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In the October 1, 2012 online issue of Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, an article titled “Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications” reports that out of 2,047 biomedical and life-science research articles indexed by PubMed as retracted on May 3, 2012 (retracted articles represent “unequivocal evidence of project failure,” the authors […]

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‘I am your opus …’

September 28, 2012

During a fall semester at IU Bloomington nearly 40 years ago, I sat in a windowless room high in the tower of the Main (now Wells) Library and had my eyes opened. I was taking a class on 20th-century women writers, including H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath. That class was […]

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It’s the end of “Welcome Week” on the IU Bloomington campus. A record-breaking 7,590 first-year students came to campus this week, along with the rest of the classes. Facebook and Twitter feeds brimmed with messages from new and returning students celebrating their return to campus and alumni waxing nostalgic. This week is an unofficial homecoming […]

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Facebook brain

June 27, 2012

Over lunch recently, two friends and I were talking about how to create buzz around a project we’ve been slowly organizing. We talked about emails, news releases, and the like, but we soon realized what we really needed was Facebook. With a set of “friends,” a lot of “liking,” and some strategic “sharing,” we’d be […]

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In the spring, Indiana University Bloomington welcomed Myron Gutmann, assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate in Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Gutmann was on campus to discuss Rebuilding the Mosaic, an NSF report that encourages scholars in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences to engage in broadly interdisciplinary and collaborative research. As Gutmann […]

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I admit it: I do not really understand what a neutrino is, much less a quark, muon, lepton, antimatter, or for that matter, any of the fundamental concepts of high-energy, particle physics. But I deeply admire the people who do, including the dedicated scientists who inhabit Fermilab, a sprawling prairie campus west of Chicago that […]

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Human (biology) eats!

May 25, 2012

When HBO’s four-part documentary “The Weight of the Nation” (presented with the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health) premiered in mid-May, the media was overstuffed with stories on America’s virulent obesity epidemic. The films and accompanying website offer a full plate of resources and action recommendations […]

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On marriage

May 23, 2012

It’s nearly June, the traditional time for weddings galore. But marriage—its legality, longevity, permutations, and failures—seems perennially in the news. Here are some recent views on love and marriage from different corners of the IU Bloomington campus: In an article for the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Winter 2012), Constance Furey, a professor […]

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The art of the arts

May 17, 2012

The color photograph at left is called I Throw Myself at Men #12; it’s part of the Contemporary Relationships exhibit on display at the IU Art Museum until June 10. According to the Art Museum’s text, the photograph, by Lilly McElroy (with artistic partners Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger), is a “statement about contemporary life, […]

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Not happily ever after

May 11, 2012

In this recent blog post. IU media specialist and health/wellness blogger Tracy James comments thoughtfully on Distinguished Professor Emerita Susan Gubar’s new book, Memoir of a Debulked Woman.  Gubar, co-author of the signature feminist book The Madwoman in the Attic (1979), has a long history of applying honest, clarifying critical thinking to topics too long […]

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