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Gaming and kids: Fun and games and learning?

The Indianapolis Star ran an interesting article about video games recently. As a parent of kids who enjoy video games, I found some of the insights about the potential for “playful learning” reassuring. But as school approaches, I’m reminded of how video games can interfere with academic performance, including homework and wakefulness at school.

9/11 Commission says nation remains at risk

Ten years after the nation’s 9/11 Commission issued its landmark report, Americans remain at risk of terrorist attacks – and the public has little understanding or appreciation of the threat. That’s the conclusion that former members of the commission reach in an update marking the anniversary of their 2004 report to the nation. Former U.S. Rep. […] Read more »

And he scores! Professor Tyron Cooper pens music for documentary on Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard

Post by Karen Land of IU Communications, video by Milana Katic: Not many documentaries stage a world premiere in an 18,000-seat arena. But when the subject is an Indiana basketball legend, you throw out the playbook. On July 29, WFYI Public Television will screen “Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. […] Read more »

Tornado season: Don’t let severe weather catch you by surprise

Mid-summer is the time for cookouts, beach days and general fun in the sun. However, mid-summer also marks tornado season in the Midwest, a time to keep a look out for any possible severe weather. Debbi Fletcher, IU Bloomington’s director of emergency management and continuity, said tornadoes can occur at anytime of day, and have occurred in every month of the year.

Fond memories and excitement over a new era in journalism excellence at IU

Guest post by Mark Land: Some of my fondest memories as an IU student are housed in Ernie Pyle Hall where I spent many an hour as a reporter and editor of the Indiana Daily Student, which was then – like today – one of the very best student newspapers in the country and where I learned from professors who left a lasting impression on my journalistic sensibilities. But rather than mourn the passing of the IU School of Journalism, I’m choosing to look with excitement at seeing it reincarnated as a central piece of the new IU Media School.

Join a group of IU’s Washington insiders Thursday for a discussion about world affairs

This Thursday evening, Ambassador Lee A. Feinstein, founding dean of the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, will join former Sen. Richard Lugar and Rep. Lee Hamilton in Washington, D.C. for discussion on current global issues facing U.S. foreign policymakers. Marie Harf, a 2003 IU alumna who today is deputy spokesperson for […] Read more »

Biological microscopy, explained

How can researchers get images and videos of activities in living cells? Kenneth Dunn, scientific director of the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy, tells all. It’s impressive stuff, and it’s just cool to look at.

Women of science, of technology, prepare to be empowered!

I want to be a woman….studying science….at Indiana University….over the next week. If you already meet those prerequisites then prepare to be empowered. IU Bloomington’s Center of Excellence for Women in Information Technology gets things started with this weekend’s Techie Women Have More conference. Poster battle royale gets underway first, beginning at 2 p.m. Friday […] Read more »