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The College of Arts and Sciences - Dean's Faculty and Staff Newsletter
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September, 2010

David ZaretDear Colleagues,

Welcome back (or welcome, if you are new to IU) to the Fall Semester 2010! I hope you had an enjoyable and productive summer. As this newsletter indicates, College faculty have been remarkably active amidst the heat and somnolence of summer in Bloomington. We all look forward to a new exciting year, which I hope proves to be rewarding to each of you.

Themester 2010, "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet," will officially kick off with an opening festival on Friday, September 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. The Themester calendar is filling up and includes a public talk by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, best-selling author of The World is Flat and Flat, Hot and Crowded; an exhibit of the work of renowned nature photographer Subhankar Banerjee; and a screening and discussion of Al Gore's Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. To receive weekly updates of Themester events, email: with “Add me to the listserv” in the subject line.

Each fall, Themester combines a cluster of classes, performances, lectures, debates, exhibits and other events around an issue or topic of widespread interest. The first Themester in fall 2009 was "Evolution, Diversity and Change;" fall 2010 will see nearly every school on the Bloomington campus take part in the initiative. The theme for fall 2011 is “War and Peace.” The summer we welcomed Tracy Bee into the Dean’s Office as full-time coordinator for Themester. Tracy is well known to many of you, having served for nearly seven years as the academic advisor in the College’s International Studies Program.

As always, please call upon me or any of the staff in the Dean’s Office if we can be of help as you do the important work of the College.

Warm regards,

David Zaret
Interim Dean, IU College of Arts and Sciences

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The College in the news

Eric LeeperEric Leeper, Department of Economics, received a great deal of media attention as a result of a paper at the U.S. Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, WY, last month. The paper, titled “Monetary Science, Fiscal Alchemy,” sparked discussion among economic theorists and policy-makers in The New York Times, MarketWatch, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and Reuters, in addition to Bloomberg’s Businessweek. More »

David HeiseDave Heise, Rudy Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the two highest awards given by the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association: The James Coleman Distinguished Career Award, and the Harrison White Outstanding Book Award (the latter for Expressive Order: Confirming Sentiments in Social Actions). These recognitions of Heise’s many profound contributions the mathematical sociology community were presented formally on August 17 in Atlanta.

Ilana GershonProfessor of Communication and Culture Ilana Gershon’s new book, The Break-Up 2.-0: Disconnecting over New Media, received a great deal of media attention following its release this July. Outlets included NPR’s On the Media, the Indianapolis Star, unsurprisingly perhaps, given the subject matter, many blogs.

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