News and Announcements
Congratulations to Chen Zhu and Bob Wintsch, Geological Sciences Faculty, both of whom were just elected fellows of the Mineralogical Society of America!
Natural resource agencies have embraced an approach known as adaptive management to adjust and refine their management plans in the face of uncertainties caused by climate change and the functioning of complex ecosystems.But a paper co-written by an Indiana University law professor finds that agencies often apply adaptive management in ways that fail to promote learning, an approach the authors call “AM Lite.”
When April McKay learned she needed a field experience credit as part of her environmental science degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, she jumped at the chance to conduct her own research!
|A 12-foot-tall Indiana University-funded tower that recently began construction in Bloomington, Ind., will provide a new home for about 250 members of a bird species whose habitat has been threatened by a number of factors over the past century.|
|The Indiana Geological Survey, which has provided the state with information on energy, mineral and water resources since 1837, will have a new director, Todd A. Thompson, effective Nov. 1.|
On 24 September 2015, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Integrated Program in the Environment, the IU Office of Sustainability, and the ISOS Center for Social Responsibility co-hosted a public panel discussion on “Who’s Responsible for Sustainability?” at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union. Experts from the front line of sustainability discussed the need for tri-sectoral collaboration to address the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing society. Panelists included:
• Karen Cecil, Director, Global Environmental Sustainability, Cummins, Inc.
• Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability, Louisville Metro Government
• Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council
• Bill Brown, University Director of Sustainability, IU Office of Sustainability
A research team lead by Indiana University faculty member Rebecca Lave has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study the introduction of market-based environmental conservation policies in the European Union. The two-year, $314,750 grant will fund research focusing on habitat banking, in which the environmental costs of development projects are offset by purchasing credits generated by restoration projects elsewhere.
In my environmental ethics class, I give students a quiz designed to gauge awareness of the places where we live: Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Where is your landfill? Try to name five native trees. Which spring wildflowers are first to bloom where you live? Few students can answer these questions about IU and Bloomington, and faculty generally don’t perform much better. It’s no wonder: universities are populated by people who come from “somewhere else”...
Citing it as exemplary of Indiana University’s ability to recruit and attract leading young scientists from around the world, Indiana University Vice President for Research Jorge José has recognized five IU investigators for receiving the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.
The Faculty Early Career Development Award, known as the CAREER Award, identifies junior faculty members with the ability to integrate education and research. So every award includes an educational or outreach component that allows the investigator to possibly connect with students at every level of formal education, from grade school to graduate students working on dissertations. With funding spread out over five years, this year’s winners to date (more could be named later in the year) reflect individual awards ranging from over $2.2 million to an expert on interactions between social identities and group memberships to $455,000 to a theoretical mathematician whose work reaches into physics and quantum computing. Cumulatively, the awards total over $4.4 million for the five.
Indiana University students dug in the rough off the 16th green at a golf course, but they weren’t searching for a lost ball. They were searching for a solution to a problem that confronts golf courses and their neighbors around the world: how to limit the run-off of chemical-laden storm water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is funding the research project as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet program. The students used the IU Golf Course in Bloomington as their laboratory. The project should reduce the amount of chemical-laden storm water that flows into areas surrounding the golf course, including the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.