Capstone course provides real-world experience for IUPUI graduate students

SPEA lecture, IUPUI China is spending tens of billions of dollars a year in foreign direct investment, and the figure is growing rapidly. If the Indianapolis area is to get its share, officials need to understand the factors that influence Chinese business decisions and strategically target industries that are most likely to invest. That was the message given to the Indy Partnership by BDKS Consulting, a team of IUPUI students completing the Master of Public Affairs degree.  Full Story

SPEA students at IU Bloomington profile the future of electricity generation

SPEA lecture, IU Bloomington

Global consumption and generation of electricity will increase 350 percent over the next 50 years, according to students of a graduate capstone course at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. In order to meet this increased demand, the relative mix of fuel sources will remain highly dependent of fossil fuels, though generation technologies will become cleaner and more efficient.

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Indiana University leads the fight against swine flu through education, statistical modeling, and medicine

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Indiana University faculty members have been providing expert commentary and advice on the recent outbreak of Influenza A, H1N1 (formerly known as swine flu). Their comments include practical advice on avoiding disease, exploration of policy questions, and an explanation of a computer model to predict the spread of the flu.

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China is 'customer of the world,' business official says

US-China Business Cooperation

To give an idea of the scope of the Chinese market, Michael Barbalas shared an interesting statistic: there are now more than 640 million cell phone users in China -- more than twice as many people living in the United States. Barbalas, an Indianapolis native, was one of more than 50 presenters from the two countries at the Indiana University-organized conference "U.S.-China Business Cooperation in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs," April 15-17.

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Scholars at IU symposium address threat of global terrorism

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Boaz Ganor pulled no punches in describing the threat posed by global jihadists. It's worse, he told an Indiana University audience, than the threat of the Cold War; and far worse than the "amateurs" who tried to foment revolution through terrorism in the 1970s. IU faculty members also took part in the symposium, which focused on terrorism in Israel, India and Turkey.

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IU School of Education deepens collaborations with Latino Initiative

The Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI has joined with several civic groups for an initiative to better serve the needs of the Indianapolis Latino community, starting with the signing of a memorandum of understanding April 30 between the school and Latino organizations.

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IUPUI partnership with University of Tehran has historical significance

University of Tehran

When historians write about efforts to normalize relations between Iran and the United States, they are likely to note that one of the first diplomatic steps to improve the relationship took place at IUPUI with the arrival of 33 engineering students from the University of Tehran. The Iranian students came to participate in an engineering program in which they spend two years at the University of Tehran and then two years at IUPUI.

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Previous issue

The April 14, 2009, issue of Perspectives on Policy featured highlights from the student-run conference of the International Public Affairs Association, including links to policy briefs by students and faculty. It also included stories about a symposium on the world economic crisis and an IUPUI alternative spring break project, and news about an electronic waste recycling event, a U.S.-China business conference, an agreement for IU to provide training for the Indiana National Guard, and more.

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