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Notre Dame biologists tackling big question in evolution

Notre Dame biologists tackling big question in evolution

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Iowa and Cornell University have been awarded collaborative grants totaling $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to answer a fundamental question: As a new species evolves, how, and to what extent, do other species that depend on it evolve...

We're on the map

We're on the map

The interactive campus map now has a new “Green Tour” overlay. This layer allows students, staff, faculty, and guests to better understand where sustainability initiatives are happening on campus and to utilize the physical campus as a learning experience.

Director of the Vatican Observatory presents Nieuwland Lecture

Director of the Vatican Observatory presents Nieuwland Lecture

On Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library, Fr. Jose G. Funes, S.J. will present "Why Science and Faith Matter to Each Other." This is sponsored by the Nieuwland Lecture Series. Father Funes participates in the unique work for the Catholic church in...

March of Dimes funds Wingert to study congenital kidney defects

March of Dimes funds Wingert to study congenital kidney defects

The March of Dimes has awarded a $150,000 grant to Rebecca Wingert, assistant professor in Department of Biological Sciences for her research on the genetic causes of congenital kidney defects. The grant, the Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, is a prestigious and highly competitive one intended for young scientists...

Aprahamian named chair of APS nuclear physics division

Aprahamian named chair of APS nuclear physics division

Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, has been elected chair of the American Physical Society's Division of Nuclear Physics. APS is the second-largest organization in the field, chartered “to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics.” It publishes a number of journals, conducts extensive education and outreach...

Patent law program gains approval

Patent law program gains approval

A new graduate program designed to fill the need for registered patent agents will admit its first class this fall after gaining approval in late January. The one-year program, a Master of Science in Patent Law, will train students with a science or engineering background with the additional skills necessary...

Annual undergraduate scholars conference scheduled

Annual undergraduate scholars conference scheduled

The 6th College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) will take place in Jordan Hall on Friday, May 4, 2012, as part of the 5th Undergraduate Scholars Conference. The intent of COS-JAM is to highlight the research achievements of undergraduate students conducting scientific research at the University of Notre Dame....

Professor honored for environmental-justice work

Professor honored for environmental-justice work

By now, most people are aware of the environmental effects of air or water pollution. University of Notre Dame philosopher and scientist Kristin Shrader-Frechette has devoted herself to bringing to light a less known concern: the inequitable distribution of pollution’s human toll. “Polluters ‘target’ poor and minority communities to locate...

Explosion on sun being felt on Earth

Explosion on sun being felt on Earth

A massive explosion on the sun has made its way to Earth. In the past, solar flares have knocked out complete power grids and can affect our technology. So what can we expect from this one? It's a phenomenon that's been happening on the sun for eons — massive explosions...

Notre Dame researchers publish new findings on aging pediatric bruises

Notre Dame researchers publish new findings on aging pediatric bruises

A multi-university research group which includes several University of Notre Dame faculty and graduate students, has recently published a paper detailing new work on the analysis and dating of human bruises. The research, which is funded by the Gerber Foundation, will have particular application to pediatric medicine, as bruise age...

Four College of Science faculty members named AAAS fellows

Four College of Science faculty members named AAAS fellows

Four College of Science Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific...

Bullock to serve as Indiana CTSI liaison

Bullock to serve as Indiana CTSI liaison

Andrew Bullock, Ph.D., MBA, managing director of the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed as a liaison for the Indiana CTSI at Notre Dame.

Lieberman and Duffield receive Indiana CTSI 2011 Fall Core Pilot Grants

Lieberman and Duffield receive Indiana CTSI 2011 Fall Core Pilot Grants

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute has announced the recipients of its biannual program to provide small grants to investigators whose project will benefit from to access cutting-edge scientific expertise and technology. Two of the faculty are from the College of Science. Giles Duffield, assistant professor of biological sciences,...

Environmental sciences major co-organizes student peace conference

Environmental sciences major co-organizes student peace conference

Erik Helgesen, a senior environmental science major and peace studies minor, is organizing the University of Notre Dame's annual Student Peace Conference with Nhu Phan. Phan, a management consulting and Japanese major and peace studies minor. The conference will take place on March 30-31, 2012, at the Hesburgh Center for...

Notre Dame researchers report fundamental malaria discovery

Notre Dame researchers report fundamental malaria discovery

A team of researchers led by Kasturi Haldar and Souvik Bhattacharjee of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases has made a fundamental discovery in understanding how malaria parasites cause deadly disease. The researchers show how parasites target proteins to the surface of the red blood...

Notre Dame physicists use ion beams to detect art forgery

Notre Dame physicists use ion beams to detect art forgery

University of Notre Dame nuclear physicists Philippe Collon and Michael Wiescher are using accelerated ion beams to pinpoint the age and origin of material used in pottery, painting, metalwork and other art. The results of their tests can serve as powerful forensic tools to reveal counterfeit art work, without the...

Jones receives Lindeman Award

Jones receives Lindeman Award

Stuart E. Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has received the Raymond L. Lindeman Award from the leading professional organization Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). The award, started in 1987, honors an outstanding paper written by a young aquatic scientist. Jones’s paper, “Dormancy contributes...

Physics Ph.D. alumnus launches video series of scientists

Physics Ph.D. alumnus launches video series of scientists

César Hidalgo, who earned a Ph.D. in Physics at Notre Dame in 2008, has started an online video series of scientists, “Cambridge Nights: Conversations About a Life in Science.” The series is produced at the M.I.T. Media Lab that he joined last year. Hidalgo is the ABC Career Development Professor...

Hybrid silkworms spin stronger spider silk

Hybrid silkworms spin stronger spider silk

Research was published this week showing that silk produced by transgenically-engineered silkworms in the laboratory of Malcolm Fraser Jr., professor of biological sciences at University of Notre Dame, exhibits the highly sought-after strength and elasticity of spider silk. This stronger silk could possibly be used to make sutures, artificial limbs...

2012 ND REU program now accepting applications

2012 ND REU program now accepting applications

The University of Notre Dame's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 25 years in 2011, provides opportunities for undergraduate students to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. Rising juniors or seniors, can come to Notre Dame and work with a professor for ten weeks...