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IU expert to explore the future of U.S. journalism in 2009 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture
Research magazine explores the brave new world of networks
IU President Michael McRobbie to appear as guest DJ on WFIU
Tracy M. Sonneborn Award recipient and Provost's Professor announced
Chinese officials tap IU, U.S. expertise for national youth physical activity plan
Computational linguistics expert to speak on the "language of computers" at IU
Conference at IUPUI to Examine Economy's Toll on Tourism
'Journal of American History' examines 1937 sewing room strike, other topics
EPA to regulate greenhouse gases: Indiana University experts comment
Indiana University law professor: Court may side with authorities in strip-search case
IUPUI to Hold Nobel Prize Winner's Q and A With High, Middle School Students
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU expert to explore the future of U.S. journalism in 2009 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture -- David H. Weaver, the Roy W. Howard Professor in journalism and mass communication research in the School of Journalism at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named the Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer for 2009. With newspapers and magazines using words like "freefall," "bloodbath" and "deathwatch" to describe their own industry, 21st-century journalism is clearly undergoing massive changes that are reshaping how the public receives its news. Read the complete story.

Research magazine explores the brave new world of networks -- The spring 2009 issue of Indiana University's Research & Creative Activity magazine showcases the science, art, and scholarship of networks, a new field of research is that expanding rapidly in the 21st century. With a remarkable array of faculty members addressing networks of all kinds, from trade networks to financial systems to the spread of disease, the provision of health care, and the inner workings of our brains, Indiana University is at the forefront of studying how networks operate. Read the complete story.

IU President Michael McRobbie to appear as guest DJ on WFIU -- Indiana University's public radio station, WFIU, will celebrate the end of Jazz Appreciation Month with a series of performances, on-air specials, a listener survey . . . and a jazz-loving guest DJ, IU President Michael McRobbie. McRobbie will be in the WFIU studio on Friday, April 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. playing his favorite jazz tunes -- by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Eberhard Weber, Carla Bley and IU's own legendary David Baker -- on Joe Bourne's "Just You & Me" program. Read the complete story.

Tracy M. Sonneborn Award recipient and Provost's Professor announced -- Indiana University Bloomington Provost Karen Hansen and Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Tom Gieryn have announced that two Indiana University Bloomington professors will receive prestigious university awards. David E. Clemmer, the Robert and Marjorie Mann Chair of Chemistry, will receive the 2009 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, and Lisa Pratt, professor of geological sciences, will be named the inaugural Provost's Professor, a new titled appointment previously known as the Chancellor's Professor. Read the complete story.

Chinese officials tap IU, U.S. expertise for national youth physical activity plan -- Senior Chinese and U.S. government health, education and physical activity authorities and Indiana University faculty are meeting in Bloomington next month to craft an ambitious and far-reaching plan -- a blueprint for implementing Sunny Sports China, a directive by Chinese President Hu Jintao to provide daily physical activity for China's 270 million school children. Read the complete story.

Computational linguistics expert to speak on the "language of computers" at IU -- Finland native Lauri Karttunen, who earned his doctorate in linguistics at Indiana University Bloomington in 1969, will visit campus this week to accept a Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU Department of Linguistics. While he's in Bloomington (from April 22-24), Karttunen will present lectures to IU students and faculty members and will give a public talk titled "Computing Textual Inferences" on Friday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in Ballantine Hall, Room 228. Read the complete story.

Conference at IUPUI to Examine Economy's Toll on Tourism -- The 2009 Indiana Cultural Tourism Conference will focus on the economy's impact on travel and how to creatively attract travelers who want to experience the arts, heritage and the special character of unique places. Hosted by the Indiana University Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management (TCEM) at IUPUI, the conference, entitled "Making an IMPACT through Collaboration and Influence," will be held May 14 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd, Indianapolis. Read the complete story.

'Journal of American History' examines 1937 sewing room strike, other topics -- In July 1937, women working in a WPA sewing room in Tampa, Fla., staged a sit-down strike over low wages, poor working conditions and a lack of job security. While short-lived and unsuccessful, the strike yielded lessons about issues of gender, race and labor in the New Deal era, Elna C. Green writes in the latest issue of The Journal of American History. Read the complete story.

EPA to regulate greenhouse gases: Indiana University experts comment -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced April 17 that it intends to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Faculty experts Jim Barnes and Kenneth Richards at Indiana University express different reactions but agree that the decision could and should put pressure on Congress to take action on greenhouse gases. Read the complete story.

Indiana University law professor: Court may side with authorities in strip-search case -- This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Safford United School District No. 1 v. Redding (08-479), the case of an eighth-grade female honors student who was strip-searched by school officials looking for ibuprofen pain reliever. A federal magistrate and three-panel appeals court found the search was reasonable, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the search "traumatizing" and illegal. Craig Bradley, Robert A. Lucas Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, said the Supreme Court may uphold the original ruling on the case. Read the complete story.

