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IU, Crane recognize partnership to complete $9 million LINAC project
Justice Michael Kirby to address IU Bloomington commencement
IU Bloomington faculty member named Carnegie Scholar
Indiana University museums receive national honor
IU Energy Challenge heats up as dorms cool down
IU Jacobs student flutist to play in YouTube concert at Carnegie Hall
Two IU students win $20,000 humanities prize
Choreographers and composers collaborate for fourth annual "Hammer and Nail" concert
Sustainability leader to speak at IU Bloomington
IU Soul Revue's annual spring concert set for May 2
Law students revive Ambulance Chase
HIV/AIDS prevention success stories featured at Indiana University conference
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU, Crane recognize partnership to complete $9 million LINAC project -- Indiana University and Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center recognized the success of an ongoing partnership to enhance national security and advance research opportunities in life sciences, physics and other fields during a ceremony Monday (April 13) at IU's Cyclotron Facility. IU has received $7.83 million in collaboration with Crane since 2007 to design improvements and upgrade equipment on a linear accelerator (LINAC) that will be used at the Cyclotron to test the effects of radiation on Department of Defense space and missile systems. Read the complete story.

Justice Michael Kirby to address IU Bloomington commencement -- Justice Michael Kirby, an acclaimed human-rights advocate who recently retired from the Australian High Court, will present the commencement address for the 180th IU Bloomington graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 9. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kirby, until his retirement the longest-serving judge in Australia, is an expert on privacy law and international human-rights law. He has a longstanding relationship with Indiana University, having served as a member of the Kinsey Institute Board of Governors and as the George P. Smith Professor/Chair at the IU Maurer School of Law--Bloomington. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington faculty member named Carnegie Scholar -- Indiana University Bloomington political scientist Abdulkader Sinno has been named a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, the Carnegie Corp. of New York announced this week. He is one of 21 well-established and promising young thinkers, analysts and writers selected to receive the prestigious award, which provides $100,000 over two years to support original research. Sinno, an assistant professor of political science and near eastern languages and cultures in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, will examine the dynamics of Muslim representation in Western parliaments, a phenomenon that is likely to be extremely important in the next 20 to 30 years. Read the complete story.

Indiana University museums receive national honor -- Reflecting the prominence of arts and culture on the Indiana University Bloomington campus, two university museums received the honor of re-accreditation from the Association of American Museums (AAM). Both the Indiana University Art Museum and the William Hammond Mathers Museum of World Cultures are recipients of the award. Read the complete story.

IU Energy Challenge heats up as dorms cool down -- Halfway through the IU Energy Challenge, participating students at Indiana University Bloomington are putting up big numbers and saving substantially more energy than last year's competitors. As of the mid-point reading, students in IU dormitories have saved more than 314,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 448,000 pounds of CO2, 30 percent more than last year's competitors had saved by this time. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs student flutist to play in YouTube concert at Carnegie Hall -- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music flutist Daniel Stein will take the stage at Carnegie Hall Wednesday (April 15) evening as part of the "YouTube Symphony Orchestra." This ensemble is composed of 80 musicians from 30 countries, all of whom auditioned for their spots through the popular video-sharing Web site. Read the complete story.

Two IU students win $20,000 humanities prize -- Indiana University's College of Arts and Sciences has selected two students as winners of its 2009 Palmer-Brandon Prize. Aren Wilson-Wright, a junior majoring in Jewish studies, religious studies and mathematics, and Clara Mitchell, a junior majoring in English and art history, will each receive $20,000. The Palmer-Brandon Prize is given annually to outstanding full-time students who are majoring in the humanities. Read the complete story.

Choreographers and composers collaborate for fourth annual "Hammer and Nail" concert -- The Indiana University Bloomington Contemporary Dance Program and Jacobs School of Music Student Composer Association have teamed up for the fourth year in a row to create the "Hammer and Nail" concert. This year's event will feature 14 new works created by a group of 30 student artists. Read the complete story.

