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Hot air balloon trip to replicate historic flight of physicist Victor Hess

Hot air balloon trip to replicate historic flight of physicist Victor Hess

Jeremy Wegner, a teacher in the Notre Dame QuarkNet Program from Winamac Community High School will be on a hot air balloon flight to measure cosmic rays on Saturday, March 30.  The balloon ride, organized with the Purdue University QuarkNet Program, will be in the air north of Indianapolis for...

Notre Dame researchers using new technologies to combat invasive species

Notre Dame researchers using new technologies to combat invasive species

A new research paper by a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) demonstrates how two cutting-edge technologies can provide a sensitive and real-time solution to screening real-world water samples for invasive species before they get into our country or before they cause significant...

Notre Dame researcher is studying role small dams play in pollution control

Notre Dame researcher is studying role small dams play in pollution control

  Sometimes, little things can add up to a lot. In short, that’s the message of a research study on small dams, streams and pollution by Steve Powers, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). “Small dams, reservoirs and ponds trap water pollution, which...

Scientia hosts Talk Science seminar

Scientia hosts Talk Science seminar

Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research, hosts a monthly seminar series entitled, Talk Science.  One of the goals of Talk Science is to build camaraderie amongst science undergraduate students and faculty in an informal and fun environment. Junior biological sciences major Andrew Mancini and Peter Garnavich, professor of physics,...

Genetic analysis saves major apple-producing region of Washington state

Genetic analysis saves major apple-producing region of Washington state

In August 2011, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were presented with a serious, and potentially very costly, puzzle in Kennewick, Wash. Since Kennewick lies within a region near the heart of Washington state’s $1.5 billion apple-growing region, an annual survey of fruit trees is performed by the Washington...

Students and faculty travel to Washington, D.C. for Science Policy Ethics Seminar

Students and faculty travel to Washington, D.C. for Science Policy Ethics Seminar

Over spring break, students and faculty participating in the Center for Social Concerns and College of Science seminar, Science Policy Ethics: Guiding Science Through the Regulation of Research and Funding, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with scientists, federal agencies, and policy makers working at the intersection of science and...

Notre Dame scientists announce new results on the Higgs boson

Notre Dame scientists announce new results on the Higgs boson

On Thursday (March 14), at the Rencontres de Moriond conference in La Thuile, Italy, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) presented preliminary new results that further elucidate the particle discovered last summer. “In July of last year, we presented compelling evidence for the discovery of...

Notre Dame to host multidisciplinary climate conference

Notre Dame to host multidisciplinary climate conference

The University of Notre Dame will host “Climate Change and the Common Good,” a national conference addressing the multifaceted challenges presented by our changing climate, on April 8-10 (Monday-Wednesday). The event will engage nationally recognized scientists, ethicists and strategists in conversation with students, faculty, administrators and members of the broader...

Technology that makes an impact

Technology that makes an impact

You could say that ESTEEM student Shane McQuillan was Irish before he was Irish—the 23-year-old hails from Carrickmacross in County Monaghan, “a great land that not even many Irish people have heard of.” There, he studied the STEM subjects throughout secondary school and eventually majored in software engineering at Dublin...

Young researchers present their work at regional science fair

Young researchers present their work at regional science fair

From diaper absorbency to the detection of dark matter, student projects addressed a number of life’s mysteries last Saturday at the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF). Held in the Stepan Center at the University of Notre Dame, this year’s fair featured 230 projects from area students in...

Kelsey Weigel earns Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award

Kelsey Weigel earns Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award

Kelsey Weigel, a second year graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has received a Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Scholar Award.  This travel grant will be used for Weigel to present her research at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. The AACR Annual Meeting is...

A flipped classroom brings innovative teaching methods to calculus

A flipped classroom brings innovative teaching methods to calculus

Simplifying concepts like partial derivatives and multiple integrals is a fun and rewarding job for Brian Shourd, a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Mathematics. This semester he is teaching Calculus III using a novel teaching method to help his students better understand and become more engaged in...

NDIGD partners with Eck Institute for evaluation of cholera in Haiti

NDIGD partners with Eck Institute for evaluation of cholera in Haiti

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti has asked the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) to assist in conducting the Year 2 final evaluation for its cholera prevention and treatment program in Haiti. NDIGD will partner with Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health to conduct the...

It's time to submit your abstracts for COS-JAM

It's time to submit your abstracts for COS-JAM

The seventh annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) will take place in the Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 3, 2013, as part of the sixth Undergraduate Scholars Conference.  All undergraduate students from all majors in the College of Science are encouraged to participate in COS-JAM by sharing their...

Graduate Research Symposium showcases research from across the University

Graduate Research Symposium showcases research from across the University

The fifth annual Graduate Research Symposium took place on Wednesday, February 27 in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria. The symposium featured presentations from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the University in science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Awards were given to the first and second place presentations...

Ansel Nalin earns 2013 Weich Award

Ansel Nalin earns 2013 Weich Award

Chemistry major Ansel Nalin has received the 2013 Norbert L. Wiech Award.  The award is presented annually to an outstanding junior who has excelled in academics and undergraduate research at the University of Notre Dame. The award was established by Norbert Wiech, a 1960 Notre Dame alumnus who has focused...