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Physics graduate student earns Rodger Doxsey Prize

Physics graduate student earns Rodger Doxsey Prize

Brian Hayden, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, has been awarded the Rodger Doxsey Prize from the American Astronomical Society (AAS).  The prize, established in 2011, provides graduate students or postdoctoral researchers, within one year of receiving or receipt of their Ph.D., a monetary prize to travel to...

Notre Dame physicists part of Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2012

Notre Dame physicists part of Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2012

University of Notre Dame researchers were involved in two of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2012 announced today by Physics World magazine. The Higgs-like boson discovery was No. 1 on the list, and the BaBar experiment, the first direct observation of time reversal violation, was No. 3. Professor of physics...

Notre Dame announces new Ph.D. program in anthropology

Notre Dame announces new Ph.D. program in anthropology

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a doctoral program in the Department of Anthropology, with the first cohort of students due to enroll in fall 2014. The new program, says Susan Blum, professor and chair of the department, will focus its curriculum and training...

The education of a science dean

The education of a science dean

Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, has written a personal account of his experiences since he accepted the position in 2008. “The Education of a Notre Dame Science Dean: My Four-Year Ride with the Irish,” published by Corby Books, will be for...

Senior math major finds a passion for medicine through volunteerism

Senior math major finds a passion for medicine through volunteerism

While many math majors spend their time pondering about complex mathematical equations, senior Alex Jarocki also spends several hours a week volunteering at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC).  “Although I am a math major, I am very interested in pursuing a career in medicine,” explained Jarocki. “I had some...

Notre Dame research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Notre Dame research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Research by University of Notre Dame biochemist Anthony S. Serianni is providing new insights that could have important implications for understanding and treating diabetes. Serianni points out that biological compounds known as dicarbonyl sugars are produced inside the human body from the natural breakdown of the simple sugar glucose. The...

Research reveals migrating Great Lakes salmon carry contaminants upstream

Research reveals migrating Great Lakes salmon carry contaminants upstream

Research by Gary Lamberti, professor and chair of biology, and his laboratory has revealed that salmon, as they travel upstream to spawn and die, carry industrial pollutants into Great Lakes streams and tributaries. The research was recently published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. It’s a problem inadvertently created...

Cargill expands support of Notre Dame Haiti Program

Cargill expands support of Notre Dame Haiti Program

The Notre Dame Haiti Program and Cargill have renewed their partnership to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Haiti. After donating salt to the program two years ago, Cargill is now offering its technical and operations expertise in salt production. Cargill has committed $150,000 over the next three years to the Notre...

Cocaine found on money

Cocaine found on money

WNDU Video on Demand - We all know that money is dirty, but did you know that you could have cocaine sitting in your wallet or purse. A local high school student has teamed up with a lab at Notre Dame to search out the drug on local money, the...

Eck Institute’s Weinstein Lecture to take place Dec. 5

Eck Institute’s Weinstein Lecture to take place Dec. 5

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health will present its Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 (Wednesday) in Room 105 of the Jordan Hall of Science. Dr. James W. Kazura, professor of international medicine and pathology and director of the Center for Global...

Researchers collaborate to seek FDA approval for drug treatment for rare disease

Researchers collaborate to seek FDA approval for drug treatment for rare disease

University of Notre Dame alumnus Norbert Wiech founded Lysomics LLC to manage the clinical development needed to bring to market a promising new treatment for people with Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. FDA support is being sought for early clinical exploration of an approved drug to fight this rare disease...

Nine College of Science faculty members named AAAS fellows

Nine College of Science faculty members named AAAS fellows

Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific...

Notre Dame researchers to lead new science data preservation effort

Notre Dame researchers to lead new science data preservation effort

One of the emerging, and soon to be defining, characteristics of science research is the collection, usage and storage of immense amounts of data. In fields as diverse as medicine, astronomy and economics, large data sets are becoming the foundation for new scientific advances. A new project led by University...

