Scientist at Work: Beth Plale

Plale image Potato blight . . . air traffic safety . . . pharmaceutical development . . . forest sustainability. As one of the nation's leading computer scientists, Indiana University's Beth Plale has got her fingers on so much more than a mouse and keyboard these days. The titles alone are daunting: Director of both the Center for Data and Search Informatics and the Data to Insight Center at Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute, associate dean of research in the School of Informatics (until July 1), and finally, and of no less import, associate professor of computer science and informatics in the IU School of Informatics.  Full Story

Black holes take center stage at IU during Capra Conference

Black Hole

Black holes are a common topic for scientific discussion today -- but to the astrophysicists, theoretical physicists and mathematicians attending Indiana University's Capra Conference on radiation reaction, predictions still outweigh proof when it comes to black holes and their interstellar antics. Hosted by IU for the first time in the event's 12-year history, the Capra Conference each year affords scientists an opportunity to compare notes on how much closer they've come to theoretically confirming Einstein's general theory of relativity.

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IU Simon Cancer Center physician/researcher receives $5.8 million Komen Promise Grant

Bryan Schneider

Bryan Schneider, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a physician and researcher with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, recently received a $5.8 million Promise Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure for his research that attempts to predict who will benefit from the powerful breast cancer-fighting drug bevacizumab (also known as Avastin).

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Summer film series expands IU's International Year of Astronomy

International Year of Astronomy

Free popcorn, the planet Saturn, mysterious shaving cream atoms and Australian sheep farmers should make Wednesday nights starting in June intriguing for families taking part in the Indiana University Astronomy Department's International Year of Astronomy Summer Film Series. The department, part of the IU College of Arts and Sciences, celebrates the International Year of Astronomy with 11 celestially framed film showcases designed to precede weekly public stargazing opportunities at the observatory.

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Indiana University biologist Mike Wade honored by professional society

Michael Wade

Indiana University Bloomington biologist Mike Wade has been selected to receive the American Society of Naturalists' 2009 Sewall Wright Award. Named after the influential population geneticist, the award recognizes a "senior but still active investigator who is making fundamental contributions . . . promoting the conceptual unification the biological sciences," according to the society. The award is widely respected by evolutionary biologists.

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IU will create public health schools on two campuses

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In response to long-standing public health needs in Indiana, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a plan that calls for the formation of two schools of public health, one at IU Bloomington and the other at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The new school at IU Bloomington is expected to be based on the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the third-largest school on campus. It will focus more on rural health issues, general wellness and other areas that build on the existing strengths of HPER. The school at IUPUI will grow from the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine and is expected to focus more on urban health issues.

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Quantum computing research supported by NSF grant

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Indiana University Bloomington faculty member Amit Hagar has received a National Science Foundation Scholar Award of $144,000 for research related to quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary field whose development has excited scientists. Hagar, an assistant professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will undertake a project titled "The Complexity of Noise: A Philosophical Outlook on Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computation."

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Previous issue

James Goodson

The May 19, 2009, issue of IU Discoveries featured IU Bloomington biologist James Goodson, who studies the interaction of neural clusters in bird brains, specifically, the centers of social cognition. Also featured are stories about language perception in children, the evolution of novel traits, the strength of star crusts, the resumption of a major physics project and new accolades for IU scientists.

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