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The World's Most Urgent Science Project: PalEON

On a spring morning in New Hampshire, 2,000 years ago, sunlight struck a black cherry tree, opening its white-and-yellow blossoms. As the tree swayed gently in breeze, spiky, spherical pollen grains spilled out of its flowers, and floated up through the limbs and leaves of the canopy, before drifting down...

Hesburgh’s Influence on Science at Notre Dame

As the celebration of the sesquicentennial of science comes to a close and the one-year anniversary of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.’s passing approaches, the University of Notre Dame reflects on the life of Father Hesburgh and his impact on the growth and development of the sciences and scientific research...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative announces Associate Director of ND-GAIN

Professor Patrick Regan has been appointed the Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) for ND-GAIN.   In this new role, Regan will lead academic scholarship around ND-GAIN by amplifying faculty engagement in climate adaptation, identifying funding opportunities to enhance the University’s climate research capacity, directing scholarly...

Author: Alex Gumm

Climate Change: Dealing With Complexity

Make no mistake: climate change is the environmental problem of this century. Arctic sea ice is melting, along with land-based glaciers and ice sheets. Sea levels are rising, threatening the security of hundreds of millions of people living in coastal regions, and ocean acidification is disrupting important ecosystems and food...

COP21: SUCCESS FOR ADAPTATION

Paris Agreement reflects University of Notre Dame's climate research assets.  Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index is key to the success of the Agreement, providing knowledge, products and services for all of the signatories and other private sector and development actors working to achieve adaptation and resilience goals.

Author: Alex Gumm

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Director

Professor Jennifer Tank has been named the new Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), starting January 1, 2016. Since its inception, Tank has been actively involved at ND-ECI, serving as the Research Lead for the Land Use Program, the Director of the Notre Dame Linked...

Author: Alex Gumm

App Helps Seniors Harness Health Technology

As health apps and wearable technology devices like Fitbits inundate the market, there’s one population that has been largely ignored, says a University of Notre Dame researcher. Director of the school’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) Dr. Nitesh Chawla is going against the current, targeting seniors with...

New technology to provide insights into the health of students

Cellphones, any parent can attest, play a central role in the lives of college students. Studies show that nearly all college students own a cellphone, and most of those students use text messaging as their main form of communication. Researchers from the University of Notre Dame used the centrality of...

Global browning: Why the world’s fresh water is getting murkier

Maggie Xenopoulos straps on a pair of hip-waders, grabs a 1-litre plastic bottle from her truck and wades into Ontario’s Nottawasaga river. “See this brown colour?” she says, scooping up water the colour of weak tea. “That’s dissolved organic carbon. It blocks UV rays. It’s a bit like SPF for aquatic life.”...

Invasive Asian carp could overtake Lake Erie, study finds

A new study suggests that Asian carp, which have been spotted in watersheds close to the Great Lakes, would make themselves right at home if they made it to Lake Erie. The study, published recently in the journal Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, used computer modeling to estimate the...

Paris Outcome: Adapt or Bust

As the Paris climate negotiations closed last Saturday, you heard a great deal of hope and optimism as well as congratulations for vision and progress emanating from COP21. Indeed, important commitments have been made – but they’re pledges, not actions, and they don’t reverse the adverse climate change underway. Which is why...

Understanding the 'wicked problem' of climate change

Frank Incropera acknowledges that it’s somewhat unusual for an engineer to delve deeply into the topic of climate change. Scientists, not engineers, have played the most prominent roles in the climate change debate to date. However, Incropera believes solving the problem going forward will require a joint effort from the...

COP21: Significant Outcomes or Business as Usual?

It is human to be hopeful. Yet, in 20 years of meetings to avert the consequences of global warming and climate change, the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP) has failed to meet the challenge. Greenhouse gas emissions and the Earth’s average surface temperature have continued to rise, while the...

Cheer, cheer for clean water

The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish: gold helmets crackling under a roar of the Victory March, embraced under Jesus’ outstretched arms.  Try again.