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College of Science recognizes outstanding seniors

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Dean of the College of Science, Gregory P. Crawford, congratulates the following seniors on their outstanding achievements, hard work and dedication throughout their time at the University of Notre Dame.

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O’Farrell and Clancy Receive Indiana CTSI Fellowships

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

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Apryle O'Farrell, a graduate student in the laboratory of Shahriar Mobashery, and James Clancy, a graduate student in the laboratory of Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey, are the recipients of Indiana CTSI Predoctoral Fellowships. O’Farrell’s fellowship will support her graduate studies in organic chemistry and research in the development of new antibiotics. Clancy’s fellowship will support his graduate studies in translational cancer research.…

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Paper offers important new insights into the genomics of speciation

Author: William G. Gilroy

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A new paper by a team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame biologist Jeffrey Feder could herald an important shift in thinking about the genomics of speciation.

Titled “Widespread genomic divergence during sympatric speciation,” the paper appears in today’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.…

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Tyler Hulett and Michael Dean Receive Awards in Business Plan Competition

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies announced the winners of the McCloskey Business Plan Competition and the Social Venture Competition following final-round judging on April 22 and 23 at the Mendoza College of Business.

Eptics LLC received second place in the McCloskey competition. Team members included Notre Dame seniors Tyler Hulett and Michael Dean, and Notre Dame alumnus Norbert L. Wiech. Using a patented technology, Eptics LLC plans to develop and commercialize Progenitex™, a laboratory process that rapidly expands progenitor bone marrow cells collected from umbilical cord blood. The expansion results in a more clinically effective transplantation for adult cancer patients with a reduction in adverse events common to the procedure. Progenitex™ will provide a treatment for many of the 10,000 adults for whom traditional matched donor cells cannot be found in time to be most effective. Progenitex™ meets the requirements of an “orphan drug” classification and will be entitled to the business benefits of the Orphan Drug Act.

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COS JAM Exhibits Broad Range of Undergraduate Research

Author: Gene Stowe

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The annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS JAM) on April 30 attracted hundreds of students and visitors to the Jordan Hall of Science, where they could see and hear 77 undergraduate presentations in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Biological Sciences. Twenty-six undergraduates made oral presentations and 51 students discussed their research through poster presentations, some representing groups of students and an entire class. Five guest presenters that won Spirit of Science Awards from the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair for elementary and high school students also were exhibited in the Galleria.…

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Lannon Receives NSF CAREER Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Kevin Lannon, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, has received a 2010 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award of $500,000 over five years. The award is the agency’s most prestigious aimed at supporting the early career development of scholars who integrate research and education.…

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University of Notre Dame SIFE Team Wins Regional Competition

Author: Marissa Gebhard

On March 24, 2010, the inaugural University of Notre Dame SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team competed at the SIFE USA Regional Competition at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, where they were awarded both Rookie of the Year and Regional Champion (League #4) titles. The event was one of 12 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.…

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Katie Washington Named 2010 Valedictorian

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Katie Washington, a biological sciences major from Gary, Ind., has been named valedictorian of the 2010 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement exercises May 16 (Sunday) in Notre Dame stadium.

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Aprahamian appointed to South Dakota Science Authority

Author: Gene Stowe

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Governor Michael Rounds has appointed Ani Aprahamian, professor of experimental nuclear physics at Notre Dame, to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. South Dakota is the home of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab (DUSEL).

Aprahamian, an internationally recognized physicist, is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was once program director for nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics at the National Science Foundation. She is co-chair of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee subcommittee on isotope production and applications and chair of the Scientific Council of GANIL in France.

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Notre Dame Physicists Invites Campus to CERN Collision Event Tuesday

Author: Gene Stowe

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, will begin colliding high energy proton beams at 7 Trillion electron volts center-of-mass energy on Tuesday, March 30, 9am-6pm Central European Summer Time (CEST).   This event will usher in a new era of discovery at the Energy Frontier of Physics with the recording of collision events from our experiment CMS as well as the other experiments ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE. …

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Notre Dame Students Meet Challenge of Putnam Mathematical Competition

Author: Gene Stowe

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For the second year in a row, Notre Dame ranked 20 of 546 institutions participating in the 70th W.L. Putnam Mathematical Competition. Eight Notre Dame students scored in double digits in the challenging competition, administered by the Mathematical Association of America. Four placed in the top 12 percent and one, Eric Reidl, in the top two percent, with a score of 50. Median scores on the 12-question test – each worth 10 points – are usually in the low single digits.…

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Garnavich will Play Key Role in Largest Hubble Project

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Peter Garnavich, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, is co-investigator on the largest Hubble project ever undertaken, one that will watch galaxies form and hunt for distant explosions. Astronomers will peer deep into the universe in five directions to document the early history of star formation, galaxy evolution and find distant supernova explosions in the ambitious new project, which will require an unprecedented amount of time on the Hubble Space Telescope.…

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Inventor Steven Brickner to receive honorary doctorate

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Eight distinguished figures in education, engineering, law, philanthropy, science and the Church will join principal speaker Brian Williams as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 165th University Commencement Ceremony May 16 (Sunday). Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Only one of the eight distinguished speakers will receive an honorary doctor of science-- Steven J. Brickner.

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Umesh Garg Receives Terrence Akai Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Umesh Garg, professor of physics, has received the 2010 Terrence Akai Award for Exceptional Service to International Students from the Department of International Student Services and Activities. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who exemplifies the qualities for which Terry Akai was known, including enthusiasm, generosity, tolerance, humor, and a commitment to improving the international student experience – both inside and outside the classroom.…

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Patrick Shirey Receives Award from Ecological Society of America

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Patrick Shirey, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences and a GLOBES Fellow, is one of three winners of the 2010 Graduate Student Policy Award from the Ecological Society of America. The award includes a trip to Washington, DC in April where Shirey will participate in two days of science policy activities including meetings with congressional offices.

