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Helquist and Wiest receive US patent for HDAC inhibitors

Author: Gene Stowe

Olaf Wiest and Paul Helquist

Professors of chemistry and biochemistry, Paul Helquist and Olaf Wiest, together with Frederick Maxfield of Cornell University have received a U.S. patent for potential treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. Patent No. 9,333,222, “Histone deacetylase inhibitors as therapeutic agents for Niemann-Pick Type C Disease,” covers the full class of histone deacetylase inhibitors for the genetic, fatal lysosomal storage disorder and related diseases.

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International mathematicians honor Juan Migliore at commutative algebra conference

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Juan Migliore

Mathematicians from around the world gathered at Notre Dame last week to honor Notre Dame professor and associate math chair Juan Migliore on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

The Midwest Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Conference brought scholars together to discuss recent advances in commutative algebra and its intersection with algebraic geometry. Migliore is a pioneer in the mathematics based the Gorenstein linkage or liaison, a technique he developed touching on the work of prominent 19th Century mathematicians. Migliore’s technique has spawned its own mathematical field.

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Michael Walters, distinguished actuary, advises undergraduates interested in the field

Author: Sarah Cate Baker


Michael Walters

On April 13, distinguished actuary Michael Walters gave the talk, “Actuarial Profession Opportunities for Notre Dame Students” to undergraduates interested in the field.

In his talk, Walters advised students on the nature of actuarial exams, education, and career prospects. When speaking of the exams Walters cited his experience as education chairman at CAS, and told students not to be discouraged by the four to five hundred hours of studying required for each test.

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2016 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

Author: Joanne Fahey

2016 Naughton Fellowship winners

Twenty-one students have been announced as awardees of the Naughton Fellowships for 2016. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from four universities in Ireland.

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Physicists create first metamaterial with rewritable magnetic ordering

Author: Tammi Freehling

Yong-Lei Wang

University of Notre Dame Visiting Research Assistant Professor Yong-Lei Wang and his collaborators have produced the first rewriteable, artificial “magnetic charge ice.” The research, described in a paper published May 20, 2016, in the journal Science, shows strong potential for technological applications from data storage and memory to reprogrammable magnonics to spintronics. Magnetic charge ice has potential to allow for smaller, more powerful computers in the future.

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Dean’s Award Luncheon honors senior science students

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, presented awards to three outstanding seniors in the College of Science on Friday, May 13, 2016, at a luncheon held in the galleria of the Jordan Hall of Science. The culmination of four years of hard work, long hours, and well deserved successes, these awards celebrate the varied accomplishments of the graduating seniors in the College of Science.

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David Galvin receives Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award

Author: Marissa Gebhard


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David Galvin, associate professor of mathematics, is the recipient of the 2016 Father James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award from the College of Science.  The award, which was conferred on May 13 at the College of Science awards luncheon, is presented for excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching.

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Alumnus offers advice to students interested in pursuing medical school

Author: Shadia Ajam

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Alumnus Niall Cochrane, ND ’14 recently delivered a presentation on his experience as a first year medical student at Georgetown University.  “Use your resources here at Notre Dame, especially Father Foster,” he advised a room of undergraduates preparing to apply to medical school.

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Three Notre Dame seniors win second prize in sickle cell disease challenge

Author: Tammi Freehling


A team of two Notre Dame science seniors and one Notre Dame engineering senior has been awarded the second prize in the Sickle Cell Disease Challenge for Undergraduate Students sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Using mathematical models to fight the Zika virus

Author: Brandi Klingerman


New research from the University of Notre Dame will be used to generate maps that provide time-sensitive, mosquito-to-human ratios that determine patterns of mosquito population dynamics for the Zika virus. The model outputs will be available online to provide users with the ability to find reported cases and estimated incidences by location of the virus to improve disease transmission and prevalence forecasts, which is critical to making accurate predictions and translating results into effective public health strategies.

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Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund launches at Notre Dame

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Marcia Christy Michael Parseghian

Building on the partnership that the University of Notre Dame formed with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation in 2010, the University has now established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund and is moving the administrative functions and granting process of the foundation from Tucson, Arizona, to Notre Dame.

Through this partnership, the Parseghian family will continue their fight to find a cure or treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease and will continue to help fundraise and support researchers around the world.

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Notre Dame Biology student recognized for outstanding contributions to science

Author: Sarah Craig

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Graduating Biology major, Diane Choi, is being honored with multiple academic achievement awards as the Class of 2016 prepares for graduation. Choi is the recipient of three major undergraduate awards for her work while a science student at Notre Dame.  

The awards include the Outstanding Biology Student Leader Award from the Department of Biological Sciences recognizing “a senior Biology major who has made outstanding contributions, through leadership and service, to advance the interests of other students in the department;”

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Burns receives Peacock Medal from the Mineralogical Association of Canada

Author: Barbara Villarosa

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Peter C. Burns will be honored by the Mineralogy Association of Canada at their annual meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada this June with the association’s 2016 Peacock Medal. Awarded since 1982, the medal recognizes a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the mineral sciences in Canada.

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Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey


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Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and three have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman Visits ND Turbo Lab

Author: Jasmin Avila

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On Thursday, April 7, NASA Deputy Administrator and Notre Dame alumna Dava Newman (’86) visited the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory at Ignition Park. Newman is the Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT and is best known for her groundbreaking research in wearable technologies, namely her BioSuit, a compact and more skin-tight suit that could potentially allow future space travelers greater flexibility and movement.

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Rita Colwell, former director of NSF, to deliver the Graduate School Commencement Address

Author: Evan Bryson


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Rita Colwell, a molecular microbiologist whose research focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health, will deliver the commencement address on May 14 (Saturday) at the commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.

Colwell is currently a Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her study of the cholera bacteria, and subsequent findings, has aided researchers in predicting cholera epidemics worldwide as well as preventing it in developed and developing countries.

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