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Nicholas Myers and Claire Bowen win $2,500 at 3MT competition

Author: Marissa Gebhard


At the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) on Wednesday, March 16, nine graduate students at University of Notre Dame competed for prize money and a bid to the regional championships. Three graduate students from the College of Science competed. Nicholas Myers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry won second place, and received $1,500, and Claire Bowen in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics won the People’s Choice Award and received $1,000.
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Heidelberg exchange program promotes research training

Author: Gene Stowe


Through Notre Dame International, the University of Notre Dame and Heidelberg University have established a collaboration in which students from Germany have taken classes and conducted research at Notre Dame since August, part of an ongoing, broad collaboration with Heidelberg University that was established in 2104. Alex Dimmling and Lennart Schleper, who both finished their bachelor’s degrees at Heidelberg last June, are returning to Germany to pursue master’s degrees with credit from the Notre Dame experience. Read More

You Be the Chemist comes to Notre Dame

Author: Gene Stowe


Notre Dame hosted 22 local middle school students in the first St. Joseph County You Be the Chemist (YBTC) Local Challenge, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company, in the Jordan Hall of Science on March 12. Chemistry graduate students Karen Bailey, Kasey Clear, and Emily Amenson organized the event in collaboration with the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO) and Association for Women in Science, Notre Dame Chapter (AWIS-ND). Members of CGSO tutored students in grades fifth to eight at Edison Intermediate Center, Christ the King Catholic School, and Holy Family School for weeks and judged the event. Read More

Junior Faculty Receive Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards

Author: Barbara Villarosa


ND Energy congratulates Dr. Haifeng Gao and Dr. Vlad Iluc, assistant professors in Chemistry, for their prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. CAREER Awards focus on a specific theme spanning a 5-year period. Read More

Science alumnus transforms developing countries’ prison medical care

Author: Gene Stowe


Notre Dame alumnus Dr. John May ND '84 switched his major from engineering to preprofessional studies when he was inspired by the story of physician-humanitarian Dr. Tom Dooley.  Later, he earned an M.D. at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and dedicated his career to providing medical care in jails and prisons, both in the United States and around the world. He founded Healing through Walls in 2001 in Haiti, where the organization now has 50 medical professional employees working in prisons. Healing through Walls also operates in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malawi and the Congo and consults across the Caribbean and Africa. Read More

Helping to stop colorectal cancer by identifying metastasis chances early

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Steven Buechler with students in a lab

Colorectal cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, is not a commonly discussed disease. Often symptomless in early stages, the cancer is more difficult to treat as it progresses, requiring chemotherapy in later stages. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a way to identify patients who would benefit from chemotherapy before the cancer progresses. Read More

Graduate students on the clock to explain research, win competition

Author: Sue Lister

Three Minute Thesis competition

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for prize money and a bid to the regional championships during the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday (March 16). Known as 3MT, the competition features graduate students across all disciplines explaining their research in clear and succinct language appropriate for an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, all within three minutes.

3MT competitors address a live audience and panel of judges with a single static slide accompanying their presentations. The students are vying for monetary prizes, and the Notre Dame winner will claim a spot in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 3MT regional competition in Chicago on April 8. Read More

HCRI Director's Message, Winter 2016

Author: Jenna Bilinski

Sharon Stack

In his last State of the Union speech, President Obama unexpectedly called for a “moonshot” to make America the country that cures cancer “once and for all”.  The original “moonshot”, the Apollo program, rallied a nation in fascination as we put a man on the moon and what was once believed impossible became the new reality. The cost of the original moonshot in 2016 dollars would be well over $100 billion.  Imagine what we could accomplish if that level of resources was devoted to eradicating cancer.  Read more... Read More

Kashiv publishes study on imaging trace elements in organelles

Author: Gene Stowe


Yoav Kashiv, a visiting scholar in the Department of Physics, is the lead author on a recently-published paper about breakthrough success at imaging trace elements in individual organelles within the cell. The paper, “Imaging trace element distributions in single organelles and subcellular features”, was published in February in the journal Scientific Reports. Kashiv’s collaborators are Jotham R. Austin II (University of Chicago), Barry Lai, Volker Rose, Stefan Vogt (Argonne National Laboratory), and Malek El-Muayed (Northwestern University). Read More

Stack Lobbies on Capitol Hill

Author: Jenna Bilinski

Stack Lobbies on Capitol Hill


On February 29 and March 1 2016, Harper Cancer Research Institute Director Dr. Sharon Stack was back at it again on Capitol Hill joining members of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance to advocate for the programs and research necessary for better ovarian cancer treatment. Advocates went to congressional offices and stated that prevention, awareness, development of new treatments and diagnostics, and better access to existing therapies are critical to battling this terrible disease. 


Stack emphasized three priority appropriations. They requested continued support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense, Increased support of the National Cancer Institute in the overall NIH budget and Initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at education and early detection.

The legislative priority advocated by the group was Legislation for support of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2015 that would require insurers to cover oral chemotherapy the same way that they cover injectable chemotherapy.

Lastly they were asked to join the Congressional Ovarian Cancer Caucus to promote overall awareness. 

Originally published by Jenna Bilinski at on March 01, 2016. Read More

Rare Disease Day brings researchers, clinicians and families together

Author: Shadia Ajam and Marissa Gebhard


This past Friday and Saturday (February 26-27), the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases hosted a research symposia and community discussion on rare diseases. Over 100 researchers, families, and clinicians came together to share insights into rare diseases such as Niemann-Pick Type C, Sphrintzen Goldberg syndrome, Rett syndrome, primary lateral sclerosis, Fragile X, Angelman syndrome, Pompe disease, and others. Read More