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College of Science Joint Annual Meeting showcases 188 undergraduate researchers

Author: Stephanie Healey

COS JAM 2013

The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) attracted over 300 student attendees to the Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 3. This year, 146 abstracts were submitted from 188 undergraduate researchers.  Students presented their original research in the areas of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.  In addition, six guest presenters from the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair for K–12 students exhibited their research in the Galleria.  Participation at this year’s event was the largest in the seven-year history of COS-JAM.

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Science students receive Fulbright awards for research

Author: Gene Stowe

Fulbright Scholarship

Two College of Science students have received Fulbright scholarships to conduct research in Singapore this year. Patrick Kramer, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry this year, and Amy Klegarth, a third year graduate student who has worked in Singapore before, will be involved in different kinds of research.

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Reilly Center releases new publication on ethics and policy in science and technology

Author: William G. Gilroy

Reilly Center Reports

The University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released Reilly Center Reports, an online collection of essays addressing the ethical, social, legal and policy implications of science and technology.

The short essays are intended for anyone interested in urgent and emerging issues in the ethics and policy of science, engineering and medicine. The Reilly Center Reports are an open-access resource geared to concerned citizens, policymakers, policy advisers, journalists, educators and religious leaders.

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Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Eighteen University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and three faculty have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

The undergraduate teaching award is supported by a gift from the late Father Joyce’s classmates in the Class of 1937. This is the seventh year that advisers and student mentors are being honored through an award supported by the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable Foundation.

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Senior Patrick O’Hayer co-authors paper in Journal of Neuroscience

Author: Stephanie Healey

Patrick O'Hayer

Senior Patrick O’Hayer has co-authored a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience titled, “Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Is Produced by Dying Retinal Neurons and Is Required for Müller Glia Proliferation during Zebrafish Retinal Regeneration.” The paper was published in the April 10 issue of the journal.

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Brian Baker named an associate editor for Journal of Immunology

Author: Stephanie Healey

Brian Baker

Brian Baker, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of graduate studies for the department, has been selected as an associate editor for Journal of Immunology.  The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles in all areas of experimental immunology, which includes both basic and clinical studies. All editors of the bi-monthly journal are practicing scientists and the publication is cited more often than any other immunology journal.

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Prashant Kamat named a 2013 Langmuir Lecturer

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, The Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, has been named a 2013 Langmuir Lecturer. Kamat will deliver a plenary lecture in a special session of the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division program at the 246th ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis in September.

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Notre Dame medical alumni focus on Healthcare Innovation Alliance

Author: Gene Stowe

Dooley Society meeting

At the annual Dooley Society meeting on April 20, representatives of Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) presented about the Healthcare Innovation Alliance, which the University of Notre Dame joined early last year. The alliance includes centers across the United States, including the Innovation Institute of California, North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York, MedStar Health, and Ohio State University.

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Talk Science seminar features undergraduate and faculty research

Author: Orrin Belden, '15

Talk Science seminar

Talk Science is a monthly seminar series hosted by Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research for the College of Science.  The seminars are held in Jordan Hall of Science and  provide an enriching, yet informal, setting for College of Science undergraduates and faculty to build camaraderie and to share the advances in different areas of science.  Junior applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS) major Michael Vella and Rebecca Wingert, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, both gave presentations on their research at the most recent Talk Science seminar on Thursday, April 18.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist discovers planets similar to Earth

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Justin Crepp

Researchers for the first time have identified Earth-sized planets within the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. Images of the star taken by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp rule out alternative explanations of the data, confirming that five planets orbit Kepler-62, with two located in the habitable zone. The results were published in Science magazine today.

“A five-planet system with planets of 1.41 and 1.61 Earth-radii in the habitable zone of a K2V star has been detected with the Kepler spacecraft and validated with high statistical confidence,” the paper reports. Those two, named Kepler-62 e and f, are the outermost of the five observed planets and receive a solar flux from the star similar to that received from the Sun by Venus and Mars. Their size suggests that they are either rocky, like Earth, or composed mostly of solid water.

