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Notre Dame QuarkNet team builds detector to run at LHC at CERN

Author: Gene Stowe

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A team from the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center including two high school teachers and a high school student will travel to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland in mid-November to install a small, fiber-optic particle detector in the Large Hadron Collider. This type of detector, created at Notre Dame in the early 1980s and upgraded in the late 1990s by Randy Ruchti, professor of physics, and the late Barry Baumbaugh, professional specialist, uses a fiber optic plate, converting energy to light, and image intensification to make collisions visible to the human eye. A video camera will capture lead ions traveling through the equipment at near the speed of light and smashing into nuclei.

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Thomas Totten '87: Actuaries and Startups

Author: Sarah Cate Baker

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On October 5, distinguished actuary, CEO, and Notre Dame alumnus Thomas Totten ’87 gave a talk to undergraduates entitled “Actuaries and Startups.” Intended for students with both actuarial and entrepreneurial futures in mind, the lecture used Totten’s own actuary-based startup to exemplify how the two fields can complement each other, and accomplish amazing things. The talk was in many ways a preview to a new course available next spring, in which undergraduates will receive hands-on experience doing real actuarial work pertinent to Totten’s company.

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Identifying DNA and developing data

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug and antibiotic resistance, monitoring invasive species, and much more.

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Chemistry alumna, Ann Weber ‘82, inducted into MEDI Hall of Fame

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Newly inducted into the MEDI Hall of Fame this year, alumna Ann Weber ’82, graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame with a B.S. in chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Harvard University. She is currently Senior Vice President – Drug Discovery at Kallyope Inc., a New York City-based biotechnology company focused on harnessing the potential of the gut-brain axis.

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Physicists Beers and Surman elected APS Fellows

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Notre Dame astronomer, Timothy Beers, Ph.D., and nuclear astrophysicist Rebecca Surman, Ph.D., were elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its September 2016 meeting. The APS is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, and advocacy.

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Collaboration yields new understanding of nano properties needed to build new materials

Author: Gene Stowe

Jon Camden

A collaboration between Jon Camden, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, David Masiello of the University of Washington, and Philip Rack of the University of Tennessee has directly observed hybridized magnetic resonances in plasmonic nanostructures for the first time. The achievement is a critical step toward developing materials that interact with light in unexpected ways and that may someday cloak military equipment throughout the visible spectrum or underlie future PV technology optimized to capture energy from the sun’s infrared rays. Their paper on the work, “STEM/EELS Imaging of Magnetic Hybridization in Symmetric and Symmetry-Broken Plasmon Oligomer Dimers and All-Magnetic Fano Interference,” was published in the American Chemical Society’s Nano Letters.

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Students share Galapagos Islands diversity with area children

Author: Gene Stowe


Days before their Fall Break trip to the Galapagos Islands as part of a course in the Department of Biological Sciences, 14 Notre Dame undergraduates introduced the Darwin-inspiring islands to youngsters at the Robinson Community Learning Center who will be “virtual explorers” with them through the adventure.

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Shogren wins EPA graduate fellowship

Author: Chontel Syfox

Arial Shogren

Biological sciences doctoral candidate, Arial Shogren, has been awarded the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shogren received the $132,000 grant for her project, “Modeling the Transport of Environmental DNA (eDNA)” in the EPA’s Emerging Environmental Approaches and Challenges Innovation program.

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ND Energy announces final plans for the 10th annual Notre Dame Energy Week – October 3-7

Author: Barbara Villarosa


A full slate of energy-related events is being scheduled for the week of October 2nd as the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) prepares for its annual Notre Dame Energy Week. Celebrating its 10th year, the week will feature academic lectures and interactive events with the goal of increasing awareness of energy issues.

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How an alumnus effectively fights food insecurity

Author: Grant Johnson

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The obesity epidemic in this country should be of no surprise to anyone. But did you know that the environment in which you live has a high impact on your overall health? Dr. Patrick H. Casey M.D. ’67, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Harvey and Bernice Jones Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas, has done work into researching how social determinants affect the overall health of children. 

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