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Notre Dame students win second place in Disney Imagineering design competition

Author: Carrie Gates

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An interdisciplinary team of four Notre Dame students won second place Friday (January 27) in the Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition. Mark Davidson, Jessica Klouda, Erin Rice, and Madeline Zupan were honored for their project, “The Spirit of the Isle,” a manmade island where guests enter from behind a waterfall to experience an engaging amphitheatre, explore sweeping terraces, or venture into a cave beneath the falls, which can double as an ice-skating rink in winter.


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Notre Dame to host 20th Expanding Your Horizons conference

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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In April, the University of Notre Dame will host the annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) career conference. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, EYH is geared toward middle-school girls and includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). During the conference, participants have the chance to meet STEM professionals and learn more about careers in the STEM field. The program’s ultimate goal is to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM and STEM-related careers.

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University community urged to consider ‘What’s Your Next Step?’ at second annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Three thousand members of the University community gathered Monday (Jan. 23) to reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and what they mean for America today in the midst of national division. The luncheon program featured a conversation with U.S Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Notre Dame alumna and trustee.

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Grad student will present new cancer findings at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Author: Grant Johnson

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Biological sciences graduate student Joshua Mason has been selected to attend the 2017 National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Selection in the NGSS is extraordinarily competitive as application is by invitation only. Over 1,500 students were invited to apply for the 2017 symposium of which only 42 students were selected to participate. Mason and the other selected participants will receive an all expenses paid trip to St. Jude this Spring where they will give a talk, present a poster, and meet with St. Jude scientists.

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New imaging website

Author: Sarah Chapman

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The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) has launched a new website, The new website provides a clean, modern look that aims to serve faculty and students, as well as external customers, who are seeking imaging research services.

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Team of Notre Dame students named finalists in Disney Imagineering design competition

Author: Carrie Gates

Imagine bringing the magic of a Disney theme park to the Notre Dame campus. Students in Scott Shim’s Collaborative Product Development course recently took on that challenge—with great success. A team of four students from that class has made the finals of the Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney Imagineering—the creative force behind the Disney parks, resorts, and attractions—in Glendale, California, this week.

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Four Notre Dame students finalists in Disney Imagineering contest

Author: Sue Ryan

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Notre Dame students senior Mark Davidson, senior Jessica Klouda, senior Erin Rice and graduate student Madeline Zupan designed a project titled “Spirit of the Isle” that allows visitors, friends and students to momentarily enter into a “stress-free world of magical fun.”

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Research reveals a triple-drug regimen that could eliminate elephantiasis

Author: Gene Stowe

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A collaborative modeling study among three research groups, including Edwin Michael’s laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences, reveals that a triple-drug regimen could accelerate the elimination of lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne parasitic disease also known as elephantiasis. The study, which shows that the regimen requires far fewer applications than current two-drug combinations, is also significant because it provides a unified scientific consensus on the subject for policymakers who sometimes face a confusing array of separate claims.

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Apply now for the 2017 ND Physics REU program

Author: Shelly Goethals

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The University of Notre Dame’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 30 years in 2016, provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics.

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Researchers publish hypothesis to explain speciation in Rhagoletis flies

Author: Gene Stowe

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Research led by fifth-year graduate student Cheyenne Tait in the Biological Sciences laboratory of Jeffrey L. Feder at Notre Dame has identified structures on the antennae of Rhagoletis flies that could explain why the flies are on their way to diverging into two distinct species even though they are not geographically separated.

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Notre Dame astrophysicist confirms source of galaxy collision

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Vinicius Placco, a research assistant professor of astrophysics at Notre Dame, collaborated with colleagues at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to confirm that a massive amount of energy seen 2 billion light years from Earth stems from the collision of two galaxy clusters at the site of a giant black hole.

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Prof. Brian Baker’s lab receives $4 million NIH grant for precision immunotherapy research

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Immunologists are changing how we look at cancer by studying how our immune system plays a role in treating cancer.

Brian Baker, Ph.D. and his lab in the Harper Cancer Research Institute and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry were recently awarded a $4 million, 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how they can best engineer a patient’s own T cells in their immune system to target the patient’s specific cancer.

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