IU celebrates Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel laureate in economic sciences

Ostrom Send-off Indiana University administrators, faculty and others honored Professor Elinor Ostrom last week as she prepared to leave for Stockholm, Sweden, to accept the Nobel Prize in economic sciences. Ostrom gives her Nobel Prize lecture today (Dec. 8) and receives the prize at a formal ceremony on Dec. 10.  Full Story

Conference to address health-care competition in an era of reform

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Among the questions raised by the congressional debate over health-care reform is this: What will the prospective changes mean for competition and the future of antitrust enforcement in the health-care field. A conference Thursday (Dec. 10) sponsored by the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, its Hall Center for Law and Health, and the Washington, D.C.-based American Antitrust Institute will explore the question.

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Greening of the IMU: Environmental building experts converge, brainstorm

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The Indiana University community and environmental experts came together in Bloomington last week to discuss improving sustainability practices at IU's iconic Indiana Memorial Union. The Greening of the IMU, led by the Office of Sustainability at IU Bloomington, brought together IU students, faculty and staff with nationally recognized experts in the field of green building.

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Wide range of colleges and universities show gains in effective educational practices, survey finds

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A national survey shows that a variety of colleges and universities have shown steady improvement in the quality of undergraduate education, as measured by students' exposure to and involvement in effective educational practices. The 2009 report from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Assessment for Improvement: Tracking Student Engagement Over Time, details results from a 2009 survey of 360,000 students attending 617 U.S. colleges and universities.

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IU Northwest students measure the ‘carbon footprint’ of their campus

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How large is the carbon footprint of a commuter university campus in northwest Indiana? Some Indiana University Northwest students and their professors have been finding out as part of the fall 2009 course G185 -- Global Environmental Change. The class posted an online survey in which IU Northwest students, faculty and staff were asked to divulge their driving habits.

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IU Bloomington task force issues recommendations on traffic safety

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An Indiana University Bloomington task force on traffic safety has recommended an extensive education campaign and the phased installation of a more effective type of pedestrian crosswalk as key steps to improving vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle safety on campus.

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IUPUI campus offers new professional credential in homeland security and emergency management

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The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs is launching a new graduate certificate program in homeland security and emergency management, offering students and professionals an opportunity to improve their job and career prospects. The interdisciplinary certificate is designed for people who will work with government at all levels, government contractors, selected private firms and nongovernmental organizations. It will be available starting Jan. 1, 2010.

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Previous issue

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The Nov. 10, 2009, issue of Perspectives on Policy reports on IU's involvement in developing technology and policy for carbon capture and storage, the annual Kelley School of Business economic forecast, a panel discussion by experts on nuclear weapons, a talk by the National Rifle Association president, a benchmark study of the Richmond, Ind. area, and the economic impact of the IU School of Medicine and teaching hospitals.

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