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Geologists study mystery of 'eternal flames'

Chestnut Ridge eternal flame

"Eternal flames" fueled by hydrocarbon gas could shine a light on the presence of natural gas in underground rock layers and conditions that let it seep to the surface, according to research by geologists at the Department of Geological Sciences and the Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University Bloomington. Full Story >>

Leader in sustainability to receive IU Bloomington Distinguished Service Award


Michael Hamburger, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen to receive the Indiana University Bloomington Distinguished Service Award for 2012-13. He is being recognized for his contributions to his academic discipline, the university and the IU Bloomington campus, and the larger community -- especially his leadership in issues of environmental sustainability. Full Story >>

College of Arts and Sciences moves to Owen Hall, administrative offices open March 19

Owen Hall

The Office of the Dean of the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences is packing and labeling boxes this week, preparing to move to Owen Hall, just steps north of its current home in Kirkwood Hall. The College's administrative offices will close Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Monday, March 18. Full Story >>

Indiana University quake detection experiment registers North Korean blast

An Indiana University geophysical experiment detected seismic signals from the reported nuclear device that North Korea detonated this week. Michael Hamburger, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, said some seismographs in the experiment detected the North Korean blast about 13 minutes after it was detonated. Full Story >>

Book examines impact of climate change on Midwest, possible responses

Climate Change in the Midwest -- book cover

A new book edited by Indiana University faculty member Sara C. Pryor examines the ways in which climate change is having a significant impact on the Midwestern United States through more frequent heavy rain events, drought, extreme heat and other factors. Full Story >>

IU Bloomington student awarded Churchill Scholarship for graduate study in the U.K.

Churchill Scholar Kent Griffith

Indiana University Bloomington student Kent Griffith has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Scholarship, enabling him to pursue one year of graduate study in chemistry leading to a Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Full Story >>