Exonerated former death-row inmate to speak at IU Bloomington, IUPUI

Prison Randy Steidl spent 17 years in prison, including 12 years on death row, after he was convicted of murder. Exonerated after a new investigation and the use of DNA evidence, he left prison in May 2004, becoming the 18th person to go free after serving time on Illinois' death row for a wrongful conviction. Now an advocate for the repeal of capital punishment, he will speak today (April 12) at IU Bloomington and Thursday (April 14) at IUPUI.  Full Story

Looking for policy assistance, legislature turns to IU student

Liz Baldwin

Indiana University student Liz Baldwin likes to use what she has learned in the classroom for real-world projects. She found an opportunity to do so recently, and the result could be a change in state law that saves money and streamlines the cleanup of polluted industrial and commercial properties. Her project dealt with Indiana's Environmental Legal Actions statute, a law adopted in the 1990s that encourages property owners to clean up "brownfield" properties.

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Indiana University study: Emissions trading doesn't cause pollution 'hot spots'

Power Plant

Programs that allow facilities to buy and sell emission allowances have been popular and effective since they were introduced in the U.S. two decades ago. Critics worry the approach can create heavily polluted "hot spots" in low-income and minority communities. But a new study by Evan Ringquist, professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, finds the efficiency gains of allowance trading have not come at the expense of equitable treatment of minorities and the poor.

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Law school symposium examines law and politics of Defense of Marriage Act

Maura Healey

Challenging the Defense of Marriage Act was simply a matter of standing up for long-established principles of federalism, Maura Healey told an Indiana University audience last week. Healey, chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, joined a panel of IU experts and Indiana's solicitor general for a Maurer School of Law symposium titled "Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of DOMA: Law, Politics, Federalism, and Families."

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IU conference addresses global antisemitism: 'once again, a troubling fact of contemporary life'

Hannah Rosenthal

An Indiana University conference wrapped up after three long days of intensive, scholarly examination of one of the most troubling phenomena of contemporary public life: the resurgence of antisemitism. The conference involved 35 scholars from 12 countries in round-the-clock discussions of both older and newer forms of hostility to Jews, Judaism, and the State of Israel.

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IU Northwest, IU Kokomo professors take political, cultural stand with book release


Thandabantu Iverson has worn many hats in his life, including that of coal miner, auto worker, steel worker, butcher, stage hand, cab driver and teacher. William Mello has been an iron worker and labor activist. The two Labor Studies faculty members -- Iverson at IU Northwest and Mello at IU Kokomo -- co-edited Trabalhadores, Noves Perspectivas e Comparacoes, a collection of essays written in Portuguese and English by both Brazilian and American scholars on labor issues.

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Indiana Geological Survey is key partner in U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center

The Indiana Geological Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, has been chosen as one of the U.S. partners in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, an international research collaboration. The center's primary purpose is to facilitate joint research, development, and commercialization of clean energy technologies for the United States and China. This collaboration will also build a foundation of knowledge, human capabilities, and relationships in mutually beneficial areas that will emphasize clean energy usage in both nations.

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Previous issue


The March 2011 issue of Perspectives on Policy features an IU economist's study of whether there is racial discrimination in hiring in professional football. Also included are stories about the need for realistic expectations for genomics research, an IU graduate's film about immigration, a Spanish Resource Center at IUPUI, the link between military and community service, a briefing on China's global business strategies and a workshop on sustainable business practices at IU South Bend.

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