Seeing the forest for the trees: SPEA students produce neighborhood forestry studies

Urban Forestry Students in the Urban Forestry Management course taught by Burney Fischer, a clinical professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, produced case studies for seven Bloomington neighborhoods that could help guide decisions about managing Bloomington's urban forest.  Full Story

Honorary degree given to Liberian president highlights close connections with IU

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

When Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received an honorary degree this month from IU Bloomington, it marked a high point in a close and lengthy relationship between Indiana University and the West African nation. Sirleaf, the first woman elected president of Liberia or any other country in Africa, received the honorary degree May 3 at commencement exercises.

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SPEA capstone students get real-world experience on state government projects

SPEA Capstone

Students in master's degree programs at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs wrapped up their studies with a capstone course, a semester-long project in which they apply what they've learned. For the 30 students in Professor Leslie Lenkowsky's capstone course this spring, their client was the Office of the Governor of Indiana and their topics included real-world government challenges in dealing with health, energy, prisons and the environment.

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IPFW students attending Chicago Green Festival

IPFW Green Conference

The Sociology Student Association at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne invited environmental and fair-trade activist Kevin Danaher to give the keynote address last October for the inaugural campus Sociology Awareness Week. The event went so well that Danaher returned the favor. The Global Exchange co-founder and Green Festivals producer issued a special invitation for IPFW students to attend the Chicago Green Festival this month.

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Indiana University launches Public Policy Institute

John Krauss

Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs has established the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Located near the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, the new Institute will serve as an umbrella organization for SPEA-affiliated research centers dealing with urban and environmental policy, health policy and criminal justice.

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Indiana University and Purdue University team up to help rural Indiana students

Daniel Callison

Hoosier high school students living in rural areas will have increased access to college credit courses this fall because of the collaborative efforts of Indiana University and Purdue University.

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The April 8, 2008, issue of Perspectives on Policy included a feature story about the Indiana Democracy Consortium, which brings together IU Bloomington experts from multiple disciplines. Also in the issue were reports on a survey of doctors about national health care, an economics paper on "green taxes," Public Affairs Week at IU Northwest and a panel discussion on water resources, and an op-ed by a faculty member on the relationship between climate change and conflict.

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