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Wiescher receives the 2017 Heraeus Visiting Professor Award

December 19, 2016 • Categories: News

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Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Physics and the Director of the Nuclear Science Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2017 Heraeus Visiting Professor Award of the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. He was cited for his "contribution in the field of Nuclear Astrophysics, especially the synthesis of the elements in the universe". The Goethe University awards the title of Wilhelm Heraeus Visiting Professor to a scientist of high international standing. The award is sponsored by funds from the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, established in 1963, which promotes research and training in the natural sciences.

Reuters names Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat 2016 highly cited researchers

December 19, 2016 • Categories: News

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Thomson Reuters has named Timothy Beers, the University of Notre Dame Chair of Astrophysics, and Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, to its 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list. After Reuters analyzed Essential Science Indicators that included 128,887 highly cited papers ranked in the top 1 percent by total citations, the work of Beers and Kamat stood out as being among the most valuable and significant in their fields.

Manukyan co-authors 72-page review of advances in complex combustion processes

December 19, 2016 • Categories: News

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Khachatur V. Manukyan, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and the Nuclear Science Laboratory, co-authored a major review of recent advances in the study of complex combustion processes that enable the fabrication of a wide range of nanoscale materials.

QuarkNet impacts physics education in Africa

December 12, 2016 • Categories: News

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The Fourth Biennial of the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications (ASP) was held in Kigali, Rwanda, from August 1 to 19, 2016. As part of the program, the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, in which QuarkNet participates, invited their partners to present workshops for high school physics teachers. QuarkNet was one of the main groups that took up the call and organized the effort.

Lincoln named Fellow of the AAAS

December 07, 2016 • Categories: News

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Dr. Donald Lincoln has been named a 2016 Fellow of the AAAS. Election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. The AAAS Council elected 391 members as Fellows in 2016. His citation reads, “For distinguished contributions to the field of experimental high energy physics, especially to the study of quantum chromodynamics, and to particle physics outreach.”…

Garnavich recognized as a media legend

December 06, 2016 • Categories: News

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Astrophysicist Peter Garnavich was recognized as a Media Legend by the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Media Relations at a ceremony on Monday, December 5. In this yearly event the media relations group recognizes one faculty member from each of Notre Dame’s colleges for their outstanding contributions; Prof. Garnavich is the 2016 College of Science recipient.…

Second-generation stars identified, giving clues about their predecessors

December 06, 2016 • Categories: News

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Information can be used to tell the story of how the first elements were formed, and determine the distribution of the masses of those first stars.

Notre Dame Research now accepting applications for multiple internal funding programs

December 06, 2016 • Categories: News

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Notre Dame Research recently opened its internal grants competition and is now inviting faculty to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. EST.

Graduate Physics Students hold 5th annual fall conference

December 01, 2016 • Categories: News


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The Fifth Annual Conference of the Graduate Physics Society was held on Wednesday, November 30. The event includes a poster session and and oral presentations.

Oral presentations were given by these physics graduate students: Tyler Anderson, Stephen Kuhn, Chris Seymour, Luis Morales, Fatemeh Elahi, and Craig Reingold.…

Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all

December 01, 2016 • Categories: News

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Studying historical, astronomical and biblical records, Grant Mathews believes the event that led the Magi was an extremely rare planetary alignment occurring in 6 B.C., and the likes of which may never be seen again.

Prof. Garnavich explains the supermoon on local news channel

November 14, 2016 • Categories: News

Astrophysicist Peter Garnavich explains the supermoon to WSBT from the Krizmanich Telescope atop Jordan Hall of Science on Monday morning, November 14.

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Veteran Luis Morales pursues physics PhD

November 14, 2016 • Categories: News

For nearly 175 years, the men and women of Notre Dame have aspired to becomes forces for good in the world. Today, veterans like Luis Morales pursue their degrees at the University of Notre Dame, continuing a dedication to serve and a solemn commitment to make the world a better place.…

Limitless: Mission to Mars

November 11, 2016 • Categories: News


Two-thirds of the way through the longest open-ocean leg of a circumnavigation of the world, Notre Dame alumna Dava Newman suddenly lost control of her 47-foot sailboat. She and her husband discovered that the steering system failed because all the hydraulic fluid had leaked from a crack in a copper hose.

Stavropoulos Family Foundation makes $10 million gift to Notre Dame for biophysical research

October 31, 2016 • Categories: News

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The $10 million gift will fund the creation of a center specializing in biophysical research in the College of Science.

Notre Dame QuarkNet team builds detector to run at LHC at CERN

October 28, 2016 • Categories: News

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A team from the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center including two high school teachers and a high school student will travel to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland in mid-November to install a small, fiber-optic particle detector in the Large Hadron Collider. This type of detector, created at Notre Dame in the early 1980s and upgraded in the late 1990s by Randy Ruchti, professor of physics, and the late Barry Baumbaugh, professional specialist, uses a fiber optic plate, converting energy to light, and image intensification to make collisions visible to the human eye. A video camera will capture lead ions traveling through the equipment at near the speed of light and smashing into nuclei.

Aprahamian to co-chair U.S. Electron Ion Collider Facility Study

October 17, 2016 • Categories: News

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Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Physics, has been named co-chair of a committee with the National Academy of Science on a U.S. Electron Ion Collider Facility.  The committee will assess the scientific justification of a U.S. facility taking current international plans and existing domestic facility infrastructure into consideration. It will address the role that a facility could play in the future of nuclear physics, considering the field broadly, but placing emphasis on its potential scientific impact on quantum chromodynamics. Aprahamian will co-chair the committee with Prof. Gordon Baym of the University of Illinois. The study will begin immediately, the committee will meet in December, and will conclude in 2017.…

Physicists Beers and Surman elected APS Fellows

October 13, 2016 • Categories: News

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Notre Dame astronomer, Timothy Beers, Ph.D., and nuclear astrophysicist Rebecca Surman, Ph.D., were elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its September 2016 meeting. The APS is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, and advocacy.

