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2014: Year in Review

December 19, 2014

Campus Crossroads Project

The calendar year 2014 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Here are some of them.

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist to present Christmas Star lecture

November 24, 2014

Christmas star lecture

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Grant Mathews will give three presentations of his popular program titled “What and When was the Christmas Star?” in the Digital Visualization Theater of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.

2014 ND-GAIN results show that Norway is most prepared for climate change

November 06, 2014

Lofoten, Norway

Norway is the best prepared country for climate change, and has been so for almost 20 years, according to data released Wednesday (Nov. 5) by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

ND-GAIN is the world’s leading annual index that ranks more than 175 countries based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, superstorms and natural disasters that climate change can cause.

Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

November 05, 2014 • Categories: Annual Report

Siemens Foundation

The University of Notre Dame will host a regional final of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 7-8).

Green Lab Spotlight: ND Energy

November 05, 2014


The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is dedicated to supporting energy related research and moving toward sustainable energy solutions.energy_nd


Notre Dame’s junior faculty achieve record success in nationally competitive awards

October 28, 2014

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized eight University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science for their excellence in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Additionally, two faculty members have been awarded Young Investigator Program (YIP) Awards from the Army Research Office.

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

October 14, 2014

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.

Notre Dame faculty share research discoveries on NPR's 'Science Friday'

October 13, 2014

"Science Friday"

Three University of Notre Dame faculty in the College of Science will speak about their research at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15) in the Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. They will appear on the national radio show “Science Friday” to be broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country.

Center for STEM Education launches Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program

October 09, 2014


Excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical for the nation’s continued social and economic well-being and security. In order to foster growth in these disciplines, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education is launching the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program.

Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index honors unique climate-linked projects

September 26, 2014

ND-GAIN's 2014 Corporate Adaptation Prize

In Senegal, efforts to counter the effects of rising sea levels and ocean storms have produced a dike that reclaims hundreds of acres of land for rice. A seawall protects homes, and beach restoration is saving thousands of tourist-related jobs. In India, Indonesia, Kenya and Vietnam, a unique social venture called “Healthy Family” helps address barriers to health care access such as the limited distribution of medicines.

Notre Dame reports highest level of research funding in a non-stimulus year

September 22, 2014

Lab research

The University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year.

Notre Dame received $119 million in 2010, but approximately $30 million was from government stimulus grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

National Security and Nuclear Materials: Using Forensic Science in a Nuclear Age

September 22, 2014


When asked about the role of forensics in society, people might point to TV shows like the CSI series and its offshoots as examples of the type of information that forensics can uncover. At its core forensics takes the adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” literally and focuses on understanding materials, processes, and reactions. While the actors in the series usually find their answers within an hour, researchers like Antonio Simonetti

JINA Art 2 Science Camp Highlights

August 20, 2014 • Categories: ND Energy


Check out the highlights of the 2014 Art 2 Science Camp sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame. 

During the JINA Art 2 Science Camp from July 14-18, 2014 in the Jordan Hall of Science, over 175 children learned about the wonders of the physical universe and used their creativity to express their new knowledge by creating art and hands-on experiments.…

Notre Dame paper offers insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

August 13, 2014

Organic-inorganic “hybrid” perovskites

A new paper by University of Notre Dame researchers describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic “hybrid” perovskites.

ND-GAIN seeking applications for Corporate Adaptation Prize

July 24, 2014


The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) at the University of Notre Dame is accepting applications for the ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Prize, which recognizes organizations that have made measurable contributions in creating resilience or adaptation to climate change.

Thomson Reuters names three Notre Dame faculty among the world’s most influential scientific minds

July 21, 2014

Thomson Reuters The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014

University of Notre Dame faculty members Joan Brennecke, Bertrand Hochwald and Prashant Kamat have been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”

The list includes more than 3,200 scientists around the world 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 analyzed for publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences.

