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

BED, First Wind Reach Power Agreement on Sheffield Wind Project

first_imgBurlington Electric Department has reached agreement with First Wind on behalf of its subsidiary, Vermont Wind, LLC, to buy 40 percent of the power and the renewable energy certificates (RECs) at the 40 megawatt Sheffield Wind project for the next 10 years under a fixed-price agreement.Barbara Grimes, general manager of BED, expressed her enthusiasm for the project. BED has a goal of being 100 percent renewable in the next four or so years. This contract will help us achieve our goal. Stably priced, clean, green and locally generated power is the way to keep our economy strong and our environment clean, she said.  This is a project that is bringing a fabulous renewable energy source to the area, said Max Aldrich, chairman of the Sheffield Select Board.  During the current economic climate it s even more important than it was a year ago.  We re adding jobs while providing a clean energy source. First Wind has been very cooperative and worked hard to be sure that Sheffield benefited in the process.Matt Kearns, vice president of development for First Wind, said, In this era of unprecedented price volatility of fossil fuels, we re happy to enter into an agreement with BED to provide a stably priced source of power. This project will not only help provide some stability to Vermont power prices but will also bring jobs and economic benefits to the Northeast Kingdom. This will be an exciting project for First Wind and for Vermont.The project was granted a Certificate of Public Good by the Public Service Board in 2007.Renewable energy certificates are credits that individuals, institutions and businesses can buy to compensate for the amount of nonrenewable, greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels they have used in their vehicles, homes, offices or other facilities.  Selling RECs helps to subsidize the cost for a wind farm, solar farm or other renewable energy producer to generate an equivalent amount of clean energy and put it back into the power grid.About Burlington Electric DepartmentBED is the municipal utility of Burlington, VT, and provides all the electricity within the borders of Burlington and at Burlington International Airport. Sixty-three percent of BED s power comes from renewable energy. BED has been able to meet all the growth within the city since 1989 with energy efficiency. About First WindFirst Wind is an independent North American wind energy company focused exclusively on the development, ownership and operation of wind energy projects.  First Wind is based in Newton, MA.last_img read more

Hazard rescues Chelsea in six-goal Roma thriller

first_imgBut Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov struck before half-time to spark a stirring fightback from the Serie A side.Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko bagged a brace after the interval to give Roma the lead, only for Hazard to spare Chelsea’s blushes with a late leveller.Chelsea remain two points clear of Roma at the top of Group C, but this was the latest in a growing list of alarming displays from the Premier League champions.Blues boss Antonio Conte reportedly held a lengthy inquest with his squad in the aftermath of Saturday’s shock 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace and this erratic performance — which extended their winless run to three matches — may well spark another dressing down from the Italian.After being penned into their own half early on, Chelsea conjured an electric counter, but Alvaro Morata, showing signs of rust after his injury lay-off, shot tamely at Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Roma’s striker Edin Dzeko (C) celebrates after scoring his second goal against Chelsea with defender Aleksandar Kolarov at Stamford Bridge in London on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISRoma were undaunted and Diego Perotti galloped forward for a stinging strike that whistled over.Brazil defender Luiz had been missing in action during that Roma raid, but the part-time midfielder recovered his bearings to put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute.Stealing possession inside the Roma half, Luiz initially tried a defence-splitting pass, but when that was blocked, he seized on the rebound and curled a fine first-time finish past Becker from 20 yards.Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan wasted a golden chance to equalise when he shot straight at Thibaut Courtois.That miss seemed fatal for Roma when Hazard scored Chelsea’s second in the 37th minute.It was Hazard who started the attack, pouncing in midfield and picking out Morata.While Morata sized up his options, Hazard was sprinting into the Roma area, where he met his team-mate’s deft cross with a cool close-range finish.– Warning signs –Hazard’s first club goal of the season should have put Chelsea on cruise control, but they remained far from convincing and Roma were back in the game three minutes later.Kolarov took possession wide on the left edge of the Chelsea area, surged past Cesar Azpilicueta and blasted a fierce strike that deflected in off Andreas Christensen.Chelsea’s defender David Luiz celebrates after scoring during a UEFA Champions league match against Roma at Stamford Bridge in London on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKRoma had won only once in their 15 games in England, but the way they were bossing possession suggested a memorable escape wasn’t out of the question.The warning signs were there when Courtois was forced to stick out a boot to stop Dzeko converting Kolarov’s cross early in the second half.Conte responded to Chelsea’s struggles by sending on Pedro for Luiz and moving Cesc Fabregas into a more defensive midfield role.But the switch failed to stem the tide and Roma equalised thanks to Dzeko’s moment of magic in the 64th minute.Federico Fazio spotted Dzeko’s run and lofted a perfectly-weighted high pass that dipped into the Bosnian’s path.Dzeko contorted his body in mid-air to meet the ball with a sublime volley that flashed past Courtois.Conte’s side were stunned, but Dzeko wasn’t finished yet and he put Roma ahead in the 70th minute.Kolarov’s inswinging free-kick caught Chelsea flat-footed and Dzeko headed home from close-range.But, just as Chelsea looked sunk, Hazard bailed them out, ghosting into the Roma area to equalise with a glancing header from Pedro’s 75th minute cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Roma at Stamford Bridge in London on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 18 – Eden Hazard came to Chelsea’s rescue after his side blew a two-goal lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.Antonio Conte’s team looked on course for a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to first half goals from David Luiz and Hazard at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more