International outreach means busy classrooms for Notre Dame business programs

For the 22 undergraduate students from Fudan University in Shanghai, the July visit to Notre Dame was a crash course in the American education system. The Fudan University visit is one example of Mendoza’s increasing global educational outreach. Other examples include: Japanese Business Managers Program: Understanding American Business and Society, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Integral Leadership capstone, Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management, and International Leadership, Enrichment and Development (iLED) for Asian high school students.

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Notre Dame nuclear physicists receive $1.6M NSF award

Nuclear physicists at the University of Notre Dame have received a one-year, $1.6 million grant from the NSF for continuing research and development of the first US-based underground accelerator laboratory, the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics (DIANA). The purpose of the facility is to directly study nuclear reactions which drive the burning of stars in the laboratory and will complement the experimental program at the newly installed heavy ion machine at the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory. Notre Dame is the lead institution of the DIANA project. Other participating institutions are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The Colorado School of Mines, Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina, and Western Michigan University. Read More

Engineering faculty receive DURIP grants for defense research

Two faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame, associate professor Debdeep Jena and research associate professor Thomas Pratt, each received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grants from the Department of Defense for 2012, totaling more than $650,000. Highly competitive awards, DURIP grants enable the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, which augments the University’s abilities to perform fundamental cutting-edge research and accelerates research progress for the next generation of engineers and scientists in defense-critical fields. More than 700 proposals requesting $226 million were received, approximately 190 of which were funded. Read More

$5 million gift establishes Gallagher family professorships in adult stem cell research

Alumnus Michael Gallagher and his wife, Elizabeth, made a $5 million gift to establish the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorships in Adult Stem Cell Research at Notre Dame. Their gift, which will fund 3 new endowed professorships in adult and non-embryonic stem cell research, will strengthen Notre Dame’s leadership in the field of stem cell research and enhance the University’s effective dialogue between the biomedical research community and the Catholic Church on matters related to the use and application of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Read More

Notre Dame announces an innovative partnership with Indiana Department of Education

Notre Dame entered into a historic partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that aims to improve learning for Indiana children. This new research partnership will allow scholars at Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives and others from around the country to conduct independent research to inform policymakers as they seek strategies to improve educational quality in Indiana. The research will focus on such subjects as the effects of parental choice programs on schools, teachers and students; improving the quality of teaching; and effective teacher preparation. The research effort will be led by Mark Berends, professor of sociology and director of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. Read More

International researchers collaborate at Parseghian scientific conference

Thirty researchers from universities and institutions around the world are presenting at the 2012 Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research June 7 to 9 at the University of Notre Dame.

Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. Marc Patterson from the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center was the keynote presenter, addressing the history of the wide range of treatment techniques for patients with the disease. The conference was made possible through a generous gift to ND by the Parseghian Foundation, which established the Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian Endowment for Excellence to support NPC research and discovery and to build on the Foundation’s commitment to collaborate with young researchers at other institutions. Read More

New research leads to sensors that detect contaminants in water

Many organic contaminants in the air and in drinking water need to be detected at very low-level concentrations. Research published by the laboratory of Prashant Kamat, John A. Zahm Professor of Science at Notre Dame, could be beneficial in detecting those contaminants. The Kamat laboratory uses Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to make use of silver nanoparticles to increase the sensitivity limit of chemical detection. Researchers in this study have prepared a semiconductor-graphene-metal film that has distinct advantages: The absorption of organic molecules on the film’s graphene surface increases the local contaminant concentration adjacent to silver nanoparticles. Read More

IBM / Notre Dame Collaboration

See how Notre Dame and IBM have worked together to engage in innovative research and leadership development programs.  

"The relationship between IBM and Notre Dame has been strong for decades with recruiting, support of research, donations of computers, graduate fellowships, numerous guest speakers and young faculty awards being some of the ways the two institutions have worked together. Both institutions strive to be leaders through the pursuit and application of knowledge with high-caliber personnel. IBM and Notre Dame working together is a win-win scenario for both institutions.” - Dr. Robert Dunn, former IBM employee and current Notre Dame faculty member and managing director of the MIND Institute Read More

Students in new global health graduate program evaluate Haiti cholera project

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti has asked the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health to evaluate one of its cholera programs implemented after the deadly fall 2010 outbreak that began in the aftermath of the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake.

Incoming students Annette Ruth and Lindsey McAlarnen, who will join Notre Dame’s new Master of Science in Global Health degree program in the fall, are in Haiti with project leader Juan Carlos Guzmán, a member of the Eck Institute and director of research for the Institute for Latino Studies to evaluate the programs.
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