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Taylor named vice-chair for Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products

Author: Jayme Russell

Rich Taylor

Rich Taylor, associate vice president for research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented a paper on his research, "Chemical and Biological Synthesis of Polyketide Natural Products", at the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products at its annual July meeting. During this year’s conference, Taylor was elected Vice-Chair of the 2015 and Chair of the 2016 conferences to be held at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. This annual international meeting provides a forum for experts to share unpublished research results and engage in scientific discussions.

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Serianni appointed to U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Anthony Serianni

Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently appointed to a five-year term on the U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia by the CARB Division Executive Committee, a subgroup within the American Chemical Society. Serianni, an elected fellow of the American Chemical Society, will begin his term in early 2015.

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Chem Demo Team celebrates National Chemistry Week

Author: Casey O'Donnell

National Chemistry Week

In celebration of this year’s National Chemistry Week, Jordan Hall of Science turned into a veritable sweet shop of marshmallows, ice cream and M&Ms, all in the name of science. Chemistry has never sounded so sweet.

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Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

Author: Dennis Brown

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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Peng named editor for Biophysical Journal

Author: Stephanie Healey

Jeffrey Peng

Jeffrey Peng, associate professor for chemistry and biochemistry and concurrent associate professor of physics was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the editorial board of Biophysical Journal beginning July 1, 2015.

 

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Notre Dame and major New York medical group to collaborate on biomedical research

Author: Arnie Phifer

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

The Feinstein Institute was founded in 1999 to host the research operations for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. As a leading nonprofit research institute with more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participating in studies each year, this partnership will allow both organizations access to data sets, patient trials and groundbreaking innovations.

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Nicholas Myers awarded USP Global Fellowship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Nicholas Myers

Fourth year chemistry graduate student Nicholas Myers recently earned a $30,000 United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Global Fellowship for his work related to counterfeit drug detection. Myers was one of three recipients chosen this year in the international competition.

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Notre Dame researcher working to understand and combat Ebola virus

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robert Stahelin

The largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history currently occurring in West Africa has raised fears that the disease may soon spread to the United States. However, a University of Notre Dame researcher who studies the virus believes that, while there are grounds for concern, there is no need to panic.

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Student Spotlight: Biochemist Doug Rice Reflects on 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Participation

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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This past June at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 37 Nobel Laureates met 600 young scientists from around the world —including University of Notre Dame graduate student Douglas Rice — to share their knowledge, establish new contacts, and discuss suchtopics as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, challenges in immunology, and future research approaches to medicine.

 

 

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Thomson Reuters names Prashant Kamat one of the world's most influential scientific minds

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John. A Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and has been included on Thomson Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. The list includes over 3,200 scientists across the globe who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers.  The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies that analyzed publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences

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Conference highlights NPC research progress at Notre Dame and around the world

Author: Stephanie Healey

NPC Conference

Researchers from across the world gathered at the University of Notre Dame for the annual Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Research from June 12-14.  More than 70 researchers, patients, and family members attended the conference with some attendees travelling from as far as Chile, Denmark, France, Israel and the United Kingdom for this year’s event. Researchers from Columbia University, the National Institutes of Health, Scripps Research Institute, Stanford University, Tufts University, Weill Cornell Medical College and many other universities and institutions around the United States also came to the conference.

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Notre Dame cancer researchers recognized at IU Simon Cancer Center’s annual research day

Author: Stephanie Healey

Christopher Suarez

Six cancer researchers from the University of Notre Dame were recognized at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s annual Cancer Research Day on May 29 in Indianapolis. A record 141 abstracts were submitted in various categories from students, faculty and fellows who conduct research at universities around Indiana. Participating institutions including IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health and development

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lieberman will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Printed test cards for rapid field screening of human and animal medications.”

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Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Achievement Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat receives the 2014 Research Award

Prashant V. Kamat,the Rev. John A, Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Research Achievement Award at the annual President’s Dinner on May 20. Established in 2001, the award honors a distinguished faculty member who has made significant contributions to scholarship in his or her discipline and to the research and graduate education goals of the University.

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Haifeng Gao receives research award from the Department of Army

Author: Stephanie Healey

Haifeng Gao

Haifeng Gao, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, was recently awarded a $150,000 research award from the Chemical Sciences Division of the Department of Army’s Research Office. The research award will begin this summer and can be used for three years of research.

To be considered for the award, Gao submitted a proposal titled, “Regulating inter-polymer chain reaction in nanospace: an efficient method to produce hyperbranched polymer with uniform structure.”

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