Dr. Douglas Hofstadter has researched, written, discovered and created many things - his expertise runs from cognitive science to literature, to language, and to art.
His 1979 book Goedel, Escher, Bach became a classic in the popular understanding of the workings of our brain. Professor Hofstadter has since written many things - some playful inquiries, some piercing meditations, some all at once. Since 1977, he has held a professorship at IU that started in computer science and has spanned many departments.
Dean Shanahan, Professor Elaine Monaghan and Producer Violet Baron sat down with Professor Hofstadter to hear his take on his writings, and on using musings on language to take on life.
Nuclear magnet resonance (NMR) is a powerful technique to detect and characterize the 3D structures, dynamics, and interactions of biomacromolecules. With respect to drug targets, this methodology provides an excellent tool for the identification of small organic molecules that bind weakly to a target macromolecule as fragments of candidate inhibitors. In this presentation, Ratan K. Rai, PhD (Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine) explains the principles of NMR and its application as a tool for fragment-based drug discovery. Strategies to utilize this approach are described to identify and validate initial hits. The Chemical Genomics Core Facility is equipped with a 600 MHz solution NMR with cryo-probe for the structure elucidation of biomolecules and studies of ligand interactions.
"You're not all that is."
In this episode of our spiritual ecology series, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso shares stories and wisdom connecting our spiritual existence with our physical environment.
More about Rabbi Sasso: https://jwa.org/rabbis/narrators/sasso-sandy
In this Air Check, Senator-Elect DeAndrea Newman Salvador joins us to talk about North Carolina's 39th District, which she flipped in the most recent election. As the founder of Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI), she also helps us understand high energy burdens and offers insight into lowering them.
Spiritual Ecology: Anishinaabe knowledge with Deborah McGregor
In this series, we ask, how can spiritual connection with our environment help us enter into right and restorative relationship with the earth, including human and nonhuman inhabitants?
Deborah McGregor, who is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation and a scholar of law and the environment at York University, helps us understand how spirituality and ecology intertwine in ways more complex than we typically articulate.
For further learning: https://iejproject.info.yorku.ca/
This fall, the IU Libraries is launching two exciting new services: IU DataCORE, for storage and access of IU research data, and Digital Collections, for managing and delivering digitized images, books, newspapers, sheet music, and archival collections . These IU-wide services were conceived as part of the Enterprise Scholarly Systems (ESS) initiative, a partnership between the IU Libraries, IUPUI University Library, and UITS. Both services are built using the Samvera Community’s open source Hyrax repository platform. They represent a new, modern way of managing and proving access to our unique digital collections using software collaboratively developed by several partner institutions including IU. This talk will provide an overview of both services, providing insight into their history, technologies, and plans for the future.
Now deep in the holiday season, even in 2020, we have much to celebrate. But, in the U.S. especially, celebration can lead to a spike in emissions and waste from travel (despite CDC recommendations), obligatory gift-giving, temporary decorations, and feasts.
In this episode, we don't tell you to sit alone in a dark room and gnaw on the stems from your windowsill herb garden. Mental and physical health are inseparable and important, so we outline ways to think and act more sustainably while still having a wonderful holiday time.
Priya Cooks a Minimal-Waste Thanksgiving
Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers
Composting Is Way Easier Than You Think
In this series, we ask, how can spiritual connection with our environment help us enter into right and restorative relationship with the earth, including human and nonhuman inhabitants?
By talking with folks from different faith traditions, we investigate what spiritual connection is and how it happens, the composition of the environment, and the potential for spiritual connection to meaningfully affect the destructive human systems responsible for climate change.
In this episode, the Rev. Mitch Hescox discusses his work with the Evangelical Environmental Network, understandings of creation care, and so much more.
Join to hear an update on the new Archives Online service from Indiana University. With support from the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial and in close collaboration with the Archives Online Working Group, made up of representatives across the IU campuses, Indiana University Libraries is working to decrease barriers for description and digitization of archival and special collections for all IU campuses and increase access to these same collections for our students and scholars. This talk will focus on Indiana University’s implementation of ArcLight, an open source Blacklight-based application for indexing and accessing EAD-encoded finding aids, initiated by Stanford University Libraries and collaboratively developed with IU and several other universities.
