Advancing Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavor
I am honored to be able to pen my first note to you as the Vice President for Research at the University of Notre Dame. You may be wondering why this note comes more than two months after my start date. The motivation is simple: I believe strongly in listening before acting.
Over the past 60+ days, I have had the opportunity to visit virtually every Center, Institute, and Core Facility under the Notre Dame Research (NDR) umbrella and meet with faculty, staff, and students alike to hear about their dynamic research efforts as well as their associated successes and challenges. I have visited with core NDR staff to absorb our policies and practices, learning of not only their amazing dedication to the University's success but where we may have opportunities for growth. I have engaged with other University stakeholders—including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends, as well as industry partners and federal, state, and local government collaborators—to learn not only of their passion for and belief in the University of Notre Dame but also their properly lofty expectations for the University as we move forward.
Jeffrey F. Rhoads
Vice President for Research
Notre Dame tops $200 million in annual research funding for third straight year
During fiscal year 2023, the University of Notre Dame received nearly $216 million in new research award funding, topping $200 million for the third year in a row. This total includes 824 separate awards, the largest number the University has ever received.
Jeffrey F. Rhoads, vice president for research and professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, said, “We are grateful to all of the agencies, foundations, industry partners, and others who have supported research at the University—research that is not only leading to new discoveries but is helping to create a safer, healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable world.”
University of Notre Dame releases new strategic framework
The University of Notre Dame has announced a new strategic framework to guide the University over the next decade. The framework is the result of more than two years of planning involving contributions from more than 700 faculty, staff and leaders from across the University.
Notre Dame receives NAUTILUS, a one-of-a-kind system for materials analysis, from US Navy
The United States Navy has transferred NAUTILUS, a one-of-a-kind system for materials analysis, to the University of Notre Dame. The transfer occurred during a ceremony held at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.
Black families growing up on either side of the tracks have same economic outcomes
University of Notre Dame assistant professor of sociology Steven Alvarado and Alexandra Cooperstock, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Cornell University, used 35 years of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth from 1979 to 2014 to study what happened when multiple generations of Black, white and Latino families lived on one side of the tracks versus the other. In the journal City and Community, they have concluded that race was the chief factor in contributing to one’s economic success in the U.S. over multiple generations.
Researchers reveal why obesity makes ovarian cancer more deadly
In a study published in the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research, Notre Dame's M. Sharon Stack, the Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of Notre Dame’s Harper Cancer Research Institute, and Anna Juncker-Jensen, senior scientist and director of scientific affairs at NeoGenomics Laboratories, have shed new light on one key factor that can make ovarian cancer especially deadly: obesity.
Social media marketing most effective when it prompts consumers to start posting
New research from Notre Dame's Shijie Lu, the Howard J. and Geraldine F. Korth Associate Professor of Marketing in the Mendoza College of Business, and collaborators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed 145,502 firm-generated and 5.9 million user-generated Twitter posts associated with 159 movies to understand how marketers could better promote new products.
How Benjamin Franklin helped foil early American money counterfeiters
This waddling robot could guide baby turtles to the sea
‘Win-win-win’ strategy reduces dangerous parasite infections in African villages
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Diversity Initiatives
Endowed Director of the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases
Assistant Professor, Civil Rights Studies
About Notre Dame Research:
The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world.
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