IU students get a front-row seat for the European financial crisis

SPEA in Berlin A two-week class on public policy in Berlin turned out to be much more than an academic exercise for 20 students from Indiana University. They arrived last month just as Germany was debating its government's participation in a $1 trillion rescue plan for economically troubled European states.  Full Story

SPEA internship links classroom to 'real world' of local government

Karen Otis

Karen Otis wants to make a difference by putting to work the IUPUI degree that she earned this spring. And as someone who returned to school after years in the work force, she is ready to get started. During the past academic year, as a student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, she completed an internship with the Town of Fishers, Ind., working with local officials to implement energy efficiency projects and other green initiatives.

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Rebuilding Cambodia: IU professor volunteers for an arduous effort

Killing Fields

Cambodia is struggling to rebuild from the 1975-79 genocide and a decade-long civil war, but the process won't be easy or quick, said Jack Bielasiak, professor of political science at Indiana University Bloomington, who contributed to the effort during a 2 -month volunteer stint this spring.

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Urgent changes needed to prepare doctors to care for aging Americans


Leading physician policy experts are calling for changes in medical education policy at multiple levels to ensure that doctors are prepared to treat the country's aging adult population. In the May issue of Health Affairs, Steven R. Counsell, the Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor and director of geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and several co-authors propose policy solutions to help the United States prepare for the increasing number of geriatric patients.

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Access Denied: New DVD to train journalists, students on media law

One of the most common problems journalists say they face in the post-9/11 world is the lack of access to government documents and other information that has traditionally been made public. A new DVD created by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will help train professional journalists, students and the public on problems of accessibility to public documents and officials. Access Denied: Navigating the Legal Challenges to Newsgathering, is a round-table forum featuring scholars, journalists and attorneys.

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Grants to fund sustainability at IU Bloomington, IUPUI

Dunn Woods

Research projects examining agroforestry in southern Mexico, the impact on community sustainability of a Home Depot product donation program, remediation of invasive plant species in Dunn's Woods and food waste on campus have been awarded UI Bloomington Sustainability Research Development Grants. Also, Greening IUPUI grants have been awarded for eight projects ranging from rain garden storm water monitoring to purchasing recycling containers to hiring sustainability interns.

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IU-Russian partnership focuses on environmental studies, language

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Indiana University students will learn about global environmental issues and develop their Russian language skills, and IU faculty members will find opportunities for research collaboration with Russian scientists and scholars as part of a partnership agreement signed recently by IU President Michael A. McRobbie and the leaders of Tyumen State University and Tyumen State Agricultural Academy.

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The May 11, 2010, issue of Perspectives on Policy features a story about student volunteers planting trees at IU Bloomington. It also include reports on land-use research in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, a trip to Cost Rica by IU East students, a journal article by Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom, a conference focusing on personalized medicine, a talk by a well-known Chicago news anchor, and a SPEA program to provide graduate education for Vietnamese civil servants.

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