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The 'gold' standard: A rapid, cheap method of detecting dengue virus

The 'gold' standard: A rapid, cheap method of detecting dengue virus

University of Notre Dame biologists are reporting the development of an easy-to-use, low-cost method of detecting dengue virus in mosquitoes based on gold nanoparticles. Their research is published in the Virology Journal this week. The assay they have developed is able to detect lower levels of the virus than current...

Notre Dame researchers put chemistry lab on paper to detect low-quality medicine

Notre Dame researchers put chemistry lab on paper to detect low-quality medicine

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, and her collaborators have recently published results that show the effectiveness of an inexpensive paper test card that could fundamentally change the balance of power between pharmaceutical buyers and sellers in the developing world.

Joyce Coffee named managing director of ND-GAIN

Joyce Coffee named managing director of ND-GAIN

Joyce E. Coffee, who has extensive experience working on climate change and sustainability — particularly in the government and corporate sectors — has been named managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is the world’s leading index showing which countries are best prepared to...

Geoffrey Siwo participates in NASA’s Singularity University

Geoffrey Siwo participates in NASA’s Singularity University

Congratulations to Geoffrey Siwo, a doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Eck Institute for Global Health member Michael Ferdig, PhD, as more accolades are bestowed upon him. Siwo was selected for a 2013 entrepreneurial summer program at Singularity University, an institution founded by NASA, Genentech, Autodesk, Google, Nokia, Cisco, Kauffman Foundation, and ePlanet...

Dean to bike more than 3,000 miles in fourth annual Road to Discovery ride

Dean to bike more than 3,000 miles in fourth annual Road to Discovery ride

Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, will be embarking on his fourth annual bicycle ride on June 27 (Thursday) to raise funds for research to find a cure or treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. He will be biking 3,476 miles...

New paper offers insights into how cancer cells avoid cell death

New paper offers insights into how cancer cells avoid cell death

A new study by a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame provides an important new insight into how cancer cells are able to avoid the cell death process. The findings may reveal a novel chemotherapeutic approach to prevent the spread of cancers. Metastasis, the spread of cancer...

NPC Conference fosters research collaborations, family connections

NPC Conference fosters research collaborations, family connections

Some 75 researchers and family members from around the world attended the Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C on June 13-15. The event included more than 20 scientific presentations, posters, events for families, and shared receptions.

Disease-carrying mosquitos pack twice the punch

Disease-carrying mosquitos pack twice the punch

An international team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and Imperial College London has recently published its work on a malaria-filaria co-transmission model, where the same mosquito transmits both diseases together. Found in large areas of sub-Saharan Africa, one mosquito genus, Anopheles, carries...

University to host seventh annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium

University to host seventh annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium

The Eck Institute for Global Health is hosting the 2013 Arthropod Genomics Symposium and VectorBase Workshop Wednesday-Saturday (June 12-15) at McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. More than 225 researchers from around the globe will gather to discuss current and future research. The researchers who are presenting are...

Michael Vella selected for summer research experience at national institute

Michael Vella selected for summer research experience at national institute

Michael Vella, a rising applied and computational mathematics and statistics major, has been selected for a highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Researchers share progress and discoveries at Parseghian scientific conference

Researchers share progress and discoveries at Parseghian scientific conference

Thirty-two researchers from universities and institutions around the world will present their latest research findings at the 2013 Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research on June 13-15 (Thursday-Saturday) in the Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame. The three-day conference is...

Dobrowolska-Furdyna appointed to associate dean for undergraduate studies

Dobrowolska-Furdyna appointed to associate dean for undergraduate studies

Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Physics, has been appointed to the position of associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Science.  In this role, she will direct the undergraduate affairs of the College of Science, serve as chair of the college undergraduate committee,...

Stahelin named Showalter Scholar

Stahelin named Showalter Scholar

Robert V. Stahelin, adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), has been selected as one of four inaugural Showalter Scholars at IUSM.

For breast cancer survival, treat depression

For breast cancer survival, treat depression

Research being presented at two international conferences this summer demonstrates that breast cancer survival improves when a patient’s depressive symptoms—a common occurrence among cancer patients-- are detected and addressed. The study, by Rudolph M. Navari, MD, Ph.D., FACP,  at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor and dean of...

Astronomers discover light echo from supernova

Astronomers discover light echo from supernova

Astronomers have discovered light echoing off material surrounding a recent supernova explosion, SN 2009ig. The dust and gas that are reflecting the light are so close to the eruption center that it is likely related to the progenitor star. This discovery supports the theory that exploding white dwarfs become unstable...

Notre Dame science alumni address global health during reunion weekend

Notre Dame science alumni address global health during reunion weekend

Three Notre Dame Science alumni participated in a panel discussion, “From ND Labs on Campus to Life in the Real World: How Notre Dame Scientists are Making a Difference,” on June 1, during Alumni Reunion Weekend. The Eck Institute for Global Health sponsored the gathering, moderated by Mary Ann McDowell,...

Sputnik-era physics majors return to Notre Dame

Sputnik-era physics majors return to Notre Dame

They came to Notre Dame in the late 1950s, in the wake of Sputnik, with a sky-high U.S. commitment to science education and the University of Notre Dame already recognized as a leading center for physics research. Ten members of the Class of ’63 returned for Alumni Weekend, their 50th...