News » ECI Update

ND-ECI: Science Driven. Human Inspired.

ND-ECI: Science Driven. Human Inspired.
The complexities of science are so rooted in data and theory that they can obscure the personal side of what scientists do. But ask the right questions, and a different perspective will emerge. When we talked with faculty from the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, what came through were stories...

Author: Alex Gumm

Wilderness, Reverence, and the Written Word

Wilderness, Reverence, and the Written Word
Barry Lopez’s work has taken him to more than eighty countries over the past fifty years, including some of the most inhospitable places on earth. But on March 9th, Lopez is coming home to his alma mater to discuss a topic both timely and close to his heart: the writer’s...

Alex Perkins Named Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America

Alex Perkins Named Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America
The University of Notre Dame’s Alex Perkins, Eck Family Assistant Professor, and member of the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Environmental Change Initiative, was named a 2017 Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society...

Zika: Where are we now?

Zika: Where are we now?
Professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences and members of the Eck Institute reflect on the outbreak, the challenges presented by the virus and the work yet to be done to help health professionals and key decision makers protect their citizens.

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative Announces New Associate Director

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative Announces New Associate Director
Professor Diogo Bolster has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), and will direct ND-ECI’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF). In this new role, Bolster will lead academic scholarship around ND-LEEF by growing faculty engagement with the facility, identifying funding opportunities to enhance...

Author: Alex Gumm

Students Prepare for Engineering Trip to Cameroon

Students Prepare for Engineering Trip to Cameroon
Last fall, a handful of Notre Dame engineering students found themselves in Professor Alan Hamlet’s backyard pouring a concrete well pad. The well in question, however, is over six thousand miles away in Sangmelima, Cameroon. Professor Hamlet simply offered up a corner of his yard, so these students could practice techniques...

Four Additional Internal Grants Now Open for Applications

Four Additional Internal Grants Now Open for Applications
Faculty can now submit their applications for the Equipment Restoration and Renewal Program, the Kobayashi Travel Fund, the Library Acquisitions Grant, and the Notre Dame-Eli Lilly and Co. Faculty Fellowship Program in Drug Discovery. The deadline for each internal grant program is Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST....

ND-ECI to host Virginia Tech researchers who exposed the Flint water crisis

ND-ECI to host Virginia Tech researchers who exposed the Flint water crisis
Interested in how citizen science, laboratory experimentation, investigative reporting and social media helped a team of Virginia Tech researchers uncover lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan? Dr. Kelsey Pieper, postdoctoral researcher, and Siddhartha Roy, doctoral student, both members of Virginia Tech’s nationally renowned Flint research team…

Author: Alex Gumm

Students explore “living museum:” Galápagos Islands

Students explore “living museum:” Galápagos Islands
This fall break 14 students spent a week on the Galápagos Islands as part of the Practicum in Field Environmental Biology course. The course aimed to introduce and amplify the principles of evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental science on the islands and afforded students the opportunity to refine their understanding...

Applications Now Open for the Naughton Fellowships

Applications Now Open for the Naughton Fellowships
The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional Ph.D., masters, or undergraduate students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame.

Channeling Our Inner Darwin: Adventures in the Galapagos Islands

Channeling Our Inner Darwin: Adventures in the Galapagos Islands
During fall break, I traveled with thirteen other Notre Dame undergraduate students to the Galápagos Islands as part of a new science course, Practicum in Field Environmental Biology. Under the direction of Biological Science Professors, Gary Lamberti and Malcolm Fraser, we explored the islands and investigated individual research projects, which...

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish
Microscopic beads and fabrics float in our waterways, get ingested by fish and other creatures, and impact the environment in lots of negative ways. But despite that knowledge, there is little we know about how these microplastics first enter aquatic food webs. In a pilot study, researchers at the University...

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment
Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment.  The research team is developing a tool Egan said is the ecologist’s version of a Star Trek tricorder, according to…

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment
Rice University scientists are leading an effort to detect genetically modified organisms in the environment. With federal support, researchers led by Rice's Scott Egan, an assistant professor of biosciences, are building tools to detect, quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals and their byproducts.…

CLIMATE & THE TERRESTRIAL BIOSPHERE - Q&A with David Medvigy, Associate Professor

CLIMATE & THE TERRESTRIAL BIOSPHERE - Q&A with David Medvigy, Associate Professor
David Medvigy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.  Your research focuses understanding interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and climate. Can you give us an overview of the major projects you are currently working on? I am interested in a wide range...

Author: Alex Gumm

ND-LEEF Science Sunday to take place on Sept. 25

ND-LEEF Science Sunday to take place on Sept. 25
The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF), a unique environmental research collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and St. Patrick’s County Park, will host its fourth annual Science Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016.  At the event, the public can learn about a variety of innovative environmental research...

Author: Alex Gumm

Women in Science Regional Conference to be held at Notre Dame

Women in Science Regional Conference to be held at Notre Dame
The Association for Women in Science - Notre Dame chapter (AWIS) is organizing the first regional Women in Science Conference on September 30 and October 1, 2016 in Notre Dame, Indiana. This conference focuses on career and personal development as well as peer networking, through a variety of informative panels,...

Notre Dame hires managing director for Environmental Change Initiative

SOUTH BEND — Tom Springer has been hired as the new managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative. He started June 1. Springer has 27 years of experience with the Battle Creek, Mich.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Most recently, he held the position of communications manager for...

Knight Center Spartan becomes Golden Domer, accepts position at Notre Dame

When Tom Springer (M.A. 2002) applied for his new position as managing director of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, he wondered if he’d have enough of a science background to qualify. The initiative works with a network of 40 Notre Dame faculty who research environmental...