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December 13, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 20 high school students competed at the 2018 Brain Bee at IUPUI held on Saturday, December 8. Carmel High School junior Brian Zhang finished in first place, earning a School of Science scholarship and spot in the national competition. 

December 10, 2018

The School of Science and the School of Science Alumni Association presented alumnus P. Kent Hawryluk with the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hawryluk accepted the award October 24 during a presentation and on-stage conversation at Lilly Auditorium.

November 16, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS - A single bug could a messenger for researchers who are studying changing animal populations in a region, according to IUPUI biologist Christine Picard.

Picard is studying how blow flies can be 'environmental drones' as the flies collect information about animals that have died, animals that are still living and the diversity of animals in an environment. As decomposers, blow flies collect this data as they feed on remains of vertebrate animals as well as animal feces. 

November 9, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Fifteen new projects have been awarded funding as part of phase two of Indiana University's Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge.

The projects -- including the impact of opioid addictions on the labor market, examinations of stigma and a study of how a more effective version of naloxone might be created -- represent the innovative, cross-disciplinary work that is the hallmark of IU's Grand Challenge initiatives.

October 29, 2018

The School of Science at IUPUI has received a $1 million planned gift from retired dean Bart Ng. The gift will endow a professorship within the Department of Mathematical Sciences in honor of Ng's late brother Joseph S. Ng.

October 25, 2018

IUPUI biologists are growing 'mini retinas' in the lab from stem cells to mimic the growth of the human retina. The researchers hope to restore sight when critical connections between the eye and the brain are damaged. These models also allow researchers to better understand how cells in the retina develop and are organized. These results are published online in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research journal.

October 23, 2018

A new study casts doubt as to whether plants will continue to absorb as much carbon dioxide in the future as they have in the past due to declining availability of nitrogen in certain parts of the world.

October 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new type of blow fly spotted in Indiana points to shifting species populations due to climate change. Researchers at IUPUI have observed the first evidence of Lucilia cuprina in Indiana, an insect previously known to populate southern states from Virginia to California.

Researchers recorded the L. cuprina species more than two dozen times from 2015 to 2017 in parks and other public places throughout Central Indiana. The fly was observed as far north as Michigan in the 1950s during a short period of warmer temperatures but had not been found in this region since then.

Nick Berbari
October 4, 2018

IUPUI biologist Nick Berbari has received a $1.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between obesity and tiny hairlike projections on brain cells called cilia. Cilia are thought to function like a cell's antennae and help in communication between cells. The knowledge Berbari and his research team acquire could potentially open new therapeutic approaches to obesity, which impacts the health and longevity of over 93 million Americans.

October 3, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- For seniors Monica and Regina Barron, IUPUI has been a road they never had to walk alone. Aside from shared genetics, the two are recognizable in the Honors College for their synchronicities in academic excellence and the obvious connection they share.

October 1, 2018

Grasping the impulse-momentum theorem during a 100-level physics lecture is one thing, but what if it doesn't make as much sense once you start your homework assignment?

Andy Gavrin, IUPUI physics department chair and associate professor, first added an online social forum to his courses to help students stay engaged in the coursework and assist one another outside of class. A new study of these forums indicates the online tool is valuable to helping students succeed in physics courses.

September 20, 2018

Open to students in grades 9-12, registration for the 2018 Brain Bee at IUPUI is now open. The competition will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 8, in Lilly Auditorium in University Library.

The International Brain Bee aims to motivate high school students to learn about the brain and inspire the pursuit of careers in neuroscience research. The IUPUI Departments of Psychology and Biology sponsor the local Brain Bee as part of the School of Science's commitment to advancing scientific minds and fostering community interest in the sciences.

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