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Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."

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Investigating aggressive, lethal breast tumors of Kenyan cancer patients

Author: Stephanie Healey

Maggie Kerper

Maggie Kerper came to college interested in science, but really developed a passion for the field after taking her first college-level science classes. After transferring to Notre Dame as a sophomore, she decided to find ways to explore science outside of the classroom.   

Kerper began working with Laurie Littlepage, Campbell Assistant Professor of Cancer Research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, during the spring of her sophomore year. “I went to an extra credit talk given by Prof. Littlepage and was so impressed and interested in her work. I had no idea cancer research opportunities like this existed on campus,” she explains. “I immediately felt drawn to get involved. I can’t think of any other field that I would feel the sort of gratification and drive to work harder than the cancer field.”

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Chemistry in motion

Author: Michael Rodio

Amanda Hummon

To say that Amanda Hummon is busy these days—even by Notre Dame standards of busy—would be an understatement. She insists otherwise, of course. But consider this: In addition to teaching classes to Notre Dame undergraduates, Hummon is guiding no less than four major research projects this academic year on varying aspects of cancer research.

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Math for Everyone explores Newton's method

Author: Shadia Ajam

Math for Everyone Series

This past Thursday (Feb. 19) at the Math for Everyone lecture series, Jeffrey Diller, professor of mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, gave a presentation about imaginary numbers, unsolvable equations, and Newton’s method.

Diller opened his presentation by posing the question of what mathematicians do, one of which is to solve equations. He then delved into equations that are unsolvable, like non-linear equations. “When we can’t solve equations, we need methods to approximate solutions to equations,” said Diller.

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Scientia hosts first Talk Science: Innovation Series of the semester

Author: Shadia Ajam


The students from Scientia, the undergraduate journal of scientific research, host a monthly seminar series called Talk Science that highlights the work of undergraduate and faculty researchers at the University. This semester, Talk Science will focus on research that can be applied in innovative ways. This month’s presenters were junior biological sciences major Vincent Riccelli and Hsueh-Chia Chang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. 

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Notre Dame faculty reflect on impact of CTSI Awards; New grant opportunities available

Author: Joanne Fahey

Indiana CTSI

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is currently seeking applications for the Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) Pilot Grant Program. The objective of the CTR pilot grant program is to foster and encourage collaboration across the Indiana CTSI partner institutions and to initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs or generate novel intellectual property. 

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Climate change is affecting disease-carrying mosquitoes and other insects

Author: Sarah Craig

Edwin Michael

The University of Notre Dame’s Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is working with an international team of researchers to project how climate change will affect mosquitoes, flies and ticks, that carry diseases afflicting humans. Published in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B, a peer-reviewed publication of The Royal Society in London that features key issues across the life sciences, this international consortium has brought together their cutting-edge work in this field, addressing both the exciting new research methodologies and frameworks being developed for investigating this inherently global multi-disciplinary topic, and the many challenges lying ahead.

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Targeting ovarian cancer stem cells

Author: John Fineran

Karen Cowden Dahl

At the age of 15, Karen Cowden Dahl began to seriously consider what she wanted to do with her life. Her decision would be an easy one. You might say, her career choice was a product of her environment, similar to the disease she researches and fights at the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute on the University of Notre Dame campus.

“My mother was a nurse, my father was a pharmacist,” she reflected recently. “So I had the medical background. For a year or so I thought about becoming a medical doctor. But then I decided I wanted to find out what causes diseases because before you cure you have to know what the cause is.”

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ND-LEEF raises the roof on new education and outreach pavilion

Author: Joanne Fahey

Environmental Change Initiative

Although currently under a layer of snow, come spring the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) will open a brand new outdoor classroom and research destination, the Morrison Family Education and Outreach Pavilion.

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New antibiotic holds promise against antibiotic-resistant infections

Author: Gene Stowe

Mayland Chang and Shahriar Mobashery

Estimates of deaths from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States range upwards of 19,000 annually. Around 1960, when Staphylococcus aureus developed resistance to first-generation penicillin, methicillin and other second-generation beta-lactam antibiotics were adopted to fight the illness. The modern variants of the bacterium have developed resistance to the four drugs now used to treat it.

A team of researchers led by Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang at the University of Notre Dame has discovered a promising new antibiotic, a vital weapon against disease as pathogens evolve to develop resistance to long-used drugs.

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Notre Dame receives USAID grant to undertake global development research on 3 continents

Author: Joanne Fahey


Twelve University of Notre Dame researchers, students from the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Letters, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

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Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbright students

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in Thursday’s edition (Feb. 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Crunching the numbers: Beating cancer with math

Author: Samria O'Brien

Stephanie Wachs

It is hard for cancer research to advance without using quantitative methods to learn more about certain diseases.  Statistics are especially important not only in better understanding cancer but the treatments that are often offered. This is an area in which Stephanie Wachs, a current senior at Notre Dame, has a lot to offer. 

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University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries launch CurateND

Author: Tara O'Leary


The University of Notre Dame and the Hesburgh Libraries announce the launch of CurateND, a multifaceted research repository and portal designed to manage and preserve Notre Dame research and associated data so that it can be globally discovered, accessed and shared. CurateND will help to illuminate the University’s research mission, elevate the work of faculty and students and further Notre Dame’s impact around the world.

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Men's rowing team fights pancreatic cancer

Author: Angela Cavalieri

Men's Rowing Team

After standing by his side throughout his father’s battle with pancreatic cancer, Joe Boyle continues to fight back for him. When his father passed in October of 2014,  Boyle knew he wanted to take a stand against the cancer that had taken a loved one from him.

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Notre Dame hosts 8th annual STEM education and research forum

Author: Shadia Ajam

After the first session, attendees had the opportunity to visit various booths that showcased advances in education technology

This past Saturday (Jan. 31), the 8th annual Collaboration for Education Research Forum was held in the Jordan Hall of Science. This year’s forum focused on understanding, planning, and implementing best practices in STEM teaching and learning. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and research professionals came together with representatives from industry to participate in collaborative opportunities in teaching and learning. The conference consisted of small group discussions and a collaboration bazaar which allowed attendees to connect with other professionals.

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Flanagan emphasizes the importance of taking charge of your own health at Pink Zone Brunch

Author: Julia Murray and Stephanie Healey

Lynn Flanagan

Alumna Lynn Larkin Flanagan ’75, a member of the first group of women accepted to the University of Notre Dame and a breast cancer survivor, spoke about her experience with cancer at the fifth annual Pink Zone Brunch on Feb. 1 (Sun.). Each year the brunch is hosted by the College of Science and the Notre Dame women’s basketball team to honor breast cancer researchers, clinicians, survivors, and their supporters.

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