Science Writer at Work: S. Holly Stocking

C. Holly Stocking When a textbook publisher approached S. Holly Stocking to produce a collection of New York Times science writing stories some years ago, the IU Bloomington professor emeritus of journalism and American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow was intrigued. An avid reader of New York Times stories about science, Stocking had made use of many of the newspaper's stories in more than two decades of teaching science writing at IU. The project called for interviewing writers who cover science for the Times, some of them among her favorite writers in the field.  Full Story

An sRNA controls a bacterium's social life

Myxococcus xanthus fruiting bodies

For the first time, biologists have directly shown how spontaneous mutation of a small RNA (sRNA) regulatory molecule can provide an evolutionary advantage. Reporting in the May 2010 issue of Science, Indiana University Bloomington scientists also identify the sRNA as a key regulator of social behavior in Myxococcus xanthus, a soil bacterium widely studied for its ability to cooperatively construct fruiting bodies that house stress-resistant spores when food runs out.

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IU physicists, in DZero Collaboration, announce evidence of matter-antimatter imbalance

Physicists at Indiana University Bloomington joined fellow DZero Collaboration researchers from around the world to announce evidence of a one-percent deviation between the amounts of elementary matter and antimatter particles being produced from high-energy collisions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. IU Bloomington Department of Physics chair and DZero collaborator Rick Van Kooten called new evidence of a deviation of the Standard Model of particle physics "unexpected" and "a surprise."

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Epidemic this year? Check the lake's shape

Baker Lake, Michigan

Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that is precisely the case, and a new BioScience report by scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and four other institutions explains why.

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Six IU-connected startups get nod in new economic growth report from The Science Coalition

IU Emerging Technology Center

A new report demonstrating the link between federally-funded basic research and economic growth highlights six Indiana University startup companies. Four companies were included among the report's 100 "success stories" that were fueled by federally-funded research, while two other companies with IU ties were cited for originating from academic research. A number of the Indiana University-related companies received business support through the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp. (IURTC).

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Chemist Gary Hieftje wins top UK honor

Radio-frequency glow discharge device

IU Bloomington analytical chemist Gary Hieftje has been awarded the 2010 Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science by the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. According to the society, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Hieftje was chosen "for his contribution in the conception, design, development and innovation of analytical instrumentation." The honor is a top chemistry prize in Britain and, arguably, the world.

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Loren Rieseberg is a Royal Society fellow


Indiana University Bloomington evolutionary biologist Loren Rieseberg has been elected a 2010 fellow of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom's largest and most important academy of sciences. Membership in the Royal Society is considered a major honor in the natural sciences. Native to Canada, Rieseberg is part of a class of 44 new fellows from the British Commonwealth and Ireland, as well as eight "foreign members" from other countries.

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Michael Muehlenbein

The May 18, 2010, issue of Discoveries featured IU Bloomington anthropologist Michael Muehlenbein, who studies disease transmission between humans and other animals, including non-human primates. Also included were stories about an experimental social-ecological system, the evolution of testosterone-fed behaviors, the conservation of Mexican forests, the physics of low temperatures, IU Bloomington anthropologist Emilio Moran's election to the National Academy of Sciences, and a new U.S. Department of Energy grant that will support the physics research of IU Bloomington graduate student Daniel Salvat.

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