University receives $128 million in research funding

first_imgNotre Dame received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016, the second highest total in school history, according to a University press release.This year was topped only by the 2015 fiscal year, in which the University received $133 million in research funds.“The research, scholarship and creativity of Notre Dame faculty continues to make a difference in multiple ways across our country and around the world,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “The growth in external funding is a tangible testimony to the importance of their work.”According to the release, funded research projects cover a variety of disciplines, including energy, economics and everything in between.For example, Alan Seaubaugh, chair professor in the College of Engineering, and his research team won a $5.8 million award to support the Center for Low Energy Systems (LEAST), a Notre Dame-led initiative working to devise new concepts for energy-efficient devices to reduce power in electronic systems.For his research on advancing the empirical study of global religion in mainstream academia, sociology professor Christian Smith received a $4.9 million award from the Templeton Religion Trust.Faculty from the College of Science and College of Engineering — led by Frank Collins and Scott Emrich — received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support Vectorbase, a bioinformatics database that provides web-based resources to the scientific community on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens.The University supports research in more than 20 facilities and in each of Notre Dame’s colleges, according to Notre Dame Research’s website.This year, 57 percent of awards came from federal funding, along with 16 percent from foundations and 15 percent from industry sponsors, according to the release. Local and state governments, foreign entities and nonprofit organizations also sponsored various research projects.“This was another strong year for Notre Dame Research and it reflects the talents of our faculty and students,” Robert Bernhard, vice president for research, said in the release. “Due to their hard work and great achievements, we are celebrating another successful year for research funding and finished strong with the highest month of funding — nearly $23 million in June — in the University’s history.”Tags: research fundinglast_img read more

Operation Christmas Child Underway

first_imgHOLTON, Ind. — For many area churches, the Christmas season has begun.Collections for Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child have begun.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Vonda Miller, Coordinator of Operation Christmas Child at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Holton.Miller says that collection have been under way since the beginning of the year at the church.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If you would still like to get involved it’s not too late.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Additional information and drop off locations in the area can be found at read more

Athletic Meeting: Amel Tuka to perform for the first time

first_imgThe First Athletic Meeting Novi Grad Sarajevo will be held at the newly built athletic track in the Center “Safet Zajko” within the 20th traditional manifestation “Days of Novi Grad 2016”.Arrival announced our best athletes Amel Tuka, who will participate in the race at 400 meters, Lucija Kimani in races on 3000 and 800 meters and Hamza Alic, who will compete in the shot put.Besides our Olympians, large number of competitors from our country and the region announced their arrival, as well as a large number of schoolchildren from Canton Sarajevo.Meeting is aimed to present and popularize athletics in the area of the Municipality of Novi Grad Sarajevo and Sarajevo, and attract a larger number of boys and girls into athletics.Meeting is approved by the Athletic Federation of BiH (AFBiH) and it will be held under the supervision of the Athletic Federation of BiH. Rules and regulations will be in accordance with the propositions of AFBiH. Timing will be electronic.Athletic meeting will give the opportunity to a large number of visitors of Center “Safet Zajko” to enjoy in this interesting sports event.All fans of athletics are invited to come on the 11th of June at the Center “Safet Zajko” starting at 4 pm and support the First Athletics Meeting Novi Grad Sarajevo.(Source: read more

Five cases of influenza confirmed in Cerro Gordo County

first_imgMASON CITY — At least five cases of the flu have been reported in Cerro Gordo County.The County Health Department’s infectious disease nurse Jeni Stiles says when compared to previous years, these first confirmations of influenza in the community this year are a little later than typical. “Last year I think our first case that we confirmed was maybe toward the beginning of December, and so maybe a little bit later than usual. Our confirmations are done by the State Hygienic Lab, so that’s saying we know for sure that a test has been sent down there and has been confirmed. Doctors offices do rapid testing, so we know that the flu probably is in our area before then, however it’s just not confirmed yet.”Four of the five confirmed cases in Cerro Gordo County have been with H1N1 strain. Stiles says that strain is covered by this year’s flu vaccine and it’s not too late to get a flu shot. “It’s important to get it as soon as possible. Now that we know for sure that there’s influenza activity in our area, you want to get it as soon as possible because it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to take effect. We’ll continue to have vaccine available through the flu season which goes through June 30th, so we will ensure that we always have vaccine for anybody ages six months and older available here.”Stiles reminds us that influenza is more of a respiratory illness and not the “stomach flu” that is connected with norovirus-type illnesses. “So we’re going to see fever, aches, chills, some people can have a sore throat, some people can get a cough. It’s going to be very severe. A lot of times people will have body aches and that, it’s going to be more severe than their regular cold. Sometimes people have a hard time differentiating whether they have the cold or the flu, but the flu is going to be more severe.”Stiles says if you have the flu, the best thing you can do is stay home. “Don’t go anywhere. Don’t go to school, don’t go to work. If you suspect you have the flu and you need to seek medical attention, obviously you want to go to the doctor. There are anti-virals that they can put you on if you are diagnosed early enough to decrease the severity of the illness. Make sure about good personal hygiene habits, making sure you are washing your hands frequently, keeping your hands away from your face, your eyes, your nose your mouth. Staying home when you are sick and taking good care of yourself, eating well and getting plenty of rest.”If you are wanting to get a flu shot you can go to the County Department of Public Health’s Walk-In Immunization Clinic at 22 North Georgia in Mason City weekdays from 10:00 AM-Noon and from 12:30-4:00 PM.last_img read more