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Last modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007

WFIU produces four-part series on life sciences

Jan. 31, 2007

WFIU Life Sci

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- WFIU -- Public Radio from Indiana University -- will introduce a new four-part series Life Sciences: Reshaping Your World on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. The series, which will air every Sunday evening through February, will look at discoveries made in the life sciences and how they are changing the way we live.

Simply defined, life science is the study of life. It brings together the fields of biochemistry, genetics, medical sciences and neuroscience. Life sciences research in IU labs is being used to create technologies, medicines, treatments, new businesses and jobs, and numerous other innovations that make a real difference in our lives.

At IU and across Indiana, doctors, nurses, biologists, chemists, farmers, business people and others are working together on a host of vital projects such as improving MRI scanning, advancing crop technologies, and finding new ways to treat cancer. Over the next two years, Indiana University expects to spend $375.5 million on life sciences research.

Life Sciences: Reshaping Your World is a new series of four one-hour programs that delve into this exciting area of breakthrough technologies. Each program brings together leading figures in the educational and life sciences communities to discuss a single issue in depth.

The series is produced for WFIU by Byron K. Smith, a partner in Duet Productions. The host is Annie Corrigan. More information is available at where you may also listen to an archived version of the program or download a free podcast.

The series:

Life Sciences History, Terminology, and People
Sunday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
In this introductory program, panelists discuss the basics: What are the life sciences and what do the basic life sciences terms mean?
Panelists: Jeffrey Palmer, biology professor and chair of Life Sciences Task Force, and Richard DiMarchi, chemistry professor and chemistry department chair.

Accomplishments and Successes in the Life Sciences Field
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
What have been the major successes achieved in the life sciences so far?
Panelists: Mark Moore, President and CEO, Bloomington Hospital; Dan Peterson, Vice President for Industry and Government Relations, Cook Pharmica; John Whikehart, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Moderated by Steve Bryant, Business Development and Marketing Manager, BioConvergence.

Structure of the Life Sciences Industry
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
Leading experts discuss how the Life Sciences are structured.
Panelists: Elisa Wright, President, BioConvergence, and George Telthorst, Interim Director, Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership. Moderated by Mike Brooks, President, Indiana Health Industries Forum

Present and Future Life Sciences Research
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.
This program discusses current research in the Life Sciences, and what research the future may hold.
Panelists: Dr. Craig Brater, Dean, IU School of Medicine; Professor Charles Rutledge, Vice President for Research, Purdue University; and Michael A. McRobbie, Vice President for Research and Provost, IU Bloomington. Professor Ted Widlanski, CEO, MetaCyt Initiative and chemistry professor at IU Bloomington is the moderator.

About WFIU:

WFIU, an NPR Member Station, is your local source for Classical Music, Jazz and News. WFIU serves central and southern Indiana and is committed to quality broadcasting without commercial interruption. WFIU can be heard at 103.7 fm in Bloomington, 100.7 fm in Columbus, 106.1 fm in Kokomo, 95.1 fm in Terre Haute, and online at