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DNA Learning Center dedication highlights community outreach

Author: Gene Stowe


The Notre Dame DNA Learning Center, a partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, was dedicated on Sept. 28. The center, located in the Jordan Hall of Science, will accelerate outreach in the field of genetics education to local K-12 schools and the community. Students from local schools and the Robinson Community Learning Center displayed “double helix art” at the event.

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Notre Dame team leads effort to track genetically engineered organisms in the wild

Author: Arnie Phifer


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a multidisciplinary team of University of Notre Dame researchers a grant of $500,000 to develop a new technology for tracking the movement of genetically-engineered (GE) organisms and their byproducts in the environment.

“Understanding and monitoring the dispersal of these organisms is a critical component of the safe and responsible use of transgenic technology,” says principal investigator Scott Egan, a Research Assistant Professor in Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T) initiative and researcher in the university’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI). MORE...

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Taking the Brook Trout’s Temperature

Author: Greg Seitz, St. Croix 360

Patrick Shirey

The skies above Cable, Wisconsin were unsettled last Friday, with rain showers interrupted by sunshine. Good fishing weather. But Patrick Shirey and his companions weren’t using typical methods.

Shirey, a researcher from the University of Notre Dame, was accompanied by two Ph.D. candidates and a writer who was kind of wishing he had brought a fly rod.

The group ventured into the remote upper reaches of a small creek in the eastern extremity of the St. Croix River watershed. They were looking for brook trout – the beautiful, fragile and native fish which once thrived throughout the Namekagon and its tributaries.

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Notre Dame to dedicate new DNA Learning Center

Author: Marissa Gebhard

DNA Learning Center

In collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame will dedicate the DNA Learning Center at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 28) in the Jordan Hall of Science, Room 139. The event is open to the public.

A hands-on science center devoted to modern biology education, the DNA Learning Center will prepare local K-12 students to thrive in the gene age.

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Notre Dame installs new telescope on Jordan Hall

Author: William G. Gilroy

Telescope installation

The University of Notre Dame has completed installation of the new Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope on the roof of the Jordan Hall of Science.

The telescope, which features a 0.8-meter (32-inch diameter) mirror, will be especially useful for undergraduate astronomy research. The light collecting area of the mirror makes it one of the largest telescopes in Indiana.

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Toward Malaria Elimination: Precedents, Antecedents, and Processes

Author: Sarah Craig

Edward Walker and Zain Syed

The University of Notre Dame has a long and rich tradition of research and training programs focused on reducing the burden of tropical infectious diseases around the globe. In honor of that tradition, the University established the George B. Craig, Jr. Memorial Lecture in 1996. The lecture series is hosted by the Eck Institute for Global Health and recognizes one of Notre Dame’s most distinguished professors and his global contributions to infectious tropical diseases and science both at the University and around the world. The 2013 Memorial Lecture was presented on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by one of Craig’s postdoctoral residents in training Edward D. Walker, Ph.D., who holds academic appointments in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University (MSU).

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New paper describes genetic connections between biological rhythms, timing of feeding and insulin sensitivity

Author: William G. Gilroy


A new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers, which appears in the Sept. 2 edition of the journal PLoS ONE, is a significant step in understanding the molecular genetic and physiological basis for a spectrum of metabolic diseases related to circadian function.

Obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic levels and are responsible for increased morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Furthermore, the incidence of metabolic disease is significantly elevated in shift-work personnel, revealing an important link between the circadian clock, the sleep-wake cycle, time-of-day feeding and metabolism.

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Notre Dame high-energy physicists receive NSF award to continue work with CERN

Author: Gene Stowe

Higgs boson

University of Notre Dame high-energy physicists have received a $2.4 million, three-year award from the National Science Foundation to continue their work on the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment on campus and at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The group’s work includes physics analysis central to the recent Higgs boson discovery.

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What is the P vs. NP problem? Why is it important?

Author: Shadia Ajam

Math for Everyone Series

The P versus NP problem has appeared in shows like The Simpsons and Numb3rs, and in the SIMS 3 video game. What is the P versus NP problem and why should we care?

This past Thursday (Sept. 12) at the Math for Everyone lecture series, Lance Fortnow, Professor and Chair of the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, gave a presentation on the importance of the P versus NP problem and how, if solved, could dramatically affect our everyday lives.

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Talk Science showcases research from Elizabeth Owers and Dean Crawford

Author: Shadia Ajam

Elizabeth Owers

Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research, hosts a monthly seminar series called Talk Science that highlights the work of undergraduate and faculty researchers in the College of Science. This month’s presenters were senior science preprofessional studies major Elizabeth Owers and Greg Crawford, dean of the College of Science and professor of physics.

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Notre Dame researcher awarded grant to study improving water quality in Lake Erie

Author: Jim Erickson


Sheila Christopher, a research assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, has won a research grant to study the effects of new farmland-drainage practices in reducing farm runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Christopher, who works with Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences Jennifer Tank on the Land Use and Water Quality program at ECI, won the $155,358 grant from the University of Michigan Water Center for her project, “Watershed-scale assessment of stacked drainage practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin to improve water quality.”

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International Development Studies Minor Transforms Undergraduates’ Notre Dame Experience

Author: Mary Hendriksen

IDS Minor 2

What if an undergraduate “minor” were not so much a secondary course of study but the centerpiece of a student’s entire Notre Dame undergraduate education? That scenario perfectly describes the experience of the first cohort to complete the International Development Studies (IDS) minor administered by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

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Navari's research leads to NCCN endorsement

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Rudolph M

As a result of multiple, long-range studies by oncologist Rudolph M. Navari, M.D., Ph.D., the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has endorsed olanzapine as a first line therapy to assuage the effects of nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy, and its use when nausea and vomiting occur days after treatment.

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Need help with math? Free tutoring is available

Author: Stephanie Healey


The O’Meara Mathematics Library staff is pleased to announce that free tutoring sessions will be offered in the branch library Sunday -Thursday from 7-11 p.m. for undergraduate students from any mathematics class.

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Students share their medical mission experiences

Author: Shadia Ajam

Dooley Society medical mission presentations

Each year Notre Dame alumni in medicine award stipends to a group of current Notre Dame students or alumni in medical school to cover funds for international medical missions. This past Saturday (Sept. 5) before the Notre Dame vs. Texas game, several of the students convened in the Jordan Hall of Science to present their medical mission experiences.

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