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GAIN Index moves to Notre Dame

Author: Notre Dame News

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The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN)—the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with the droughts, super-storms and other natural disasters that climate change can cause—is moving to the University of Notre Dame. GAIN, which ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt, was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

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College of Science students and alumni earn NSF graduate research fellowships

Author: Stephanie Healey

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Six University of Notre Dame science students and four alumni have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Program (GRFP) Fellowships. The NSF GRFP was created to enhance the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.  The fellowship provides three years of support for the graduate education of students who have demonstrated the potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.  Past NSF Fellows include individuals who have made significant breakthroughs in science and engineering research, as well as some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.

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Student-run conference to focus on research, commercialization and entrepreneurship

Author: William G. Gilroy

Research

“Spark,” a student-run conference focusing on University of Notre Dame research, commercialization and entrepreneurship, will take place Tuesday (April 16) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.

The organizers of Spark hope to demonstrate the possibilities of research at Notre Dame and to highlight projects that have the potential to become viable businesses. They hope to “spark” intellectual curiosity in all Notre Dame undergraduates and present them with opportunities and tools to get them involved in these projects in the future.

The event features 12 speakers delivering 15-minute lectures from 2 to 6 p.m. A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

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David Hyde receives 2013 Schilts/Leonard Teaching Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

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David Hyde, The Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Memorial Director of the Zebrafish Research Center and professor of biological sciences, has received the 2013 Father James. L  Schilts, C.S.C./ Doris and Eugene Leonard Teaching Award.  He will receive this award at the annual Dean’s Award Luncheon on May 17. Hyde received several glowing recommendations from faculty and students for this teaching award.

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Notre Dame to commit $80 million to new research initiatives

Author: William G. Gilroy

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The University of Notre Dame announced today that it has committed $80 million in internal financial resources in support of two phases of integrated research initiatives.

The commitment of tens of millions of institutional dollars comes in the wake of the University receiving more than $90 million in external research funding in the past year.

 

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Senior honors students complete thesis projects in mathematics

Author: College of Arts and Letters

Mathematics

Each year, several graduating seniors conduct year-long thesis projects by working one-on-one with a faculty member or graduate student to make an intellectual contribution to their chosen field of study. The topic can be tailored to the student’s individual interest and may be done in the form of a paper, narrative nonfiction essay, creative writing project, journalistic article, documentary film, or museum exhibition.  The senior thesis project is the perfect opportunity for students to showcase the research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills they have developed as undergraduates.

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Notre Dame astrophysicists discover farthest supernova using Hubble Space Telescope

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Peter Garnavich

Peter M. Garnavich, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, and Brian Hayden, a physics graduate student, are members of the CANDELS+CLASH Supernova Project that recently discovered a supernova that exploded more than 10 billion years ago. The Type Ia supernova, part of a class used for measuring the expansion of space, is the farthest yet found by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Garnavich and Hayden are co-authors of a paper announcing the discovery, which has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.

Since 2010, Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 has surveyed faraway Type Ia supernovae to determine whether they have changed over the 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang. The Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) and the Cluster Lensing and Supernova Survey with Hubble (CLASH) have studied thousands of galaxies.

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Nanovic Forum welcomes award-winning German university president

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

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Wolfgang A. Herrmann, president of the Technical University of Munich, will present the Nanovic Forum at 5 p.m. April 9 (Tuesday) in the Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame. The lecture, titled “What is an Entrepreneurial University? A Case Study,” is free and open to the public. Gregory Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science and professor of physics, will present the introduction.

Under the direction of Herrmann, the Technical University of Munich has dramatically increased student enrollment, the number of full-time female professors and the levels of external funding. Germany’s Excellence Initiative has recognized the Technical University of Munich twice in the last decade as a University of Excellence.

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