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Physics graduate student Bryce Frentz receives Kaneb Center award

April 29, 2016 • Categories: News

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Twelve graduate students who are instructors and teaching assistants in the College of Science received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. The recipients are Bide Xiong of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics; Jenifer Gifford, Sheri Sanders, Kimbra Turner, and Victoria Zellmer of Biological Sciences; Michael Brennan, Clyde Daly, Ruth Nelson and Emily Shangle of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Edward Burkard and Brian Stoyell-Mulholland of Mathematics; and Bryce Frentz of Physics. 

Sensing Our World: Mission to Mars summer camp open for registration

April 28, 2016 • Categories: News

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The 2016 Sensing Our World summer camp program for middle school students is now open for registration. This camp gives students the opportunity to learn about science through hands-on activities. This year we will be exploring Mars! Together, we will discover the challenging environmental conditions that scientists will have to overcome to undertake a successful manned mission to Mars. We will imagine

Researchers begin high-tech study of Vatican courtyard

April 26, 2016 • Categories: News


Vatican City, both the smallest sovereign state in the world and the administrative headquarters of its largest Christian Church, is also a United Nations World Heritage site. Among the series of architectural restoration projects planned or under way there, few are more significant than that of the Cortile del Belvedere, or Belvedere Courtyard, where a team of Notre Dame faculty and graduate students from the University’s School of Architecture and Department of Physics have begun an unprecedented study.

Capdevilla awarded Ganey Community-Based Research Graduate Stipend

April 21, 2016 • Categories: News


Notre Dame Physics Graduate Student Rodolfo Capdevilla has been awarded a 2016 Ganey Community-Based Research Graduate Stipend. The project "Inspiring High School Students to Enter STEM Careers Using Quantum Physics Demos" is the product of Capdevilla’s training at the "Social Responsibilities of Researchers Program" (SRR) with the Reilly Center. SRR is a NSF-funded program which aims "to equip and motivate emerging scientists and engineers to be cognizant of the connections their research has with society." Capdevilla was mentored at the SSR program by Prof. Don Howard

Notre Dame family to celebrate third annual Notre Dame Day

April 19, 2016 • Categories: News

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The celebration will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 24 and end at midnight on April 25. The 29-hour live broadcast from LaFortune Student Center will share inspiring and entertaining Notre Dame stories from around the world through interviews and celebrity guests. It also provides members of the Notre Dame family the opportunity to give back to areas of the University they love most through an online fundraising competition. 

Astrophysicists find triple star system with 'hot Jupiter'

April 12, 2016 • Categories: News

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Crisp, clear images of a “hot Jupiter” system captured by a University of Notre Dame physicist were vital in determining that a newly found planet inhabits a three-star system, a phenomenon documented only a few times before. Justin R. Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, was part of the team that discovered KELT-4Ab, a so-called “hot Jupiter” because it is a gas giant that orbits extremely close to one of the stars in its solar system.

Notre Dame to Host a National Panel on STEM Education

April 08, 2016 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame will host a panel discussion titled “STEM Education for the 21st Century” on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Mary Galvin, Dean of the College of Science, will moderate this national panel which features Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Maria Klawe, Anne Petersen, and Abigail Wozniak. The event is hosted byMulticultural Student Programs and Services

Graduate student Erica Gonzales contributes to rare brown dwarf discovery

April 07, 2016 • Categories: News


Erica Gonzales, a graduate student in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, was conducting her first telescope observations in California in October 2014 when she helped to discover and photograph a rare brown dwarf– an object with mass in between that of stars and planets. Working with her advisor, Prof. Justin R. Crepp, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, Gonzales was able to identify HD 4747 B as an important benchmark for studying objects somewhat smaller than stars. 

Notre Dame physicists discover rare brown dwarf, essential for testing theoretical models

April 06, 2016 • Categories: News

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A team led by Justin Crepp, the Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has discovered a rare brown dwarf, a faint object with properties in between that of a star and planet. In addition to taking its picture for the first time, Crepp’s team also determined the brown dwarf’s mass, age and composition — essential information that can be used to “benchmark” the study of these elusive objects.

Unearthing the secrets of a star

April 04, 2016 • Categories: News


Copernicus. Galileo. Hubble. For ages, humans have looked up at the night sky to ponder the secrets of the universe. The flickering stars have been the stuff of fascination and research for millennia, from men and women who mostly turned their gaze ever upward to study the vastness of space. Yet today, a group of University of Notre Dame astrophysicists is going down — way down — in a new attempt to gain an understanding of the evolution of stars.