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Researchers Tackle Ovarian Cancer Using a Multidisciplinary Approach

nwelding   September 11, 2017

Researchers Tackle Ovarian Cancer Using a Multidisciplinary Approach September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is among the most deadly of all cancers, though because of less awareness, most cities won’t be as blanketed in teal (ovarian cancer’s awareness color) as they are bathed in pink for October’s focus on breast cancer. But researchers at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend, are working with community partners to not only foster awareness of ovarian cancer but also to develop tests for early detection, create novel chemotherapies, and target a cure.

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What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Walk Again

nwelding   September 11, 2017

What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Walk Again James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, builds and conducts research with biped robots. Even though physical therapy experience is conspicuously absent from his CV, as an engineer, he sees parallels. “It’s not too hard as an engineer to look at the human body and think of it as a mechanical system, and if you include the nerves, an electromechanical system,” says Schmiedeler. “By attempting to improve the control of robots to conduct smoother, more human-like locomotion, we also hope to better understand where the deficits lie in helping human patients relearn healthy walking.”

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Maginn Named to 2017 All-Faculty Team

nwelding   September 05, 2017

Maginn Named to 2017 All-Faculty Team Congratulations to Edward J. Maginn, the Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as he was named to the 2017 Notre Dame All-Faculty Team.

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Location. Location. Location. It’s Important in Storm Surge and Inundation Prediction Too

nwelding   August 31, 2017

Location. Location. Location. It’s Important in Storm Surge and Inundation Prediction Too As part of a National Science Foundation grant, Andrew Kennedy and collaborators from Oregon State University and the University of Southern California are studying ways to create more accurate computational models of coastal storm surge and tsunami inundation in developed coastal areas, using the structures, materials, and methods of construction that are particular to the section of coast at risk. This would enable more accurate predictions of damage that would be specific to the those densely populated areas and their built environments.

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Researchers at NDnano Look Two Steps Ahead to Stand Apart in a Competitive Field

nwelding   August 24, 2017

Researchers at NDnano Look Two Steps Ahead to Stand Apart in a Competitive Field Notre Dame’s nanotechnology research efforts date back to the 1980s, when the studies were mostly simulation-based and focused on computation advancements. In the three decades since, research at the University’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has grown and evolved in a forward-thinking and distinctive way.

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Researchers Discover New Chemical Process that Could Reduce Nitrogen Oxides from Diesel Exhaust

nwelding   August 18, 2017

Researchers Discover New Chemical Process that Could Reduce Nitrogen Oxides from Diesel Exhaust Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame have discovered a catalytic process that could help curb emissions of nitrogen oxides from diesel-powered vehicles, a priority air pollutant that is a key ingredient in smog.

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Six Faculty Members Awarded Inaugural Greater China Collaboration Grants

nwelding   August 18, 2017

Six Faculty Members Awarded Inaugural Greater China Collaboration Grants Six faculty based throughout the colleges of science, engineering, and business have been awarded funding through Notre Dame International and the Greater China Collaboration Grant for the following research projects during the 2017-18 academic year.

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Hixon to Receive 2017 Department of Energy Early Career Award

nwelding   August 17, 2017

Hixon to Receive 2017 Department of Energy Early Career Award The Office of Science of the Department of Energy has named Amy E. Hixon, an assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, a 2017 Early Career Award winner. She is one of only 59 honorees across the country.

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Researchers Work to Unlock Clues to How Cells Move through the Body

nwelding   August 14, 2017

Researchers Work to Unlock Clues to How Cells Move through the Body A team of researchers, led by Notre Dame's Zhangli Peng and co-investigator Juan del Alamo of the University of California at San Diego, is studying the transmigration of red blood cells through inter-endothelial slits in the spleen, the narrowest point in the body through which these cells travel, to provide important clues in a variety of physiological and pathological processes and potentially impact the design of artificial organs and other biomedical devices.

