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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

Physics Machine Shop

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

Wiescher All Faculty Team

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

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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

Timothy Beers

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.


Summer comes to a close for REU and fellowship participants with over 80 students presenting at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

July 25, 2018 • Categories: News


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Students participating in summer REU and fellowship programs at Notre Dame will conclude their research experience during the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on July 25 in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Over 80 students will present research projects from programs in Analytical Chemistry, Center for Research Computing, Graduate School, ND Energy, NDnano, Wireless Institute, and St. Mary’s College

Aprahamian co-chairs NASEM committee recommending US electron ion collider facility

July 25, 2018 • Categories: News

WASHINGTON – The science questions that could be answered by an electron ion collider (EIC) – a very large-scale particle accelerator – are significant to advancing our understanding of the atomic nuclei that make up all visible matter in the universe, says a new report

Aprahamian speaks at TRIUMF Science Week

July 20, 2018 • Categories: News

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Professor Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, was invited to TRIUMF Science Week in Vancouver, Canada in July 2018. TRIUMF, the national laboratory of Canada for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, is celebrating its 50th

Summertime Stargazing event draws large crowd

July 19, 2018 • Categories: News

Krizmanich Telescope at night

A virtually cloudless night drew a crowd of about 1,500 to the Jordan Hall of Science observatory on July 6 to take turns peering at the stars and planets through the Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope.

First Notre Dame-China symposium on nuclear physics to foster future collaboration

July 18, 2018 • Categories: News

Physics lecture at Beijing Global Gateway

More than 20 physics scholars gathered in June to discuss current research in exotic nuclear structures during a joint event organized by the nuclear physics groups at the University of Notre Dame and Peking University.

Notre Dame physicists explore how well we can know the past

July 02, 2018 • Categories: News


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In their latest research, Notre Dame physicists explore the concept of "retrodiction" to determine how rapidly knowledge of the past states of the universe deteriorates.

Peng Elected to Experimental NMR Conference Executive Committee

June 21, 2018 • Categories: News


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Jeff Peng, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry with a concurrent appointment in Physics, was recently elected to the Executive Committee for the annual Experimental NMR Conference (ENC).


Garg appointed Honorary Guest Professor at Peking University

June 13, 2018 • Categories: News

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Professor Umesh Garg has been reappointed as an Honorary Guest Professor in the Physics Department at Peking University through January 2020. This honor is bestowed by the President of PKU on academics of very high international repute who have significant connections with the University. Garg