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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Ostrom to address Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

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Oct. 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Professor and Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom will present the keynote address Thursday (Oct. 14) for the 29th annual meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, taking place on the IU Bloomington campus.

Ostrom, Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, will speak on "A Polycentric Approach to Climate Change" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. A reception will follow at the Indiana Memorial Union Faculty Club.

The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences meeting takes place Oct. 14-16 at the IMU. In celebration of the association's 30th anniversary, the theme is "Towards Consilience: Thirty Years of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences." The meeting is co-sponsored by the Colloquium on Political Communication Research.

The meeting includes panels, presentations and talks on health care reform, environmental policy, health ethics, common pool resources, bio-politics and international security, and science and religion. Program chairs are Erik P. Bucy, associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications at IU Bloomington, and Patrick A. Stewart, assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas.

Ostrom, also a professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, was co-recipient of the 2009 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, commonly known as the Nobel Prize in Economics. The award recognized her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons.

Her keynote address at the conference is free and open to the public. Other sessions require conference registration.

The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences is an international and interdisciplinary association of scholars, scientists and policymakers concerned with evolutionary, genetic and ecological knowledge and its bearing on political behavior, public policy and ethics. Founded in 1980 as an organized section of the American Political Science association, it soon thereafter became a free-standing institution that holds annual conferences and produces a scholarly journal, Politics and the Life Sciences.

For more information or to register for the conference, see

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