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The science behind the Transit of Venus

The science behind the Transit of Venus

University of Notre Dame professor of physics Peter Garnavich has research interests that cover a wide range of topics in observational astrophysics. In preparation for the Tuesday (June 5) Transit of Venus, he offers an explanation of the science behind this rare event. “The transit of Venus across the face...

Fulbright Award supports LoSecco’s Double Chooz work in France

Fulbright Award supports LoSecco’s Double Chooz work in France

 John LoSecco, professor of physics, will spend six months in France as a Fulbright Foreign Scholar starting this fall. The award will enable him to be on-site at a critical stage of the international Double Chooz experiment that has been under way for years. The project will be installing its...

Notre Dame to celebrate Transit of Venus with series of events

Notre Dame to celebrate Transit of Venus with series of events

On Tuesday (June 5), the Earth, Venus and the Sun will align for the last time in the lifetime of any human on the planet. This rare event called the Transit of Venus, when the planet Venus passes directly in front of the Sun, won’t be seen on Earth again...

 	 Center for Math hosts undergraduate topology and field theory seminar

Center for Math hosts undergraduate topology and field theory seminar

Twenty-eight undergraduate mathematics students from different universities, including nine students from Notre Dame, gathered on campus May 21-26 to study knot theory, hearing lectures and working in open-ended problem sessions that can continue when the event ends. The session was part of the Center for Mathematics’ Thematic Program on Topology...

Jeffery Diller earns 2012 Schilts/Leonard Teaching Award

Jeffery Diller earns 2012 Schilts/Leonard Teaching Award

Dean Greg Crawford presented the 2012 Father James. L  Schilts, C.S.C./ Doris and Eugene Leonard Teaching Award to Jeffrey Diller, professor of mathematics, at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon.  Over 180 students, family members, faculty, and staff were in attendance at the annual event on May 18, 2012 in the...

What baboons can teach us about social status

What baboons can teach us about social status

Turns out it’s not bad being top dog, or in this case, top baboon. A new study by University of Notre Dame biologist Beth Archie and colleagues from Princeton and Duke Universities finds that high-ranking male baboons recover more quickly from injuries and are less likely to become ill than...

Navari presents Olanzapine study results at American Society of Clinical Oncology

Navari presents Olanzapine study results at American Society of Clinical Oncology

Cancer patients who suffer chemotherapy–induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) are experiencing effective relief as a result of new research indicating the usefulness of the anti-psychotic olanzapine to control these potentially debilitating side effects. "This is the first time that breakthrough CINV has been studied in a systematic way," said Dr....

Notre Dame and Cleveland Clinic form health care innovation alliance

Notre Dame and Cleveland Clinic form health care innovation alliance

The University of Notre Dame has entered into a collaborative relationship with the Cleveland Clinic for joint development and commercialization of medical innovations. Notre Dame will be the first university within the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovation Alliance network, which includes the largest nonprofit health care system in the mid-Atlantic, MedStar...

Science dean biking 3,250 miles to bring attention to rare disease research

Science dean biking 3,250 miles to bring attention to rare disease research

Greg Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, will be cycling 3,250 miles from Boston to Pebble Beach, Calif., to raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. His third cross-country ride will start May 21...

Scientific Entrepreneurship students pitch their business plans

Scientific Entrepreneurship students pitch their business plans

Members of Dean Greg Crawford’s Scientific Entrepreneurship course gave semester-culminating formal pitches for businesses developed from research discovery.  Judges included academics and entrepreneurs with experience in presenting business plans to potential investors. The two-hour course, which includes undergraduates in a range of majors including chemical engineering, environmental science, biological sciences,...

Undergraduate researchers contribute to new discovery in superconductor metastability

Undergraduate researchers contribute to new discovery in superconductor metastability

Researchers in the laboratory of Professor Morten Ring Eskildsen have recently published the first findings on metastability in the superconductor magnesium diboride (MgB2). The paper, “Observation of Well-Ordered Metastable Vortex Lattice Phases in Superconducting MgB2 Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering,” appeared in the April 20 issue of Physical Review Letters. Two...

Notre Dame student discovers rare star

Notre Dame student discovers rare star

Many students work the night shift to get through law school, but Colin Littlefield’s late-night job at the Notre Dame Observatory has led to a one-in-a-billion discovery of a rare type of star, a Wolf-Rayet. Littlefield discovered the exceptional star, named WR 142b, this past summer, and he and his...