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Oct. 19, 2016

Adam and Eve sculptures in the IU Arboretum add beauty to campus 

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve sculptures in the Arboretum | PHOTO BY CHAZ MOTTINGER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

Take a walk around the IU Bloomington campus, and you could encounter about a dozen outdoor works of art. The sculptures include an enormous anatomically correct brain, the Showalter Fountain with Venus at its center, and the Adam and Eve statues dancing in the Arboretum.

“Those kinds of things make our everyday lives a little more beautiful,” said Sherry Rouse, curator of campus art.

Every work of art has a story and an artist behind it. Adam and Eve were sculpted by Anthony Droege, a retired IU South Bend professor.

Adam and Eve were recently restored to the Arboretum with lighting and a security system.

“It feels wonderful,” Rouse said of their restoration.

Don’t forget to ShakeOut

Employees and students on all IU-administered campuses will be practicing the appropriate response to an earthquake as part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Thursday.

IU is at the crossroads of two significant seismic zones, making it imperative that everybody participate in the drill. Employees and students should review drill procedures in advance and use the time during the 15-minute drill to practice and discuss how to react during an earthquake.

Find more information about how to drop, cover and hold on during the drill online.

Buildings go green with Fall Energy Challenge this month

From Oct. 10 to 31, buildings on the Bloomington campus are challenged to be greener with the IU Energy Challenge, an initiative organized through the Office of Sustainability. 

The Energy Challenge is a competition that takes place each semester between campus buildings, including residence halls, academic buildings and Greek houses, to save the most electricity and water over the course of the challenge. During the three weeks, the usage of each building will be compared to a baseline, and the winning building will be honored in an award ceremony.

Carnegie awards $1 million to IU to strengthen Russian studies

Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded IU’s Russian and East European Institute $1 million to create a Russian Studies Workshop and bolster Russian studies at IU.  

With the grant, the Russian and East European Institute will expand its work as an incubator for collaborative research and as a training center on contemporary Russian politics and society. 

The new workshop will build upon and amplify IU’s historic strength in the study of Russia. Based in the Russian and East European Institute at the IU School of Global and International Studies, the Russian Studies Workshop will reach across IU schools and departments and involve scholars in Russia to spark research and thinking to address challenges that have emerged since the end of the Soviet Union.

Risk perception expert to present IU Patten Lectures

 Paul Slovic, an expert on human judgment, decision-making and the psychology of risk, will present two Patten Lectures the week of Oct. 24 at IU Bloomington.

Slovic is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and the founder and president of Decision Research. His research focuses on the psychological and cognitive process of decision-making on a range of issues, including the environment, earthquakes, smoking and terrorism. 

The first lecture titled “The Psychology of Risk” will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. The second lecture, "Moral Deficiencies in the Arithmetic of Compassion,” will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27. Both lectures will be in Presidents Hall at Franklin Hall. 

TIAA Global Asset Management CEO will speak on 'Investing in a New Era'

IU employees and students are invited to join in a conversation about global markets and what they mean for investors. “Investing in a New Era: A Community Conversation with IU and TIAA” features Rob Leary, CEO of TIAA Global Asset Management, and is hosted by Human Resources and TIAA.

Two sessions will be offered  Oct. 25. The first session will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Hodge Hall, Room 1000. It will be moderated by Bob Jennings, professor emeritus of finance in the Kelley School of Business. The second session will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the IMU, Whittenberger Auditorium. It will be moderated by Gerhard Glomm, professor and chair of the Department of Economics. 

Refreshments will be provided, and those attending are encouraged to arrive early. Register to attend a session online. 

IU professor emeritus of optometry, receives Distinguished Service Award

Douglas Horner


Douglas G. Horner, associate professor emeritus in the IU School of Optometry, has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Service Award for IU Bloomington.

The award, first presented in 1986, recognizes faculty leadership and dedication within the university, a discipline and the community. Recipients are chosen by a faculty committee under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. 

Horner, an IU Bloomington faculty member for 28 years, helped train hundreds of optometrists, including many who practice in Indiana and others who work across the U.S. and the world. He led and expanded an IU optometry service program in Guanajuato, Mexico, and helped establish optometry programs in Nepal, Thailand and Ghana. 

IU professor received distinguished service award for teaching and learning

Jennifer Meta Robinson, a professor in the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Anthropology, received the 2016 Distringuised Service Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The award honors a widely acknowledge reputation in the field of teaching and learning and significant contributions to the work of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a professional society that fosters inquiry and disseminates findings about what improves and articulates learning and teaching in post-secondary teaching learning.

In addition to her role as a co-founder of the society, Robinson served as president from 2008 to 2011. She co-organized the group’s inaugural annual conference, held at IU Bloomington in 2004, which attracted 400 delegates from a dozen countries to campus. As president, Robinson led numerous initiatives to ensure the continuation and professionalization of the society, including staffing, conference organization and the establishment of a scholarly journal.  

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