Spring 2020 Newsletter
Advancing Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavor
Bob Bernhard, Vice President for Research
Bob Bernhard,
Vice President for Research


We are in a very challenging time. The world has changed significantly since our last Notre Dame Research newsletter. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during this difficult time.
Within days of Indiana’s “stay at home” order, the University of Notre Dame ramped-down over 330 research laboratories to hibernation states. The only laboratories that remained open or partially open were essential facilities and a handful of laboratories that are conducting COVID-19 research or research that was designated as essential to national security. Despite the urgency of all of the changes, Notre Dame researchers have stepped forward to respond to the crisis in some remarkable ways. From improved testing to hospital surge planning and more, you can read about our researchers’ efforts in the stories we have curated for you in this special COVID-19 newsletter edition...Read more ›


Researchers explore potential of highly sensitive point-of-care tests for novel coronavirus detection

Bayer Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Hsueh-Chia Chang and his lab are focusing on the development of fast, sensitive, and portable tests to combat the high rates of false negatives from coronavirus tests in current use. In their lab tests, combining nanofiltration with iACE technology has shown to be 1,800 times more sensitive than tests run with the lentivirus.

Online portal forecasts coronavirus transmission to aid officials in management, planning

In collaboration with the University of South Florida, a team of Notre Dame researchers led by Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences, has developed an online portal that forecasts how resources may be impacted during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The online portal, created with Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing, provides officials an opportunity to test how different measures might affect the timing and number of cases that could emerge and plan for the appropriate actions and hospital resources.

US may be at critical juncture of pandemic response

A new study led by Alex Perkins, Eck Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and funded by a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant, found that social distancing measures at current levels may need to be maintained until the summer to avoid a potentially deadly resurgence of the coronavirus.

Political polarization leads to non-compliance with pandemic health advice, study finds

If you identify as blue in a red state or red in a blue state, you might not be complying well with the advice meant to keep you healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
A recent study from Assistant Professor of Economics Kirsten Cornelson and co-author Boriana Miloucheva of the University of Toronto shows that states with governors who won by close margins are seeing lower compliance with stay-at-home orders from those with the opposite party affiliation.

On the front lines of the coronavirus fight, health professionals show ‘compassion to its fullest'

In the midst of an unprecedented crisis, Dominic Vachon, the John G. Sheedy, M.D., Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, offers insight into the complexities of the compassion mindset — which he says is currently on full display inside America’s hospitals and health care facilities.

Most firms neglected to include pandemic in annual risk assessments despite warning signs

Bill McDonald and Timothy Loughran, finance professors in the Mendoza College of Business, examined all annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2018 and found that less than 21 percent of them contain any pandemic-related terms. This is despite that pandemic risks were well-known before today's crisis.

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