IU economist's study: NFL Rooney Rule hasn't led to hiring of minority coaches

Rooney Sportswriters and pundits often credit the Rooney Rule with boosting the number of minority coaches in the National Football League. But a study by Indiana University economist Todd Walker and two other researchers determined that the rule, adopted in 2003, has in fact had little impact on hiring.  Full Story

Realistic expectations, funding priorities would better serve genomic medicine, experts say

Eric Meslin

Unrealistic expectations about genomic medicine have created a "bubble" that needs deflating before it puts the field's long-term benefits at risk, an Indiana University bioethicist and three other policy experts write in the current issue of the journal Science. Ten years after the deciphering of the human genetic code, which was accompanied by over-hyped promises of medical breakthroughs, it may be time to reevaluate funding priorities to better understand how to change behaviors and reap the health benefits that would result, they say.

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IU graduate's documentary explores immigration from the Mexican side

Immigration - Carolina

IU graduate Roy Germano doesn't make policy recommendations in his film The Other Side of Immigration. Instead he gives viewers an up-close-and-personal look at the small towns in Mexico where opportunities are few and residents leave home -- sometimes for years -- to find work in the U.S. "Empathy and understanding are the first steps to designing better policies," he said. "If we're pro-immigrant or anti-immigrant, we can all agree that what's going on now isn't working very well."

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China's global business strategies have met mixed results, correspondent says

John Pomfret

A radio station in a hurricane ravaged community. Rocket scientists going back to school. An auto parts maker in Illinois. These divergent role players in China's ever-widening global activities were among the things discussed recently when John Pomfret, an award-winning correspondent for the Washington Post, visited IU campuses in Indianapolis and Bloomington.

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Consul general to speak today at opening of IUPUI Spanish Resource Center

Javier Rupérez

The School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will celebrate the opening of a new Spanish language and culture center today with a lecture featuring a Spanish diplomat. Ambassador Javier Rupérez, consul general of Spain in Chicago, will speak on "Europeans and Americans: So Similar So Different," at 4 p.m. today (March 8).

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Link between military service and volunteering is complex

Military Volunteer

Research has found that military service is tied to civic engagement. But a study from Indiana University finds the connection is much stronger for some subgroups than for others, raising questions about military-civilian relationships in the era of the all-volunteer force. The study, "Soldiers to Citizens: The Link between Military Service and Volunteering," was published in the January-February issue of Public Administration Review.

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IU South Bend workshop to show how sustainability can be a platform for prosperity

Mike Keen

With early signs of jobs and growth re-appearing in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, observers are asking how the area can now chart a pathway to the future that will enable the area to grow stronger and more resilient, with greater potential than ever before. To that end, the Center for a Sustainable Future at Indiana University South Bend will present the second annual day-long workshop, "Sustainability and Innovation: The Natural Step to Prosperity," this Friday.

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Nature Conservancy

The Feb. 15, 2011, issue of Perspectives on Policy tells about IU students who volunteered to help restore oyster beds in Mobile Bay. Also included are stories about a survey of Hoosier attitudes about K-12 education, the annual Bulen symposium on politics at IUPUI, a School of Public and Environmental Affairs report on the future of electric vehicles, a nonprofit management partnership between IU Northwest and the Foundations of East Chicago, a book on U.S. global food policy and a recommendation from an IU center on establishing an Indiana health insurance exchange.

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