Study: During drought, dry air can stress plants more than dry soil
INDIANAPOLIS -- The finding suggests that models used to gauge the impact of drought on ecosystems should be refined to more accurately account for the role of low atmospheric humidity. It will become more important in the future, as the Earth’s climate grows warmer and lower humidity has an increasing impact.
IUPUI continues efforts to strengthen pipeline of excellent STEM teachers
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows program is part of a statewide effort to prepare excellent science, technology, engineering and math teachers for careers in Indiana's high-need schools.
School of Science honors record number of graduates in 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — The graduating class of 2016 consists of a record 582 bachelor's degree recipients, 153 master's degree recipients and 30 doctoral degree recipients.
School of Science Dean Simon Rhodes introduced the class of 2016 with a few remarks about the impact an IUPUI education has.
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."
$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.