Makerspaces and their growing role in STEM education

Dr. Maltese is working with two undergraduate students in the MILL. He is showing them some of the tools available so that they may work on their projects.

As a young child, years before the first Harry Potter book was published, I sat at my mother’s kitchen table mixing together anything I could find into a tall glass and calling it a potion. Now, this was just pure imagination and I’m sure that none of my concoctions were palatable, possibly even so bad… Read more »

The Lessons of Science Past—Learning about the History of Science

The logo of the Junto. It is a set of concentric circles labeled with the names of different states in the Midwest of the United States. It mirrors a geocentric cosmological diagram (with the earth at the center) in Peter Apian's Cosmographia, 1524.

As a reader on this blog, you probably enjoy learning about science.  But how much do you know about its history?  If you’re a scientist, do you know where your field came from?  There are fascinating stories behind the instruments you use and the journals you read.  If you’re not a scientist, do you know… Read more »

Hidden Figures, No More

Movie Release image of three women, who are the main characters of Hidden Figures.

This is the second installment of ScIU theme posts for Black History Month. The authors are ScIU guest writer Marvin Q. Jones, Jr., a graduate student in IU’s Department of Mathematics from Newport News, VA; and Steve Hussung, also a graduate student in IU’s Department of Mathematics. Check out our other Black History Month post… Read more »

Harnessing the therapeutic benefits of marijuana: Research findings from Dr. Andrea Hohmann’s laboratory at Indiana University presented at international neuroscience conference

Image of the brain surrounded by marijuana leaves

Last week, over 32,000 neuroscientists met in San Diego for the annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference. Joining them were members of IU’s Program in Neuroscience, including Dr. Andrea Hohmann, who is also a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts in Sciences and a Linda and Jack Gill Chair of Neuroscience… Read more »

An Event Like No Other–Science Fest 2016

You’d have to wonder what could bring close to 600 students, faculty, staff, and parent volunteers to the IU campus on a Saturday morning. They could instead be home mowing the lawn, enjoying a nice stack of pancakes at the Runcible Spoon, or sleeping in…..but no. This team of people is  on a mission to… Read more »

Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials – Viruses aren’t all that bad

Viruses are often associated with disease, but they can also be useful. Viruses infect many organisms other than humans, including plants and bacteria. Aside from being infectious, the actual structure of a virus can be harnessed as a material. For example, a virus cage can be used to deliver drugs to our cells or to… Read more »

Chemistry Nobel: Rise of the (Tiny) Machines

The turn of the 20th century saw an industrial revolution that saw the rise of machines to handle tasks previously beyond our grasp. Mechanization and automation in our civilization have created a higher quality of life than our physical bodies could ever achieve. Scientists are continually pushing the upper limits of engineering to create gigantic… Read more »

Early Evolution of Protoplanetary Disks

Anyone growing up in the 1990s or earlier would recollect that our solar system had nine planets, but did you ever wonder if planets exist outside the solar system? Planets found outside of our solar system are called extrasolar planets or exoplanets. Approximately 5,600 exoplanet candidates have been discovered since 1993, and nearly 2,000 exoplanets have… Read more »

Launching Fall 2016!

A new and exciting science blog brought to you by graduate students in the the College of Arts & Sciences at Indiana University. Watch for our debut here the first week classes, Fall 2016! ScIU – Conversations in Science at Indiana University