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IU ranks 11th nationally for Total Voluntary Support in FY 2008
Wildermuth Center will not be renamed
Exhibit of digital work marks opening of Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities
IU Bloomington announces new undergraduate honors award
Inexpensive Depression Screening Tool Works in Resource Poor Countries
Barrister's Ball renamed in honor of beloved alumnus
'Liberal bias?' IU professors find network TV election coverage favors Republicans
IU Bloomington United Way campaign surpasses goal
School of Public and Environmental Affairs awards grants for sustainability research
IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair scheduled for March 4
Young IU mathematician receives Sloan fellowship
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU ranks 11th nationally for Total Voluntary Support in FY 2008 -- Indiana University ranks second in the Big Ten, third among public universities, and 11th among all colleges and universities in the nation in the amount of support it received from the private sector in fiscal 2008. With a record $408.6 million in Total Voluntary Support in fiscal year 2008, IU moved up in the rankings in every category. Total Voluntary Support is the sum of gift funds and non-governmental research grant funds received by an institution of higher education in a given year. The rankings are compiled annually by the Council for Aid to Education. Read the complete story.

Wildermuth Center will not be renamed -- Indiana University Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer J. Terry Clapacs announced today that IU will not implement a decision to add the name of IU basketball legend Bill Garrett to the Ora L. Wildermuth Intramural Center. On Friday, Feb. 20, IU trustees approved a recommendation from the All University Committee on Names to redesignate the historic structure as the "William L. Garrett-Ora. L. Wildermuth Intramural Center." Clapacs said the university will not proceed with that decision because he has been informed that members of the Garrett family do not support the change. Read the complete story.

Exhibit of digital work marks opening of Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities -- Indiana University's Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) will celebrate its official opening on Wednesday, Feb. 25, with a reception in the Wells Library, at 4 p.m. The institute, supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and led by Associate Vice Provost for the Arts Ruth Stone, is part of the Research Commons now being developed in the East Tower of the library to enable collaborative work across disciplines. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington announces new undergraduate honors award -- Beginning this spring, Indiana University Bloomington will honor high-achieving undergraduate students with a new award that salutes sustained academic excellence. Students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher will be designated as "Founders Scholars" at IU Bloomington's Honors Convocation on March 29. The Honors Convocation is among the activities that will take place during Founders Day, the annual celebration of IU's founding in 1820. Read the complete story.

Inexpensive Depression Screening Tool Works in Resource Poor Countries -- A study published in the February 2009 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that a highly reliable depression screening tool known as the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) used across the United States and Europe can be effectively administered in resource poor Africa to HIV/AID patients, a population whose mental health needs have been underserved. The work also confirms that Kenyans with HIV/AIDS suffer depression at as high or higher a rate than those with HIV/AIDS in developed countries. The PHQ-9 was developed in a 1999 study which was co-authored by one of the authors of the new study, Kurt Kroenke, M.D., IU School of Medicine professor of medicine and a Regenstrief Institute research scientist, to screen primary care patients for depression. Read the complete story.

Barrister's Ball renamed in honor of beloved alumnus -- The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law has voted unanimously to rename the school's annual Barrister's Ball after alumnus Rapheal Prevot Jr., who died last June at the age of 49. A devoted supporter of the school, Prevot served for 15 years as labor relations counsel for the National Football League in New York. Though his demanding schedule kept him busy year-round, Prevot would return regularly to Bloomington to advise and encourage law students about their futures. The 1984 graduate mentored hundreds of Indiana University law students and graduates, and was a fixture at the Barrister's Ball despite living on the East Coast. Read the complete story.

