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Biologist sees common ground in Pope Francis’s environmental stance

Author: Gene Stowe

David Lodge

In a column published in the July 30 edition of Nature magazine, David M. Lodge, the Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, said that Pope Francis has opened common ground for science and religion, especially on environmental issues. Lodge, a Protestant who has worked for 30 years at Notre Dame, is an expert on freshwater ecology, invasive species, and environmental policy. He wrote that the Pope could “help to bridge the divide between science and the Protestant views that dominate the religious ‘anti-science’ movement.”

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STEM research leaders call for change in undergrad education

Author: William G. Gilroy

Undergraduates in 2012 Dan Philpott course

Immediate change is needed at all levels to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in research universities, according to a paper on undergraduate STEM learning and teaching co-authored by Zachary Schultz, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, that appears in a special July issue of the journal Nature.

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New research cluster at Notre Dame accelerates cancer research

Author: Kallie O'Connell

Dynamics of a tumor neoepitope presented by Major Histocompatibility Complex

With cancer affecting millions of lives each year, Notre Dame scientists are working to develop personalized cancer vaccine therapies with the help of computational modeling. The recent acquisition of a General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) computer cluster has significantly accelerated output for Notre Dame researchers. Led by Brian Baker, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Science and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, an interdisciplinary team of biophysicists, biochemists and immunologists are using the GPGPU cluster to develop new immunotherapeutics. The cluster is maintained and housed by the Center for Research Computing at Union Station Technology Center, downtown South Bend.

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Three universities host an international summer chemistry program in Santiago, Chile

Author: Stephanie Healey

Chemistry lab

Twenty doctoral students from Europe, Latin America, and the United States are participating in the Santander International Summer School on molecular catalysts from July 14-24 at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago, Chile. Organized by the University of Notre Dame, University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) in Santiago, the summer school will highlight the fundamentals and current developments in the field of molecular catalysts, with an emphasis on catalysts as synthetic tools.

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New paper describes novel synthesis of hyperbranched polymers

Author: William G. Gilroy

Haifeng Gao

A new paper by a team of researchers that includes Haifeng Gao, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, presents, for the first time, a one-pot, one-batch synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with tunablemolecular weights, uniform size and high degree of branching using an efficient click polymerization technique.

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Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility launches new website

Author: Joanne Fahey

pipette

In order to provide an improved user experience, the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) at the University of Notre Dame has launched a new website, genomics.nd.edu.

The goal of the website is to make accessing information related to Notre Dame Genomics and Bioinformatics easier, faster, and friendlier for all users. Information on the services available, including usage rates, can be found on the new site.

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Summer program in computational chemistry held in Heidelberg, Germany

Author: Stephanie Healey

Heidelberg, Germany

The first Joint Summer School in Computational Chemistry was held at Heidelberg University in Germany July 6-11. Organized by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing at Heidelberg University, the six day program provided the opportunity for students who primarily work on experimental research to combine their studies with theory-based approaches, in particular with electronic-structure-based computational chemistry.

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Remembering Emil T. Hofman

Author: Gene Stowe

Emil Hofman

Emil T. Hofman, emeritus professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who passed away on July 11 at age 94, was a legendary chemistry professor who taught more than 60 percent of each freshman class for four decades. His more than 32,000 former students include both of Notre Dame’s Nobel Prize winners, Notre Dame President Emeritus Monk Malloy, and more than 8,000 doctors. In retirement, Professor Hofman was still a fixture on campus, welcoming passersby to join him on a bench outside the Main Building.

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Physics alumnus leads team in determining the chemical abundance pattern left by the earliest stars in the universe

Author: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Star Signatures

An international team led by Department of Physics alumnus Brian Bucher '14 Ph.D. of LLNL has made an important contribution to the ability to predict the unique chemical signature left by these early stars with the first direct measurement under stellar conditions of an important nuclear reaction. The research appears in the June 26 issue of the journal, Physical Review Letters.

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Three questions with Rich Taylor: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rich Taylor

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which seemed a particularly apt time to talk with Rich Taylor, a University of Notre Dame researcher whose research focuses on the discovery and development of new therapeutic leads for the treatment of unmet clinical needs in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Taylor is associate vice president for research, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and interim director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development.

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Notre Dame joins in call to action for American 'Innovation Imperative'

Author: William G. Gilroy

Research

The University of Notre Dame has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed Innovation: An American Imperative, a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings — and warnings — contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.

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Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1 Million grant to study virtues in science

Author: Carrie Gates

Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology and concurrent professor in the College of Science

A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religious Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University.

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Notre Dame faculty read and react to new encyclical on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si’, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday (June 18).

In an op-ed essay in Wednesday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.

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Researchers discover massive genome switch in one generation

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rhagoletis pomonella, or "apple maggot"

A team of biologists from the University of Notre Dame, Rice University and three other schools has discovered that an agricultural pest that began plaguing U.S. apple growers in the 1850s likely did so after undergoing extensive and genome-wide changes in a single generation.

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Ethical Leaders in STEM: Announcing the first cohort of leadership fellows

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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This fall, the Graduate School will launch a unique Ethical Leaders in STEM program, a yearlong leadership development opportunity for third- and fourth-year Ph.D. graduate students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goals of the program are to provide an opportunity to become aware of and further develop one’s leadership strengths; to provide an ethical foundation for decision-making; and to positively impact the community.

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Beers interviewed on Big Picture Science

Author: Shelly Goethals

Big Picture Science

Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Professor of Astrophysics, was interviewed on this week's episode of Big Picture Science. Big Picture Science is a nationally syndicated radio talk show produced by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. and broadcast nationally on NPR.

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Molly Duman Scheel receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Molly Duman Scheel

Indiana University announced on Monday (Jun. 8) that Molly Duman Scheel, adjunct associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Small Interfering RNA Larvicides for Control of Malaria Vector Mosquitoes."

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The Pursuit of "Why?"

Author: John Fineran

Siyuan Zhang

The pursuit of the question, “Why?” has taken Siyuan Zhang from his native China to Notre Dame to find answers in the battle against breast cancer. 

 

“I tell my students the best of the best have curious minds,” says Zhang, the Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research
 at Notre Dame’s Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute. “The best of the best are always asking, ‘why?’

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Stahelin named recipient of Navari gift

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Rob Stahelin

Robert V. Stahelin, adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), has been awarded IUSM-SB's Navari Family Endowed Chair.

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Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine 'holy light' on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world.

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Marya Lieberman earns Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Marya Lieberman

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, was awarded the inaugural Partners for Progress Prosperity (P3) Award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015 Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting on Friday (May 29).  She was recognized for her partnerships with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya and Chemists Without Borders.

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