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Notre Dame mosquito researcher weighs in on Zika

Notre Dame mosquito researcher weighs in on Zika
The Zika zone is expanding in Florida as Miami Beach sees a huge increase in cases and money is running out to help study and fight Zika. Congress has not yet passed a bill to fund it. Now, a Notre Dame researcher is weighing in. Researchers at Notre Dame are...

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,...

Green, Cool Roofs May Be Key To Cooling Cities Down

Green, Cool Roofs May Be Key To Cooling Cities Down
As populations rise, cities grow and the Earth heats up due to global warming, urban heat island (UHI) effects are expected to increase. These occur because city walls, streets and roofs hold in the sun’s warmth, making cities warmer than the land surrounding them. Large cities such as Chicago have...

Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion Dedication at ND-LEEF

Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion Dedication at ND-LEEF
On Friday, June 10, the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initative welcomed the ND-ECI community to the dedication of the Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion at Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility. Serving as the centerpiece of ND-LEEF, the Morrison Family Pavilion offers a year-round outdoor classroom and outreach destination located five miles from campus at St. Patrick’s...

Environmental Change Initiative Launches New Website

Environmental Change Initiative Launches New Website
The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) has launched a new website, eci.nd.edu. The website now includes a modern look and enriched content that aims to better assist both ND-ECI’s internal and external communities.

Turtles Help Monitor Ecological Health Of Great Lakes

Turtles Help Monitor Ecological Health Of Great Lakes
Several areas of the Great Lakes have been plagued by years of unregulated industrial waste dumping, resulting to a multitude of negative impacts on the wildlife and the environment. Now, new research suggests that in order to maintain the Great Lakes' ecological health, two turtle species residing in Lake Michigan...

Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution
Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution.

Study Links Best Management Practices to Cleaner Watershed

Study Links Best Management Practices to Cleaner Watershed
A long-running experiment to improve water quality in and around Livingston County has yielded encouraging results.  As farmers within the Indian Creek Watershed adopted more efficient methods of managing their nutrients, analyses of water samples collected between 2010 and 2015 are showing a positive impact on nutrient losses within the...

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...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Tom Springer has been named the new Managing Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), starting June 1, 2016. Springer brings significant management and communication expertise to Notre Dame, including strategic planning, grant development, program design and evaluation, group facilitation, and program promotion.

Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate

More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Growing urbanization increases the overall temperature of a city as buildings, roads, parking lots and other infrastructure absorb heat, creating an urban...

Looking beyond conventional networks can lead to better predictions

Zebra mussels, a ship-borne invasive species, are such a problem in American waters that they cost the U.S. power industry alone $3.1 billion in economic losses in 1993-1999, mainly by blocking pipes that deliver water to cooling plants. Researchers looking for a way to predict where they might end up...