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FIVE FIERCE FACTS on FRIDAY

IU - Paul Kwan Asta (M.F.A. ’16, Creative Writing) is a conservation library technician at the Library of Congress. Paul’s path took him from working at Target to studying poetry at IU, then in Ireland, and now restoring precious artifacts at the largest library in the world.

IU -Danielle Paquette (B.A. ’12, Journalism)is a Foreign Coorespondent, she is the West Africa bureau chief for The Washington Post. She launched the bureau in 2019 and leads coverage of more than a dozen countries. Her work has won numerous journalism awards — including an Overseas Press Club prize this year for best international reporting with concern for the human condition. Paquette grew up in Plainfield, Ind., and got her start at the Indiana Daily Student. She lives in Dakar, Senegal, with her husband Scott and their former street dog Evie.

IU - IU alumni have earned nine Nobel Prizes, 21 Pulitzer Prizes, 104 Olympic Medals, and 357 Fulbright Awards. IU graduates in the performing arts have won four Tonys, six Oscars, 33 Emmys, and 50 Grammys..

IU - Evolutionary biologist, Ryan Bracewell, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington, awarded nearly $2 million to study chromosome evolution and the consequences of sex chromosome fusions.

IU -IU alumnus Steve Tesich won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1979 for the movie Breaking Away, the story of four Bloomington townies—called “cutters” after the local limestone cutting trade—who enter the famous IU Little 500 bicycle race. To this day, IU student teams race under the name Cutters to honor the film’s legacy.



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