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Reuters Names Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat 2016 Highly Cited Researchers

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.

Bryan Ritchie Appointed Vice President for Innovation at Notre Dame

December 19, 2016

Bryan Ritchie

In this role, Ritchie will lead the University’s new IDEA Center initiative and coordinate the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

Student Spotlight: Patricia Kay ’17

December 15, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

Shining a Bright Light in 2016 and Looking Ahead with Clear Vision and Gratitude

Patricia Kay

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.

Notre Dame Finalizes Agreement To Construct hydro facility on St. Joseph River

December 14, 2016

South Bend and Notre Dame

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.

Creating a Culture For All Students

November 23, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy


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.

Eli Lilly Faculty Fellowship Provides Drug Discovery Experience

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.

ND-ECI to Host Virginia Tech Researchers Who Exposed the Flint Water Crisis

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.

Geologists find key indicator of carbon sources in Earth's mantle

November 09, 2016

Antonio Simonetti

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.

ND Energy Announces New Associate Director to Lead and Advance its Global Research Initiatives

November 08, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

Subash Shinde

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.

Solar Power Use Could Benefit Homeowners

November 07, 2016

Solar Power Benefit Homeowners

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.

A full Notre Dame experience planned for San Antonio Shamrock Series

November 04, 2016

Shamrock Series

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.

Applications Now Open for the Naughton Fellowships

November 04, 2016

Trinity 250

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.

Professor Peter Bauer Offers Energy Efficient Expertise in Study Posted in WalletHub

October 21, 2016

Peter Bauer

ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Peter Bauer, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame, was featured in a WalletHub study examining 2016’s most least and energy-efficient states.   

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Notre Dame researchers to lead new computing paradigm effort

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.

Aprahamian to co-chair U.S. Electron Ion Collider Facility Study

October 18, 2016

Aprahamian 1

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.…

Notre Dame’s Association for Women in Science hosts inaugural graduate student conference

October 17, 2016

Women Of Science

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.

Energy Week 2016: An Overview

October 12, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

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.…

Back to the Future: An Historical Overview of Energy Week

September 30, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report

Ew Themes Graphic

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

Panel discussion to focus on university-city partnerships

September 27, 2016

University Of Notre Dame And South Bend

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.

ND Energy Announces Final Plans for the 10th Annual Notre Dame Energy Week – October 3-7

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.

Jay LaVerne joins U.S. Department of Energy “Dream Team” to aid in Nuclear Waste Cleanup

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.

ND Energy Recognizes New Endowed Faculty Appointees William F. Schneider and Tengfei Luo

September 21, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

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.…

Notre Dame to implement ‘ambitious, realistic’ sustainability plan

September 21, 2016

Golden Dome Fall

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.”

IDEA Center Created to Catalyze New Research, Innovation, Commercialization Initiatives

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.

ND Energy’s RET Teacher Named a Finalist for the 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year

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

Annual research funding at Notre Dame tops $128 million

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.

Leading globally requires science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

September 06, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy

Ann Rutherford Sunil Happy To Be Doing Research

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

Clues in Ancient Mud Hold Answers to Climate Change

September 06, 2016

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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.

Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

September 01, 2016

Boldizsar Janko, left, Rusha Chatterjee and Masaru Kuno stand in the Kuno lab at Notre Dame

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.

Nanoparticles with a Big Environmental Impact

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.