Advancing Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavor
In early January, The Provost's Office at Notre Dame announced that Professor Jeff Rhoads from Purdue University has been appointed the Vice President for Research at Notre Dame starting July 1st.
Jeff has had a pretty phenomenal record at Purdue. He has a vibrant and nationally recognized research program in energetic materials as well as an impressive publication and funding record. He has also been part of many different types and sizes of collaborations. Jeff was the Director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories until recently when he was named the inaugural Executive Director of the new Purdue Institute for National Security. All in all, Jeff brings a fairly diverse set of experiences to Notre Dame as well as an extraordinary level of energy.
Robert J. Bernhard
Vice President for Research
Notre Dame receives $244 million in annual research awards
During fiscal year 2022, researchers at the University of Notre Dame received $244 million in research award funding, surpassing the University's previous record of $222.7 million set in fiscal year 2021. This total includes nearly 800 separate awards from a broad array of federal, foundation, and industry sources.
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Patient care improves when hospitals choose a single vendor for medical records software
New research forthcoming in the Decision Sciences journal from Kaitlin Wowak, Ken Kelley, and Corey Angst, professors of information technology, analytics and operations, and a collaborator from the University of South Carolina shows for the first time that the sourcing strategy chosen by hospitals for electronic medical records impacts the quality of patient care. When hospitals move closer to a single-sourcing strategy, patients receive better evidence-based care.
Notre Dame partners with 11 universities to address national semiconductor shortage
Notre Dame has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics. The network includes 12 research universities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio with the common goal of advancing semiconductor research, innovation, and production.
Computer engineers co-design new energy-efficient neuromorphic compute-in-memory chip
Siddharth Joshi, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is part of a team of researchers from the University of California San Diego, Stanford University and Tsinghua University who have designed and built a chip that runs computations directly in memory, eliminating the energy-intensive data movement in current hardware designs. The results of the research appeared in the August 17, 2022 issue of Nature.
Rapid plant evolution may make coastal regions more susceptible to flooding and sea level rise
New research published in Science from Jason McLachlan, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, found that evolution has occurred more rapidly than previously thought in the Chesapeake Bay wetlands, which may decrease the chance that coastal marshes can withstand future sea level rise.
At its new facility, NDTL completes tests of the Hermeus Chimera engine for hypersonic flight
Atlanta-based startup Hermeus reached a milestone in hypersonic flight at a Notre Dame research facility. Hermeus approached Notre Dame's Turbomachinery Lab (NDTL) and discussed its plans to develop a Mach 5 commercial aircraft. To support this effort, Hermeus's engineers needed to test the startup's new hybrid engine, Chimera, which can operate as a conventional gas turbine engine or as a ramjet engine. This unique capability allows it to cover an immense range of flight speeds.
First multigenerational study of Head Start shows significant gains for second generation
New research published in the Journal of Political Economy from Chloe Gibbs, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, and a collaborator from Texas A&M University assessed the children of first-generation Head Start participants. The program's impact showed decreases in teen parenthood and criminal engagement and increases in educational attainment.
Researchers develop new 'raspberry-shaped' nanoparticle for precision drug delivery
A newly discovered technique, reported in the journal Nanoscale, offers a low-cost way to enhance the effectiveness of existing drugs. Two doctoral students working in the lab of Bradley Smith, the Emil T. Hofman Professor of Science, accidentally discovered they had changed the structure of particles of silica — the main component of sand — at 80 degrees Celsius, a temperature similar to that of a cup of coffee.
Who invented the classical temple?
Assistant Professor in Notre Dame's School of Architecture Alessandro Pierattini and a collaborator from the University of Illinois and Argonne National Laboratory are using 3D-printed models and the Hessert Laboratory wind tunnels to measure the structural stability of the Toumba building at Lefkandi and assess its claim as the earliest known structure to feature the columns of the classical Greek temple.
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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