December 17, 2016
Linda Greenhouse, a Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Resident at Yale Law School, addressed graduates at Indiana University Bloomington's winter commencement Dec. 17. Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent 40 years at The New York Times, including nearly 30 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to teaching at Yale, where her focus is the Supreme Court, Greenhouse also writes a biweekly opinion column for The New York Times’ website. Some 1,933 IU Bloomington students will graduate. The campus will award 2,015 degrees: 1,378 bachelor’s degrees, 508 master’s degrees, 118 doctoral research degrees, two doctoral practice degrees, eight specialist degrees and one associate degree. (Some students receive more than one degree.)
December 13, 2016
Indianapolis entrepreneur Donald E. Brown, MD, announced a $30\-million gift to establish the Brown Center for Immunotherapy at the IU School of Medicine. The center will discover new ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancers and pioneer use of this powerful technology in other diseases. Researchers will also study how to make this highly specialized therapy accessible to large numbers of patients. The gift is the IU School of Medicine’s largest ever from an alumnus. Unlike many gifts of this magnitude, which are typically pledged over several years, Dr. Brown gave all $30 million at once. The infusion of resources will enable IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs Anantha Shekhar and other school leaders to move aggressively to build the center and recruit top-flight experts in immunotherapy to Indiana. The gift will also provide a powerful boost to the state's economy. Dr. Brown’s charge to the IU School of Medicine is “to use the work of the center to catalyze the formation of new companies and the creation of new jobs in the field of immune-based biotechnology.” To accomplish these goals, the Brown Center for Immunotherapy will collaborate with the private sector throughout Central Indiana, including leaders in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and other relevant fields.
November 14, 2016
Narendra Jadhav, an IU alumnus, economist, writer and educator and a member of India's parliament, presented the sixth annual Patrick O'Meara International Lecture at Indiana University Bloomington. He spoke on the topic, "India and the United States: Caste, Race, and Economic Growth.” Jadhav, who earned a doctorate in economics from IU in 1986, served the Reserve Bank of India for 31 years, retiring in 2008 from the position of principal advisor and chief economist. From 2006 to 2009, he was vice chancellor of the University of Pune, the largest traditional university in the world with 650,000 students. He also worked for four years at the International Monetary Fund. A prolific writer with 100 research papers and more than three dozen books in English, Marathi and Hindi, he served from 2009 to 2014 as a member of the National Planning Commission, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and a member of the National Advisory Council. He serves in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament. In 2011, McRobbie presented Jadhav with its Thomas Hart Benton Medallion, which is given to individuals who have achieved a level of distinction in public office or service and have exemplified the values of IU.
October 26, 2016
Indiana University’s leadership, students, faculty and staff met with His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia as the prince visited IU Bloomington. HRH Prince Mansour is the grandson of His Majesty King Abdulaziz Al Saud, who founded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. He served as an advisor to his uncle, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. A successful entrepreneur, he has founded a number of companies and has been recognized internationally for his business leadership. HRH Prince delivered remarks to an audience at the Grand Foyer of the IU Auditorium. In his remarks, the prince emphasized several times the importance of education to the future of his country, noting particularly the King Abdullah scholarship program, started just over a decade ago. It is a prime reason nearly 60,000 Saudi students studied at U.S. universities in the 2014-15 academic year alone. Saudi students comprise the fourth largest international student body at IU, with nearly 600 on IU’s campuses. About 400 study at IUPUI, about 125 attend IU Bloomington and another 50 are at IU's six other regional campuses. IU has more than 800 alumni affiliated with Saudi Arabia.
October 19, 2016
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to IU South Bend's Riverside Hall. When the $4-million renovation project is complete, it will be the hub of health sciences programs, classes, and health care for students, faculty, staff, and community residents. The project will refurbish and modernize more than 11,000 square feet — the entirety of the building. New mechanical, plumbing, electrical, data, and security systems will be installed, along with updated clinical space, laboratories, radiology equipment, a pharmacy, classrooms, and offices. When completed in the fall of 2017, Riverside Hall will be the new home of the expanded IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center and enhanced programs in health sciences. Funding for the project includes a $1 million gift from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust, matching gifts, campus funds, and operational support from HealthLinc, a federally qualified health care center operator.