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The Fall Undergraduate Research Fair will be held on Thursday, October 25

The Fall Undergraduate Research Fair will be held on Thursday, October 25

The annual Fall Undergraduate Research Fair will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science. All science students are invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about the undergraduate research experience at Notre Dame. Students who are already involved...

Parseghians receive 2012 Founder’s Award

Parseghians receive 2012 Founder’s Award

The Dooley Society awarded its 2012 Founder’s Award to Katie and Ara Parseghian, recognizing the contributions of the legendary former football coach and his wife to awareness and research funding for Niemann-Pick Type C disease. The family started the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation after three of the Parseghians’ grandchildren...

Celebrate Science Indiana educates hundreds of K-12 students

Celebrate Science Indiana educates hundreds of K-12 students

On Saturday, October 6, the Notre Dame College of Science and Department of Physics were well-represented at the second annual Celebrate Science Indiana (CSI). CSI was a public event held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds intended to demonstrate the importance of studying science and the joy of discovery, the economic...

Serianni’s Omicron synthesizes molecules other companies use for research

Serianni’s Omicron synthesizes molecules other companies use for research

Anthony Serianni was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University when he and his adviser, Robert Barker, started Omicron Biochemicals in 1982, the same year Serianni joined the chemistry and biochemistry faculty at the University of Notre Dame. "We had developed some new chemistry that made the synthesis of certain kinds...

Graduate student Huijing Du is first author on paper published in Biophysical Journal

Graduate student Huijing Du is first author on paper published in Biophysical Journal

Huijing Du, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, was first author on a paper published in the Biophysical Journal in August. The article, “High density waves of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in propagating swarms result in efficient colonization of surfaces,” reports how a...

College of Science welcomes new faculty

College of Science welcomes new faculty

The College of Science is proud to welcome eight new teaching and research faculty members to the University of Notre Dame. They are all talented researchers and teachers, and are enthusiastic about being part of the Notre Dame community. To get to know them better, watch each new faculty member...

Observation night attracts 450 students

Observation night attracts 450 students

The 2012 Annual Star Party was held on Monday, September 24.  Over 450 students, faculty, staff and South Bend community members attended the event. The first participants to arrive were treated to exceptional views of the first quarter Moon.  As the darkness grew deeper, attendees observed a few nebulae and...

Notre Dame entomologists help discover new species of malaria-transmitting mosquito

Notre Dame entomologists help discover new species of malaria-transmitting mosquito

University of Notre Dame entomologists are part of a team of researchers that recently discovered a potentially dangerous new malaria-transmitting mosquito. The as-yet-unnamed, and previously unreported, mosquito breeds in the western areas of Kenya and has an unknown DNA match to any of the existing malaria-transmitting species. The Anopheles species...

Notre Dame receives $6.1 million NSF award to advance QuarkNet program

Notre Dame receives $6.1 million NSF award to advance QuarkNet program

The University of Notre Dame has received a five-year, $6.1 million award from the National Science Foundation to support the continuation of the nationwide QuarkNet program, which uses particle physics experiments to inspire students, and provide valuable research, training, and mentorship opportunities for high school teachers.

Art and nuclear astrophysics featured on Inside Science TV

Art and nuclear astrophysics featured on Inside Science TV

Using accelerators to probe the orgins of artwork is featured by Inside Science TV. The program interviews Prof. Philippe Collon, as he describes techniques used in the Nuclear Structure Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame.

Event to focus on multidisciplinary research

Event to focus on multidisciplinary research

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of the Vice President for Research and the Multidisciplinary Research Committee are hosting a public discussion, “Promoting Multidisciplinary Research: Building Successful Teams and Programs,” from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 27 (Thursday) in the Eck Visitor’s Center auditorium. The event, the second in...

Research could provide new insights into tuberculosis and other diseases

Research could provide new insights into tuberculosis and other diseases

Researchers Patricia A. Champion and Matthew Champion from the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health have developed a method to directly detect bacterial protein secretion, which could provide new insights into a variety of diseases including tuberculosis. The Champions demonstrated that their new method is applicable to...

Notre Dame hosts sixth annual energy week

Notre Dame hosts sixth annual energy week

The University of Notre Dame will host its sixth annual Notre Dame Energy Week Sept. 23-27 (Sunday-Saturday) at various campus locations. Co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame Student Advisory Board (cSEND SAB) and GreeND, Energy Week aims to educate the Notre Dame community about energy research...

Notre Dame astrophysicists publish new approach to cosmic lithium in the early universe

Notre Dame astrophysicists publish new approach to cosmic lithium in the early universe

J. Christopher Howk, Nicolas Lehner and Grant Mathews of the Center for Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame published a paper this week in the journal Nature titled “Observation of interstellar lithium in the low-metallicity Small Magellanic Cloud.” The astrophysicists have explored a discrepancy between the amount of lithium...

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....