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Continuing the search for gravitational waves

Continuing the search for gravitational waves

  In February, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced it had detected gravitational waves for the first time, confirming the last prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Somewhat overlooked in the excitement that followed is the fact that scientists don’t know the exact location the waves were coming from. University...

Harper Cancer Research Institute to hold Fifth Annual Research Day

Harper Cancer Research Institute to hold Fifth Annual Research Day

Harper Cancer Research Institute’s Fifth Annual Research Day on April 4 (Monday) will gather cancer researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) at the Morris Inn for a day of exchange and discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

In memoriam: Paul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics at Notre Dame

In memoriam: Paul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics at Notre Dame

Paul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Notre Dame, died March 22 at his home in South Bend. He was 86. Chagnon taught physics and conducted research in nuclear physics at Notre Dame for 32 years before retiring in 1995. He published numerous articles on his research,...

Indiana Watershed Initiative highlighted at White House Water Summit

Indiana Watershed Initiative highlighted at White House Water Summit

A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation’s heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms was highlighted Tuesday (March 22) at a White House Water Summit. The program is spearheaded through a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and...

Astrophysicists catch two supernovae at the moment of explosion

Astrophysicists catch two supernovae at the moment of explosion

For the first time, a “shock breakout” in an exploding supergiant star has been discovered at visible wavelengths. An international team of astrophysicists led by Peter Garnavich, professor of astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, has caught two supernovae in the act of exploding. Using the Kepler space telescope,...

Using DNA 'fingerprinting' to understand ancestry and immunity of trees

Using DNA 'fingerprinting' to understand ancestry and immunity of trees

When Europeans came to the New World in the 16th century, they brought measles and smallpox with them. Without the immunity Europeans had cultivated over the years, the native people in America quickly fell ill. Millions died as a result. Today, trees in the New World are also dying from diseases...

Hauenstein receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award

Hauenstein receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award

Jonathan Hauenstein, an associate professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS), has received a three-year, $510,000 award from the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program. The award, which includes funding for a postdoctoral associate and graduate students, will support the development of new algorithms...

Nicholas Myers and Claire Bowen win $2,500 at 3MT competition

Nicholas Myers and Claire Bowen win $2,500 at 3MT competition

At the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) on Wednesday, March 16, nine graduate students at University of Notre Dame competed for prize money and a bid to the regional championships. Three graduate students from the College of Science competed. Nicholas Myers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry won second...

Raicu named Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Raicu named Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Claudiu Raicu, an assistant professor of mathematics, has received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the two-year fellowship to 126 researchers across the nation, including just 20 recipients in mathematics. In recognition of his distinguished performance and unique potential to make a substantial...

You Be the Chemist comes to Notre Dame

You Be the Chemist comes to Notre Dame

Notre Dame hosted 22 local middle school students in the first St. Joseph County You Be the Chemist (YBTC) Local Challenge, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company, in the Jordan Hall of Science on March 12. Chemistry graduate students Karen Bailey, Kasey Clear, and Emily Amenson organized the event in collaboration...

Heidelberg exchange program promotes research training

Heidelberg exchange program promotes research training

Through Notre Dame International, the University of Notre Dame and Heidelberg University have established a collaboration in which students from Germany have taken classes and conducted research at Notre Dame since August, part of an ongoing, broad collaboration with Heidelberg University that was established in 2104. Alex Dimmling and Lennart...

Science alumnus transforms developing countries’ prison medical care

Science alumnus transforms developing countries’ prison medical care

Notre Dame alumnus Dr. John May ND '84 switched his major from engineering to preprofessional studies when he was inspired by the story of physician-humanitarian Dr. Tom Dooley.  Later, he earned an M.D. at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and dedicated his career to providing medical care in jails and prisons, both in...

Helping to stop colorectal cancer by identifying metastasis chances early

Helping to stop colorectal cancer by identifying metastasis chances early

Colorectal cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, is not a commonly discussed disease. Often symptomless in early stages, the cancer is more difficult to treat as it progresses, requiring chemotherapy in later stages. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a...

Graduate students on the clock to explain research, win competition

Graduate students on the clock to explain research, win competition

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for prize money and a bid to the regional championships during the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday (March 16). Known as 3MT, the competition features graduate students across all disciplines explaining their research in clear and succinct language appropriate for...

Kashiv publishes study on imaging trace elements in organelles

Kashiv publishes study on imaging trace elements in organelles

Yoav Kashiv, a visiting scholar in the Department of Physics, is the lead author on a recently-published paper about breakthrough success at imaging trace elements in individual organelles within the cell. The paper, “Imaging trace element distributions in single organelles and subcellular features”, was published in February in the journal...