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High School Teachers Gain Research Experience at Notre Dame

Author: Marissa Gebhard

2010 Research Experience for Teachers

 

High school teachers who participated in the 2010 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) at Notre Dame presented their work to each other and participating high school students in the Jordan Hall of Science on July 30. The students gave poster presentations on their work. RET brings teachers to campus for several summer weeks of research, aiming to help them take more inquiry-based science into the classroom.…

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Postdoctoral Fellow Receives Prestigious Fellowship from Spain

Author: Gene Stowe

Blas Blazquez Castineira

 

Blas Blazquez Castineira, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Shahriar Mobashery, has received a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Government of Spain. Castineira, who came to Notre Dame in January, was one of 350 recipients among 1,500 applicants. The fellowship term begins in September.…

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Post Doc Leticia Llarrull Named a Pew Fellow in Biomedical Sciences

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Leticia Llarrull

 

Leticia Llarrull, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named a 2008 Pew Latin American Fellow in Biomedical Sciences. Llarrull’s research in the Mobashery laboratory has applications to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which has emerged globally as an important pathogen that is resistant to all classes of commercially available beta-lactam antibiotics.  …

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Parseghian Medical Research Foundation enhances partnership with Notre Dame

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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Building on a long-standing relationship with the University of Notre Dame, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation has strengthened its partnership with the University in order to support and advance research initiatives to find treatment options for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.…

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Sensing Our World 2010: Global Health Summer Science Program

Author: Marissa Gebhard

A weeklong, all-day summer science camp designed for young students aged 11 to 14, the Sensing Our World 2010: Global Health Summer Science Camp from July 12 to 16 admitted 40 students, double the number of last years’ participants. Sponsored by the Siemens Foundation, Northern Indiana Science, Mathematics & Engineering Consortium (NISMEC), and Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), the camp awarded six scholarships with support from the College of Science and the Department of Biological Sciences.…

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Notre Dame Offers Research Experience to Students from Catholic Colleges

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

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Five students from Catholic colleges across the nation were selected as inaugural recipients of undergraduate research stipends through the Research Experience for Students at Catholic Colleges (RESACC) program to conduct research at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry this summer . The program, which was directed by chemistry faculty members Seth Brown and Steve Wietstock, provided a stipend of $4,000 for full-time work during the ten weeks of the program, as well as housing and research supplies.…

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Clancy Research Featured on Journal Cover

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

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James Clancy, graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has recently published his research in the July issue of the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell; it appears as the cover story of the journal. Clancy is advised by Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey, the Walther associate professor in biology. The article, entitled “Unregulated ARF6 Activation in Epithelial Cysts Generates Hyperactive Signaling Endosomes and Disrupts Morphogenesis,” focuses on tumor development in glandular tissues and provides new insight into the molecular processes that promote epithelial glandular disruption.…

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Science dean to ride from “Desert to Dome” to mark new Notre Dame-Parseghian Foundation partnership

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Greg and Renate Crawford

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Gregory P. Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, and his wife, Renate, will embark on a 2,200-mile bicycle ride this summer to mark the newly strengthened partnership between Notre Dame and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

“Desert to Dome: Riding for the Lives of Children” will begin July 24 (Saturday) in Tucson, Ariz., the home of the Parseghian Foundation, and will culminate in the Crawfords’ arrival on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind., in August.

Notre Dame and the Parseghian Foundation last month announced an enhanced relationship formed in order to support and advance research initiatives to find treatment and cure options for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.

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Corcelli Research Featured on Cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Steven Corcelli

Steven Corcelli, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, recently published his research in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters in a cover story entitled, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of DNA Solvation Dynamics.” The article explores time-dependent Stokes shift experiments of fluorescent probe molecules incorporated into DNA, which uncovered a broad range of time scales. The article reviews the conclusions of various computational studies, more specifically a series of recent molecular dynamics simulations that have investigated the longest solvation dynamics time scales with sometimes conflicting interpretations.

