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Environmental Change Initiative Launches New Website

Environmental Change Initiative Launches New Website

The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) has launched a new website, eci.nd.edu. The website now includes a modern look and enriched content that aims to better assist both ND-ECI’s internal and external communities.

Dr. Patricia Curtin White wins national Jefferson Foundation Award

Dr. Patricia Curtin White wins national Jefferson Foundation Award

University of Notre Dame alumna and Christiana Care Center Chief of Geriatric Medicine Dr. Patricia Curtin White was the winner of the national Outstanding Public Service award from the Jefferson Foundation for her humanitarian work with the Notre Dame Haiti Program.

Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion Dedication at ND-LEEF

Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion Dedication at ND-LEEF

On Friday, June 10, the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative welcomed the ND-ECI community to the dedication of the Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion at Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility. Serving as the centerpiece of ND-LEEF, the Morrison Family Pavilion offers a year-round outdoor classroom and outreach destination located five miles from campus at St. Patrick’s...

VWR supports Notre Dame Research to detect low-quality medicines in Kenya

VWR supports Notre Dame Research to detect low-quality medicines in Kenya

In partnership with the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), Professor of Chemistry Marya Lieberman and her research team have received support from VWR , a leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers.

Astrophysicists release new study of one of the first stars

Astrophysicists release new study of one of the first stars

No one has yet observed the first stars that formed in the Milky Way. In all likelihood, they will never be directly observed, because the first stars are massive, ending their lives only a few millions years after their birth.

Engineering the immune system to kill cancer cells

Engineering the immune system to kill cancer cells

 In late 2015, former President Jimmy Carter announced that he was free of the metastatic melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. In addition to surgery and radiation, Carter was treated with an immunotherapy drug, a new approach in cancer treatment that has a promising outlook.  

Notre Dame hosts the 2016 NSF REU Physics Olympics

Notre Dame hosts the 2016 NSF REU Physics Olympics

The annual Physics Olympics, hosted by the Notre Dame Physics Department and the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program returned to the Jordan Hall of Science this week. The event brings together students from Michigan State University, Purdue University, and Notre Dame, who work collaboratively to solve physics problems.

Entomologist Nicole L. Achee helps write gene drives report

Entomologist Nicole L. Achee helps write gene drives report

University of Notre Dame medical entomologist Nicole L. Achee is a member of a committee convened to summarize the scientific discoveries related to gene drives and considerations for their responsible use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health asked the National Academies...

Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution.

GLOBES Students Make Science Policy Presentations in Washington, D.C.

GLOBES Students Make Science Policy Presentations in Washington, D.C.

GLOBES graduate students traveled to Washington, D.C. in early May to make science policy presentations to U.S. State Department and other federal agency officials. The trip to the nation’s capital was part of the U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab project course taught by University of Notre Dame Professor Emeritus David...

Notre Dame Research to showcase Commercialization Opportunities at BIO 2016

Notre Dame Research to showcase Commercialization Opportunities at BIO 2016

The University of Notre Dame will attend the 2016 BIO International Convention, which is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) from June 6 - 9, 2016 in San Francisco. Represented Notre Dame Research groups at the event include the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), the Center for Nano Science and Technology...

Study reveals insights into protein linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Study reveals insights into protein linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease usually target the active sites of specific protein molecules sustaining the disease. Traditional drug design views proteins as rigid 3-D objects with active sites consisting of surface-accessible “pockets” with a specific, well-defined structure. Traditional drug design involves finding small molecules with shapes that...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Tom Springer has been named the new Managing Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), starting June 1, 2016. Springer brings significant management and communication expertise to Notre Dame, including strategic planning, grant development, program design and evaluation, group facilitation, and program promotion.

Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate

Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate

More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Growing urbanization increases the overall temperature of a city as buildings, roads, parking lots and other infrastructure absorb heat, creating an urban...

2016 Student Awardees for Research Fellowships in Energy Announced

2016 Student Awardees for Research Fellowships in Energy Announced

Sixteen students have been awarded research fellowships by ND Energy to conduct energy-related research at the University of Notre Dame during summer 2016 and the 2016-2017 academic year. Eleven undergraduate students received The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes, nine from the University of...