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New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms

March 31, 2015

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University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.

“Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.”

National Science Foundation renews funding for JINA

March 31, 2015

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday (March 30) that it is renewing funding for a University of Notre Dame-led institute dedicated to the of study the broad range of nuclear processes in the universe that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae and X-ray and Y-ray bursts.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) was established and funded in 2003 as a NSF Physics Frontier Center between Notre Dame, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to address critical questions about the origin of heavy elements in nature or nuclear processes on compact stellar objects.

Notre Dame’s College of Engineering to educate students to meet 'Grand Challenges'

March 26, 2015

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Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was in attendance Monday (March 23) as a letter of commitment was presented to President Barack Obama, announcing that 122 U.S. engineering schools plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

These “Grand Challenges,” identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include complex yet critical goals such as engineering better medicines, making solar energy even more cost-competitive, securing cyberspace and advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals.

Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

March 24, 2015

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The University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, have launched the inaugural State of Corporate Adaptation survey to provide unprecedented insight on how private sector players are addressing the need to adapt complex business operations to a changing climate.

GLOBES Certificate Open to ND Energy Graduate Students

March 20, 2015 • Categories: Annual Report

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The GLOBES Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society and the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) are pleased to form a new partnership to advance interdisciplinary graduate education in energy studies. This partnership will promote the pursuit of GLOBES certificates by graduate students affiliated with ND Energy. The partnership also promotes the growth of a campus-wide community of scholars who reach across disciplines and discover better environmental and energy research solutions.

Congratulations to the ND Energy Award Winners at the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair – NIRSEF

March 19, 2015

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The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the University of Notre Dame Stepan Hall on Saturday February 28, 2015. The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) sponsored monetary awards and certificates for the top energy related projects at the middle school level and the high school level. We are pleased to announce the winners of these awards.…

Energy Department Releases New Wind Report, Examines Future of Industry

March 16, 2015

In support of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to diversify our nation’s power supplies, the Energy Department today released a new report looking at the future of wind power through 2050 and the economic benefits that come with a robust wind industry. The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States