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Oct. 16, 2014

Construction affecting Jordan Avenue traffic

The second phase of work to Jordan Avenue has begun in earnest. Construction fencing has been installed on the west side of the street allowing for removal of trees, sidewalks and curbing from Third Street to University Drive.

Sidewalks on the west side of Jordan will be closed through mid-November, after which the project will move to the east side of the street. Parking next to Read Hall and south of the Leo R. Dowling International Center is being used for construction staging for the project, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of December. One northbound and one southbound lane for vehicular traffic will remain open throughout the project, though some delays may occur.

Science Fest

IU Science Fest is free and open to all ages Oct. 25 on campus. | Photo By Chris Meyer, IU Communications

College of Arts and Sciences launches inaugural community Science Fest

The College of Arts and Sciences has expanded its annual science open house event, drawing 11 science units together for the inaugural IU Science Fest.

The daylong event will let visitors experience an earthquake, make a comet, handle a live snake, examine a pig’s heart or glowing bacteria, hike the IU Research and Teaching Preserve, break open geodes, and play brain-teasing games and puzzles.

The free event, open to all ages, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Bloomington campus.

IU School of Global and International Studies announces associate and assistant deans

The IU School of Global and International Studies has announced the appointment of the first associate dean for academic affairs, assistant dean for strategic collaborations and director of administration.

Nick Cullather, a professor of history and international studies, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs. Hilary Kahn, director of the Center for the Study of Global Change and faculty in international studies, has been named assistant dean for strategic collaborations. She will continue her responsibilities as director of the global center.

They join Russ Hanson, who in August was appointed as the school's associate dean for institutional planning and development.

Film producer Michael Uslan joins IU as professor of practice

Michael Uslan, an IU alumnus who has become one of Hollywood's most accomplished movie producers, will join the IU Media School as a professor of practice beginning in spring 2015, while continuing his full range of producing and writing projects in motion pictures, television and new media.

Uslan brings more than three decades of experience in the motion picture industry and teach seminars in television and film production. He served as executive producer of 1989's "Batman," as well as the film franchise's more recent film and animated sequels, including the critically acclaimed "The Dark Knight," which won two Academy Awards.

He is considered an authority on comic books history and developed the first accredited college course on the subject at IU in 1971. In 2011, he donated approximately 30,000 comic books from his collection to the Lilly Library.

The Union Board is sponsoring "A Conversation with IU Alumnus Michael Uslan" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the IMU's Whittenberger Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be picked up at Union Board offices in the IMU.

IU Libraries Dean Brenda Johnson named director of University of Chicago Library

Brenda L. Johnson, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, has been appointed library director and university librarian at the University of Chicago. Her appointment begins Jan. 1.

Johnson has served as the dean of the IU Libraries since 2010. An interim dean will be named in the near future.

During Johnson's tenure, the IU Libraries have launched new spaces and developed innovative models for delivering library services. She has also provided crucial leadership on the university's digital preservation initiatives, including the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative as well as the Digitization Master Plan.

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