• In 1983, P. Michael Conneally and his colleagues at IU, in collaboration with an international group of genetics researchers, located the first DNA marker for Huntington’s disease on chromosome 4. In 1984, the IU Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics established the world’s first DNA bank, which was created to store individual and family DNA samples for future genetic testing for many different disorders, including Huntington’s disease.
• Did you know that you and the ordinary, pesky fruit fly share 70 percent of the same kinds of genes, that IU scientists think salamanders’ ability to re-grow severed limbs might one day be possible for humans and that a new breed of mice might help mend broken hearts? It’s time for Mini Med School, Feb. 15-March 22.
• Mark your calendars. Tuesday, Feb. 8, is the Hoosiers for Higher Education annual Statehouse visit. Register online:
• The IUB Office for Women’s Affairs is soliciting campus nominations for its Outstanding Staff Award, to be awarded to a full-time IUB staffer who has contributed to the advancement of women’s concerns on the campus and in the Bloomington community. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 18. A $1,000 cash award will be presented during Women’s History Month.
• Two upcoming opportunities for kids in the Bloomington area: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center will be hosting a junior master gardener program Feb. 1-March 8, meeting on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. Telephone 812-855-2799 for details (and ask about the skunk visit on Jan. 22). The opening of Brain Teasers 2, an exhibit created by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, opens Jan. 26 at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology and runs through May 8. The exhibit relates to Indiana science and mathematics standards and is the only Hoosier location on the current exhibit tour.