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Nicholas Myers takes second place in elevator pitch competition

Author: Chontel Syfox

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Notre Dame doctoral candidate, Nicholas Myers, came second in an elevator pitch contest at the Micronutrient Forum 2016 global conference in Cancun, Mexico. The Micronutrient Forum aims to be a global catalyst and convener for sharing expertise, insights, and experience relevant to micronutrients in all aspects of health promotion and disease prevention. It brings together researchers, professionals, students, organizations, and stakeholders to converse and collaborate in order to end malnutrition worldwide. The particular focus of the 2016 global conference was the positioning of women’s nutrition at the center of sustainable development.

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Why CUSE? - Notre Dame seniors reflect on their experiences with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Author: Kathleen Schuler

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The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) at the University of Notre Dame promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors, and the pursuit of fellowships. Although CUSE works with over 1,000 Domers each year, not everyone knows about all of its services. CUSE sat down with four senior CUSE Sorin Scholars — Kiley Adams (biological sciences), Ian Tembe (chemical engineering and philosophy), Grace Watkins (philosophy), and Emily Zion (biochemistry) [pictured in order below] — to speak about the benefits that CUSE has provided for them, and why other students should work with CUSE during their time here.

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Medical mission grant awardees present experiences

Author: Cliff Djajapranata


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With her ultimate goal of becoming a doctor in mind, Notre Dame junior Candice Park spent this past summer in India for eight weeks, grappling with issues surrounding medicine and public health in New Delhi.

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Notre Dame’s Grace Watkins and Alexis Doyle named Rhodes Scholars

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Watkins, a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Doyle, of Los Altos, California, are two of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 882 candidates who had been endorsed by their colleges and universities. They are Notre Dame’s 18th and 19th Rhodes Scholars and will commence their studies at Oxford University in October.

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Eli Lilly faculty fellowship provides drug discovery experience

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body has an inability to produce enough insulin. In the United States alone, it is estimated that the illness affects nearly 30 million diagnosed and undiagnosed people, and treatment often includes patients using an intravenous or IV method to get insulin into their system. This uncomfortable and inconvenient form of treatment can require anywhere from two to four injections a day, but a Notre Dame researcher is working to combat this problem with a less frequent, oral delivery system.

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Turning ideas into reality for colon cancer research

Author: Jenna Bilinski

Amanda Hummon

Amanda Hummom learned of the strong genetic component behind cancer, especially colon cancer, affecting the same family over and over again. This is a huge part of why she is committed to studying the molecular mechanisms that fuel the disease. “I don’t want to see my children, or my future grandchildren, develop this disease … I want to help all families facing this disease,” she said.

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Illuminating ovarian cancer surgery

Author: Angela Cavalieri

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One in 77 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime.  Because ovarian cancer has no defined symptoms, most women will be diagnosed at a late stage of the disease where metastatic lesions are found dispersed throughout the abdomen. Ovarian cancer is currently the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. With new technology being developed at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, the ovarian cancer surgery success rate may ultimately improve significantly.

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Limitless: Mission to Mars

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy


Two-thirds of the way through the longest open-ocean leg of a circumnavigation of the world, Notre Dame alumna Dava Newman suddenly lost control of her 47-foot sailboat. She and her husband discovered that the steering system failed because all the hydraulic fluid had leaked from a crack in a copper hose.

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Students grateful for opportunity to engage in summer research experiences

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Each summer, the College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), provide opportunities for Notre Dame science sophomores and juniors to engage in research. With support from donors, and in collaboration with the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Indiana University School of Medicine–South Bend, and Glynn Family Honors program, students participate in full-time research for 9 to 10 weeks and are mentored by College of Science faculty or international collaborators at an institute abroad. 

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Students explore “living museum:” Galápagos Islands

Author: Chontel Syfox

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This fall break 14 students spent a week on the Galápagos Islands as part of the Practicum in Field Environmental Biology course. The course aimed to introduce and amplify the principles of evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental science on the islands and afforded students the opportunity to refine their understanding of the scientific method, especially formulating hypotheses from observations and collecting data to test those hypotheses.

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Channeling our inner Darwin: Adventures in the Galapagos Islands

Author: Anna Chang


During fall break, I traveled with thirteen other Notre Dame undergraduate students to the Galápagos Islands as part of a new science course, Practicum in Field Environmental Biology. Under the direction of Biological Science Professors, Gary Lamberti and Malcolm Fraser, we explored the islands and investigated individual research projects, which focused on observation of unique species in the islands.

Throughout the week, our tour guide, Luis, offered insight into the amazing characteristics of the islands and explained how each island’s environment is conducive to the success of unique species. I have never been in a place quite like it, where you have to compete with sea lions for a space to sit on the boardwalk, or where iguanas will walk right in front of you and completely disregard your presence. The Galapagos Islands are the perfect example of nature existing with no fear of humans, and the protection of them and respect for the environment there was unquestionable.

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Graduate School to host second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

Author: Aaron Bell

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The Graduate School will host it’s second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition beginning with a November 9, Kickoff Event from 5 to 6 p.m. at Legends of Notre Dame. Ph.D. graduate students who have completed their candidacy exams can compete in 3MT®. All graduate students can attend Professional Development workshops related to 3MT to strengthen and polish their presentation skills. If interested, you may register for the Kickoff Event here. Qualifying heats begin in late February 2017 and will culminate in a Final Event on March 23 with a first prize of $2,000.

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Applications now open for the Naughton Fellowships

Author: Joanne Fahey

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The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional Ph.D., masters, or undergraduate students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame.

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