SUMMER 2017: ON THE COVER

BASEMENT WIZARDS DEFY THE MAGNET

Behind the breakthrough discoveries and everyday operations of PBS are the invisible superheroes of science – the technical staff who literally make it happen.

Among the many challenges they face is developing technology for use in the fMRI brain scanner, the powerful neuroimaging device that uses electromagnetic current to track blood flow in the brain. Access to the scanner is one of the department’s great attractions, so to speak, and is itself a magnet for top-notch faculty and grad students to the program.

Linda Smith, David Crandall and Karin James talk about how IU Bloomington’s first Emerging Areas of Research initiative, “Learning: Machines, Brains, and Children,” will revolutionize our understanding of how children and robots learn. (Video credit: Cadence Baugh, Multimedia Project Specialist, Office of the Provost)

SHAPING GENDER AND STEM POLICY

In the midst of an eventful spring semester, PBS professor Mary Murphy went to Buenos Aires to participate in a United Nations conference on gender equality in STEM disciplines.

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IN THE NEWS

The latest updates on PBS students, faculty, staff and alumni making news headlines

GENEROSITY FROM WITHIN

2016 faculty support exceeds $275,00

Due largely to the university’s For All Bicentennial Campaign, PBS received a tremendous and unprecedented boost in support this year.

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A RETROSPECTIVE TRIBUTE

Carol (Peffley) Nicholas' extraordinary $328,000 estate gift

The department's first academic advisor continues to leave an indelible mark.

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