IUPUI to Hold Nobel Prize Winner's Q and A With High, Middle School Students -- Imagine being able to seek answers to your science questions from a Nobel Prize winner. That's the opportunity students from two area high schools - and a middle school - will share during Research Day activities at IUPUI on Friday, April 24, 2009. Nobel Laureate and physicist Leon Lederman will hold a question-and-answer session for local students as part of the IUPUI Research Day. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Sunday, April 19:
Women's Tennis: Indiana ended the 2009 regular season with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Michigan State Spartans on Sunday. Read the match notes.
Men's Tennis: A win went to #48 Michigan as the #53 Hoosiers took one singles match and one doubles match for a 6-1 Wolverine win. Read the match notes.
Women's Rowing: The Indiana Rowing team recorded a successful outing behind its Varsity and Novice 8 crews at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta on April 18-19, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Read the race notes.
Women's Water Polo: The Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team rallied late against Michigan, but it was not enough, as the Wolverines hung on for a 9-8 win to capture the CWPA Western Division Championship on Sunday at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Read the match notes.
Men's Golf: The #6 Indiana University men's golf team shot the best round of the day at the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday. The Hoosiers posted a seven-under 281, lifting themselves from 11th up to fifth in the final team standings. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Golf: The Indiana women's golf team finished fifth overall, and third among nine Big Ten teams at the Lady Buckeye Invitational Sunday afternoon at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, April 21:
Baseball: Louisville, 4 p.m., Bloominton, Ind.

Schedule for Wednesday, April 22:
Softball: Ball State, 3 and 5 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Indiana State, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Swimming: USA Diving Spring Nationals, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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IU in the news

A kiss is just a kiss -- well, not this one
St. Louis Dispatch, April 19 -- Their kiss launched an online frenzy. This particular kiss wasn't the first for Chris Spencer and his girlfriend, Emilee Murphree. In fact, they are hundreds of smooches into their 2 1/2- year-old relationship. But this kiss, captured in a photo April 10 in the Post-Dispatch's Go! section, quickly attracted 350-plus comments on the newspaper's race blog. Specifically, it wasn't the kiss so much as those doing the kissing that created such buzz. Spencer is black. Murphree is white. Such response was not surprising to Brian Powell, a sociology professor at Indiana University who has studied interracial relationships. "For a lot of people, it's a 'Don't ask, don't tell' kind of policy. They say: 'It's OK with me, but I don't want to see it,'" Powell said. "The reaction would have been very different if it had been a white man and a black woman. We still hold on to the vestiges of the notion that a black man and a white woman together is taboo, especially in Southern-based cultures." Full story.

Kelley, RPS to create new living center
Indiana Daily Student, April 20 -- Huge business lecture classes will convert to a more intimate learning environment with the new Kelley Living-Learning Center. The Kelley LLC is a partnership between Residential Programs and Services and the Kelley School of Business. It will be located in the Northwest Neighbood in McNutt-Crone and will comprise 250 students. However, the Kelley LLC has a long-range plan in which it can expand to McNutt-Bryan in its second year of existence and to McNutt-Bordner in its third year. "We are taking it one step at a time," said JoAnne Namy, director of undergraduate certification for Kelley. "We want to make sure we are doing it right with 250 kids. The larger it is, the harder it is to keep it a more personalized environment. Our faculty, staff and students only stretch so far. Once we see a visible difference in engagement and academic success as a part of the 250 (students) model, we will move forward." Full story.

Recklessly Seeking Sex on Craigslist
New York Times, April 17 -- Although sex is solicited online in many places -- legally and otherwise -- the Casual Encounters listings on Craigslist are a major hub, offering to do for casual sex what the rest of the site does for no-fee apartments, temp jobs and old strollers. Like bathhouses and sex clubs, the Casual Encounters section caters to the erotic underbelly of society, where courtship gives way to expediency and anonymity is a virtue (or at least a turn-on). Erick Janssen, a researcher and associate scientist at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, said that some need sex and sexual novelty more than others. "We know from basic sex research that anonymity can augment satisfaction in sexual arousal," he said. As for Casual Encounters, he said, "What's going on isn't that different from years ago when people would go to different cities and nightclubs, and of course they still do." Full story.

China turns to the U.S. for help with overweight kids
Los Angeles Times, April 20 -- Think America is the only country having trouble getting its young people to exercise? Think again. A similar scenario is happening in China, where young people are increasingly becoming overweight and obese. The Chinese government would like to do something about it, so it turned to the U.S. for some help. More specifically, it turned to Indiana University and its School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, which is hosting a meeting next month to come up with a plan to implement "Sunny Sports China," China President Hu Jintao's plan to incorporate daily activity in China's schools, affecting about 270 million schoolchildren. Full story.

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