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Notre Dame network physicists create model to predict traffic patterns

Author: Gene Stowe

Zoltán Toroczkai

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have designed a simple, yet highly accurate traffic prediction model for roadway transportation networks. They have recently published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

“Transportation networks and in particular the highway transportation network are like the body’s circulatory system for the nation,” says Zoltán Toroczkai, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, who co-authored the study with physics graduate student Yihui Ren and national and international collaborators.

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Army veteran Luis Morales honored by NSF in Washington, D.C.

Author: Stephanie Healey

Luis Morales

Physics graduate student and U.S. Army veteran Luis Morales is one of 11 military veterans who was honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with Graduate Research Fellowships on November 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. During the official visit to the NSF headquarters, the group was recognized with a formal ceremony highlighting veterans and their contributions science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The 11 fellows will also participate in a poster session to discuss their research and personal motivations in pursuing graduate school in their field of interest.

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2014 ND-GAIN results show that Norway is most prepared for climate change

Author: William G. Gilroy

Lofoten, Norway

Norway is the best prepared country for climate change, and has been so for almost 20 years, according to data released Wednesday (Nov. 5) by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

ND-GAIN is the world’s leading annual index that ranks more than 175 countries based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, superstorms and natural disasters that climate change can cause.

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Elisabeth Köll, Harvard Business Historian, to present lecture on the state, market, and private enterprise in China

Author: Provided

Elizabeth Koll

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the University of Notre Dame Department of History are pleased to announce a jointly-sponsored public lecture by Elisabeth Köll, Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management unit at the Harvard Business School, titled “Visible and Invisible Hands in China: State, Market, and Private Enterprise in Historical Perspective.”

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Prashant Kamat named a Pravasi Fellow

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C. Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been elected as a Prevasi Fellow by the Indian National Science Academy. Kamat was selected for his “most pioneering contributions to the world of science.” His fellowship will begin January 1, 2015.

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NDConnect announces winners

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NDnano

Peter Santos, a senior at Northwestern University, won first place and $3,000 in the fourth annual NDConnect undergraduate research competition held at the University of Notre Dame on October 17.

NDConnect is a national competition to recognize outstanding undergraduates in nanoscience and nanoengineering. The 16 finalists (below), representing universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, were selected from applicants who submitted research proposals in the spring, then followed up with a report in August documenting their research findings.

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Naughton gift fuels research on both sides of the Atlantic

Author: Joanne Fahey

Trinity College Dublin

The Naughton Fellowship program allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and four of Ireland’s leading research universities.

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New study identifies potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines

Author: Stephanie Healey

New study identifies potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines

A team of University of Notre Dame scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Connecticut, have announced the results of a new study on identifying potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines. The paper, “Genomic and bioinformatic profiling of mutational neoepitopes reveals new rules to predict anticancer immunogenicity,” was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The research group at Notre Dame was led by Brian Baker, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and included Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and graduate student Cory Ayers.

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Gary Lamberti named to Science Advisory Panel for Missouri River Restoration

Author: Julia Murray

Gary Lamberti

Gary Lamberti, professor of biological sciences, was recently appointed as a member of the Independent Science Advisory Panel for the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC).  The panel is responsible for advising the watershed management plan and aquatic recovery efforts for the Missouri River, the longest river in North America that drains ten states and two Canadian provinces and joins with the Mississippi River to form the fourth largest drainage system in the world.

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Rational Mechanics: The Classic Notre Dame Course

Author: Jayme Russell

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The late R. Catesby Taliaferro, professor of mathematics, was an integral part of the Notre Dame community for many decades. He came to Notre Dame in 1952 to work in the Great Books Program, which is now the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). He relocated to the mathematics department in the mid-fifties and began teaching a course on rational mechanics. Talliaferro soon stood out as an educator and became known for his unique teaching style and his high standards for student performance. His rational mechanics class became so popular that he taught the course through the late 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s.

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Chem Demo Team celebrates National Chemistry Week

Author: Casey O'Donnell

National Chemistry Week

In celebration of this year’s National Chemistry Week, Jordan Hall of Science turned into a veritable sweet shop of marshmallows, ice cream and M&Ms, all in the name of science. Chemistry has never sounded so sweet.

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October’s Talk Science highlights diabetes and cancer immunotherapy research

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Jeff Hansen

Every month, Notre Dame students gather in the Jordan Hall of Science to learn about ongoing scientific research at the University.

Called Talk Science, this monthly event is organized by Scientia, Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research. Students enjoy pizza and beverages while listening to presentations by undergraduate and faculty researchers. These presentations encourage students to engage with research outside their disciplines and give them a glimpse of a few of the myriad opportunities available for research at Notre Dame. On Wednesday, October 8, students heard from Jeff Hansen and Professor Brian Baker.

