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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

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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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Hill promotes cancer research in Washington

Author: Michael Rodio

Reggie Hill in DC

Harper Cancer Research Institute Director Sharon Stack met last summer with Congressional staffers in Washington D.C. to advocate for cancer research. Last week, it was Reggie Hill’s turn.

Hill, the Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Notre Dame, was one of 450 campaigners who visited Congress on Wednesday to advocate for federal pancreatic cancer research funding as part of the eighth annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. The event is organized by PANCAN, a nationwide network for advancing pancreatic cancer research.
 

 

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Thomson Reuters names Prashant Kamat one of the world's most influential scientific minds

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, The Rev. John. A Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and has been included on Thomson Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. The list includes over 3,200 scientists across the globe who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers.  The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies that analyzed publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences

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Notre Dame Haiti Program completes yearly mass drug administration

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Children at JUVENAT School in Haiti receive their annual medication from the Notre Dame Haiti Program to prevent lymphatic filariasis

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program will complete the final mass drug administration (MDA) for this year in Arcahaie, Haiti, from Thursday-Sunday (June 19-22). The program, which aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne endemic disease, from Haiti by the year 2020, has successfully completed MDA this year in Léogâne, Port-au-Prince and 19 other communes in the Caribbean country.

Recently, the program completed MDA in the Carrefour commune, located at western end of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. More than 1,000 students at JUVENAT School, a private school in the region, were among those who received a combination of two drugs designed to treat the parasitic worm that causes lymphatic filariasis.

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Conference highlights NPC research progress at Notre Dame and around the world

Author: Stephanie Healey

NPC Conference

Researchers from across the world gathered at the University of Notre Dame for the annual Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Research from June 12-14.  More than 70 researchers, patients, and family members attended the conference with some attendees travelling from as far as Chile, Denmark, France, Israel and the United Kingdom for this year’s event. Researchers from Columbia University, the National Institutes of Health, Scripps Research Institute, Stanford University, Tufts University, Weill Cornell Medical College and many other universities and institutions around the United States also came to the conference.

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Graduate students awarded fellowship for innovative research in precision medicine

Author: Melissa Endres

Kelsey Weigel

Two graduate students at the University of Notre Dame were the second annual recipients of the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics. The Berry Fellowships recognize outstanding contributions by Notre Dame graduate students in research related to improving human and environmental health. The recipients of the 2014–2015 fellowships were Kelsey Weigel of the Department of Biological Sciences and Md Itrat Bin Shams of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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NPC researchers gather at Notre Dame to discuss progress at annual conference

Author: Stephanie Healey

Olaf Wiest presents his research at the Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C

More than 70 researchers, patients and families will attend the 2014 Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research on Thursday-Saturday (June 12-14) at the Jordan Hall of Science at University of Notre Dame. The conference is hosted annually by the College of Science and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation (APMRF).

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Notre Dame receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health and development

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lieberman will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Printed test cards for rapid field screening of human and animal medications.”

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Notre Dame cancer researchers recognized at IU Simon Cancer Center’s annual research day

Author: Stephanie Healey

Christopher Suarez

Six cancer researchers from the University of Notre Dame were recognized at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s annual Cancer Research Day on May 29 in Indianapolis. A record 141 abstracts were submitted in various categories from students, faculty and fellows who conduct research at universities around Indiana. Participating institutions including IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame.

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Frank Connolly awarded inaugural CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award

Author: Provied by Lindsay Currie, CUR

Frank Connolly

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 in Washington, D.C.  In addition to a plaque commemorating the award, the University of Notre Dame will receive a $5,000 award in support of the Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR) program, which was founded by Connolly.

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

Author: William G. Gilroy

Yellow baboons

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 harm, infectious disease and reduced immunity. Archie and her fellow researchers used data collected as part of the Amboseli Baboon Research Project near Kilimanjaro, Kenya, to analyze how long-lived, slow-reproducing species such as primates adjust to the dangers of reproduction.

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Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Achievement Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research 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 his or her discipline and to the research and graduate education goals of the University.

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Arthur Lim wins the 2014 Thomas P. Madden Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Arthur Lim receives 2014 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 the First Year of Studies was established. Teachers of first year courses are nominated for the award by first-year students and the award recipient is selected by a panel of past recipients.

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Top science seniors honored at annual awards luncheon

Author: Stephanie Healey

2014 Dean's Award

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 their majors.  In addition, Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, was awarded the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award.

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Ayangeakaa named 2014 Shaheen Award recipient

Author: Shelly Goethals

Daniel Ayangeakaa

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 academic achievements of a graduating student in each of the four divisions of the Graduate School—Engineering, the Humanities, Science, and the Social Sciences. Nominated by their departments, Shaheen Award winners are chosen for their superior ability as exhibited by grades, research, and publication records, fellowships, and other awards received during the course of study at Notre Dame, as well as teaching ability.

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

Author: Gene Stowe

Justin Crepp and graduate students at the Krizmanich Telescope

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 concepts proposed by the LBT observatory's domestic and international partners.

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

Author: William G. Gilroy

Common carp

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 now apply similar genetic tests to search the environment for important species.

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New paper examines natural selection’s role in parallel evolution and speciation

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Jeffrey L. Feder, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is a co-author of a paper featured Thursday (May 15) on the cover of the May 16 issue of the prestigious journal Science.

The paper describes the genomic basis for parallel evolution in the walking stick insect, Timema cristinae. Parallel evolution occurs when similar traits evolve independently in different related populations due to natural selection.

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Notre Dame welcomes over 300 fifth graders to STEAMnd

Author: Stephanie Healey

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 the students about the math and science behind musical instruments.

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#Toilets4all campaign emphasizes importance of clean sanitation around the world

Author: Stephanie Healey

#toilets4allentry

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, Schistosomiasis, and intestinal worm infections. Over two billion people use toilets that discharge raw sewage into open drains and surface areas. In addition, fifteen percent of the world’s population still practices open defecation.

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COS-JAM showcases scientific research from over 180 student researchers

Author: Stephanie Healey

Matthew Cole

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 is held in conjunction with the annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference at Notre Dame.

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