January 28, 2022

The Report

IU celebrates Lee Hamilton, Richard Lugar with dedication of new portraits

This week, Indiana University unveiled new photographic portraits of the eminent Hoosier statesmen for whom one of its leading schools is named, former Congressman Lee Hamilton and the late Sen. Richard Lugar. At a dedication ceremony at IU's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, IU President Pamela Whitten joined Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the school, in honoring the rich legacies of two of Indiana's and the nation's most influential public servants, their longstanding commitment to bipartisanship and effective governance, and their impact on ensuring that IU students gain international literacy and experience to become principled, pragmatic and nonpartisan global leaders.

Congressman Hamilton, who spoke at the event, is a distinguished scholar in the Hamilton Lugar School and a professor of practice in IU’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also continues to serve as senior advisor for the Center on Representative Government, which he founded in 1999 to improve the public’s understanding of Congress and its impact on ordinary Americans. He writes a regular “Comments on Congress” column for the center. 

This past June, former U.S. Sen. and Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, former Director of National Intelligence and U.S. Sen. Daniel R. Coats, and former U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks each joined Hamilton as members of the IU faculty. Bayh and Coats joined the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Hamilton Lugar School, respectively. Brooks is now a member of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.

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Statehouse Update

Another busy week at the Statehouse as lawmakers raced to meet the deadline to move bills out of committee and to the floor before the end of the week. Many important bills hit the floor of the House and the Senate for second reading, which is the opportunity for the whole chamber to offer amendments on the bill.  By the middle of next week, we will know all the bills that passed out of their originating chamber and are still eligible to become law.

Statehouse Update • January 28, 2022


Federal Update

The Federal Relations Team is tracking the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act). Debuted by the House of Representatives this week, the America COMPETES Act of 2022 brings Congress one step closer to bolstering innovation, research, and manufacturing in the United States to ensure U.S. leadership in those areas. The advancement of the America COMPETES Act in the House sets the stage for a conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) this spring.

Federal Update • January 28, 2022


IU News

Kelley School No. 1 for 2 degree programs in U.S. News online program rankings

This week saw the release of the latest U.S. News and World Report Best Online Education Program rankings, which reflect IU’s longstanding commitment to providing a world-class education to its students – and preparing them for success – wherever they are. Four degree programs and specialties in IU's Kelley School of Business and one specialty in the School of Education received the No. 1 ranking, while several other programs placed in the top 10 nationally. Full Story


Modeling a major economic impact

In a newly released report, the IU Public Policy Institute estimates that Cook Medical's new medical device manufacturing facility, which is nearing completion at 38th Street and Sheridan Avenue in Indianapolis, will have a nearly $26 million economic impact once it is fully operational. Cook and its partners engaged the Public Policy Institute to model the immediate and future economic impacts of the 38th and Sheridan project, provide a set of recommendations on measuring the project's community impact and employment outcomes over time, and enable a long-term evaluation of this important and innovative project. Full Story


IU Rhodes Scholar's goal: 'Make the world a better place'

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaited Indiana University Bloomington senior Elvin Irihamye: an interview with the committee that would decide whether to name him a prestigious Rhodes Scholar. The challenge was he had only 20 minutes during a video conference interview to convince the members. Full Story


IU Athletics celebrates Civic Engagement Day

On November 2, IU student-athletes celebrated Civic Engagement Day and did a variety of activities in the Bloomington community. Full Story