Advice for President Obama: IU faculty members have their say

White House photo Imagine you're sharing an elevator ride with President Barack Obama, and he asks your advice -- about something you've spent your professional career studying. In this issue of Perspectives on Policy, almost 30 Indiana University experts in health care, energy, education, technology, tax policy and other fields write with passion and thoughtfulness about what they would tell the new president of the most powerful nation in the world.  Full Story

Energy, science and environmental protection

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In order to address climate change, we must take leadership in a global cooperative effort, according to IU professors. To effectively do so, we must listen to the innovations and warnings of our scientific community. We can achieve this by pursuing energe efficiency and investing in energy technologies for accessable and sustainable domestic energy.

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Better health policy -- and a healthier America

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IU faculty members in computer science, law, applied health science, public affairs and medicine make suggestions for using technology to empower people for better health, focusing on the "process" of health care reform, shoring up the nation's public health (and not just health care), making contraceptives available through insurance, and looking to Indiana as a model for electronic health information.

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Education policy from preschool through college

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Faculty from the Indiana University School of Education offer their views on improving student access and success in postsecondary education, supporting urban schools, helping English-as-second-language teachers and learners, and improving the nation's state-based system of K-12 education.

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Public service and good government

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President Obama has set clear priorities in improving government efficiency and effectiveness as well as a desire to expand both national service and participation. In response, three distinguished IU professors offer their perspectives on: improving government performance, public participation in government, and implementing a more effective national service program.

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Making the arts a national priority


According to President Obama, "Our nation's creativity has filled the world's libraries, museums, recital halls, movie houses, and marketplaces with works of genius. The arts embody the American spirit of self-definition." Four IU faculty members offer very different perspectives on how best to continue this tradition of excellence, ranging from nationalized service to leadership by example.

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Tax policy, cybersecurity and prisons

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This section includes "elevator speeches" from Indiana University experts on technology policies, criminal justice policy and tax policies.

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Previous issue


The Jan. 13, 2009, issue of Perspectives on Policy featured a story about the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's role in developing proposals for reforming local government in Indiana. It also included stories on an American Humanics leadership institute in Indianapolis, a survey of Hoosier attitudes about K-12 education, an IU Northwest professor's book on religion and political tolerance, and IU faculty involvement in recent elections in Ghana and a humans rights conference in Atlanta.

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