SCIENCE & EDUCATION

Spring into Action with Plant-Monitoring Projects

Most morel hunters know to start hunting in earnest when the dogwood leaves are as big as a mouse’s ear. Or at least that’s what my dad told me, and what his dad told him. And in years past, that’s been a pretty good rule to follow. But lately, things have been out of whack.

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Ivy Tech ‘Day in the Life’ Program Added at Bloomington Campus

Lillian Lyle knows she wants to go into nursing, but the Eastern Greene High School junior wants to get a better feel for the college campus where she’ll spend a lot of her time and energy in a few years. She says the Day in the Life student visitation program at Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington gave her that chance.

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Lotus Blossoms Outreach Program Brings the World To Bloomington

If you had to summarize the Lotus Blossoms outreach program in one phrase, it might be: “Make the world a smaller place.” By bringing global storytellers, dancers, and musicians to the area each spring, Lotus Blossoms strives to connect local kids with cultures from across the world.

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Night Skies Monitoring Light Pollution & Mapping Galaxies

With darkness closing in early, winter was once my nemesis. Now, though, I recognize the season’s potentially significant citizen science value. Theoretically, the leafless trees and dark skies should provide stargazers with stunning views, but finding a vantage point that isn’t flooded with artificial light has become increasingly difficult. Government bodies, area schools, businesses—even individual homeowners—illuminate Bloomington’s night sky, and collectively contribute to light pollution.

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500 Women Scientists Active & Growing at IU

After the 2016 election, and with the installation of the Trump administration, many felt that support for science was in jeopardy. And when scientists are under pressure, that pressure is particularly intense for women, says Sarah Schanz, one of the new leaders of the Indiana University chapter (or “pod”) of 500 Women Scientists.

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