Faculty Excellence News: Summer Recap
Through ground-breaking research, noteworthy publications, prestigious awards and appointments, and influential on-campus conferences, faculty at IU Bloomington made an impact across a wide spectrum of disciplines in Summer 2013.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
IU Media Historian Recovers Oldest Known Sound Recordings
IU Ranks Among the Best
IU Bloomington gained recognition with stellar showings in several prominent national rankings.
- Forbes ranked IU Bloomington among the 25 best public colleges and universities in the nation. The rankings take into account factors such as graduation rates, nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships won by students, and post-graduation success.
- According to The College Database, IU Bloomington ranks 6th nationally in fine arts degree programs. 18 different degree-conferring graduate and undergraduate programs are offered on the Bloomington campus through a number of schools within the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Business Horizons, an academic journal of the Kelley School of Business, rose dramatically in the Thomas Reuters Impact Factor rankings. The rankings, which measure the rates at which publications are cited by researchers and scholars, listed Business Horizons as the 51st most impactful business journal.
Honors and Awards
IU faculty members were honored both nationally and internationally with notable awards and appointments.
- Richard Lugar, distinguished scholar and professor of practice at the School of Global and International Studies, will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lugar, the longest-serving senator in Indiana history, will visit the White House later this year to receive the award from President Barack Obama in recognition of Lugar’s bipartisan leadership and long-standing commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.
- Distinguished professor emeritus and former Indiana University trustee Bruce Cole has been recommended as a member of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission by President Obama. Among the commission’s tasks is the establishment of a national memorial to honor Eisenhower’s service, both as President and as Supreme Allied Commander during World War II.
- Kosali Simon, health economist and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, was appointed to the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Simon will serve in an advisory role for the foundation, which is devoted to promoting and improving public health.
- The Maurer School of Law’s Center for Constitutional Democracy has been chosen to advise Liberia’s Constitutional Review Committee. The center, directed by David C. Williams, John S. Hastings Professor of Law, will consult the Review Committee as they design amendments to Liberia’s 1986 constitution.
Conferences and Events
The IU Bloomington campus was a beacon this summer for students, scholars, and researchers from across the state and around the globe.
- In July, the Kelley School of Business hosted the Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute, sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The month-long program brought 20 students from more than a dozen European countries to Bloomington to work on a project for Stone Belt, a nonprofit agency based in Bloomington that helps individuals with developmental disabilities.
- The Indiana University School Administrators Association hosted the 46th annual Educational Leadership Summer Conference in June. This year’s conference brought administrators and teachers from around the state together to discuss how well Indiana schools are preparing students for college.
This summer saw a wealth of books, articles, and journals published by IU Bloomington faculty members.
- IU sociologist Robert V. Robinson and his coauthor, Nancy J. Davis of DePauw University, received the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal in religion for their book Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare. The book, published by Indiana University Press in 2012, earlier received the Scholarly Achievement Award from the North Central Sociological Association.
- Cambridge University Press published the inaugural issue of Network Science, a journal devoted to the cross-disciplinary study of the field of network science and developed by coordinating editor Stanley Wasserman, who holds joint appointments in the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
- The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America by associate professor of religious studies Candy Gunther Brown was published by Oxford University Press. The book traces the history of alternative medicines and their growing acceptance in mainstream American culture.
- Kylie Peppler, assistant professor of learning sciences in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington, published a report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation. The report, “New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age,” examines the ways in which children and teenagers are utilizing technologies to express themselves artistically, despite significant cuts to arts programs in schools.
Research and Grants
IU Bloomington faculty members enhanced the university’s reputation as a first-class research institute with a number of significant grants and innovative research projects.
- The IU Research and Technology Corp., a not-for-profit agency that assists IU faculty and researchers in realizing the commercial potential of their discoveries, found that invention disclosures among IU faculty and researchers have nearly doubled in the past three years.
- Researchers at the Kinsey Institute received a grant from the Palm Center to study medical treatment of transgender service members in the U.S. military. The study, "Understanding Aspects of Transgender Medical Accommodation and Care in the U.S. Military," will be conducted by Brandon J. Hill, a research associate with the Kinsey Institute, and Joshua Trey Barnett, an IU graduate student.
- Timothy Mickleborough, a professor in the School of Public Health, published a study on a unique omega-3 supplement derived from the New Zealand green-lipped mussel. Mickleborough found that the supplement can significantly reduce asthma symptoms and may be used to enhance athletic performance.
- The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, a collaborative endeavor between the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the Vanderbilt University Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, published a report on the impact of gender, race, and socioeconomic status on graduates of postsecondary arts programs.
- Stephen D. Bell, professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and Department of Biology, led a team of researchers from IU and Montana State University who discovered a connection between the way viruses such as HIV and Ebola attack humans and archaea, organisms that grow in volcanic hot springs. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Wellcome Trust, and the IU College of Arts and Sciences.