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Bloomington: Indiana University officials plan to toast the school’s bicentennial this month with the dedication of a new supercomputer, the inaugural chiming of a rare collection of bells and a speech by Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis. The university’s Day of Commemoration events are scheduled for Jan. 20, the 200th anniversary of former Gov. Jonathan Jennings’ signing of a bill that led to the school’s founding in 1820. All three events are part of a daylong slate of activities to mark the date, including the unveiling of a replica of a giant ground sloth skeleton once housed on the school’s Bloomington campus. A dedication ceremony for the university’s new supercomputer, Big Red 200, will celebrate one of America’s fastest university-owned supercomputers. The bells of the Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon, a 130-foot steel tower housed in an arboretum, will also ring for the first time.

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