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Royal beauty bright

December 19, 2018 • Categories: News

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Sometimes an old story can be refreshed with a new perspective, even one from far out in the galaxy.

That’s what Grant Mathews, director of the Center for Astrophysics

Professors Tank, Peaslee granted Media Legends Awards

December 14, 2018 • Categories: News

Jennifer Tank

Professor Jennifer Tank, in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Professor Graham Peaslee, in the Department of Physics, were both honored with a Media Legend Award from the Office of Media Relations for their excellence in communicating with the press and others.

Toroczkai develops mathematical solver for analog computers

December 12, 2018 • Categories: News

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Toroczkai and collaborators have been working toward developing a novel mathematical approach that will help advance computation beyond the digital framework we all have on our desks.

Notre Dame Research now accepting applications for the 2019 Internal Grants Program

December 11, 2018 • Categories: News

Faculty are now invited to apply for awards within the Notre Dame Research Internal Grants Program. The deadline to apply to the available grants is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

“Bang” of first moment of dying star captured by Kepler Supernova Experiment

December 06, 2018 • Categories: News

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The data collected by the Kepler space telescope from this nearest and brightest supernova, combined with data from ground-based satellites, resulted from an experiment first proposed by Notre Dame physicist Peter Garnavich.

Second annual COSE-JAM to be held December 7

December 05, 2018 • Categories: News

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COSE-JAM highlights the achievements of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. The event helps them foster interdisciplinary research and interactions, develop presentation and mentoring skills, and obtain advice on career development.

Notre Dame Stories: Star of wonder

December 04, 2018 • Categories: News

In this episode: Star of wonder.

The Gospel account of St. Matthew includes a peculiar episode: Magi or wise men who followed a star to the place of Jesus’ birth. A Notre Dame astrophysicist details the astronomical phenomenon he believes led them to Bethlehem.

Originally published by Andy Fuller at

What and When Was the Christmas Star? Program December 7 and 9

November 30, 2018 • Categories: News

Physicist Grant Mathews will share the astrophysical details about the well-documented Christmas Star. Was it a comet, a nova, a supernova, or a planet alignment? And who were the wise men from the East?

This event is free and open to the public, though it is ticketed. For tickets, please visit:

Notre Dame astrophysicist to appear on Science Channel program Nov. 19

November 15, 2018 • Categories: News

Justin Crepp

Justin R. Crepp, associate professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, will appear in Monday’s (Nov. 19) episode of “Space’s Deepest Secrets.” The hour-long program airs weekly at 10 p.m. Eastern on the Science Channel.

Aprahamian to serve as a member of the U.S. Liaison Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

November 13, 2018 • Categories: News


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and their Policy and Global Affairs group, has invited Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian to serve as a member of the U.S. Liaison Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Her term is September 18, 2018 - December 31, 2020. IUPAP representation in the USA is carried out by the Science Academies. The aims of IUPAP with 57 member countries are:…

Notre Dame’s second annual Gold Mass set for Nov. 15

November 13, 2018 • Categories: News

The second annual Gold Mass for scientists and engineers will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame and Chilean Catholic university solidify partnership to increase scientific collaboration

November 06, 2018 • Categories: News

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The College of Science at the University of Notre Dame has cemented a partnership with the five schools of science within the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), as part of the Chilean government’s new initiative, “Science and Innovation for 2030.”

Aprahamian joins Discovery Science Technical Review Committee at NIF

November 05, 2018 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian has been asked to join the Discovery Science Technical Review Committee of the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is the largest and most energetic laser facility ever built. NIF is the size of a sports stadium—three football fields could fit inside. NIF is also the most precise and reproducible laser as well as the world’s largest optical instrument. The giant laser has nearly 40,000 optics that precisely guide, reflect, amplify, and focus 192 laser beams onto a fusion target about the size of a pencil eraser. NIF became operational in March 2009. Nuclear Physics is thought to play a significant role in the ignition of fusion reactions. The Discovery Science Technical Review Committee will study and select the most important proposals for experiments on the NIF.…

Ahn co-organizes Nuclear Physics for the Next Generation conference in London

October 31, 2018 • Categories: News

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The first conference on Nuclear Physics for the Next Generation (NPNG 2018) was held at the Notre Dame International Gateway in London, U.K. from September 25-27. Thirty-nine early-career nuclear physicists participated in this invitation-only meeting to envision the future of nuclear physics, form new collaborations, and support each other at the early-career stage. The meeting also facilitated closer connection between the North American and European nuclear physics communities, and the London International Gateway was an ideal location for the meeting.…

Aprahamian named chair of FRIB Science Advisory Commitee

October 30, 2018 • Categories: News


Freimann Professor Ani Apahamian has been named as the chair of the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. This committee provides external advice to the laboratory’s director on scientific choices, scientific vision, and matters related to optimizing the scientific discovery potential of FRIB. The SAC is comprised of eminent scientists, most with extensive rare-isotope science expertise.

