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In memoriam: Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, died Feb. 14 (Friday) after a brief illness. He was 84.

A native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, Freeman began a lifelong career in chemistry while working in his father’s drugstore and discovering that he could obtain a wide variety of chemicals from the store’s suppliers.

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Perovskite solar cell research featured on the cover of C&E News

Author: Stephanie Healey

Solar Panels

Converting solar power into usable energy is not a new form technology, but researchers are constantly finding ways to improve it.  In the last year and a half, researchers around the world, including Prashant Kamat, The Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have put perovskites in the spotlight, resulting in a cover story on the solar cells in the February 24, 2014 issue C&E News.

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Do you have a great idea for cancer research?

Author: Stephanie Healey

Research Like a Champion Today

Do you want to help Notre Dame prevent cancer? You can help Notre Dame find the missing pieces to the puzzle.

The College of Science and Harper Cancer Research Institute are sponsoring a new program for students to drive innovation in cancer research. Individual Notre Dame students or groups of students who choose to work in a team (no more than three students per team) may apply. Both undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges are eligible to submit research proposals that look into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.

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New ND-GAIN partnership addresses climate risk in supply chains

Author: Notre Dame News


Climate indicators and country risk ratings developed by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), the world’s leading research index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with climate disruption and other global shifts, will be instrumental in a new partnership announced Tuesday (Feb. 25) whose goal is to develop the Climate Change Risk Management (CCRM) application.

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Notre Dame Haiti Program expands distribution of disease-preventing salt nationwide

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Bon Sel Dayiti

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program has established a partnership with Carribex S.A., one of the largest food corporations in Haiti, to distribute the program’s Bon Sel Dayiti, co-fortified salt that will reduce preventable disease in Haiti. With Carribex’s nationwide distribution network, the salt is now available to most of Haiti’s 10 million people.

More than two million Haitians are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne disease that is the second leading cause of long-term disfigurement and disability worldwide. The debilitating and socially marginalizing disease, also known as elephantiasis, is carried by mosquitoes.

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Scientists discuss National Ignition Facility at annual AAAS meeting

Author: Shadia Ajam


Last week Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Physics, organized a symposium at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) annual meeting in downtown Chicago.

At the symposium, four physicists primarily discussed the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility ever built. The NIF recently reached an important milestone on the road to achieving ignition, which could pave the way to the production of controlled fusion reactions on Earth.

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Notre Dame team takes top prize in 2014 Cardinal Challenge

Author: Nina Welding

NanDioNanDio, a team of students from the College of ScienceCollege of Engineering and Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame, took first place in the 2014 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge held Feb. 14-15 by the University of Louisville College of Business.

The team was honored for its business plan to commercialize an oral cancer detection device for dentists. All teams were judged on their written plan, the poise and professionalism of their presentation and the viability of their venture. The NanDio device’s simplicity of use, speed of test results and accuracy of the test as an early detector gave the team the winning edge.

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Center for Digital Scholarship to host open house on Feb. 18 & 19

Author: Stephanie Healey


All College of Science faculty, postdocs and graduate students are invited to attend the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) open house to learn how the center’s state-of-the-art technologies can transform the ways teaching, research, and scholarship are performed and preserve.  There will be two open house sessions tailored to the sciences: Tuesday, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, February 19 from 3:30 pm — 5:00 pm.

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Graduate student Claire Chow selected as Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholar

Author: Stephanie Healey

Claire Chow

First year applied and computational mathematics and statistics graduate student Claire Chow was recently selected as a Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholar.   The program is a one-year scholarship program intended to increase the number of women pursuing Ph.D degrees.  Chow will receive a scholarship to use towards her second year of doctoral studies and an additional $2,000 travel grant to attend a conference of her choice. The scholarship process was highly selective with only 10 percent of applicants successfully receiving scholarships.

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Talk Science highlights potential leads in NPC treatments and glimpses of the mammalian musculoskeletal system

Author: Shadia Ajam

Talk Science seminar

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 junior chemistry major Michael Ahlers and Matthew J. Ravosa, professor biological sciences,  concurrent professor aerospace and mechanical engineering, and concurrent professor of anthropology.

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Need help with a math class? Free tutoring is available.

Author: Stephanie Healey


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

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Alumna Kelley Tuthill to deliver keynote address at Pink Zone Luncheon

Author: Stephanie Healey

Kelley Tuthill

University of Notre Dame alumna Kelley Tuthill will be the keynote speaker at the annual Pink Zone Luncheon on Feb. 9 (Sunday) at the Purcell Pavilion at Notre Dame. The luncheon, organized by the College of Science and the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, will bring together local oncologists, researchers, survivors and patients and their families. The luncheon will be held before the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Pink Zone game against Syracuse at 3 p.m.

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A new way to counter ovarian cancer’s drug resistance

Author: Michael Rodio

Karen Cowen Dahl

Standing at a microscope in her Harper Hall laboratory, Karen Cowden Dahl, adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, is scanning through a petri dish filled with cancer cells that could represent a major step forward in ovarian cancer research.

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