The inaugural episode of IU Bloomington’s new podcast series, “Through the Gates: IU this Week,” airs at noon Sunday, Jan. 24. The episode will be available through SoundCloud on the Media School website.
In this episode, podcast host and Media School Dean Jim Shanahan interviews IU Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law Fred H. Cate, who is also IU’s vice president for research, and physics professor Rick Van Kooten, IU’s vice provost for research and associate vice president for research. They’ll discuss the recently announced finalists for IU’s Grand Challenges initiatives, and how the university plans to use the $300 million existing and anticipated funding to pull together faculty researchers across disciplines to solve some of the most pressing challenges to the state, the nation and the world.
News and events for this episode will be read by Luqmann Ruth, a senior recording arts major in the Jacobs School of Music and composer of the music for this podcast. Each week’s news will be read by a different IU student.
In news this week at IU:
- Reuters ranked Indiana University among the top 50 most innovative universities in the world.
- Maurer School of Law Professor William Henderson was named the most influential person in legal education by National Jurist Magazine.
- The National Science Foundation awarded IU’s Center for Advanced Cybersecurity Research a $5 million grant to help monitor the security and integrity of international scientific research.
- Data from an IU study could go to help inform new early research on Alzheimer’s disease treatments, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars from being spent on drug research that targets the wrong type of memory.
- IU President Michael McRobbie announced the names of the IU Bicentennial steering committee and the Bicentennial Council of Historians. Also this week, the president addressed the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation on the 196th anniversary of IU’s inception. The address was part of his statewide tour to emphasize the university’s commitment to all regions of Indiana.
- A team of IU alumni is beginning production for a feature-length romantic comedy that will be filmed in late January in downtown Bloomington. “The Good Catholic” will feature Danny Glover, known for “Lethal Weapon” and “The Color Purple,” and John C. McGinley, known for his roles in the TV series “Scrubs” and Oliver Stone’s movie “Platoon.”
In events this week at IU:
- On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the IU Women’s Basketball team plays Rutgers at Assembly Hall at 7 p.m.
- On Thursday, Jan. 28, visiting scholar and poet Kate Lilley, from the University of Sydney, will present a lecture at 4 p.m. in Woodburn 100, followed by a reception in the Lilly Library. Kate is also our guest on next week’s show.
- On Friday, Jan. 29, at noon, the IU Art Museum offers a free concert followed by lunch, courtesy of the Office of International Services.
- Also Friday, at 4:30 p.m., The Media School presents PBS NewsHour correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro, who will present the lecture “Making the Foreign Less Foreign: The Under-Told Stories Project,” at the Global and International Studies Building 1060. Fred is director of the Under-Told Stories Project housed at St. Thomas University.
- On Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., the Mathers Museum of World Cultures will celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” The exhibition explores the history of Indian Americans and the contributions to American culture. The opening is free to the public, and will feature a performance of classical South Indian songs.
Tune in next week, when visiting poet Kate Lilley, the first recipient of the U.S. Studies Centre-IU Creative Arts Fellowship, talks about her research on the Mary Ellen Solt Collection at the Lilly Library.
Through the Gates: IU This Week is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, The Media School in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the IU Newsroom.