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Notre Dame researcher working to understand and combat Ebola virus

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rob Stahelin

The largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history currently occurring in West Africa has raised fears that the disease may soon spread to the United States. However, a University of Notre Dame researcher who studies the virus believes that, while there are grounds for concern, there is no need to panic.

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REU students compete in the Physics Olympics

Author: Jayme Russell


On July 24, the Department of Physics and Notre Dame’s Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program hosted the annual Physics Olympics in the Jordan Hall of Science. REU students from Michigan State, Purdue, and Notre Dame participated in the challenges. The Physics Olympics allows the REU students from these three universities universities to participate in friendly competition.

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NDConnect 2014 deadline extended to Aug. 15

Author: Provided

The NDConnect 2014 has been extended to August 15, 2014. Any undergraduate summer researchers in a nano-related field at any university (including Notre Dame students) are still eligible if they submit all the requested application materials by the new deadline:

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Biochemist Doug Rice reflects on 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings participation

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Douglas Rice and Oliver Smith

This past June at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 37 Nobel Laureates met 600 young scientists from around the world — including University of Notre Dame graduate student Douglas Rice — to share their knowledge, establish new contacts, and discuss such topics as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, challenges in immunology, and future research approaches to medicine.

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Grant propels largest growth of Notre Dame Haiti Program’s salt operations

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Workers at the Bon Sel Dayiti salt factory in Port-au-Prince bag clean, co-fortified salt for distribution in the nation’s marketplaces

The Notre Dame Haiti Program at the University of Notre Dame has received a large, anonymous grant that will support the growth of its salt program, which produces clean, co-fortified salt, intended to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and combat iodine deficiency disorder. The $375,000 grant will be matched by other donations and, in conjunction with several other resources, will fund the largest growth in the history of the salt program.

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Sensing Our World teaches students about energy conservation and transformation

Author: Jayme Russell

Sensing Our World 2014

Sensing Our World, a summer program for middle school students led by Gordon Berry, emeritus professor of physics, was held in the Jordan Hall of Science last week. The program encourages experimentation in science, mathematics, and technology through hands-on activities. This year the program focused on the conservation and transformation of energy.  Throughout the week, the students visited the Notre Dame's power station, the wind turbines, the Museum of Biodiversity, the Snite Museum of Art, and the Digital Visualization Theater.

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Alumna publishes study on effects of advertising on demand for cancer treatments

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Laura Borgenheimer Vater

Cancer patients may have had the quality of their treatment altered before it begins, influenced by cancer center advertisements that emphasize fear and hope on television and in popular magazines. That conclusion is demonstrated in a recent study published in “Annals of Internal Medicine” by 2010 College of Science alumna Laura Borgenheimer Vater, now an Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend student.

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Biologist David Lodge named Jefferson Science Fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy

David Lodge

David Lodge, The Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a world-renowned expert on invasive species, has been named a 2014-15 Jefferson Science Fellow. The Jefferson Science Fellowship Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Center for Mathematics hosts annual summer thematic program

Author: Stephanie Healey

2014 CMND Thematic Program

The Center for Mathematics recently hosted its annual three-week summer thematic program at the University of Notre Dame.  This year’s program focused on nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) in geometry and physics. The program is split into three week-long sessions: undergraduate summer school, graduate and postdoc summer school, and an international conference.

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Potential biomarker proves promising for pancreatic cancer diagnostics

Author: Katrina Burgos


When it comes to a cancer diagnosis, timing can be everything. An early diagnosis can make a big difference when it comes to treatment possibilities. Pancreatic Ductile Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has a 5 year survival rate of 6% according to Dr. Reginald Hill, Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Notre Dame. Improving detection rates is a crucial step in changing that statistic.

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