Ace for Science

Ace for ScienceI got aced twice at the ACE for Science tennis event last Saturday (April 26) at the Eck Tennis Pavilion, but it was for a good cause – promoting science education in the South Bend Community Schools Corporation. I volunteered for an “Ace the Dean” promotion, and Alexandria Wellman, a junior preprofessional major, and Ning Zhou, a junior biological science major, managed to ace me. Read more…

You can help us raise $25,000 for NPC research on 4/5 at the Parseghian Cup

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I am excited to announce that  College of Science has teamed up with the Notre Dame men’s rugby team and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation for the 2nd annual Parseghian Cup on April 5, a rugby game between the Fighting Irish and the University of Arizona Wildcats to raise money for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.

A generous donor has pledged to give $25 to NPC research for every person who attends the game (up to $25,000).  Help make this the biggest game in Notre Dame Rugby history by bringing a big group of your family, friends, and neighbors to help us raise money for NPC research! Our goal is to get 1,000 people at the game so we can earn the entire $25,000. Read more…

Wanna fight? We do!

RecSportsThe College of Science is teaming up with Women’s Basketball, Knollwood Country Club and RecSports to fight breast cancer this weekend through several Pink Zone events, including two 24-hour Spin-a-Thons and you are invited to join us!

The on-campus RecSports 24-hour Spin-a-Thon will be held on Friday,  12:00 p.m. to Saturday, 12:00 p.m.  The event is open to anyone in the Notre Dame community. RecSports has a great entertainment schedule lined up for each hour, including jugglers, an actual spin class, and a visit from the Women’s Basketball Team Spots are filling up fast and you can sign up at RecRegister.

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My recent trip to the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland

Over fall break, I had the opportunity to take a short trip to Ireland and while I was there, I visited the Science Gallery in Dublin. Unlike a typical science museum that focuses on past discoveries, the Science Gallery is an innovative space that combines science and art to look at the future of science.

The exhibits completely change periodically, so there’s always something new and exciting to see. The current exhibit is called, “Grow Your Own…” which explores ways we can create things from synthetic biology, an emerging field that utilizes genetic engineering to create things from biological substances. Synthetic biology is already being used today create things such as biofuels and antimalarial drugs.  Read more…

Join me for the Game Day Chase this Saturday before the ND vs. MSU game

Game Day ChasePlease join me and the College of Science family to support the Kelly Cares Foundation by running in the 2013 Game Day Chase on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Game Day Chase is a 5K or 10K run through downtown South Bend. The race starts at 7:30 a.m., so you don’t have to worry about missing the game day festivities on campus. For more information and to register for the run, visit the Game Day Chase website.

The Kelly Cares Foundation has been a big supporter of our cancer efforts in the College of Science, so we hope to gather a big group to run the race.  If you’re planning to participate, stop by my office (215 Jordan Hall of Science) on Friday, September 20 before 5:00 p.m. to pick up a special free t-shirt to wear during the race. I’m hoping all of our science participants will wear these special shirts so we can show our support for the Foundation as a team and show everyone how much camaraderie and spirit we have in the College of Science. If you can’t stop by the office on Friday and would like a shirt brought to you at the race, please contact Stephanie Purcell or Nadia Casas.

 

 

7th Annual Home Opener Bike Ride

Chicago1Right before the first home game of the football season, I had the honor of joining over 50 Notre Dame alumni from the Chicago area for an incredible early morning bike ride from Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to Notre Dame.  I was able to share a few words about the Road to Discovery bike ride before we hit the road at 5:00 a.m. CDT.

I learned about the bike ride from David Tracy, who joined me on the Road to Discovery leg from New Orleans to Mississippi earlier this summer. This is actually the 7th annual bike ride that Dave has organized in honor of the first home Notre Dame football game. Read more…

Join Notre Dame Science & Irish Soccer this Friday for the flying Frisbee contest

This weekend, the College of Science is partnering with the Women’s Soccer Team to raise money for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease research in a very fun way!

Bring your friends and family and join the College of Science to watch the Lady Irish face Oakland on Friday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

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Day 35: Silver Spring to Baltimore, Md.

Finish line!

Finish line!

It was a phenomenal end to the ride. As I rolled into the hotel, there were all of these Niemann-Pick families and children, and many Notre Dame Club of Maryland members. I was so honored to arrive to this cheering crowd. The kids the families were all there and it was such a great ending to this year’s ride. And even before I got off my bike, Coach Parseghian called to congratulate me on the fundraising success – a special moment in the midst of so many special moments. I was surrounded by these families whose passion, compassion, perseverance and magnanimity have been such an inspiration and shaped so much of how I think about life. It was overwhelming. Some of them wanted to get a picture with me, but I was the one honored to be in a picture with them. Read more…

Day 34: Fredericksburg, Va to Silver Spring, Md.

WelcometoWashingtonDCWell, I’m almost there. The ride from Fredericksburg through D.C. into Silver Spring was wet, chilly, and overall sloppy, with continuous rain. Any other day, it would have seemed like a struggle but since it was the next to last day, I did not mind too much. I am just excited to be wrapping up the ride soon and seeing the families and children with NPC at the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation’s 21st Annual Family Support and Medical Conference in Baltimore.  There was one incident today – we got pulled over by a police officer in Stafford, Va. Read more…

Day 33: South Hill to Fredericksburg, Va.

Chuck signs the van

Chuck signs the van

Today’s ride was again fantastic. We had bit of a glitch on the routing first thing in the morning. We biked on a long, dark, very spooky dirt road for two miles before we decided to turn around, get out, and find another way. It was a long, but exhilarating day.

Our first stop was a meeting with Chuck, whose granddaughter Ashton has NPC. I met Chuck on the ride two years ago. He has been heavily involved in fundraising in Virginia with his son, daughter-in-law, and Ashton. What a wonderful person. I ask him to sign the van, although we’re having trouble find any open spaces, and he was able to get his name in. Thank you, Chuck, for coming out to see me today. Keep up the great work you and your family do for NPC! Read more…

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