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Indiana University announced a $55 million research partnership Wednesday.

The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative aims to find actionable solutions to environmental threats facing Indiana businesses and communities.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says Hoosiers must prepare for these already ongoing threats.

“The failure to understand, predict, and adapt to environmental change could threaten the vitality of Hoosier business, agriculture, jobs, and physical well-being,” McRobbie says.

IU Professor Leads Global Biodiversity Study

Sep 5, 2016
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An Indiana University professor was named co-lead of a United Nations assessment on biodiversity. The study will identify threats to the parts of nature that society depends on.


IU Scientists Win Grant To Study Carbon Recycling

Jun 29, 2016
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Two Indiana University scientists are working to recycle the pollutant carbon dioxide into plastics, like Tupperware. As Indiana Public Broadcasting Nick Janzen reports, they just won a half a million dollars to build on their preliminary research.

Indiana University chemistry professor Steve Tait is leading the study on carbon recycling.  He says the goal of the project is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions—the primary source behind man-made climate change.  


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Earlier this month, the Indiana Legislative Services Agency released a report recommending that IPFW be broken into two institutions. However, IPFW’s governing body issued a response that brings the LSA’s findings into question. 

The LSA made its recommendations based on declines in enrollment, research funding, charitable donations, and graduation rates at IPFW.

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A recent study shows growth hormones used in beef cattle could be worse for the  environment than previously thought.  The new research comes from Indiana University.

Synthetic testosterone is used in the majority of U.S. beef cattle to make cows  bigger.  But when the steroids exit the cows, they can easily be washed into waterways. And once those compounds enter the environment, they can have surprising  reactions - like increasing in potency. 

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A new study from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is recommending significant changes for IPFW, including switching the university's governing body.

The IPFW Roles and Governance Study used focus groups, interviews with business leaders, and historical data to come up with five recommendations for change.

They include streamlining degree programs; strengthening ties to the business community; and transferring all governance of IPFW to Indiana University.

A series of research papers examining the disparities in school disciplinary practices released earlier this month show students of color are suspended at much higher rates. The findings were released by the Equity Project at Indiana University.

The new series of briefing papers reinforces what has been acknowledged by researchers for years – that young men of color are being over-referred and receive higher rates of out of school suspension. In Indiana, black male students are two to three-and-a-half times more likely to be suspended.

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An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.

The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.  But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm. 

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Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the state’s funding formula for higher education unfairly favors some schools over others.

Gora says the state’s performance funding system is a one-size-fits-all structure that favors large and growing campuses.  She says schools like Ball State – which Gora believes has focused on quality, rather than quantity – are penalized.