Category: Research and Innovation

Fog moves in as the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp departs St. John's Harbor in Newfoundland, Canada

Data from months in a fog paint a clearer picture for future forecasts

Fog is one of the least predictable weather phenomena. It doesn’t matter if it comes in on the “little cat feet” of poetry or rolls down the coastline like a locomotive. Fog can stymie daily life, affecting communication, transportation, and defense. “A better understanding of how and …

Rob Nerenberg and Yanina Nahum

Improving therapies for people with cystic fibrosis using the bioacoustic effect

Professors Robert Nerenberg and Albert Cerrone, both faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Notre Dame, are developing ways to improve the health and quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis, the genetic disease that can cause persistent lung infections and …

Ship on a foggy sea, early morning

Marine fog comes under focus in new five-year study

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame will lead a five-year study to improve the fundamental understanding, detection, and predictability of marine sea fog. Harindra Joseph Fernando, the Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and …

The Fan of the Moon: Clive Neal searches for new resources in lunar rocks

Clive Neal demonstrates the process of grinding the tiny samples of ash-like material collected from the surface of the Moon during an Apollo space mission in 1972. His graduate student, Jessika Valenciano, will prepare the minute Moon rocks from the other 19 canisters that arrived on campus …

Green rice fields in Bali, Indonesia

Land deals meant to improve food security may have hurt

Large-scale land acquisitions by foreign investors, intended to improve global food security, had little to no benefit, increasing crop production in some areas while simultaneously threatening local food security in others, according to researchers who studied their effects. The study, …

Monica Arul

Monica Arul takes top prize in international structural health monitoring competition

Monica Arul, a doctoral student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, has been awarded first place in the 1st International Project Competition for Structural Health Monitoring (IPC-SHM 2020). The competition was organized by the Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Research …

Erosion of a road on the coast of Alaska

Researchers developing accurate storm models as climate changes affect Alaska’s coastline and residents

Alaska’s tidal coastline spans over 46,600 miles, more than that of the lower 48 states combined. Portions of Alaska’s coast are among the nation’s most vulnerable to geohazards from climate change, extra-tropical storm surge, wind waves, tsunamis, ice and erosion. Because of this there is a …

Graphic showing how self sterilizing mask performs

Creating material for a reusable antimicrobial mask

Not long after the coronavirus pandemic began impacting the nation, hospitals and other health services began running into shortages of personal protective equipment such as face masks. Typical masks can help prevent the transmission of disease, but have a one-time use. Researchers at the …

Engineers and scientists study wastewater, focus short-term forecasts in response to pandemic

As state leaders and public health officials weigh options to reopen businesses and ease social distancing guidelines, scientists have launched studies tackling two key factors for determining next steps. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are looking at short-term forecasts of potential …