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High School Students Learn Particle Physics Through US Masterclass

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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More than 140 South Bend high school students participated in a particle physics Masterclass on February 26 hosted by the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center, the US sponsor of the international initiative. South Bend students shared data and dialogue with students gathered at the University of Vienna and the University of Cincinnati, with moderators at Fermilab near Chicago.…

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Notre Dame Awards License for Smith’s Cell Targeting Technology

Author: Chris Pak and Shannon Chapla

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The University of Notre Dame has awarded an exclusive license to Molecular Targeting Technologies Inc. (MTTI) for novel sensing technology developed by Bradley Smith, Emil T. Hofman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The technology can selectively target dead and dying mammalian cells as well as bacteria. When the targeting component is attached to a fluorescent probe, it has been successfully used to target mammary and prostate tumors and bacterial infection in mice.

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Bennett Appointed to ExoPAG Executive Committee

Author: Gene Stowe

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David Bennett, research associate professor of physics, has been named to the 12-person executive committee of the Exoplanet Exploratory Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG). The group is part of a new NASA approach to science-based evaluation of projects as updates to an every-decade survey to identify the big questions science addresses. Bennett’s appointment is through 2011.…

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Undergraduate Researchers to Present at ASBMB Conference in April

Author: Gene Stowe

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Lauren Buck and Amanda Zofkie, who work in the laboratory of Robert V. Stahelin, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend have won awards to give presentations at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) section of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Anaheim, Calif., in April. The large conference attracts up to 20,000 people from around the world. Stahelin’s laboratory is a collaboration of the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and the University of Notre Dame where Stahelin serves as an adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.…

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Nine Faculty Receive Genomics and Bioinformatics Pilot Project Awards

Author: Gene Stowe

The Genomics, Disease Ecology and Global Health Strategic Research Investment Program and the Eck Institute for Global Health have announced the presentation of nine awards to support pilot projects in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. This is the second round of funding for pilot projects to be performed in Notre Dame’s recently expanded core facilities in genomics and bioinformatics. The goal of this investment is to provide University-wide access to technical and computational resources for high throughput, computationally intensive genomics and bioinformatics projects, as well as to recruit new scientific users to these powerful technologies. In support of this goal, applications for pilot project funds to support scientist from across campus for whom genomics and/or bioinformatics could be important to their research were solicited and reviewed. Projects were selected based on scientific significance and rationale, approach, preliminary data, need for support and the potential to leverage additional extramural funding.…

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James Masters Wins National McKnight Prize Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Jim Masters received a Sara and Frank McKnight Prize in Undergraduate Sciences at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Masters received third place in Chemistry for his “Research toward titanium-catalyzed cyclization reactions.” He was one of nine winners among 15 finalists who gave poster presentations in November.…

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APS Honors Physics Alumnus Enrique Galvez

Author: Gene Stowe

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The American Physical Society has awarded Notre Dame physics alumnus Enrique Galvez the 2010 Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution. Galvez receives the award for his contributions to quantum optics, his enthusiastic inclusion of undergraduates in a significant way in his research and his contributions to the wider physics community.

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iCeNSA Receives Army Research Grant

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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The Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) has received a 10 year Army Research Laboratory grant as part of the ARL Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA): Academic Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks. The Alliance is a consortium of US-based network research centers, which include RPI (lead), Northeastern, CUNY, IBM, Indiana and the University of Notre Dame.…

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Miller receives Burns Graduate School Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Marvin Miller, the George and Winifred Clark Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received the 2011 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award, conferred at the Graduate School awards dinner in May. The award, which includes a $2,500 prize, honors faculty members for distinction in graduate teaching and other exemplary contributions to graduate education.…

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Graduate Research Symposium Showcases Outstanding Research

Author: Gene Stowe

College of Science graduate students gave poster presentations at the second annual Graduate Research Symposium on Jan. 22. The judged event, including presenters from Engineering, Humanities and Social Science, was held in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria. Ian Lightcap received the $500 first place award, and Karsten Steinhaeuser received the $100 second place.

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NY Times Article Explains Duman and Serianni Antifreeze Discovery

Author: Gene Stowe

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A breakthrough discovery by Kent R. Walters Jr. and John G. Duman of the Department of Biological Sciences, Anthony S. Serianni of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and researchers from the University of Alaska has revealed a new way that insects protect themselves from freezing. The discovery, is included in a New York Times Science article titled, “When Built-In Antifreeze Beats a Winter Coat.”

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Wiest Shows Computation Can Speed Disease Treatment

Author: Gene Stowe

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Research by Olaf Wiest, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, Northeastern University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston demonstrated that computational tools can help identify a drug target to combat infections. The research combined genome analysis, network biology, and virtual screening for the first time in a pipeline that led to molecules effective against E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, including multi-drug resistant strains. Results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceand summarized in Nature magazine.…

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Kolata Named APS Outstanding Referee

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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James Kolata, professor of physics, has been selected by the American Physical Society as an Outstanding Referee for 2009.

The Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008. The highly selective award program recognizes scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in APS journals. Like Fellowship in the APS, this is a lifetime award. By initiating the program, APS expresses its appreciation to all referees, whose efforts in peer review not only keep the standards of the journals at a high level, but in many cases also help authors to improve the quality and readability of their articles—even those that are not published by APS.…

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