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Biofilm formation.

Several IU microbiologists study bacterial multicellular behavior, such as biofilm formation.

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  • Themester topic for the Fall 2016 semester is Beauty. Distinguished Professor Roger Hangarter and Betsy Stirratt (Grunwald Gallery) share an idea of beauty as an experience found in nature as they discuss Hangarter's photograph of a spider web. They examine beauty as a phenomenon that inspires both scientists and artists. [ spider web podcast | "Beauty" podcast collection ]
  • The NIH National Eye Institute awarded Associate Professor Andy Zelhof a 5-year, $1.9 million grant to study photoreceptor differentiation. In particular, the funded proposal will explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pre- vs. post-synapse formation in Drosophila photoreceptors. [ IU news release ]
  • Associate Professor Rich Phillips among co-authors of "The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes" in Nature Climate Change in which researchers discuss that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing, and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions. [ IU news release | article ]
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