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IUB’s Main Library Information Commons was officially launched Sept. 18. The space includes more than 250 individual and group workstations, wireless networking and a multimedia lab. The campus’ Writing Tutorial Center and the Adaptive Technology Center are combined in the new configuration, which includes three instructional clusters with 72-inch “smart board” screens. Diane Dallis (far left) of Undergraduate Library Services demonstrates smart board capabilities to fellow librarian Saundra Taylor, curator of manuscripts at the Lilly Library.
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New urbanism in its successful manifestations is one strategy toward revitalizing American cities. But the blueprint for the new often is a legacy from the old. Take, for instance, Bloomington’s Vinegar Hill—a neighborhood portrayed in the late Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Stone Diaries. A class of IU students is helping to prepare a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places for Vinegar Hill, just south of the collegiate gothic limestone buildings of the campus.
History, function, trends and future needs— all figure into the IU campuses’ individual architectural signatures. What university architects have worked to preserve--whether limestone is used a flourish or as a mainstay—is a reflection of tradition, not of a "throw-away culture."
IU’s potential for contributing to the state’s economic growth and development has never been greater, says IU President Adam Herbert, who has named an internal task force to set a roadmap to define and to strengthen the university’s contributions.
The new Indiana Venture Center is a public-private partnership that will provide a supportive environment for start-up and fast-growing young firms in the state.

Today’s feature

Research II

The IU School of Medicine dedicated its newest facility, Research II, on the Indianapolis campus Sept. 30. Construction began three years ago, and nearly half the 128,000-square-foot building will be used as research labs. Profiled today are the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, the Walther Oncology Center, the Indiana Center of Excellence in Biomedical Imaging and the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy.