Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Fee Lane crosswalks to be installed at IU Bloomington over spring break

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- When Indiana University Bloomington students return to classes after spring break on March 22, they will find an addition to campus -- a pair of new pedestrian crosswalks in a highly trafficked area and a promotional campaign on how to use them.

Both crosswalks, installed in a partnership between the university and the city of Bloomington, will be located on Fee Lane between 10th and 17th Streets -- one at 13th Street near McNutt Quad and the second between the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environment Affairs building.

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(IU News: 3/10/2010)

College of Arts and Sciences dean resigns

Kirkwood Hall. Courtesy of Erika Lee, The University Graduate School.

Bennett Bertenthal, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced his resignation Tuesday.

IU Spokesman Larry MacIntyre said Bertenthal’s decision was announced to IU faculty at noon by e-mail from Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson.

Hanson’s e-mail stated Bertenthal has decided to step down as dean and return to a full-time role as a faculty member, devoting himself to teaching and research. Bertenthal started his position as dean in 2007.

In an e-mail sent out to the faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences, Bertenthal said the direction of the events are moving in ways that are less compatible with his goals for the College.

“As a dean, my steadfast vision has been to advance cutting-edge research, scholarship and creative activities to provide students with a broad-based liberal education and to serve the state, the nation and the world,” he said in the e-mail.

Within the current administration, Bertenthal said there are significant differences
of opinion regarding how he should proceed and many bear directly on fundamental issues confronting the College of Arts and Sciences.

“These differences of opinion, some of which are quite strong,” Bertenthal said, “are not unusual among knowledgeable and dedicated administrators, but they can create disruptions and disharmonies which could be costly to the College and the University.”

Bertenthal said in the interests of beginning the transition as soon as possible, the University has requested he step down as dean at the beginning of spring break.

Friday will be Bertenthal’s last day as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to return to full-time teaching and research as a James H. Rudy Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences,” Bertenthal said. “This too, is a privilege because I will be working in one of the most outstanding psychology departments in the nation.”

MacIntyre said David Zaret will be the interim dean until a new dean can be chosen.

Zaret served as interim dean for the College once before in 2006, before Bertenthal was hired. Zaret has been a member of the IU faculty since 1977 and served as executive associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to 2005.

(By Jake Wright | IDS Reports: 3/9/2010)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sustainability study shows gap between what students say and do

Oren Pizmony-Levy with S110 students.  Courtesy of Indiana University.

When it comes to their carbon footprint, Indiana University Bloomington students wear one of two sizes: large and extra large. That's the case even though students place a high importance on environmental issues, according to analysis of a survey by an IU sociology class.

Doctoral student Oren Pizmony-Levy developed and teaches the course, called S110: Charts, Graphs and Tables. He and Justin Aguirre, an undergraduate who served as a teaching assistant for the fall 2009 class, presented the findings recently to the IU Public Sociology Forum, a Department of Sociology initiative that brings together students and faculty who are interested in making sociology more immediately relevant, applicable, and visible to non-sociological audiences.

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(IU News: 3/8/2010)

Monday, March 8, 2010

GPSO Seeking Applicants for the PARI PRERANA AWARD

The Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Organization and the University Graduate School are seeking applications for the 2010 Pari Prerana Award. The deadline for applications has been extended to March 19th, 2010!

The Pari Prerana (Essence of Inspiration) Award strives to recognize and honor students who have overcome a severe physical, cognitive or other health related challenge/s and have demonstrated academic excellence.

The objective of this award is to provide university and community wide recognition to such students and their narratives through various local media outlets. In addition, this award seeks to contribute to the building the self esteem, courage and competitive spirit among graduate students with challenges, and to further Indiana University’s mission.

The winner will receive a $250 cash award!

All advisors, graduate students, faculty and professors at Indiana University, Bloomington, are invited to nominate those students that they feel deserve special recognition for exemplary courage and determination under adverse and challenging conditions.

To learn more and/or submit a nominee, please visit the GPSO website:

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IDS: Kinsey awards grants to student sex researchers

Strengthening understanding to solve complex problems is the goal of research in nearly every field of study, from math to science and even to sex. Though similar in theory, studies about sex might involve a little something more.
Kinsey Institute communications director, Jennifer Bass, said the grants were opened up last year to allow students from all over the country to apply.

This year more than 40 graduate students applied for the grant. Three IU students and three non-IU students received the award.
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(By Molly Johnson: IDS: 3/7/2010)

Chronicle Articles Round-Up

Why Ph.D.'s Should Teach in High Schools
By Todd Alexander Postol
As public schools enter the second half of the academic calendar, we should pause for a moment to consider how we, as a nation, recruit educators to provide quality classroom instruction. Time spent in instruction should—in theory, at least—prepare secondary-school students for what lies ahead, including the intellectual challenges of college and the working world. But in practice, that doesn't often happen. One little-recognized reason is the gulf between the people who teach the information in the curriculum and where the information comes from: academics with Ph.D.'s.
(Chronicle: 2/7/2010)

Whose Job Is It, Anyway?
Removing the age-old prejudice against nonacademic careers is not only long overdue but critical in the humanities
By Alexandra M. Lord
It is a question I have come to dread. Usually, the person asking it is a nervous graduate student who is, both figuratively and literally, looking over his shoulder as he whispers to me at the end of my talk: "But what if your adviser doesn't want you to search for a nonacademic job?"
(Chronicle: 3/7/2010)

On Going Viral at the (Virtual) MLA
By Brian Croxall
Recently, I've had to come to grips with the fact that I've quite likely peaked. The paper that I was supposed to read at the 2009 Modern Language Association's convention went viral. When I chose at the last minute not to attend the conference, given my lack of job interviews, insufficient travel funds, and the low salary of a visiting professor, I rewrote the paper that I had planned to present at a panel on "Today's Students, Today's Teachers: Economics" to talk about "The Absent Presence" of people who, like me, could not afford to attend conferences.
(Chronicle: 3/7/2010)

Attention New AIs: 2010 Associate Instructor Workshop on Campus Climate

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education invites all new associate instructors to attend the 2010 Associate Instructor Workshop on Campus Climate

This year the sessions will be held the week before classes begin, on Tuesday, August 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 26, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Frangipani Room in the Indiana Memorial Union  (These are repeat sessions, so individuals attend only one.)  Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the event.

Participation is strongly encouraged. 

If you have questions about the event, please contact this year’s workshop coordinator (Dr. Katie Kearns, Campus Instructional Consulting; Franklin Hall 004;; 855-9023).