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Nineteenth annual Expanding Your Horizons broadens career aspirations for girls

Nineteenth annual Expanding Your Horizons broadens career aspirations for girls

This past Saturday (Apr. 23), Notre Dame hosted the 19th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) career conference for middle school girls that focused on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Throughout the conference, students had the opportunity to collaborate and learn from female role models working in STEM...

Community-based course development grants impact local community

Community-based course development grants impact local community

Several faculty in the College of Science have received Community-Based Course Development Grants from the Center for Social Concerns. The $2,500 grants are available to faculty and graduate students to support the design of new courses or major redesigns of existing courses. The courses incorporate community-based learning, where students conduct...

Twelve graduate students receive Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Twelve graduate students receive Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Twelve graduate students who are instructors and teaching assistants in the College of Science received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. The recipients are Bide Xiong of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics; Jenifer Gifford, Sheri Sanders, Kimbra Turner, and Victoria Zellmer...

Nine students named winners in Living Worlds Space Art Contest

Nine students named winners in Living Worlds Space Art Contest

Nine students in kindergarten through fifth grade are first, second or third place winners in Notre Dame’s first Living Worlds Space Art Contest in which students are asked to imagine and depict the unusual forms of life that might inhabit other planets. In addition to the artwork, entrants also include...

Solving the ebola outbreak: Paul Farmer and the four s’s

Solving the ebola outbreak: Paul Farmer and the four s’s

This past Tuesday, April 19, Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health and professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard University, visited Notre Dame and delivered a lecture titled, “Taking up the Challenges of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters.” Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International...

Researchers begin high-tech study of Vatican courtyard

Researchers begin high-tech study of Vatican courtyard

Vatican City, both the smallest sovereign state in the world and the administrative headquarters of its largest Christian Church, is also a United Nations World Heritage site. Among the series of architectural restoration projects planned or under way there, few are more significant than that of the Cortile del Belvedere,...

Understanding Behavior Key to Combating Malaria

Understanding Behavior Key to Combating Malaria

Today, April 25, is the annual World Malaria Day. This year’s theme – End Malaria for Good – seeks to build upon past successes in combating this deadly disease, which killed over 435,000 people in 2015, and sustain this progress in order to truly  “end malaria for good.” At the University...

Twenty-four graduate students win NSF GRFP awards

Twenty-four graduate students win NSF GRFP awards

The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 24 current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another 17 earning honorable mention. Overall, there were 41 students recognized by the NSF. This doubles the number of Notre Dame awardees from...

A tough childhood can lead to a shorter life for baboons

A tough childhood can lead to a shorter life for baboons

What is true for humans is also true for baboons: The tougher the childhood, the higher the risks of premature death later in life. Numerous studies have shown that childhood trauma can have far-reaching effects on adult health and survival; new research finds the same is true for wild baboons....

Notre Dame family to celebrate third annual Notre Dame Day

Notre Dame family to celebrate third annual Notre Dame Day

The celebration will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 24 and end at midnight on April 25. The 29-hour live broadcast from LaFortune Student Center will share inspiring and entertaining Notre Dame stories from around the world through interviews and celebrity guests. It...

Stoneburner co-authors report on innovative laser procedure

Stoneburner co-authors report on innovative laser procedure

Christine Petti, M.D., a plastic surgeon (SMC ’76), and her daughter, Jacqueline Stoneburner, a senior majoring in both science-business and Spanish at Notre Dame, published the results of the 16-patient clinical trial in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Petti developed a method for repairing both lipodystrophy and cellulite...

Junior faculty receive nationally competitive research awards

Junior faculty receive nationally competitive research awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized six University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science for their accomplishments in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The CAREER program was created to recognize and support outstanding junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating...

Five faculty receive Young Investigator Program awards

Five faculty receive Young Investigator Program awards

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Office of Naval Research recognized five University of Notre Dame scientists and engineers with Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards for 2016.

Division of Student Affairs recognizes outstanding student leaders

Division of Student Affairs recognizes outstanding student leaders

The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students at the 30th annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Thursday (April 7). These annual awards honor current students who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.

Jennifer Tank receives 2016 Ganey Award for community-based research

Jennifer Tank receives 2016 Ganey Award for community-based research

Jennifer Tank has received the 2016 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award for working together with Kosciusko County farmers and local conservation staff to reduce nutrient runoff in the Shatto Ditch watershed. The award is a $5,000 prize presented annually to a regular faculty member at the University of...

Renowned microbiologist Rita Colwell to receive Notre Dame honorary degree

Renowned microbiologist Rita Colwell to receive Notre Dame honorary degree

Rita Colwell, a molecular microbiologist whose research focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health, will receive a doctor of science honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday). She joins six previously announced honorary degree recipients. Currently a Distinguished University Professor...

Astrophysicists find triple star system with 'hot Jupiter'

Astrophysicists find triple star system with 'hot Jupiter'

Crisp, clear images of a “hot Jupiter” system captured by a University of Notre Dame physicist were vital in determining that a newly found planet inhabits a three-star system, a phenomenon documented only a few times before. Justin R. Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, was part of the team...

Unearthing the secrets of a star

Unearthing the secrets of a star

Copernicus. Galileo. Hubble. For ages, humans have looked up at the night sky to ponder the secrets of the universe. The flickering stars have been the stuff of fascination and research for millennia, from men and women who mostly turned their gaze ever upward to study the vastness of space....

Graduate student Erica Gonzales contributes to rare brown dwarf discovery

Graduate student Erica Gonzales contributes to rare brown dwarf discovery

Erica Gonzales, a graduate student in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, was conducting her first telescope observations in California in October 2014 when she helped to discover and photograph a rare brown dwarf– an object with mass in between that of stars and planets. Working...