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New method improves stability, extends shelf life of protein drugs

Author: Jessica Sieff

Gaining access to important biopharmaceuticals needed to treat illnesses and autoimmune diseases is one of the biggest obstacles developing countries face. Now, a study led by Matthew Webber, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals a new way to improve the stability of common protein drugs and extend shelf life. Read More

Four students named Gilman Scholars, a record high

Author: William G. Gilroy

Four Notre Dame students have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2017 academic term. The recipients are Tsz Yan Grace Chow, Gregory Jenn, Joshua Pine and Joseph Wells. This is the most Gilman Scholars Notre Dame has had selected in a single competition. Read More

“The Frankenstein effect” of working memory: Researchers examine how brain stimulation affects memory reactivation

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

Working memory is a process psychologists are trying to understand better, though there are several theories about how it works. A new study from Nathan Rose, assistant professor of psychology at Notre Dame, examined a fundamental problem your brain has to solve, which is keeping information “in mind,” or active, so your brain can act accordingly. Read More

Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all

Author: Jessica Sieff

Studying historical, astronomical and biblical records, Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology at Notre Dame, believes the event that led the Magi was an extremely rare planetary alignment occurring in 6 B.C. and the likes of which may never be seen again. Read More

Ray Offenheiser to join Notre Dame faculty as Distinguished Professor of the Practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs

Author: Joan Fallon

Ray Offenheiser, a widely known nonprofit leader and innovator with a broad range of international development experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, will join the Notre Dame faculty as Distinguished Professor of the Practice and as the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development in the new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. Offenheiser has served as CEO and president of Oxfam America for the past 20 years. Read More

Notre Dame’s Grace Watkins and Alexis Doyle named Rhodes Scholars

Author: William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame seniors Christa Grace Watkins and Alexis Doyle have been selected to the United States Rhodes Scholar Class of 2017. They are Notre Dame’s 18th and 19th Rhodes Scholars and will commence their studies at Oxford University in October. This marks the first time Notre Dame has had Rhodes Scholars in three consecutive years and the third time the University has had two in a single year. It also is the first time that Notre Dame has had two women chosen in the same year. Read More

New discovery paves way for improved efficacy of pancreatic cancer treatments

Author: Jessica Sieff

Patients suffering from pancreatic cancer may soon face better treatment options due to the latest discovery by Reginald Hill, Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and researcher at the Harper Cancer Research Institute. Hill’s research focuses on drugs that are already approved by the FDA to find out why those drugs are not working in patients with pancreatic cancer. Read More

Are SIDS and colic related? Researchers propose new theory

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

In a paper published recently in the journal Family Relations, lead researcher James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab and Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame, and his colleagues suggest that the origin of both colic and SIDS may be related to the gradual emergence of an infant’s ability to voluntarily control the release of air through the vocal tract. Read More

Notre Dame partners with Balkh University in Afghanistan to develop master’s program under $1.15 million USAID contract

Author: Joan Fallon

Notre Dame and Balkh University in Mazari Sharif city, province of Balkh in Afghanistan, are partnering to develop a master’s program in finance and accountancy for students at Balkh. The venture aims to enhance the skills and employability of technically qualified and professionally capable Afghan women and men in the private and public sectors. Read More