Friday, February 19, 2010

Graduate Student Bradley Lane Awarded the 2010 John Money Fellowship

The University Graduate School would like to congratulate IU graduate student Bradley Lane on being the 2010 John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology recipient!

Lane will use the award to develop his dissertation project, A Visual Politics of the Perverse: Sexual Predation and the ‘Perversion’ of American Visual Culture. Set to be the first dissertation offered in the field of Gender Studies in the nation, this project concerns the visual representation of sexual perversion in the twentieth-century United States, particularly through the figure of the sexual predator.

Read more about Bradley Lane

State of the University address to be broadcast live online

IU President Michael McRobbie.  Courtesy of Indiana University.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Members of the Indiana University community and the general public will be able to view this year's State of the University address live and in its entirety online at
At the invitation of the University Faculty Council, IU President Michael McRobbie is scheduled to deliver the address on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union at IU Bloomington.
All members of the university community and the public are invited to view the address in person at Alumni Hall, on the Web or in the following ways:
  • live on IU Bloomington Campus Cable (Channel 32);
  • on tape delay on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. off-air on Digital Multicast Broadcast Channel WTIU-World  30.2 or on Comcast Cable channel 17 in Bloomington and repeated later on Feb. 23 at 11:30 p.m. off-air on Digital Multicast Channel WTIU-HD 30.1 or on WTIU Comcast Cable channel 5 in Bloomington; or 
  • via archived broadcast, available soon after the address at:
McRobbie, who became IU's 18th president in July 2007, is expected to discuss current issues at IU, progress made on several of his key strategic initiatives and how IU expects to meet the challenges of the current economic situation facing Indiana and the nation.

(IU News: 2/19/2010)

IU trustees approve construction of new music studio building, science and engineering lab

KOKOMO, Ind. -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees today (Feb. 19) approved the design of a new Studio Building for the Jacobs School of Music at the IU Bloomington campus and approved construction of a new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Trustees also gave the go-ahead to an estimated $2 million project to put a new roof on Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

(IU News: 2/19/2010)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

IU names 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients

Distinguished Teaching Awards "honor our most exceptional faculty, their devotion to their students and their strong commitment to our fundamental missions of excellence in education and research."

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- "Students are the life blood of a great university," said Herman B Wells, who presided as president of Indiana University on Founders Day in 1961. "But to pump and move the blood, a great university must have great teachers."

Wells' observation still rings true.

As the university marks its founding 190 years ago this spring, President Michael A. McRobbie will present IU's Distinguished Teaching Awards in honor of Founders Day at a dinner on April 16. Sixteen faculty members and two doctoral students will be recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service to the university. The award recipients teach at IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University South Bend.

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(IU News: 2/17/2010)

IU News: IU to offer summer workshop for grad school-bound students

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences will host a two-week workshop this summer (June 13-24) for students interested in applying to graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences.

The workshop titled Preparing for Graduate Study in the Twenty-First Century (PGS-21) is aimed in particular at current college sophomores and juniors from underrepresented groups. More information can be found at

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(IU News: 2/8/2010)

IDS: Auditorium fills for Nobel Lecture speech

Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom presents an updated version of her Nobel Prize lecture to an audience Feb. 16, 2010, at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, Ind. Ostrom is the University's eighth Nobel Prize recipient. (
Ryan Dorgan | IDS)

Elinor and Vincent Ostrom stood side by side, hands held tightly as they became recipients of the University Medal, IU’s highest honor.

The medal, awarded by IU President Michael McRobbie, was presented prior to Professor Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize lecture Tuesday at the IU

McRobbie said the distinction has only been awarded 10 times.

Read the Full Article.

(By Alycin Bektesh: IDS: 2/17/2010)

IU Press Turns 60, and also they have a blog!

IU Press Turns 60!

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Attention students: GPSO Seeks Nominees for Faculty Mentor Award

Each year the GPSO awards the Indiana Bloomington Faculty Mentor Award. All graduate and professional students are invited to give their support to faculty members that they feel deserve special recognition for exemplary behavior.

Nominations should be in the form of a letter. The letter(s) should be emailed to before midnight on Friday, March 5, 2010. All nominees, graduate and professional students, faculty and the award recipient are invited to attend an Awards Ceremony.

Please visit the gpso website for more information regarding a nomination:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

IU Bloomington launches initiative for a more inclusive campus

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A campus-wide series launches this week with the purpose of engaging all Indiana University Bloomington faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni and emeriti in building a culturally diverse and culturally literate campus.

Called ARC 2010! -- Attention, Reflection, Connection, Taking Steps Toward an Inclusive Campus -- the initiative will employ panel discussions, lectures, workshops and conversations to address diversity as a subject and process of intellectual inquiry that is informed by practice and that informs future practice.

