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Frank Connolly awarded inaugural CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award

Frank Connolly awarded inaugural CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will be presenting Francis Connelly, professor emeritus of mathematics the inaugural 2014 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award.  The award will be presented on June 30 at the closing banquet of the 2014 CUR Conference...

Notre Dame study reveals that having and raising offspring proves costly for baboon moms

Notre Dame study reveals that having and raising offspring proves costly for baboon moms

A new study by University of Notre Dame biologist Elizabeth Archie and the National Museums of Kenya examining yellow baboons over a 29-year period demonstrates that having offspring influences the health of female baboons. Scientists are already aware that reproduction can be dangerous and energetically costly, exposing individuals to physical...

Robert Scheidt awarded visiting professorship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Robert Scheidt awarded visiting professorship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

W. Robert Scheidt, William K. Warren Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently completed a visiting professorship for senior international scientists with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He spent one month at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing giving seminars and serving as a mentor for many students....

Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Achievement Award

Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Achievement Award

Prashant V. Kamat, The Rev. John A, Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Research Achievement Award at the annual President’s Dinner on May 20. Established in 2001, the award honors a distinguished faculty member who has made significant contributions to scholarship in...

Arthur Lim wins the 2014 Thomas P. Madden Award

Arthur Lim wins the 2014 Thomas P. Madden Award

Arthur Lim, associate professor of the practice in the Department of Mathematics, won the Thomas P. Madden Award, which recognizes exceptional teaching of first-year undergraduate students. Lim was recognized at the annual President's Dinner on May 20. The Madden Award was established in 1962 by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. when...

Top science seniors honored at annual awards luncheon

Top science seniors honored at annual awards luncheon

The top graduating seniors in the College of Science were honored at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 16. Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science, presented the Dean’s Award and Dean’s Research Award and the chairs of each department recognized the top students in each of...

Ayangeakaa named 2014 Shaheen Award recipient

Ayangeakaa named 2014 Shaheen Award recipient

Akaa (Daniel) Ayangeakaa, Ph.D., has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Shaheen Award. The highest honor bestowed on Notre Dame graduate students, the The Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Awards were established in 1990 and are named for two long-time benefactors of the University. They recognize the superior...

Large Binocular Telescope committee selects Crepp’s iLocater to be built

Large Binocular Telescope committee selects Crepp’s iLocater to be built

The group that oversees the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) has selected the team led by Justin Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, to build a new astronomical spectrometer named “iLocater” for its next-generation of instruments. The instrument was selected from among new hardware...

Michael Hildreth receives 2014 Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award

Michael Hildreth receives 2014 Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award

Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, received the 2014 Rev. James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Eugene Leonard Teaching Award at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 16.  Hildreth received many recommendations from his colleagues and was selected for salutary influence on students in and out of the classroom.

Notre Dame study reveals that particle size matters for environmental DNA monitoring

Notre Dame study reveals that particle size matters for environmental DNA monitoring

University of Notre Dame scientists have now published the first detailed investigation of just how small (or big) environmental DNA, or eDNA, particles really are, and their results provide important guidance for all eDNA monitoring programs. Like investigators combing a crime scene for DNA traces from suspects or victims, ecologists...

ND-GAIN seeking applications for Corporate Adaptation Prize

ND-GAIN seeking applications for Corporate Adaptation Prize

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) at the University of Notre Dame is accepting applications for the ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Prize, which recognizes organizations that have made measurable contributions in creating resilience or adaptation to climate change.

Notre Dame welcomes over 300 fifth graders to STEAMnd

Notre Dame welcomes over 300 fifth graders to STEAMnd

On Monday, May 12, over 300 fifth graders from the Michiana area came to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for STEAMnd, an initiative to teach students about how the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields can be integrated together. The goal of this event was to teach...

#Toilets4all campaign emphasizes importance of clean sanitation around the world

#Toilets4all campaign emphasizes importance of clean sanitation around the world

The student-run ND Fighting NTDs organization recently ran a social media campaign to raise awareness of the importance of clean sanitation. Poor sanitation is a leading cause of many preventable maladies in developing countries such as lymphatic filiariasis, which is caused by disease-carrying mosquitos that often breed around raw sewage,...

COS-JAM showcases scientific research from over 180 student researchers

COS-JAM showcases scientific research from over 180 student researchers

On Friday, May 2, the eighth annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) was held in the Jordan Hall of Science and featured over 140 research presentations from more than 180 student researchers. The mission of COS-JAM is to highlight undergraduate scientific research at the College of Science. COS-JAM...

Haifeng Gao receives research award from the Department of Army

Haifeng Gao receives research award from the Department of Army

Haifeng Gao, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, was recently awarded a $150,000 research award from the Chemical Sciences Division of the Department of Army’s Research Office. The research award will begin this summer and can be used for three years of research. To...

Undergraduate Jonathan Jou receives Harvard stem cell summer fellowship

Undergraduate Jonathan Jou receives Harvard stem cell summer fellowship

Jonathan Jou, a junior biological sciences major, is the distinguished recipient of a fellowship to perform research this summer at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) in Cambridge, MA. Jou was selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, open to current students at Harvard or any college or university across...

Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching

Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching

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

Senior Michael Franczak publishes study in the journal Health Affairs

Senior Michael Franczak publishes study in the journal Health Affairs

Senior science preprofessional major Michael Franczak is the first author in a recently published paper, “In Emergency Departments, Radiologists’ Access To EHRs May Influence Interpretations and Medical Management.” The paper was published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs on Monday (May 5).

Notre Dame hosts 17th annual EYH Conference

Notre Dame hosts 17th annual EYH Conference

This past Saturday (Apr. 26) Notre Dame hosted the 17th annual Expand Your Horizons (EYH) conference for girls in middle school that includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). During the day-long conference, the attendees met female role models in STEM fields and learned more about careers...

Graduate physics students present research at annual conference

Graduate physics students present research at annual conference

This past Monday (Apr. 28) the Graduate Physics Students (GPS) organization organized their third annual conference showcasing the research of physics graduate students at Notre Dame. The conference consisted of two poster sessions, five research talks given by select students, and an award ceremony in Nieuwland Science Hall.