The administrative and service staff of the department received a 2013 Presidential Team Irish Award. The award is given to faculty and staff teams who demonstrate the University’s five Core Values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership in mission and leadership in excellence. The Chemistry & Biochemistry staff will be recognized during a television timeout at the Nov. 23 game against BYU. The staff provides outstanding assistance to one of the largest units on campus. Consisting of nine members with approximately 200 years of service at the University, the team assists approximately 330 citizens of the Department (faculty, technical staff, graduate students, postdocs, majors and student workers). The Team Irish award is wonderful recognition of their hard work and dedication.
The Department has recently learned that we are the recipients of a GAANN award (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) from the Department of Education, which will supply almost $700,000 in funding for graduate students over the next three years. This effort was led by Steve Corcelli, Mary Prorok and Gretchen Busl, and it is an exciting opportunity for the Department. In addition, a new IRES grant (International Research Experiences for Students) from the NSF was recently awarded. This $250,000 grant led by Paul Helquist will enable graduate student exchanges between Notre Dame and universities in Sweden.