In July 2021, Erin Howe was promoted to the position of research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, where she investigates how breast cancer spreads to the brain.
A team of University of Notre Dame undergraduate students' 55-page proposal led them to the finalist round of the NASA Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science competition, which invited students from across the country to design experiments to send to space.
Michael Piotrowski was one of the few students in the sustainability minor able to do field research in the summer of 2020, as he tracked the elusive rough-seeded fameflower (Phemeranthus rugospermus) across Indiana.
Christopher Patzke joined Notre Dame this August as the John M. and Mary Jo Boler Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases. His neurobiology research focuses on the genetic makeup of the human brain at the cellular level.
Shannon Speir’s research focuses on how storms affect nitrogen concentrations in Indiana streams, but this nutrient build-up influences bodies of water as far away as the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.
Many University of Notre Dame science students stayed on campus this summer to do research to investigate topics as diverse as neuroscience, astronomy, and the causes and treatment of disease.