IU SPEA conference in nation's capital aims to help shape energy policy debate

energy policy icon Leading experts on climate change, the auto industry, nuclear and fossil-fuel energy and other topics will share their insights and recommendations this month in a national energy policy conference sponsored by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The conference, titled "The Search for a Wise Energy Policy," will take place all day Thursday, June 11, in Washington, D.C.  Full Story

Cultivating Afghanistan: Indiana farmer/soldiers share their expertise

Cultivating Afghanistan

An Indiana National Guard team that is training Afghans in effective farming techniques prepared for its tour of duty with instruction in the language and culture of Afghanistan at Indiana University. Stories about the Indiana 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team are being shared with home-state audiences thanks to IU public radio station WFIU, which is presenting the features in a series titled "Cultivating Afghanistan."

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IU expert in health law examines increasing interconnectedness of North American health care

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"If the Europeans can achieve universal health coverage across a continent, why can't we in the Western Hemisphere?" challenges IU Professor Eleanor D. Kinney. Kinney, one of the nation's leading experts on health law, and director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, was inspired through her travels in Latin America and studies of European history.

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For IU students, Korea trip gives new meaning to the latest headlines

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Recent news reports from the Korean peninsula -- including the suicide of a former South Korean president and the announcement that North Korea had tested a nuclear device -- struck home for Indiana University Bloomington students who had just returned from a 10-day trip to Seoul and the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea.

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New book on trust in social and governing institutions

Distrust, American Style

In Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence, Indiana University faculty member Sheila Suess Kennedy discusses recent research suggesting that Americans have become less trusting of each other, and the resulting implications for public organizations. Kennedy is professor of law and public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.

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The H1N1 experience in Mexico: second thoughts on who suffers and why

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Peter Guardino, an IU Bloomington history professor who is living this year in Mexico, shares his observations on the devastation of the country's tourism economy caused by the H1N1 flu outbreak. "Now it seems clear to me," he writes, "that the economic damage done by government anti-flu measures and the flu scare itself will cause many more deaths in Mexico this year than the flu will."

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MSW students help launch community partnership with westside Indianapolis parish

MSW Partnership

Graduate students from the Indiana University School of Social Work are part of a new community partnership to help meet the needs of the growing Hispanic parish at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on the west side of Indianapolis. The church, located at 337 N. Warman Ave., was the first Catholic parish west of the White River in Marion County, and has been a home to immigrants for generations.

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Previous issue

SPEA lecture, IU Bloomington

The May 12, 2009, issue of Perspectives on Policy features stories on capstone projects by public affairs graduate students at both Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and IU Bloomington. It also includes accounts of an IU-sponsored U.S.-China business conference and a symposium on terrorism in India, Israel and Turkey, a round-up of news about the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak and stories about an IU education initiative with the Indianapolis Latino community and a partnership between IUPUI and the University of Tehran.

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