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Diogo Bolster receives inaugural Polubarinova-Kochina Hydrologic Sciences Mid-Career Award from the American Geophysical Union

Diogo Bolster receives inaugural Polubarinova-Kochina Hydrologic Sciences Mid-Career Award from the American Geophysical Union
Diogo Bolster, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Hydrology at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) inaugural Polubarinova-Kochina Hydrologic Sciences Mid-Career Award. The award recognizes innovative interdisciplinary research, mentoring and leadership in the hydrologic sciences. Bolster also is the Henry Massman Department Chair of...

Postdoctoral scholar joins Eck Institute for Global Health and Environmental Change Initiative in fight against cholera

Postdoctoral scholar joins Eck Institute for Global Health and Environmental Change Initiative in fight against cholera
Globally, one in four people lack access to clean drinking water, according to the World Health Organization and UNIFEF’s Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. In low and middle income nations such as India, where safely managed drinking water is limited, microbial contamination, which can increase the likelihood...

Partnership seeks to address leaky drinking water systems

Partnership seeks to address leaky drinking water systems
Notre Dame students working with city of South Bend, local firm on wireless monitoring technology   Drought conditions in the American Southwest have drained rivers and reservoirs and led to ongoing water shortages in places such as California and Arizona, highlighting the precarious nature of the nation’s drinking water supply...

Human activities cause for buzzkill: Notre Dame biologist’s research determines insects are on the decline

Human activities cause for buzzkill: Notre Dame biologist’s research determines insects are on the decline
Public discourse in recent years about an “insect apocalypse”—sometimes described as the loss of 75 percent of insects during the past 50 years—might sound overblown, because research has not been comprehensive and some studies have minimized the notion altogether. After completing research using federally funded biodiversity monitoring datasets from streams...

Expert panel to discuss PFAS in firefighting gear with documentary film screening

Expert panel to discuss PFAS in firefighting gear with documentary film screening
On April 29 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame will host a screening of “BURNED: Protecting the Protectors” — a short documentary exploring the link between perfluorinated substances, known as “forever chemicals,” and decades of cancer in the firefighting community. The screening will take place at the DeBartolo Performing Art...

Plastic containers can contain PFAS — and it’s getting into food

Plastic containers can contain PFAS — and it’s getting into food
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are adding to their list of consumer products that contain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a toxic class of fluorine compounds known as “forever chemicals.” In a new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic containers — used...

ND Water Week 2023: Why Water?

ND Water Week 2023: Why Water?
In honor of World Water Day, the Notre Dame community is invited to a week-long celebration of all things H2O occurring March 20-24, 2022. 

Eleven graduate students receive H₂0@ND fellowships to advance interdisciplinary water research

Eleven graduate students receive H₂0@ND fellowships to advance interdisciplinary water research
This summer, the University of Notre Dame faculty group, H2O@ND, launched the ND Graduate Water Fellows Program (GWFP), awarding fellowships to eleven Ph.D. students to help grow interdisciplinary training in water-related research across campus. The Summer 2022 cohort consisted of 2nd year and 3rd year Ph.D.students from diverse departments, including...

Researchers test drinking water, face masks for PFAS

Researchers test drinking water, face masks for PFAS
Scientists at the University of Notre Dame studying the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in consumer products and textiles have expanded their search for potential sources of PFAS exposure — developing an effective method of testing for PFAS in drinking water and adding face masks to a growing...

Conversations sparked by 2021-22 Notre Dame Forum will last far longer than a year

Conversations sparked by 2021-22 Notre Dame Forum will last far longer than a year
Global warming, climate change, just transition and sustainability are hardly new topics on campus. For years, various groups of academics, administrators, students and staff at the University of Notre Dame have faithfully tackled questions related to these subject matters through campus events and initiatives, coursework, clubs, strategic plans, research pursuits...

Our genes shape our gut bacteria, new research shows

Our genes shape our gut bacteria, new research shows
In the study, published recently in Science, researchers discovered that most bacteria in the gut microbiome are heritable after looking at more than 16,000 gut microbiome profiles collected over 14 years from a long-studied population of baboons in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.