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Dada receives 2010 Best Paper Award from Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Dada receives 2010 Best Paper Award from Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Oluwatosin O. Dada, research assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Best Paper Award 2010 from the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry for his publication titled, “Capillary array isoelectric focusing with laser-induced fluorescence detection: milli-pH unit resolution and yoctomole mass detection limits in a 32-channel system.”...

Fraser awarded $2.9M NIH grant to fight viral diseases

Fraser awarded $2.9M NIH grant to fight viral diseases

Malcom Fraser has been awarded a five–year, $2,989,065 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel approaches to control several of the world’s most pervasive viral diseases: Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya.

Bang and Kamat publish new work on quantum dot solar cells

Bang and Kamat publish new work on quantum dot solar cells

Jin Ho Bang of Hanyang University, a former postdoctoral associate of Prashant Kamat, has co-authored a paper with Kamat, The Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, detailing an advancing understanding of semiconductor nanocrystals and another step towards the development of a more efficient generation of solar cells.

Wiest selected to serve as associate editor of Journal of Organic Chemistry

Wiest selected to serve as associate editor of Journal of Organic Chemistry

Olaf Wiest, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is serving as an associate editor of the American Chemical Society”s Journal of Organic Chemistry, the leading journal in the field with more than 91,000 citations last year. Beginning in October 2011, Wiest, who came to Notre Dame 16 years ago,...

Math for Everyone: squaring the circle

Math for Everyone: squaring the circle

Dave Richeson, associate professor of mathematics at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, presented a brief history of lines and circles, “Four Tales of Impossibility,” to an overflowing crowd of students in the Jordan Hall of Science on Nov. 10. The talk, part of the Math for Everyone series, traced the millennia-long...

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes alumni

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes alumni

A gathering of chemistry and biochemistry graduate student alumni in the Jordan Hall of Science before the Navy game launched an initiative to boost engagement with graduate students from departments across the campus. Fifteen invited alumni participated in a focus group in the morning, then attended a tailgate and the...

Notre Dame cancer researcher named V Scholar

Notre Dame cancer researcher named V Scholar

Zachary Schafer, the Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, has been named a 2011 V Scholar by one of the nation’s leading cancer research fundraising organizations, the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Seventeen physician/scientists will share...

College of Science Faculty inspire local 8th graders

College of Science Faculty inspire local 8th graders

Some 140 eighth graders from Edison Intermediate Center in South Bend visited the Notre Dame campus during fall break to get a taste of college life, especially science study. The annual event is part of the Campus Tours Project, a collaboration among the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of...

Enzyme Mini-Symposium to Celebrate the Career of Thomas Nowak

Enzyme Mini-Symposium to Celebrate the Career of Thomas Nowak

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has announced a mini-symposium, “For the Love of Enzymes,” to celebrate the service and retirement of Thomas Nowak, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry. The conference will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Notre Dame Conference Center and is organized by Anthony Serianni, professor...

Notre Dame group wins first place international systems biology competition

Notre Dame group wins first place international systems biology competition

Most winners of the DREAM Challenge, an international competition in systems biology, are teams of Ph.D.-level scholars—computer scientists from major universities as far-flung as Singapore, Switzerland, Italy, and Sweden. This year, the winning team is from Notre Dame. They are the Fighting Irish Systems Team, or FIrST, led by biology graduate...

Schulz lab brings a new insight into blood cell development

Schulz lab brings a new insight into blood cell development

  Researchers from the laboratory of Robert Schulz, the Notre Dame Chair of Biological Sciences, have discovered that common genetic factors control the fate of stem cells in the development of the reproductive system and the blood cells of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), a model genetic organism. Their work...

Nobel winners' team that discovered accelerating universe included Garnavich

Nobel winners' team that discovered accelerating universe included Garnavich

Peter Garnavich, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, was a member of the High-Z Supernova Search Team whose leader, Brian Schmidt, shared in the Nobel Prize in physics announced Tuesday (Oct. 4). Garnavich wrote the team's first paper that included supernovae data from the Hubble telescope.

Scientific and Medical Leadership course shows new opportunities to undergraduates

Scientific and Medical Leadership course shows new opportunities to undergraduates

A one–day course on Scientific and Medical Leadership, organized by Dean Gregory Crawford, brought top scientists, entrepreneurs, physicians, and academic, military, business and innovation leaders to address a large lecture room filled with undergraduates in the Jordan Hall of Science. The 10–hour event, with nine presentations followed by discussion, was...