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Endowment Recognizes Uhran for His Impact on Engineering Education

nwelding   August 11, 2017

Endowment Recognizes Uhran for His Impact on Engineering Education Former students honor John J. Uhran Jr., for his impact on their careers and his contribution to engineering education in general.

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Webber Named One of 35 Under 35 by AIChE

nwelding   August 11, 2017

Webber Named One of 35 Under 35 by AIChE Assistant Professor Matthew Webber,has been named one of the 35 under 35 inaugural class of professionals by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Engineering Faculty Awarded DURIP Grants for Tunable Laser System and Transonic Wind Tunnel Research

nwelding   August 07, 2017

Engineering Faculty Awarded DURIP Grants for Tunable Laser System and Transonic Wind Tunnel Research Highly competitive, the annual DURIP awards process is a merit competition conducted jointly by the Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This year the DoD received more than 685 proposals. Approximately 160 of the proposals have been or will be funded. To date Notre Dame faculty — David Bartels, David Go, and Scott Morris — have received two Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for 2017, totaling more than $773,000.

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Nine Faculty Members Awarded Inaugural Mexico City Collaboration Grants

nwelding   August 02, 2017

Notre Dame International has awarded nine faculty members inaugural Mexico City Collaboration Grants in support of the University's broader strategy to engage Mexico and Latin America by building upon existing partnerships and creating new opportunities for research, scholarship and graduate training.

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Webber Named to Class of 2017 Emerging Investigators

nwelding   July 27, 2017

Webber Named to Class of 2017 Emerging Investigators Biomaterials Science has named Matthew Webber, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Supramolecular Engineering Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, to its 2017 Class of Emerging Investigators.

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Modern Day Money: Current Environmental Impacts Embedded in Early 20th Century Paintings

nwelding   July 27, 2017

Modern Day Money: Current Environmental Impacts Embedded in Early 20th Century Paintings When recent Notre Dame engineering graduate Josh Erickson was asked to take a creative approach to a project for his Reactive Transport class this past spring, using the works of Claude Monet was a thought that came easily to him. Erickson used "pollution" to transform the famous images of natural, untouched landscapes into grim images representing the harsh realities of contamination.

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Data Mining for Group Gold: New Study to Map How Committees Work

nwelding   July 26, 2017

Data Mining for Group Gold: New Study to Map How Committees Work Anyone who has served on a committee understands that coming to a consensus can be a lengthy and not altogether pleasant — or effective — process. Along with a general back-and-forth of possible outcomes and other lengthy discussions, there can also be heated arguments before even the smallest decisions can be reached. This group decision-making process is what a team led by Notre Dame’s Tim Weninger will be studying as part of a recently awarded grant from the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Program.

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Researchers Receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study

nwelding   July 24, 2017

Researchers Receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame, led by Harindra Joseph Fernando, are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models.

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Ahsan Kareem Helps Lead New Center in Building Capacity to Predict the Impact of Natural Disasters

nwelding   July 18, 2017

Ahsan Kareem Helps Lead New Center in Building Capacity to Predict the Impact of Natural Disasters Damage to infrastructure stemming from weather and climate related natural hazards is a focus of the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center, a new center co-led by the University of Notre Dame’s Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M.Moran Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences.

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Awards Nearly Double From Just Over 10 Years Ago

nwelding   July 17, 2017

Awards Nearly Double From Just Over 10 Years Ago The University of Notre Dame has received $138.1 million in research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2017, surpassing the previous record of $133.7 million set in FY 2015 and nearly double from just over 10 years ago. Additionally, the University also broke its monthly record receiving $27.6 million in June alone.

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Laneman to Receive IEEE Tomiyasu Award

nwelding   July 07, 2017

Laneman to Receive IEEE Tomiyasu Award The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named J. Nicholas Laneman, professor of electrical engineering and co-director of the Wireless Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the recipient of the 2018 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award.

