Four Notre Dame students finalists in Disney Imagineering contest

Author: Sue Lister

A team of four Notre Dame students has advanced to the finals of the 26th Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition, a contest created to encourage students to consider careers in creative and technical fields including digital arts, engineering and architecture. Read More

Notre Dame astrophysicists discover dimming of binary star

Author: Brian Wallheimer

A team of Notre Dame astrophysicists led by Peter Garnavich, professor of physics, has observed the unexplained fading of an interacting binary star, one of the first discoveries using the University’s Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope. Read More

Robert Adam named 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

Robert Adam, an architect known for his scholarship as well as his practice, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Adam, the 15th Driehaus Prize laureate, will be awarded the $200,000 prize and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a ceremony on March 25 in Chicago. Read More

Notre Dame California launches Silicon Valley Semester

Author: Diane Wright

Some 175 years after Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., trekked through the frozen Indiana wilderness to found the University of Notre Dame, 10 Notre Dame juniors majoring in computer science and engineering have begun their own journey to the University’s next frontier: Silicon Valley. Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration and Walk the Walk Week

Author: William G. Gilroy

Beginning Jan. 16, Notre Dame will host a series of events to mark both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week. The observances celebrate the diversity that currently exists on the University’s campus and offer an opportunity to reflect on how each member of the campus community can take an active role in making the University more welcoming and inclusive. Read More

Annual index reveals biggest movers in climate change adaptation

Author: Jessica Sieff

The latest data released by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) shows governance is a major factor for countries improving preparedness for climate change. The annual ND-GAIN Country Index ranks 181 countries on vulnerability to extreme climate events such as droughts, superstorms and other natural disasters as well as readiness to successfully implement adaptation solutions. Read More

Study to assess climate resiliency of more than 250 U.S. cities

Author: Alex Gumm

Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative has announced it will assess the climate vulnerability and readiness of every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 in an effort to help inform decisions by city officials on infrastructure, land use, water resources management, transportation and other adaptive strategies. Read More

Reuters names Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat 2016 highly cited researchers

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Thomson Reuters has named Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Professor 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. Read More

Researchers confirm molecule’s role in kidney formation

Author: Gene Stowe

Research in the laboratory of Rebecca Wingert, the Gallagher Family Associate Professor of Adult Stem Cell Research in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame, has confirmed the key role of a certain small molecule in the development of kidney structures in zebrafish, a widely used model for human kidneys. The discovery could help advance understanding to address issues such as birth defects and repair of the kidney after illness or injury. Read More

Reilly Center releases 2017 list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

Author: Jessica Baron

For the fourth year in a row, Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released a list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology. The 2017 list includes freezing brains and swarms of drones and highlights issues in robotics, neuroscience, education and medical management. Read More