March 4, 2022

The Report

IU offers teaching and solidarity as Ukraine crisis continues

This week, March 1-3, Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies hosted a series of teach-in events including experts from across various IU academic disciplines to help the university community better understand the crisis in Ukraine. All events were organized by the school's Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, a U.S. Department of Education funded Title VI National Resource Center and one of the country's leading centers for Ukrainian studies.

On Monday, IU President Pamela Whitten asked for the IU Auditorium to be lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to show the university's solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and IU issued a condemnation of Russian aggression through its Office of International Services.  

On Tuesday, Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. and a 2001 graduate of IU's Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, was a special honored guest at President Biden's State of the Union address, where she was recognized and received a standing ovation.

Throughout the week, IU faculty have continued to educate people from Indiana and beyond about the wide-ranging impacts of the invasion of Ukraine, participating in the teach-ins and other events, and addressing members of the media.

Read about the teach-in events

Read a statement from IU Vice President for International Affairs Hannah Buxbaum

Watch a panel discussion moderated by Vice President Buxbaum

Learn about IU's experts


Statehouse Update

The ninth week of session marked the third reading deadlines for Senate bills in the House and for House bills in the Senate. We are now seeing a flurry of activity as both chambers work to finalize language in remaining bills through the conference committee process. If all goes to plan, the legislative session could end by next Friday. By statute, session must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on March 14th.

Statehouse Update • March 4, 2022


Federal Update

The Federal Relations team continues to track the pending competitiveness legislation in the House and Senate. The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act passed the Senate in June and the America COMPETES Act (America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act of 2022) passed the House in February, setting the stage for a conference committee to resolve differences between the two pieces of legislation.

Federal Update • March 4, 2022


IU News

IU a top producer of Fulbright students

In her latest blog, IU President Pamela Whitten announced that the U.S. State Department has named IU Bloomington a top producer for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. With 11 students being offered awards, this marks the seventh consecutive year the university has been among the top institutions to send students on life-changing study abroad journeys through the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program. Read the blog


Whitten gives keynote address on telemedicine

Last Friday, Feb. 25, President Whitten presented a keynote campus address at IUPUI, hosted by the Center for Translating Research Into Practice. During the presentation, she discussed her experiences as a research faculty member focused on telemedicine, new technologies and communication, and the social impacts and effects of health technologies. She also discussed her vision for the role translational research can play at IU and on the IUPUI campus in the years to come. Watch the keynote presentation


Summit will bring together best of IU's venture community, innovation leaders

Leading IU-affiliated entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and others driving the development of the university’s global venture ecosystem will come together this spring for a summit hosted by IU Ventures, the university’s startup investment arm. The IU Founders & Funders Network Venture Summit, which will be held May 12-13 at IU Bloomington’s Indiana Memorial Union, will gather the “best of IU’s venture community,” allowing members of this group to connect with and learn from like-minded industry leaders and find investment, expertise, mentorship and other resources they need to build their businesses. Read the full story