Lilly Endowment

The Indiana University School of Medicine is getting $25 million from the Lilly Endowment to recruit new scientists to Indiana, and to pair them up directly with big Indiana companies.

Medical school research dean Anantha Shekhar says it aims to fast-track the creation of treatments from discoveries about cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more.

He says new technologies like gene sequencing are facilitating those applications faster than ever.

City of Frankfort

Chris McBarnes will still be one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he’s re-elected later this year. So how might a second term 20-something use that to his advantage?

On today’s Ask The Mayor, we ponder how Frankfort might position itself in the coming years and whether the youth of the city’s leader might be a selling point for other young professionals looking to start their careers and, more importantly, invest in a city.

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An event that had been whispered about for weeks was brought into the open Wednesday at Purdue – the arrival of a $40 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

It’s the largest single cash gift Purdue has ever received.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels alluded to the cloak-and-dagger nature of the two weeks leading up to the announcement in his remarks.

“I’m pretty sure some of you came expecting me to announce we found Amelia [Earhart]’s plane,” Daniels joked. “That’s the next announcement.”

Indiana Afterschool Network Receives $1 Million Lilly Grant

Dec 16, 2014
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Indiana afterschool programs are receiving a boost with the help of a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, which will be used to create an online training program for Hoosier youth workers and expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.

State To Use Big Data To Take On Child Deaths, Crime

Sep 10, 2014
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Indiana state government is showing off a new high-tech command center officials predict will harness the power of Big Data to shape policy.

Budget director Chris Atkins says the quarter-million-dollar project includes software that can assemble a data report in minutes that might otherwise take months. He says that frees up analysts to search for patterns that would otherwise be harder to spot.

Atkins pledges the state will make as much of the newly compiled data publicly available as possible, through the state‘s transparency website.

Lilly Endowment gives $2.4M to Purdue's MFRI

Nov 12, 2013

Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) will be able to continue its work for another year, thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

The Institute aims to improve the lives of members of the military, veterans and their families by providing access to counseling, as well as education and employment initiatives. Another priority is to conduct research that can improve military programs, practices and policies in this area.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, MFRI director, says research being done at the Institute has helped identify gaps in services.