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TEDxUND now accepting applications for 2015 event

Author: Notre Dame News

TEDxUND

TEDxUND2015 organizers at the University of Notre Dame announced Monday (Sept. 22) that they are accepting speaker applications now through Oct. 12 (Sunday) for the 2015 event. TEDxUND will take place on Feb. 27 (Friday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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Peng named editor for Biophysical Journal

Author: Stephanie Healey

Jeffrey Peng

Jeffrey Peng, associate professor for chemistry and biochemistry and concurrent associate professor of physics was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the editorial board of Biophysical Journal beginning July 1, 2015.

 

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Graduate student Renato Bettiol named to U.S. delegation at second annual Heidelberg Laureates Forum

Author: Stephanie Healey

Renato Bettiol

Renato Bettiol, a Notre Dame graduate student in the Department of Mathematics, has been selected to represent the United States in the 20 person delegation of students and postdoctoral researchers that will attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The forum, focused on mathematics and computer science, will take place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany. The U.S. delegation is sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Notre Dame faculty receive pilot grants from Indiana CTSI

Author: Stephanie Healey

Indiana CTSI

Three College of Science faculty are among the 23 recipients of Spring Core Pilot Grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The Core Pilot Grant program provides small pilot grants to access labs and technology whose resources can help kick-start promising basic research projects with high potential to go on to attract additional dollars from outside funding sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and public foundations. The program provides all grant recipients access to more than 60 core facilities across the Indiana CTSI member institutions of Indiana University (IU), Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame study shows that in baboons, as well as humans, social relationships matter

Author: William G. Gilroy

A family of baboons

Both scientific research and our own personal experiences have revealed that the strength and quality of a person’s social relationships can affect their health and lifespan. Now a new collaborative study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University has discovered that social interconnectedness also matters for survival in wild female baboons. And the findings may also be applicable to other social mammals.

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Notre Dame celebrates 150 years of science

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Rev. Julius Aloysius Nieuwland, C.S.C, teaching chemistry circa 1910-1915. Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Archives

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Science will celebrate 150 years of science at Notre Dame beginning this month through September 2015. The college will host numerous events throughout the year in collaboration with the local community and national sponsors.

The History Museum will offer a year-long exhibit, “From Astrophysics to Zebrafish: 150 Years of Science at Notre Dame.” Focusing on Notre Dame’s history of scientific research and education, the exhibit includes artifacts of early scientific lab equipment, fossils and photographs of legendary Notre Dame scientists and their discoveries. The exhibit is open to the public through Aug. 2, 2015. Admission is charged.

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Notre Dame and major New York medical group to collaborate on biomedical research

Author: Arnie Phifer

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

The Feinstein Institute was founded in 1999 to host the research operations for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. As a leading nonprofit research institute with more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participating in studies each year, this partnership will allow both organizations access to data sets, patient trials and groundbreaking innovations.

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Haiti LF partners meet at Notre Dame

Author: Provided

Haiti Program Meeting

For a only the second time, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program was honored to host its international partners for their bi-annual meeting on the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), more commonly known as elephantiasis.  The meeting, held on July 24 and 25 in the Jordan Hall of Science, offered a platform for some 20 participants, representing a host of organizations, to update progress made in past six months, discuss mutual challenges, and plan for common strategic efforts to achieve the goal of elimination of this dreaded and disfiguring disease in Haiti by the year 2020.  The only other time the group has travelled to Notre Dame was in 2009.

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Indianapolis Shamrock Series events will include academic programs and service activities

Author: William G. Gilroy

Let's Have a Moment of Science

University of Notre Dame fans descending on Indianapolis for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers on Sept.13 (Saturday) will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of academic and service activities in the days leading up to the game.

Notre Dame’s College of Science will sponsor an academic event titled, “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street. The event will include fun, hands-on investigations in ecology, chemistry, math and physics. At 10:30, three Notre Dame College of Science faculty will make presentations in the Indiana Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theater. Matt Leevy will discuss “3-D Printing: Building a Better Tomorrow in Medicine and Manufacturing, Layer by Layer;” Justin Crepp will address “Earth-like Worlds Orbiting Other Suns;” and Jennifer Tank will examine “Preventing Coastal Dead Zones from a Distance.” The events are free and open to the public.

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Crepp joins NASA’s TESS science team

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Justin Crepp

NASA has named University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp as a member of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) science team. A space mission coordinated through MIT, Harvard, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, TESS will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky.

Crepp, The Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, was selected to be on the science team based on his team’s expertise with adaptive optics and their ability to use the Large Binocular Telescope, the world’s premier diffraction-limited facility, to acquire follow up observations for intriguing planetary signals that TESS will detect.

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Notre Dame collaborations receive seed grants for high-impact projects

Author: Arnie Phifer

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics word mark

The Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that it has awarded seed funding to five new research projects across three interdisciplinary themes: precision medicine, environmental health, and mobile diagnostics. In each case, the funds will be used to gather preliminary data and validation of innovative ideas proposed by Notre Dame faculty and their collaborators to solve difficult real-world problems.

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Science dean Crawford appointed associate provost and VP

Author: Dennis Brown

Greg Crawford

Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate provost and vice president of the University, effective July 1, 2015.

Crawford will begin laying the groundwork for his new position but continue as dean this academic year, during which time the University will conduct an international search for a successor.

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Astronomers discover chemical signature of first-generation very massive stars

Author: Gene Stowe

An optical image of the star SDSS J0018-0939, obtained by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (Credit: SDSS/NAOJ)

A team of international astronomers has discovered a low-mass star that exhibits the peculiar chemical abundance ratios associated with the process of creating new atomic nuclei (nucleosynthesis) in a first-generation very-massive star. The team, which includes Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, used the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope’s High Dispersion Spectrograph to make the discovery. The team members published a report, “A chemical signature of first-generation very-massive stars,” in the Aug. 22 issue of the journal Science.

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Local partnership has global impact

Author: Sarah Craig

Local Partnership with EIGH and SJRMC

A gift from Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) to the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) has been supporting a Global Health Research Associate (GHRA) in Haiti for the past year. A second gift this fall will allow for another year of research, administration, and support of the partnership including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) titled Health Systems Strengthening Initiative (HSSI).

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Study shows Asian carp could establish in Lake Erie with little effect to fishery

Author: William G. Gilroy

common carp

If bighead and silver carp were to establish in Lake Erie, local fish biomass is not likely to change beyond observations recorded in the last three decades, according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology on Thursday (Aug. 6) by a group of scientists from the University of Notre Dame, Resources for the Future, U.S. Forest Service, University of Michigan and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory.

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Nicholas Myers awarded USP Global Fellowship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Nicholas Myers

Fourth year chemistry graduate student Nicholas Myers recently earned a $30,000 United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Global Fellowship for his work related to counterfeit drug detection. Myers was one of three recipients chosen this year in the international competition.

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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

physicsolympics2014_2_

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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