Heino Nitsche Dies Unexpectedly

July 16, 2014 • Categories: Annual Report


It is with tremendous sadness that we report the death of chemistry professor, Heino Nitsche (member of the Center’s Technical Advisory Board since 2011), who died unexpectedly the morning of July 15. Born July 24, 1949 in Munich, Germany, Heino earned his Ph.D. in 1980 at the Free University of Berlin and joined the University of California at Berkeley

Burns Named Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy

July 11, 2014 • Categories: Annual Report


In a recent announcement made by Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, Peter C. Burns, the Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Notre Dame Energy Frontier Research Center receives further DOE funding

July 07, 2014

Graduate engineering research in Peter Burns' lab in Stinson-Remick

A University of Notre Dame research center has once again been designated an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and will receive funding to help accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.

Notre Dame collaborating with five partners to build nation’s top turbine engine component research and testing facility

June 30, 2014

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility

The University of Notre Dame and five public and private partners announced today Thursday (June 26) a $36 million project that will be the nation’s foremost research and test facility for advancing the technology used in the massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry.

Construction in South Bend’s Ignition Park on a 43,000-square-foot building — of which 25,000 square feet will be for the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility — will begin this summer and be completed by March. The facility will be fully operational in July 2016.

NDIGD and ND-GAIN awarded project from 3ie to design impact evaluation in Mozambique

June 25, 2014

Maputo, Mozambique

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) will work with faculty and staff from the Universidade Católica de Moçambique (UCM) to assess the impacts of early-warning systems for climate-related disasters in Mozambique.

Notre Dame and Heidelberg University sign memorandum of understanding

June 17, 2014 • Categories: ND Energy

Nick Entrikin poses with Bernhard Eitel, rector of Heidelberg University, Germany, and other representatives of Heidelberg University

Representatives of the University of Notre Dame and Heidelberg University signed a general memorandum of understanding April 11 that will serve as the basis for an exploration of joint research, academic exchanges and other cooperative activities between the two institutions.

ND Expert: New carbon emission rule targets existing plants, will result in lawsuits

June 03, 2014

Bruce Huber

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday (June 2) released its Clean Power Plan, a long-awaited proposal that seeks to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

“These power plants account for about one-third of all such emissions within the U.S., and more importantly, they have historically escaped the brunt of regulation by the EPA, which generally focuses instead on newly constructed plants,” according to Bruce Huber, associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.

Haifeng Gao receives research award from the Department of Army

May 15, 2014


Haifeng Gao, cSEND Faculty, and 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.…

70th Wedding Anniversary for Vincent P. and Mary Margaret Slatt, Notre Dame Alum and Butte natives!

April 30, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent P. And Mary Margaret (Hennessey) Slatt will observe their 70th wedding anniversary on May 17, 2014. 

Christopher (Vincent's youngest son) and Jeanine Slatt established the Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research

Xing Named 2014 Young Scientist

April 24, 2014


The International Symposium for Compound Semiconductors (ISCS) has named Huili (Grace) Xing, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, the winner of the 2014 Young Scientist Award. Established in 1986, the award acknowledges technical achievements in the field of compound semiconductors by a scientist younger than 40 years.

Xing is being recognized “for her contributions to the understanding of the fundamental properties of III-V nitrides and graphene, novel devices and demonstrations of devices exhibiting record performance.” A formal presentation will be made on Tuesday, May 13, during the award ceremony of the 41st ISCS conference in Montpellier, France.

Phillip To Receive NAMS Young Scientist Award

April 21, 2014 • Categories: ND Energy

William A. Phillip, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has william_phillipbeen named one of the three recipients of the 2014 North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Young Membrane Scientist Award

Brennecke Receives 2014 E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

March 26, 2014 • Categories: ND Energy

jfb_murphree_awardDr. Joan F. Brenecke, The Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and recipient of the 2014 E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, is presented her award at the 247th National ACS Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, Texas on March 18, 2014.