Dr. Greg Siering is the director for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University - Bloomington and he joins us to talk about emerging best practices in teaching remote and hybrid classes, building community with students in a virtual setting and the services that CITL provides to faculty.
Sasha Renee (Louisville, Kentucky)
Sasha Renee is a rapper based in Louisville, Kentucky. Sasha Renee recorded her first song in 2010. By 2011, she was under the management of Double A Entertainment and released two underground mixtapes. A Proper Introduction and the Yearned Presence mixtapes were both released before 2012 and hosted by DJ Genius. Sasha Renee was nominated for #1 Female Hip-Hop Artist at the Kymp Kamp awards in Kentucky in 2013 and 2014. “Love Lost” was released as her first official single. She continued to record and release new music including a compilation album. She launched her weekly soul based open mic event The Vibe, which became a staple in the Louisville music scene, with artists, poets, and creatives traveling from surrounding cities to be heard. Sasha Renee released the EP I Am Sasha Renee in 2017 and won the KUEA award for Best Female Hip-Hop artist in Kentucky in both 2017 and 2018.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 11/30/2020.
When IDS reporter Lexi Haskell came back to campus after a summer of strict quarantine with her family, she knew there was some level of risk. But when she caught COVID and quarantined in her dorm, she got to thinking: am I just another dumb college kid who got infected, or is there something more going on here?
This question was at the heart of her popular column for the IDS this fall, and it got a lot of buzz around IU and beyond it. Elaine Monaghan and Violet Baron speak with Lexi about the column, her experience, and her feelings now that she’s on the other side.
In this extended Air Check, political scientist Thea Riofrancos joins us to discuss the historical context of Chilean lithium mining and how it relates to the global movement for a renewable energy future. We touch on the Latin American pink tide, the rise of Indigenous environmental movements, and how supporters of a Green New Deal could effectively maintain pressure on the Biden administration.
In this bonus episode, we share just a little bit of The EPA at 50, an online event sponsored by the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Integrated Program in the Environment here at IU. It featured host Janet McCabe, Gina McCarthy, Jim Barnes, and Jody Freeman.
The program is edited for time, but you can find the full recording on the O’Neill School Youtube channel.
Also, coming up on December 2, we have a Facebook live show on the topic of spiritual ecology. This one is at 10 a.m. ET, and you can RSVP by going to our Facebook page.
The Chemical Genomics Core Facility (CGCF) is adding phage display capability to assist research projects requiring peptide domain screening. They will employ both the traditional DNA M13 phage as well as the RNA Qβ phage for screening. An advantage of the Qβ phage is the ease with which genetic modifications can be made. Qβ phages will be used to display library of peptides (8 to 50-mer) and to screen over 1 million targets. They will be able to assist scientists with the design, experimentation, preliminary result analyses, sequencing data, amplification, reconstitution, and storage of the obtained hybrid phages of interest. In this seminar, Dr. Alain Bopda Waffo discusses the practical methodology and application of phage display as well as newly developed biopanning techniques.
Based on experience at the Penn Libraries, my talk will explore the landscape of Mapping and GIS services at higher education institutions, and the role and core competency of the GIS librarian in promoting spatial literacy on campus through presentation of several examples: 1) The Penn MapRoom/MapTable as a collaborative mapping method that have been successfully integrated as a course curriculum into an Urban History class; 2) Penn COVID-19 Twitter sentiment mapping; 3) crowdsourced accessbility mapping application; 4) deep mapping in an ancient history project; and 5) miscellaneous research project consultations. The examples cover applications in various disciplines from the Social sciences, humanities, and health sciences, to physical sciences.
In the third episode of our post-election series, Bob Perciasepe explains how the Biden administration and the private sector could work together to decarbonize and build resilience. Bob is president of the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and former Deputy Administrator of the EPA.
