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Costello Receives IEEE EAB Vice President’s Recognition Award

Daniel J. Costello Jr., the Leonard Bettex Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, recently received the 2014 Vice President’s Recognition Award from the Educational Activities Board (EAB) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Among its duties, the EAB honors individuals and corporations for their contributions to engineering and technical education.

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New Notre Dame Paper Offers Novel Insights into Pathogen Behavior

New Notre Dame Paper Offers Novel Insights into Pathogen Behavior

A new study by a team of researchers that includes University of Notre Dame scientists Joshua Shrout and Mark Alber provides new insights into the behavior of an important bacterial pathogen.

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College of Arts and Letters, Engineering Launch New Interdisciplinary Minor in Computing and Digital Technologies

College of Arts and Letters, Engineering Launch New Interdisciplinary Minor in Computing and Digital Technologies

The College of Arts and Letters and the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame will launch an interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies (CDT) starting in fall 2015.

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NIH Renews Funding for VectorBase Program at Notre Dame

NIH Renews Funding for VectorBase Program at Notre Dame

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed funding for VectorBase, a bioinformatics resource center based at the University of Notre Dame since 2004 that manages genomic information on arthropods and other invertebrates that transmit human pathogens.

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Weninger Receives Metaknowledge Grant from Templeton Foundation

Weninger Receives Metaknowledge Grant from Templeton Foundation

Tim Weninger, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has received a $50,000 renewable grant, one of 15 grants presented by Knowledge Lab as part of the Metaknowledge Project. Supported by the Templeton Foundation, all of the grants focus on data-driven projects about how ideas are formed and circulated. They encompass 11 different institutions, eight existing Metaknowledge Network research associates, and the addition of eight new researchers, of which Weninger is one.

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Notre Dame Spin-out Company Wins Big at International Conference on Microelectronics

Notre Dame Spin-out Company Wins Big at International Conference on Microelectronics

Indiana Integrated Circuits, LLC (IIC), an Innovation Park-based company that was co-founded by Notre Dame faculty and researchers, has recently been awarded the highly coveted, $150,000 Elevator Pitch Prize from the MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) Industry Group. The prize is directed toward fabrication and prototyping services to be provided by MEMs foundry Rogue Valley Microdevices of Medford, Oregon.

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Notre Dame Robotics Featured in New James Patterson Book "House of Robots"

Notre Dame Robotics Featured in New James Patterson Book "House of Robots"

Prolific bestselling author James Patterson releases a new children’s book today (Nov. 24) and it has a distinct University of Notre Dame feel.

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Rupley to Lead Notre Dame ESC

Rupley to Lead Notre Dame ESC

Michael Rupley has joined the University of Notre Dame as director of Engineering and Science Computing (ESC). Serving the colleges of engineering and science and in conjunction with the University’s Office of Information Technology, ESC provides direct technical support, consulting, and problem solving to faculty, staff, and students relating to academic computing, video conferencing, technology life cycle management, and information security.

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Notre Dame Professor Named 2014 Indiana Master of Innovation

Notre Dame Professor Named 2014 Indiana Master of Innovation

Gary Bernstein, Frank Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NDnano), was awarded the inaugural Indiana Master of Innovation Award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Forbes, Inc. for his work on the development of Quilt Packaging (QP) technology.

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Notre Dame, U.S. Navy to Collaborate on New Tool to Diagnose Infectious Diseases

Notre Dame, U.S. Navy to Collaborate on New Tool to Diagnose Infectious Diseases

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the Naval Medical Research Center have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to collaborate on a new field-deployable sensor for the detection of infectious disease pathogens, with initial focus on the detection of dengue fever.

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Society of Women Engineers Honors Pieronek

Society of Women Engineers Honors Pieronek

Catherine F. Pieronek, associate dean for academic affairs and director of the Women’s Engineering Program in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was named a fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the society’s annual conference in Los Angeles last month. Pieronek was cited for her dedication to the SWE mission, for a lasting and positive impact on engineering education, and for illuminating public discourse on gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Chen Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Chen Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Danny Z. Chen, professor of computer science and engineering and concurrent professor of applied and computational mathematics and statistics, has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The Distinguished Member grade of the ACM recognize members with at least 15 years of professional experience and five years of membership who have achieved significant accomplishments, making a substantial impact on the computing field. According to Vinton G. Cerf, ACM president, recipients are “the problem solvers, prophets, and producers who are powering the future of the digital age.”

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Kamat Named a Pravasi Fellow

Kamat Named a Pravasi Fellow

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been elected a Prevasi Fellow by the Indian National Science Academy. Kamat was selected for his “most pioneering contributions to the world of science.” His fellowship will begin January 1, 2015.

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Naughton Gift Fuels Research on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Naughton Gift Fuels Research on Both Sides of the Atlantic

For the past six years the Naughton Fellowship program has been encouraging transatlantic research collaborations for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Notre Dame.

