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Tundra fires become more widespread

Tundra fires become more widespread

Tundra fires are important because they have the potential to switch regions from being climate-cooling – thanks to their reflective white surface – to climate-warming. With this in mind, Adrian Rocha at the University of Notre Dame, US, and colleagues have sought to estimate how the carbon footprint of Alaskan...

Lighten Your Footprint for Lent

Lighten Your Footprint for Lent

A campus Lenten Carbon Fast calendar provides guidance for those who wish to pursue daily activities and challenges to both reduce their carbon footprint and increase awareness about the impacts of energy use.

Don Lincoln featured as a

Don Lincoln featured as a "hero in education" on Daily Edventures

Don Lincoln, adjunct professor of physics and staff scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, was the featured “hero in education” on the Daily Edventures blog on February 23. The blog features an educator every day for 365 days and comes from Microsoft Partners in Learning, a global wide initiative focused...

Irish Innovation Fund established to assist student-led start-ups

Irish Innovation Fund established to assist student-led start-ups

A new $3.5 million fund at the University of Notre Dame has been established to help launch student-led ventures and further strengthen the educational component of the University’s ESTEEM Graduate Program. The funds for the program will be from gifts made to the University by John Jeuck, the former dean...

Alber leads cancer modeling session at AAAS annual meeting

Alber leads cancer modeling session at AAAS annual meeting

From the election to the economy, mathematical and computational models have been gaining mainstream recognition for their successes in predicting human behavior – and now similar models may be used to predict the behavior of cancer cells in the human body.  A session at the recent 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting...

Zachary Schultz named a 2013 Cottrell Scholar

Zachary Schultz named a 2013 Cottrell Scholar

Zachary Schultz, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named a 2013 Cottrell Scholar. Cottrell Scholar Awards are given to early-career professors who have developed excellent research programs and excellent approaches to undergraduate teaching.  Schultz’s award will be effective July 1, 2013.  

Science and Engineering Fair scheduled for March 2

Science and Engineering Fair scheduled for March 2

The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair will take place Saturday (March 2) at the Stepan Center at the University of Notre Dame. The event is open to the public at 1:30 p.m. and parking is available in the D lot east of the Stepan Center at the corner...

Water on the Moon: It’s been there all along

Water on the Moon: It’s been there all along

Looking at pictures of the Moon, even from the historic “giant leap” photograph, it is easy to understand why scientists used to think of it as a big dust ball. However, “conventional wisdom” has been changing over the years. This is largely due to the information garnered from missions such...

Notre Dame forum brings K-12 educators and researchers together

Notre Dame forum brings K-12 educators and researchers together

The sixth annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum will gather STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education and research professionals from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) in the Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame. Glenda Ritz, the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction,...

New Notre Dame research paper offers insights on 'ecological speciation'

New Notre Dame research paper offers insights on 'ecological speciation'

A new paper by researchers at the University of Notre Dame provides new insights into speciation, which is the evolutionary process by which new biological species arise. The research team, which was headed by Scott P. Egan, a research assistant professor with the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative, and included...

Graduate students Jordan Scott and Katherine Ward earn ASBMB awards

Graduate students Jordan Scott and Katherine Ward earn ASBMB awards

Biochemistry graduate students Jordan Scott and Katherine Ward have earned an American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) travel award to present their research at the ASBMB annual meeting in Boston this April. Scott and Ward both work in the lab of Robert Stahelin, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular...

Mark Suckow receives PROSE Award

Mark Suckow receives PROSE Award

The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents, edited by Mark A. Suckow, research professor of biological sciences, has won the 2012 Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) for Best Single Volume Reference in Science. Sanctioned by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), The Laboratory Rabbit,...

Astronomers discover Jupiter-Saturn-like planets in distant solar system

Astronomers discover Jupiter-Saturn-like planets in distant solar system

The simultaneous discovery of two exoplanets slightly smaller than Jupiter and Saturn by an international team of astronomers that includes David Bennett from the University of Notre Dame gives astrophysicists an important clue that solar systems like ours might be quite common. The report, to be published in the Feb....

Innovation Park completes third year of operation

Innovation Park completes third year of operation

  "Cultivating marketable innovations in an inspirational environment" continues to be the mission of Innovation Park at Notre Dame. These innovations span a broad spectrum of industry sectors, including mobile applications and cloud computing, nanotechnology, sustainable energy and micro-fluidics, as well as socially sustainable ventures, but all share the common...

Students solve case in 'CSI'-style project

Students solve case in 'CSI'-style project

Watch Video Visitors to the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library on a recent day most likely thought they’d wandered into location filming for a “CSI” or “NCIS” television episode. Yellow crime scene tape surrounded a library study area, and a team of what appeared to be crime scene experts...

Talk Science seminar discusses research from undergraduate students and faculty

Talk Science seminar discusses research from undergraduate students and faculty

Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research, hosts a monthly seminar series entitled, Talk Science. Held in the Jordan Hall of Science Reading Room in a fun and informal setting, Talk Science is a time and place for building camaraderie among science undergraduate students and faculty. Junior chemistry major Ansel Nalin...

Pink Zone Luncheon honors researchers, clinicians, survivors

Pink Zone Luncheon honors researchers, clinicians, survivors

Mary Hesburgh Flaherty, a 1979 Notre Dame alumna and two-time breast cancer survivor, spoke about her experience with cancer at the third annual Pink Zone Luncheon on Feb. 2. Each year the luncheon is hosted by the College of Science and the Notre Dame women’s basketball team to honor breast cancer researchers, clinicians, and...

MurphyKate Montee named a 2013-2014 Churchill Scholar

MurphyKate Montee named a 2013-2014 Churchill Scholar

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States has selected MurphyKate Montee as a Churchill Scholar for the academic year 2013-2014. She will use the scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom for her Master of Advanced Studies (Part III) in Theoretical Mathematics with a...

Jennifer Tank receives Leopold Leadership Fellowship

Jennifer Tank receives Leopold Leadership Fellowship

Jennifer Tank, The Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, has been named a Leopold Leadership Fellow. The Leopold Leadership Program was founded in 1998 by the Stanford Woods Institute at Stanford University to fill a critical gap in environmental decision making. The goal of...

Dorms to compete in energy-saving 'Megawatt Madness'

Dorms to compete in energy-saving 'Megawatt Madness'

This month, students on the University of Notre Dame campus will experience a new kind of dorm energy competition. Megawatt Madness will match up dorms in head-to-head competitions to see which residence hall can implement the most energy-saving practices. Dorm match-ups will rotate each week. The competition runs for three...