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

Author: Mary Hendriksen


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


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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Cancer detection test takes grand prize in Notre Dame business plan competition

Author: Carol Elliott

NanDio team for McCloskey Business Competition

A team with a business plan for a simple test that detects oral cancer took the grand prize of $25,000 Friday (April 11) in the Mendoza College of Business’ 15th McCloskey Business Plan Competition at the University of Notre Dame. NanDio competed against five other teams in the final round of the competition, which was sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Mendoza. The competition awarded $300,000 in cash and prizes.

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Notre Dame students named Goldwater Scholars

Author: Stephanie Healey

The College of Science is pleased to announce that Jacob Haley and Ellie Norby have been named Goldwater Scholars. They were selected from thousands of applicants nationwide to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. In addition, Samantha Piekos has earned an honorable mention.

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Notre Dame scientists develop largest developmental proteomic data set for any animal

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog

Now that the human genome is sequenced, University of Notre Dame researchers are focusing on the study of the proteome, which is the protein content of an organism, tissue or cell. Bioanalytical chemist Norman Dovichi and molecular biologist Paul Huber have successfully tracked the changing patterns of protein expression during early development of Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog, embryos. They have developed the largest data set on developmental proteomics for any organism, and have included the single-cell zygote.

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Notre Dame researchers discover new 2-D quasicrystals with unusual five-fold symmetry

Author: Rebecca Hicks


A group of Notre Dame researchers, led by Prof. S. Alex Kandel, has discovered a new quasicrystalline material that results from the self-assembly of ferrocene carboxylic acid.  When these small molecules form monolayers, they exhibit highly unusual five-fold symmetry. The work is presented in a paper entitled “Self-Assembly of Hydrogen-Bonded Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals” in the March 6, 2014 issue of Nature.

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Do you have a great idea for cancer research?

Author: Stephanie Healey

Research Like a Champion Today

Do you want to help Notre Dame prevent cancer? You can help Notre Dame find the missing pieces to the puzzle.

The College of Science and Harper Cancer Research Institute are sponsoring a new program for students to drive innovation in cancer research. Individual Notre Dame students or groups of students who choose to work in a team (no more than three students per team) may apply. Both undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges are eligible to submit research proposals that look into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.

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Perovskite solar cell research featured on the cover of C&E News

Author: Stephanie Healey

Solar Panels

Converting solar power into usable energy is not a new form technology, but researchers are constantly finding ways to improve it.  In the last year and a half, researchers around the world, including Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have put pervoskites in the spotlight, resulting in a cover story on the solar cells in the February 24, 2014 issue C&E News.

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In memoriam: Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, died Feb. 14 (Friday) after a brief illness. He was 84.

A native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, Freeman began a lifelong career in chemistry while working in his father’s drugstore and discovering that he could obtain a wide variety of chemicals from the store’s suppliers.

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ESTEEM project spotlight: Dr. W. Matthew Leevy

Author: Emily Sussman


College of Science’s Professor Matt Leevy’s research is moving to commercialization stage in the market.

Medical Data Printers has recently validated a protocol for the rapid and inexpensive production of high-resolution physical plastic models derived from 3D printing of pre-clinical X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) data sets (in press at J. Vis. Exp). Recent experiments indicate that the company can translate its protocol for use with clinical CT data derived from human patients. Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) doctors could be provided with personalized, high-resolution, 3D physical models of a given patient’s head in which the airways are preserved, and on which the structure of the sinuses are completely preserved. These models will be used to practice complicated sinus surgeries ahead of an operation, with the goal of reducing overall surgical time on the patient, and reducing errors.…

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