Stahelin appointed to editorial board of Chemistry and Physics of Lipids

Stahelin appointed to editorial board of Chemistry and Physics of Lipids

Robert Stahelin, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine — South Bend and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame, has been appointed to the editorial board of the journal Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. The journal...

Astronomy Night Oct. 3 features refurbished historic Napoleon Telescope

Astronomy Night Oct. 3 features refurbished historic Napoleon Telescope

The Napoleon Telescope, an antique instrument freshly refurbished and housed in a modern dome atop Nieuwland Science Hall, will focus on the moon and maybe Jupiter during Astronomy Night, on Oct. 3 from 8–10 p.m. (later in the week in case of clouds or rain). More modern telescopes will be...

Lee and Wingert receive NIH director's New Innovator Award

Lee and Wingert receive NIH director's New Innovator Award

Shaun Lee and Rebecca Wingert, assistant professors in the Department of Biological Sciences, have been selected as recipients of the highly competitive,National Institutes of Health (NIH) director's New Innovator Award. Each award covers $1.5 million in research expenditures over five years.

McDowell and Collins present translational research at NIH tropical disease workshop

McDowell and Collins present translational research at NIH tropical disease workshop

Department of Biological Sciences faculty Mary Ann McDowell and Frank Collins recently represented Notre Dame at a National Institutes of Health workshop, "Neglected Tropical Diseases [NTDs]: Defining Opportunities to Accelerate Translational Research." McDowell and Collins presented at the session "Surveillance, Diagnostics and Genomics: Applications to development of interventions"; Collins gave...

Kuno publishes nanoscience textbook

Kuno publishes nanoscience textbook

Masaru “Ken” Kuno, associate professor of chemisty and biochemistry, has recently published a textbook,Introductory Nanoscience Physical and Chemical Concepts. The book is aimed at upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and asks key questions about the quantitative concepts that underlie this new field. Topics include how the optical and electrical properties...

ND LIGHTS supports high school science education with faculty and VWR donations

ND LIGHTS supports high school science education with faculty and VWR donations

ND LIGHTS— Notre Dame Laboratory Instrumentation Giving Hope To Students — recently completed its first year of collecting and sending donated laboratory equipment to limited–resource schools across the country, mostly in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. The equipment comes complete with instructions and materials for conducting high school...

Jessica Choi named ASM Undergraduate Research Fellow

Jessica Choi named ASM Undergraduate Research Fellow

Jessica Choi, senior, has been selected by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) as a 2011 recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full–time summer...

NDeRC teacher named 2011-2012 Jacobs Educator

NDeRC teacher named 2011-2012 Jacobs Educator

John Gensic, a Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) K–12 Lead Teacher, has been named a 2011–2012 Jacobs Educator by the Indiana University School of Education. As a Jacobs Educator, Gensic will receive a $1,000 equipment budget for materials to assist him with implementing technology–enhanced activities in the classroom, and a...

Severson lectures at 12th international dengue course in Cuba

Severson lectures at 12th international dengue course in Cuba

In a rare opportunity for scientific connections with Cuba, David Severson lectured this summer at the 12th International Dengue Course at the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute (TPK) in Havana. It was the third time Severson, director of the Eck Institute for Global Health and a professor of Biological Sciences, lectured...

Notre Dame London Centre host for collaborative Workshop on Biomedical Modeling

Notre Dame London Centre host for collaborative Workshop on Biomedical Modeling

The University of Notre Dame London Centre hosted a Workshop on Biomedical Modeling held on July 18–19, 2011, gathering researchers in biomedical engineering and mathematical and computational biology from the United States and the United Kingdom for discussions of possible future collaboration. The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity...

Inaugural Eck Institute for Global Health Fellowships Awarded

Inaugural Eck Institute for Global Health Fellowships Awarded

Through a competitive process the Eck Institute for Global Health has selected four outstanding University of Notre Dame PhD candidates who will receive fellowships for the 2011–2012 academic year. Selection of fellows was based on the student’s academic standing, scholarly activities, merit of their research program and its relevance to...