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Legislation that would define how to evaluate the quality of legislative redistricting maps is headed to the Senate floor after unanimous committee approval Monday.

The bill’s Republican author calls it the “best chance” to move the redistricting reform debate forward, even as advocates say it should go further.

Mapping The Brain: Alzheimer's Research In Indiana

Jan 21, 2018

Much is still unknown about Alzheimer’s, a disease that will impact half the population if you live that long. There are no pharmaceutical treatments. Doctors cannot make a definitive diagnosis until after death, with an autopsy. Research participants are in short supply.

Advances in brain imaging offer some hope, and a key piece of that work is being done in Indiana.

Dr. Martin Farlow is a researcher at Indiana University’s Department of Neurology in Indianapolis.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Indiana’s plan to adhere to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act Friday.

Indiana’s 168-page plan details how state officials will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

Movement Biomarker Could Help In Autism Diagnosis

Jan 19, 2018

A recently published study that Indiana University researchers co-authored provides the best evidence yet that movement could be used as a biomarker or a physical measurement that doctors can use to diagnosis. The findings focus on autism.

Diagnosing autism remains dependent on a subjective assessment of a person’s symptoms. IU physics professor Jorge Jose says that can be a problem.

A House committee has approved legislation to track foster children and their success in schools.

The bill would require the Indiana Department of Education and the Department of Child Services to gather data on foster care students in public schools – specifically, the graduation rates and enrollment data for those students.

Deb Brewer is the regional director of a foster care and family services group called The Villages of Indiana, and she says that data could mean more support for foster children.

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