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Of Synergy and Science

Author: Andy Fuller

Change sometimes happens slowly, then all at once. On the northeast side of Notre Dame’s campus, a new quadrangle has emerged on space that seemingly just days ago was occupied by a parking lot and sidewalks. Anchoring this new quad on its east side is the state-of-the-art, 220,000 square foot McCourtney Hall of Molecular Science and Engineering. Its opening comes as shifts in the broader research community are hastening a change in how scientific discoveries are taking place.

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Applications Now Open for the Naughton Fellowships

Author: Joanne Fahey

The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional Ph.D., masters, or undergraduate students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame.

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Fighting for Better Cancer Detection

Author: Brandi Klingerman

In the United States alone, there are nearly 240,000 breast cancer diagnoses each year, and one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. To date, mammograms are the best diagnostic technology for breast cancer. A mammogram’s ability to detect tumors at early stages has made breast cancer one of the most treatable forms of cancer, but there are still almost 50,000 missed diagnoses every year.

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Notre Dame-Purdue symposium encourages networking, collaboration opportunities in soft materials and polymer research

Author: Heidi Deethardt

Notre Dame’s third annual symposium on soft materials research was expanded this year to a two-university event.  On October 8, nearly 70 faculty, postdoc and student researchers attended the first Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers at Notre Dame’s Eck Visitors Center.

“The symposium functions as a platform to share research between schools in Indiana, to network between research groups, and to seek opportunities for collaboration,” said event co-organizer Haifeng Gao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Notre Dame.  “We plan to include other nearby research universities in future events, such as the next one at Purdue University,” said event co-organizer Jianguo Mei, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University.…

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Collaboration yields new understanding of nano properties needed to build new materials

Author: Gene Stowe

A collaboration between Jon Camden, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, David Masiello of the University of Washington, and Philip Rack of the University of Tennessee has directly observed hybridized magnetic resonances in plasmonic nanostructures for the first time. The achievement is a critical step toward developing materials that interact with light in unexpected ways and that may someday cloak military equipment throughout the visible spectrum or underlie future PV technology optimized to capture energy from the sun’s infrared rays. 

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Thirteen finalists selected for Notre Dame's 2016 undergraduate nanotech research competition

Author: Heidi Deethardt

The Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame (NDnano) will host the following finalists who have been selected for the sixth annual NDConnect undergraduate nanotechnology research competition:

  • Joseph Burkhart, a senior studying chemistry at St. Olaf College. His research, conducted at Indiana University under the direction of Prof. Sara Skrabalak, is "Calculated packing-dependent optical behavior of Au octopods."  

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Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

Author: Gene Stowe

Collaborative research at the University of Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.

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Blue-sky Biomedical Projects Launched by New Funding

Author: Arnie Phifer

Innovative research includes efforts to treat Parkinson’s disease, understand heart disease and strokes, tackle bacterial drug resistance

Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T), a strategic research initiative at the University of Notre Dame, has announced the recipients of its Discovery Fund awards for 2016. Each year, these awards are given to scientists and engineers who propose novel technologies that can improve human and environmental health. “We fund researchers who have exciting, sometimes risky ideas but need assistance to kick-start their investigations and collect preliminary data,” explained Paul Bohn, AD&T’s director. “There’s also a focus on selecting projects that have a recognizable path to becoming high-impact, marketable products.”

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Quinn family provides $5 million gift for Phase II of Innovation Park

Author: Dennis Brown

The late Thomas Quinn and his wife, Diane, have made a $5 million gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of the second phase of Innovation Park.

The Thomas H. and Diane G. Quinn Hall for Innovation and Change will be a 40,000-square-foot, three-level facility located on a 12-acre site immediately south of the Notre Dame campus on Angela Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin late this fall or early winter.

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Video: Magnetoelectric nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery in cancer treatment

Author: Heidi Deethardt

A team of Notre Dame researchers from NDnano, AD&T, and Harper Cancer Research Institute have started to investigate the use of magnetoelectric nanoparticles (MENs) as carrier vehicles for targeted drug delivery in cancer treatment. 

The MENs work, led by Dr. Tiffanie Stewart, builds on research published this year by her alma mater, Florida International University (Scientific Reports, 6:20867, DOI: 101038/srep20867

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