Memories of Father Hesburgh

As the Notre Dame community around the world continues to reflect on the incredible life of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., I wanted to share some of my favorite memories with Father Hesburgh.

Father Hesburgh loved to fish and I had the honor of joining him a few trips to the Land O’ Lakes region on the Michigan-Wisconsin border. The Land O’ Lakes Region is home to the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) and was visited often by Father Hesburgh.

Fishing with Fr. Hesburgh

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Ride for a cause and sign up for the 24 hour Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon!

The College of Science has teamed up with RecSports, Knollwood Country Club, and Notre Dame Women’s Basketball to raise money for Pink Zone! You can join the effort by signing up to spin for any amount of time -one hour, five hours, or all 24 hours! Every pedal makes a difference in someone’s life.

There will be two Spin-a-Thons beginning January 30. Read more…

A visit to the patent law program

I enjoy visiting classroom lectures because I always learn something new from the leading experts who instruct our students. Recently, I joined the patent law master’s students for a two-hour lecture from Mr. Harold (Hal) Milton Jr., author of Patent Architecture, and I learned something much bigger than patent law. Mr. Milton is a model of great leadership with intellectual virtues and emotional intelligence for our students. Read more…

Show us why you love Jordan Hall and you could win $100 Domer Dollars!

We want to know why you love Jordan Hall of Science!  Did you take your favorite class here? Did something happen in Jordan Hall that inspired your future career path or extracurricular activities? Which lab is your favorite and why? Create a short 15 second video and show us why you love Jordan Hall.  You could win $100 in Domer Dollars!
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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


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…

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