Indiana University Research & Creative Activity


Volume 30 Number 1
Fall 2007

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limestone fruit fly
Photo by Hillary Demmon, Indiana University Communications

New Homes for Science

The fruit fly alight on the fa├žade of Simon Hall is made of stone, but it says a lot.

A long-favored model organism among geneticists, the fruit fly is a symbol of basic genetics research for which Indiana University Bloomington is known around the world. The stone fly rests on the outside of an innovative building adorned with unusual carvings and configured to facilitate research collaborations. Inside, scientists and staff from genomics, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, proteomics, and more are now at work conducting basic and applied research that will reach "from bench to bedside."

Situated in the middle of campus, Simon Hall was dedicated on October 16; it is named for the Simon family, who contributed $9 million toward construction of the $55.7 million building. Dubbed a "hub" for scientific research, Simon Hall is providing much-needed space for the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Measurement, the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, and the IU Biocomplexity Institute, among others.

Meanwhile, at IUPUI, the 166,000-square-foot Health Information and Translational Sciences building opened in spring 2007. Funding for the $42 million building was made possible by seed money from the Indiana General Assembly and by private gifts, including a generous contribution from Eli Lilly and Co. Located on the northwest edge of the downtown, the building houses health science researchers from nine divisions affiliated with the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI, and Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Embedded fiber optic networks and other technological systems support the work of the medical, infor-matics, mathematics, and computational researchers in the building, all of whom are focused on improving the lives of adults and children through health services research.