Scientist at Work: Juergen Schieber

Schieber The majority of Earth's geologic record is composed of sedimentary rocks, such as limestone, sandstone, and shale. These rocks form when weathering detritus accumulates in lakes, oceans, or river valleys, and also when chemical processes cause precipitation of minerals such as calcite, gypsum, or quartz. Once deposited, these materials compact and turn into solid rock. The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona may be the world's most familiar "open book" of 1.7 billion-year's worth of sedimentary rocks, but new research by Indiana University sedimentary geologist Juergen Schieber casts doubt on whether we've accurately translated the book's words.  Full Story

Galaxy formation research earns astronomer NSF CAREER award

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An astronomer who came to Indiana University Bloomington two years ago to study the formation and evolution of galaxies has received the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for early career, tenure-track teachers and scholars.

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With only 50 speakers left, tribe's language to be preserved by team of IU anthropologists

Linda Cumberland and Bertha O'Watch

The National Endowment for the Humanities' "We the People" project has awarded a group of Indiana University anthropologists $250,000 to transcribe, translate and publish the oral literature of the Assiniboine, a northern Plains Indian tribe with only about 50 living members still fluent in the tribal language of Nakota.

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Disordered proteins sensitive to environment, sequence changes, IU research suggests


Research published by a team of Indiana University bioinformaticists has shown quantitatively the influence of small sequence changes and environmental conditions on the disordered regions of a protein.

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New science department at IU Bloomington links biology, chemistry, and medical sciences

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The new Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry is the first science department created on the Indiana University Bloomington campus in 33 years, and is the culmination of more than seven years of planning. The IU Trustees recently approved the department.

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IU cognitive scientists receive $3.1 million for innovative training methods

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Cognitive scientists at Indiana University Bloomington received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create and employ innovative methods for training future scientists.

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First-ever Informatics PhD heads to renowned lab

James Costello

The first-ever PhD recipient from Indiana University's School of Informatics -- founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States -- has already begun research at one of the leading bioengineering programs in the world.

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Previous Issue

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The Aug. 19, 2009, issue of Discoveries featured IU Bloomington Anthropology Department evolutionary anthropologist Virginia Vitzthum's work on early pregnancy loss and its relationship to prospective investment based on risks and rewards. Also featured are stories about additional genomes playing a key role in the origin of new species, research related to the virtually identical neurochemicals found in the brain in mammals and birds, and chromosomal evidence that mammals have seen their gemones shrink after the dinosaurs became extinct.

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