Indiana University  Research & Creative Activity September 2000 • Volume XXIII Number 2

Research and Creative Activity

Volume XXIII, Number 2,
September 2000

New Directions in Applied Physics


Mission Editor's Notes R&CA Abstracts
New Directions in Applied Physics
by J. Timothy Londergan
Applied physics research at universities is helping launch a new era of revolutionary breakthroughs.
As the IU Cyclotron Facility retools to use its proton beams for medical therapy, new treatments for serious diseases are being explored at the Midwest Proton Radiation Institute.

Age-related macular degeneration affects millions of older Americans, eventually causing irreversible blindness. But an IU clinical trial offers hope in the form of a treatment that lasts two minutes.

Digesting Modern Physics
by William Rozycki
The findings of a biophysics research team Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis are changing long-standing views of how the stomach functions.
Cells on
the Run

by William Rozycki

IU Bloomington's first biophysicist is bringing a rapidly growing field of science to campus.
Unzipping Your DNA
by William Rozycki

Despite its tightly wound helical shape, DNA "unzips" during replication and translation, unfolding into particular shapes. A researcher at IU Southeast explores why.

On the Beam
by Nick Riddle
NASA, Boeing, and others rely on IU's Radiation Effects Research Program to learn whether microelectronic devices—from circuit boards to supercomputers—will last in outer space.
After Chernobyl
by Elizabeth Hunt

Following the world's worst civil nuclear power accident, an IU South Bend physicist has studied the effects of the accidental radiation exposure on humans.

A basement physics lab may be a long way from a dot-com corporation, but the new science of "spin electronics" is steadily shrinking the gap.
The quantum computer is still hypothetical, but research at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis is bringing these strange machines closer to reality.
Preview books on varsity sports at IU, traditional tales from Arab women, Caribbean pirates, the spiritual journals of a colonial Mexican nun, and more.

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