An extracurricular opportunity for Biology students

Greetings, Past and Future IDS Opinion Staff!


We hope you are all enjoying the winter break! Neeta and I will be the Opinion Desk Editors this spring, and are looking forward to working with you all.


Attached is the Spring 2018 new columnist/illustrator application, which will be due at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 5th.


To communicate their continued interest in writing for the IDS, returning columnists need only to submit a new column to us for our first publication week.


If you have any questions, feel free to email us at and




Josh Hoffer and Neeta Patwari


Seeking applicants for The Morton Arboretum Paid Summer Fellowships

The Morton Arboretum is recruiting applicants for 2018 summer undergraduate fellowships, which runs for 10 weeks and covers housing and a generous stipend.  Each fellow works closely under one scientist.  Our scientists cover a broad range of topics: basic tree biology, forest ecology, arboriculture, biomechanics, root biology, soil science, population biology, genetics, phylogenetics, systematics, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. The program endeavors to promote critical thinking, self-confidence, and perseverance, while helping prepare students for graduate studies and professional careers in science-related fields.

The Hoban lab is specifically seeking a student with some experience in population genetics and/or computational biology.  Please see the attached flyer . Applicants should ideally state their preferred scientist mentor in their cover letter, and explain why, to increase their chance of success.


Need a Gen Ed S&H class for spring? Consider HPSC-X 205 Introduction to Medical History

HPSC-X 205 Introduction to Medical History (3 credit hours)

D. Bertoloni Meli
Class #13636
Regular Academic Session
M/W 1:00p-2:15p   SY 103
IUB Gen Ed S&H credit
COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit


This class provides an introduction to the history of medicine from the Hippocratic Oath in ancient Greece to the 20th century. We will discuss major features of the medical world, including: transformations in anatomy and physiology, such as the discovery of the circulation of the blood and the role of microscopy; changing concepts of disease and therapeutic practices culminating with the germ theory of disease, cellular pathology, and the new understanding of cancer; shifts in institutional settings, from the bedside to the hospital and the rise of the laboratory. The course would be of interest to all students with an interest in a career in the medical professions (broadly conceived) and also to students interested in history and the life-sciences. There are no pre-requisites to take the class.

Apply for FLAS Award — Funding to Continue Language Studies

The Summer FLAS Award application is now open! FLAS is Foreign Language and Area Studies, and students, both undergraduate and graduate, can receive funding to continue studying select languages. 2018-2019 Academic Year FLAS information will be coming soon. Find out more on the SGIS FLAS page and on the African Studies Program grants page.


#ImTechieToo — Participate in CEWIT’s Social Media Initiative for IU Women

CEWIT & Black Women in Technology are seeking women to be included in our upcoming social media initiative, #ImTechieToo!

#ImTechieToo is a social media initiative and event that will work to promote women of all ages to realize that their field of study, career field, and everyday lives promote technology. Similar to the formatting of Humans of New York (HONY), #ImTechieToo will utilize posts with short stories of women on campus who would not traditionally be considered ‘techie’, in addition to videos. The launch video will be debuted at the launch event happening during the week of January 29th, where attendees can fellowship and work to de-bunk the myth of only Computer Science (CS) majors being ‘techie’.


  • Woman on the campus of Indiana University (student or staff)
  • Studying/working in a non-technical field (i.e. liberal studies, finance, sports management, etc.)
  • Utilizes some aspect of tech throughout her coursework or career (i.e. Education major who utilizes tablets and iPads in the classroom to enhance the student learning environment

If you are interested in participating, please complete THIS FORM.