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Psyched out by stereotypes: IU research suggests thinking about the positive
After delays, IU scientists now full-ahead on $278 million neutrino project
IU Informatics professor named editor-in-chief of new cheminformatics journal
May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
IU Alumni Association elects new officers
Helping children and teens cope with fear and uncertainty of swine flu
Indiana University's WFIU, WTIU news departments honored with 21 SPJ awards
Bill Cook, innovator in state's life sciences industry, to speak at IU conference in Indianapolis
Safely transporting a preterm or low birth weight infant
IU broadcaster shares in NBC's Emmy-winning Olympics coverage
Gladden appointed dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Psyched out by stereotypes: IU research suggests thinking about the positive -- In a new study, cognitive scientists have shown that when aware of both a negative and positive stereotype related to performance, women will identify more closely with the positive stereotype, avoiding the harmful impact the negative stereotype unwittingly can have on their performance. The study, led by Robert J. Rydell, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, focused on women and math ability. Read the complete story.

After delays, IU scientists now full-ahead on $278 million neutrino project -- They may be traveling through solid rock at about 200 miles per millisecond, but Indiana University's Mark Messier and a team of 180 other physicists hope that by keeping a close eye on those fast-moving neutrinos they may find an answer to one of particle physics' longstanding quandaries: Why do the most elementary particles have the mass that they do? Messier, an associate professor in the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics, watched Friday (May 1) as the first shovelful of dirt was turned on a $278 million project designed to explore the mysterious behavior of neutrinos, one of the most abundant subatomic elementary particles in the universe. Read the complete story.

IU Informatics professor named editor-in-chief of new cheminformatics journal -- Indiana Univeristy School of Informatics professor David Wild has been named editor-in-chief of the recently launched Journal of Cheminformatics. The journal is a peer-reviewed journal launched by Chemistry Central and BioMed Central, leading publishers of open access journals in biology, chemistry and medicine. The journal premiered its first edition in mid-March with several articles, including an introductory editorial by Wild. Read the complete story.

May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month -- At first, Stephen Burke didn't realize a blind spot was forming in his right eye. For Braden Williams, he noticed a bump on his scalp. Both were diagnosed with melanoma - a type of skin cancer. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can appear suddenly on any part of the body or develop from a mole. Melanoma caused 8,110 of the 10,850 deaths due to skin cancer in 2007, according to the American Cancer Society. Read the complete story.

IU Alumni Association elects new officers -- Donna Berry Spears of Richmond, Ind., will take office as chairwoman of the Indiana University Alumni Association on July 1. Joining Spears as the 2009-10 officers of the IUAA are Chairman-elect Michael Barlow of Chicago; Vice Chairman Christopher L. Craft of South Bend, Ind.; Secretary Brian P. Williams of Evansville, Ind.; and Treasurer Barbara A. Popp of New Albany, Ind. Read the complete story.

Helping children and teens cope with fear and uncertainty of swine flu -- Children and teens need their parents help in coping with fear and uncertainty as 2009 H1NI virus (swine influenza A) spreads amid intense media coverage and school closings. Michele C. Thorne, Ph.D., Riley Hospital for Children clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, advises parents to discuss transmission and treatment of swine flu with their teens and younger children. Read the complete story.

Indiana University's WFIU, WTIU news departments honored with 21 SPJ awards -- Indiana University's public radio and TV stations, WFIU and WTIU, were recently honored with 21 awards from The Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards, which included 11 first-place wins, were presented April 24 at the society's 30th Annual Awards Banquet at the Indianapolis Marriott North Hotel. WFIU Assistant News Director Daniel Robison and News Director Stan Jastrzebski combined to sweep all three places in the Best Radio Writing category and were named co-winners of the Best Radio Use of Sound competition. Read the complete story.

