Three faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have received awards for exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising. Xavier Creary, Charles L. Huisking Professor of Chemistry, and Amanda Hummon, Huisking Foundation Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have received 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Dr. DeeAnne Goodenough-Lashua, has been selected to receive a Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.
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.
Haifeng Gao and Vlad Iluc, assistant professors of chemistry and biochemistry, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards. These awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards offered to junior faculty members and are given to recognize outstanding research, education, and integration of education and research. Prof. Gao and Prof. Iluc join the 14 other chemistry and biochemistry faculty members selected as CAREER award recipients.…
The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 24 current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another 17 earning honorable mention. Overall, there were 41 students recognized by the NSF. This doubles the number of Notre Dame awardees from 2015, and nearly doubles the previous Notre Dame record of 26, set last year, for total students recognized by the NSF.
Notre Dame International has awarded Global Collaboration Initiative funding to 18 projects submitted by faculty members engaged in reputation-advancing research with colleagues at universities around the world. The GCI awards support faculty-led international initiatives by providing seed funding for sustainable research collaborations.
We are happy to welcome Dr. Jessica Brown to the faculty at Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Dr. Brown will establish her research group specializing in understanding the biological, biochemical, and structural roles of RNA triple helices. Her research interests are centered on RNA-protein biochemistry and structural biology, which can play important roles in cancer identification and treatment.
Dr. Mary Prorok, Assistant Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected to receive a 2016 Presidential Leadership Award. This award, conferred by the University of Notre Dame, is given to recognize staff supervisors who demonstrate outstanding servant leadership.
Notre Dame hosted 22 local middle school students in the first St. Joseph County You Be the Chemist (YBTC) Local Challenge, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company, in the Jordan Hall of Science on March 12. Chemistry graduate students Karen Bailey, Kasey Clear, and Emily Amenson organized the event in collaboration with the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO) and Association for Women in Science, Notre Dame Chapter (AWIS-ND). Members of CGSO tutored students in grades fifth to eight at Edison Intermediate Center, Christ the King Catholic School, and Holy Family School for weeks and judged the event.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and Kyoto University’s Institute for Chemical Research will soon be exchanging faculty, staff, students and ideas, building on a partnership started by Notre Dame International. Chair of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ken Henderson says an official memorandum of understanding between his department and Kyoto’s institute lays out a template for collaboration. In addition to enabling student and faculty visits, the agreement lays the groundwork for growing research partnerships and the development of joint conferences and workshops. It is the type of interaction envisioned when Notre Dame International and Kyoto University initiated the institutional partnership level two years ago.
Through Notre Dame International, the University of Notre Dame and Heidelberg University have established a collaboration in which students from Germany have taken classes and conducted research at Notre Dame since August, part of an ongoing, broad collaboration with Heidelberg University that was established in 2104. Alex Dimmling and Lennart Schleper, who both finished their bachelor’s degrees at Heidelberg last June, are returning to Germany to pursue master’s degrees with credit from the Notre Dame experience.
Colorectal cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, is not a commonly discussed disease. Often symptomless in early stages, the cancer is more difficult to treat as it progresses, requiring chemotherapy in later stages. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a way to identify patients who would benefit from chemotherapy before the cancer progresses.
Harper Cancer Research Institute Director Dr. Sharon Stack was on Capitol Hill joining members of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance to advocate for the programs and research necessary for better ovarian cancer treatment. Advocates went to congressional offices and stated that prevention, awareness, development of new treatments and diagnostics, and better access to existing therapies are critical to battling this terrible disease.
Rare Disease Day takes place annually on the last day of February. Rare Disease Day’s goal is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients. Warren Center researchers have a rich history in rare disease therapeutic research and a few examples are summarized below.…
As the celebration of the sesquicentennial of science comes to a close and the one-year anniversary of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.’s passing approaches, the University of Notre Dame reflects on the life of Father Hesburgh and his impact on the growth and development of the sciences and scientific research at the University during his tenure and beyond.
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.
Paul W. Bohn, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been appointed to the editorship of Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry, the most highly cited publication in the field. Bohn, who has served four years on the journal’s international board, will serve a four-year term as co-editor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.