The five new distinguished professors are Katy Börner, Roger P. Hangarter, Stanley Ritchie and Eliot R. Smith of IU Bloomington and Dr. Bruce Molitoris of the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
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What looks like a butterfly, acts like a butterfly, but isn’t a butterfly? A new study that features IU paleobotanist David Dilcher as a co-author identifies a Jurassic-age insect whose behavior and appearance closely mimic a butterfly -- but whose emergence on Earth predates the butterfly by about 40 million years. Dilcher -- who made headlines last year for his role in discovering the mythical “first flower” -- said these proverbial “first butterflies” survived in a similar manner as their sister insects by visiting plants with “flower-like” reproductive organs producing nectar and pollen.