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Campus courtyard is home to Lucier Memorial

Campus courtyard is home to Lucier Memorial

Have you ever spent time in the courtyard between Hayes-Healy Center and Hurley Hall? When warmer weather and sunny skies finally return to Notre Dame, you’ll often find friends eating lunch, students studying, or even little ducklings running around.  The courtyard is enjoyed by many around campus, but few know...

National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday (March 30) that it is renewing funding for a University of Notre Dame-led institute dedicated to the of study the broad range of nuclear processes in the universe that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae...

New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms

New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms

University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems. “Blood clotting is...

Notre Dame alumnus launches health and wellness start-up

Notre Dame alumnus launches health and wellness start-up

Chris Freise, a 2012 entrepreneurship master's (ESTEEM) alumnus, has formed a startup with three partners to develop a novel application to promote wellness by tracking activities, making recommendations, and rewarding good behavior. After working at Epic, a healthcare software company based in Madison, Wis., Freise formed  UpDown Technologies Inc., in...

ESTEEM student to compete in Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

ESTEEM student to compete in Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

Christopher Cali, an entrepreneurship master’s (ESTEEM) student and a 2014 science-business alumnus, is part of a team that will compete in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition in Austin, Tex. in May. The group, Enlightened Diagnostics, Inc. (EnDx), qualified at a regional competition in February at the University of Louisville’s...

Lynch Lecture Series features Nobel-laureate physicist

Lynch Lecture Series features Nobel-laureate physicist

Nobel-laureate physicist David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Time and Frequency Division in Boulder, Colo., gave a presentation to a full house on Mar. 18 (Wednesday) at the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library. The lecture entitled, “Quantum Computers and Raising Schrödinger’s Cat,” discussed quantum...

Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

The University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, have launched the inaugural State of Corporate Adaptation survey to provide unprecedented insight on how private sector players are addressing the need to adapt complex business operations to...

Fifth annual Commercialization Award event coming soon

Fifth annual Commercialization Award event coming soon

The University of Notre Dame will host the fifth annual 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award Dinner on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend. Established in 2008 with a $1 million gift from 1st Source Bank, the award is presented each year to faculty from...

QuarkNet holds Masterclasses in particle physics for high school students

QuarkNet holds Masterclasses in particle physics for high school students

The Notre Dame QuarkNet Center is hosting three days of international, collaborative Masterclasses for local high school students to give them the opportunity to become particle physicists for a day. Around 210 universities and research facilities participate in these international Masterclasses, and Notre Dame is the only university in the U.S. to host...

Tissues with issues: A deeper look at breast cancer

Tissues with issues: A deeper look at breast cancer

Understanding the mechanisms of cancer progression is incredibly important in discovering a cure. Matthew Messana, a senior biochemistry major at the University of Notre Dame, is dedicated to investigating the mechanisms that are relevant to breast cancer. Messana works in the lab of Laurie Littlepage, Campbell Assistant Professor of Cancer...

Vote for Dean Crawford to be named next Everyday Superhero of Biotech!

Vote for Dean Crawford to be named next Everyday Superhero of Biotech!

Greg Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, has been nominated as an Everyday Superhero of Biotech by the BIO International Convention. Nominees are selected for their dedication to heal, fuel, and feed the world through groundbreaking innovation in three categories: biotech/pharma, patient/patient group, and university/research...

Notre Dame alumnus to publish book

Notre Dame alumnus to publish book

Cesar A. Hidalgo ND ’08, will publish a book in June 2015 titled Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies.

New paper examines social effects on the gut microbiome of wild baboons

New paper examines social effects on the gut microbiome of wild baboons

A new study led by Elizabeth Archie, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame, has found that social interactions have direct effects on the gut microbiome. Archie points out that most, if not all, animals have a gut microbiome — an incredibly diverse “rainforest”...

 “Rock the LHC” video contest to celebrate particle physics

“Rock the LHC” video contest to celebrate particle physics

The High Energy Particle Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame will host a public video contest called “Rock the LHC,” from March 23-May 31, 2015. Participants are invited to create short videos about why they are interested in the research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The goal...

Early survey results indicate that LF will be eliminated in Haiti

Early survey results indicate that LF will be eliminated in Haiti

  Preliminary testing of more than 850 schoolchildren in the Haitian town of Saut-d’Eau has shown only one child to be infected with the parasite that causes lymphatic filariasis (LF), a milestone in efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease from the island. The results, involving children from 38 schools in...

Alumna Annette Ruth wins USAID fellowship

Alumna Annette Ruth wins USAID fellowship

Notre Dame alumna Annette Ruth is one of twelve Notre Dame researchers recently selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to receive a brand new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program grant.  Ruth will travel to Bogota, Colombia in May to work on a project entitled, “Zebrafish as...

Research award goes to Kloser of Center for STEM Education

Research award goes to Kloser of Center for STEM Education

Matthew Kloser, Ph.D., director of the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, has received the 2015 Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) Award for his research article titled, “Identifying a Core Set of Science Teaching Practices: A Delphi Expert Panel Approach.”

Thomas Parsons named the recipient of 2015 Wiech Award

Thomas Parsons named the recipient of 2015 Wiech Award

Junior Thomas Parsons has been named the 2015 recipient of the Wiech Award. Presented annually to an outstanding junior, the award recognizes excellence in academics and undergraduate research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Enlightened Diagnosis wins second place in Cardinal Challenge

Enlightened Diagnosis wins second place in Cardinal Challenge

Enlightened Diagnosis (EnDx), a company represented by a team of University of Notre Dame graduate students, recently earned second place in the 2015 Brown Forman Cardinal Challenge at the University of Louisville. The competition included 12 teams as finalists from university entrepreneurship programs around the world.

Notre Dame hosts annual science and engineering fair

Notre Dame hosts annual science and engineering fair

This past Saturday, (Feb. 28) students from grades 3-12 convened at the Stepan Center for the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF). Students from Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties were selected by judges at their local school science fairs to participate in NIRSEF.

Understanding the culture behind cell cultures

Understanding the culture behind cell cultures

The immune system plays an important part in the formation and progression of cancer cells. Orrin Belden, a senior science preprofessional major, has spent his past two years better understanding and contributing to the field of immunology. Orrin works for Brian Baker, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, whose lab focuses...

Center hosts rare disease day symposium

Center hosts rare disease day symposium

The Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases recently held a two-day Rare Disease Symposium (February 13-14) and invited researchers, patients, families, physicians, and advocacy groups to speak about their personal experiences with rare diseases. The symposium anticipated Rare Disease Day, recognized worldwide on the last day of February.