NIH Trifecta by Notre Dame Faculty in the Fall of 2012

NIH Trifecta by Notre Dame Faculty in the Fall of 2012

Faculty members of the Eck Institute for Global Health have placed three recent doctoral recipients at the United States’ National Institute for Health (NIH). Having received offers for these prestigious global research-training opportunities, the trio is now in Maryland. “Notre Dame has a long history of producing strong PhD candidates...

Jankó named advisory board member of Physica C

Jankó named advisory board member of Physica C

Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics and director of the Institute for Theoretical Sciences, has accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory board of Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications, a journal that reports on novel developments in the field of superconductivity. The advisory board of Physica C is made...

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist to present Christmas Star lecture

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist to present Christmas Star lecture

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Grant Mathews will give three presentations of his popular program titled “What and When was the Christmas Star?” in the Digital Visualization Theater of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science. The programs, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7...

Five Notre Dame faculty named fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Five Notre Dame faculty named fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Five faculty from the University of Notre Dame have been named fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013. Fellows include William G. Dwyer, Julia F. Knight, Mei-Chi Shaw, Andrew J. Sommese and Nancy K. Stanton. They are part of the inaugural class of fellows that includes mathematical scientists...

Talk Science discusses original research and publishing opportunities

Talk Science discusses original research and publishing opportunities

Scientia, the undergraduate journal of scientific research, held a seminar entitled “Talk Science” on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Jordan Hall of Science. Approximately 60 students attended the seminar to hear research presentations from a faculty member and a fellow undergraduate researcher.

Notre Dame student wins national mathematics prize

Notre Dame student wins national mathematics prize

MurphyKate Montee, a senior honors mathematics and music double major at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2013 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, an honor awarded to only one undergraduate woman in the U.S. each year. Montee is a member of the Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR),...

Regional Siemens Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

Regional Siemens Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

The University of Notre Dame will host a regional final of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 9 and Nov. 10). The New Jersey-based nonprofit Siemens Foundation created the competition to enhance science and...

Notre Dame researchers probe origins of the universe

Notre Dame researchers probe origins of the universe

Using a new $4 million particle accelerator, University of Notre Dame researchers are probing the mysteries of the universe. "We're focusing on the origin of the elements in the universe," physics professor Michael Wiescher said.

Stuart Jones receives DOE sequencing award

Stuart Jones receives DOE sequencing award

Stuart Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently received an award for high-throughput DNA sequencing from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute.  Part of the DOE’s Community Sequencing Program, the award will aid Jones and his colleagues in their characterization of freshwater microbial communities in...

Nuclear accelerator open house and tours to be held Saturday

Nuclear accelerator open house and tours to be held Saturday

The Department of Physics will host an open house for the Nuclear Science Laboratory on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m in 124 Nieuwland Science Hall.  The open house is free and open to the public.  Tours will leave every 15 minutes from room 124. Faculty and...

Physicists confirm first planet discovered in a quadruple star system

Physicists confirm first planet discovered in a quadruple star system

Justin Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, provided the high-contrast imaging observations that confirmed the first extrasolar planet discovered in a quadruple star system. He is a co-author on a paper about the discovery, “Planet Hunters: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet in a Quadruple Star...

Research abs culture efficiency

Research abs culture efficiency

Notre Dame’s laboratory efficiency program, greeNDiscovery, recently passed a major milestone, having audited over half of all campus research laboratories.

Dovichi and Serianni named Fellows of the Royal Chemistry Society

Dovichi and Serianni named Fellows of the Royal Chemistry Society

Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, have been named as Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).  Fellowships are awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement or application of chemical science, the chemical science...

New paper examines shifting gears in the circadian clock of the heart

New paper examines shifting gears in the circadian clock of the heart

A new study conducted by a team of scientists led by Giles Duffield, assistant professor of biological sciences and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, focuses on the circadian clock of the heart, using cultured heart tissue. The results of the...