Scientist at Work: Geoffrey Fox

Geoffrey Fox Arctic ice sheets are melting faster than the experts had originally projected. Earthquakes strike without warning. Geoffrey Fox, an IU professor of informatics, is working to bring predictability to the natural world with his implement of choice -- the computer. Whether teaching in the classroom or creating computer applications, Fox has always had pragmatism in mind. "I like to be useful," Fox says.  Full Story

Indiana University coal geologist to receive national honor

Maria Mastalerz

The Geological Society of America has named Indiana University Bloomington geologist Maria Mastalerz the winner of the 2008 Gilbert H. Cady Award. Mastalerz, 51, is the youngest person ever to receive the award, and only the second woman to be so honored.

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NIH awards $25 million clinical research grant to IU for statewide initiative

Anantha Shekhar

Leaders of Indiana University and Purdue University announced May 29 the creation of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, a medical research initiative that will combine the strengths of the universities, business and government to swiftly transform discoveries into better patient care and business opportunities.

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Neuroscientists Robert Sapolsky, Karel Svoboda honored by IU's Gill Center

Robert Sapolsky

Neuroscientists from Stanford University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute were recognized at the 2008 Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Sciences Symposium at Indiana University Bloomington. The 2008 Gill Award is an acknowledgement of career-long contributions to the field of neuroscience.

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70 years later, IU Cyclotron works to save lives


Nuclear physics at Indiana University Bloomington has come a long way. The program was created 70 years ago by A.C.G. Mitchell, hired by former IU President Herman B Wells to initiate basic physics research in 1938. Between 1939 and 1941, faculty members and students worked in Swain Hall to build the program's centerpiece, a 90-ton "cyclotron." The Swain Hall cyclotron is gone, but IU cyclotron research is alive and well.

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A-maze-ing donuts

Math Donut

Here is a treat that the confectioners at your local bakery never dreamed of -- a donut made of a math maze. Although it may not satisfy anybody's sweet tooth, it does serve up a satisfying array of properties and puzzles to many mathematicians, including Indiana University Professor of Mathematics Russ Lyons.

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Previous issue


The May 20, 2008, issue of Discoveries featured a story on IU bioanthropologist Frederika Kaestle. Also in this issue were stories about the 65-million-year-old asteroid impact that triggered a global hail of carbon beads, details on IU biologists who received top American honors, a look at the IU scientist who was named Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, details on the historical development plot an IU professor created to improve roadways globally, and information on gluon -- the strongest glue in the universe.

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