Physics Machine Shop an invaluable resource to researchers

October 18, 2018 • Categories: News

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Physicists at the University of Notre Dame are developing groundbreaking devices, but many of their inventions begin as raw materials that are shaped, cut, tooled, engraved, and soldered with precision in the Physics Machine Shop. The shop's open house will be from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Graduate students receive awards at AWIS Regional Conference

October 12, 2018 • Categories: News

The Association for Women in Science Notre Dame Chapter hosted the 2018 Women in Science Conference on campus October 5-7. Kaitlin Rasmussen, a fourth year graduate student working in Professor Timothy Beers’ research group, and Rebeka Kelmar, a second year graduate student working in Professor Anna Simon

Aprahamian organizes events in Armenia with the Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory

October 11, 2018 • Categories: News

Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian organized and chaired a day of talks on Low Energy Nuclear Science & Applications with the use of cyclotrons in Armenia. This was a part of a week-long international conference on “Correlations in Partonic and Hadronic Interactions

National QuarkNet physics program to continue educating high school teachers

October 04, 2018 • Categories: News


QuarkNet, a program founded at Notre Dame that brings university-level physics research opportunities to high school teachers and students across the country, has been granted funding through 2023 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF has funded the program since its inception in 1998.

Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing

September 24, 2018 • Categories: News

Various forms of PFASs have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancers, as well as thyroid disease and low birthweight.

Wiescher honored at ND football game as member of the all-faculty team

September 17, 2018 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor of Physics Michael Wiescher was honored at the September 15 Notre Dame football game as a member of the 2018 All-Faculty Team. Each home game, the Office of the Provost honors a faculty member on the field. Individuals have been chosen from across Notre Dame’s colleges and schools for their excellence in research, teaching, and service to the University. For more information on this program, visit the All-Faculty Team page

Energy E3 to build innovation center, increase access to sustainable energy in low- and middle-income countries

September 14, 2018 • Categories: News

Researchers at Notre Dame with counterparts in Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria are working to bridge the gap through a program called Energy E3 — Empowering Nations to Power Their Nation, with plans underway for an inaugural energy innovation center in Uganda.

Reingold spends summer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

September 13, 2018 • Categories: News

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Craig Reingold, fourth-year graduate student in the Nuclear Science Laboratory working with the group of Prof. Anna Simon, spent ten weeks in summer 2018 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He joined the Academic Cooperation Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which hosts up to 800 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The program is designed to encourage external collaborations with LLNL. His stay at LLNL was also partially funded by CENTAUR: Center for Excellence in Nuclear Training and University-based Research. CENTAUR is a five-year grant from National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) that is focused on training the next generation of nuclear physics

Gomez receives Nuclear Forensics Summer Internship at LLNL

September 12, 2018 • Categories: News

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Orlando Gomez, a third-year graduate student working in the Nuclear Science Laboratory with Prof. Anna Simon, received the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory "Nuclear Forensics Summer Internship". The internship provides a stipend and travel cost reimbursement for a graduate student who is then paired with an LLNL scientist for a two-month program. The student joins the research group at LLNL and works on a project directly related to the efforts of the group.…

Notre Dame researchers determine spin-down rate of rare white dwarf pulsar

September 11, 2018 • Categories: News

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University of Notre Dame researchers have pinpointed the rate at which the only known white dwarf pulsar is slowing its rotation, finally confirming that the star’s spin-down energy is sufficient to power the unique light variations observed from the system.

National Academy of Sciences committee on exoplanets encourages direct space mission to study earth-like planets

September 05, 2018 • Categories: News

Justin Crepp

Are we alone? That’s the big question the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Exoplanet Science Strategy would like to answer. Its priorities and recommendations for the next decade’s search for habitable worlds outside the Solar System include launching a direct-imaging mission into space, and building more powerful telescopes.

Notre Dame Research opens application period for Internal Grants Programs

September 05, 2018 • Categories: News

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All full-time, regular faculty are encouraged to apply for the Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) Regular Grant, the FRSP Initiation Grant, and the Francis M. Kobayashi Travel Fund (KTF).

Direct coupling of the Higgs boson to the bottom quark observed

August 29, 2018 • Categories: News

An observation made by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN represents yet another important milestone reached in the scrutiny of the Higgs boson and its interactions with Standard Model particles. Members of the Notre Dame CMS group include Professors Michael Hildreth, Colin Jessop, Kevin Lannon, Nancy Marinelli, Randal Ruchti and Mitchell Wayne of the Department of Physics are all members of the CMS collaboration.


Training the next generation of leaders in low-energy nuclear physics

August 08, 2018 • Categories: News

Anna Simon

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame will help train the next generation of leaders and stewardship scientists to ensure the safety and reliability of the country’s nuclear stockpile.

Heavy Metals: The search for rare stars that could unlock a mystery of the universe

July 25, 2018 • Categories: News

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Astrophysicist Timothy Beers only needs 100 stars out of the 100 billion in the universe to help prove one of the longest-held theories in the field. Finding those stars, however, is like looking for a needle in a haystack.