For nearly 1 billion people living on the subcontinent of India, monsoon rainfall provides water for agriculture, drinking water and hydroelectricity production. The torrential rainfall also can lead to deadly floods and landslides. Researchers at Notre Dame are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models.
Determining which fish are living in various bodies of water can be a daunting task for scientists studying those populations. Identifying invasive or endangered species, for example, has often relied on the ability to catch them. Now, according to a new study published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, researchers from Notre Dame, Cornell University, and the Oceanic Institute at Hawaii Pacific University have improved their method of tracking species by using the biological material those organisms leave behind.
Each year natural hazards wreak havoc on vulnerable cities and communities; the United States alone has seen costs exceed $9 billion due to weather and climate-related events so far this year. Damage to infrastructure stemming from such events is a focus of the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), a new center co-led by Notre Dame’s Ahsan Kareem, Robert M.Moran Professor of Engineering.
Notre Dame has received a $1.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and its transformative work with graduate students and the community.
The Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing and the Mendoza College of Business are announcing a new partnership with Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry.
Notre Dame has received $138.1 million in research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2017, surpassing the University’s previous record of $133.7 million set in FY 2015. Additionally, the University also broke its monthly record, receiving $27.6 million in June alone.
Notre Dame has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the Belize Ministry of Health and the Belize Vector and Ecology Center aimed at strengthening the country’s ability to respond to Zika virus and other arboviruses.
Nuclear astrophysicists successfully created the first low-energy particle accelerator beam deep underground in the United States, bringing them one step closer to understanding how the elements of our universe are built. Notre Dame’s involvement in the project, which is called CASPAR (Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research), is led by Michael Wiescher, Freimann Professor of Nuclear Physics, and Research Assistant Professor Dan Robertson.
Ernest Morrell—expert in critical educational theory, social movement theory, English education and African diaspora popular culture—has been appointed Coyle Professor in Literacy Education and inaugural director of the Center for Literacy Education in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.