School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University researchers will study the reasons Americans are confused about energy use in daily tasks. The IU team will then develop an online tool designed to correct those misperceptions. Given the growing challenges of climate change, energy conservation strategies are sorely needed to stabilize carbon dioxide concentration. Although individual behaviors may be less important […]

More Americans are taking steps to prevent disease because of the insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new, groundbreaking study by Indiana University and Cornell University researchers. With Congress considering the future of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, this research is the first to estimate the impact of the ACA-facilitated […]

Two teams of Indiana University Bloomington faculty have been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award, jointly offered by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The award recognizes collaborative faculty teams for their accomplishments in research, scholarship and creative activities. “The Bloomington campus has a long […]

It’s all in the wrist

October 13, 2016

To investigate the link between environmental chemical exposure and adverse health effects, four Indiana University researchers are planning to use a tool similar to what millions of Americans wear on their wrists. Michael Hendryx of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, Jessica Gall Myrick of The Media School, and Marta Venier and Amina Salamova of […]

Newly published research by Indiana University scientists finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions. The finding suggests that models used to gauge the impact of drought on ecosystems should be refined to more accurately account for the role […]

Americans are content to take easy steps toward energy conservation but want others to make the major lifestyle changes that will slow climate change, according to new Indiana University research. The researchers posed two questions in scientific online surveys: In your opinion, what is the single most effective thing that you could do to use […]

African-American children are three times as likely to be placed in gifted-education programs if they have a black teacher rather than a white teacher, according to research conducted by faculty members at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Vanderbilt University. The research also finds that black students are 54 percent less […]

Don’t rush to flush

June 15, 2015

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“If it’s yellow, let it mellow” has been a household refrain for years, but few Americans have adopted the practice. New research from Indiana University Bloomington shows that flushing less often could significantly reduce household water usage, but disgust and contamination concerns keep Americans reaching for the handle. Most people still flush every time they […]

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Indiana University environmental chemist Jonathan Raff has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant for $776,878 over five years to support research on soil microbial sources of nitrous acid and other chemicals that play a pivotal role in atmospheric processes. Raff, an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU […]

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Research by Indiana University Bloomington scientists finds that soil may be a significant and underappreciated source of nitrous acid, a chemical that plays a pivotal role in atmospheric processes such as the formation of smog and determining the lifetime of greenhouse gases. The study shows for the first time that the surface acidity of common […]