IU scientists earn ‘BioArt’ award for image of beetle brain on cusp of metamorphosis

Work to be displayed at the National Institutes of Health in early 2017 A stunning image of an insect’s brain and nerve cord captured by three Indiana University scientists will be on display at the National Institutes of Health early next year. Eduardo Zattara, Armin Moczek and Jim Powers of the IU Bloomington College of Arts […]

Virtual liver model could help reduce overdose risk from acetaminophen, other drugs

Biocomplexity Institute researchers at IU Bloomington create computer simulation to analyze drug absorption at the cellular to whole-body level Researchers at Indiana University’s Biocomplexity Institute have developed a virtual model of the human liver to better understand how the organ metabolizes acetaminophen, a common non-prescription painkiller and fever-reducer used in over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol. The study, […]

IU, Bloomington rally around Wally the corpse flower

“Bloomington loves Wally.” So read a handmade sign tacked to the window of IU’s Jordan Hall Greenhouse on East Third Street, where a giant, odoriferous corpse flower named after a former IU staffer recently grew to a height of 6 feet 3 inches. Scientifically named Amorphophallus titanum, or a titan arum, the enormous bloom unfurled […]

Enormous, rare ‘corpse flower’ about to make pungent debut at IU’s Jordan Hall Greenhouse

If houseplants, like houseguests, start to stink after three days, then an extremely rare plant that hasn’t bloomed in nine years at IU’s Jordan Hall Greenhouse is due to create a stench for the ages. One of the world’s largest species of flower, the Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, is expected to put forth its […]

High school students get crash course in science with latest addition to Biology Department’s summer research programs

Post by Lauren Bryant, associate director for research development communications, Office of the Vice Provost for Research: When Mary Ann Tellas was a freshman at Indiana University Bloomington, she had the good fortune to encounter the late Jim Holland, a professor of biology at IU Bloomington known for his tireless recruiting and mentoring of students, […]

Study finds that plant growth responses to high carbon dioxide depend on symbiotic fungi

Research by an international team of environmental scientists from the United Kingdom, Belgium and United States, including Indiana University, has found that plants that associate with one type of symbiotic fungi grow bigger in response to high levels of carbon dioxide, or CO2, in the atmosphere, but plants that associate with the other major type […]

IU Bloomington researcher working to reveal genetic clues behind long-term survival in ovarian cancer

Although not as common as some forms of cancer in the U.S., ovarian cancer ranks among the top causes of cancer death in women. It’s notoriously difficult to detect early, and most women who receive an advanced stage diagnosis do not survive more than five years. But a small percentage of patients live far longer. To […]

IU sophomore on ‘front end’ of sustainability research on bird migration, climate

“If there’s ever a fire, we’re supposed to grab that book first.” That’s how one researcher describes the only copy of a binder containing nearly 50 years of painstakingly collected data on the migratory patterns of dark-eyed juncos in southern Indiana. The person currently contributing new information to this priceless record is Lia Bobay, a sophomore […]

Craft brewing is a passion and a business for IU biochemist and cancer researcher Matt Bochman

When Matt Bochman arrived at Indiana University Bloomington three years ago as an assistant professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry — fresh off a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University — one of the first things he did was pay a visit to some of the craft breweries throughout the region. But this tour of the […]

Nobel Laureate and IU professor’s seminal paper highlighted in journal Genetics

Anyone perusing the 100th anniversary issue of the journal Genetics will be treated to a spotlight on a seminal paper from 1943 by a former Indiana University faculty member and Nobel Prize winner. Salvador E. Luria, a member of the IU faculty from 1942 to 1950, conducted an experiment in Bloomington that went on to […]