Scientist at Work: Sarah Trimpin

Sarah Trimpin Sarah Trimpin, a research associate in the Chemistry Department at Indiana University, recently caught national attention when she was named a Top Young Investigator of 2007 by Genome Technology Magazine. The list included only 30 other of "the best and brightest people who are poised to make serious contributions to their areas of interest," according to the press release.  Full Story

American Society for Microbiology honors biologist Patricia Foster

Patricia Foster

Patricia Foster, an Indiana University Bloomington biologist who studies mutations in the bacterium E. coli, has been elected a fellow of the American Society for Microbiology. A committee of her peers chose Foster for her "excellence, originality and creativity in the microbiological sciences." An event in her honor will take place June 4 as part of the society's annual meeting in Boston.

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A win-WIYN situation

Kitt Peak

Students and faculty in the Indiana University Astronomy Department often make use of the telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory both in person in Arizona, and remotely in Bloomington, which is more than 1,500 miles away.

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Breaking down Huntington's disease one protein at a time

HIPPI binding region

Hoping to piece together the intricate series of interactions that lead to Huntington's disease, Indiana University Bloomington scientists have determined the shape and structure of a binding site that may prove useful in combating the neurodegenerative disease. In the Feb. 1 issue of the Journal of Molecular Biology, IU Bloomington biologists Joel Ybe and Qian Niu describe a crucial detail in the degeneration of nerve cells.

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School of Optometry eyes the future

Optometry Clinic

The Indiana University School of Optometry celebrated the new Optometry Eye Care Center's construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking Jan. 29. The event was hosted by IU President Michael A. McRobbie. The new Eye Care Center will house a new state-of-the-art diagnosis facility and one of the largest eyewear collections in the state. The new facility will be more visible and provide students with the best possible opportunities to perfect their trade under faculty supervision.

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Previous issue

James Musser

The Jan. 22, 2008, issue of Discoveries highlighted Jim Musser -- pianist, astrophysicist and IU professor. Also highlighted in this issue were stories about the new Department of Energy funding to aid climate change research and technology development; details on the increased reforestation in southern Indiana; a look at IU's digital microscopes; and a video highlight of The Stone Age Institute.

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