December 20, 2016
Thomson Reuters has named Timothy Beers, the University of Notre Dame Chair of Astrophysics, and Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, to its 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list. After Reuters analyzed Essential Science Indicators that included 128,887 highly cited papers ranked in the top 1 percent by total citations, the work of Beers and Kamat stood out as being among the most valuable and significant in their fields.
December 19, 2016
In this role, Ritchie will lead the University’s new IDEA Center initiative and coordinate the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.
Shining a Bright Light in 2016 and Looking Ahead with Clear Vision and Gratitude
As another year draws to a close, it seems appropriate to give thanks for the many blessings we have at the University of Notre Dame. Our esteemed faculty, talented staff, and exceptionally bright students give us reason to be grateful and proud to be a member of the Notre Dame family. It is through faculty and staff efforts that our students may prosper and excel, so that upon graduation, they are ready to meet the world with all of its challenges and opportunities to succeed. ND Energy is privileged to be a part of this exciting time in our students’ lives and equally delighted to share the following story of one of the many outstanding students at Notre Dame. We hope you enjoy reading it.
December 14, 2016
The University of Notre Dame and the South Bend Board of Parks have reached an agreement on a 50-year lease that gives the University rights to construct and operate a hydroelectric generation facility on the dam in the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. The agreement was approved Monday (Dec. 12) by the park board’s commissioners.
Notre Dame dual degree programs open doors for women and minorities in engineering
DIVERSITY ON CAMPUS REQUIRES more than a diverse student body, and the University of Notre Dame is excelling at encouraging diversity by supporting students and faculty with everything they need to succeed.
November 21, 2016
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body has an inability to produce enough insulin. In the United States alone, it is estimated that the illness affects nearly 30 million diagnosed and undiagnosed people, and treatment often includes patients using an intravenous or IV method to get insulin into their system. This uncomfortable and inconvenient form of treatment can require anywhere from two to four injections a day, but a Notre Dame researcher is working to combat this problem with a less frequent, oral delivery system.
November 15, 2016
Interested in how citizen science, laboratory experimentation, investigative reporting and social media helped a team of Virginia Tech researchers uncover lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan? Dr. Kelsey Pieper, postdoctoral researcher, and Siddhartha Roy, doctoral student, both members of Virginia Tech’s nationally renowned Flint research team will visit campus this weekend (Nov. 18-19). Two public events during the Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech football festivities will offer an inside look at the science and developments behind the Flint water crisis.
November 09, 2016
Results of a new study led by Antonio Simonetti show evidence of varying ratios of boron isotopes in igneous rocks, known as carbonatites, of different ages.
In a recent announcement, ND Energy Director Prof. Peter C. Burns introduced Dr. Subhash L. Shinde, newly appointed associate director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame. Shinde will lead ND Energy’s initiatives to advance global research development and corporate programs effective November 14, 2016.
November 07, 2016
As oil-producing nation's jockey for market share with on-again, off-again agreements to cap production, experts say the only clear thing could be uncertainty.
That uncertainty begins with crude oil prices, which some expected a month ago to rise to levels high enough to reignite and sustain domestic production. If an agreement to cap production is reached, costs would go up for consumers; if there is no agreement Oklahoma's economy could extend its 19-month contraction stemming from the slump in oil and gas industry.
November 04, 2016
Presentations by University faculty and researchers, Mass, a service project, a 5K run/walk and marching band performances are planned leading up to kickoff at the Alamodome.
November 04, 2016
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.
October 21, 2016
October 20, 2016
The new effort is expected to uncover fundamentally new ways of harnessing coupled dynamical systems for solving computationally hard problems in an energy-efficient way.
October 18, 2016
Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Physics, has been named co-chair of a committee with the National Academy of Science on a U.S. Electron Ion Collider Facility. The committee will assess the scientific justification of a U.S. facility taking current international plans and existing domestic facility infrastructure into consideration. It will address the role that a facility could play in the future of nuclear physics, considering the field broadly, but placing emphasis on its potential scientific impact on quantum chromodynamics. Aprahamian will co-chair the committee with Prof. Gordon Baym of the University of Illinois. The study will begin immediately, the committee will meet in December, and will conclude in 2017.…
October 17, 2016
On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2016, the Association for Women in Science–Notre Dame (AWIS-ND) hosted its inaugural conference for female graduate students, which was the first of its kind in the Midwest region.
It was an electrifying week, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Notre Dame Energy Week, seeing the intense thoughts circulating in the minds of the audience members and participants. Grabbing the attention of mostly students, events also drew faculty, staff, and local community members, all displaying great enthusiasm and interest in learning more about energy and ways they themselves can make a difference through conservation. From the talks to the tours to the Sustainability Festival, events were designed to engage participants and enlighten them on the topics at hand.…
September 30, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report
Remembering back to October 2007 and the first-ever Notre Dame Energy Week triggers thoughtful reflection of the many events that were held over the last decade to raise awareness of major energy issues. These events provided meaning and purpose to the array of actions that subsequently followed. These actions give us reason today to pause and celebrate the 10th…
September 27, 2016
A panel discussion focusing on the importance of universities and cities working together to help solve pressing problems will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
September 23, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy
A full slate of energy-related events is being scheduled for the week of October 2nd as the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) prepares for its annual Notre Dame Energy Week. Celebrating its 10th year, the week will feature academic lectures and interactive events with the goal of increasing awareness of energy issues.
September 23, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy
ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Jay LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent professor of radiation physics, has joined a “dream team” of experts to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time, with the goal of identifying safe, permanent storage for the radioactive material. The nuclear waste is left over from the Manhattan Project, a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.
Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, recently announced and introduced the college’s new endowed faculty appointees. The honorees are Nitesh V. Chawla, Martin Haenggi, William F. Schneider, Nicholas J. Zabaras, Diogo Bolster, Tengfei Luo, Alexandros A. Taflanidis.…
September 21, 2016
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., accepted Tuesday (Sept. 20) a committee’s recommendations for creating a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the University that is at once “ambitious and yet realistic.”
September 16, 2016
The University of Notre Dame will create new innovation and commercialization initiatives under a new entity to be known as the IDEA Center — standing for Innovation, Discovery and Enterprise Acceleration.
September 08, 2016
ND Energy congratulates former RET Teacher, John Gensic, for being nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Teacher of the Year. John Gensic is a biology teacher at Penn High School and participated in our RET program in the summers of 2014 and 2015. Please visit WNDU’s website…
September 08, 2016
Notre Dame has received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016—the second highest in its history. In fiscal year 2015, the University’s research funding was its highest of all time, reaching $133 million.
September 06, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy
The success of our youth and their ability to become global leaders who are equipped to solve the most pressing challenges of our nation and our world will depend on the skills they learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math – collectively known as STEM education.1…
September 06, 2016
From the depths of Lake Malawi, Melissa Berke has helped uncover evidence that offers new insights into a long-held theory about Africa’s climate history.
September 01, 2016
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.
August 30, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy
Consider that a human hair is anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 nanometers in size. A plasmonic nanoparticle, which is a nanoparticle made of noble metals like gold and silver, at their largest are just 100 nanometers, but pack a big punch.