Faculty Excellence News

IU Bloomington has a rich history of distinguished facutly members whose work has changed lives across the country and around the globe. Here are just a few recent highlights.


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance once again named IU Bloomington among its Top 40 public university’s in the 2014 edition of its annual list of “100 Best Value in Public Colleges.”

Forbes ranked the Kelley School of Business’s MBA program among the Top 20 in the nation.

Honors and Awards

Lillian Casillas-Origel received the 2013 IU Latino Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Casillas-Origel is the director of La Casa, the Indiana University Latino Cultural Center at IU Bloomington.

Indiana University physicists and information technologists contributed to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle. The multi-decade effort to discover the particle was one of the largest scientific collaborations in history, involving more than 3,000 individuals around the world.

Collin Allen was awarded the 2013 Barwise Prize by the American Philosophical Association. Allen, Provost Professor of Cognitive Science and History and Philosophy of Science, received the prize for his contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing.

Five different IU Bloomington professors were named fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions in their respective fields.

Alan Ewert, professor and interim chair of IU’s Department of Environmental Health, received the 2013 Distinguished Researcher Award from the Association for Experiential Education.

Research and Grants

Indiana University received a $6 million award to expand its operation of N-Wave, the science network for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Network engineers, software developers and service desk technicians at the IU Global Research Network Operations Center have provided expert, round-the-clock support to N-Wave since 2010.

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Education and UCLA received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help elementary students engage with complicated scientific concepts.

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington have received a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to establish after-school recreational programs your boys and girls in Ghana. The programs, created in partnership with the University of Cape Coast and local government officials in Apewosika Township, aim to help kids avoid problems associated with substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.

Indiana University is leading a science gateway project funded by a five-year $5 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation. Researchers from IU, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will work together to develop the Science Gateway Platform, which will provide researchers with a variety of hosted services that support science gateways and further scientific discovery.

The IU Art Museum met a challenge from the Mellon Foundation and established a $1.5 million endowment. The endowment allows the museum to continue its tradition of providing IU Bloomington students with innovative museum-based courses, interdisciplinary academic programs, and curriculum-structured tours.

 IU Bloomington received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM Program to help recruit, retain, and support undergraduate students in the sciences. More than half a million dollars of the grant will be devoted to student scholarships.