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Santiago Schnell appointed dean of  Notre Dame’s College of Science

Santiago Schnell appointed dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science

Author: Notre Dame News

Santiago Schnell, chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been appointed the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Graduate students receive fellowships to research disease and precision health platforms

Graduate students receive fellowships to research disease and precision health platforms

Author: James Gilman

Five students from the University of Notre Dame have received fellowships through the Institute for Precision Health’s (IPH) fellowship programs. The Institute for Precision Health supports several programs and research experiences for student researchers during a key part of their education, both on campus and with clinical collaborators.

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University of Notre Dame announces new associate vice president for research development

University of Notre Dame announces new associate vice president for research development

Author: Joanne Fahey

Patricia L. Clark, Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Chemistry and director of the Biophysics Instrumentation Core Facility, has been named an associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, effective July 1, 2021. Clark will be responsible for research development, including assisting faculty in developing a successful research portfolio, collaborating with federal and military research agency advisors, and leading a team of proposal development specialists.

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Forró to head Notre Dame’s new Stavropoulos Center for Complex Quantum Matter

Forró to head Notre Dame’s new Stavropoulos Center for Complex Quantum Matter

László Forró, professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Physics of Condensed Matter in Switzerland, has been named the inaugural director of the new Stavropoulos Center for Complex Quantum Matter at the University of Notre Dame, beginning in the fall of 2021.

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Graduate student in Biophysics lab among 32 students and alumni who earn NSF fellowships or honorable mentions

Graduate student in Biophysics lab among 32 students and alumni who earn NSF fellowships or honorable mentions

Author: Erin Blasko

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded scholarships to 22 University of Notre Dame students and alumni as part of the 2021 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with an additional 10 students and alumni singled out for honorable mention for the award.

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Notre Dame provost tells US Senate committee STEMM’s lack of women, minority representation hinders American competitiveness

Notre Dame provost tells US Senate committee STEMM’s lack of women, minority representation hinders American competitiveness

Author: Notre Dame News

In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday (April 14), Marie Lynn Miranda said ensuring America’s national security and global competitiveness for the future requires us to attract more women and underrepresented minorities to STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields.

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Pandemic is pushing women in STEM ‘past the point of no return’

Pandemic is pushing women in STEM ‘past the point of no return’

Author: Jessica Sieff

During a virtual briefing held by the Women in STEM Caucus and The Science Coalition, Patricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, said that women in science are being pushed past the point of no return due to the ongoing strain of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with longstanding structural barriers — threatening permanent damage to their careers.

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Researchers find evidence of protein folding at site of  intracellular droplets

Researchers find evidence of protein folding at site of intracellular droplets

Author: Jessica Sieff

In a study published in the journal Chemical Science, researchers at the University of Notre Dame found that elevated concentrations of proteins within the droplets triggered a folding event, increasing the potential for protein aggregation — or misfolding — which has been linked to neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Gregory Hartland Receives Prestigious American Chemical Society Award

Gregory Hartland Receives Prestigious American Chemical Society Award

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Gregory Hartland, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, is the 2021 recipient of the American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry. Together with the Kuno group at the University of Notre Dame, the Hartland group has also recently developed a super-resolution IR imaging scheme...

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Hildreth to serve as interim dean, McDowell as interim associate dean of research in the College of Science

Hildreth to serve as interim dean, McDowell as interim associate dean of research in the College of Science

Michael Hildreth, associate dean of research in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as interim dean of the College of Science beginning January 1, 2021. That day, Mary Ann McDowell, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, will begin serving as interim associate dean of research in the college.

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Science and Engineering Scholars Program propels students to success

Science and Engineering Scholars Program propels students to success

“This program is, wow,” said Chelsea Popoola, a math major who plans to attend medical school. The small classes allowed her to learn the material in a tight-knit environment. “I wish I had better words to explain how much this program has done for me. Whenever we need help with anything, there are many people willing to help.”

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WFCDD RFA Request for Applications-Now Open

The Warren Center for Drug Discovery invites new proposals for projects that are associated with drug discovery. In particular, projects associated with small molecule synthesis (libraries or molecular probes), hit validation, lead optimization, mid-sized scale up, assay development, protein purification, and ADMET screening. Any disease areas will be considered. Collaborative opportunities exist for the preparation of small molecules and/or computational-derived drug discovery via three cores: Chemical Synthesis & Drug Discovery, Computer-Aided Molecular Design, or Biological Screening and Development core. …

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Notre Dame launches “Consider This!” a weekly webinar series discussing COVID-19

Notre Dame launches “Consider This!” a weekly webinar series discussing COVID-19

Author: Brandi Wampler

Starting in October, each Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. EST, coronavirus experts will discuss a new aspect or angle of the pandemic, such as epidemiology, food security, public health, racial inequities, testing, vaccines, and evidence used to inform decisions about opening schools, athletics, and businesses. 

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How T-cell targets look in three dimensions may facilitate new cancer vaccines

How T-cell targets look in three dimensions may facilitate new cancer vaccines

T-cells, which hunt for traces of disease within other cells, work by identifying fragments of outsider proteins on a diseased cell’s surface and then go in for the literal kill.

With cancer, some of the mutated fragments of outsider proteins, called neoepitopes, can be recognized by T-cells and are ideal candidates for cancer vaccines. Unfortunately, those candidates are difficult to predict from genetic data alone.

 

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