bunker, professor of physics, has been elected Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the International X-ray Absorption Society, an international group with some 800 members including 200 in the United States. Bunker is director of the Materials Research Collaborative Access Team, a consortium that develops and uses x-ray...

Malaria Research Earns Conference Award for Graduate Student

Malaria Research Earns Conference Award for Graduate Student

Mark Wacker, a fourth-year graduate student in the Eck Institute for Global Health, has won an award for Best Young Investigator Presentation at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in Washington, D.C. Wacker, who is also a trainee on an NIH Chemistry Biochemistry Biology Interface (CBBI) training...

Children experience chemistry first-hand during National Chemistry Week

Children experience chemistry first-hand during National Chemistry Week

Graduate, undergraduate students and professional specialist faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provided vivid demonstrations and hands-on experiments on Saturday, October 24 in celebration of National Chemistry Week. The inaugural event, held in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria, attracted a steady stream of visitors before the Notre...

Mary Prorok Appointed Assistant Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mary Prorok Appointed Assistant Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mary Prorock, research associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named assistant chair of the department. The new Assistant Chair position is designed to promote the research mission of the department by leading the preparation and submission of programmatic grant applications for federal and foundation awards,...

NDeRC and I2U2 Conduct Workshop to Train Teachers

NDeRC and I2U2 Conduct Workshop to Train Teachers

The Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) and Interactions in Understanding the Universe (I2U2@Notre Dame) hosted a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on August 10 and 11 in Jordan Hall. The workshop brought local middle and high school teachers together to study data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in...

Himonas Receives Outstanding Mathematics Alumnus Award from Purdue University

Himonas Receives Outstanding Mathematics Alumnus Award from Purdue University

Each fall, the Purdue University Department of Mathematics and College of Science recognize outstanding Purdue alumni. Alex Himonas, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, is the 2009 Outstanding Mathematics Alumnus. Himonas received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1985 under the direction of Salah Baouendi. Himonas is interested...

Howk Appointed to Large Binocular Telescope Committee

Howk Appointed to Large Binocular Telescope Committee

Assistant Professor of Physics Jay Christopher Howk has been appointed to the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STC) for the Large Binocular Telescope Project (LBT). The LBT is a $200 million telescope in southern Arizona, and the largest telescope on a single mount in the world. The LBT project is...

Taylor Receives International Research Collaboration Grant from NSF and DFG

Taylor Receives International Research Collaboration Grant from NSF and DFG

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and its German counterpart, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), have awarded a multidisciplinary collaborative research grant to the University of Notre Dame and German research partners. With this award, the Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry Program of the NSF is supporting the research of Richard Taylor, professor...

Hahn Appointed to University of Vienna Advisory Board

Hahn Appointed to University of Vienna Advisory Board

Alexander Hahn, a professor of mathematics who recently ended a seven-year term as director of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Center for Teaching and Learning of the University of Vienna. Hahn says that European universities are currently engaged in...

Wiescher Discusses Advances in Measuring Nuclear Reactions

Wiescher Discusses Advances in Measuring Nuclear Reactions

A paper by Michael Wiescher published in the American Physical Society’s Physics journal recently traces development in research on nuclear reactions that happen in stars. The article titled “Cosmic alchemy in the laboratory” covers both theoretical and experimental advances in the field, as well as a discussion of the role...

Graduate students receive genomics and bioinformatics fellowship awards

Graduate students receive genomics and bioinformatics fellowship awards

The Genomics, Disease Ecology and Global Health Strategic Research Initiative Program and the Eck Institute for Global Health are pleased to announce the awarding of five graduate student fellowships in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. These are one-year awards that will allow graduate students in the College of Science...

Artist’s Work at the Intersection of Art and Life Sciences

Artist’s Work at the Intersection of Art and Life Sciences

  The remarkable artwork of Patricia Olynyk will be on display in the Jordan Hall of Science from Aug. 28–Sept. 25. Olynyk, director of the graduate school of art at Washington University in Saint Louis, creates large installations that combine her photographs of sense organs, taken with an electron micrograph,...

Six Faculty Receive Genomics and Bioinformatics Pilot Project Awards

Six Faculty Receive Genomics and Bioinformatics Pilot Project Awards

The Genomics, Disease Ecology and Global Health Strategic Research Initiative Program and the Eck Institute for Global Health have announced the presentation of six awards to support pilot projects in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. This announcement comes at a time in which Notre Dame has recently funded the...

Hartland Appointed to Senior Editor of Journal of Physical Chemistry

Hartland Appointed to Senior Editor of Journal of Physical Chemistry

Greg Hartland, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was appointed senior editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry beginning Aug. 1. The appointment is for two years. The journal, with separate weekly issues on dynamics and spectroscopy, soft matter and biophysics, and nanomaterials and interfaces, is the premier...

Furdyna Awarded Copernicus Medal by Polish Academy of Sciences

Furdyna Awarded Copernicus Medal by Polish Academy of Sciences

In a ceremony on July 3, 2009 held in Warsaw, Professor of Physics Jacek Furdyna was awarded the Nicolaus Copernicus Medal by the Polish Academy of Sciences. The medal is the Academy’s highest honor. Among its past recipients are renowned scientists and engineers in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics,...

Middle School Students Present Science at Sensing Our World Program 2009

Middle School Students Present Science at Sensing Our World Program 2009

Middle school students at Sensing our World Go GreeND, a longstanding summer program at Notre Dame with an environmental emphasis this year, learned about ecologically sound approaches to urban space, the physics of energy, how chemists are developing biodegradable alternatives to various consumer goods, environmental philosophy and ecological adaptation. Teams...

High School Students Experience Modern Science and Nuclear Physics

High School Students Experience Modern Science and Nuclear Physics

Last week, a dozen students from South Bend area high schools participated in the fourth annual PIXE-PAN, a weeklong program for students and teachers interested in exploring topics in modern science, nuclear physics, and nuclear astrophysics. Teachers came from as far away as Georgia and Texas. Senior faculty and staff...

New study describes risk of mobile phone virus attacks

New study describes risk of mobile phone virus attacks

Traditional cell phones have been immune to viruses because they lack standardized operating systems. However, as smart phones rapidly increase in market share, viruses pose a serious threat to mobile communications. A new study in the journal Science that is coauthored by University of Notre Dame physics doctoral student Pu...