Scientist at work: Hans-Otto Meyer

Hans-Otto Meyer Hans-Otto Meyer, professor of physics at Indiana University Bloomington, has received a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany annually honors up to 100 internationally renowned scientists and scholars from abroad. Each awardee receives $80,000 and is invited to carry out research projects of his or her choice in cooperation with colleagues in Germany. Meyer joined the IU physics faculty in 1978. "The Indiana University Cyclotron Facility had begun research operation only a couple of years before Meyer arrived," said IU Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert Pollock. "The trail of reports and publications from that time documents how quickly this energetic man became an essential part of our research program. The crowning achievement of this work was a series of experiments of exquisite complexity using a polarized beam and a polarized target, with fundamental importance still being realized."  Full Story

IUPUI study finds dandelions grow stronger with global warming

Xianzhong Wang

A new study reported in the current issue of Weed Science reveals that rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels will drive dandelions to grow taller, stronger and more productive. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Biology Assistant Professor Xianzhong Wang and graduate student Tamara McPeek investigated how elevated levels of CO2, which is among the "greenhouse gases" associated with global warming, affected reproduction and seed dispersal properties in dandelions.

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Food Ph.D. is the first of its kind

Food PhD

The Indiana University Bloomington Anthropology Department now offers a Ph.D. in the anthropology of food. "Food studies of all kinds are increasing in popularity," said Anthropology Department Chair Eduardo Brondizio. "IU offers the first program in the world leading to a Ph.D. in the social science of food."

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Choosing a mate: What we really want

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While humans may pride themselves on being highly evolved, most still behave like the stereotypical Neanderthals when it comes to choosing a mate, according to research by Indiana University cognitive scientist Peter Todd. In a new study, Todd and colleagues found that although individuals may claim otherwise, beauty is the key ingredient for men while women, the much choosier of the sexes, leverage their looks for security and commitment.

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IU research labs receive $1.9 million for Polar Grid research


Despite the summer heat, researchers from Indiana University are about to get a whole lot cooler. The National Science Foundation has awarded an IU-led team $1.96 million to create a cyberinfrastructure that will help scientists better understand the current and future state of polar ice sheets. Under the leadership of Geoffrey C. Fox, director of Pervasive Technology Labs' Community Grids Lab and IU professor of informatics, the project team includes partners from Elizabeth City State University and the University of Kansas' Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.

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Previous issue

Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

The July 17, 2007 issue of Discoveries featured a profile on scientists working at the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Also highlighted in this issue were stories on divorce and children, modeling the restless brain, a new technique for predicting patient success for hepatitis C treatment, and details of the Indiana Energy Report 2007.

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