News » Archives » April 2012

Several students receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowships

Author: Stephanie Healey


Four University of Notre Dame students have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Program (GRFP) Fellowships. The NSF GRFP was created to enhance the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.  Past NSF Fellows include individuals who have made significant breakthroughs in science and engineering research, as well as some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.

Read More

Angelotti Undergraduate Research Fund launches

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Revathi Kollipara chemistry major class of 2013 - first recipient of Angelotti Undergraduate Research Award

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry launched the Nicholas C. Angelotti Undergraduate Research Fund in Analytical Chemistry with a lecture by Tim Angelotti, a researcher and associate professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, followed by a few words from David Angelotti who spoke about his father. The Angelotti family established the Nicholas Angelotti Undergraduate Research Endowment for Excellence in 2005. Earnings for the endowment will support summer studentships, beginning this summer in Professor Marya Lieberman’s laboratory.

Read More

In Memoriam: Rev. Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C., professor emeritus of chemistry

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C.

Rev. Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C., professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (April 18) at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, in Maywood, Ill. He was 82 years old.

A native of Braddock, Pa., Father Walter attended St. Joseph’s grade school and St. Thomas High School there before enrolling in Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, from which he was graduated in 1951.

Following his graduation, he did graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, working for two years there in the laboratory of Dr. Jonas Salk, the developer of the eponymous polio vaccine, and receiving a doctoral degree in 1955. Within ten days of receiving his degree, Father Walter came to Notre Dame to begin studies for the priesthood.

Read More

Eck Institute for Global Health joins AMPATH Consortium

Author: Sarah Craig

Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health is now a full member of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Consortium, led by Indiana University.

The Consortium works in collaboration with Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya to help build the care, education and research capacity of these institutions with the goal of providing access to health care for all persons throughout western Kenya. The Eck Institute will serve as the central coordinating body for Notre Dame activities within the AMPATH Consortium.

Read More

Study finds mild winters are detrimental to butterflies

Author: William G. Gilroy


The recent mild winter throughout much of the United States was a cause for celebration for many. However, butterfly aficionados shouldn’t be joining in the celebration.

A new study by Jessica Hellmann, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and researchers from Western University found that mild winters, such as the one many of us just experienced, can be taxing for some butterfly or possibly other species.

Hellmann and her fellow researchers studied caterpillars of the Propertius Duskywing butterfly, which feed on Gary Oak trees. This species of caterpillar, like many insects, has a higher metabolic rate and burns more fat during mild winters.

Read More

Chad Meyer wins CRC Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization

Author: Stephanie Healey

Chad Meyer - CRC Award recipient 2012

Chad Meyer, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, has received   the 2012 Center for Research Computing Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the areas of computational sciences and visualization. Such contributions may include, but are not limited to: 1) applications of high performance computation and/or visualization technology; 2) development of algorithms, codes, software environments or other tools for better using high performance computing and/or visualization.

Read More

Harper Cancer Research Institute plans public Research Day

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Harper Cancer Research Institute

Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) Research Day on April 23 (Monday) will gather cancer researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) in an afternoon of exchange and discussion. A keynote address by Beatrice Knudsen, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss “Tissue Banking for Genomic Research and Personalized Medicine.”

Knudsen is the medical director for Cedars-Sinai Advanced Biobank, director of translational pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a member of the HCRI external advisory committee. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Read More

Patrick O’Hayer wins Goldwater Scholarship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Patrick O'Hayer

University of Notre Dame junior Patrick O’Hayer has been named a 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.  He was selected from thousands of applicants to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

O’Hayer is a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and is majoring in biology, with a minor in philosophy.  He plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program and wants to conduct translational medical research, likely in the field of molecular genetics.

Read More

Researchers using novel method to combat malaria drug resistance

Author: William G. Gilroy


Researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health have developed a “gene chip” to contribute to the identification of malaria drug resistance, an effort that will allow for real-time response in modified treatment strategies for this devastating disease.

The discovery is described in a paper appearing in the latest early online edition of the journal Science. The team of researchers includes Notre Dame’s Michael Ferdig, associate professor of biological sciences; doctoral student Becky Miller; and John Tan, managing director of the Genomics Core Facility, in collaboration with Tim Anderson of Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Francois Nosten, M.D., of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Thailand.

Read More

Paul Bohn named Fellow for the Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Author: Stephanie Healey

Paul Bohn

Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been designated a Fellow of the Society by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS).  Bohn will be formally recognized as a Fellow at the 2012 SAS annual meeting this Fall.

Read More