Scientist at Work: Richard Wilk

Wilk image Currently the key witness in a high profile land rights case before the Belizean Supreme Court, director of Indiana University Department of Anthropology's new booming Food Studies Program, and knee-deep in a collaborative grant designed to permanently imprint the role of sustainability on teaching at the Bloomington campus, you could say Richard Wilk's plate is full.  Full Story

Diabetes-related research at IU School of Optometry advances with two NIH awards

Eye scan

An Indiana University School of Optometry researcher and the IU spinout company she formed to develop a new diagnostic camera have both received grants from federal agencies to advance work toward preventing vision loss in diabetes patients. Ann Elsner, director of IU's Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research, has been awarded $379,548 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), while Elsner's IU spinout company, Aeon Imaging, has received another $247,389 from the Small Business Innovation Research program of the National Eye Institute (NEI). Both the NIBIB and the NEI are agencies within the National Institutes of Health.

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Early humans' forays into Europe the subject of international $1.81 million project

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Indiana University Bloomington will join seven partners in Britain and the Netherlands to investigate early human settlements in Europe. The $1.81 million (1.1 million pound) Leverhulme Trust grant, spearheaded by the Natural History Museum in London, will be distributed to collaborators over four years. Paleontologist David Polly oversees IU Bloomington's participation in the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project. Among his several contributions, Polly will use diverse information to map Europe ecologically -- so he and his colleagues can get a better of idea of what human populations in different parts of Europe might have experienced.

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Body's immune system response to dental plaque varies by sex and race

Carbon censopheres

Will neglecting to brush your teeth damage more than just your smile? Can failing to attack dental plaque increase your risk of heart damage? The answer to both questions may be "yes" if you are male and black, an Indiana University School of Dentistry study published in the current issue of the Journal of Dental Research reports.

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Depression predicts increases in inflammatory protein linked to heart disease


Which comes first, depression or inflammation? To help solve this long standing chicken and egg conundrum, researchers led by Jesse Stewart, assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis asked two critical questions. Does depression lead to elevated inflammatory proteins in the human body? Or does an increase in these proteins lead to depression? They found that the answer to the first question appears to be "yes," and the answer to the second question may be "no" among healthy adults.

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Joan Wood and James P. Holland lecturers study viruses, internal evolutionary conflicts

Mavis Agbandje-McKenna

A virologist and an evolutionary biologist are the latest honorees of Indiana University Bloomington's Joan Wood and James P. Holland lecture series. Wood Lecturer Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Florida School of Medicine, will give a talk, "Structural studies of Adeno-associated viruses towards improved gene delivery applications," at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Myers Hall room 130. Harmit Singh Malik, an associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, lectured on Monday. He is this year's Holland Lecture honoree.

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IU to lead nationwide research network to expand supercomputer capabilities

TeraGrid Rendering

A group of information technology researchers at Indiana University has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to lead a four-year, $15-million project to develop new software to link together the supercomputers of tomorrow and enable new approaches to scientific research for problems of massive scale. $10.1 million will come from the NSF, with project partners providing the balance. The grant will enable construction of an experimental supercomputing network to be called FutureGrid, which will be made of almost 1,400 advanced computer processing units at Bloomington and five other locations in the United States.

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Mud flume

The Sept. 15, 2009, issue of Discoveries featured IU Bloomington geologist Jeurgen Schieber and his recent work on the physical properties of silts and muds. Also featured were stories about galaxy formation, Amerindian linguistics, protein stability, IU Bloomington's new Biochemistry Department, science training and a promising informatics researcher.

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