About us, about campus, about Bloomington...

The Indiana University Cyclotron Facility (IUCF) is a national scientific research center located at the far north end of the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana.  Some 200 scientists, technical staff, and students from around the world are involved in experiments at IUCF each year.  While the primary mission of the facility is basic research into the structure of the atomic nucleus and its interactions, it serves many other purposes as well.  A number of scientific studies have been carried out for applications in the fields of nuclear medicine, radiation biology, high-field permanent magnets, and telecommunications.  Proton therapy has been used to treat cancerous tumors on the head and neck while the IU Radiation Effects Research Program (RERP) has made beam available to NASA and industry.  Arial view of the stadium and Assembly Hall
Through these studies, some of the equipment to be used in satellites receives its first strenuous tests at IUCF.  Using proton irradiation of high-temperature super-conducting materials at IUCF, scientists have created the world's highest magnetic field for a permanent magnet.  Other fields of science, such as atomic physics, elementary particle physics, and nuclear chemistry, have also benefited through the use of the unique qualities of the IUCF particle beams.
The "new" clock tower  

"Our forest trees are your link with the past. May you
find... the beauty and sanctuary which will inspire you to dream..." Herman B Wells.

Bloomington has been dubbed Tree City, USA, and the Indiana University campus is no exception.  Besides having 100 degree programs in the nation's top 20 (click), IU also has an abundance of wildlife and vegetation.  The present campus is not the original home of the University. 

A view from the fountain along 7th St
After a fire forced the campus to relocate, a new location was chosen in Dunn's Woods at the eastern edge of Bloomington.  Twenty acres was the original purchase in 1883; this has grown to over 1800 acres in 1999.  The natural conditions on campus are maintained.  When a tree dies it is replaced with another of the same kind or with 
one whose species was likely to be found here.  There are over seventy species of trees on the woodland campus providing ideal homes for many woodland creatures.  Several species of birds call campus home, along with squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons and opossums.  In addition, the IU Cyclotron Facility has been known to maintain families of deer, bats and the occasional friendly skunk.
 

There are many attractions and activities for the visitor to Bloomington.  Museums, libraries and art galleries are a few places one can while away the hours.  Several historical sites can be found in and around Bloomington.  And if you need more of an adrenaline rush, summers in Indiana are synonymous with auto racing.  Seventy-five minutes from the lab one can find some really fast cars......

......or take a 10 minute drive to slow things down.  Lake Monroe is the largest man-made reservoir in the state.  Besides providing excellent fishing, boating and watercraft recreation, a large portion of the lake and surrounding Hoosier National Forest is set aside as a natural game preserve.  Many campgrounds can be found around the lake but a few people still prefer the primitive camping opportunities the forest provides.
Some necessary sites to visit...
What's a Hoosier?   An age-old question....
Indiana Digital Student   Indiana Daily Student Online: campus newspaper
Campus News and Events   Official campus news and events
IU Bloomington Campus    Campus map
IU Bloomington Online Photo Tour    Picture tour of campus
Hoosier Net   Bloomington's "what's happening" site
The City of Bloomington's official site   Bloomington's technical site
Bloomington's Visitors' Bureau   Tourist information
Bloomington weather   From The Weather Channel
Lake Monroe   The official site