An Indiana University astrobiologist has been named to a NASA position responsible for protecting the planet from microscopic threats originating on other planets.
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Awards + honors
Adrian Matejka, associate professor of English, named new Indiana State Poet Laureate by the Indiana Arts Commission
Four College faculty have been promoted to distinguished professor, the university’s highest rank for scholars and researchers: Carl Bauer, a microbiologist and current chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry; Jerome Busemeyer, a cognitive scientist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Sumit Ganguly, an India studies and national security specialist in the Department of Political Science; and Mark Roseman, a professor of Jewish studies and history.
Linda Pisano, professor of Theatre, Drama & Contemporary Dance and Head of Design & Technology, was the only costume designer from the United States to be selected as a finalist in the World Stage Design Exhibition (WSD17) held in Taipei, Taiwan, in July. Her featured work included her costume designs for the 2014 production of Verdi's La Traviata at the Jacobs School of Music Opera Theatre.
Four college faculty have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Andrea Wiley, professor of anthropology; Matthew Hahn, professor of biology; Adam Zlotnick, professor of biochemistry; and Chen Zhu, professor of geological sciences.
Susan Lepselter, associate professor in Anthropology, has been awarded the ninth annual Gregory Bateson Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Her book The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny (University of Michigan Press, 2016), was singled out from a field of 100 books.
Jeffrey White, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 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.
The Department of the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine has launched a new master's track in studies of scientific literacy and responsible research to address current challenges in science. The program, which will offer its first courses in spring 2018, is currently accepting applications from students at IU and beyond. The application deadline for 2018-19 is January 15, 2018.
Faculty in the news
Nicholas Sokol, associate professor of Biology, was quoted in the health science news blog Reliawire about his new study showing a genetic link between Fragile X Syndrome and Dysregulated Tissue Growth
David Polly, professor of Geological Sciences and president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, spoke with Science News about “Why fossil scientists are suing Trump over monuments downsizing.”
Sumit Ganguly, Tagore Professor of Political Science, was interviewed by World Politics Review about impending leadership changes in India for the article “Rahul Gandhi’s Ascendance to Head India’s Congress Reflects a Bankrupt Party.”
A new study from Armin Moczek’s lab in Biology in which one species of beetle developed a functional third eye after the function of a single gene was disrupted was featured on multiple news sites, including, among many others: RT news, Techradar, Science Alert, New Atlas, and IFLScience.
Padraic Kenney, professor of history and international studies, published an article, “Why Are There Political Prisoners?” in History News Network.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Keith Clay in Biology for EEID: Multi-host, multi-pathogen interactions in invaded communities: The consequences of emerging infectious disease of a rapidly expanding grass.
From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to Enrico Vesperini in Astronomy for Pushing ahead the frontier of the Globular Cluster dynamics: The 3D view of the velocity space.
From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to Brian D’Onofrio in Psychological and Brain Sciences for A Genetically Informed Study of Psychosocial Risk Factors for Suicide Attempt/Self-Harm.
From Exxon Mobil to Juergen Schieber in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for Flume studies of mud erodibility.
From Alios Biopharma to Cheng Kao in Biochemistry for Mass spectrometric analysis of peptides from RNA virus polymerases.
Recent faculty books
The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora
Vivian Halloran, Professor of English and American StudiesView Immigrant Kitchen book information
Gendering Modernism: A Reappraisal of the Canon
Maria Bucur, John V. Hill Professor of East European History, and Professor of Gender StudiesView Gendering Modernism book information
Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World
Lisa Sideris, Associate professor in Religious StudiesView Consecrating Science ebook information
Recent faculty journal articles and papers
Sarah R. Osterhoudt. “The land of no taboo: Agrarian politics of neglect and care in Madagascar,” The Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2017.
Eric Robinson. “What Thucydides Teaches Us about War, Politics, and the Human Condition,” in War on the Rocks, a security policy website.
Rebecca Spang. “The Smart Money: Are We on the Cusp of a Cashless Society?” Financial Times (July 6, 2017).
Carl Weinberg. “'This Will Sound Nutty’: Conspiracy Theory in Democracy in Chains,” a contribution to a Society for U.S. Intellectual History roundtable on Nancy MacLean's new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America (2017).