National Research Council report calls for overhaul of forensic science system

Forensic Science Professors at Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI are among the authors of a congressionally mandated report that calls for major reforms and new research to fix deficiencies in the nation's "badly fragmented" forensic science system. The National Research Council report, released last month, calls for the creation of a National Institute of Forensic Science to lead research efforts, establish and enforce standards for professionals and laboratories, and oversee education.  Full Story

Conference at IU Bloomington points to importance of area studies


Area studies are "even more relevant and central today to our nation than they were during the Cold War period, which gave them such a major place in the academy," James Collins, an Indiana University alumnus and former U.S. ambassador to Russia, told an IU audience. He spoke at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of IU's Russian and East European Institute.

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Proposal to reduce charitable gift tax deduction, along with weak economy, could increase challenges for nonprofits

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The Obama Administration's proposals to reduce the tax deduction high-income taxpayers can take for charitable gifts and to increase the top personal income tax rate, would, by themselves, have a relatively small negative effect on itemized charitable giving, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. However, the cumulative effect of those changes and the current economic situation could further increase the challenges nonprofits and their constituents are facing.

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Top Indiana University students commit to addressing global challenges

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Indiana University Bloomington students recently made commitments to create positive change both in communities and nationally while taking part in the Clinton Global Initiative Universty. They vowed to work to develop job skills in a poor Mexican village, help Africans get to work and school with bicycles, and advocate on global security, environmental issues and oil independence.

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Renovations reducing pollution from IU Bloomington Central Heating Plant

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A $34 million renovation of the Central Heating Plant at IU Bloomington includes the removal of older, coal-fired boilers, the installation of a high-efficiency gas boiler, and the addition of emissions control equipment. Once the renovation is complete, the plant will operate with a total of 68 percent fewer emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.

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IU professors find TV election coverage favors Republicans

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A visual analysis of television presidential campaign coverage from 1992 to 2004 suggests that the three broadcast television networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC -- favored Republicans in each election, according to two Indiana University professors in a new book.

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Therapeutic recreation students take their hopes for their profession to the Statehouse

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While many students are content with only worrying about graduation and finding their first job, six current Indiana University Bloomington students want to ensure their professional future is secure for years to come. The therapeutic recreation majors joined IU faculty and members of the state organization Recreational Therapists of Indiana this year to meet with state legislators about current issues in state policies regarding their field of practice.

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Previous issue

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The Feb. 10, 2009 issue of Perspectives on Policy included policy advice for President Barack Obama from IU faculty members on such topics as health care, medical technology, the arts, energy, taxes, education, the environment, information security, criminal justice and more.

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