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Nov. 11, 2015

IU Energy Challenge winners announced

Energy Challenge poster

Participants in this fall's IU Energy Challenge conserved a total of 570,128 kilowatt hours of electricity and 750,256 gallons of water. | IMAGE COURTESY OF IU ENERGY CHALLENGE

Winners of the fall 2015 IU Energy Challenge have been announced. The purpose of the energy challenge, in which groups of people in campus buildings and residence halls compete to conserve the most energy, is to instill conservation habits in participants. It rewards IU students, staff and faculty for making small behavior changes that, when performed collectively, can substantially decrease IU's environmental impact.

Participants in this fall's challenge conserved a total of 570,128 kilowatt hours of electricity and 750,256 gallons of water. 

Matchups (winners in bold):

  • Student Building vs. Alumni Center
  • Bryan Hall vs. Service Building
  • Maxwell Hall vs. Owen Hall
  • Cyberinfrastructure Building vs. Geology
  • Lindley Hall vs. Swain Hall
  • Wright Education Building vs. Rawles Hall

Category winners:

  • Laboratories: Myers Hall
  • Central RPS buildings: Wright Quad
  • Northwest RPS buildings: Briscoe Quad
  • Southeast RPS buildings: Forest Quad
  • Northeast RPS buildings: Campus View
  • Greek buildings: Alpha Omicron Pi

IU creates scholarship to honor first female African-American student

IU has established a new scholarship to honor Carrie Parker Taylor, the first African-American woman to enroll at IU. The scholarship announcement follows the recent discovery of Parker's legacy by IU Archives director Dina Kellams.

The scholarship is funded by an endowed gift of $30,000 made by James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School and vice president for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

Carrie Parker

Carrie Parker Taylor, pictured in 1937, attended IU in 1898. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ARCHIVES

As part of the university’s Bicentennial Campaign, IU will match the annual endowed interest, making the Carrie Parker Taylor Scholarship $2,700 each year in perpetuity.

"I was a first-generation college student who worked full time as an undergrad because, similar to Parker, I had to pay my own way," Wimbush said. "I understand the financial struggle Parker faced as well as the burden of working long hours while trying to also succeed academically. There were many nights, as my mother often recalls, when I only got a few hours of sleep. I want this award to serve as recognition for the deserving student's efforts as well as an incentive for her or him to return and complete the degree."

The scholarship will be awarded each year to a high-achieving sophomore, junior or senior who is a 21st Century, Groups, or Hudson and Holland scholar and demonstrates financial need. Priority will be given to first-generation college students.

SGIS adds new assistant dean, fiscal officer

The School of Global and International Studies recently announced it has filled two key positions:

  • Doug Goldstein will join the school as the new assistant dean for planning and growth on Nov. 30. He most recently served as assistant dean for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and joined IU as assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
  • Catherine Martin began her role as the school's fiscal officer on Nov. 9. She is a Certified Public Accountant who has been a tax and investment accountant for the IU Foundation since 2004. She also teaches at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

IU sociologist receives honorary degree from Uppsala University

William Corsaro, professor emeritus of sociology at IU Bloomington, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden, one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Europe.

The degree, awarded by the university’s Faculty of Educational Sciences, recognizes Corsaro’s groundbreaking work on the sociology of childhood, including ethnographic field work in American preschools in which he observed how young children form peer cultures.

“William Corsaro ... is a world-leading researcher in the field of childhood sociology who has radically changed our understanding of children’s perspective and participation in socialization practices in preschool, elementary school and as part of family life,” the degree citation said. “His micro-ethnographic approach and his theoretical terminology are still used by many researchers in the educational sciences with an interest in the socialization, learning and cultural practices of children.”

Also presented an honorary doctorate was Jane Humphries, professor of economic history at the University of Oxford, who has spent the majority of her career researching and lecturing on the social and economic history of families, including the relationship between schools and industrial society.

Chartered in 1477, Uppsala University was the first university in Scandinavia. Its faculty members have included Carl Linnaeus, who laid the foundations for modern biological naming; Olof Rudbeck, said to be the discoverer of the human lymph system; and Anders Celsius, the astronomer who constructed the most widely used thermometer. Faculty have also included several Nobel Prize laureates, and Alfred Nobel received an honorary degree from the university in 1893.

Tharp and McRobbie

Michael A. McRobbie presents the President's Medal for Excellence to Twyla Tharp. | PHOTO BY CHAZ MOTTINGER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

Dance legend Twyla Tharp awarded IU President’s Medal

IU President Michael A. McRobbie recently presented the President's Medal for Excellence to modern dance legend Twyla Tharp.

The medal, which reproduces the jewel of office worn by IU's president at ceremonies, is the highest honor an IU president can bestow.

Tharp was recognized for her extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts during her stop in Bloomington on the 50th anniversary tour of her dance company. Twyla Tharp Dance performed recently at IU Auditorium.

SPEA environmental scientist named to Illinois water quality board

Todd Royer, an associate professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington, has been appointed to the Illinois Nutrient Science Advisory Committee. He and five other science experts named to the working group will help guide the development of nutrient water quality standards to protect aquatic life in Illinois waters.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Acting Director Warren Goetsch announced the appointments Tuesday. The committee will review and analyze data, research results and U.S. EPA guidance and propose nutrient water quality standards. The Illinois EPA and stakeholders will develop a plan for implementing the standards.

Royer is an aquatic ecologist specializing in water resources, nutrient and carbon cycling, water quality, and nutrient standards. His research investigates the ecological and biogeochemical processes that affect water quality in streams and rivers. Much of his work is conducted in agricultural landscapes where nutrients and other pollutants are a threat to water quality and ecological health.

Key member of Indian parliament is Kelley School of Business’ next Poling Chair

Deepender S. Hooda, a member of India’s parliament since 2005 and an alumnus of IU’s Kelley School of Business, has been named a leader-in-residence at the school, its Poling Chair of Business and Government, for the upcoming academic year.

The Poling Chair was established in 1993 by the late Harold "Red" Poling, a Kelley School alumnus and Ford Motor Co. chairman and CEO from 1985 to 1994.

Recipients of the Poling Chair are given the charge to stimulate discussion in the areas of leadership, the critical interactions between private business and government in matters of public policy, enterprise competitiveness and economic growth.

He will make periodic trips to the Kelley School in Bloomington and Indianapolis, where he will interact with students and faculty, including an upcoming visit Nov. 12 to 18.

Honoring IU’s own on Veterans Day

In case you missed it, the Nov. 4 issue of Inside IU was dedicated to IU’s active-duty and military veterans. The issue included a photo gallery of IU’s military history through the years, a video of IUPUI ROTC cadets in action at Camp Atterbury and a roundup of events and activities in honor of the national holiday.

Several events are planned on campus for Veterans Day: The IMU will provide free coffee, fruit and baked goods for veterans from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the IMU Market. Students, staff, faculty and community members are also encouraged to stop by the Memorial Room in the IMU to reflect on the Golden Book, containing thousands of names of IU veterans. 

In addition, the Veterans Support Services office will host a Veterans Day Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.

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