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Researchers track perfluorinated chemicals in the body

March 30, 2017 • Categories: News

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New research in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters shows scientists have developed a method to track perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the body. PFAS are potentially toxic chemicals found in stain-resistant products, nonstick cookware, fire-fighting foams and — most recently — fast food wrappers.

Precious Joules: Women in Energy at Notre Dame

March 30, 2017 • Categories: News

In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked some of our women faculty to share their stories of how they became interested in science, engineering, and architecture, and in particular, what or who inspired them to focus on energy. Precious Joules is a collection of these stories from women in energy at Notre Dame written in their own words. Their brief introduction and personal remarks are sure to inspire the youngest of minds to consider STEM

Neil deGrasse Tyson visits ND Physics

March 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science, visited ND Physics on Tuesday, March 21. He was in South Bend giving a public talk. Dr. Tyson met informally with the astrophysics faculty and graduate students first, then met with physics majors. Tyson started the meeting with the undergraduates by asking the students what classes they were skipping to be in the room. He then gave brief “lessons” on those subjects. The floor was then opened for questions and answers. Before Tyson left the department, Department Chair Prof. Chris Kolda presented him with a ND physics mug and embroidered jacket.…

Sensharma selected to NSF sponsored training program in Reilly Center

March 20, 2017 • Categories: News

Nuclear graduate student, Nirupama Sensharma has been selected to the 2017 cohort of the NSF-sponsored training program Social Responsibilities of Researchers (SRR) in the Reilly Center.

Lamere recipient of 2016-2017 Browne Memorial Award

March 20, 2017 • Categories: News

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University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics, graduate student Edward Lamere has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award.

John W. Mihelich

March 15, 2017 • Categories: News

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John Mihelich, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has passed away in Fort Collins, Colorado, on March 10. John was a long-time member of our faculty and our nuclear physics group, joining Notre Dame in 1954 from Brookhaven. While here, he gained a national reputation in gamma-ray spectroscopy, training in his lab many of the later leaders in the field. He and his wife, Jan, raised three children in South Bend, spending their free time in travel, camping, and classical music. John retired in 1989, and he and Jan eventually moved to Fort Collins. …

Science fair at Notre Dame prepares young minds for future

March 13, 2017 • Categories: News

Tony Kramer and Sam Chippas, seniors at Marian High School, combined their interests in electrical engineering and computer science to develop a robotics project for the March 4 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) at Notre Dame.

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Physics graduate students compete in the Shaheen 3MT® science qualifying round

March 02, 2017 • Categories: News

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The College of Science Shaheen 3MT competition began with a big bang on Monday in Jordan Hall of Science. Julia Beck (Biochemistry), Elizabeth Loughran (Integrated Biomedical Sciences), and Stefan Freed (Biological Sciences) took the top three spots, and will go on to compete at the Shaheen 3MT® Final event on March 23.

Solved: Decades-old mystery in theoretical condensed matter physics

February 22, 2017 • Categories: News

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Researchers in the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group of Professor Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators have solved a decades-old mystery of fluorescence intermittency – blinking – that indicates classical physics behavior in a quantum mechanical system. 

Heuer at ND for Nanovic Forum

February 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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The 2017 Nanovic Forum features Rolf-Dieter Heuer. On Tuesday, February 21 he will give the Nanovic Lecture, “Science Bridging Cultures and Nations: Exploring the Early Universe.” This talk will be at 5 pm in Rm 101 of the Jordan Hall of Science, where he will be introduced by Dean Mary Galvin.  On Wednesday, February 22 Prof. Heuer will give a colloquium in Rm 123 Nieuwland Science Hall at 5:15 pm. This talk, titled “The Higgs-Boson, CERN, and Its Research Activities,” will be moderated by Prof. Michael Hildreth.

Undergraduate Michael Foley medals at Chambliss Astronomy Student Awards poster competition

February 09, 2017 • Categories: News

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Undergraduate physics major Michael Foley received a medal at the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards poster competition, which occurred in January during the 229th AAS meeting in Grapevine, TX. His poster was titled, “Calibration and Simulation of the Foundation Survey.”

Engineering and Design Core Facility Launched

February 03, 2017 • Categories: News

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The Engineering and Design Core Facility (EDCF) is a centralized group of highly skilled engineers who work closely with faculty and staff on research projects across a wide range of disciplines. With the goal of enhancing the scope and pace of experimental programs in all areas of engineering and science across Notre Dame, the EDCF offers extensive experience in the development of custom hardware and equipment.…

New study finds extensive use of fluorinated chemicals in fast food wrappers

February 01, 2017 • Categories: News

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Previous studies have linked the chemicals to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, low birth weight and immunotoxicity in children, among other health issues.

Notre Dame to host 20th Expanding Your Horizons conference

January 30, 2017 • Categories: News

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In April, the University of Notre Dame will host the annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) career conference. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, EYH is geared toward middle-school girls and includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). During the conference, participants have the chance to meet STEM professionals and learn more about careers in the STEM field. The program’s ultimate goal is to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM and STEM-related careers.

Manukyan awarded grant from ND's faculty research support program

January 25, 2017 • Categories: News

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Khachatur Manukyan, research assistant professor in physics, has received one of 23 grants from the Notre Dame Research Faculty Research Support Program

Peaslee serves as ACS Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL) Councilor

January 24, 2017 • Categories: News

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Prof. Graham Peaslee has been a Councilor for the American Chemical Society -- Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL) since 2013, an ACS member since 1987, and NUCL member since 1990. This division provides education, networking, and outreach opportunities to advance nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry and related nuclear science technologies. In a new video featured on the ACS web site, Peaslee talks about how the division’s programming at ACS National Meetings provides invaluable exposure to peers in the field.

PhD Alumni Berry receives CMS Achievement Award

January 23, 2017 • Categories: News

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Dr. Doug Berry, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Illinois Chicago Department of Physics, has won an Achievement Award for his contribution to the CMS Experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Berry is a 2013 PhD from the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. He was advised by Prof. Colin Jessop

Notre Dame astrophysicists discover dimming of binary star

January 16, 2017 • Categories: News

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A team of University of Notre Dame astrophysicists led by Peter Garnavich, professor of physics, has observed the unexplained fading of an interacting binary star, one of the first discoveries using the University’s Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope.

Apply now for the 2017 ND Physics REU program

January 11, 2017 • Categories: News

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The University of Notre Dame's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 30 years in 2016, provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. Students are granted stipends, university housing, and assistance with travel and food expenses. Basically, this means that if you are a rising junior or senior, you can come to Notre Dame and work with a professor for ten weeks. You will either help this professor with his or her work, or work on an experiment of your own. The REU program gives you valuable research experience, to help you decide if physics research is right for you. Students who are in those groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences (women, members of underrepresented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply.…

NDnano opens application process for summer 2017 undergraduate research opportunities

January 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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NDnano is now accepting applications for the Center's summer 2017 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) program.

Notre Dame astrophysicist confirms source of galaxy collision

January 05, 2017 • Categories: News

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Vinicius Placco, a research assistant professor of astrophysics at Notre Dame, collaborated with colleagues at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to confirm that a massive amount of energy seen 2 billion light years from Earth stems from the collision of two galaxy clusters at the site of a giant black hole.