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Success for Notre Dame researchers at annual Indiana CTSI Conference

Author: Joanne Fahey

Indiana CTSI

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the 7th Annual Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Meeting and Watanabe Prize Lecture took place in Indianapolis. This year’s theme was “Immune and Cell-based Therapies.”


The day-long, annual conference highlights advances in the clinical and translational sciences from the three partner universities, which include Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame.

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Thomson Reuters names four Notre Dame faculty among the most highly cited scholars

Author: Nina Welding

Thomson Reuters

University of Notre Dame faculty members — Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat from the College of Science and Bertrand Hochwald and J. Nicholas Laneman from the College of Engineering and  — have been named to the Thomson Reuters’ list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2015. Hochwald, Beers, and Kamat were named in the 2014 list. All four faculty members have also appeared on previous years’ lists.

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Notre Dame goal: No coal

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Power Plant

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (Sept. 21) that the University will cease burning coal entirely within five years, and cut its carbon footprint by more than half by 2030.

“In recognition of both Pope Francis’ encyclical and his visit this week to the United States, Notre Dame is recommitting to make the world a greener place, beginning in our own backyard,” Father Jenkins said. “Of greater importance, however, are the contributions our faculty and students are making across disciplines to find sustainability answers, especially for poor countries in most need of development and the most vulnerable to climate change.”

Father Jenkins also said Notre Dame was planning the investment of $113 million in renewable energy sources and projects, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields both on and off campus, which collectively will reduce CO2 emissions by 47,500 tons.

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Global breast cancer research at Notre Dame and beyond

Author: Jenna Bilinski


The inaugural symposium “Global Breast Cancer Research at Notre Dame… and Beyond," jointly hosted by the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, highlighted the expansive scope of breast cancer research active on campus.  Following faculty research presentations and a keynote speaker, an interactive poster session and reception focused on the work of trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels conducting innovative breast cancer research.  Drawn from six departments in the College of Science and College of Engineering at Notre Dame, and Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend, poster presenters showcased a comprehensive approach to breast cancer research.

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Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index honors innovative climate adaptation projects

Author: William G. Gilroy


Two innovative projects that address climate change in developing countries — an imaginative program in Mozambique that produces starch for craft beer from cassava and another that helps cities worldwide develop resiliency to disaster — have won the coveted 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize awarded by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index.

The annual honor underscores the growing movement by multinational and local corporations to develop resourceful contributions to climate adaptation in countries that rank in the bottom 50 of the ND-GAIN’s 180-country index. The index summarizes a country’s vulnerability to global climate challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience.

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Junior preprofessional major serves some of the world's most needy

Author: Gene Stowe

Mary White

Dr. Patricia Curtin White, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Notre Dame in 1980 and went on to become a medical doctor, has volunteered with the Notre Dame Haiti Program for many years and recruited her family to join the trips in support of a mobile medical service to help Haitians in remote villages. Her daughter, Mary White, a junior science preprofessional and psychology major with a minor in poverty studies, went on her first trip when she was in high school and returned in the summer of 2014

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Record highs for Notre Dame research funding

Author: Joanne Fahey

Rad Lab

The University of Notre Dame has received $133.7 million in research funding for fiscal year 2015. This is an all-time record for the University and $20 million more than last year.

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Sharon Stack publishes book on HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer

Author: Stephanie Healey


Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth most prevalent cancer worldwide. Although the overall incidence of HNSCC has decreased over the years due to public health efforts to promote smoking cessation, the incidence of oropharyngeal (tonsillar area) squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), which is associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), has increased over 200% from 1984-2004.

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Introducing Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science

Author: Andy Fuller

Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science

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Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, sat down for a brief question-and-answer session about her experience, her passion for scientific research and her new role at the University of Notre Dame.

When asked what drew her to Notre Dame, Galvin is quick to answer: alignment with the University’s mission, and the chance to work with students again.

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SPIE highlights iLocater in recent newsroom article

Author: Gene Stowe

Justin Crepp

The iLocater instrument being developed by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at Notre Dame, has been featured by the SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, in a paper describing the detection of planets around other stars. The article by Crepp, entitled “Renaissance of the Doppler technique for exoplanet studies,” was published online on Sept. 10 by SPIE and describes how new hardware will enable breakthroughs in instrumentation performance that could lead to the discovery of nearby worlds that might resemble the Earth.

