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Bill McKibben to deliver 22nd annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

March 31, 2016

Bill McKibben

McKibben’s lecture, “The Last Ditch Effort for a Working Climate: Report from the Front Lines,” will offer strategies and tactics for countering climate change in the context of the Paris climate accords, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, and the hottest year ever measured on the planet, 2015. This lecture is free and open to the public.

ND Energy Engages the Boys & Girls Club in STEM Activities

March 29, 2016


The students at the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County had a special afternoon on March 23 as six groups of students from Notre Dame engaged them in STEM activities for two hours. ND Energy scientists Justin Blake and Tom Burns created foam to demonstrate the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water while releasing heat energy.

Junior Faculty Receive Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards

March 17, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy


ND Energy congratulates Dr. Haifeng Gao and Dr. Vlad Iluc, assistant professors in Chemistry, for their prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. CAREER Awards focus on a specific theme spanning a 5-year period.…

Huber Responds to Obama's Rejection of New Atlantic Ocean Oil Drilling

March 17, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy


Bruce Huber, Notre Dame Law Professor and ND Energy faculty member, responds to President Obama's recent rejection of new Atlantic Ocean oil drilling and is cited here in the article from US Today.

Notre Dame Participates in Earth Hour For Ninth Year

March 16, 2016


On Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, Notre Dame will participate in Earth Hour by turning off the lights on the Golden Dome and the Word of Life Mural on Hesburgh Library for one hour. An international symbol of support for climate change action, this year marks the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour, and the ninth year Notre Dame has participated.…

Graduate students on the clock to explain research, win competition

March 14, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy

Three Minute Thesis competition

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for prize money and a bid to the regional championships during the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday (March 16). Known as 3MT, the competition features graduate students across all disciplines explaining their research in clear and succinct language appropriate for an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, all within three minutes.

3MT competitors address a live audience and panel of judges with a single static slide accompanying their presentations. The students are vying for monetary prizes, and the Notre Dame winner will claim a spot in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 3MT regional competition in Chicago on April 8.

Material Characterization Facility Offering Personal Assistance, Workshops

March 09, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy

The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) invites all those on and off campus who may benefit from their services to learn about what the facility has to offer. The MCF, which is a Notre Dame Research and ND Energy core facility, is home to 18 world-class instruments

Notre Dame Researchers to Participate, Speak at 2016 PittCon

March 03, 2016

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame will participate in the 2016 PittCon Conference and Expo, the world’s largest annual premier conference on laboratory science.

The 2016 PittCon Conference and Expo

Throughout the weeklong event, attending Notre Dame entities, including Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics

U.S. ambassador to the Holy See to speak at Notre Dame

March 02, 2016

Ken Hackett

U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth Hackett will discuss the nature of the Holy See’s diplomatic work and the impact of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ at 12:30 p.m. March 18 (Friday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Visitors Center. This event, which is organized and sponsored by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), is free and open to the public.

ND Energy “Energizes” Engineering Students and Parents during Junior Parents Weekend

March 01, 2016


ND Energy welcomed nearly 1​6​0 parents to the Energy Laboratory T​ours on Saturday, February 20, in Stinson-Remick Hall. “We (ND Energy) could not have been happier with the number of parents who had attended, all of whom seemed genuinely enthusiastic and eager to learn about energy research at Notre Dame,” according to Ginger Sigmon, managing director for ND Energy. ND Energy is appreciative of the faculty and associated researchers who made this day possible. It was because of their participation and research expertise that parents and students walked away with a better understanding and appreciation of the research that is being done in the Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering. …