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Desert to Dome: Riding for the Lives of Children

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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Dean Gregory Crawford and his wife Renate are riding for the lives of children with Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease, an extremely rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.  The Crawfords will be riding their bicycles 2,200 miles over 30 days from Tucson, Arizona—home of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation—to Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Scheidt Serves as NIH Committee Member

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Robert Scheidt, the William K. Warren Foundation Chair in Science and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Macromolecular Structure and Function A Study Section of the Department of Health and Human Services beginning July 1, 2010 and continuing through June 2014.

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Ann Weber ’82 wins Scarborough Memorial Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Ann Weber

 

Ann Weber, who earned a degree in Chemistry from Notre Dame in 1982, has won the Robert M. Scarborough Memorial Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry from the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry. Weber is vice president for discovery and preclinical sciences and head of discovery chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories. 

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Aprahamian Named Freimann Professor of Physics

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Ani Aprahamian, professor of physics, has been named the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics. 
 
Aprahamian is an internationally esteemed experimental nuclear physicist with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. She has presented over 130 invited talks around the world, and has served on a number of committees and panels ranging from providing advice on a number of critical national policies on the future of Nuclear Physics,  infrastructure issues associated with smaller facilities, policies for international collaboration/competition, to issues of broader concern of diversity and mentorship. She has been a program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA), an advising authority formed in preparation for the NSF’s proposed national Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).  In addition, Aprahamian has branched out into the field of medical physics, in particular isotopes, and is co-chairing  the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) Isotopes Subcommittee on the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications Program.  She presently serves as the Vice Chair of the 2010 Decadal Review of Nuclear Physics Committee for the National Science Academy. She has recently been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). She is also a foreign member of the science academies in the Republic of Armenia.…

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Hildreth receives 2010 Thomas P. Madden Award

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Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, was the recipient of the 2010 Thomas P. Madden Award given by the First Year of Studies at the President’s Awards dinner. Hildreth has built a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research during his 11 years at Notre Dame, having spent most of those years teaching introductory physics to first year students. An internationally recognized researcher, he modernized the teaching of first year physics lectures and laboratories through his constant innovations, his inimitable classroom demonstrations and his generous mentoring of other faculty.…

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Paul Helquist receives Notre Dame Faculty Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Paul Helquist, professor and associate chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was honored with the University of Notre Dame 2010 Faculty Award at the annual President's Dinner held May 18. The Faculty Award singles out that faculty member who, in the opinion of his or her colleagues, has contributed outstanding service to the University of Notre Dame, such as through leadership activities, mentoring faculty colleagues, or exemplary dedication to students.

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College of Science Leads in Bike to Work Week

Author: Katerina Lichtenwalter

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Team Notre Dame College of Science has the most members (75) of all the teams in the Michiana Bike to Work Week. Goshen College is in the second place with 60 members.

The College of Science’s total mileage is in second place, behind Bosch Breakaways, who won last year’s corporate challenge. The leader of the college team said, “I don’t know how they manage, unless they bike INSTEAD OF work rather than bike TO work.” The winning team, however, is the one with the highest per member average. In this category, the high member count hurt the College of Science team.…

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Kolata Receives NSF Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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James Kolata, professor of physics, was recently awarded a new, 3-year award of $1,135,000 for his project "Nuclear Reaction and Structure Studies with Radioactive and Stable Beams" from the National Science Foundation.

This project is a collaboration between physicists at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. It involves the study of nuclear reactions utilizing beams of short-lived radioactive nuclei, together with the development of instrumentation and techniques to facilitate these investigations. Specific experiments will emphasize the study of neutron- and proton-rich nuclei near the limits of nuclear stability. Several of these “weakly-bound” systems have been shown to develop an exotic “nuclear halo” structure, leading to an effective nuclear size that is much larger than expected based on the properties of more normal systems. Their interest is in the effect that this structure has on nuclear reactions induced by “halo” nuclei. The development of deuterated-scintillator neutron detectors for this project may have applications to national-security programs. 