The series begins this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.  For more information on the initiative and listings of workshops and additional events, see ARC 2010 Web site,

(IU News: 2/16/2010)


Statehouse Report 7
February 16, 2010


Bills move to respective chambers

After a short break at the mid-way point of the legislative session, the General Assembly returned to Indianapolis to begin work on bills that passed the chamber in which the bill was introduced. As mentioned in last week's report, the Senate is now addressing bills introduced and passed by the House and vice versa for the House.

Because it takes a few days for bills to be assigned to respective committees and for the bills to be reviewed by Committee Chairs, there were not a significant number of bills heard this week.

However, one bill (HB 1135) that we reported on in prior Statehouse Reports, was heard in the Senate Education Committee. The bill would require universities to accept credit for advanced placement coursework completed by high school students when they achieve a score of three or higher on the College Board advanced placement exam. IU and other sister institutions testified on the bill, which is being supported by the K-12 education community. We are working with the House author and Senate sponsor on revising the bill in a manner that is acceptable to both the higher education institutions and K-12 community.

We expect that next week will be a very busy week for committee hearings. Of course, as more bills are reported out of committees, more bills will be on the House and Senate calendars for second and third reading. We also learned this week that the General Assembly is now working toward a goal of ending the legislative session a week early, if at all possible.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education met on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Thursday's meeting involved discussions of the higher education funding formulae and an updated Commission policy on regional campuses. We were present at both these discussions and provided input.

During Friday's meeting, projects to renovate the Tulip Tree Apartments and Briscoe Quad on the Bloomington campus were approved. Vice President Tom Morrison was afforded time to discuss the campus' strategic plan to upgrade student residential facilities. The following degrees were also approved by the Commission:

M. S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety at IUPUI
B.S. in Health Sciences at IUPUI
B.A. of Arts in Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI

Jeff Linder
Associate VP for Public Affairs and Government Relations

H-T: Shortcomings aside, Indiana has fewer regulations for higher education than most states

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Shortcomings aside, Indiana has fewer regulations for higher education than most states
by Mike Leonard

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Legislature’s role questioned as IU wrestles with cutbacks
When state Sen. Luke Kenley blocked approval for construction projects at Indiana and Purdue universities last summer and demanded the state’s premier research institutions do more to make tuition affordable, it re-ignited the long-simmering debate over the state’s role in higher education decisions.

It’s critical to maintain edge at Indiana University, other state universities:
IU, other schools contribute vastly more than they cost and must be protected
First they were “state universities.” Then they were “state supported.” Now they are “state assisted.”

IDS: School of Informatics works in India to improve research

IU’s School of Informatics at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis and the National Institute of Technology Calicut in India are working to increase international research opportunities.

The institutions co-founded the first International Symposium on Biocomputing that is taking place today until Wednesday in Calicut, India. There will be lecturers and presenters from 14 different countries who will focus on bioinformatics and biotechnology.

Mathew Palakal, associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Informatics, had the idea for the symposium after a trip to NITC in April 2009.

During his trip he spoke with colleagues at NITC, and they realized that international divides cause barriers when sharing knowledge and research. They created the symposium to improve research in the areas of bioinformatics and biotechnology.

“Bioinformatics and biotechnology are really two sides of the same coin,” Palakal said in an IU press release. “The more we are able to blur boundaries and integrate practices, the more meaningful and effective our research and its impact on the quality of human life becomes.”

Graduate students Rini Paul and Satishkumar Ganakammal were selected to participate in the event as presenters. Their papers will join with more than 100 other international student submissions.

(By Lindsey Erdody: IDS Reports: 2/15/2010)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Graduate Students: Attend the 2010 Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Student Conference

Join us for the 2010 Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Student Conference on Friday, February 19th.  There will be panelists from a wide variety of disciplines speaking on a range of topics, including building your research record, being a good teacher without letting it consume you, navigating the academic job market, and everything in between!

Event: 15th Annual Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Student Conference
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: IMU Solarium

The conference is free and open to all.  There is a *free* lunch from 12:30-2pm, however seating is limited to 200 guests.  To reserve your space, send an e-mail with your name, e-mail address, and department by Tuesday, February 16 to:  Dr. Sonya Stephens will be the keynote speaker.

Did we mention the lunch was *FREE*?!?  We hope to see you there!

- PFF Conference Planning Committee

New IUPUI master's degree merges expertise in public safety, criminal justice and management

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved the state's first Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety (MSCJPS) degree program, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Uniquely combining substantive strengths of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the master's program promotes criminal justice with a management focus and offers the only opportunity for graduate study in Indiana in the broad and intricate field of public safety.

(IU News: 2/15/2010)