New research from Notre Dame may lead to a therapy for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease, a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure.
Fourteen Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2015-16 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.
The gala premiere of “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” a three-part documentary film series produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be held March 3 in the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary was conceived, written and co-produced by Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. & Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature.
A new report by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies examines how gender affects Latino men’s and women’s savings for retirement and concludes that there is a need to develop programs to empower lower-income women and men.
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame has awarded the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Mark Thompson for his book “Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš,” published by Cornell University Press.
For the second time in three years, a Notre Dame student will be going on assignment with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kristof, The New York Times announced Feb. 6. Junior Cassidy McDonald of Madison, Wisconsin, is this year’s winner of Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest.
From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It’s a question that a team of researchers at Notre Dame is examining.
Michel Hockx has been appointed director of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies within the new Keough School of Global Affairs. Hockx is professor of Chinese and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. He will join the Notre Dame faculty in August 2016.
Gregory P. Crawford, vice president, associate provost and professor of physics at Notre Dame, has been elected as the 22nd president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, effective July 1.
Since astronomers discovered the Smith Cloud, a giant gas cloud plummeting toward the Milky Way, they have been unable to determine its composition, which would hold clues as to its origin. Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner and his collaborators have now determined that the cloud contains elements similar to our sun, which means the cloud originated in the Milky Way’s outer edges and not in intergalactic space as some have speculated.
One bacterial pathogen is responsible for a range of diseases, from pharyngitis and impetigo to more severe diagnoses such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease). Known as Group A Streptococcus, it induces rapid destruction of red blood cells. In a new study, the research group led by Shaun Lee, associate professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame, provides the first real-time, high-resolution observation of this red cell destruction.