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Kareem Receives Masanobu Shinozuka Medal

nwelding   June 29, 2017

Kareem Receives Masanobu Shinozuka Medal Ahsan Kareem has received the American Society of Civil Engineer's Masanobu Shinozuka Medal. Only the second recipient of the award, he was recognized for “his contributions to the modeling of stochastic wind, waves, and earthquake loads and their effects on buildings, bridges, and offshore structures.”

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Novel Platform Uses Nanoparticles to Detect Peanut Allergies

nwelding   June 27, 2017

Novel Platform Uses Nanoparticles to Detect Peanut Allergies Researchers in Notre Dame's Department of Chemical Engineering have developed a novel platform to more accurately detect and identify the presence and severity of peanut allergies, without directly exposing patients to the allergen.

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Notre Dame Researchers Open Path to New Generation of Optical Devices

nwelding   June 22, 2017

Notre Dame Researchers Open Path to New Generation of Optical Devices Cameras, telescopes and microscopes are optical devices that measure and manipulate electromagnetic radiation [light]. Being able to control the light in these devices provides more information through a better “picture” of what is occurring. Specifically, controlling light on small scales could lead to improved optical sources for applications that span health, homeland security and industry.

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Notre Dame Researchers Work to Improve Nuclear Waste Recycling

nwelding   June 21, 2017

Notre Dame Researchers Work to Improve Nuclear Waste Recycling Researchers within the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame are thinking creatively about problems surrounding nuclear materials as they search for solutions to reduce waste, decrease the cost of nuclear energy production, and increase efficiency and safety of the entire process.

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Notre Dame Researchers Are Improving the Speed and Practicality of Detecting Disease

nwelding   June 15, 2017

Notre Dame Researchers Are Improving the Speed and Practicality of Detecting Disease To improve the speed and practicality of common diagnostic tests, Notre Dame researchers have been working to develop an improved test method and have recently published a study on a new method that uses gold nanoparticles, requires little to no expertise, and provides results in minutes.

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Gridiron Gadgets: Engineering a New Kind of Educational Experience

nwelding   June 12, 2017

Gridiron Gadgets: Engineering a New Kind of Educational Experience Robotic football is a practical application of the theory taught in classes. Professor James Schmeideler, who teaches an introductory robotics course and helps to advise the robotic football club, describes the benefit as learning at the “systems level.” The robots themselves are systems, with software, mechanical and electrical components working together to achieve a desired function. ... at a higher level, the football team itself is in a sense a system of systems. So individual robots aren’t designed in isolation, but rather with the intent of cooperation and collaboration with other robot systems.

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Nokia Tests Next-generation Wireless Applications for University of Notre Dame Stadium

nwelding   June 06, 2017

Nokia Tests Next-generation Wireless Applications for University of Notre Dame Stadium Nokia, in collaboration with the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has successfully tested applications based on Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). This software platform delivers flexibility, scalability and efficiency to networks with multiple base stations in order to improve speed of access to data services in congested areas.

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Atmospheric Scientists Conduct Field Experiment to Study Wind Flow over Complex Mountain Terrain

nwelding   June 02, 2017

Atmospheric Scientists Conduct Field Experiment to Study Wind Flow over Complex Mountain Terrain Over the past month, an international team of researchers have descended on Portugal's Vale Do Cobrão near the Spanish border to study the valley's wind flow patterns. The project, known as Perdigão after the closest town, is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves more than 50 atmospheric scientists working to better understand how wind moves over variable terrain. The results will benefit weather forecasting and wind energy efforts.

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Perdigão: Capturing the Complexities of Mountain Winds

nwelding   June 01, 2017

Perdigão: Capturing the Complexities of Mountain Winds A team of close to 50 scientists, students and technical staff is bringing an unprecedented assembly of equipment to Vale do Cobrão, a valley in eastern Portugal. Researchers at the valley are collecting data on multiple aspects of wind flow patterns shaped by meteorological forcing on intricate terrain through carefully planned field observations. Measurements include velocity, turbulence, temperature, moisture and radiation.

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