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Kamat named deputy editor of new American Chemical Society Journal

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Prashant Kamat

The American Chemical Society has named Prashant Kamat, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, the deputy editor of the forthcoming publication Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Addressing the most urgent research results across all areas of physical chemistry, the new journal will publish concise reports exclusively in an online format.

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American Physical Society Spotlights Caprio Research

Author: Gene Stowe

Mark Caprio

The American Physical Society (APS) has recently begun featuring synopses of interesting and important articles published in its journals, through an online physics news publication, Physics: Spotlighting Exceptional Research.  The May 2009 issue highlights a new computational technique for modeling nuclear collective motion, such as vibrations and rotations of the nuclear surface, developed by physicists at the University of Toronto together with Mark Caprio of the University of Notre Dame.  The original article was published in Physical Review C.  The APS synopsis summarizes this work:…

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Trozzolo Receives IIT Professional Achievement Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Prof. Anthony M. Trozzolo, who graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a chemistry degree in 1950 and became a pioneer in photochemistry, has won the 2009 Illinois Institute of Technology Professional Achievement Award. He received the honor at the 2009 IIT Alumni Awards Luncheon on May 1. Trozzolo is one of eight recipients this year of the prestigious award chosen by alumni. He is the Charles L. Huisking Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Notre Dame, where he came as the first Huisking Professor in 1975. 

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Notre Dame Researchers Receive $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grants

Author: William G. Gilroy

Schorey and Haldar

 

The University of Notre Dame has received two $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grants will support innovative global health research projects conducted by Kasturi Haldar, Julius Nieuwland Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, and Jeffrey Schorey, associate professor of biological sciences and associate director, Eck Institute for Global Health.…

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Graduate Research | Stacy Hoehn

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Stacy Hoehn

 

Stacy Hoehn, who will receive her Ph.D. in Mathematics this semester, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellowship to study at Vanderbilt University for two or three years. She will continue her research in topology, investigating mathematical objects, called high-dimensional manifolds, that do not have boundaries.…

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Science & Engineering Fair Excites Interest in Science

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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When fifth grader Lucas Vervynckt of St. Michael’s Elementary heard that Coca-Cola would dissolve a nail, he had to try it. The nail survived, but Lucas decided to try calf’s teeth available on his family farm. The experiment – seven cups of different soda brands and one of water – revealed the corrosive effects of the sweet drinks, with one reducing the tooth mass by one-third. “It was fun doing the experiment,” Lucas said. “I learned a lot of new things. I wanted to help people make better choices about pop.”

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Students in Physics Course Craft New U.S. Energy Policy

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Undergraduate students in Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian’s course, Concepts of Energy and Environment, are spending part of the semester crafting a new energy policy for the United States. Class members are divided into teams that report on specific energy resources plus a 10-person policy committee that checks affected regulations and a 10-person panel that will draft the conclusions. 

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ICSB Hosts Biomedical Research Conference

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity (ICSB) hosted a three-day conference on interdisciplinary biomedical research held on March 1–3, 2009 at the Center for Continuing Education. The keynote public lecture was given on March 1 (Sunday) by Anantha Shekhar, director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (I-CTSI) and professor pharmacology and neurobiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His lecture, "Clinical and Translational Research Cycle: Complex Biomedical Modeling Approach to Human Diseases” was in the McKenna Hall Auditorium at the Center for Continuing Education at 5 p.m.…

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Interdisciplinary Group Releases Study Explaining Bacterial Swarms

Author: Gene Stowe

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“Going back and forth is beneficial,” says Alber, the Notre Dame Chair in Applied Mathematics, concurrent professor of physics and director of the Center for the Study of Biocomplexity. “If you’re looking at individual bacteria, you can think that the beneficial behavior for one bacterium would be to keep on moving in one direction. But it’s going to interfere with the swarming behavior of the population because behavior results in the formation of traffic jams.” The myxobacteria are elongated and move by propelling themselves with slime from the back and reaching out with pili in front to grasp other cells and pull. They reverse the direction of their motion every eight minutes by cutting pili at one end and re-growing them at the other and starting producing slime at the opposite end.…

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Notre Dame Science Brings Research Opportunities to K-12 Teachers

Author: Gene Stowe

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Some 200 K-12 teachers and parents attended the second Partnership for Education and Research Forum on Jan. 24 at the Jordan Hall of Science – nearly twice as many as the initial forum drew in 2007, with many of them returning after successful application of forum ideas and activities in their classrooms. The event was part of the University’s increasing efforts to connect faculty and graduate students to local educators and students in K-12.…

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College of Science Energy Challenge 2009

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The Dean of the College of Science, Gregory Crawford, and his College of Science Committee on Sustainability (COSCOS) recently surveyed our buildings and associated infrastructure with an eye towards reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainability.

To complement ongoing investments in energy-conserving technologies on campus, the College of Science believes it can reduce its energy footprint substantially and experience a substantial savings annually. This can be accomplished by promoting cultural change in its students and faculty and by managing energy use more closely in its lecture halls and laboratories.…

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Dean Crawford Teaches Patent Reviewers at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Author: Gene Stowe

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Gregory P. Crawford, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, will teach a daylong workshop on Friday, Jan. 16 to new patent examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va.. Crawford, who became dean in July, is an expert on soft matter materials. His research focus has been on liquid crystals, used in the most prominent display technology in the marketplace.…

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