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Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaboration

December 20, 2013 • Categories: News

Notre Dame International (NDI) has awarded nine grants through its new Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) program to Notre Dame faculty engaged in research with colleagues at partner institutions around the world.

The GCI initiative was launched to support and promote international cooperation through research, scholarship, and other forms of sustained collaboration that can make significant contributions to a field of study, according to Robert E. Norton, NDI’s associate vice president for academic affairs and research.…

Looking for life among stars: Justin Crepp honored with prestigious designations

December 16, 2013 • Categories: News


From South Bend Tribune on December 16, 2013

SOUTH BEND - Justin Crepp spends quite a bit of his time staring off into space.

But that's a good thing. Crepp is an assistant professor of physics at Notre Dame and has recently been awarded two prestigious designations from NASA for his work in looking for extrasolar planets, or planets outside our solar system.

Endowment will support science camp for kids

December 14, 2013 • Categories: News

Debra Notestine, 46, a member of the Department of Physics staff, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Monday, Oct. 21, surrounded by her family at home in South Bend.

An administrative assistant with the Nuclear Science Laboratory for four years, Notestine dedicated a significant amount of her time to the educational outreach inititatives of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), a National Science Foundation-funded physics frontier center established to expedite discoveries in and between the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and nuclear physics.…

Prof. Kolata retirement celebration

December 13, 2013 • Categories: News





On Friday, December 6, the Department of Physics celebrated the career of one of our distinguished faculty members with a symposium entitled “Trajectories: A symposium in celebration of the career of Prof. James J. Kolata”.…

Hildreth leads U.S. effort to preserve LHC data

December 10, 2013 • Categories: News


LHC plans for open data future: Researchers share results to keep them accesible (click to go to full article)

Nature 503, 447 (28 November 2013)

Department of Physics Professor Michael Hildreth leads the U.S. effort to preserve the data produced at CERN by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This article which appeared in Nature describes the challenge of not necessarily storing the data, but of preserving knowledge such as software, algorithms, and reference plots. Hildreth is the leader of the US-funded Data and Software Preservation for Open Science (DASPOS) effort.…

Physicist ponders the Christmas star

December 09, 2013 • Categories: News

By Margaret Fosmoe South Bend Tribune | Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 6:21 am

SOUTH BEND -- If a very bright star lit up the sky 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, what caused it?

A physicist doesn't just wonder about such a question. He studies it.

In the Christian tradition, the Gospel of Matthew and Luke says that when Jesus was born in the days of King Herod, three wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him."…