We had a very good year in the sciences at IU South Bend—the sort that makes a dean of the liberal arts proud. Biology Professor Peter G. Bushnell was part of a team studying Greenland sharks. Their article in Science, revealing a key finding that Greenland sharks live hundreds of years garnered worldwide attention including NPR nationally and on many local stations, the Weather Channel, The NY Times, The Guardian, The Hindu, many TV affiliates, ScienceNordic, Global News Canada, Huffington Post and hundreds of other news outlets.
In Physics, Professor Ilan Levine was a recipient, as part of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) team, of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The SNO experiment, which discovered neutrino oscillations and thereby solved the “solar neutrino problem,” is the same work for which Arthur McDonald, the SNO project leader, shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.