What does it mean to do research in solidarity with movements? This presentation will share lessons from the work of The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes. With chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City, AEMP is a collective of scholars, storytellers, organizers, activists, and artists using data to fight for tenants’ rights and housing justice. Working with community partners and in solidarity with numerous housing movements, we study and visualize new entanglements of global capital, real estate, technocapitalism, and political economy. Our narrative oral history and video work centers the displacement of people and complex social worlds, but also modes of resistance. Maintaining antiracist and feminist analyses as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data contributing to collective resistance and movement building.
We live in an age when mobile touchscreen devices are customarily “on” and in-hand. As a consequence, we frequently engage in practices that involve documenting the self in motion, our geolocational beads (or arrows) locating us and guiding us to destinations of interest (e.g., ATMs, gas stations, restaurants, friend’s houses). These are the sorts of habits our technologies engender. And I contend that, in doing so, they help form and regulate conduct in a nonconscious, habitual—even neurophysiological—manner. In which case, it is at the nonconscious level of existence that habit change needs to work. In this talk, I will draw on American pragmatist Charles Sanders Pierce’s account of habit change to discuss how our geolocative devices might orient us differently in relation to the landscapes and urban terrains we traverse. To provide example of what habit change might look like in the mobile, connected present, I discuss three collaborative mapping projects in whose design and development I have participated. These projects—Augusta App, Ghosts of the Horseshoe, and Ward One App—have afforded me opportunities to explore how the very mechanisms through which technologies of connectivity and location awareness shape habit might also serve as vehicles for re-appropriating social, political histories and practices in the service of habit change.
Jacob and Emily talk through the record-breaking catastrophic hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit Central America only two weeks apart. We zero in on the why and the what now that could lead to a more resilient future.
‘The Ixil helping the Ixil’: Indigenous people in Guatemala lead their own Hurricane Eta response
Storm Eta damage pushes small, indigenous farmers in Central America into hunger
Humanitarian emergency in Central America
There is growing interest in geographic information science and spatial analysis in public health research and practice, with emphasis on place-based interventions. However, given the spatialization of social inequity, these tools and methods can be used to reproduce the status quo if we do not critically apply spatial thinking when we use spatial methods and tools for public health problems. In this talk, I impress the importance of place for public health and discuss potential remedies and directions.
Lead is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that causes numerous adverse health effects in children, particularly neurological and neurobehavioral deficits, lower IQ, slowed growth, and anemia. Childhood lead exposure has also been linked to impulsive behaviors, which, in turn, are associated with a host of negative health outcomes and behaviors. Those at highest risk for elevated blood lead levels are persons living in substandard housing, which are often inhabited by racial minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged persons. This talk will discuss findings of the interplay of lead, concentrated disadvantage and public health outcomes such as sexually transmitted infections and instances of crime. In addition, we will address the power of geospatial modeling techniques to estimate lead exposure risk for communities.
Our economic recovery will likely be gradual, and spikes in coronavirus cases could directly impact those improvements going forward. That's part of the new economic forecast from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business scholars. Their new report suggests we still may experience some difficulties in the workforce, despite continued, if slower, improvements into 2021.
Dr. Kyle Anderson, of the Kelley School of Business, said he feels optimistic about Indiana's position compared to many other states in that recovery. Listen to our conversation to find out why.
IU alumnus Bob Shanks passed away last month, and in his honor we bring you Part 2 to a conversation from 2016, when Shanks returned to the Media School to accept a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Host Jim Shanahan talked with Shanks about his triumphs and tragedies in the pressure-cooker comedy scene in New York, and
what it was like to produce the classic prank show "Candid Camera." We also hear about the decision to pause entertainment during national emergencies like the Kennedy assassination, and when the show must go on. This is the second in a two-part series.
In the second episode of our post-election series, Claudia Jimenez discusses how participatory design has led to sustained community investment from Colombia to the Bay Area. As a new Richmond City Council member, she also speaks specifically to the California city's environmental challenges and potential.
