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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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Notre Dame establishes Office of Postdoctoral Scholars

Author: Kevin Zeise

To ensure that postdoctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers receive necessary resources, training, mentoring and comprehensive professional development support, the University of Notre Dame is forming an Office of Postdoctoral Scholars. The newly formed office will be administered through the Graduate School and is slated to open July 1.

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47 Graduate Instructors Receive 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Author: Joanna Sherbun

The 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, which is given annually by the Notre Dame Graduate School and the Notre Dame Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, honors graduate student instructors and teaching assistants whose teaching demonstrates excellence in the classroom or laboratory.

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Genetic analysis saves major apple-producing region of Washington state

Author: Arnie Phifer

Working in Jeffrey Feder’s laboratory, graduate student Gilbert St. Jean was part of a team tasked with using a revolutionary method of identifying larval specimens of fruit flies affecting Washington apple crops by using genetic analysis, saving the region thousands of dollars in monitoring, inspection and control costs.

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