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Study Links Best Management Practices to Cleaner Watershed

Study Links Best Management Practices to Cleaner Watershed
A long-running experiment to improve water quality in and around Livingston County has yielded encouraging results.  As farmers within the Indian Creek Watershed adopted more efficient methods of managing their nutrients, analyses of water samples collected between 2010 and 2015 are showing a positive impact on nutrient losses within the...

Notre Dame hires managing director for Environmental Change Initiative

SOUTH BEND — Tom Springer has been hired as the new managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative. He started June 1. Springer has 27 years of experience with the Battle Creek, Mich.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Most recently, he held the position of communications manager for...

Knight Center Spartan becomes Golden Domer, accepts position at Notre Dame

When Tom Springer (M.A. 2002) applied for his new position as managing director of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, he wondered if he’d have enough of a science background to qualify. The initiative works with a network of 40 Notre Dame faculty who research environmental...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Tom Springer has been named the new Managing Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), starting June 1, 2016. Springer brings significant management and communication expertise to Notre Dame, including strategic planning, grant development, program design and evaluation, group facilitation, and program promotion.

Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate

More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Growing urbanization increases the overall temperature of a city as buildings, roads, parking lots and other infrastructure absorb heat, creating an urban...

Looking beyond conventional networks can lead to better predictions

Zebra mussels, a ship-borne invasive species, are such a problem in American waters that they cost the U.S. power industry alone $3.1 billion in economic losses in 1993-1999, mainly by blocking pipes that deliver water to cooling plants. Researchers looking for a way to predict where they might end up...

Using mathematical models to fight the Zika virus

New research from the University of Notre Dame will be used to generate maps that provide time-sensitive, mosquito-to-human ratios that determine patterns of mosquito population dynamics for the Zika virus. The model outputs will be available online to provide users with the ability to find reported cases and estimated incidences...

Prof. Jeff Feder Honored with Graduate School's Burns Award

Prof. Jeffrey Feder, Director of GLOBES from 2005-2012, is one of two award winners of the 2016 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. Given annually to a faculty member for distinction in graduate teaching or other exemplary contribution to graduate education, the award honors Feder’s “remarkable vision, coupled with unrelenting...

2016 Internal Grant Program Awardees Announced

Notre Dame Research has provided more than 35 researchers with awards from the Internal Grants Program for 2016. The grant awardees spanned the University in four program categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), Equipment Restoration and Renewal, and Library Acquisitions.

Google Trekker shooting photos in South Bend, St. Joseph County parks

It looks like a Martian robot with a big green eye. City Parks Director Aaron Perri heaved it — all 48 pounds — onto his back and started walking the riverside trails. Strangers stared, waved at it or yelled, “What is it?” “Hey, this is for Google,” he'd reply. “There...

Notre Dame’s Alex Perkins Wins Powe Award

Alex Perkins, Ph.D., Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, has been recognized with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Powe Award for Junior Faculty (http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/faculty-student-programs/powe/).…

Understanding Behavior Key to Combating Malaria

Today, April 25, is the annual World Malaria Day. This year’s theme – End Malaria for Good – seeks to build upon past successes in combatting this deadly disease, which killed over 435,000 people in 2015, and sustain this progress in order to truly  “end malaria for good.” At the University...

Eagles at St. Pat’s Park? Enjoy breakfast with them Sunday

Watch WNDU broadcast story HERE.  St. Joseph County, Ind. -- Did you know that there are eagles at St. Patrick’s County Park? If you didn’t, an event happening there this weekend may spark your interest. It is called Breakfast with the Eagles. From 10 a.m. to 11 on Sunday you can enjoy...

Heavy Metals In Lake Michigan Turtles

Fish probably get the most attention when it comes to gauging the effects that heavy metals have on Lake Michigan’s inhabitants. But overlooked in this realm of research are turtles. Being that they are a part of the ecosystem too, there is still plenty that scientists can learn by studying...