SPEA study shows links between land use and violent crime rates

Urban Crime Land use matters when it comes to predicting violent crime rates, according to results of a study by two professors in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Thomas Stucky and John Ottensmann show that rates of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault are generally higher in areas with high-density residential developments and commercial property, and generally lower in areas characterized by industry, parks and schools.  Full Story

IU program provides key training for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Training

Increasing violence in Afghanistan makes it all the more important that U.S. troops deployed there have some familiarity with local languages and cultures, says IU faculty member Gene Coyle. And that makes training that is currently being provided by Indiana University all the more valuable.

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Ambassador invites Nobel laureate Ostrom to visit Nepal

Nepali ambassador and Elinor Ostrom

Shankar Sharma, Nepal's Ambassador to the United States, has invited Indiana University Bloomington political scientist Elinor Ostrom to visit his country. Ambassador Sharma was in Bloomington on Dec. 28 to deliver the invitation personally and to laud Ostrom, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, for work that has supported the economic health and development of Nepal.

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Expected increase in airport security will add to delays, but not safety

Airport Security

Recent attempts to bring down airliners through the use of incendiary devices has once again heightened security at airports across the world, but the efforts will do little to thwart future terror attacks, according to Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Professor Fred Cate. Following the arrest of a Nigerian man accused of attempting to detonate an explosive on a flight into Detroit on Christmas day, authorities have put security screeners, airline officials, and investigators on high alert.

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Indiana’s 2009 population: Slow growth

Population Growth

Indiana's population grew by 34,800 between July 2008 and July 2009, reaching an estimated 6,423,100 residents. These estimates were released Dec. 23 to Indiana University's Indiana Business Research Center by the U.S. Census Bureau. Indiana's 2009 growth is the smallest annual population increase since 2004 when the state added 32,700 residents. By contrast, Indiana's average annual population growth between 2005 and 2008 was 43,500.

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IU study: Participation matters in elections of corporate boards

Brian Miller

As shareholders of publicly traded companies look ahead to corporate board elections this spring, new research by the IU Kelley School of Business's Brian Miller and others suggests that a lack of enthusiasm for slated directors can affect stock prices and lead to management turnovers.

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Study finds law students shifted employment expecations in 2009

Law Student

Findings from a national study released last week indicate that the percentage of law students expecting to work in private law firms dropped in 2009, from 58 percent to 50 percent. In another sign of the impact of the recent recession, more students anticipate seeking public interest jobs -- now about 33 percent compared to 29 percent in 2008.

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Ostrom Send-off

The Dec. 8, 2009, issue of Perspectives on Policy featured a story on IU's send-off for Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom and links for following her week in Stockholm. It also included stories about the greening of the Indiana Memorial Union, a conference on health reform and antitrust law, recommendations from an IU Bloomington traffic safety task force, an IU-based survey of student engagement, a student-run "carbon footprint" survey at IU Northwest, and details on the new IUPUI professional credential in homeland security and emergency management.

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