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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.



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.”

Students brainstorm to combat climate change

March 21, 2014 • Author: Christin Nance Lazerus, Post-Tibune • Categories: Climate Change Adaptation and Transportation Networks, Climate Change, and the Spread of Invasive Species


HAMMOND — The suggested solutions ran the gamut: Plant more trees, increase public transportation options, require cleaner-burning fuels, decrease the use of pesticides in farming, encourage urban gardens, and use solar panels to save on electricity bills.

Those were just a few of the ideas to combat global climate change that were discussed Friday by more than 200 high school students at the Rotary World Affairs Conference at Purdue University Calumet.

Students from across Northwest Indiana gathered to hear from experts in the field about the effects of climate change on the world.

Otto Doering, director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, discussed how more than 60 experts in various fields — economics, agriculture, earth science, engineering, genetics and more — conduct research around the globe on how climate change impacts everything from humans to clouds.

“Why is climate change controversial?” Doering said. “Because it involves economics and politics, and it is costly to change in economic terms. Also, a number of countries would have to come together and speak with one voice, and international cooperation is very difficult.”

GSU and Office for Postdoctoral Scholars Research Symposium

March 17, 2014 • Author: University of Notre Dame


Congratulations to the following Postdocs for winning awards at the Graduate Student Union and Office for Postdoctoral Scholars 6th Annual Research Symposium!

From left to right: Haitao Wang, 2nd place in Engineering; Erin Grey, 2nd place in Science; Jessica Meixner, 1st place in Engineering; and Aaron Sheppard 1st place in Science.