Notre Dame’s Association for Women in Science hosts inaugural graduate student conference

October 11, 2016 • Categories: News

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On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2016, the Association for Women in Science–Notre Dame (AWIS-ND) hosted its inaugural conference for female graduate students, which was the first of its kind in the Midwest region.

God’s energy yesterday, today and tomorrow: using gravity to power Africa

September 29, 2016 • Categories: News

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A common issue with the world of science is how much can we separate science from religion and spirituality. Professor Abigail Mechtenberg of the Department of Physics and the Center for Sustainable Energy, believes that the way we look at spirituality and its relationship to science, affects the solutions we obtain from science. She argues that energy today is based on our social constructs and as a result, we can’t ignore them. Mechtenberg’s own spirituality led her to use her passion for physics to make a positive impact on the world.

In memoriam: physicist Barry Baumbaugh

September 26, 2016 • Categories: News

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Barry Baumbaugh, professional specialist, who joined Notre Dame’s High Energy Physics Group in 1978 as an electrical engineer and played key roles in the design and construction of generations of high-energy experiments, died on Sept. 21. He was 62.

Jay LaVerne joins U.S. Department of Energy “dream team” to aid in nuclear waste cleanup

September 23, 2016 • Categories: News

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ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Jay LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent professor of radiation physics, has joined a “dream team” of experts to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time, with the goal of identifying safe, permanent storage for the radioactive material. The nuclear waste is left over from the Manhattan Project, a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.

Notre Dame high energy physics group receives $2.77 million NSF grant

September 19, 2016 • Categories: News

High Energy Physics Group: Mitch Wayne, Kevin Lannon, Colin Jessup, Randy Ruchti, And Mike Hildreth

The high energy physics group at Notre Dame recently received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their research with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This new award began September 1, 2016, and will total $2.77 million for three years. The award represents a 15 percent increase over the group’s previous 3-year award of $2.4 million.

Powering and empowering Tanzania with gravity lights

September 08, 2016 • Categories: News

Luke Maillie Working On His Gravity Light Project In Tanzania

In the summer of 2015, the unimaginable challenges that arise when power is suddenly lost mid-surgery in a rural Tanzanian hospital became a stark and all too familiar reality for Notre Dame physics-in-medicine major Luke Maillie. The desperate need, shared by an entire community, to find a low-cost, backup source of electricity during these power blackouts stuck with Maillie long after he left Tanzania to return to Notre Dame.

Detailed age map shows how Milky Way came together

September 07, 2016 • Categories: News

Age structure of the Milky Way’s halo

Using colors to identify the approximate ages of more than 130,000 stars in the Milky Way’s halo, University of Notre Dame astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how the galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago.

Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

September 02, 2016 • Categories: News

Boldizsar Janko, left, Rusha Chatterjee and Masaru Kuno stand in the Kuno lab at Notre Dame

Collaborative research at the University of Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.

DOE, NSF leaders and low energy community converge at Notre Dame to set priorities

August 22, 2016 • Categories: News

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The University of Notre Dame hosted more than 230 experts at the 2016 Low Energy Community Meeting on Aug. 11-13 in the Jordan Hall of Science. The annual gathering, which started in 2011, sets priorities for research that help guide the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation while providing opportunities for education and networking among researchers from universities and national laboratories. The event comes as the community prepares for the opening of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University, the highly-anticipated “FRIB Era.”

LoSecco publishes memoir of Nobel Prize-winning neutrino discovery

August 15, 2016 • Categories: News


When the announcement was made this past year of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, Notre Dame’s Professor John LoSecco was intimately familiar with both the winners and their prize-winning discoveries. LoSecco had, in fact, played a key role in the discovery of one of the anomalies for which the Prize was shared and which had upended physicists’ view of one of the most mysterious particles in the universe – the neutrino. LoSecco has now published his recollections of the events surrounded the discovering of the “atmospheric neutrino anomaly” in the journal Physics in Perspective

HEP in the DVT: High school students and teachers develop a presentation of the LHC and its detectors inside a 50-foot dome theater.

July 27, 2016 • Categories: News

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The University of Notre Dame’s NSF-funded QuarkNet program uses particle physics experiments to engage, inspire, and educate high school students, and provides

One such project is the development of a presentation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) inside the 50-foot diameter dome of Notre Dame’s state-of-the-art Digital Visualization Theater (DVT). 

Network physicist sheds light on Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia

July 25, 2016 • Categories: News

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Researchers comparing mouse and macaque brains have found evidence of an evolutionary universal brain structure in mammals that enables comparisons of cortical networks between species. A new study from a researcher at the University of Notre Dame could provide insights into brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

VIDEO: A Legacy of Support for Nuclear Physics at Notre Dame

July 19, 2016 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame has a long legacy of excellence in nuclear physics research, beginning in 1937 with its first successful experiments accelerating particles. Since then, Notre Dame has continued to invest in nuclear physics, building a preeminent nuclear physics laboratory on campus, while also contributing to research projects and resources, such as the CASPAR project in South Dakota, FRIB at Michigan State University, and CARIBU at Argonne National Laboratory.