ND-ECI seed grants demonstrating impact

ND-ECI seed grants demonstrating impact
The 14 investigators who received 2017 seed grants from the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) are seeing their research bear fruit in ways that include testing the environmental impact of nanomaterials, using crowd sensing to detect groundwater well contamination, and studying Great Lakes salmon in light of Laudato si.’…

Programmed to succeed: ND-GAIN intern “MacGyvers” his own solutions

Programmed to succeed: ND-GAIN intern “MacGyvers” his own solutions
If there is a formula for how an internship should strike a balance between too little boss oversight and too much over-your-shoulder scrutiny, then Matt Lupo may have found it.    “It should be structured enough to tell you what to do,” said Lupo, of his internship with the Notre Dame Global...

Data Sleuth: ND-GAIN Intern Explores Statistics Behind Climate Change

Data Sleuth: ND-GAIN Intern Explores Statistics Behind Climate Change
Just because he’s an Environmental Science major doesn’t mean that Jorge Daura likes dirt. Daura worked for a time in a Notre Dame lab where he analyzed soil samples, yet it wasn’t for him. But ask him to research the emergency traffic capacity for a large city and he’s on it.  ...

Big Data Fuels Big Dreams for ND-GAIN Intern

Big Data Fuels Big Dreams for ND-GAIN Intern
To understand the pivotal role that Big Data plays in the career dreams of a ND-GAIN intern, consider what Carolyn Yvellez wants for her next birthday: a four-terabyte hard drive. It’s an essential computing tool should you want to store climate data for 278 large U.S. cities. “I need more...

Solving Water Conflicts With Engineering and Empathy. Q&A with Dr. Marc Muller

Solving Water Conflicts With Engineering and Empathy. Q&A with Dr. Marc Muller
Dr. Marc Muller is assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and an affiliated faculty member of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). He joined the university in 2017 and his background combines engineering with humanitarian efforts designed to reduce conflict around water scarcity....

Q&A with Diogo Bolster: Symposium at Vatican offers new potential for collaboration

Q&A with Diogo Bolster: Symposium at Vatican offers new potential for collaboration
Diogo Bolster, associate professor of engineering at Notre Dame and associate director of ND-ECI, recently visited Rome to attend the Symposium on Global Sustainability. He spoke about his experience and insights during a Q&A session:  Q: Can you explain how an associate engineering professor from Notre Dame found himself presenting to a conference...

Observer status at U.N. meeting offers lessons in climate diplomacy

Observer status at U.N. meeting offers lessons in climate diplomacy
Kaitlin Harris serves as the Project Manager of the Urban Adaptation Assessment with the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN). She recently visited Bonn, Germany, as a representative of an observer organization, in preparation for COP 23 Conference in November. She spoke about her experience during a Q&A session: …

Fish and fleece fuzz? ND-LEEF Science Sunday helps make the connection

Fish and fleece fuzz? ND-LEEF Science Sunday helps make the connection
If living creatures are what they eat, then many fish, birds and other creatures may well be part plastic. That’s one of many surprising lessons visitors took away from Science Sunday, held at the Notre Dame Linked Ecosystem Experimental Facility (ND-LEEF) in St. Patrick's County Park…