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Oct. 5, 2016

Maurer School of Law alumnus and wife bequeath $7.7 million to endow Center on the Global Legal Profession 

The Stewarts


An IU Maurer School of Law alumnus and his wife have made a $7.7 million bequest to the school’s Center on the Global Legal Profession. The estate gift from Milt, JD ’71, and Judi Stewart contains two components: endowment of the center itself and a professorship.

The Stewarts’ bequest will be used to support the center’s activities, including global externships for law students, research and outreach activities, partnership programs with law schools around the world, and other student activities. The Stewarts have supported the Center on the Global Legal Profession since its founding in 2009, including establishing the Stewart Fellows global externship program, which has funded more than 100 students’ summer externships in eight countries since 2010.

In recognition of their longstanding commitment to the law school, the center is being named the Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession. The Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law professorship will be held by the center’s director once the proceeds from the estate gift have been distributed.

IU Board of Trustees meet this week at IUPUC

The IU Board of Trustees will meet Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6 and 7.

Meetings will take place in the Columbus Learning Center at IUPUC.

schedule and an agenda for the meeting are available online. IU will be live-tweeting from the meeting using the hashtag #IUBOT.

A special edition of Inside IU will be sent to all subscribers and selected media outlets following the meeting of the IU Board of Trustees. Subscribe online to receive the digital publication in your inbox.

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.

IU to participate in the fifth annual Indiana Latino Expo

As part of its ongoing commitment to students, faculty and staff of diverse racial backgrounds, IU will take part in the fifth annual Indiana Latino Expo on Oct. 7 and 8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. 

IU is a sponsor of the event, in the fairgrounds' Element Financial Blue Paviliion. The expo is free of charge and offers platforms to improve the quality of life for Indiana’s Latino community, including economic development, cultural advancement and educational opportunities.

Learn about the second round of the IU Grand Challenges program

Round two of IU’s Grand Challenges program -- a $300 million, multidisciplinary research effort to address “major and large-scale problems” faced by humanity -- is now under way, with a Nov. 11 deadline fast approaching for scientific teams that wish to submit their preliminary proposals.

The IU research leadership team will hold sessions to share lessons learned from the first round and offer strategic advice for those in Bloomington thinking about preparing a preliminary proposal. They will also answer questions at the session, which will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in the IMU Georgian Room.

Ostrom Workshop director named Cliometric Society fellow

Lee Alston, professor of economics and director of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis has been named a fellow of the Cliometric Society.

The Cliometric Society is an academic organization interested in the use of economic theory and statistical techniques to study economic history. Alston was elected to receive the honor by the society’s board of trustees. Each year the board recognizes fellows with outstanding scholarship in the field of economic history who have published contributions to economic history that are markedly original and have significantly advanced the frontiers of knowledge. 

Volunteers sought for third annual IU Science Fest

The IU Office of Science Outreach is seeking faculty, staff and student volunteers for the third annual IU Science Fest.

This event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 is an opportunity for students, educators and other members of the community from across the state and beyond to visit the IU Bloomington campus for a day of hands-on activities designed to get kids and adults of all ages excited about science.

Over 100 events are planned in multiple locations across campus, including Swain West, Jordan Hall, Chemistry, Lindley Hall, Kirkwood Observatory and the Student Building. There will also be tours of Dunn Woods.

Volunteers are needed to perform tasks such as distributing informational materials, providing guidance around campus, and assisting with science and mathematics activities. Individuals with specialized knowledge in various disciplines may be asked to assist on specific events.

To volunteer, fill out the Office of Science Outreach volunteer form. The deadline for volunteer sign-up is Oct. 10. If you have questions about the event, contact Tina Gilliland, outreach liaison for the Office of Science Outreach, at mgillila@indiana.edu or 812-345-2050.

College of Arts and Sciences career communities model offers students advantages in job search

The IU College of Arts and Sciences has launched an innovative career support program designed to serve the needs of students pursuing the more than 80 majors offered in the College.

The model, called Arts and Sciences Career Communities, actively engages students in their career development from the time they declare a major through graduation and beyond.

Facilitated by the newly named Walter Center for Career Achievement, the career community model will enable students to better align their academic interests with their career interests and to connect with College of Arts and Sciences alumni employed in a broad array of fields.

Historian Madison receives lifetime achievement award

IU historian James H. Madison is the 2016 winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Midwestern history, presented by the Midwestern History Association.

Madison, the Thomas and Kathryn Miller professor emeritus of history at IU Bloomington, has published prolifically in the area of Midwestern history, especially the history of Indiana. His most recent book, "Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana," was published in 2014 in anticipation of this year's Indiana Bicentennial and has been adapted for use in Indiana high schools.

The Midwestern History Association was established in 2014 to promote and support scholarship and teaching in the history of the Midwest. Previous winners of the Frederick Jackson Turner award are South Dakota historian John E. Miller and University of Wisconsin professor Margaret Beattie Bogue.

Indiana Geological Survey names new assistant director for research

Lee J. Florea has been selected as the new assistant director for research of the Indiana Geological Survey. Florea will oversee the survey's research division, which consists of 20 scientists working in various geologic disciplines.

The Indiana Geological Survey is a research institute of IU that receives support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington.

Education professor receives APF Visionary grant

Joel Wong, an associate professor in the School of Education counseling/counselor education and counseling psychology programs at IU Bloomington, has been awarded a 2016 American Psychological Foundation Visionary grant.

The grant will support research on a proposed intervention with male college athletes and fraternity members to reduce incidents of sexual assault. The intervention will use digital videos, online tutorials and writing activities. Because it does not rely on facilitators or instructors, it can be replicated easily across college campuses.

The American Psychological Foundation's Visionary program provides grants of up to $20,000 for innovative research, education and intervention efforts that advance psychological knowledge. 

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