2023 Faculty Promotions and Awards

Author: Kelly Dietz

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The Department of Biological Sciences would like to recognize the faculty in the department who have earned a promotion this year as a result of their outstanding teaching, research, and service.   Patricia Vaughan has been promoted to Associate Professor of the Practice Kristin Lewis has been promoted to Teaching Professor…

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Second gene implicated in malaria parasite resistance evolution to chloroquine

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New study reveals increased complexity of drug resistance How malaria parasites evolved to evade a major antimalarial drug has long been long thought to involve only one key gene. Now, thanks to a combination of field and lab studies, an international research project has shown a second key gene is also involved in malaria’s resistance to the drug chloroquine.…

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College of Science Announces 2022-23 Faculty Awards

Author: Tammi Freehling

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Santiago Schnell, D.Phil., the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, has announced several faculty awards, including two new awards in research science and advising. Father James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award This award, bestowed annually on a faculty member in the College of Science, is named in honor of Father James Shilts, C.S.C., who taught in the Department of Physics from 1961 until his death in 1982, and was endowed in 1984 by Dr. Eugene T. Leonard III in memory of his parents Dr. Eugene and Doris Leonard.  Dr. Leonard III was a member of the Science Advisory Council from 1976 until 1991. The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching.…

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Graduate biology student Megan Vahsen wins prestigious award for environmental research

Author: Caroline Crawford

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Megan Vahsen, who is graduating in May with her doctorate in biology from the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the prestigious Shaheen Graduate School Award which recognizes one outstanding graduate student from the College of Science. Her work connects evolutionary biology and ecosystem ecology to study how populations evolve rapidly in response to environmental changes and how this evolution, in turn, influences ecological dynamics.

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Expert panel to discuss PFAS in firefighting gear with documentary film screening

Author: Jessica Sieff

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On April 29 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame will host a screening of “BURNED: Protecting the Protectors” — a short documentary exploring the link between perfluorinated substances, known as “forever chemicals,” and decades of cancer in the firefighting community. The screening will take place at the DeBartolo Performing Art Center’s Browning Cinema at 6:30 p.m.

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Research Spotlight - Grace Bradley

Author: Kelly Girst

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Grace Bradley Major: Neuroscience and Behavior Research Location: The University of Notre Dame Grace investigated the relationship between different coping mechanisms used during COVID-19 isolation and their impacts on marital relationships. Grace chose this topic because she read research articles that indicated that domestic violence and child abuse rates drastically increased during the COVID-19 lockdown. She wanted to examine what lifestyles and coping mechanisms contributed to this increase, and what behaviors led to more positive outlooks on the pandemic.…

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Women Lead 2023: Patricia Champion

Author: Kelly Dietz

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Champion for eliminating tuberculosis   The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are incredibly well-adapted to humans, yet researchers continue to unravel the mysteries of how the single-cell organisms work. Patricia Champion, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has spent her career on the hunt, determined to understand the mechanisms used by Mycobacterium tuberculosis to cause disease — the leading microbial killer on the planet behind SARS-CoV-2, the virus that is responsible for COVID-19.…

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University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center announces new cohort of graduate research fellows

Author: Bella Laufenberg

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A new cohort of students will get the chance to participate in Graduate Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) this summer. UNDERC, part of Notre Dame Research (NDR), has announced the names of six graduate students who will conduct research at its field research station, which crosses the boundaries of Michigan’s upper peninsula and Wisconsin. There, the fellows will collect data connected to their research interests and to ongoing projects in on-campus labs.…

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