A Strategic Research Initiative. What is SRI?


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University of Notre Dame professor David Lodge discusses invasive species on a special segment of CBS Sunday Morning

Jessica Hellmann on NBC's Changing Planet series discusses adaptation of butterflies.


The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) is tackling the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. The goal of ND-ECI is to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible.



Notre Dame students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 17, 2014 • Author: Stephanie Healey, Notre Dame College of Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the recipients of this year’s Graduate Research Program Fellowships (GRPF). Seven College of Science students and one alumnus received awards. In addition, five science students received honorable mentions.

The fellowship provides three years of support for the graduate education of students who have demonstrated the potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.  Past NSF Fellows include individuals who have made significant breakthroughs in science and engineering research, as well as some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.

Gillian Duffy Claims 2nd Prize at AECOM Student Environmental Awards

April 09, 2014 • Author: MESTECH • Categories: Land Use and Water Quality


PhD student Gillian Duffy claimed 2nd prize at the AECOM Student Environmental Awards on the 8th of April in Sligo IT.

The competition challenges students to present to their peers on a topic of their choice in the field of water and/or environmental management. The competition is open to undergraduate or postgraduate students aged 25 or lower. There are three monetary prizes with a prize of €400 and an award certificate for the overall winner.

The competition is hosted by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and sponsored by AECOM.

Gillian Duffy is working on her PhD at MESTECH on the optimisation of phosphate and nitrate sensors for the monitoring of nutrients in freshwaters. The project is in collaboration with Prof Jennifer Tank at the University of Notre Dame.

The research is important for quantifying the influence of agriculture on freshwater and also for effective water management throughout Irish, European and American river basins.



Nitesh Chawla receives 2014 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award

April 03, 2014 • Author: John Guimond, Notre Dame News • Categories: Climate Change Adaptation



Nitesh Chawla, Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2014 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, which is given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.


The award, in the amount of $5,000, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with local community organizations. Chawla’s passion since arriving at Notre Dame in 2007 has been leveraging big data for the common good. His research in network and data science in personalized health and wellness is translating into solutions for real problems within the community.

Chawla, who refers to himself as a dataologist, said that Americans’ health and wellness would improve if more attention were paid to the circumstances of people’s daily lives, such as access to grocery stores, recreational facilities and schools, in addition to whether they smoke or have allergies. In partnership with their doctors, people could then identify trends between their personal habits and certain diseases. Chawla said that tracking personal data on a large scale — big data — can help move people from insufficient health care to abundant health. “The health and wellness problem,” he said, is actually “outside of the setting of health care.”