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School of Science announces $1M gift from Alexander and Elizabeth Its, mathematical science faculty members

INDIANAPOLIS -- The gift from Distinguished Professor Alexander R. Its and associate research professor Elizabeth N. Its will endow a professorship within the department and an undergraduate scholarship for an honors student. 

The gift honors the couple's commitment and gratitude to the School and is one of the largest estate gifts ever committed by a faculty member from the School of Science at IUPUI.

Researchers have identified critical factors that determine drought vulnerability of wheat, maize

INDIANAPOLIS -- The study, "Global Synthesis of Drought Effects on Maize and Wheat Production," was published today in the journal PloS One.

"Our food source depends heavily on cereals, yet their agricultural production is greatly affected by drought," Wang said. "Ultimately, this information can be used to guide agricultural planning and minimize crop loss due to drought."

Researcher studies connection between geometry and physics

INDIANAPOLIS -- Since the marbles retain their spherical shape, the task hinges on minimizing the odd-shaped interstices between them. Remove the rigidity condition, asking only to preserve the volume of the marbles, and the problem becomes trivial. We have in effect replaced the marbles with Play-Doh balls, letting them squeeze through the crevices as we try to pack more.

Science student places second in annual JagStart competition

INDIANAPOLIS -- The answer is "yes" to both questions, say entrepreneurial-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, who competed to win part of the $5,500 purse at JagStart, the IUPUI student idea pitch competition. 

A smartphone application to encourage people to moderate their phone usage as a way to give to charity won first place in the 2016 edition of the annual contest, which took place in March in the Lilly Auditorium at University Library on the IUPUI campus.

Computer science faculty member receives 2016 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gavriil Tsechpenakis, associate professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, School of Science at IUPUI; and Dr. Carmella Evans-Molina, associate professor, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Director of the Mathematics Assistance Center receives FORCES funding

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research oversees FORCES, or Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success. The initiative has awarded more than $1 million to more than 30 faculty members since 2011.

$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."

Junior biology student named IUPUI's 2016 most outstanding male student

INDIANAPOLIS – Science students represented half of this year’s Top 20. The selection of IUPUI outstanding students was announced at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 8. 

To the surprise and delight of attendees at the awards dinner, Otun sung his acceptance speech. Otun, a biology student, aspires to be a neurosurgeon.

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.

Biology graduate student places third in regional 3MT competition

INDIANAPOLIS – The 3MT® competition was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and challenges Ph.D. students to effectively communicate their research to a non-specialist audience in the three minutes with only one slide without a script or cue cards.

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