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Federal grant funding IU project to understand the best teaching to help children learn about complex systems

Compex Systems BeeSim

The National Science Foundation has awarded over $999,000 to three Indiana University faculty members for a unique effort intended to shed light on how children best learn about complex systems and how new technologies can best serve that learning. The project will develop electronically enhanced puppets, or "e-puppets," that allow students to simulate biological phenomena such as honeybees collecting nectar or ants scavenging for food. Full Story >>

Studying squid and a bacteria, Wood lecturer to tell story of human interaction with other life


Award-winning microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai, an expert on host interactions with rare bacteria, on Wednesday will present the 2013 Joan Wood Lecture. The lecture is part of a series designed to provide a forum for undergraduates to interact with women in science-related careers. Full Story >>

IU Bloomington students contribute to native-plants initiative

Go Green Go Native discussion

An Indiana University graduate-level course with a service-learning focus has worked with a local group of conservationists and concerned citizens to promote the use of native Indiana plants in landscaping. Students collaborated with Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species to create educational materials for the Go Green, Grow Native! initiative. Full Story >>

Death by asexuality: IU biologists uncover new path for mutations to arise

Pulex Female

Ground-breaking new research from a team of evolutionary biologists at Indiana University shows for the first time how asexual lineages of a species are doomed not necessarily from a long, slow accumulation of new mutations, but rather from fast-paced gene conversion processes that simply unmask pre-existing deleterious recessive mutations. Full Story >>

IU biologists discover highly complex communication system in aquatic cyanobacteria


Land plants can "see," but can microscopic plants see better? New research from Indiana University has uncovered a give-and-take communication system between and within photoreceptors in freshwater-dwelling cyanobacteria that works at a level of complexity beyond those seen in plants or other organisms. Full Story >>

From hot springs to HIV, same protein complexes are hijacked to promote viruses


Biologists from Indiana University and Montana State University have discovered a striking connection between viruses such as HIV and Ebola and viruses that infect organisms called archaea that grow in volcanic hot springs. Despite the huge difference in environments and a 2 billion year evolutionary time span between archaea and humans, the viruses hijack the same set of proteins to break out of infected cells. Full Story >>