Faculty News

IU Chemistry professor’s discovery of transporter could help researchers understand infectious disease

Professor David Giedroc and team in the Department of Chemistry have discovered a key to understanding bacterial defense strategies during infections.

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IU research on Optical Materials, known as SMILES, are featured at the Materials Research Society Meeting on MRS-TV

A short film covering research on the world’s brightest optical materials, SMILES, from Professors Amar Flood and Krishnan Raghavachari, adjunct faculty Sudhakar Pamidighantam, and collaborator Professor Bo Laursen at the University of Copenhagen is being featured at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting.

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NABT recognizes IU Biology professor for science outreach

The science outreach efforts of Armin Moczek, a professor in the College’s Department of Biology in Bloomington, will be honored this week at the 2022 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference in Indianapolis. Moczek will receive the organization's Evolution Education Award for his innovative teaching and community education efforts in the promotion of the accurate understanding of biological evolution.

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Misinformation, vaccine concerns contribute to low COVID-19 vaccination rate among children

A new report from Indiana University sociologist Jessica Calarco and Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Anderson sheds light on why the rate of COVID-19 vaccination among U.S. children is far lower than the rate of vaccination among adults.

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WSJ Opinion: Can the Biden Administration Define Anti-Semitism?

The Biden administration announced in mid-December the creation of an interagency working group to develop “a national strategy to combat antisemitism.” To succeed, however, the working group must first answer a basic question: What is anti-Semitism? Professor Alvin Rosenfeld published this opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on January 8, 2023.

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New IU coral facility receives funding to study how pathogen infects coral

The National Science Foundation and its internationally funded Binational Science Foundation have awarded a grant to Julia van Kessel, an associate professor in Biology, and her colleagues in IU’s new coral facility to study the coral reef ecosystem.

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College of Arts and Sciences celebrates more than 150 faculty authors who published 170-plus books

On the evening of December 12, College of Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, and guests gathered in the Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities in Maxwell Hall, on the Indiana University Bloomington campus, to celebrate the more than 150 College faculty authors who have published over 170 books since 2020.

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Astronomy professor leads Milky Way research with the help of IU’s supercomputer system

Catherine Pilachowski, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at IU, in collaboration with Research Technologies, has been working with the university’s advanced technology to answer questions about the Southern Bulge—more familiarly known as the Milky Way—and its quarter of a billion surrounding stars.

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Professor Jay Lennon recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Jay T. Lennon, a professor in the College's Department of Biology, is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Those selected for this esteemed award are required to be internationally recognized for their academic achievements which have been proven by corresponding successes in research, and show promise of continuing their outstanding research into the future.

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Chemistry professor awarded the 2022 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Martin Jarrold was awarded the 2022 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry. The Eastern Analytical Symposium celebrates analytical chemists whose work have helped shape their field. Jarrold’s research in charge detection mass spectrometry (CDMS) has been essential in the development of virus assembly and gene therapy analysis. 

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Mental health, substance use issues prevalent among nonpsychiatric emergency room patients

A new study by Indiana University researchers has found that about 45% of patients who visit the emergency department for physical injuries and ailments also have mental health and substance use problems that are often overlooked. It also found that patients who reported high levels of suicidal thinking and plans were more likely to have frequent emergency department visits.

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IU Idea to Start-Up competition winners announced

The team of Julia van Kessel, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, and Laura Brown, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, both of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, was chosen as 1st-place winner of the inaugural IU Idea to Startup Pitch Competition.

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Professor Adams explores how a group of academics who came together in 1960 influenced the world

A new book by Michael Adams, Problems in Lexicography: A Critical / Historical Edition, shows how a group of academics who studied the making of dictionaries convened at IU in 1960 to produce a work that continues to inform and influence the profession and the field of linguistics today.

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Astronomer Constantine Deliyannis tracks "missing" element in stars, may provide clues to how the Big Bang occurred

New research by Associate Professor Constantine Deliyannis of the Department of Astronomy within the College of Arts and Sciences provides new insights into the composition of the most common stars in the universe, and may offer clues as to how the Big Bang occurred.

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Professor Russell Scott Valentino, alumna Dana Johnson, to judge the 2022 National Book Awards

Professor Valentino will be one of the judges selecting this year’s National Book Award's Translated Literature category, and Dana Johnson (M.F.A. ’02), award-winning author of Break Any Woman Down, is a judge in the Fiction category.

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Mathematics Professor Julia Plavnik recipient of prestigious Humboldt Fellowship

Assistant Professor Julia Plavnik, the Charlotte Ann Griffin Professor of Mathematics within the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the prestigious Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The Fellowship provides 18 months of support for collaboration with researchers in Germany, support for postdoctoral scholars to visit the US, and a network of internationally recognized experts.

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