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New finding affects understanding of formation of the solar system

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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.

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When scandal gets you down, study reveals, talk yourself up – sometimes

Author: Shannon Chapla

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.

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Notre Dame named with distinction on 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Author: John Guimond

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.

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New paper by Notre Dame researchers describes method for cleaning up nuclear waste

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Engineering faculty receive CAREER Awards

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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New paper examines poison resistance in snakes around the world

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Notre Dame MBA ranks in U.S. News top 25 B-schools

Author: Carol Elliott

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.

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New research to increase safety of humanitarian workers worldwide

Author: Joan Fallon

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.

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Engineering professor Timothy Ovaert receives 1st Source Commercialization Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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Team of scientists wins grant to research tuberculosis diagnostics

Author: Sarah Craig

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.

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New paper examines issues raised by Fukushima reactor accident

Author: William G. Gilroy

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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.

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Go-getters fall short in happiness and health, new study shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

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.

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Notre Dame researchers provide fascinating insights into elephant behavior, conservation issues

Author: William G. Gilroy

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.

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