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Faculty hope to make virtual reality the next frontier in treating phobias

Author: Carrie Gates

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For a team of Notre Dame psychologists, virtual reality is more than a game — it is the next frontier in mental health treatment. Nathan Rose, Jennifer Hames, and Michael Villano are conducting research on the use of virtual reality environments in exposure therapy for participants with a fear of heights. The technology also holds promise for treating phobias like the fear of flying and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Biophysicist Patricia Clark awarded $1.1M Keck grant for protein folding study

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Patricia Clark, Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a $1.1 million, four-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to develop an innovative approach to replicate in test tubes a universal component of protein folding within cells.

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Student group among supporters of upcoming 'pill drop'

Author: Erin Blasko

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The University of Notre Dame Opioid Task Force — part of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values — is among a number of supporters of an upcoming “pill drop” in St. Joseph County. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 24), anyone with unwanted, expired or unidentified pills can safely dispose of them at one of five locations in the county free of charge and with no questions asked.

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Researchers discover novel mechanism linking changes in mitochondria to cancer cell death

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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To stop the spread of cancer, cancer cells must die. Unfortunately, many types of cancer cells seem to use innate mechanisms that block cancer cell death, therefore allowing the cancer to metastasize. While seeking to further understand cancer cell death, a research group at the University of Notre Dame discovered that the activation of a specific enzyme may help suppress the spread of tumors.

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Smallest-scale work in electrochemistry leads to sizable research strides

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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At a few billionths of a meter, a nanopore is too tiny to see and too tiny to image easily. These miniscule cavities, when created in synthetic materials, are incredibly powerful. One of Notre Dame’s research groups is among the earliest to investigate electron transfer reactions inside nanopores, and therefore was invited to share their insights in a perspective paper published in ACS Central Science.

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Flipping the Classroom

Author: Gene Stowe

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An experiment with "flipped classrooms"—video lecture viewing for homework and group problem-solving in class—in lower-level mathematics classes has heightened student engagement and learning.

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