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Solving the ebola outbreak: Paul Farmer and the four s’s

Author: Shadia Ajam

Paul Farmer

This past Tuesday, April 19, Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health and professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard University, visited Notre Dame and delivered a lecture titled, “Taking up the Challenges of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters.” Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the event welcomed hundreds of attendees both from the University and the wider community. Read More

Notre Dame Students to Conduct Clinical Research in New York

Author: Arnie Phifer

For the first time ever, two Notre Dame undergraduate students—Anne Grisoli and Richard Felli—and two graduate students—Katelyn Ludwig and Steve Marczak—will spend the summer conducting laboratory and clinical research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York. All four are recipients of the inaugural Precision Medicine Research Fellowships, which enable Notre Dame students to live and work at one of the premier clinical research facilities on the East Coast. Read More

Twenty-four graduate students win NSF GRFP awards

Author: Provided

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The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 24 current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another 17 earning honorable mention. Overall, there were 41 students recognized by the NSF. This doubles the number of Notre Dame awardees from 2015, and nearly doubles the previous Notre Dame record of 26, set last year, for total students recognized by the NSF.

The NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees. The award provides a stipend, tuition support, and research funds for three years.
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Notre Dame family to celebrate third annual Notre Dame Day

Author: Sue Lister

The Dome In The Spring

The celebration will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 24 and end at midnight on April 25. The 29-hour live broadcast from LaFortune Student Center will share inspiring and entertaining Notre Dame stories from around the world through interviews and celebrity guests. It also provides members of the Notre Dame family the opportunity to give back to areas of the University they love most through an online fundraising competition. Read More

Junior faculty receive nationally competitive research awards

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized six University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science for their accomplishments in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

The CAREER program was created to recognize and support outstanding junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating research while also providing educational opportunities for students. The program was established in 1995 and is the NSF’s most prestigious recognition given to junior faculty.

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Surgeon-in-Chief of Boston Children’s Hospital delivers presentation on global surgical accessibility

Author: Shadia Ajam

John Meara

This past Thursday, alumnus John G. Meara MD, DMD, MBA, (ND ‘86) delivered a presentation on safe surgical care worldwide. Meara is currently the Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief of the Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also associate professor of surgery and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Read More

Renowned microbiologist Rita Colwell to receive Notre Dame honorary degree

Author: Sue Lister

Rita Colwell (photo courtesy of Rita Colwell)

Rita Colwell, a molecular microbiologist whose research focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health, will receive a doctor of science honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday). She joins six previously announced honorary degree recipients.

Currently a Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, she has spent her career working as a researcher, educator and leader within the science sector. Read More

Research Like a Champion 2016

Author: Jenna Bilinski

Students from various disciplines are driving innovation in cancer research at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and IU School of Medicine- South Bend. Students recently submitted proposals of innovative ideas to tackling the many challenges of cancer and the best proposals will receive funding for their project.
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2016 Relay for Life to honor ‘superheroes’ in fight against cancer

Author: Monika Spalinski

Relay for Life "To Cure and Beyond"

The 12th annual Relay for Life at the University of Notre Dame will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 15 (Friday) in the Compton Family Ice Arena. This year’s theme, “To Cure and Beyond,” honors the “superheroes” who have battled or are currently battling the disease. Superhero costume dress is encouraged, but not mandatory. Read More

Research Day 2016

Author: Jenna Bilinski

April 4th was the Harper Cancer Research Institute’s 5th Annual Research Day and it was a huge sucess! Students and post-doctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds gathered together to present their research. We are so proud of the brilliant minds from Notre Dame and IU School of Medicine- South Bend who dedicate their time to finding a cure.  Read More

Paul Farmer to speak on international aid and accompaniment

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paul Farmer speaks at a Kellogg Institute event

Renowned physician and anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer, widely known for his work on global health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality, will deliver the lecture “Taking up the Challenges of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters” at 7 p.m. April 19 (Tuesday). Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, with a reception to follow in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Great Hall. Read More

With mosquito Y chromosome sequencing, researchers lay groundwork for advanced disease control

Author: Sarah Craig

Anopheles gambiae mosquito (credit: CDC)

Human malaria, uniquely transmitted by a handful of anopheline mosquitoes, continues to attack nearly 200 million people and claims the lives of 600,000 each year. Africa bears the biggest burden due to its dominant vector, Anopheles gambiae. Ever since the groundbreaking Anopheles gambiae genome sequencing project was published in 2002, efforts have been underway to harness genomics for novel vector-based malaria control strategies.

Nora J. Besansky, O’Hara Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, assembled a diverse and multinational team of scientists to crack the genetic code of the Y chromosome in malaria mosquitoes for the first time. Read More