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$400,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation expands Discovering Science of the Environment program

INDIANAPOLIS -- With this grant, we're advancing STEM education and expanding resources across the state," said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. "In essence, we're putting science education on wheels. Our Indiana service area stretches over 22,000 square miles, and we are excited about partnering with IUPUI to take quality programming around the state."

IUPUI ecohydrologist studies fog, dew and other novel water sources for dryland vegetation

INDIANAPOLIS -- His work is supported by a new CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. 

Drylands, which are expanding, currently cover nearly 40 percent of the globe and are home to approximately 2.5 billion people. In the United States, these arid areas are found in southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and portions of the Great Plains. With global warming, more areas in the United States and around the world are becoming increasingly dry and desert-like.

School of Science announces record number of Top 100 Students for 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – "We congratulate all of the Top 100 honorees," said School of Science Dean Simon Rhodes. "At IUPUI and in the School of Science, our students combine academic excellence with a unique environment where they can also develop remarkable research, leadership and community engagement skills".

Enhanced levels of carbon dioxide are likely cause of global dryland greening, study says

INDIANAPOLIS -- The positive trend in vegetation greenness has been observed through satellite images, but the reasons for it had been unclear.  

After analyzing 45 studies from eight countries, Lixin Wang, assistant professor of earth sciences in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and a Ph.D. student in Wang's group, Xuefei Lu, concluded the greening likely stems from the impact of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide on plant water savings and consequent increases in available soil water.

Seven Research Teams, Seven Continents

INDIANAPOLIS -- Faculty from the Department of Earth Sciences have been awarded several grants to research topics ranging from glacial deposits in Antarctica to arc magmatism in the North Pacific. The school has at least one team on every continent conducting high-quality research that will have a significant impact.

Africa: Lixin Wang

Gabriel Filippelli named 2015 Fellow for International Association of GeoChemistry

INDIANAPOLIS -- This honorary title is bestowed annually to up to two scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of geochemistry. Filippelli was the only Fellow named for 2015.

Filippelli joined the Department of Earth Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1994. He is recognized as an international authority in the interdisciplinary field of earth sciences and human health.

IUPUI internship program inspires future STEM educators

INDIANAPOLIS -- Did the big bad wolf actually blow down the three little pigs’ houses? Is Cinderella really the owner of the glass slipper? 

Hannah Caito, a senior forensics and biology student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, uses forensic science to make mysteries like these come to life for visitors of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Researchers examine how to minimize drought impact on important food crops

INDIANAPOLIS --  In an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis research paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers provide information that could help agricultural planning and management to minimize drought-induced yield losses.

Legumes, which include peas, beans, peanuts and alfalfa, are grown in almost every climatic region and are second only to cereals in terms of contribution to food security.

Gilhooly invited to Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

INDIANAPOLIS -- The symposium series, sponsored by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development, gives distinguished young scientists an overview of cutting edge science in a wide-ranging set of disciplines. Attendees are nominated and selected by a committee of NAS members.

Conference seeks to inspire high school girls' interest in in STEM careers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 135 girls will attend the three-day Girls in STEM MAEOPP Pre-College Student Leadership Conference beginning May 29. The students are from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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