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New awards stimulate cutting-edge biomedical and environmental research at Notre Dame

Author: Arnie Phifer


For a third consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T) initiative announced grant awards for a range of research projects that have the potential to solve significant problems in human and environmental health. The awards foster interdisciplinary research and promote new commercialization activity. Technologies developed through previous grants have been licensed by start-up companies, such as Contect and Enlightened Diagnostics, and spurred collaboration with external partners, including the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, and Central Michigan University. This year’s projects show similar promise, and for the first time one was selected for joint funding by both AD&T and Notre Dame’s Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI).

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Students and alumni share medical mission experiences

Author: Shadia Ajam

2015 Dooley Society medical mission stipend awardees

Each year Notre Dame alumni in medicine award stipends to a group of current Notre Dame students or alumni in medical school to cover funds for international medical missions. This past Saturday (Sept. 5) before the Notre Dame vs. Texas game, several of the students convened in the Jordan Hall of Science to present their medical mission experiences.

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Faculty lectures add to options for football weekend activities

Author: Stephanie Healey

Football Fridays at the Eck

Visitors who want a break from tailgating on football weekends have a variety of options for public lectures and talks around campus this fall. From science to the humanities to faith, these events will explore a range of topics of interest to the University of Notre Dame community.

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Corey Robinson pursues his passion during summer internship with ND-GAIN

Author: Stephanie Healey

Corey Robinson

What do football and climate change research have in common? For wide receiver Corey Robinson, the two involve following your passions.

Robinson is a rising senior in the program of liberal studies (PLS) and sustainability minor. He chose this course of study because he really enjoys philosophy and speculative thinking. “Sustainability was a perfect way to combine my love for ethics and philosophy with practical environmental policies,” he said.

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Patricia Clark elected to Executive Council of the Protein Society

Author: Stephanie Healey

Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O'Hara C.S.C Professor of Biochemistry, has been elected to the executive council of the Protein Society. She will serve a three-year term (2015-18), during which she will work with the other councilors to organize and conduct the society’s business and help plan conferences and other activities for the organization’s membership.

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ESTEEM student explores aquaponics as a sustainable food source

Author: Gene Stowe

Janaee Wallace Brings a Lot of Energy to her ESTEEM Classes

Janaee Wallace joined the University of Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s (ESTEEM) Program because her college counselor said it would equip her to fulfill her dreams. Wallace wants to develop marine aquaculture in her native Bahamas to launch innovative, sustainable food production across developing island and coastal nations in the Caribbean and South America. ESTEEM is adding extensive business, marketing, and technology skills to the scientific knowledge she gained with a biology major and chemistry minor at St. Edward’s University.

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Climate change through the lens of impact investing

Author: Carol Elliott


Climate change presents daunting challenges along myriad fronts, including environmental effects, government policies, human services — and business investment. In just the next two decades, an estimated investment of $53 trillion will be required to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Agency. Even at that level, the agency puts the odds at just 50 percent.

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Anthropology major explores his interest in science with a summer internship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Andrew Flatley

Rising senior Andrew Flatley, recently completed a 10-week research internship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Established in 1995, the Summer Internship Program provides biomedical and public health research experiences to college juniors and seniors. The goal of program is to encourage students to pursue careers in science, medicine and public health.

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National QuarkNet physics teachers draw inspiration from European workshop

Author: Gene Stowe

QuarkNet in Greece

Through the National Science Foundation, twenty physics teachers from across the United States joined 30 of their European counterparts in July in Attica, Greece, for Inspiring Science Education Summer Academy 2015, a six-day training and networking program aimed at boosting inquiry-based learning in high school classrooms. The National Science Foundation funded the trip through the national QuarkNet Program, an education and outreach program that partners high school physics teachers with particle physicists at more than 50 centers across the country.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Energy RET participants

Author: Jennifer Pavlick


The final year of the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) – Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future – came to a close on July 31. Ten science teachers from local high schools participated in the seven-week program and focused their attention on conducting energy-related research that was used to develop new curriculum for their classrooms.

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