Over the past couple of decades, technical models, both statistical, machine learning and combinations of these methods, for forecasting various forms of political conflict, including protest, violent substate conflict, and even coups, have become surprisingly common in policy and NGO communities, particularly in Europe, though not, curiously, in US academia. These methods, working with readily available, if noisy, open source data, use a number of familiar predictive analytical approaches such as logit models in the statistical realm and random forests in the machine learning, and consistently outperform human analysts. This talk will first review the current state of the field, with a particular emphasis on why current models work whereas prior to 2005 there was little consistent success with the problems, and then present some challenges that remain unresolved. The talk will assume familiarity with general social science quantitative approaches, but not with the details of specific technical approaches: lots of graphics, a couple tables, no equations.
McCabe, Janet, Graham, John D., Shanahan, James, Miles, Emily
In this Air Check, host Janet McCabe talks with IU professor and recently-named chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board John D. Graham about his experience in the SAB and what he foresees for the Biden Administration's environmental work, including cost-benefit analysis and the electrification of motor vehicles.
Christy Hyman, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Erik Nelson, Indiana University Bloomington, Arrianna Planey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , Heidi Rae Cooley, University of Texas at Dallas, Girmaye Misgna, University of Pennsylvania
Experts explore the disenfranchisement and disruptions of 2020, and examine how mapping can help us make sense of crucial issues both during this historic year and beyond. Five guests across a range of disciplines—including public health, media studies, digital humanities, and library science—came together for a moderated panel discussion to discuss issues related to political ecologies of health and disease, relationships between bodies and technology, data access and geospatial methodology as applied to humanities and social sciences.
Planning the traditional holiday trip to see family? Give this a listen. We talked with Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI's Shandy Dearth about what might be safe, and what might dangerous, for our loved ones.
Rhoda Ethelbah-Case (Whiteriver, Arizona)
Born and raised in the White Mountain Apache Reservation, Rhoda grew up the child of musicians Matthew J. Kane (Midnite) and wife Lee Kane. Midnite and Lee founded the band Apache Spirit and performed together for forty-seven years, covering the entire southwestern United States and playing a variety of different venues. They recorded fifteen albums and won the First Country Folk category for the Native American musical awards. Today, as a family band, Apache Spirit livens casino, club and rodeo audiences and dance floors with their hefty mix of country, Native Contemporary Originals, Oldies but Goodies, Rock N’ Roll and Blues. Currently she is the leader, background vocalist, keyboard, and drummer for Apache Spirit, Chris Kane Trio, and Lady Krow Roadshow & Rez Rootz. Currently, Rhoda manages and is the vocalist, keyboard, and drummer for Apache Spirit, Chris Kane Trio, and Lady Krow Roadshow & Rez Rootz. She is also a motivational speaker.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 11/07/2020.
In the first episode of our post-election series, we go live with Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic, Yessenia Funes of Atmos Magazine, Britt Wray of Gen Dread, Dharna Noor of Earther, and independent reporter/consultant Mythili Sampathkumar to discuss the environmental news you need to watch (and how to cope with the associated anxiety) as we move forward.
Shanahan, James, Yan, Harry, Torres-Lugo, Christopher
The 2020 election will likely be on our minds for some time. But how did we get here? Dean Shanahan speaks with Harry Yan and Christopher Torres-Lugo, two graduate students who are researching election interference.
Yan and Lugo work at IU’s Observatory on Social Media, known familiarly as OSoMe, or “awesome.” The three discuss detecting bots, online election narratives, how the field is becoming more polarized— and what we might learn from it all.
This item is a set of examples from the collection [United States, North and South Carolina, Georgia, African Americans, 1920s-1930s] collected by Lawrence Gellert. Some content and language may be offensive. The examples have been selected to accompany the monograph, A Sound History: Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial, by Steven Garabedian, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2020. The larger collection of Lawrence Gellert recordings are described in the IUCAT record (https://iucat.iu.edu/catalog/2231335 ). Some of these recordings were made using a primitive recording device and the audio quality is very poor. Titles are taken from those provided in Gellert's notes or have been created based on the song content. Gellert did not document the names of performers for their safety, and that is why the performers for most of these recordings are unknown.