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 […]

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 to host Society for Ecological Restoration annual chapter meeting

Over 200 individuals from 13 U.S. states and Colombia are expected to arrive at Indiana University April 1 to 3 for the annual meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. The event, “Overcoming Challenges to Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century,” will be held in the Indiana University Memorial Union […]

Fossilized embryo research garners career award for IU biologists

Academic collaborations start out in a lot of ways, but sometimes the most fruitful research arises from opportunities in front of people the whole time. That was certainly the case for two IU biologists recently honored as recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Career Award from the Geological Society of America during the organization’s annual meeting in Baltimore on […]

A gut feeling that honey bee microbiome work at IU will be worth watching

Although it has yet to become added fodder in the debate over if, how or when President Barack Obama has been over-stepping his authority, the White House did recently issue a Presidential Memorandum ordering relevant agencies and departments to create a federal strategy to promote the health of Apis mellifera – the western honey bee […]

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 […]

Research with wacky titles still yields miracles, like former IU biologist Brock’s PCR enzyme

The technology known as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, has been described as one of most pivotal discoveries in the life sciences in human history. The tool – the ability to generate unlimited copies of a fragment of DNA – has led to the creation of successful drugs and vaccines, accurate genetic tests for diseases, […]