Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Examples of Broader Impact Activities by IU Bloomington Faculty


Michael Hamburger 

Michael Hamburger, professor of geological sciences, leads one of three university research teams from Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois—together with the Indiana and Illinois state geological surveys—on a project to help understand earthquakes and the geological structures that trigger them. This research project, supported by the National Science Foundation, is dubbed “OIINK” after its principal study area—the Ozarks, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. It is part of a national scientific initiative, dubbed "EarthScope", which includes the deployment of "USArray", the largest seismic network in the nation’s history. An important component of this project is outreach to K-12 teachers, students, and communities in the area surrounding the OIINK network.

Jinfeng Liao

Liao, an assistant professor of physics, is using NSF CAREER funding to study the "physics of extreme matter." As part of the project, he is pursuing a five-year outreach plan to develop educational software for computers and mobile devices that uses visualizations and simulations to demonstrate concepts related to the "physics of extreme matter" in an interactive and accessible manner.

Emilia Martins

Martins, professor of biology, studies the evolution of complex behavior using lizard and zebrafish models. In one project, researchers from the US and India, using zebrafish as a model, are joining forces to identify the specific mechanisms by which populations undergo rapid shifts in behavior. The collaborative team includes a third-grade teacher who will use internet videoconferencing to add an international component to classroom exercises based on this research. Martins' lab also works with local K-12 science teachers to develop inquiry-based teaching units related to science topics. Lastly, Martins and colleagues have developed EthoSource, a central portal through which researchers can access behavioral information and in which researchers around the world can store their data. 

Armin Moczek

Moczek, professor of biology, and teams of IU students provide science education opportunities for students and teachers from kindergarten through high school using a series of teaching modules that match both core and process objectives of the Indiana Science Teaching (IST) Standards.The modules, which Moczek has developed over the last 10 years, can be adapted to a wide range of grade levels and learning levels. Moczek collaborates closely with the WonderLab Museum for Science and Technology and a number of MCCSC educators.

Kylie Peppler

Peppler, an assistant professor of learning sciences in the School of Education and director of The Creativity Labs at IU Bloomington, designs and researches new technologies to promote creative learning in youth communities. Current NSF-funded projects involving science outreach include BioSim

Jonathan Raff

Raff, assistant professor of chemistry in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, works with students and teachers in the southeast Indiana area to collect data and assists teachers with the development of problem-based learning activities.

Sarah Skrabalak

Skrabalak, associate professor of chemistry, focuses part of her Broader Impacts activities on connecting undergraduates to their home communities through research activities. She has developed a Science Ambassadors Program in which undergraduates working in her lab return to their high schools to discuss their research, life as a science major at IU, and introduce topics such as solar energy science or nanoscience to secondary students.

Von Welch

Von Welch is director of Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) as well as PI and director for the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, a project dedicated to ensuring that NSF cyberinfrastructure (CI) projects receive guidance regarding cybersecurity challenges. Guidance includes helping with cybersecurity planning in developing a program, assessing an existing cybersecurity program, designing or reviewing a security feature, and more. The CTSC website provides a helfpul listing of links and other resources regarding NSF cyberinfrastructure needs and projects.