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Four faculty appointed collegiate chairs

Four faculty appointed collegiate chairs

Dean of the College of Science Greg Crawford has announced that four professors have been appointed five-year collegiate chairs. Professor Nora J. Besansky has been appointed the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Biological Sciences. Professor Patricia L. Clark …

Science director named for Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

Science director named for Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

M. Sharon Stack has been named Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Science Director of the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. In her role, Stack will work collaboratively with the clinical director of the Harper Cancer...

Theoretical physicist Mark Caprio named 2010 Cottrell Scholar

Theoretical physicist Mark Caprio named 2010 Cottrell Scholar

Mark Caprio, assistant professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a 2010 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award recognizes leaders who integrate science teaching and research at leading American research universities. …

Chemistry Alumnus Inspires Undergraduates to be Entrepreneurs

Chemistry Alumnus Inspires Undergraduates to be Entrepreneurs

  Michael Flavin is Chairman & CEO of Advanced Life Sciences (ADLS.OB), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of new drugs to fight infection, inflammation and cancer.  Flavin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1978, and has started five companies related...

Notre Dame hosts Indiana CTSI Retreat on Healthcare Innovation

Notre Dame hosts Indiana CTSI Retreat on Healthcare Innovation

Event: Tues. November 23  10a.m. to 3p.m. Eck Visitor’s Center Indiana CTSI Retreat Lunch is provided. Registration is free and open to the public through the following website:http://www.indianactsi.org/NDretreat. The University of Notre Dame will host the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) informational retreat from 10 a.m. to 3...

Peter Annin appointed managing director of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Peter Annin appointed managing director of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Peter Annin, an award-winning Great Lakes author and environmental journalist, has been named managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative.   The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) is a key branch of the University’s Strategic Research Investment (SRI) program that has allocated $80 million of...

Gursky Joins Center for Health Sciences Advising

Gursky Joins Center for Health Sciences Advising

Susan K. Gursky, assistant professional specialist, has joined Rev. James Foster and Kathleen Kolberg as an advisor in the Center for Health Sciences Advising. Her role will be to advise the incoming sophomore SCPP students. Collectively, the three advise all students in the sophomore through senior years who plan to...

Garg selected for Physics REU Leadership Group executive committee

Garg selected for Physics REU Leadership Group executive committee

Umesh Garg, professor of physics, has been elected as a member of the executive committee for the National Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Leadership Group. The group of leaders aims to publicize physics REU programs and to foster communication among physics REU sites. Garg will serve on the committee...

Two Novae Discoveries for Garnavich Team at VATT

Two Novae Discoveries for Garnavich Team at VATT

Professor of physics Peter Garnavich, physics majors Nancy Paul and Colin Littlefield along with Samia Bouzid, a Rutgers University student in the Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates, found two novae and confirmed a third at the Vatican Observatory in June. The discovery was described in the Vatican Observatory’s...

Helquist Awarded Year-Long Guest Professorship in Sweden

Helquist Awarded Year-Long Guest Professorship in Sweden

Paul Helquist has recently been awarded the Tage Erlander Guest Professorship in Chemistry from the National Science Research Council of Sweden. Helquist and his wife Christie will live in Sweden from May 2011 to July 2012. The $325,000 award includes support for graduate students and postdoctoral associates.…

NDeRC Graduate Students Showcase Nanotechnology to Community

NDeRC Graduate Students Showcase Nanotechnology to Community

About 100 business leaders, educators and others from the University of Notre Dame and the surrounding community participated in the Memorial Community Plunge, “Nanotechnology – The Power of Small,” on Nov. 4 in McKenna Hall. The event, organized by Memorial Hospital, included nano demonstrations by NDeRC graduate students and Penn...

Undergraduate Researcher's Professional Case Study Published

Undergraduate Researcher's Professional Case Study Published

Emily Kolbus, a senior preprofessional studies major, was published in the September 2010 edition of the journal Retinal Physician. Kolbus, who did summer research on the oncology service at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, wrote a case study of her work with Dr. Carol Shields and Dr. Carlos Bionciotto....

Research Projects Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

Research Projects Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

Eleven College of Science undergraduates gave oral presentations on their summer research projects and 34 gave poster presentations at the Fall Undergraduate Research Fair and Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Jordan Hall of Science. The Research Fair also included opportunities to learn about research opportunities across the country,...

Physics Faculty Receive DOE Award to Study Nuclear Properties

Physics Faculty Receive DOE Award to Study Nuclear Properties

Professors of physics Grant Mathews, Stefan Frauendorf, and Mark Caprio have received a 3-year Department of Energy award, totaling $570,000 for their research on "Nuclear Properties at Extreme Density, Temperature, Spin, and Isospin". This proposal involves theoretical investigations which will reveal the properties of nuclear matter and individual nuclei in...

