The Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Themester explores the interconnectedness of animals and humans with an exciting fall lineup of public talks, workshops, films, exhibits and visiting speakers.
A new study led by researchers at Indiana University has found that modifications such as dams and reservoirs do not isolate rivers and streams in the United States and Canada from the effects of climate change. The analysis shows that the flow of water in managed waterways has diminished in the southern and western United States over the past three decades in the same manner as waterways in these regions without modifications.
Indiana University's Foundations in Science and Mathematics program offered another summer full of engaging courses to more than 100 local high school and middle school students. By studying blood splatter patterns, analyzing organisms in the Jordan River and completing hands-on activities, students began to master material inside and outside the classroom.
A model developed by researchers at Indiana University can help experts address such risks by estimating the likelihood of landslides that will be caused by earthquakes anywhere in the world. The estimates can be available within minutes, providing potentially life-saving information to people who are affected by earthquakes and the agencies and organizations charged with responding to them.
States that require utilities to increase renewable energy see an expansion of renewable energy facilities and generation -- including wind and other renewable sources, but especially solar -- according to new research from Indiana University and two other institutions. IU's Sanya Carley led a team of researchers that closely examined the history and evolution of state renewable portfolio standards and interviewed more than 40 experts about renewable portfolio standards implementation.
A study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, led by IU environmental scientists finds that chemicals used in flame retardants, plasticizers and other commercial products are broken down through the process of metabolism into other compounds. Researchers say not enough is known about the dangers posed by those compounds, known as metabolites.Formerly listed as an endangered species, in part because of the effects of the pesticide DDT in the environment, bald eagles are now increasing in number. But their recovery could be slowed by exposure to flame retardants and other pollutant chemicals, the researchers say.
A new excavation project gave Indiana University Bloomington students the opportunity to explore and uncover the past of IU's oldest property, the Wylie House. Elizabeth Watts Malouchos, Glenn A. Black Laboratory research scientist and principal investigator for the project, said the team of 11 students located one greenhouse and a possible corner end of a second, which was the primary focus of the excavation. Until the excavation, no one knew for sure the location of the greenhouses, or whether they even existed on the property of the 1835 Wylie House, home to IU's first president, Andrew Wylie.
Indiana University's Center for Rural Engagement has announced plans to continue IU's partnership with Lawrence County as the county's participation in the first year of the Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative draws to a close. Through the center, IU School of Social Work professor and Lawrence County resident John Keesler conducted a survey of community perceptions of addiction and related mental health issues.
Students in an IU Bloomington's course "Environmental and Energy Diplomacy" found ways to help Malaysia expand its use of renewable energy. The ambassador, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, invited embassy staff and high-level Malaysian government officials and business leaders for an end-of-semester video conference in which the students presented their work. The group in Malaysia then launched into detailed discussion of the findings and ideas. The course is part of the Diplomacy Lab project, in which the U.S. State Department collaborates with research universities to "course-source" projects related to foreign policy.
Arctic environments are warming twice as fast as other regions of the world. Recent reports confirm that rapid changes in Arctic systems continue unabated and at unprecedented rates. Indiana University professor Jeffrey White will talk about his research experiences and findings from his work on the Arctic tundra in the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Indiana University Cinema, 1213 E. Seventh St.