Sustainability leader to speak at IU Bloomington -- Scientist and environmental leader Anthony Cortese will discuss issues of campus sustainability in a keynote lecture this Thursday (April 16) for Indiana University Bloomington's 10-day environmental initiative SustainIU. The student-led initiative runs this week through Earth Day (April 22). Cortese is co-founder, together with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and Teresa Heinz, and president of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop the national capacity to make healthy, just, and sustainable action a foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. Read the complete story.

IU Soul Revue's annual spring concert set for May 2 -- Indiana University's African American Arts Institute will present the annual spring concert by the IU Soul Revue Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114. E. Kirkwood Ave.). The theme for this year's concert is "Sessions In Love." Songs by artists inncluding Earth Wind & Fire, Lakeside, Taste of Honey, Jill Scott and Beyoncé will focus on the themes of seeking, finding and losing love. Read the complete story.

Law students revive Ambulance Chase -- Proving that lawyers really do have a sense of humor, students from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will bring back the Ambulance Chase 5k on Saturday, April 18. Runners will wind through the Bloomington campus on the 3.1-mile course. Race organizers said that an actual ambulance may be used to lead the participants through the course. Sponsored by the Law School's Health Law Society and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, the race is open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Read the complete story.

HIV/AIDS prevention success stories featured at Indiana University conference -- Successful programs for preventing AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in rural communities nationwide will be center stage at Indiana University Bloomington during the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention's sixth national conference, taking place April 16-18. A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the inaugural Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award, given to White's mother, Jeanne White Ginder. Ryan White acquired HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from a tainted treatment for hemophelia as a teenager in Indiana and went on to become a nationally known advocate for AIDS research and awareness before his death in 1990. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday, April 15:
Baseball: Ball State, 3 p.m., Muncie, Ind.
Softball: Illinois, 6 p.m., Champaign, Ill.

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IU in the news

Dean of students search almost finished
Indiana Daily Student, April 15 -- The search committee for the dean of students had its last meeting Tuesday. The candidates have all flown back to their respective schools. Now the campus waits. With the search for the replacement of the dean of students and vice provost for students in its final stages, it is now up to Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson to choose a new dean before current Dean of Students Dick McKaig retires July 1. But before Hanson can make a final decision, she said she wants to get a sense of the IU community's reaction to the candidates. "The next step is to gather the feedback from everybody who participated in any of the meetings with the candidates," Hanson said. "I used that same procedure when I chose the vice provost of faculty and academic affairs and the vice provost for undergraduate education, and I found it very useful." Full story.

Fifty speakers highlight U.S.-China biz event
Indianapolis Business Journal, April 14 -- More than 50 speakers are expected to participate in a three-day conference about U.S.-China business relations that kicks off tomorrow in Indianapolis and finishes Thursday and Friday in Bloomington. Huang Ping, consul general for the People's Republic of China in Chicago, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard are among those scheduled to appear in the IU-sponsored event. Full story.

Professor says US hacking no surprise
Indiana Daily Student, April 14 -- Cybersecurity expert and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Fred Cate said it should come as no surprise that foreign spies have hacked the U.S. electrical grid. On April 8, The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. intelligence agencies detected software programs left behind by cyberspies that could be used to disrupt the system. The spies are said to be from China and Russia because they have attempted to map U.S. infrastructure and desire to navigate the U.S. electrical grids. Cate, an IU law professor, said in a recent press release that foreign entities have been attempting to hack such networks for years and succeeded on multiple occasions. The ability of spies of other countries to control the U.S. electrical grid could have detrimental effects. Full story.

Reduced charitable tax deduction would hurt U.S.
SperoNews, April 14 -- Many nonprofit organizations are under severe financial pressure. They need donations more than ever, and the hurting people they serve have a stake in the unrestrained flow of those donations. However, President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2010 moves in the opposite direction. It would raise taxes on those who can give the most and reduce their income tax deduction for charitable giving. Scholars at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University recently looked at how the Administration's tax proposals would have affected giving among the wealthy in 2006 (the most recent year for which itemized deduction data are available). The center estimated that if Obama's proposed changes had been in place, total itemized contributions from wealthy households would have been almost $4 billion lower. Full story.

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