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Raising the minimum wage by $1 per hour would result in a substantial decrease in the number of reported cases of child neglect, according to a new study co-authored by an Indiana University researcher. Congress is considering increases to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and several state and city governments have enacted or are considering minimum wages higher than the federal rate. A $1 increase would result in 9,700 (9.6 percent) fewer reported cases of child neglect annually as well as a likely decrease in cases of physical abuse, said Lindsey Rose Bullinger of IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Expanded Medicaid eligibility under one part of the Affordable Care Act results in a cost savings for the federal government, according to new Indiana University research. The finding is significant because it indicates that an effort by Congress to save money by trimming Medicaid spending may actually drive up costs in another part of the budget. As residents of 32 states sign up for Medicaid benefits expanded under the act, known as the ACA or Obamacare, some of those residents are dropping off the rolls of the more costly Supplemental Security Income program for the disabled poor, the team of researchers discovered.

Professor Khalil Muhammad will return to Bloomington this month to deliver the 29th annual Paul V. McNutt Lecture sponsored by the Indiana University Bloomington Department of History. Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He was on the IU Bloomington history faculty from 2005 to 2011. His lecture, "In Punishment We Trust? The Logic and Legacy of American Punitiveness," will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20 in the University Club President's Room in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Three Indiana University Bloomington faculty members -- Jerome R. BusemeyerSumit Kumar Ganguly and Andre Watts -- have been elected as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. Busemeyer is a Provost Professor of psychological and brain sciences in the IU College of Arts and Sciences. Ganguly is a professor of political science, the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and director of the Center on American and Global Security in the School of Global and International Studies. Watts is the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor in the IU Jacobs School of Music.

The Social Science Research Commons (SSRC) is pleased to invite proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects advancing social science research on the IU Bloomington campus. 

Michael Watts, 2016-2017 IU Patten Lecturer, joined a panel of IU faculty for the "Development studies and the 'global campus' in the US" discussion Monday morning at Social Science Research Commons. Watts was joined by Marina Antic, Slavic and E. European Languages & Cultures; Akin Adesokan, Comparative Literature; Ishan Ashutosh, Geography and the Dhar India Studies Program; Nick Cullather, School of Global and International Studies, History and International Studies; Hilary Kahn, School of Global and International Studies and Center for the Study of Global Change; and Stephen Macekura, International Studies. The panel discussed how development studies could or should contribute to research, teaching, and campus culture. The Indiana Daily Student has shared photos from the eventWatts, a widely cited expert on political ecology, environmental justice, famine and the relationship of oil and gas production with development, will present the final Indiana University Patten Lectures of 2016-17 this week. Watts is the Class of 1963 Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centennial Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics. His work on vulnerability and resilience, agrarian political economy and other topics continues to shape scholarly debates and research programs. Read more about Watts' Patten Lectures from the IU Newsroom.

Freshmen right out of high school are not the only students starting classes at IU next week. Many master’s and doctoral students are also new to the Bloomington campus. The Graduate Mentoring Center became partners with the Grad Grants Center and the Social Science Research Commons and played host to a resource fair Monday for graduate students to display a variety of resources available to them as IU students.

The electricity in the room was humming, and not just on account of the state-of-the-art digital technology. At each table a pair of scientists and/or social scientists sat across from each other, talking for five minutes until the buzzer rang with a one-minute warning. Then, it was time to move on to the next pairing and eight more rounds of speed-networking. The recent gathering at the Social Science Research Commons in Woodburn Hall was the second of three speed-networking events organized by Meryl Bertenthal and her team at the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in collaboration with Professor Peter Todd and graduate student Samantha Cohen, both in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. The events, funded by OVPR, are part of an ongoing study on the formation of academic partnerships and the best ways to ignite them.

Noted urban historian Philip J. Ethington will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington on Sept. 12 and 13. All faculty and students are invited to the free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12,  in the Social Science Research Commons, in Woodburn Hall 200. The reception will feature the address by Ethington, a professor of history, political science and spatial studies at the University of Southern California. Ethington will speak on the topic of "International Scholarship from the Age of Empire to the Age of Digital Globalism," focusing on the challenges and opportunities the digital age presents for international collaboration and research. Ethington recently completed "Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles Since 13,000 BP," a global history of the nation's second-largest city. His work includes large-scale museum installations of geo-historical visualizations; two-dimensional cartography designed to visualize historical time (called ghost maps); and theoretical writings toward a spatial theory of history.

Social scientists unite! That's the basic goal for the new Social Science Research Commons (SSRC) on the IU Bloomington campus. The SSRC is the culmination of five years of planning to stimulate, coordinate, and sustain social science research on the Bloomington campus. The university wants to provide social science faculty and graduate students with a place to meet, share their research interests, and develop new research projects -- in many cases, across traditional disciplines.

Indiana University researchers will lead a $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's BRAIN Initiative to advance the frontiers of neuroscience and cognitive science by creating the blueprint for digital platforms that compile information on the brain and conduct reproducible "big data" research in neuroscience. The NSF initiative award -- one of only 19 awarded this year -- is part of the NSF's effort to support fundamental research in brain science and accelerate the development of neuro-technologies that entail joint efforts between those in fields such as engineering, math, computer science, social and behavioral sciences, and education.