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Aug. 10, 2016

Light fixtures being added, upgraded throughout Dunn’s Woods, Old Crescent

Outside lighting fixtures throughout Dunn’s Woods and the Old Crescent are being added and upgraded in a project managed by the Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities.

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Nine IU scroll lighting fixtures located from the Sample Gates to the circle drive by the Student Building have been removed and are being refurbished. | Photo By INDIANA UNIVERSITY

The project includes work to upgrade some fixtures and add others, including:

  • Nine IU scroll lighting fixtures located from the Sample Gates to the circle drive by the Student Building have been removed and are being refurbished. Temporary fixtures have been installed. The refurbished fixtures will also receive a new LED light that uses half the energy and produces a white light that is closer to daylight. However, since the original fixture between Maxwell and Owen halls was too badly damaged to be refurbished, it will be replaced.
  • More than 40 new lantern-style fixtures that match others elsewhere on campus, including around Showalter Fountain, are being installed throughout the rest of Dunn’s Woods. Those lantern-style fixtures start at Bryan Hall and run east through the woods to Kirkwood Hall. Some of the new fixtures are replacing old bollard-style lighting, while others are brand new installations. They also use LED lighting, and are more energy efficient. Additional existing lights are being replaced with new LED fixtures as well.

The lantern-style fixtures are connected to a centralized control system, which will allow individual lights to be turned off or dimmed as needed. That could include events at the Kirkwood Observatory, for example. In general, however, the lights will be on from dusk until dawn.

The contractor doing the installation work is using a horizontal directional boring machine to dig the electric lines, which is less damaging to tree root systems.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the start of fall classes.

IU Office of Sustainability, Office of the Provost announce new Sustainability Innovation Fund

In a complex and rapidly changing world, innovation is essential. That's why the Office of Sustainability and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President are teaming up to launch a new Sustainability Innovation Fund. 

“We’ve seen incredible progress towards campus sustainability come out of the 2020 Transitions Lab,” university director of sustainability Bill Brown said, citing IU Bloomington’s living-learning lab that has resulted in projects like the ongoing campus tree inventory project.

Students, with faculty and staff guidance from the IU Office of Sustainability's Environmental Quality and Land Use Working Group as well as from 2020 Transitions Lab director Andrew Predmore, are using smart phones to collect campus tree data, map tree canopy cover and quantify the many benefits of IU’s iconic woodland campus now and in the future. IU professors and local high school teachers are using the tree inventory project to engage students in hands-on learning, all while solving a campus sustainability problem.

While the tree inventory represents a good example of collaboration between faculty, operations and the community for enhanced student learning experiences, Brown said innovative solutions to campus sustainability needs are needed from multiple perspectives, not just traditional environmental sectors.

“The Sustainability Innovation Fund is designed to give diverse teams of faculty, staff and students an opportunity to discover solutions to today’s most pressing problems, working across multiple disciplines to bring research, teaching and operations together,” he said.

Goals for the new fund include:

  • Create and fund at least one major innovation per year that will measureably advance campus sustainability
  • Improve IU Bloomington’s score in at least one category of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s rating system
  • Provide high-impact learning experiences for students
  • Make measureable progress towards one or more of the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan goals

Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel, sees the IU Bloomington campus as an emerging leader in sustainability efforts, with a campus-wide internship program, an increasing number of LEED-certified buildings, new minors and degree programs and a strong research component, that spans disciplines.

“We all are responsible for addressing sustainability in everything we do.  The applied, solutions-oriented ideas that are generated through the Sustainability Innovation Fund will improve both our campus and the other campuses and organizations with whom we share our findings,” Robel said. “Those who work on these projects will leave the campus a better place than they found it.” 

All IU Bloomington faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute their best ideas and work collaboratively to develop proposals. Each proposal submission, however, must name both a faculty and staff lead. See the proposal guidelines for more details.

An open orientation event is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Letters of intent are due Nov. 18, and full proposals will be due Feb. 10. Projects for the 2016-17 academic year will be announced at the spring sustainability symposium on April 7, 2017.

Complete information about the new fund and how to submit a proposal is available online.