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Jena Receives 2014 MBE Young Investigator Award

Jena Receives 2014 MBE Young Investigator Award

Debdeep Jena, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the 2014 Young Investigator by the International Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Advisory Committee. He is being recognized for “using MBE to unravel new electronic and photonic phenomena in polar semiconductor heterostructures, and for sustained leadership in the demonstration of their device applications.”

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Prof. Thomas C. Corke honored at October 4 Home Football Game

As stated by the Office of the Provost, "the university is not simply shaped by its faculty; rather, they define it, taking ideas about teaching, research, and mission and putting them into practice on a day-to-day basis with students and colleagues in any number of settings."

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Ignition Park Site of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Ignition Park Site of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday (Oct. 15) for two multitenant office buildings at South Bend’s Ignition Park, which will include space for the University of Notre Dame’s new Turbomachinery Facility.

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Boler, Parseghian Families Endow Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame

Boler, Parseghian Families Endow Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame

The Boler and Parseghian families, both with longtime ties to the University of Notre Dame, have made gifts totaling $10 million to endow the University’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.

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New Paper Examines the Significant Social Strategies in Human Communication

New Paper Examines the Significant Social Strategies in Human Communication

A new study by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Tsinghua University offers great potential for understanding the social principles that underpin the highly connected world, from individuals to groups to societies.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony to Celebrate $35 Million Gift from McCourtneys for Research Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony to Celebrate $35 Million Gift from McCourtneys for Research Facility

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

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Riek to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Riek to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Laurel Riek, the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as one of the nation’s 77 most innovative young engineering educators.

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National Security and Nuclear Materials: Using Forensic Science in a Nuclear Age

National Security and Nuclear Materials: Using Forensic Science in a Nuclear Age

When asked about the role of forensics in society, people might point to TV shows like the CSI series and its offshoots as examples of the type of information that forensics can uncover. At its core forensics takes the adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” literally and focuses on understanding materials, processes, and reactions. While the actors in the series usually find their answers within an hour, researchers like Antonio Simonetti, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, and his team are working at a different pace to carefully build foundational research for the nation’s most immediate needs, as well as for its future.

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Global Engineering Deans Council Taps Notre Dame’s Kilpatrick 
for Two-year Leadership Term

Global Engineering Deans Council Taps Notre Dame’s Kilpatrick 
for Two-year Leadership Term

Peter Kilpatrick, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected as chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

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Neal Named to NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee

Neal Named to NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee

The Science Mission Directorate/Planetary Science Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named Clive R. Neal, professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, to a select team of scientists who will serve as a link between the scientific community and NASA policies and programs. His appointment, which became effective Sept. 1, 2014, will run through Aug. 31, 2017.

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Indiana CTSI-supported IU-Notre Dame Collaboration To Support New Imaging Service

Indiana CTSI-supported IU-Notre Dame Collaboration To Support New Imaging Service

As technology increases the ability to gather visual data on the body's "microenvironment," the ability to process that information doesn’t always keep pace. To address this gap, Indiana University School of Medicine scientists have teamed up with computer scientists from the University of Notre Dame — with support from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute —to grapple with the results of this "Big Data."

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Notre Dame and Major New York Medical Group Collaborate on Biomedical Research

Notre Dame and Major New York Medical Group Collaborate on Biomedical Research

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

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Notre Dame Collaborations Receive Seed Grants for High-Impact Research

Notre Dame Collaborations Receive Seed Grants for High-Impact Research

The Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that it has awarded seed funding to five new research projects across three interdisciplinary themes: precision medicine, environmental health, and mobile diagnostics. In each case, the funds will be used to gather preliminary data and validation of innovative ideas proposed by Notre Dame faculty and their collaborators to solve difficult real-world problems.

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Flynn Named Duda Professor of Engineering

Flynn Named Duda Professor of Engineering

Patrick J. Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering and concurrent professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the Duda Family Professor of Engineering in recognition of his long-standing contributions to foundational knowledge in computer vision and biometrics, as well as his outstanding contributions to students and the learning environment.

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Notre Dame E2E Group Develops Novel Housing Solution for Haiti

Notre Dame E2E Group Develops Novel Housing Solution for Haiti

In response to the housing crisis caused by the Jan. 2010 earthquake in Haiti, University of Notre Dame faculty Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Alexandros Taflanidis and graduate student Dustin Mix visited Haiti and subsequently created “Engineering2Empower” (E2E). Although the Notre Dame engineers recognized the well-intentioned recovery efforts of nongovernmental organizations and other charitable agencies, they soon realized much more fundamental problems were plaguing housing in Haiti.

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Kurama Named PCI 2014 Distinguished Educator

Kurama Named PCI 2014 Distinguished Educator

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has named Yahya Kurama, professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, the 2014 Distinguished Educator. Kurama was recognized for his education/teaching record, industry participation and research, much of which has focused on the development of new and innovative types of high-performing precast concrete building structures for seismic regions.

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