Scientist at Work: Sara Pryor

Sara Pryor Some university faculty members prefer research. Others prefer teaching. But with Indiana University Bloomington atmospheric scientist Sara Pryor, there is neither preference nor choice. Her research is informed by her teaching, and her teaching is improved by her research. Department of Geography Chair Scott Robeson calls Pryor one of the "most productive research scientists at IU," noting that she inspires her graduate students to be equally productive.  Full Story

Bacterial biofilms as fossil makers

Bacterial sculpture

Bacterial decay was once viewed as fossilization's mortal enemy, but new research suggests bacterial biofilms may have actually helped preserve the fossil record's most vulnerable stuff -- animal embryos and soft tissues. A team of 13 scientists led by Indiana University Bloomington biologists found that the invasion of dying embryo cells by bacteria can completely replace embryo cell structure, generating a faithful replica of the embryo.

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Indiana University to establish Pervasive Technology Institute with $15 million Lilly Endowment grant

Life Science Lab

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie recently announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the university $15 million over five years to establish the Pervasive Technology Institute, which will lead IU to a new level of achievement in developing advanced information technology and informatics innovations and delivering their benefits to researchers, educators, students and society.

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Ground broken for $10 million Bloomington incubator

Incubator rendering

Indiana University's improving marriage between intellectual and entrepreneurial capital sweetened Nov. 18 when ground was broken for its new $10 million Bloomington Incubator, one of IU's first major initiatives under its new Innovate Indiana program. The 40,000-square-foot facility is designed to accommodate both life science and Internet technology start-ups.

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Informatics Professor Alex Vespignani named a Fellow in the American Physical Society

Alessandro Vespignani

Indiana University Informatics Professor Alex Vespignani has been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society, the preeminent organization of physicists in the United States. Vespignani was honored for his contribution to the statistical physics of complex networks, in particular his seminal work on the spreading of viruses in real networks.

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IU's ACT receives $2.9 million grant from NIH for Amazon agriculture study

Emilio Moran

The effects of Amazon deforestation where agriculture production has been ramped up through increased mechanization will receive further study by an Indiana University anthropology professor thanks to a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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IU Bloomington chemist VanNieuwenhze helps land $38 million NIH grant

Michael VanNieuwenhze

A consortium of scientists, including Indiana University Bloomington chemist Michael VanNieuwenhze, has helped secure a $38 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research fats, cholesterols and other lipids.

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Previous issue

Gona pelvis

The Nov. 18, 2008, issue of IU Discoveries featured a profile on Mark Kelley, an IU School of Medicine cancer researcher. Also in this issue were stories about the most-intact-ever fossil of a Homo erectus pelvis, a revisiting of the famous 20th century Stanely Miller-Harold Urey experiment, a groundbreaking for an ecology laboratory, and more.

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