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Professors Ruggiero and Tanner receive seed grant

June 24, 2015 • Categories: News

Professors Steve Ruggiero and Carol Tanner have received a seed grant from the Walther Cancer Foundation and the Harper Cancer Center to fund work on a second-generation optical assay system for performing optical analyses of whole cells on an individual basis. This grant follows the recent observation by their group (N.Sun, et al

Physics REU Program hosts annual Physics Olympics

June 23, 2015 • Categories: News

Physics Olympics 2015

On June 18 (Thurs.), the Department of Physics and Notre Dame’s Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program hosted the annual Physics Olympics in Jordan Hall of Science. REU students from Michigan State, Purdue, and Notre Dame participated in three main activities that tested their knowledge of physics.

Astrophysicist takes 20-year astronomy predictions to Congress

June 23, 2015 • Categories: News

Justin Crepp

Justin Crepp, an astrophysicist and the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, will participate in a Congressional briefing on Wednesday (June 24) about the potential of science to change world in the not-too-distant future.

Mary Galvin appointed dean of College of Science

June 16, 2015 • Categories: News

Mary Galvin

An accomplished scientist with extensive experience in the academic, government and private sectors, Mary E. Galvin has been appointed the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president.

Emerson G. Funk Jr.

June 16, 2015 • Categories: News

Emerson G. Funk Jr., emeritus faculty member in the Department of Physics, died Sunday, June 7. Arrangements are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, 225 Nieuwland Science, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or a charity of your choice.

Originally published by Carol Bradley

Beers interviewed on Big Picture Science

June 10, 2015 • Categories: News


Prof. Timothy Beers, the Provost’s Chair of Astrophysics, was interviewed on the June 8 episode of Big Picture Science, a nationally syndicated radio talk show produced by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California and broadcast nationally on NPR. Prof. Beers spoke on his work using ancient stars in the Milky Way to reconstruct the abundances of chemical elements in the early universe. He noted that elements heavier than lithium, including most of those necessary for life (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, etc) were not produced in the Big Bang, but rather inside stars as they lived and died. But there has been a long-standing mystery, only recently solved, about how long it took for enough of these elements to be formed to create the conditions for life. We now know, said Beers, that the earliest stars in the universe were so efficient at building these key elements that "there was no chemical limitation to building life after the first several hundred million years."…

Join the College of Science for Alumni Reunion

June 04, 2015 • Categories: News

Alumni Reunion

Are you coming home to Notre Dame for Alumni Reunion? As you begin to make your alumni reunion plans this weekend, please be sure to add the College of Science to your weekend itinerary.

2015 commencement celebrates twenty-nine physics majors

June 01, 2015 • Categories: News





The Department of Physics awarded 29 Bachelor of Science Degrees at its commencement event on Sunday, May 17. Professor Christopher Kolda, Department Chair, and Professor Philippe Collon, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies, led the event. A special thank you goes to graduating senior Christopher Torres who led the group in the singing of the Alma Mater