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Lightning Can Strike Twice: Rumbach Successfully Tracks 
Electrons in Plasma and Is Honored by AVS

nwelding • Date: June 19, 2015

Paul Rumbach, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has received the John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award from the Plasma Science and Technology division of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for his presentation titled “The Solvation of Electrons by an Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma.”

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The Plasma-Water Interaction: Evidence of Things Not Easily Seen

nwelding • Date: June 19, 2015

A new study from the group, which is in a June issue of Nature Communications, shows that electrons from an atmospheric-pressure plasma can be dissolved [solvated] into water — forming a layer of ‘solvated’ electrons only about five water molecules deep. Equally as important, the team has also proven that using the plasma approach, solvated electrons, which are among the most powerful chemical agents in nature, can be generated without expensive vacuum equipment [to pressurize or depressurize the plasma] or the use of harmful radiation.

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2015 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

nwelding • Date: May 8, 2015

Twenty-one winners of the Naughton Fellowships were announced today by the Graduate School. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students from Notre Dame and from Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame colleges and schools, including arts and letters, engineering, and science.

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Turner Honored at Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Four Notre Dame students — including Nicholas Turner in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering — received an Undergraduate Library Research Award (ULRA) for their exemplary research skills during a special event at the 8th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on May 1. More than 80 undergraduate research and scholarship projects were showcased at the conference.

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Notre Dame Start-up Wins Awards at World's Richest Student Business Plan Competition

nwelding • Date: April 24, 2015

Photo courtesy of Enlightened Diagnostics

Enlightened Diagnostics, a start-up company run by students from the University of Notre Dame, won three prizes and $19,000 at the 2015 Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest competition of its kind.

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