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Bringing legendary science faculty to Notre Dame

Author: Gene Stowe

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During the one year anniversary of the death of Fr. Hesburgh, the College of Science recalls and appreciates the impact that he had on science at Notre Dame.
 
When former Notre Dame President Father John J. Cavanaugh challenged “Where are the Catholic Salks, Oppenheimers, and Einsteins?” in a widely-read essay in the late 1950s, Father Theodore Hesburgh was already in the process of providing an answer. In both direct action, from building facilities to recruiting top scholars, and cultural transformation, from welcoming women students to asserting academic freedom, Hesburgh laid the foundations for the College of Science’s accelerating research, discovery, and mission-driven entrepreneurship in the 21st century. 

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Prashant Kamat becomes editor-in-chief of ACS Energy Letters

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as the inaugural editor-in-chief of ACS Energy Letters, a new peer-reviewed journal from the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Letters will enable the rapid publication of advances in energy research.

 

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College of Science Faculty Awarded Support from CTSI Molecular Therapeutics Program

Author: Richard Taylor

Bradley Smith, Emil T. Hofman Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and a researcher in the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development, from the Molecular Therapeutics Program of the Indiana CTSI for a project entitled “Novel Drug Candidates for Treating Leishmaniasis.” The work will be carried out in collaboration with Miguel Morales, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Heath.

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Warren Center Researcher Selected for the National Institutes of Health Neurotherapeutics Program

Author: Joanne Fahey

Notre Dame’s Richard Taylor, Interim Director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry has been selected to participate in a National Institutes of Health training program, “Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists.” In addition to fundamental principles of discovery, development, and IND enabling studies, the course will also address the unique challenges inherent in developing treatments for nervous system disorders.

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Cancer too complex for a magic bullet: Resources to support research are needed, expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

Sharon Stack

Thursday (Feb. 4) marks World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on Feb. 4, 2000. The goals of the charter are the promotion of research to cure as well as prevent the disease, upgrades to the provided services to the patients, the sensitization of the common opinion and the mobilization of the global community against cancer.

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Thomson Reuters names 5 Notre Dame faculty among the top 1 percent of highly cited scholars

Author: Nina Welding

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Five University of Notre Dame faculty members — Bertrand Hochwald and J. Nicholas Laneman from the College of Engineering, Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat from the College of Science, and Luis Gómez-Mejia from the Mendoza College of Business — have been named to the 2015 Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers list. The list identifies the top 1 percent of the almost 9 million scholars and scientists who publish their academic findings every year, accounting for more than 2 million journal papers.

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Schultz joining Features Panel of Analytical Chemistry

Author: Rebecca Hicks

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Zachary Schultz, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has accepted an invitation to join the Features Panel of the journal Analytical Chemistry. This appointment is for a three-year term beginning in 2016.

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Alumnus Travis Marshall-Roth receives ACS undergraduate research award

Author: Rebecca Hicks

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Travis Marshall-Roth (’15) has been selected as the winner of the 2016 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research for students at research universities. Marshall-Roth and his research advisor Seth Brown, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, were recognized for their work elucidating the reaction mechanism for non-classical oxygen atom transfers and developing new catalyst designs with multiple redox-active ligands.

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Hummon receives ACS Rising Star Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Amanda Hummon, the Husking Foundation, Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a 2016 Rising Star Award from the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee. Hummon will accept the award at the national American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Diego in March. 

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Angewandte Chemie peer reviewers rank Henderson paper in top 10 percent

Author: Gene Stowe

 

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Notre Dame researchers led by Ken Henderson have achieved a critical step in the search for rapid molecular-based computing. The group demonstrated the ability to move an electron within a neutral molecule, providing the binary switch necessary for computing. A key advance is that the molecule does not require the presence of a second molecule to generate the electron, which creates bias in the system.

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Thomson Reuters names four Notre Dame faculty among the most highly cited scholars

Author: Nina Welding

Prashant Kamat

University of Notre Dame faculty members — Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat from the College of Science and Bertrand Hochwald and J. Nicholas Laneman from the College of Engineering and  — have been named to the Thomson Reuters’ list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2015. Hochwald, Beers, and Kamat were named in the 2014 list. All four faculty members have also appeared on previous years’ lists.

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Record highs for Notre Dame research funding

Author: Joanne Fahey

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The University of Notre Dame has received $133.7 million in research funding for fiscal year 2015. This is an all-time record for the University and $20 million more than last year.

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Lieberman Awarded USAID Grant Seeded by CTSI Core Pilot Program

Author: Rich Taylor

Paper test cards distinguish authentic and falsified oxycodone tablets

Professor Marya Lieberman has been awarded a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to monitor the quality of pharmaceuticals across western Kenya through the use of innovative diagnostic test cards developed in her laboratory. These inexpensive, point-of-need devices have been shown to detect falsified antibiotics, TB medications, and anti-malarial drugs. 

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New Research Director Joins Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Author: Arnie Phifer

Aaron Timperman, Ph.D., has joined the University of Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T) initiative as its new Associate Director-Research. “Aaron is an analytical scientist and bioengineer with extensive experience in many of the areas at the core of AD&T’s R&D portfolio,” Paul Bohn, Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer and Director of AD&T, said. Timperman will have a concurrent appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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Patricia Clark elected to Executive Council of the Protein Society

Author: Stephanie Healey

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Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O'Hara C.S.C Professor of Biochemistry, has been elected to the executive council of the Protein Society. She will serve a three-year term (2015-18), during which she will work with the other councilors to organize and conduct the society’s business and help plan conferences and other activities for the organization’s membership.

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Three universities host an international summer chemistry program in Santiago, Chile

Author: Stephanie Healey

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Twenty doctoral students from Europe, Latin America, and the United States are participating in the Santander International Summer School on molecular catalysts from July 14-24 at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago, Chile. Organized by the University of Notre Dame, University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) in Santiago, the summer school will highlight the fundamentals and current developments in the field of molecular catalysts, with an emphasis on catalysts as synthetic tools.

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New paper describes novel synthesis of hyperbranched polymers

Author: William G. Gilroy

Haifeng Gao

A new paper by a team of researchers that includes Haifeng Gao, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, presents, for the first time, a one-pot, one-batch synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with tunablemolecular weights, uniform size and high degree of branching using an efficient click polymerization technique.

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