As the fall semester winds down, I want to join you in celebrating the many achievements of our faculty who have been recognized for excellence in research, scholarship and artistic endeavors. In this newsletter we highlight some of our faculty's impressive accomplishments and the recent awards that they have received. I am especially delighted to recognize Elinor (Lin) Ostrom. As both the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and the first member of our faculty in more than fifty years to earn this prestigious award, she is an inspiration to us all.
It is my pleasure to congratulate all of you who were part of our inaugural Themester—it was a rousing success! I am delighted to tell you that more than 4,000 College students and many more members of the Bloomington community took part in the 45 courses, lectures, theater productions, and other activities that were organized by seventeen of our departments to explore the topic of Evolution, Diversity, and Change. I am excited and looking forward to next year's Themester that will focus on Sustainability.
My very best wishes to all of you for a healthy and happy holiday season, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Bennett I. Bertenthal
James H. Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and
Dean of the IU College of Arts and Sciences