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Professors Ruggiero and Tanner win nanotechnology prize

March 30, 2011 • Categories: News


The inaugural Nanotechnology New Ventures Competition was held on the campus of Purdue University on Friday, March 25.

LightSprite, led by Notre Dame physics professors Steven Ruggiero and Carol Tanner, finished second and received $15,000.

Ruggiero and Tanner launched LightSprite for creating a platform designed to characterize nanoparticles and pathogens, a process that has environmental applications in invasive species detection as well as monitoring geometrical characteristics of proteins.…

Kolda Receives the 2011 Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award

March 25, 2011 • Categories: News


Professor Christopher Kolda is the 2011 Shilts/Leonard Award recipient. The Shilts/Leonard award is the premier teaching award within the College of Science.

Prof. Kolda is a theoretical high energy physicist who joined the university in 2000. He has served on a lengthy list of committees for the department, college, and the university including a current appointment as a Provost’s Fellow.…

LBT Director Richard Green to present lecture on March 29

March 08, 2011 • Categories: News


The Large Binocular Telescope is a marvel of precision engineering with massive scale. With its two 8.4 meter (27.6 foot) diameter primary mirrors on a common mount, it is the largest optical telescope in the world.

The primary mirrors are actively controlled at a slow rate to maintain their perfect figures, while the secondary mirrors change shape 1000 times a second to compensate for the blur of the atmosphere. The instrument complement includes pairs of optimized 36 megapixel CCD cameras, high-throughput optical spectographs, and unique multi-object infrared spectographs.…

New spectrometer installed in Nuclear Structure Laboratory

March 02, 2011 • Categories: News


Through the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), Professor Michael Wiescher leads an active research program in Nuclear Astrophysics within Notre Dame’s Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL). The goal of this research is to better understand the nuclear reactions responsible for energy production and the creation of elements in stars. The study of these nuclear reactions at stellar energies is hindered by very low count rates and high background levels.…