Scientists at work: Joel Stager and Jim Brown

Joel Stager Indiana University researchers will use cutting-edge technology and a $1 million federal grant to examine the toll firefighting takes on firefighters' cardiovascular and respiratory health. The results eventually could improve firefighter health and safety, and reduce the number of firefighter deaths that occur in the line of duty. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant recently to Joel Stager (pictured here), professor in the Department of Kinesiology at IU Bloomington and director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and IUB visiting scientist Jim Brown, who has been conducting research involving firefighters for four years.  Full Story

The Business of Life Science

Business Life Science

A new class at Indiana University Bloomington is proving very popular -- not just with business students but with life sciences students as well. The class -- "The Business of Life Sciences" -- is offered to business and life sciences graduate students every Tuesday night at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and is part of the Academy PLUS Life Sciences MBA program. The seven-week class places students into six groups -- each with two business students and four life sciences students -- and challenges them to develop a plan that takes life sciences technology from the laboratory to the hospital room.

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Four IU scientists and a journalist elected fellows of the AAAS

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Five Indiana University faculty members will be elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the society's annual meeting in Boston on Feb. 16, 2008. AAAS's newest fellows are listed in the Oct. 26 issue of Science. IU's 2007 fellows are School of Medicine biologist Howard J. Edenberg, IU Bloomington biologists Miriam E. Zolan, Thomas Kaufman and Michael Wade, and IU School of Journalism professor S. Holly Stocking.

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Massive project reveals shortcomings of modern genome analysis

Drosophila antenna, sine oculis

The sequencing and comparison of 12 fruit fly genomes -- the result of a massive collaboration of hundreds of scientists from more than 100 institutions in 16 countries -- has thrust forward researchers' understanding of fruit flies, a popular animal model in science. But even human genome biologists may want to take note: The project also has revealed considerable flaws in the way they identify genes.

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IU study finds high-impact practices boost learning, involved parents no problem

George Kuh

Findings from a national survey released Nov. 5, 2007, at Indiana University show that taking part in certain activities during college boosts students' performance in many areas, such as thinking critically, solving real-world problems and working effectively with others. These "high-impact" activities include learning communities, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and capstone projects.

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Prenatal exposure to alcohol and conduct problems: A clearer link

Brian D'Onofrio

An Indiana University study provides some of the strongest evidence yet that prenatal exposure to alcohol causes conduct problems in children, a finding that has been called into question in recent years. A national study involving 4,912 mothers and 8,621 of their offspring documents the connection between the mothers' moderate drinking during pregnancy and later conduct problems in the children they carried while drinking. Conduct problems include such behaviors as intentionally breaking things, bullying, cheating and lying.

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Environmental Science & Technology

The Oct. 16, 2007 issue of Discoveries featured a study by Indiana University Bloomington and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency researchers that found high levels of chemical flame retardants in house cats and raised the possibility that exposure to the chemicals could be linked to feline hyperthyroidism, a serious disease in cats. Also featured in this issue were stories about a genetically engineered corn study, a feature on why conservation efforts often fail, details on $1.69 million that IU researchers received to develop Web gateways, and information on a $1 million grant that will broaden the scope of sexual health research at IU.

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