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IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link

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IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of autism. Anecdotally, parents of children with autism have reported that fevers tend to lessen their behavioral symptoms. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirmed some of those observations, but the nature of that association is still unclear.  Alberts and Harshaw are hoping to take a detailed look at that connection under laboratory conditions.

Bloomington Arts Project Grant Money Grows

The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has announced that revised guidelines and applications are available for the April Cycle of its 2014 Arts Project Grant Program.Grant amounts have been increased to $1,500 for 2014.

The program supported 34 arts projects in 2013. The Commission will hold a drop-in workshop for applicants on Wednesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the McCloskey Conference room in City Hall.

Grant applications that have been submitted will be reviewed during the Bloomington Arts Commission meeting, scheduled to take place on April 9 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The application deadline is April 1 at 5 p.m. Guidelines and applications are available on the City of Bloomington Website.

 

IU Physicists Win $5.4 Million Grant To Study Subatomic Particles

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An Indiana University team of physicists has won a three year, $5.4 million National Science Foundation award to continue its study of the inner workings of the atom’s nucleus.

The members of the team, several dozen strong, are affiliated with IU’s Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter.

IU physicists have already helped researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory study how minute particles called gluons contribute to the angular momentum of protons.

With this new grant, the IU team will continue to help the effort to learn about the composition and movement of the most elementary particles known to humankind.

Gluons hold quarks together in an atom’s proton. Quarks and gluons are among the smallest things particle physicists have identified. Gluons are so tiny that they are considered massless, actually measured in the billionths of a millimeter.

The IU team also will aid researchers at Fermilab in the search for new types of neutrinos, which are subatomic particles created by nuclear reactions in the sun.

Study of these potential new neutrinos may well affect cosmologist’s estimate of the expansion rate of the early universe.

The IU team includes physics department members Will Jacobs, Lisa Kaufman, Chen-yu Liu, Josh Long, Hans-Otto Meyer, Hermann Nann, William Snow, Ed Stephenson, Anselm Vossen, and Scott Wissink, as well as several post doctorates, graduate students, and undergrads.

 

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