Innovative SPEA class practices what it teaches: reducing the carbon footprint

Meretsky class Indiana University students and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service professionals are learning together this semester in an IU course on conservation and global climate change. And, through the use of innovative technology, they are doing so in a way that doesn't contribute to climate change. The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs course meets in Bloomington, but USFWS personnel from eight states participate via telephone connection and desktop sharing computer software.  Full Story

IU SPEA scholar and IU alumna cooperate on book examining volunteer motivations

The Decision to Volunteer

When Monica Dignam needed to research volunteer motivation, she sought out the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs' top-ranked nonprofit management program. There she found Beth Gazley, an assistant professor who researches voluntarism and volunteer management, inter-sectoral relations and collaboration. Their joint research has now been developed into a landmark book, The Decision to Volunteer: Why People Give Their Time and How You Can Engage Them.

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New IU research centers will study issues involving energy and the environment

J.C. Randolph

Two new Indiana University research efforts are focused on the production and use of energy and its impact on the economy and the environment, including climate change. The Center for Research in Energy and the Environment is based at IU Bloomington and administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Indiana Consortium for Research in Energy Systems and Policy is a partnership of IU Bloomington, IUPUI and Purdue.

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Neighborhood greenness has long-term positive impact on kids’ health

Urban green space

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children's weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children's body mass over a two-year period, regardless of residential density.

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IU Kokomo leading with university accountability policy

Kokomo buildings

Indiana University Kokomo stands at the forefront of accountability by participating in a newly-launched Web site that features an assessment of colleges and universities across the country. College Portrait, a voluntary program, compares student characteristics, costs, student experience and learning outcomes.

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Indiana University SPEA, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns offer first Mayors Institute

Mayors Institute

Mayors of 39 Indiana cities took part in specialized training, Nov. 6-7, as the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns launched the first Mayors Institute in Indianapolis.

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IU economists hope nation and Indiana can escape 2009 with only a moderate recession

Jerry Conover

As 2008 draws to an end, economists at Indiana University and its Kelley School of Business hope that the nation and Indiana can escape 2009 with only a moderate recession -- similar in severity to those in 1990 and in 2001. The Kelley School's Business Outlook Panel presented a forecast for 2009 predicting that national output (Gross Domestic Product) will decline through the first half of 2009 -- dropping more than 1 percent during the recession -- before growing in the second half.

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Election edition

The Oct. 14, 2008, edition of Perspectives in Policy featured analysis by Indiana University experts of policy issues in the 2008 presidential election. Included were articles on health policy, energy policy, Iraq, government management, education and the historic nature of the campaign, with an African-American candidate for president on one ticket and a woman candidate for vice president on the other.

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