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Graduate science and engineering joint annual meeting allows students to share research

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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The graduate joint annual meeting of the College of Science and the College of Engineering (COSE-JAM) drew 45 poster presentations and 14 oral presentations during the event in Jordan Hall on Friday, Dec. 8. The event, similar to the popular undergraduate College of Science Joint Annual Meeting held each year in May, provides graduate and postdoctoral students the opportunity to present their research to their peers as well as to undergraduate students and faculty. Read More

Notre Dame study uncovers keys to earliest stages of animal development

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Research completed at the University of Notre Dame that tracked the maturation of the frog oocyte to an egg, followed by fertilization and progression to the two-cell embryo, provides a valuable foundation for developmental biologists who study the earliest stages of animal development. Read More

Electron Microscopy unlocks a door to a New Era of Discovery

Author: Sarah Chapman

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The phrase “larger than life” many times throughout history has been applied to describe the impact of scientific discoveries and revolutionary technologies. At the University of Notre Dame, precision instruments and state-of-the-art facilities, such as the electron microscopy core within the Integrated Imaging Facility, are beginning to fill in gaps and reveal details that are propelling science beyond what is known. Read More

Little Giants: A closer look at a tiny bug with a big role to play

Author: Jessica Sieff

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Michael Pfrender sits facing a whiteboard in his lab at the Galvin Life Science Center. He's discussing the genomics of Daphia--water fleas, found in every standing body of water in the world--and has a tendency to sketch when he speaks. "You want to see some of them?" he asks. "That's the fun part, right? Read More

Close Collaboration Sheds Light on Collective Behaviors

Author: Nina Welding

From the earliest of days, researchers have been recording their observations, analyzing what they see to interpret and apply the facts before them. Today, however, imaging especially in biomedical communities requires more than the human eye or even incredibly accurate “cameras.” In cases such as the joint project between Notre Dame and Pennsylvania State University, it requires close collaboration between biologists and computer scientists using deep-learning methods for artificial intelligence to speed up and improve the process. Read More

Researchers to study the impact of toxic properties on the environment

Author: Brandi Klingerman

More advanced manufactured materials are being produced in the 21st century, including, for example, engineered nanoparticles whose exact impact on the environment and human health are unknown, but whose effects could be quite negative. To better understand such threats, researchers are using the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) to study how these engineered nanoparticles will move and spread in the natural environment. Read More

Fighting Mosquito-borne Diseases

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“In general, cases of Zika have definitely decreased in most of Central and South America, but the virus is not gone. The mosquitoes carrying Zika and other diseases are still there, and the risk for another infection outbreak is still quite prevalent,” says Elitza Theel, director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory and co-director of the Vector-Borne Diseases Service Line at Mayo Clinic.

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Irish and Notre Dame STEM students encouraged to apply for a Naughton Fellowship

Author: Joanne Fahey

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The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional Ph.D., masters, or undergraduate students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame. Read More

Theoretical physics professor wins NSF grant in computational neuroscience

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of theoretical physics, recently received an international collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Intelligent Information Systems for research on brain neuronal networks. The project is aimed at discovering the fundamental principles of connectivity in the neuronal network of the neocortex and it is in collaboration with Henry Kennedy from the Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute in Lyon, France, with Toroczkai, as the lead principal investigator. Read More

Networking and collaboration in soft materials and polymers at the heart of annual ND-Purdue symposium

Author: Heidi Deethardt

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What started as a small event in 2014 among Notre Dame’s community of soft matter and polymer researchers, has now grown into an annual regional symposium that includes faculty presentations and student posters from four universities. The research touched on various applications of polymer materials in batteries, solar cells, sensors, nanomedicines, tissue scaffolds, and membrane separation. Read More

‘Realities of Lung Cancer’ focus of Harper Cancer Research Institute seminar

Author: Erin Blasko


The Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend, in partnership with Smoke Free St. Joe, will host “Realities of Lung Cancer,” a free, public seminar on the benefits of smoking cessation from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 (Thursday) — Great American Smokeout day. Read More

New protein study broadens knowledge of molecular basis for disease

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Determining how proteins function on a molecular level is crucial to understanding the underlying basis for disease. Now scientists at the University of Notre Dame are one step closer to unraveling the mystery of how intrinsically disordered proteins work, according to new research published in Science. Read More

The IDEA Center: Bringing Notre Dame's Best Ideas to Market

Author: Ryan Millbern

The newly launched IDEA Center plans to turn the innovations of 15 Notre Dame student and faculty researchers into viable commercial entities in the coming yea r— and to advance the common good in the process.    

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Harper Cancer Research Institute Community Seminar to focus on Breast Cancer Sept. 13

Author: Erin Blasko

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The Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame will host a community breast cancer seminar Sept. 13 (Wednesday) at Raclin-Carmichael Hall, 1234 N. Notre Dame Ave., as part of its occasional Community Seminar Series.

Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by presentations and a Q&A from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Judy Nace, a local breast cancer survivor, and Jeni Prosperi, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and adjunct assistant professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame. Read More