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Computer Proofs: Are they Rigorous?

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Math for Everyone Series

Just how reliable are computers, anyway? Can they be trusted to carry out long, complex mathematical computations without erring? How concerning is the risk of a tiny glitch in the scope of a massive solution?

Joshua Cooper, professor of mathematics at the University of South Carolina, encouraged students to ask these questions and more in a talk he gave at Notre Dame on Thursday, October 9. Part of Notre Dame’s monthly “Math for Everyone” series, Cooper’s talk, entitled “Computer Proofs: Are they Rigorous?,” analyzed the increasing dependence on computers in the world of modern proofs.

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Announcing the Reilly Center’s training programs for graduate students

Author: Ginna Anderson

Reilly Center

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has expanded its menu of training options for University of Notre Dame graduate students. Since August of 2013, three supplementary training and degree programs have been added and are open for graduate student enrollment. The new offerings advance understanding of the connections between science, technology, and society while broadening a traditional PhD or Master’s degree program of study.

“We’d like to get the word out about the transformation that’s taken place at Reilly over the past year,” said Reilly Director Anjan Chakravartty. “The Reilly Center is now home to the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society, we have a new History and Philosophy of Science minor, and we’re about to launch a National Science Foundation-funded training program in ethics and leadership. All three programs are open to graduate students interested in the societal impact of their research.”

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Hildreth appointed to National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Cyber-Infrastructure

Author: Stephanie Healey

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Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, recently accepted a three-year term to serve on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Cyber-Infrastructure. The committee advises the National Science Foundation on matters related to vision and strategy regarding solutions to problems of efficiently connecting laboratories, data, computers, and people, with the goal of better enabling computational and data-enabled science and engineering. His term with the committee will begin Spring 2015.

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Taylor named vice-chair and chair for Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products

Author: Jayme Russell

Rich Taylor

Rich Taylor, associate vice president for research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented a paper on his research, "Chemical and Biological Synthesis of Polyketide Natural Products", at the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products at its annual July meeting. During this year’s conference, Taylor was elected Vice-Chair of the 2015 and Chair of the 2016 conferences to be held at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. This annual international meeting provides a forum for experts to share unpublished research results and engage in scientific discussions.

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Boler, Parseghian families endow Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Boler and Parseghian families

The Boler and Parseghian families, both with longtime ties to the University of Notre Dame, have made gifts totaling $10 million to endow the University’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.

Established in 2009, the newly named Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases embraces a wide array of researchers who work to develop life-saving treatments for these illnesses.

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Serianni appointed to U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Anthony Serianni

Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently appointed to a five-year term on the U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia by the CARB Division Executive Committee, a subgroup within the American Chemical Society. Serianni, an elected fellow of the American Chemical Society, will begin his term in early 2015.

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ND Unite to fight Ebola

Author: Gene Stowe

ND Unite to Fight Ebola

ND Unite to Fight Ebola, a campus group aimed at providing relief to West African communities devastated by the disease, has partnered with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach of Springfield, Ill., to deliver supplies to the region. The group aims to raise money by Oct. 17 for a first shipment of medical supplies, and the effort will continue.

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Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

Author: Dennis Brown

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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College of Science hosts 4th annual Diversity, Culture and Religion in Science course

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Reggie Howard

This past Saturday (September 20), the College of Science held its fourth annual Diversity, Culture, and Religion in Science course. This one-day, one-credit course encourages students to consider the role of these three important facets of personal identity in their future endeavors. The course attendees listened to variety of speakers, ranging from successful businesspeople to professional athletes. Students also interact with the speakers and with each other throughout the day to consider diversity-related issues on campus.

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NDConnect 2014 finalists announced

Author: Provided by NDnano

Nano Science and Technology

The Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame recently announced the finalists for the fourth annual NDConnect undergraduate nanotechnology research competition. The finalists were selected from applicants who submitted research proposals in the spring, then followed up with a report in August documenting their research findings.

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Lightboard provides new, innovative technology for teaching in the College of Science

Author: Stephanie Healey

Lightboard

The University of Notre Dame is dedicated to providing an unsurpassed education to its students. Integral to that mission is bringing new and innovative teaching methods to the classroom.

Over the summer the Academic Technologies Group in the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) and the College of Science installed a new teaching tool called the Lightboard, which is used to create short videos intended to complement teaching efforts. The Lightboard consists of a glass board for writing notes and a camera to film the professor. It can also incorporate PowerPoint or Keynote slides onto the board that can be annotated by the professor during filming.

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