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From left, IU sophomore Lilly King, alumnus Cody Miller and IU junior Blake Pieroni. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS

IU congratulates King, Miller, Pieroni on Olympic medals

IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass congratulated Lilly King, Cody Miller and Blake Pieroni on earning Olympic medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The three current or former IU swimmers each earned medals while representing Team USA. King, a sophomore, won the gold medal in the women's 100 breaststroke on Tuesday night. On Monday, Miller, a 2015 graduate, took home the bronze in the men's 100 breaststroke while Pieroni, a junior at IU, won gold as part of the 4x100 freestyle relay. 
 
"All of us at Indiana University are supremely proud of the extraordinary and truly awe-inspiring performances of our newest Olympic medal-winning athletes in Rio," McRobbie said. "Through their talent, dedication and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of athletic excellence, Lilly King, Cody Miller and Blake Pieroni, guided by their outstanding coach, Ray Looze, have authored the next chapter in the university's storied history of Olympic greatness. In shining so brightly on the biggest stage, they have also embodied the Hoosier values of hard work, dignity and respect, while representing themselves as role models for all of our students and ambassadors of IU to the world beyond."
 
"We could not be prouder of Lilly King, Cody Miller, and Blake Pieroni on their incredible achievements at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio," Glass said. "They join the very long and proud line of IU's Olympic medalists, and their excellence and strength of competitive character has inspired IU fans the world over. Coached by the outstanding Ray Looze, their achievements are testament to our commitment to reaching our highest athletic potential and winning championships."

IU Board of Trustees to meet Friday on Bloomington campus

The IU Board of Trustees will meet Friday, Aug. 12, in Presidents Hall on the Bloomington campus.

The agenda includes a request for approval for the university’s 2017-19 legislative capital request.

The board will also consider requests for several new degrees, including master’s degrees in cybersecurity risk management and health physics as well as a bachelor’s degree in public health, fitness and wellness for IU Bloomington; a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages for IUPUI; a bachelor’s degree in international students for IU East; bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and medical imaging technology for IU Northwest; and a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science for IU South Bend.

A full schedule and agenda for the meeting are available online.

The Board of Trustees is IU's governing board, its legal owner and final authority. The board holds the university's financial, physical and human assets and operations in trust for future generations. Its membership, terms of office, responsibilities, powers and electoral procedures are governed by the Indiana Code.

Reminder: Parking lots closed for Welcome Week Block Party

It’s that time again! Move-In Day is Aug. 17, and it’s going to be a busy week of activities, including CultureFest on Aug. 18, Traditions and Spirit of IU on Aug. 19 and Block Party Concert and Carnival on Aug. 20.

Due to the Block Party, part of 13th Street and the EM-S and CH parking lot at the corner of 13th Street and Fee Lane will close at midnight Aug. 18.

IU Bloomington to lead analytics program aimed at improving student success

IU Bloomington, which began a Student Learning Analytics Fellows program in 2015, will lead a multiyear Bay View Alliance project to use data analytics to improve student learning, retention and success.

The University of British Columbia, the University of Kansas, Queens University of Canada and the University of Saskatchewan will join IU Bloomington on this project. Other Bay View Alliance institutions may join as the project unfolds.

Lorne Whitehead, program director of the Bay View Alliance, said the new program is the organization's latest initiative aimed at elevating the importance of teaching and student achievement at research-oriented universities.

"Since it was organized five years ago, the BVA has sought to bring innovative practices in teaching and learning to the forefront of higher education," Whitehead said. "We have a growing body of evidence showing what helps students learn, and we are always looking for ways to put that evidence to work in departments and classrooms. This latest project fits well with those goals."

George Rehrey, director of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program at IU, and Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education at IU, will lead the new initiative.

$450,000 Navy grant fuels IU-NSWC Crane effort to improve safety of military technology

An IU expert in the high-tech field of computer vision will collaborate with U.S. Navy engineers to improve the quality of microelectronic components used in critical military systems like communication and navigation.

David Crandall, a professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, has received $450,000 from the Naval Engineering Education Consortium to conduct research in collaboration with the Crane, Ind.-based Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division on new methods to guarantee the integrity of the electronic circuitry used in U.S. Navy platforms. The Naval Engineering Education Consortium is a part of the Naval Sea Systems Command, which supports project-based collaborations with colleges and universities.

Computer vision uses machine learning to "train" machines in the creation of algorithms that recognize patterns like faces, scenes and actions. The technology is familiar, as the same basic methods power Google's image search or the motion sensors in Microsoft's Xbox Kinect. The IU-NSWC Crane project will work to apply this pattern-recognition power to spotting microscopic flaws in electronic circuits and semiconductors.

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