Day 31: Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Dunn, N.C.

NorthCarolinaToday’s ride from Myrtle Beach to Dunn was fantastic. It started out with a lot of patchy fog but then the weather was cool, overcast and comfortable. We had plenty of dogs running with us, but they were the nice kind, not aggressive, and they kept their distance in parallel. Dunn is near the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle that includes N.C. State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. More than 50 years ago, those institutions and other collaborators established Research Triangle Park, now the largest research park in the world and the oldest in the United States. The park has more than 170 companies on its 7,000 acres, including large operations of major firms such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco. It is a thriving center of entrepreneurship an economic development, a shining example of the difference that research universities can make to their communities, the nation, and the world. Read more »

Day 27: Fayetteville to Sandersville, Ga.

Despite the perfect weather and the accurate routes, today’s ride was a brutal challenge – long miles of rolling hills and 6,000 feet of climbing. It was one if those days I had to pull out all the stops to finish. At one of the food stops, I took a walk around the van and looked at all the signatures. I know so many are behind me. Then I saw the photo of Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian; the little magnet picture of Jessica and her little saying “never give up;” Shanna’s “thank you” next to her name and the bandana she gave me; the notes and the Clu bracelet from Amy and Amanda. I saw the reminder of Dana, who so recently finished her fight with NPC. These are extraordinary kids and inspiring families. I got back on the bike and pushed it to Sandersville. Read more »

NPC conference highlights

Now that I’ve finished the ride, I wanted to take time to say how proud I am of the College of Science’s contribution to the second annual Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research earlier this month. Several of the conference’s presentations highlighted research contributions from the laboratories of Notre Dame faculty and the efforts of their graduate and undergraduate research students.

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