Physics Graduate Students Win India- U.S. Travel Awards

Physics Graduate Students Win India- U.S. Travel Awards

Two of the six travel award winners in this year’s India-U.S. Physics Students Visitation Program were graduate students in Physics at Notre Dame. Akaa Daniel Ayangeakaa and James Matta, both advised by Umesh Garg, participated in the program co-sponsored by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the American...

Physicists Receive $600K NSF Award for Advancing Research in Semiconductors

Physicists Receive $600K NSF Award for Advancing Research in Semiconductors

Physicists, Margaret Dobrowolska, Jacek Furdyna and Xinyu Liu, have just been awarded a 4-year grant of $600,000 by the National Science Foundation for work titled, “Electron Spin Effects in Semiconductor Nanostructures” which will ultimately aid in increasing the functionality of electronic microchip devices.…

Notre Dame Recognizes its heroes of Haiti

Notre Dame Recognizes its heroes of Haiti

During the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh football game on Saturday, October 9, the University recognized a special group of alumni and staff who represented the large Notre Dame contingent who helped with the recovery efforts after the January earthquake in Haiti. Léogâne, the city hit hardest by the quake, is home to...

Furdyna Invited to Join Ukrainian Journal of Physics International Advisory Board

Furdyna Invited to Join Ukrainian Journal of Physics International Advisory Board

Jacek Furdyna, who holds the Marquez Chair of Information Theory and Computer Technology in the Department of Physics, has been invited to join the International Advisory Board of the Ukrainian Journal of Physics. Furdyna, a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics, has co-authored over 700...

Eskildsen Receives DOE Award

Eskildsen Receives DOE Award

Morten Ring Eskildsen, associate professor of physics, has been awarded a new, 3-year DOE award of $519,013 for his project, "Metastable Vortex Lattices – Properties and Applications." The collective nature of the correlated electron many-body system in the presence of magnetic fields and/or localized magnetic moments displays an astonishing variety...

Kolda Uses Large Hadron Collider Results in HEP Research

Kolda Uses Large Hadron Collider Results in HEP Research

Christopher Kolda, associate professor of physics, has just received a new, 3-year NSF award in support of his research in theoretical high energy physics (HEP). Kolda has been funded to study the physics of electroweak symmetry breaking using forthcoming results from the Large Hadron Collider, specifically the twin theoretical ideas...

3-D Animations Depict Lieberman’s Work

3-D Animations Depict Lieberman’s Work

The work of Marya Lieberman, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been depicted in three educational, engaging 3-D animations that make technical subject matter accessible to students and the general public. Lieberman is a member of the Notre Dame Center for Nanoscience and Technology and studies how such DNA...

Balsara NSF Grant Advances Computational Astrophysics Research

Balsara NSF Grant Advances Computational Astrophysics Research

Dinshaw Balsara, associate professor of physics, has won a National Science Foundation grant to advance his groundbreaking work that has application to science and engineering in general as well as astrophysics in particular. The grant, “Multidimensional Riemann Solvers and Higher Order Schemes with AMR for Computational Astrophysics” is related to...

Journal of Organic Chemistry Cites Miller as Prolific Author

Journal of Organic Chemistry Cites Miller as Prolific Author

Editor-in-Chief C. Dale Poulter and the Journal of Organic Chemistry Associate Editors have recognized 79 prominent authors as ones who have made the most significant contributions to the journal in its first 75 years of publication. Marvin Miller, The George and Winifred Clark Chair in Chemistry, is listed at number...

CBBI Program Awards 16 Fellowships

CBBI Program Awards 16 Fellowships

The Chemistry, Biochemistry Biology Interface Program (CBBI) has announced the CBBI Fellowship Awards for 2010-2011. The fellowships carry an annual stipend of $26,000 plus health insurance and travel support for research internship. The fellowship recipients include Esther Braselmann, Mary Cloutier, Brandon Haines, Joshua Lee, Cheng Ji, Daniel Scott, Jordan Scott,...

New York Times: “Researchers Create Nanostructures, and Whip Up a Recipe, Too”

New York Times: “Researchers Create Nanostructures, and Whip Up a Recipe, Too”

Class of 2010 Ph.D. graduate Jeremiah Gassensmith is now a member of a research team at Northwestern University that is working to create a class of structures known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that are rigid and porous. The group’s edible nanostructures were featured in a recent New York Times article...

Astrophysicist Bennett’s project rated top priority research activity

Astrophysicist Bennett’s project rated top priority research activity

A research project headed by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist David Bennett that is aimed at discovering Earth-mass planets has been named part of the top priority space-based research project for the next decade in a new report by the National Research Council (NRC).…

Undergraduate Researches Ugandan Healthcare

Undergraduate Researches Ugandan Healthcare

Bill Flavin, an undergraduate student in biochemistry at Notre Dame, was given the opportunity to conduct research in Uganda this summer. His three-week research project was funded and organized in partnership with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity as part of the Kellogg Institute for International...