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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 11, 2009

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IU Department of Theatre and Drama announces 2009-10 season
Algae project at IU Central Heating Plant searches for new ways to curb carbon dioxide emissions
IU's Brown County Playhouse announces 61st season
IU named site for ExxonMobil science summer camp for under-privileged
Instead of the beach, many IU students going global for spring break
WIC Week focuses professional development, tech talks on women
IU School of Fine Arts presents annual thesis shows
Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove headlines first IU Bloomington Diversity Day
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith to visit IU
IU Ethics Bowl team wins national competition
Scott Russell Sanders' new book 'A Conservationist Manifesto' tackles environmental issues
Award-winning NPR host Terry Gross at IU Auditorium
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Department of Theatre and Drama announces 2009-10 season -- As Indiana University's Department of Theatre and Drama celebrates its 75th anniversary year (2008-09), the department continues a tradition of professional-level student performances featured in both classic favorites and cutting-edge, contemporary plays. In the upcoming 2009-10 season, modern works such as The Clean House and Take Me Out will be featured alongside Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, Peter Weiss's riveting Marat/Sade, Congolese playwright Sony Labou Tansi's Parentheses of Blood, and two musicals, including Stephen Sondheim's beautiful A Little Night Music. Read the complete story.

Algae project at IU Central Heating Plant searches for new ways to curb carbon dioxide emissions -- When it comes to cutting its carbon footprint, the Indiana University Central Heating Plant is not afraid to step outside the bounds of traditional methods. While the plant uses mechanical means to limit emissions of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and mercury, research at the Central Heating Plant is now exploring ways to use algae to absorb excess carbon dioxide emitted in flue gases. Read the complete story.

IU's Brown County Playhouse announces 61st season -- This year, Indiana University's Brown County Playhouse will celebrate its 61st consecutive summer season, and this summer's lineup offers something for everyone, from the hilarious There Goes the Bride to the poignant Driving Miss Daisy. A treasured Nashville tradition since 1949, the Brown County Playhouse continues to offer memorable theatrical events performed by both professional actors and talented student actors from IU's Department of Theatre and Drama. Read the complete story.

IU named site for ExxonMobil science summer camp for under-privileged -- Sustainability will be the theme for a free two-week summer camp at Indiana University designed to stimulate interest in the sciences in under-represented middle school students. Indiana University will be among 30 universities and institutes hosting an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this year. In all, more than 1,500 students will take part in camps this year that will explore themes such as "Mission to Mars," "Revolutionary Robotics" and "Energy and Motion." Read the complete story.

Instead of the beach, many IU students going global for spring break -- Daytona. Vail. Seoul. Beijing. Normandy. Zagreb. While the first two destinations may be familiar to many as spring break destinations, an increasing number of Indiana University students are opting for other international locales, where they often travel as part of classes. About 60 IU students are heading this weekend to South Korea with their professors as part of courses offered by the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP), the IU School of Journalism and the Kelley School of Business. Other journalism students are going to Japan for a course on international public relations and to Europe to retrace the steps of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Read the complete story.

WIC Week focuses professional development, tech talks on women -- WIC Week, a string of events March 9 through Thursday -- organized by Indiana University's Women in Informatics and Computing -- will focus as much on the social aspects of securing success in technology fields as it will on talking technical applications. Read the complete story.

IU School of Fine Arts presents annual thesis shows -- Starting March 24, Indiana University's School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery and the IU Art Museum will present a full schedule of master's thesis shows featuring works created by graduating master of fine arts students, as well as the annual bachelor of fine arts thesis shows and bachelor of arts senior show. All events are free and open to the public. Students exhibiting in the SoFA Gallery will give gallery talks about their work at noon on the Friday of their opening receptions, while students exhibiting in the IU Art Museum will speak about their work during the first part of their opening receptions, beginning at 6 p.m. Read the complete story.

Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove headlines first IU Bloomington Diversity Day -- A reading and talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove will highlight Indiana University Bloomington's inaugural Diversity Day, a campus-wide celebration and conversation centered on the theme "Diversity is Bigger than You Think." Dove, the U.S. poet laureate from 1993 to 1995, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union, 700 E. Seventh St. Read the complete story.

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith to visit IU -- Alexander McCall Smith, author of the best-selling serial novels The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The Sunday Philosophy Club, 44 Scotland Street and Portuguese Irregular Verbs, will visit the Indiana University Bloomington campus April 20. McCall Smith will give a public talk at 5 p.m. in the Whittenberger Auditorium as a guest of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, directed by Andrea Ciccarelli. Read the complete story.

IU Ethics Bowl team wins national competition -- The Indiana University Ethics Bowl team won the 15th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition on March 5 in Cincinnati. The competition began in the fall with 10 regional bowl competitions and then 32 teams advanced to the national event. IU beat the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in a narrowly contested quarterfinal round and bested the University of Miami in the semifinal round. In the final match, IU beat Clemson, the defending champion. Read the complete story.

Scott Russell Sanders' new book 'A Conservationist Manifesto' tackles environmental issues -- As an antidote to the calamitous culture of consumption, extravagance and waste that he says dominates American life today, celebrated author and Indiana University Bloomingon Professor Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve our world rather than destroy it. Read the complete story.

Award-winning NPR host Terry Gross at IU Auditorium -- Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio's "Fresh Air," will share her greatest and most memorable interviews April 8 at IU Auditorium in Bloomington. To illustrate the techniques she has honed in more than three decades on the air, the multiple award-winning radio host will first play sound bites from interviews that went well -- and then those that didn't go so well. Gross also will allow fans to interview her. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Tuesday, March 10:
Baseball: Indiana's offense exploded for nine home runs, 22 hits and 18 runs in an 18-3 victory over Morehead State on Tuesday. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, March 11:
Baseball: Kentucky, 4 p.m., Lexington, Ky.

Schedule for Thursday, March 12:
Men's Basketball: Penn State, 5 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind.

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IU in the news

IU looks to expand, increase diversity
Indiana Daily Student, March 11 -- Officials say making IU Bloomington more welcoming to minority students requires more than work from the administration. Edwin Marshall, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs said students and faculty have to make a conscious effort to interact. "We need to create it where it does not exist and increase it where it does exist," Marshall said. The best way to increase diversity is to create a welcoming campus environment, he said. Full story.

Researchers react to lifting of stem cell research ban
WTHR 13, March 9 -- Researchers are urging caution after President Barack Obama's removal of a ban on embryonic stem cell research. The ban was imposed eight years ago by the Bush administration imposed on federal money for research. But researchers urge proceeding with caution, citing a recent case from Israel. "The embryonic stem cells, rather than specifically tissue repair, are more oriented towards the building of a new embryo," said Dr. Keith March, director of Vascular Biology and Medicine at Indiana University. "Just last month, there was a report about a child who had received fetal-derived neural stem cell implants who came up with a number of brain tumors a few years later and so this has been very much a call of concern to that whole field." The center which Dr. March heads up at IU is nationally prominent for its work with adult stem cells. Full story.

Financial woes inspire acts of kindness
USA Today, March 9 -- Bad times can bring out the best in people. Mounting layoffs and tumbling stock prices are creating economic anxiety and forcing many people to cut back on charity, but the nation's woes also are inspiring people to make generous gestures to acquaintances, employees and even strangers. Melissa Brown, associate director of research at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, says there's "a tremendous impulse to altruism genetically in mankind." Full story.

Hatha yoga reduces fear of falling
Times of India, March 10 -- Researchers from Indiana University have found that Hatha yoga can help reduce fear of falling among older adults. According to the study, just a few minutes of pranayama twice weekly can help reduce fear of falling, increase lower body flexibility and lower older adults' leisure constraints. Fear of falling compels older adults to limit their social and physical activity, which can in turn diminish their health and quality of life. In the study led by Marieke Van Puymbroeck, assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the researchers recruited 14 men and women with an average age of 78. Five participants had fallen previously. Full story.

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