A global collaboration including five Notre Dame researchers has revised the half-life of samarium-146 (146Sm), reducing it to 68 million years from 103 million years. The revised half-life, which is 34 percent shorter than the previously adopted value, affects the understanding of processes leading to the formation of the solar system.
When facing a scandal, an organization must first consider what’s under attack. Is it the firm’s character or the quality of its product? A new study by Notre Dame management professors Emily Block and Michael Mannor is the first to explicitly compare and contrast character and quality (capability) reputation, and shows the best approach to impression management is completely different for each.
Notre Dame has been named with distinction to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of the role it plays in solving community problems; achieving meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities it serves; and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.
Researchers at Notre Dame and Pennsylvania State University have announced breakthroughs in the development of tunneling field-effect transistors (TFETs), a semiconductor technology that takes advantage of the quirky behavior of electrons at the quantum level.
Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research from Notre Dame psychologist Jessica Payne and colleagues shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall.
A new paper by researchers at Notre Dame, led by Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, showcases Notre Dame Thorium Borate-1 (NDTB-1) as a crystalline compound that can be tailored to safely absorb radioactive ions from nuclear waste streams.
Two faculty members in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering—Arezoo Ardekani, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor, and Assistant Professor Philippe Sucosky—have been named recipients of the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science.
Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business ranked No. 1 in the country for the third consecutive year in Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual survey of “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools.”
A new study by Notre Dame biologist Michael Pfrender and a team of researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno; Utah State University; and the University of Virginia suggests that snakes from different regions of the world have evolved a similar, remarkable resistance to a deadly neurotoxin. The finding greatly increases scientists’ understanding of the genetic basis of adaptation and is a model for understanding the limits to adaptation and the degree to which evolutionary responses are predictable.
Notre Dame's MBA program jumped 12 slots to earn a No. 25 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 survey of “Best Graduate Schools.” The Notre Dame MBA, located in the Mendoza College of Business, was noted by the publication as one of the “most improved” schools in the ranking for moving from a tie for 37th to the 25th rating, which it shares with four other schools.
Larissa Fast, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Department of Sociology, spent a portion of her sabbatical year (2010–11) as part of a team conducting research to document more effective and innovative approaches to security management for relief and development workers.
Notre Dame's College of Engineering has announced a $6 million gift from the Fotsch Family to establish the William E. Fotsch Family Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering.
Wielding a gun increases a person’s bias to see guns in the hands of others, according to new research by Notre Dame's James Brockmole, associate professor of psychology, and a colleague from Purdue University.
The proceeds from ticket sales for Notre Dame’s annual Bengal Bouts student boxing tournament have long benefited Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. However, this year a large number of boxers are going even further to do good by volunteering to participate in post-bout concussion testing.
The Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), an interactive database featuring data on comprehensive peace agreements that has been developed by faculty at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, increasingly is being used as a tool in peace negotiations.
Timothy Ovaert, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, was recently named the recipient of the 1st Source Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace. Ovaert was honored for his impact-reducing flooring system, SorbaSHOCK.
Notre Dame Professor Jeff Schorey, associate director of the Eck Institute for Global Health and a member of the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, is part of a team of researchers who received one of 10 new Grand Challenges in Global Health (GCGH) Grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to identify biomarkers for the diagnosis of tuberculosis.
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor of American Studies, has been appointed director of Notre Dame’s Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.
As the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor accident is marked on March 11, a new paper by Notre Dame's Peter C. Burns and colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Davis, stresses that we need much more knowledge about how nuclear fuel interacts with the environment during and after an accident.
A team of researchers led by Arezoo M. Ardekani, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Notre Dame, has shown that density stratification, a frequent feature of aquatic environments, has important ecological consequences for microorganisms.
Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students’ cognitive and emotional states – including frustration and boredom – has been developed by Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Psychology Sidney D’Mello and a colleague from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Notre Dame’s Office of Research has added three top professionals in research and government relations to its Washington, D.C., office. The three will focus on furthering the University’s work in the area of federal research development.
A unique undergraduate course being offered by Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life features a guest-speaker lineup of philosophers, political scientists and theologians who are helping students examine “the theological presuppositions of the concept of human dignity.”
People who are considered ambitious attend the best colleges and universities, have prestigious careers and earn high salaries, but they don’t necessarily lead more successful lives, according to new research by Timothy Judge, Franklin D. Shurz Professor of Management in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
David Lodge, Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and a world-renowned expert on invasive species, was invited to attend a White House Community Leaders Briefing on the Great Lakes Region that took place on Feb. 29.
Last year, Kenya lost 278 elephants to poachers, as compared to 177 in 2010. On the continent of Africa as a whole, elephants have declined from an estimated 700,000 in 1990 to 360,000 today due to the demands of the ivory trade. Spend some time with Notre Dame researchers Elizabeth Archie and Patrick Chiyo, and you’ll gain a better understanding of just what a tragic loss elephant poaching is.