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Faculty hiring initiative supports Notre Dame’s ongoing investments in research

Faculty hiring initiative supports Notre Dame’s ongoing investments in research

Building on the momentum of its recent Strategic Research Investment initiative — which committed $80 million in internal resources to 14 research projects — the University of Notre Dame has announced the winning proposals in a new strategic hiring initiative. The initiative, which is a key component in the University’s...

Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaborations

Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaborations

Notre Dame International (NDI) has awarded nine grants through its new Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) program to Notre Dame faculty engaged in research with colleagues at partner institutions around the world. Two of the grants were awarded to faculty in the College of Science.  

Hesburgh Libraries launch Center for Digital Scholarship

Hesburgh Libraries launch Center for Digital Scholarship

Watch video The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries have officially launched the Center for Digital Scholarship, located in the northeast corner on the first floor of its flagship Hesburgh Library building. This launch marks a transformational leap into the future for the Hesburgh Libraries and helps to meet the...

The end of a comet’s journey

The end of a comet’s journey

This past Thursday, Keith Davis, Ph.D., director of the Digital Visualization Theater, gave a public presentation about comets and the solar system. His presentation focused on Comet ISON, which has recently been given major media coverage and dubbed as the possible “comet of the century.” Davis explained how a disruption...

Global Adaptation Index founder to speak at Notre Dame

Global Adaptation Index founder to speak at Notre Dame

Kenneth Hersch, Co-Founder and CEO of NGP Energy Capital Management and founder of the Global Adaptation Index, will be speaking in the Atrium of the Mendoza College of Business on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 PM. The Global Adaptation Index — the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best...

Knots in math, science, and everyday life

Knots in math, science, and everyday life

This past Thursday (Dec. 5) at the last Math for Everyone lecture of the semester, Lisa Traynor, Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, delivered a presentation titled, “All Tied up in Knots.” Traynor explained how a mathematician thinks about knots, how knot theory can be applied scientifically when modeling DNA-enzyme interactions,...

Smith named associate editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry

Smith named associate editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry

Brad Smith, the Emil T. Hofman Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named associate editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry, a journal published by the American Chemical Society. The journal focuses on research relevant to all aspects of conjugation chemistry and biochemistry, including the preparation, characterization,...

December is Vampire Energy Month

December is Vampire Energy Month

It is easy to get lost in finals preparation or in the winter weather and to forget about the little things. This is why December’s Dorm Energy Championship theme is vampire energy.

Breast cancer research seeks to understand critical gene functions

Breast cancer research seeks to understand critical gene functions

Cancer’s origin point—a human gene gone haywire—is, in many cases, also its weak spot. If you could block the abnormal function of a gene that is important for metastasis, the theory goes, then maybe you can stop cancer from spreading. But there’s a catch—hit the weak spot with too much...

NASA awards career fellowship to Notre Dame astrophysicist

NASA awards career fellowship to Notre Dame astrophysicist

NASA has awarded Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, with an Early Career Fellowship. He is the only awardee in the nation to receive the fellowship in the Origins of Solar Systems program. Crepp’s project, “Working at the Diffraction Limit: New...

D’Souza-Schorey speaks at Global Summit

D’Souza-Schorey speaks at Global Summit

Last Friday (Nov. 15), Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey, professor of biological sciences, participated in the Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit in Erie, Pa.  She gave a presentation titled, “New Insights into Cancer Progression: Biology and Clinical Promise.”  Established in 2009, the Global Summit is a week-long series of presentations about broad range...

Talk Science discusses research in mathematics and big data

Talk Science discusses research in mathematics and big data

The students from Scientia, the undergraduate journal of scientific research, host a monthly seminar series called Talk Science that highlights the work of undergraduate and faculty researchers at Notre Dame. This month’s presenters were senior mathematics major Mitchell Faulk and Nitesh Chawla, the Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Engineering...

NDIGD awarded contract to evaluate water project in Ghana

NDIGD awarded contract to evaluate water project in Ghana

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) was recently awarded a $375,000 contract from the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) to conduct an evaluation of MCC’s water project in Ghana.

Tibetan Buddhist monks to construct peace sand mandala at Notre Dame

Tibetan Buddhist monks to construct peace sand mandala at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame’s Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, the College of Science and the Harper Cancer Research Institute will host Arjia Rinpoche, director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Ind., and seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in...

Looking to undergraduates for new ideas in the study of breast cancer

Looking to undergraduates for new ideas in the study of breast cancer

Katia Fernandez Soto and Andjela Pehar, two science students researching in Jenifer Prosperi’s lab at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, are making strides in the quest to understand the role of the APC tumor-suppressor in breast cancer. At the Harper Cancer Research Institute, Jenifer Prosperi, assistant professor of biochemistry &...

Math for Everyone shares glimpses of soliton theory

Math for Everyone shares glimpses of soliton theory

This past Thursday (Nov. 7) at the Math for Everyone lecture series, Alex Kasman from the Department of Mathematics at the College of Charleston gave a presentation about soliton theory, which combines algebra and geometry with the study of waves and elementary particles.    

Department of Biological Sciences receives top rating from Graduate Programs

Department of Biological Sciences receives top rating from Graduate Programs

Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences ranked 13 in the first Top 25 Grad Biology Programs ranked by Graduate Programs, a student-based service that provides ratings and reviews of programs across the country. The rankings are based on reviews posted by more than 40,000 students in more than 1,300 graduate...

Maldacena explores profound relationship between gravity and particle physics

Maldacena explores profound relationship between gravity and particle physics

This past Wednesday (Nov. 6), the John A. Lynch Lecture Series and Department of Physics welcomed Juan Maldacena, a professor from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ for a presentation titled, “Strings, Gauge Theories and Gravity.” In one of the most-cited papers in the history of physics, Maldacena...

Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

Siemens Regional 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. 8 and 9). The New Jersey-based nonprofit Siemens Foundation created the competition to enhance science and mathematics...

Researchers gain new insights into brain neuronal networks

Researchers gain new insights into brain neuronal networks

A paper published in a special edition of the journal Science proposes a novel understanding of brain architecture using a network representation of connections within the primate cortex. Zoltán Toroczkai, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications,...