IU President Michael A. McRobbie to deliver State of the University address
IU President Michael A. McRobbie will deliver his Bicentennial Year State of the University address at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. The event will take place in Presidents Hall at Franklin Hall on the IU Bloomington campus. A reception with light refreshments will follow the address.
Members of the university community are invited to view the president’s address in person or in the following ways:
The purpose of the grants program is to award recognition and financial support to individual professional staff members who engage in professional development activities that will enhance the status of and demonstrate the value of the entire professional staff at IU Bloomington.
IU alumnus wins Lasker Award for developing anti-cancer drug
For the second year in a row, an IU alumnus has won a Lasker Award. This year’s recipient is H. Michael Shepard, who received a Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.
Shepard is an innovator in the field of biotechnology and pioneer in cancer research. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology in 1977 from the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology, where he also completed postdoctoral training as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Research Fellow. He returned to the Bloomington campus in 2018 as an IU visiting scholar to speak to biotechnology students.
The Lasker Awards, established in 1945 by the Mary and Albert Lasker Foundation, are widely regarded as America’s top biomedical research prize, with nearly 90 past recipients going on to win a Nobel Prize.
Last year’s alumni recipient was C. David Allis, who won an Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science.
B-Town Improv Hoedown will benefit IU camp for teens with autism
Bloomington residents of all ages are invited to learn, laugh and do some good at the city’s first and only improv festival. The B-Town Improv Hoedown will feature daytime improv workshops for professionals and performers, as well as evening improv comedy shows for all ages.
The award recognizes the work of an individual who exhibits outstanding and creative leadership in the recreation profession or as an innovative leisure educator at the college/university level. Simmons was nominated by a former professor and was selected from all the nominations received within the state of Indiana. He is also in the running for the Midwest District Recreation Professional/Leisure Educator Award.
In his role at Bradford Woods, Simmons coordinates about 200 events each year, while also facilitating outdoor education and adventure therapy programs. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in leisure behavior from the School of Public Health-Bloomington and sits on the Board of Directors for Recreation Therapists of Indiana.
National doctoral education initiative kicks off with 8 member campuses, including IU Bloomington
The AAU PhD Education Initiative aims to promote more student-centered doctoral education at AAU universities by making diverse career pathways more “visible, valued and viable.”
As a member of the pilot cohort of the new initiative, IU Bloomington will seek to implement reforms within its graduate programs in the arts and humanities and in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. These reforms will address the culture, behavior, policies and practices necessary to construct student-centered educational environments and to successfully prepare doctoral candidates for careers both within and outside of academics.