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Senior awarded meritorious honor at AACR meeting

Senior awarded meritorious honor at AACR meeting

Senior biological sciences major Nicholas Pagani attended the 105th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research held April 5-9, 2014, in San Diego, California. The meeting drew over 18,000 researchers, patient advocates, and other professionals in the cancer field from around the world. The theme for this year’s...

Targeting cancer

Targeting cancer

In the fight against cancer, chemotherapy is a race against time. While chemotherapy kills the tumor, it also kills healthy tissue. So chemotherapy must do its job—eliminate cancerous growth—before the drugs become too toxic for a patient to tolerate or do too much damage to a patient’s liver, kidneys and...

Research Like a Champion winners announced

Research Like a Champion winners announced

The Research Like a Champion competition winners were recently announced at the Harper Cancer Research Institute’s third annual research day. The donor who sponsored the competition was so impressed by the pool of research projects that he generously decided to provide funding for three projects.

Bridging the gaps between the clinic and the laboratory

Bridging the gaps between the clinic and the laboratory

Approximately 90% of cancer deaths can be attributed due to metastasis, the spreading of primary tumor cells to distant organs. Siyuan Zhang’s lab works to further our understanding of the early stages of metastasis and in turn, how to treat it more effectively. Under the guidance of Zhang, undergraduates like...

Jacqueline Stoneburner to be second author on upcoming research paper

Jacqueline Stoneburner to be second author on upcoming research paper

Jacqueline Stoneburner spent last summer working on a research project with Christine Petti, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of the Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., and will be the second author on an upcoming paper about their research. The project, “Laser-Assisted Body Contouring with a Novel...

Law student observes cataclysmic variable with Krizmanich Telescope

Law student observes cataclysmic variable with Krizmanich Telescope

Colin Littlefield, a third-year law student at Notre Dame, has been one of several researchers testing the University’s brand new Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope, an 0.8 meter telescope that was installed on the rooftop of Jordan Hall of Science in September 2013. Throughout the testing, he has observed an object...

Geek Week kicks off this Tuesday

Geek Week kicks off this Tuesday

Interested in math debates, astronomy presentations, and all things geek? Notre Dame’s annual Geek Week, hosted by the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS), Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Clubs, in collaboration with the College of Science, will be kicking off this Tuesday, April 22. All math and science...

Astronomers discover Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

Astronomers discover Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

Watch video University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin R. Crepp and researchers from NASA working with the Kepler space mission have detected an Earth-like planet orbiting the habitable zone of a cool star. The planet, which was found using the Kepler Space Telescope, has been identified as Kepler-186f and is...

Notre Dame students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Notre Dame students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the recipients of this year’s Graduate Research Program Fellowships (GRPF). Seven College of Science students and one alumnus received awards. In addition, five science students received honorable mentions. The fellowship provides three years of support for the graduate education of students who have...

LoSecco named 2014 Fermi Scholar

LoSecco named 2014 Fermi Scholar

Professor John LoSecco has recently been named a 2014 Fermi Scholar. The goal of the Fermi Scholar Program is to include university based researchers into research and development roles at Fermilab. Professor LoSecco will use the award to work on the design of the lab's next generation neutrino beam.

Ebola outbreak in Africa has local impact

Ebola outbreak in Africa has local impact

The Ebola virus outbreak this week is challenging World Health Organization (WHO) officials around the world. On Wednesday, 67 WHO disease professionals have been mobilized to prevent further spread of Ebola and address the infection in hopes of stopping the outbreak in new areas of West Africa.

Talk Science highlights research in knot theory and nuclear physics

Talk Science highlights research in knot theory and nuclear physics

The students from Scientia, the undergraduate journal of scientific research, host a monthly seminar series called Talk Science, which highlights the work of undergraduate and faculty researchers at Notre Dame. This month’s presenters were senior mathematics major, Daniel Irvine, and Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics.

Leevy receives 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award

Leevy receives 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award

W. Matthew Leevy, research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and director of In Vivo (biological) Imaging within the University’s Integrated Imaging Facility, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the...

Notre Dame hosts Midwest Women in Mathematics symposium

Notre Dame hosts Midwest Women in Mathematics symposium

This past Saturday (Apr. 5), the Department of Mathematics hosted the Midwest Women in Math Symposium in the Jordan Hall of Science The purpose of the symposium is to strengthen the network of female mathematicians in the Midwest and encourage collaborations and mentoring relationships.

Harper Cancer Research Institute to hold third annual Research Day

Harper Cancer Research Institute to hold third annual Research Day

Harper Cancer Research Institute’s third annual Research Day on April 14 (Monday) will gather cancer researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) in a day of exchange and discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Charles Cong Xu accepted to prestigious international graduate program

Charles Cong Xu accepted to prestigious international graduate program

Senior environmental sciences major and Chinese minor Charles Cong Xu was recently accepted to the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME).  MEME is a highly selective two-year research-oriented master’s program for students interested in studying evolution.  He has also been nominated to receive a scholarship from the...

Notre Dame students named Goldwater Scholars

Notre Dame students named Goldwater Scholars

The College of Science is pleased to announce that Jacob Haley and Ellie Norby have been named Goldwater Scholars. They were selected from thousands of applicants nationwide to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. In addition, Samantha Piekos has earned an honorable mention.

Undergraduate Library Research Award competition is accepting applications until Apr. 10

Undergraduate Library Research Award competition is accepting applications until Apr. 10

The fifth Undergraduate Library Research Award competition, with a top prize of $1,000, is accepting applications until April 10. The award is sponsored by the Hesburgh Libraries and The Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). Last year’s top winner was Brianna Kunycky of Environmental Sciences, and other College of Science...

Physics researchers provide new insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos

Physics researchers provide new insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos

A team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame physicist Boldizsar Janko has announced analytical prediction and numerical verification of novel quantum rotor states in nanostructured superconductors. The international collaborative team points out that the classical rotor, a macroscopic particle of mass confined to a ring, is one of...