Individualized Major Program taps growing student idealism

Fraser An increasing number of students are designing their own majors through the Individualized Major Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. And according to Ray Hedin, the director of IMP, these students are turning to the program for socially conscious or civic-minded courses of study.  Full Story

Center for Health Policy report focuses on use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs


If efforts to curb substance abuse and illegal drug use in Indiana are to succeed, they need to start with a realistic view of the problem. That's the thinking behind a recent 200-page report published by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy, which pulls together statewide and county-by-county data about the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

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Four finalists for SPEA dean position visit campuses

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs is well on its way to naming the fourth dean in its 36-year history. Four finalists for the position have visited the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses and met with faculty, staff and students. The next step is for the SPEA dean search committee to make further recommendations on the appointment to Charles Bantz, the chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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IUSB explores "Sustainable Communities" as 2007-08 campus theme

IUSB Conservation

What is sustainability, and how can it be accomplished? On the IU South Bend campus -- which carries a long and successful tradition of mixing an annual campus theme with the curriculum of its general education program -- part of those questions have been answered in an annual exercise that starts at the beginning of the fall semester.

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Public managers need skills for collaboration and negotiation, report says

Lisa Blomgren Bingham

Public managers increasingly make decisions and address problems as part of networks of agencies and organizations. As a result, they need to develop skills that are essential to collaborative problem-solving, says a report co-authored by Lisa Blomgren Bingham, the Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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"Politics and the Arts" the focus for ArtsWeek 2008

ArtsWeek 2008

"Politics and the Arts" is the theme of the 24th annual ArtsWeek, a collaboration by IU and the City of Bloomington that actually stretches for 11 days -- Feb. 20 to March 1. The election-year celebration includes dozens of exhibitions, performances, discussions and family-friendly events spread across city and campus and using many modes of artistic expression.

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Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform

The Jan. 15, 2008, issue of Perspectives on Policy highlighted a story on local government reform. Also featured in this issue were stories about an annual survey that shows Hoosiers are slightly more pessimistic about school quality; details on SPEA students who are applying what they learned in the classroom to real-world issues; information on why serial killers may kill more victims than once previously thought; highlights from a book by an IU researcher who examined air traffic management; and a column by an IU professor and a consultant who examined Congress, carbon and the Chicago Climate Exchange.

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