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Student Spotlight: Biochemist Doug Rice Reflects on the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Author: Mary Hendriksen

This past June at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 37 Nobel Laureates met 600 young scientists from around the world — including University of Notre Dame graduate student Douglas Rice — to share their knowledge, establish new contacts, and discuss such topics as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, challenges in immunology, and future research approaches to medicine.

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Graduates urged to develop their own vision of success at Graduate School Commencement

Author: William G. Gilroy

The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School recognized 344 master’s and 204 doctoral degree recipients and presented several awards during Commencement ceremonies Saturday (May 17) in the Compton Family Ice Arena. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, delivered the Commencement Address.

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Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore to deliver address at 2014 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Author: Mary Hendriksen

The Graduate School’s 2014 Distinguished Alumna is Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Notre Dame in 1999. Dr. Rockquemore will deliver the address at the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m., Compton Family Ice Arena.

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Eleven ND Graduate Students Win NSF GRFP Awards

Author: Mary Hendriksen

The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with eleven current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another five earning honorable mention. This year’s number is up from last year’s nine awardees, which was previously the highest number ever received by Notre Dame students.…

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Graduate student Claire Chow selected as Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholar

Author: Stephanie Healey

First year applied and computational mathematics and statistics graduate student Claire Chow was recently selected as a Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholar. The program is a one-year scholarship program intended to increase the number of women pursuing Ph.D degrees.

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Student Spotlight: Estefan Ortiz, Computer Science and Engineering

Author: Mary Hendriksen

— Using smartphones to track eye movement and facial features… — A national ID program based on iris images… — Iris scans used to track children exiting a school bus… While these scenarios may seem like science fiction to some, they are actual feats of identification in our world today. All are possible thanks to advances in the field of biometrics — the field in which Notre Dame Computer Science and Engineering doctoral student Estefan Ortiz spends his days — and, frequently, his nights.

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Notre Dame researchers point to errors in NIST report on iris aging

Author: William G. Gilroy

University of Notre Dame biometrics researchers Kevin Bowyer and Estefan Ortiz have released a paper that points to errors in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on how iris aging affects the accuracy of iris recognition. In addition to describing specific methodological errors in the NIST report, Bowyer and Ortiz presented a list of suggestions to be addressed in a revised version of the NIST report.

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Alumnus Charles Leavitt Accepts Position at University of Reading

Author: Carrie Gates

Charles Leavitt, who received his Ph.D. in literature from Notre Dame in 2010, has accepted a position at the University of Reading as a lecturer in Italian studies—equivalent to assistant professor in the American university system. Located in Reading, England, the school is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.

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