'Liberal bias?' IU professors find network TV election coverage favors Republicans -- A visual analysis of television presidential campaign coverage from 1992 to 2004 suggests that the three television broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- favored Republicans in each election, according to two Indiana University professors in a new book. Their research runs counter to the popular conventional notion of a liberal bias in the media in favor of Democrats and against Republican candidates. Maria Elizabeth Grabe and Erik Bucy, both associate professors in the Department of Telecommunications of IU's College of Arts and Sciences, report their findings in their book, Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections (Oxford University Press). Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington United Way campaign surpasses goal -- Employees of Indiana University Bloomington topped their goal for the 2008-09 United Way campaign, raising $698,841 for programs supported by United Way of Monroe County. The university campaign far surpassed its target of $670,000 and accounted for almost half the $1.4 million overall goal for the United Way of Monroe County "Live United" campaign. In 2007-08, the IU campaign raised $655,000. Read the complete story.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs awards grants for sustainability research -- Five Indiana University research projects -- examining topics that include forest management in the U.S., land use patterns in Brazil and Honduras and student transportation choices in Bloomington -- have been awarded IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Sustainability Research Development Grants. The new award program supports collaborative efforts of IU graduate students and faculty to develop new, externally funded research programs related to sustainability research that is connected to SPEA. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair scheduled for March 4 -- Students considering a career in health care can learn about more than just the familiar roles of "doctor" and "nurse" at Indiana University Bloomington's Health Programs Fair on March 4 (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The fair -- which is free and open to the public -- will feature more than 100 health care representatives on hand to meet with students and answer questions about educational and career opportunities. Health care fields represented will range from athletic training and radiation therapy to cytotechnology and paramedic science. Read the complete story.

Young IU mathematician receives Sloan fellowship -- A newly arrived mathematician to Indiana University has been named among 118 young scientists, economists and mathematicians as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Ciprian Demeter, 33, will receive a $50,000 research grant from the Sloan Foundation, which since 1955 has made awards to young researchers having gone on to win a cumulative 38 Nobel Prizes and 14 Fields Medals, considered the highest honor in mathematics. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 25:
Men's Basketball: Northwestern, 6:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 26:
Men's Swimming: Big Ten Championships, West Lafayette, Ind.

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IU in the news

Master Plan we can be proud of
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 24 -- IU's Bloomington campus has long been considered one of the most beautiful in the nation. With lush greenery and picturesque limestone buildings, it is a great thing to look at. But as any weathered student will tell you, it can be a hassle to navigate. The administration has noticed these complaints. On Feb. 20, the board of trustees approved a Master Plan to better manage campus development. This gives a future vision for the school that will significantly improve facilities and living conditions. Most importantly, the plan seeks to expand research and academic space per student. Full story.

Study: Network coverage biased toward GOP
United Press International, Feb. 25 -- The major U.S. broadcasters demonstrated bias in favor of Republicans in their coverage of presidential campaigns between 1992 and 2004, a new book contends. Maria Elizabeth Grabe and Erik Bucy, both associate professors of telecommunications at Indiana University, are the authors of "Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections" published by Oxford University Press. They analyzed coverage of the elections on ABC, CBS and NBC and concluded all three networks showed a slight tilt to the Republican side. Full story.

Who Should Regulate Greenhouse Gases?
New York Times, Feb. 19 -- Under orders from the Supreme Court, which the Bush administration ignored, President Obama's new head of the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to determine whether carbon dioxide is a pollutant that endangers public health. If the agency decides to regulate carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, the effect on transportation, manufacturing costs and power generation would be profound. Such a decision would also set off one of the most extensive regulatory rule makings in history. Should the E.P.A. be the lead agency in regulating greenhouse gases? Is there a better way to carry out climate change initiatives? John D. Graham, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and Kenneth R. Richards, associate professor at the school suggest crafting new legislation. Full story.

Longtime professor Henry Remak remembered for love of simple things
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 24 -- Not only is it fair to say many have breathed easier because Henry Remak lived, but his benevolence influenced everyone he came in contact with. Remak died last week in his Bloomington home off Maxwell Lane. He was 92. Remak was professor emeritus of comparative literature and Germanic and Western European Studies. Never using e-mail -- just a typewriter -- and not having driven a car since the 1960s, those who knew him said Remak found joy in life's simple things. Full story.

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