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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

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson visits ND Physics

March 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Kolda And Tyson

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.