IU students get dirty, make a difference in Gulf restoration project

Nature Conservancy Two dozen Indiana University Bloomington students dropped everything last month and raced to spend a quick weekend on the Gulf of Mexico, where they tromped through coastal mud flats, wrestled with heavy bags of gritty oyster shells and generally got sweaty and filthy dirty. The students joined several Indiana Nature Conservancy staff members and more than 400 other volunteers taking part in 100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama.  Full Story

Survey finds Hoosiers growing more pessimistic about schools and support some changes, not others

Indiana Science

Indiana residents indicated a growing concern about school performance and provided some support for proposed changes in the latest statewide survey of Hoosiers' opinions about education conducted by the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University.

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Bulen Symposium to feature former Rep. Hamilton, author/analyst Sanchez

Leslie Sanchez

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and groundbreaking Hispanic author and political analyst Leslie Sanchez will headline the Ninth Bulen Symposium on American Politics this month at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Hamilton and Sanchez join a program of academics, media and political party representatives on Feb. 18 to examine how midterm election results will impact state and national politics, including the 2012 race for the White House.

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Expert panel: Obama's goal for electric vehicles requires 'bold action'

Electric Car

While President Barack Obama's State of the Union address displayed a big vision for electric cars in America, a blue-ribbon study sponsored by Indiana University concludes that the president's vision needs bold action from the auto industry, federal government and the scientific community to ensure those goals are realized. The report, Plug-In Electric Vehicles: A Practical Plan for Progress, lays out the short-term and long-term steps the United States must take to be assured of a global leadership role in the emerging electric vehicle industry.

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Partnership with Foundations of East Chicago enrolls professionals in IU Northwest program

East Chicago Nonprofits

Officials from Indiana University Northwest and the Foundations of East Chicago had high hopes when they devised a partnership to enroll professionals from a number of nonprofit agencies that serve East Chicago in a graduate-level certificate program in nonprofit management. Three weeks into the 15-credit program, with 18 students enrolled from East Chicago organizations, everything seems to be on track toward fulfilling the expectations.

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'Hungry World' tells complex story of food and global politics

The Hungry World

It once was a refrain of every parent frustrated by a picky eater: "Finish your food. There are children starving in China." Growing up in the 1960s, Nick Cullather couldn't see any connection between the peas growing cold on his plate and the problems of China. But as his new book, The Hungry World, explains, his mother's warning captured one of the key ideas of the era: that the world was united by a single, global food supply, and that by controlling it the United States could defeat its communist enemies in Asia.

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IU Center for Health Policy issues recommendations for moving forward on health reform in Indiana


The Center for Health Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis recently released a proposal for establishing a Hoosier Health Insurance Exchange to be governed and managed by a new quasi-independent state agency called the Hoosier Health Commission.

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Previous issue

Wind Turbine

The Jan. 11, 2011, issue of Perspectives on Policy reports on a project-based IU Northwest course on climate change and alternative energy sources. Also featured are a round-up of Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at IU campuses, a middle-school engineering competition at IPFW, an M.B.A. class that analyzed Indiana's clean-tech business sector, public service announcements by former Rep. Lee Hamilton and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 2010 Census results for Indiana, and a book on terrorism.

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