Winter 2019 Newsletter
Advancing Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavor


Notre Dame Unveils Largest Mach 6 Quiet Hypersonic Test Facility in US

Notre Dame has completed development of the country’s largest quiet Mach 6 hypersonic wind tunnel, under the direction of Thomas Juliano, engineer and principal investigator. Funded with support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, it has a nozzle diameter 2.5 times larger than current quiet hypersonic wind tunnels in the U.S. Read more >> 

Three Faculty Awarded NEH Fellowships, Continuing Record Funding for Humanities Research

Three Notre Dame faculty members — Rebecca McKenna, Sarah McKibben, and Vincent Phillip Muñoz — have been offered fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the 2018 award cycle. With 65 total awards, Notre Dame scholars have received more NEH fellowships than any other private university in the United States since 1999. Read more >> 

Scientists Take Aim at Illicit Supply Chain Networks of Fake Medications

For many people in developing countries, patients can fall victim to falsified medications that fail to treat their conditions, with the potential to cause harm and, in some cases, death. Now, a new study led by chemist Marya Lieberman, together with collaborators at Northwestern University, will take aim at illicit supply chain operations to improve detection of falsified medications before they harm patients. Read more >> 

Historically Black Schools Pay More to Issue Bonds

A new study from finance professor Paul Gao, which was published in the Journal of Financial Economics, found that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) pay about 20 percent higher fees to issue tax-exempt bonds than non-HBCUs — and the evidence points to racial discrimination as the cause. Read more >> 

Small Changes to Cafeteria Design Can Get Kids to Eat Healthier

As 80 percent of school-aged children still fall short of national dietary guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake, architecture professor Kim Rollings developed the Cafeteria Assessment for Elementary Schools (CAFES) with collaborators at Cornell University. The CAFES tool scores school cafeteria environments, suggesting improvements, many of which are low- or no-cost, that can help promote healthier eating and reduce childhood obesity. Read more >> 

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