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Four Additional Internal Grants Now Open for Applications

Four Additional Internal Grants Now Open for Applications
Faculty can now submit their applications for the Equipment Restoration and Renewal Program, the Kobayashi Travel Fund, the Library Acquisitions Grant, and the Notre Dame-Eli Lilly and Co. Faculty Fellowship Program in Drug Discovery. The deadline for each internal grant program is Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST....

ND-ECI to host Virginia Tech researchers who exposed the Flint water crisis

ND-ECI to host Virginia Tech researchers who exposed the Flint water crisis
Interested in how citizen science, laboratory experimentation, investigative reporting and social media helped a team of Virginia Tech researchers uncover lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan? Dr. Kelsey Pieper, postdoctoral researcher, and Siddhartha Roy, doctoral student, both members of Virginia Tech’s nationally renowned Flint research team…

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Students explore “living museum:” Galápagos Islands

Students explore “living museum:” Galápagos Islands
This fall break 14 students spent a week on the Galápagos Islands as part of the Practicum in Field Environmental Biology course. The course aimed to introduce and amplify the principles of evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental science on the islands and afforded students the opportunity to refine their understanding...

Applications Now Open for the Naughton Fellowships

Applications Now Open for the Naughton Fellowships
The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional Ph.D., masters, or undergraduate students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame.

Channeling Our Inner Darwin: Adventures in the Galapagos Islands

Channeling Our Inner Darwin: Adventures in the Galapagos Islands
During fall break, I traveled with thirteen other Notre Dame undergraduate students to the Galápagos Islands as part of a new science course, Practicum in Field Environmental Biology. Under the direction of Biological Science Professors, Gary Lamberti and Malcolm Fraser, we explored the islands and investigated individual research projects, which...

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish
Microscopic beads and fabrics float in our waterways, get ingested by fish and other creatures, and impact the environment in lots of negative ways. But despite that knowledge, there is little we know about how these microplastics first enter aquatic food webs. In a pilot study, researchers at the University...

Identifying DNA and Developing Data

Identifying DNA and Developing Data
When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug...

Students share Galapagos Islands diversity with area children

Students share Galapagos Islands diversity with area children
Days before their Fall Break trip to the Galapagos Islands as part of a course in the Department of Biological Sciences, 14 Notre Dame undergraduates introduced the Darwin-inspiring islands to youngsters at the Robinson Community Learning Center who will be “virtual explorers” with them through the adventure.

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment
Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment.  The research team is developing a tool Egan said is the ecologist’s version of a Star Trek tricorder, according to…

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment
Rice University scientists are leading an effort to detect genetically modified organisms in the environment. With federal support, researchers led by Rice's Scott Egan, an assistant professor of biosciences, are building tools to detect, quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals and their byproducts.…

Shogren wins EPA graduate fellowship

Shogren wins EPA graduate fellowship
Biological sciences doctoral candidate, Arial Shogren, has been awarded the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shogren received the $132,000 grant for her project, “Modeling the Transport of Environmental DNA (eDNA)” in the EPA’s Emerging Environmental Approaches and Challenges Innovation program.

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…