Majora Carter's Bronx tale: From urban neglect to eco-opportunity

Majora Carter Lecture When Majora Carter was growing up, she got used to hearing her South Bronx neighborhood called a war zone. But Carter never resigned herself to living in a degraded environment. Starting as a volunteer with the Point Community Development Corp. and continuing as a founder and leader of the organization Sustainable South Bronx, Carter became a leading advocate for environmental justice.  Full Story

Lilly Endowment awards Indiana University $4 million for new health information center

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Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Indiana University $4 million to support creation of the Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information, which will address ethical, legal and social issues involved in the growing use of health information to facilitate treatment and research, improve health outcomes for patients and heighten accountability.

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Health care expert: Controlling costs will be the challenge

Health in America

Forty years ago, government officials worried that America's spending on health care had reached a level that simply wasn't sustainable: just over 5 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. "We're now at 16 percent of GDP, and it's anticipated to go to 20 percent by 2015 or 2020," said Wendy Everett, president of the New England Healthcare Institute. But getting control of health-care costs is no easy task, she said.

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Six IU campuses to share $642,847 grant for emergency management

Campus Emergency

Indiana University has been awarded an Emergency Management for Higher Education grant in the amount of $642,847 from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be used on six IU campuses -- IU Bloomington, IU Northwest in Gary, IU South Bend, IU Kokomo, IU Southeast in New Albany and IU East in Richmond -- to assess and further develop comprehensive, all-hazards emergency preparedness programs on these campuses.

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IU School of Social Work and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation to host conference on civil discourse on faith

Eboo Patel

At a time of growing intolerance and angry rhetoric, the Indiana University School of Social Work, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and other supporters have organized a public conference on civil discourse on faith. The conference, "Interfaith Peace Building: Global and Locale Perspectives," will take place on Nov. 5 at the Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis.

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The greening of the conference -- groups meeting at IU take the plunge


When Naomi Spector started planning a gathering on teaching world languages to young children, she couldn't stop thinking about all the foam cups, aluminum soft-drink cans, plastic utensils and paper plates consumed at the typical conference -- not to mention the reams of paper. So she and other organizers embarked on planning a "green conference" for the 2010 annual conference for the Indiana Network for Early Language Learning (IN-NELL) and Bridges: Children, Languages, World.

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IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs to sponsor 9th District debate


The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs will host a debate on Oct. 18 between the three candidates for Congress from Indiana's 9th District, which is again shaping up as one of the most hotly contested elections in the nation. All three candidates -- Democratic Rep. Baron Hill, Republican Todd Young and Libertarian Greg Knott -- will participate in the debate, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington.

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Previous issue

Barry Rubin's class

The Sept. 14, 2010 issue of Perspectives on Policy features a story about an IU graduate seminar that will produce articles on public policy for Wikipedia. Also included are stories about an economist's call for science-based fiscal policy, an IU East collaboration with local history teachers, a European Union award for an IUPUI professor, an IU education policy symposium, a Maurer School of Law initiative in India, and a policy brief that addresses the importance of trust in government.

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