Scientist at Work: Patricia Foster

Patricia Foster For most people, the word mutation is evocative. It conjures up the heartbreak of cancer, the specter of super viruses and even science fiction movie monstrosities. But mutations aren't all bad. They occur naturally in the genomes of all organisms and many are harmless or even beneficial, says Indiana University Bloomington biologist Patricia Foster, who is a widely esteemed expert on mutation in bacteria.  Full Story

Gene therapy for metastatic melanoma in mice produces complete remission, IU researchers report


A potent anti-tumor gene introduced into mice with metastatic melanoma has resulted in permanent immune reconfiguration and produced a complete remission of their cancer, according to an article published in the December 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The online version is now available.

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IU Open Systems Lab researchers receive top honor for paper on system noise


A paper co-authored by Dr. Andrew Lumsdaine, director of the Open Systems Lab (OSL) at the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, and former OSL researchers Torsten Hoefler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Timo Schneider (University of Technology Chemnitz) has received Supercomputing 2010's Best Paper accolade. As the premier annual international supercomputing conference, Supercomputing 2010 drew thousands of participants from all over the world. The paper, "Characterizing the Influence of System Noise on Large-Scale Applications by Simulation," analyzes the impact of system noise, or communication delays, on the performance of large-scale applications running on multiple computer processors connected over a network.

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Building mental muscles through theoretical physics

Kostelecky's Apples

A grant from the D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation has made it possible for a student from a suburban Indianapolis high school to co-author, along with his mentor -- an IUPUI School of Science physics professor -- and two other scientists, a theoretical physics study in a top tier peer-reviewed scientific journal, a paper which has been selected for rapid communication due to its importance to the field.

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America's Top Doctors for Cancer recognizes 21 IU School of Medicine physicians

Top Docs book

Twenty-one physicians with the IU School of Medicine have been recognized as the best in their field. The 21 are among 27 physicians statewide included in the most recent edition of America's Top Doctors for Cancer. The guide identifies the nation's most outstanding physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adults and children.

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IUPUI mathematician named 2010 Indiana Professor of the Year

Jeffrey Watt

Jeffrey Xavier Watt, associate professor of mathematical sciences and associate dean for student affairs and outreach in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been named the 2010 Indiana Professor of the Year. Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the U.S. Professor of the Year award recognizes professors for their influence on teaching and their commitment to undergraduate students. It is one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

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Argentina Mountains Provide Lab Environment for IPFW Professor and Students


The distance between Northeast Indiana and Northwest Argentina may not be as far as you think. The link that ties these two locations together is Aranzazu Pinan-Llamas, assistant professor of geology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Her interest and research in structural geology and tectonics has taken her to Argentina several times over the last seven years. In late October, it took Pinan-Llamas to Denver, Colo., where she presented her research to 6,000 fellow scientists at the Geological Society of America (SGA) 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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Previous issue

Jill Robinson

The Nov. 16, 2010, issue of IU Discoveries featured Chemistry Senior Lecturer Jill Robinson and the evolution of modern science education. Also included were stories about the preparation of a new ovarian cancer drug for clinical trials, two new NSF grants for environmental science projects, a visit to Bloomington by Sossina Haile, the use of Argentina's mountains as a research and teaching tool, risk-taking behavior in sex addicts, and a newly developed technology that helps identify the presence of Salmonella in food products.

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