Research and Creative Activity

Indiana University

Office of Research and the University Graduate School
Volume XVII, Number 3, March 1995

From the Editors

This first issue of 1995 celebrates the 175th anniversary of the founding of Indiana University and the inauguration of its new president. At the time of the establishment of Indiana Seminary, a precursor to Indiana University, one lone faculty member was also the administrator in charge of twelve students. Today Indiana University has grown and matured in ways that its founders could not have envisioned. Indiana University has become a world-acclaimed institution of higher learning devoted to the needs and interests of all Hoosiers. With its 3,982 faculty and 92,769 students, Indiana University greatly enriches the state of Indiana and its citizens.

Teaching, service, and scholarship are still today at the core of the university's mission of excellence, yet there is more work to be done. State, national, and global prosperity demands an increasingly better educated work force; Indiana University must thus anticipate the future even as it honors its past. In his inaugural address, Indiana University President Myles Brand stated, "We have the duty, and I maintain that it is a moral duty, to continue to strengthen Indiana University in the fulfillment of these obligations of trust and to prepare the way for future generations, as Indiana's pioneer founders prepared the way for us." We are, in President Brand's words, a "grand public institution" in partnership with other local, state, and national institutions as well as with the private sector. President Brand's leadership and his vision for this university will steer us boldly and intelligently toward our 200th anniversary in the year 2020.

Meanwhile state appropriations and student tuition cannot alone pay for the university's future, a future insured only in ongoing research and creative activity. External funding from various sources--from public and private contributors--will continue to play a crucial role. In these financially difficult times, we cannot afford mistakes that may affect the integrity and legacy of Indiana University. Thus the university must take a more active role in showing the stabilizing, humanizing power of research and creative activity before any simplistic calculus of the future. What indeed will be the value of a future our great-grandchildren can still pay for if there is little of worth for them to buy?

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary, we salute the work of those who helped establish the reputation of Indiana University as one of the premier research universities in the nation. Often we look to the future by monitoring the promise of our junior faculty. This issue of Research & Creative Activity is instead dedicated to five surprisingly representative, highly successful faculty members who have advanced our knowledge over the past thirty years. In the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and art and science of healing, unique partnerships between the university's benefactors and its faculty made it possible for these distinguished professors to dedicate their time and energy to pushing our collective limits of knowledge further. Public funding institutions, such as the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, and many corporations and private foundations form only a part of Indiana University's steady support. Individual alumni and local businesses have had a pivotal effect upon the continuing success of this grand public institution. This issue makes special note of some of these uncommonly generous people. As we have said so often before, there is no clearly visible separator between research and scholarship on one side, teaching and public service on the other. Such a fiction may be useful to some in the political or media arenas, but we find no evidence for it here.

P. Sarita Soni
Professor of Optometry
Special Assistant for Research
Office of Research and the University Graduate School

Ann G. Carmichael
Associate Professor of History
Special Assistant for Research
Office of Research and the University Graduate School