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Notre Dame in Chile: Exchanging ideas and creating pathways for collaboration

Author: Tammi Freehling

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In April 2018, a delegation from Notre Dame visited with colleagues from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Católica) in Santiago, Chile. The trip was led by Mary Galvin, William K. Warren Family Foundation Dean of the College of Science; and Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, and included faculty and advisory council members. Galvin and Kilpatrick sought to engage in dialogue with peers, exchange ideas, and create pathways for collaboration between scientists and researchers at both institutions.

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Notre Dame researchers collaborate in discovery of potential stroke therapy

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Missouri at Columbia shows in mice that early administration of a potent compound may increase the window of time in which some stroke patients can receive tPA, a therapeutic that dissolves blood clots.

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Designing a better superconductor

Author: Gene Stowe

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Tiny tornadoes of supercurrent affect the way superconductors carry a current. But a magnet-controlled “switch” in superconductor configuration provides unprecedented flexibility in managing the location of vortex filaments, altering the properties of the superconductor. A new system discovered by Notre Dame physicist Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators will enable ongoing adjustments, altering the material’s properties over time.

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New Textbook Makes Study of Gas Discharges and Plasmas 
More Accessible to Students

Author: Nina Welding

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Ionization and Ion Transport, the new textbook written by David B. Go, the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and published by Morgan & Claypool, introduces engineering and science students to the basic concepts in physics and chemistry that form the foundation of plasma science and engineering — from gas dynamics and electron behavior to electrode processes and ion transport.

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Breakthrough discovery links two of the heaviest known particles

Author: Sarah Charley and Deanna Csomo McCool

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The two heaviest known particles — the Higgs boson and the top quark — have finally been linked, thanks to a discovery based on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Several physicists from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics were named as contributors to the discovery.

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Milky Way hosts stars with fingerprints of first stars in universe

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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The atmospheres of thousands of nearby stars exhibit telltale fingerprints of the first massive stars of the universe, which exploded only a few million years after they were born. “They are rare, precious probes," said Timothy Beers, professor and Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, who presented a briefing about his study of these stars during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Denver.

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Extreme price competition in pharmaceutical industry may put patients at serious health risk, study shows

Author: Shannon Roddel

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Amid intense pressure to lower drug prices, policymakers in the pharmaceutical industry have leveraged regulations to increase product competition and lower prices by creating an expedited approval process for generic drugs. But new research shows such competition-inducing regulations may encourage companies to relax quality standards during the manufacturing process.

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Eck Institute for Global Health researcher addresses global health challenges in St. Joseph County

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Indiana is in the bottom 10 states for infant mortality with a 2016 infant mortality rate (IMR) of 7.5. This means more than seven children die out of every 1,000 births. Unfortunately, St. Joseph County’s IMR was even higher, with an 8.2 IMR average from 2012 to 2016. To better understand what can be done to decrease this rate Elizabeth A. McCue, a global health research associate for the Eck Institute for Global Health, has teamed with the St. Joseph County Health Department to assess local health initiatives and see where they are most effective and how they could be improved.

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Math Bunker provides tutoring, fellowship for students in proof-based courses

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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The Honors Calculus I and II courses are not for the faint of heart. Even the class description serves as a warning: “This is not your high school Calculus course…whether you have had calculus or not, this course will challenge you in many ways.” But the Math Bunker tutoring program bridges the gap, and serves as social outlet as well.

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Undergraduate research highlighted at 12th annual COS-JAM

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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From poster sessions to presentations, the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) on May 4, 2018, showcased the depth of undergraduate research completed by students within the fields of science and engineering.

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EYH Conference: If middle school girls can see it, they can be it

Author: Kathy Jonas

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Nearly 300 sixth, seventh and eighth-grade girls attended the 21st Annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference April 28 at Notre Dame. EYH is a national organization begun in 1974 by a group of scientists in San Francisco concerned that women were underrepresented in the math and science fields.

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Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian find their "neighbors" at Notre Dame

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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College of Science students Andrew Grose and Harisa Spahic are the Notre Dame Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian. Though both plan to become physicians, the paths toward their shared goals reflect the diversity not only of the students, but also of the opportunities found throughout the University.

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2018 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

Author: Joanne Fahey

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Twenty-six students have been announced as awardees of the Naughton Fellowships for 2018. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from four universities in Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science.

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