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Seven IU graduate schools and programs are ranked among the top 25 by 'U.S. News'
2009-2010 IU Opera and Ballet Theater Season announced by the Jacobs School of Music
IU's Hofstadter among elite group named 2009 Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows
IU Maurer School of Law welcomes new, returning faculty
IUPUI study reports inherited impulsivity predicts alcoholism
Indiana University celebrates Earth Day with the opening of the Field Laboratory
IU School of Education names new Armstrong Teacher Educators
IU Bloomington graduate awarded Rangel Fellowship
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Seven IU graduate schools and programs are ranked among the top 25 by 'U.S. News' -- Seven Indiana University graduate schools and programs are ranked among the nation's top 25 by U.S. News and World Report magazine in its latest annual report, "America's Best Graduate Schools." Among the top-rated programs are four departments in IU's College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, as well as the Kelley School of Business, the IU School of Education and the IU Maurer School of Law-Bloomington. Read the complete story.

2009-2010 IU Opera and Ballet Theater Season announced by the Jacobs School of Music -- Comedy, tragedy, magic, madness, jealousy, deceit and fantasy all will take center stage at IU Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater's 2009-2010 season. Among the highlights will be Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, in celebration of the recent unprecedented gift from the family of Leonard Bernstein that contains the contents of his Fairfield, Conn., composing studio, and the history of Bernstein's long association with the Jacobs School. Read the complete story.

IU's Hofstadter among elite group named 2009 Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows -- Pulitzer Prize winning author and Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science Douglas Hofstadter has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Election to the Cambridge, Mass.-based academy recognizes the importance of an individual's contributions to an academic or professional field. Read the complete story.

IU Maurer School of Law welcomes new, returning faculty -- Bolstered by a $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will welcome six new faculty members in the fall 2009 semester. The school also will welcome returning Professor Fred Aman Jr., who had served as dean at Suffolk University Law School since 2007. The six new faculty members were highly sought-after candidates by law schools nationwide. Read the complete story.

IUPUI study reports inherited impulsivity predicts alcoholism -- Solving the age-old chicken and the egg dilemma, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers report that genetic predisposition to impulsivity is a trait predictive of alcoholism. The study appears on the July print issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, available online on April 22. The researchers, led by Nicholas Grahame, associate professor of psychology at the IUPUI School of Science, used selective breeding for 30 generations to produce mice who were high volume alcohol drinkers and others who avoided consuming alcohol. Read the complete story.

Indiana University celebrates Earth Day with the opening of the Field Laboratory -- More than 75 scientists, students and university administrators celebrated the opening of the Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve's new Field Laboratory, an ecology and environmental sciences research station and classroom facility on the Bloomington campus. The field lab dedication was timed to coincide with Earth Day, April 22. The Field Laboratory will likely be designated IU Bloomington's first "silver" LEED-certified structure when the approval process is complete. Read the complete story.

IU School of Education names new Armstrong Teacher Educators -- The Indiana University School of Education has chosen seven Indiana public school teachers to be Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educators for the 2009-10 school year. A committee of IU faculty and former recipients choose the select group. Over the next year, the teachers will participate in professional development opportunities and work with IU faculty members and students studying to be teachers. "With this honor, these teachers join an elite circle of educators," said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington graduate awarded Rangel Fellowship -- Recent Indiana University Bloomington graduate Katherine Ntiamoah has been selected as a 2009 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow following a highly competitive nationwide competition. The fellowship, funded by the U.S. State Department and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, provides more than $80,000 for graduate study and travel to extraordinary individuals who want to pursue careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Tuesday, April 21:
Baseball: A late comeback for Louisville lifted the Cardinals past the Indiana baseball team, 10-8. Read the game notes.

Results from Wednesday, April 22:
Softball: The Hoosiers took both games in a doubleheader against Ball State. Read game one notes. Read game two notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team came up on the short end of a 7-4 score against Indiana State. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Thursday, April 23:
Men's and Women's Track: Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa
Men's Tennis: Big Ten Tournament, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Women's Tennis: Ben Ten Chanpionship, Madison, Wisc.
Men's and Women's Swimming: USA Diving Spring Nationals, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Schedule for Friday, April 24:
Women's Water Polo: Brown, 1:30 p.m., Cambridge, Mass.
Baseball: Michigan, 6:35 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Men's and Women's Swimming: USA Diving Spring Nationals, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Women's Golf: Big Ten Championship, West Lafayette, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa; Stan Lyons Invitational, Indianapolis, Ind.

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IU in the news

The time is ripe
Journal Gazette, April 23 -- Behold the mighty tomato. Besides its nutritional value - it's a good source of fiber and vitamins A, C and E - the versatile red fruit is a symbol of a growing grass-roots effort to eat locally produced foods. Now that the Obamas have created a White House garden that will yield an endless salad bar of fresh veggies, local foodies hope others are inspired to do the same by planting their own or visiting farmers markets more often. But Christine Barbour, an author and political science professor at Indiana University, isn't holding her breath waiting for major changes to the country's food policies. And that's what is required, she says, in addition to the smaller symbolic gestures like the White House garden. By having local school kids help with the garden, the first family can promote healthier eating and show that "this is a normal way to get your food. . . . That's an incredibly important educational function," she says. Full story.

70 IU football players visit Riley Hospital for Children
Indianapolis Star, April 21 -- For several years, the Indiana University football program has had what is called "Unity Council" where players on the team get together and look at ways they can give back to the community. There have been programs set up where players go into elementary schools and read to the kids, or visit Bloomington Hospital or do a number of community service projects. Generally, the community service is done in small groups of a handful of players. Last fall, the players came to coach Bill Lynch and said they wanted to amp up the program. The new group was called "Leadership Council" and they said they wanted to get even more involved than they had in the past. Tuesday afternoon, the Leadership Council showed the kind of involvement it hopes to make in Central Indiana when two charter busses full of IU football players went to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. A total of 70 players participated and when you added in coaches and support personnel the total number of participants was well over 80. The players unloaded from the busses wearing red sweat pants and their red game jerseys and carrying goodie bags to take to the kids. Once inside, they were split into nine groups of seven or eight players and sent to different floors in the hospital. Full story.

National Service Act Continues U.S. Tradition
NPR, April 21 -- The legislation Obama signed Tuesday, called the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in honor of the Massachusetts senator who shepherded it, is the "quantum leap in community service that we've all been looking for," Bridgeland says. "Left, right, center -- the idea has broad appeal," he says. But there also are plenty of issues that critics can zero in on, says James Perry, an Indiana University professor of public and environmental affairs and co-author of the book Civic Service: What Difference Does It Make? Full story.

Loukas wins national championship in 1-meter springboard competition
Indiana Daily Student, April 23 -- U.S. Olympian and IU senior Christina Loukas won a national championship in the 1-meter springboard competition Thursday at the Speedo USA Diving Spring Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. But after a near-miss during her second-to-last dive, her victory was in jeopardy. Loukas' lead was tenuous as she and second-place finisher Bianca Alvarez were separated by about one point heading into the fifth and last dive of the final round. The win was Loukas' third 1-meter national championship, having previously won back-to-back titles at the summer national competitions. Full story.

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