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Notre Dame nuclear physicists receive $1.6M NSF award

Notre Dame nuclear physicists receive $1.6M NSF award

Nuclear physicists at the University of Notre Dame have received a one-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for continuing research and development of the first U.S.-based underground accelerator laboratory, the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics (DIANA). The purpose of the facility is to directly study...

(Real) Irish students flourish in ESTEEM program

(Real) Irish students flourish in ESTEEM program

Adjusting to an unfamiliar program at a university in a foreign country can be stressful for even the most adventurous spirit. But for four Irish exchange students pursuing master’s degrees in engineering, the adjustment to Notre Dame has been seamless. Adjusting to an unfamiliar program at a university in a...

Barger joins Notre Dame on prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship

Barger joins Notre Dame on prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship

Kathleen Barger, Ph.D. has joined Notre Dame’s Department of Physics on a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. A recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Astronomy, Barger will explore the role gas in and around galaxies plays in galaxy evolution in collaboration with...

Patricia Clark receives 2013 Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators

Patricia Clark receives 2013 Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators

The Biophysical Society has selected Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, as the recipient of the 2013 Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution to biophysics by...

Paper-based counterfeit drug testing gains attention

Paper-based counterfeit drug testing gains attention

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has collaborated with faculty and students to demonstrate advances in paper analytical devices (PADs) to test for counterfeit drugs. The promising low-tech solution has received broad attention in the scientific community. Lieberman’s work was featured in...

Senior Kevin McDermott spends summer at CERN

Senior Kevin McDermott spends summer at CERN

Kevin McDermott, a senior physics major at the University of Notre Dame, recently returned from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent nine weeks as a summer researcher. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle accelerator in the world....

Bunker elected as Chair of International X-ray Absorption Society

Bunker elected as Chair of International X-ray Absorption Society

Bruce Bunker, Professor in the Department of Physics, has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the International X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS). IXAS is an international scientific organization representing all those working on the fine structure associated with inner shell excitation (near edge and extended) by various probes...

Collon named Kaneb Faculty Fellow

Collon named Kaneb Faculty Fellow

Prof. Philippe Collon has been named a 2012-13 Kaneb Faculty Fellow. Each year, the Kaneb Center names faculty fellows in recognition of their records of teaching excellence. Kaneb Faculty Fellows share their teaching abilities and experiences through workshops, discussion groups, research, and individual consultation.

Strauss named fellow of the Krell Institute

Strauss named fellow of the Krell Institute

Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration founded the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) in 2006. Sabrina Strauss, a first-year Notre Dame graduate student, is one of this year's recipients. Strauss received her...

Grant from Mexico boosts Notre Dame physics' ties with Mexican universities

Grant from Mexico boosts Notre Dame physics' ties with Mexican universities

  Prof. Antonio Delgado, Prof. Christopher Kolda, and Postdoctoral Research Associate Jorge de Blas Mateo have received a grant from the Mexican government that will strengthen ties between the University of Notre Dame and universities in Mexico. The grant, supporting research in models of particle physics relevant for the Large Hadron...

Physics alumnus named APS Woman Physicist of the Month

Physics alumnus named APS Woman Physicist of the Month

Marianna Safronova, who earned a Ph.D. in Physics at Notre Dame in 2001 and now serves as an associate professor at the University of Delaware, has been named the Woman Physicist of the Month for August 2012 by the American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics....

Mathematics alumnus receives NSF International Research Fellowship

Mathematics alumnus receives NSF International Research Fellowship

Christopher Porter, who recently completed his Ph.D. in the joint program in mathematics and philosophy, has received an International Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to conduct mathematics research for two years with Laurent Bienvenu at Université Paris Diderot. Porter's project, “Randomness Preservation and Randomness Extraction,” is in the...

Woodard receives NSF graduate research fellowship

Woodard receives NSF graduate research fellowship

Anna Woodard, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Physics, has received a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Woodard, who is doing research in high energy physics, collaborates with other Notre Dame students and faculty on the Compact Muon Spectrometer (CMS) team at CERN’s Large...

Gooyit receives Baxter Young Investigator Award

Gooyit receives Baxter Young Investigator Award

Major Gooyit, a graduate student in the laboratories of Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang, has won a Baxter Young Investigator Award from Baxter International Inc., a global healthcare company involved in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The award focuses on researchers whose work can be applied to critical care therapies....

New accelerator helps Notre Dame scientists understand workings of the universe

New accelerator helps Notre Dame scientists understand workings of the universe

University of Notre Dame physics professor Michael Wiescher is interested in the origin of the elements in the chemical evolution of the universe, and a new particle accelerator in Nieuwland Hall of Science is helping advance that research. “We try to simulate the reactions that take place in stars,” Wiescher...

Serianni named American Chemical Society Fellow

Serianni named American Chemical Society Fellow

Anthony S. Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  He is one of 96 researchers selected nationwide and announced in the July 23 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine of...