Press Releases 2013

New Notre Dame Study Proposes Changes in New Orleans Area Levee Systems

nwelding   July 26, 2013

New Notre Dame Study Proposes Changes in New Orleans Area Levee Systems Less may mean more when it comes to the levee systems designed to protect New Orleans from hurricanes. That’s the conclusion of a new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Joannes Westerink, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences and co-developer of the authoritative computer model for storm surge used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Louisiana to determine water levels due to hurricane surge and to design levee heights and alignments.

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Notre Dame Researchers Develop System that Uses a Big Data Approach to Personalized Health Care

nwelding   July 26, 2013

Notre Dame Researchers Develop System that Uses a Big Data Approach to Personalized Health Care University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness. Computer science associate professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system called Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine (CARE) for personalized disease risk predictions and well-being.

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Paluch to Receive 2013 AIChE Separations Division Research Award

nwelding   July 26, 2013

Paluch to Receive 2013 AIChE Separations Division Research Award Andrew S. Paluch, recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in April 2013, has been named the recipient of a 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award. Sponsored by the Separations Division of AIChE, the award will be presented during the annual awards dinner in November 2013.

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NASA Names Haase a 2013 Space Technology Research Fellow

nwelding   July 26, 2013

NASA Names Haase a 2013 Space Technology Research Fellow John Haase, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected by NASA as one of the 65 graduate students to be named a 2013 Space Technology Research Fellow (STRF). Part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the STRF program challenges students to examine ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel and exploration more effective, affordable and sustainable. The fellows conduct innovative space technology research — developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions — on their respective campuses, at NASA centers and at nonprofit U.S. research and development laboratories.

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Notre Dame Researchers Using Smart Devices to Measure the Emotionality of Offline Communication

nwelding   July 10, 2013

Notre Dame Researchers Using Smart Devices to Measure the Emotionality of Offline Communication A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University are developing an innovative system using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communications.

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Notre Dame Center Named National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence

nwelding   July 8, 2013

Notre Dame Center Named National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence The University’s Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM) was named a Single-Discipline Center by NNSA and will receive $1.6 million per year for five years under NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) agreement.

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ND Grad Students Awarded Fellowships for Innovative Work in Cancer Diagnosis

nwelding   July 8, 2013

ND Grad Students Awarded Fellowships for Innovative Work in Cancer Diagnosis Two graduate students at the University of Notre Dame, Aamir Ahmed Khan of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Hao Wang of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, are the inaugural recipients of the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics.

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Notre Dame and Trinity School Partner for Computer Programming Workshop

nwelding   June 24, 2013

Notre Dame and Trinity School Partner for Computer Programming Workshop High school teachers and college professors from around the country are gathering at the University of Notre Dame this week (June 24-28) for a five-day workshop on teaching introductory computer programming.

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Guo Receives DOE CAREER Award

nwelding   May 22, 2013

Guo Receives DOE CAREER Award Ruilan Guo, an assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a recipient of a 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Development Research Program award. The program, now in its fourth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

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Engineers Win McCloskey Business Plan Competition

nwelding   May 1, 2013

In a close contest among six finalists, Contect emerged as the winner of the $25,000 McCloskey Business Plan Competition grand prize. Christian Poellabauer and Patrick Flynn, faculty members in computer science, presented their technology for a new, instantaneous, accurate concussion assessment tool that will be particularly helpful in detecting concussions in soldiers and athletes. The service captures an individual’s voice and detects subtle changes that may indicate a concussion.

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Faculty Awards Honor Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

nwelding   May 1, 2013

Eighteen University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and three faculty have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

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Notre Dame Engineering Team Receives NSF I-Corps Award for Innovation Training

nwelding   April 23, 2013

Notre Dame Engineering Team Receives NSF I-Corps Award for Innovation Training A team from the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $50,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award to perform a commercialization assessment of a diagnostic technology that resulted from prior NSF-funded research coming out of the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative (AD&T). The I-Corps program was established in 2011 to help jump-start a national innovation ecosystem by providing entrepreneurial training to more effectively move technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace.

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Chang Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award

nwelding   April 19, 2013

Chang Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award Hsueh-Chia Chang, Bayer Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

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GAIN Index Moves to Notre Dame

nwelding   April 19, 2013

GAIN Index Moves to Notre Dame The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) — the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with the droughts, super-storms and other natural disasters that climate change can cause — is moving to the University of Notre Dame. GAIN, which ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt, was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

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Notre Dame Researcher Offers Perspective on Microbial Perchlorate Reduction

nwelding   April 8, 2013

Notre Dame Researcher Offers Perspective on Microbial Perchlorate Reduction This week’s editions of the journal Science include a perspective piece by University of Notre Dame researcher Rob Nerenberg on the microbial reduction of perchlorate. The piece offers comments on a new paper in the journal that changes several paradigms about perchlorate-reducing microorganisms.

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Notre Dame to Host Second Annual National Robotics Week Event

nwelding   April 8, 2013

Notre Dame to Host Second Annual National Robotics Week Event On April 14 (Sunday), the University of Notre Dame is hosting its second annual community-wide event celebrating National Robotics Week. The event is free and open to the public, and local students, parents and teachers are especially encouraged to attend. It will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Stepan Center at Notre Dame. Visitors will be able to see and interact with robots built for fun, learning and cutting-edge research.

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Notre Dame Researchers Scoring a Win-win with Novel Set of Concussion Diagnostic Tools

staff   March 26, 2013

From Junior Seau, former San Diego Chargers linebacker, to Dave Duerson, former Chicago Bears safety — who both committed suicide as a result of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have been making disturbing headlines at an alarming rate. In the United States alone, TBIs account for an estimated 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports injuries every year, with approximately 300,000 of those being diagnosed among young, nonprofessional athletes. But TBIs are not confined to sports; they are also considered a signature wound among soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The potential impact on the health and well-being of individuals with brain injuries are numerous. These individuals might display a range of symptoms — such as headaches, depression, loss of memory and loss of brain function — that may persist for weeks or months. The effects of brain injuries are most devastating when they remain unrecognized for long periods of time. This is where Christian Poellabauer, associate professor of computer science and engineering; Patrick Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering; Nikhil Yadav, graduate student of computer science and engineering; and a team of students and faculty are making their own impact.

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Alumnus Astronaut Kevin Ford Returning from Space

nwelding   March 14, 2013

Alumnus Astronaut Kevin Ford Returning from Space After 143 days in space, University of Notre Dame alumnus and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford is returning to earth from the International Space Station (ISS) tonight (March 14).

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Building a Future for Young Engineers, One LEGO at a Time

nwelding   February 26, 2013

Building a Future for Young Engineers, One LEGO at a Time Much has been written and discussed about the outlook for science and engineering in the United States. If a recent event at the University of Notre Dame’s Stinson-Remick Hall is any indication, the future looks bright.

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Irish Innovation Fund Established to Assist Student-led Start-ups

nwelding   February 26, 2013

Irish Innovation Fund Established to Assist Student-led Start-ups A new $3.5-million fund at the University of Notre Dame has been established to help launch student-led ventures and further strengthen the educational component of the University’s ESTEEM Graduate Program.

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