Scientist at Work: Nikodem Poplawski

Nikodem Poplawski Give Nikodem Poplawski a bath towel and a couple different balls and he'll describe a way of looking at the universe with a story that doesn't include any Big Bang characters. For Poplawski, a youthful and fit postdoctoral researcher who earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Indiana University in 2004, the universe is all about the bounce, not the bang.  Full Story

High-altitude balloon launch is Bloomington's first, scientists say

Weather balloon

Members of the Atmospheric Science Program at IU Bloomington invited scientists from Taylor University to perform the first high-altitude balloon release in Bloomington history, its overseers believe. The launch happened March 30 in Dunn Meadow. Taylor University's Hank Voss, Don Takehara and Jeff Dailey were on hand to describe the instrumentation that accompanied the balloon spaceward.

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30th Joan Wood lecturer made science her business

Tracy Lawhon

This year's Joan Wood lecturer, Indiana University Bloomington graduate Tracy Lawhon, knows what it means to turn scientific discoveries into products people can use -- even her career has been an exercise in translating research into business. Lawhon (B.S. microbiology 1988, J.D. 1994) is the chief pharmaceutical development officer for Tragara Pharmaceuticals, and is being honored for her professional successes by the IU Bloomington Department of Biology.

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IU researchers get NASA grant to study climate change in Bangladesh


Faiz Rahman and Rinku Roy Chowdhury of the Indiana University Bloomington Department of Geography are receiving $637,000 from NASA to study the vulnerability of extensive mangrove forests in Bangladesh to climate change. The project is a collaboration by scientists from IU and the U.S. Forest Service.

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12-year-old is studying at IUPUI

Jacob Barnett

When Jacob Barnett first learned about the Schrödinger equation for quantum mechanics, he could hardly contain himself. For three straight days, his little brain buzzed with mathematical functions. From within his 12-year-old, mildly autistic mind, there gradually flowed long strings of pluses, minuses, funky letters and upside-down triangles -- a tapestry of complicated symbols that few can understand.

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Nobel Laureate Renato Dulbecco receives IU President's Medal

Dulbecco President's Medal

Late last month, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie awarded the President's Medal for Excellence to Italian-American virologist Renato Dulbecco, joint-recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and one of four Nobel Laureates who worked together at IU in the life sciences during the late 1940s. The President's Medal is one of the highest honors an IU president can bestow.

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Fossil is best look yet at an ancestor of buttercups

Leefructus mirus

Scientists from the United States and China have discovered the first intact fossil of a mature eudicot, a type of flowering plant whose membership includes buttercups, apple trees, maple trees, dandelions and proteas. The 125 million-year-old find, described in a recent issue of Nature, reveals a remarkably developed species, leading the scientists to argue for an earlier origin of the eudicots -- and perhaps flowering plants in general.

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Previous issue

Seth Young

The March 2011 issue of IU Discoveries featured biogeochemist Seth Young, who is using sulfur isotopes to learn more about ancient Earth. Also included were stories about plant transpiration in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere, the evolutionary costs of polygamy among 19th century Mormon women, the annual Women in Science conference, an award for IU Bloomington biologist Roger Innes, DNA repair, and the solving of a difficult geometry problem by IU Bloomington mathematician Nets Hawk Katz.

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