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Notre Dame researchers on team with breakthrough matter-antimatter discovery

Author: Gene Stowe

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The DZero group, which includes Notre Dame researchers at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago, has announced the discovery of evidence that could explain the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. The team found evidence for unexpectedly significant violation of matter-antimatter symmetry in the behavior of particles containing bottom quarks. The result has been submitted for publication in Physical Review D. Physicists in DZero and Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF), another team, continue to collect and analyze data.…

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Mobashery lab solves structure of the membrane-anchor domain of a protein with NMR facility

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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The Lizzadro Magnetic Resonance Research Center operates seven different nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers to support research at the University of Notre Dame in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and related fields. Shahriar Mobashery's research group would not have been able to accomplish such breakthrough work without this facility and the use of the 800 MHz instrument.

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Zhao Receives CRC Award

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

Xinghai Zhao

University of Notre Dame physics graduate student Xinghai Zhao is the winner of the 2010 Center for Research Computing award for Computational Sciences and Visualization. This prestigious award consists of a plaque and a check for $1,000. Zhao is receiving this honor for his novel simulations on the formation and evolution of curvature structure in the universe and the formation and evolution of the Local Group of galaxies.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Aids in Drug Design

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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A new study by a team of researchers led by Jeffrey Peng, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, is using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), to move drug design into groundbreaking consideration of the dynamic flexibility of drugs and their targets.…

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Alumnus Patrick Brown Receives Hertz Fellowship

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a leading national non-profit aimed at driving young applied scientists and engineers to innovation, has provided more than 1,070 of these promising young minds with generous PhD fellowships to support their doctoral research. Recent alumnus Patrick Brown, has received one of these accommodating fellowships this year to support his graduate studies in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.…

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Taylor Receives $1.4M NIH Grant

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

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Richard Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry who also serves as the associate dean for research, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the “Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Pyran and Spiroketal Structural Units.” The $1,480,000 grant enables the further development of synthetic methods recently discovered by members of Taylor’s research team and their application to the study of two complex natural products with exciting biological activity. Taylor’s research interests include the evolution and chemotherapeutic potential of polyketide natural products for use in the treatment of such diseases as cancer.…

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Taylor Receives $1.4M NIH Grant

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

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Richard Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry who also serves as the associate dean for research, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the “Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Pyran and Spiroketal Structural Units.” The $1,480,000 grant enables the further development of synthetic methods recently discovered by members of Taylor’s research team and their application to the study of two complex natural products with exciting biological activity. Taylor’s research interests include the evolution and chemotherapeutic potential of polyketide natural products for use in the treatment of such diseases as cancer.…

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Physicists Join Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment

Author: Gene Stowe

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A group of researchers from the Notre Dame physics department, led by John LoSecco, professor of physics, has just joined the long baseline neutrino experiment, LBNE. LBNE is a joint research project between the National Science Foundation’s DUSEL underground lab and the Department of Energy’s Fermilab accelerator. The goal of the project is to study neutrino properties by transporting a beam of medium energy neutrinos from Fermilab to a detector deep underground in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.…

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Six Students Receive Genomics and Bioinformatics Fellowships

Author: Katherine Taylor

The Genomics, Disease Ecology and Global Health Strategic Research Initiative Program and the Eck Institute for Global Health have awarded six graduate student fellowships in the areas of Genomics and Bioinformatics for the 2010-2011 academic year. These one-year awards allow graduate students in the College of Science and the College of Engineering to pursue graduate research programs that utilize the latest approaches in genomics and bioinformatics. This program also encourages collaboration between the two colleges as it relates to making available powerful state of the art tools in the fields of genomics and bioinformatics within the newly established Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facilities.…

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Physicists Join Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment

Author: Gene Stowe

John LoSecco

 

A group of researchers from the Notre Dame physics department, led by John LoSecco, professor of physics, has just joined the long baseline neutrino experiment, LBNE. LBNE is a joint research project between the National Science Foundation’s DUSEL underground lab and the Department of Energy’s Fermilab accelerator. The goal of the project is to study neutrino properties by transporting a beam of medium energy neutrinos from Fermilab to a detector deep underground in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.…

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