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National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

March 31, 2015 • Categories: News


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday (March 30) that it is renewing funding for a University of Notre Dame-led institute dedicated to the of study the broad range of nuclear processes in the universe that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae and X-ray and Y-ray bursts.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) was established and funded in 2003 as a NSF Physics Frontier Center between Notre Dame, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to address critical questions about the origin of heavy elements in nature or nuclear processes on compact stellar objects.

Notre Dame alumnus to publish book

March 17, 2015 • Categories: News


Cesar A. Hidalgo ND ’08, will publish a book in June 2015 titled Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies.

Hidalgo earned a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Notre Dame. He is an assistant professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT

“Rock the LHC” video contest to celebrate particle physics

March 16, 2015 • Categories: News


The High Energy Particle Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame will host a public video contest called “Rock the LHC,” from March 23-May 31, 2015. Participants are invited to create short videos about why they are interested in the research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The goal of the video contest is to celebrate particle physics and the U.S. contributions to the LHC.

International Masterclasses open cutting-edge physics to young investigators worldwide

March 10, 2015 • Categories: News

Daniel Karmgard, research assistant professor of physics, instructs a student at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center

High school students will get to be particle physicists for a day by analyzing data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the University of Notre Dame, one of about 210 research institutes and universities in 42 countries around the world that will host daylong Masterclasses for local students. Masterclasses at Notre Dame will be held on March 12 (Thursday), March 13 (Friday) and March 21 (Saturday) at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center.

Tenth annual summer camp program open for registration

March 05, 2015 • Categories: News

The Science of Flight--Rockets, Drones, Space is the title of the 10th Annual Sensing Our World summer camp program for middle school students. The camp takes place at the University of Notre Dame from July 6-10.

At this year’s camp students will learn the science behind the successful flights of birds and humans by building their own models to test their ideas of the many physical forces involved. There will be a focus on understanding the physics of the forces required for their successes. Experiments will range from paper airplane dynamics (gliders), to solid fuel powered rocketry, parachutes, helicopters and finally to quadcopters (drones). Model testing will include building wind-tunnels. Learning through enjoyment and purposeful improvement is emphasized.…

Ostdiek recipient of 2015 Browne Memorial Award

March 02, 2015 • Categories: News

University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics, graduate student Karen Ostdiek has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award.


Dr. Cornelius P. Browne served as the director for the Nuclear Structure Lab for nearly thirty years. Through his hard work and dedication he steered the lab through the most successful period in its history. In honor of Dr. Browne this award is presented annually to an outstanding Nuclear Physics graduate student who has exemplified his work ethic.…

Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

March 02, 2015 • Categories: News

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."