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Researchers to study the impact of toxic properties on the environment

Researchers to study the impact of toxic properties on the environment
More advanced manufactured materials are being produced in the 21st century, including, for example, engineered nanoparticles whose exact impact on the environment and human health are unknown, but whose effects could be quite negative. To better understand such threats, researchers are using the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF)...

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....

New data suggests increased vulnerability for island countries

New data suggests increased vulnerability for island countries
As island nations prepare for a lead role in the 23rd annual Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, Nov. 6-17, the latest data released by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) shows that small island states face increasing challenges to address the impact of climate change.

Author: Alex Gumm

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: …

ND-LEEF to debut new “In-Nest” Eagle Cam

ND-LEEF to debut new “In-Nest” Eagle Cam
The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) will debut its new “in-nest” livestreaming camera, mounted above the bald eagle nest located at St. Patrick’s County Park during the 5th Annual Science Sunday event Oct. 22.

Author: Alex Gumm

Researchers receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study

Researchers receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models. Current models can predict monsoon weather seven to 10 days out....

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5 with ND Energy and ECI

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5 with ND Energy and ECI
ND Energy and the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) are coming together to celebrate #WorldEnvironmentDay on Monday, June 5th.  World Environment Day is sponsored by the United Nations (UN) and encourages worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year, the host country is Canada, and the theme is Connecting People...

GLOBES Student Sal Curasi Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships

GLOBES Student Sal Curasi Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships
GLOBES fellow Salvatore Curasi, a second year biology graduate student, has received both a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Award and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. Sal studies the impact of climate change on vegetation and carbon storage in Arctic tundra. He is advised by Dr. Adrian...

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.