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Nov. 2, 2016

Annual World’s Fare to celebrate international students’ cultures and traditions

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The Chinese Student and Scholar Association is one of the groups who will take part in this year’s Fare. | PHOTO BY CHAZ MOTTINGER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

IU will celebrate a night of cultural displays, international food and traditional performances at the 10th annual IU World’s Fare from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11.

A total of 24 student organizations, representing cultures from throughout the world, will participate in a cultural booth/interactive activity. The night will also feature 12 performances from groups such as the Filipino Student Association, Central Asia Dance Group, International Latin Ibero American Student Association, HooSher Bhangra and the Malaysian Student Association.

Hosted by the IU Office of International Services and IU Union Board, the free event is in celebration of International Education Week. Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall in the IMU.

Nobel Laureate to deliver lecture on 'The Accelerating Universe'

In 1998, two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery suggesting that more than 70 percent of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called dark energy.

In “The Accelerating Universe," 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of the High Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe’s history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

The event will be 5:15 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the IMU and is co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The great outdoors awaits on Thanksgiving break

This Thanksgiving break the Union Board’s IU Outdoor Adventures offers two opportunities for adventurers to hit the trail in southern Illinois and North Carolina. The trips include activities such as rock climbing, horseback riding and hiking. They are open to the general public as well as IU students, faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff can take the stair-climbing challenge

Climb IU is back for its third year, and registration for IU’s three-week stair-climbing challenge is now open to faculty and staff. Participants receive a pair of Climb IU socks, while supplies last.

The spirit of Healthy IU’s Climb IU is to move more throughout the workday and be more sustainable by taking the stairs. This challenge is for all faculty and staff, so if taking the stairs causes pain or you're physically unable to take them, you are encouraged to stretch, walk, etc. -- move as able -- to participate in the challenge. Participate on a team or as an individual.

More details are available online or contact challeng@iu.edu for more information.

Award recognizes outstanding faculty collaborations

Two teams of IU Bloomington faculty have been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award, jointly offered by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The award recognizes collaborative faculty teams for their accomplishments in research, scholarship and creative activities.

The award includes a $15,000 stipend to each team of collaborators to support their research programs. This year, awards have been made to two teams. Both teams will give presentations about their projects at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at IU Cinema. A reception will follow the lecture in the Social Science Research Commons, Woodburn Hall 200. The lecture and reception are open to the public.

Author and Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle to speak

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, will discuss his bestselling book "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals" this week at IU.

Pacelle will present a lecture and take part in a panel discussion of themes from his book from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Hodge Hall 2075. Joining him as panelists will be Matthew Grimes, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the IU Kelley School of Business, and Sarah Osterhoudt, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture and discussion, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by PACE, the Political and Civic Engagement program of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Kelley Institute for Social Impact in the Kelley School of Business.

President's Medals presented to two IU scholars

Eminent scholars in paleobotany and in cinema studies at IU Bloomington were presented with the highest honor an IU president can bestow.

David Dilcher, professor emeritus of biology and geology, and James Naremore, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus in communication and culture, English and comparative literature, received the President's Medal for Excellence.

IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel presented the medals on behalf of IU President Michael A. McRobbie to Dilcher and Naremore at the 10th annual Academic Excellence Dinner on Oct. 20.

IU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter wants to rake your leaves

Volunteers are hoping to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity with a Rake-A-Thon. The volunteers will rake leaves in your yard for donations from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 to 13. Sign up to have your leaves raked online or email iuhabitatforhumanity@gmail.com.

IU sociologist Bernice Pescosolido elected to National Academy of Medicine

Bernice A. Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the IU College of Arts and Sciences and a leading expert on the stigma associated with mental illness, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

She is the 11th Indiana University faculty member and the second from the IU Bloomington campus to be selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Richard D. DiMarchi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at IU Bloomington, was elected in 2015.

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