Bill Cook, innovator in state's life sciences industry, to speak at IU conference in Indianapolis -- Bill Cook, founder of Cook Group Inc. and an early innovator in Indiana's life sciences industry, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth and final event in the 2008-09 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series. Cook will be joined by other key collaborators in academia and business, including Dr. Richard DiMarchi, the Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Biomedical Sciences at Indiana University and co-founder of Ambrx and Marcadia Biotech. Read the complete story.

Safely transporting a preterm or low birth weight infant -- New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics should eliminate one of the many stresses of bringing a preterm or low birth weight infant home from the hospital. The new AAP clinical report, "Safe Transportation of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants at Hospital Discharge," co-authored by Marilyn J. Bull, M.D., and William A. Engle, M.D., of Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children, provides guidelines for secure transport and also advises parents that car safety seats should only be used for travel. Read the complete story.

IU broadcaster shares in NBC's Emmy-winning Olympics coverage -- Jay Kincaid, senior director at Indiana University Radio/Television Services, has received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award, for work directing portions of the Beijing Olympics, was presented last Wednesday (April 29) at the 30th Annual Sports Emmy Awards at a special ceremony in Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was a winner in the Outstanding Live Event Turnaround category. Read the complete story.

Gladden appointed dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI -- Dr. James ("Jay") Gladden has been appointed Dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees, announced Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. Gladden joins IUPUI after spending the last two years as Associate Dean in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gladden succeeds P. Nicholas Kellum who is stepping down as dean of the school, the country's oldest school of physical education, which also has one of the country's newest programs to train professionals in the areas of tourism, conventions and event management. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, May 1:
Men's and Women's Track: The Hoosiers posted five top-five finishes on day one of the Jesse Owens Classic. Indiana also got regional marks from Wendi Robinson and Paul Fearnow. Read the day one notes.
Men's Golf: Indiana remains in contention for a Big Ten title after day one at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championship. With 36 of 72 holes played, the Hoosiers are two strokes back from the lead and in a tie for third place. Read the day one notes.

Results from Saturday, May 2:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader with Purdue on Saturday, falling 15-8 in the opener but rebounding for a 7-6 win in game two. Read the game notes.
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana got three event wins and five regional qualifications on day two of the Jesse Owens Classic. Read the tournament notes.
Men's Golf: With three rounds in the books and one to go at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championship, the Hoosiers are in seventh place as a team and Jorge Campillo is slotted sixth on the individual scoreboard. Read day two notes.
Women's Rowing: The Indiana Rowing team placed seventh with 24 points in the 2009 Big Ten Championships at the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. Read the race notes.
Softball: The Hoosiers split a doubleheader with Penn State at the Nittany Lion Field. Read game one notes. Read game two notes.

Results from Sunday, May 3:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team fell to Purdue, 5-2, in the series finale between the two rivals. Read the game notes.
Men's Golf: The #10 Indiana University men's golf team finished the Big Ten Championship in third place with a four-round score of 1,167. The Hoosiers jumped up four slots in team standings on the final day. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Monday-Wednesday, May 4-6: No varsity teams in action.

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IU in the news

Predicting Flu With the Aid of (George) Washington
New York Times, May 3 -- The best way to track the spread of swine flu across the United States in the coming weeks may be to imagine it riding a dollar bill. The routes taken by millions of them are at the core of a computer model at Northwestern University that is predicting the epidemic's future. Dr. Brockmann, visiting from Germany can put out a simulation in two days, since each update needs 10 hours of computing time after data is updated. Indiana's model takes about the same on its supercomputer, Big Red, said its team leader, Alessandro Vespignani, an informatics professor at Indiana University. His model covers the globe, and it is based on air and land travel records for nearly the whole world. Full story.

2012: A Y2K for the New Age
Newsweek, May 2 -- Scholars rarely love popularizers, and nowhere is this enmity more evident than in the battle over 2012 -- a date which, depending on your view, will coincide with the end of the world, the transformation of global consciousness, the end of the Mayan calendar, the beginning of another cycle of the Mayan calendar . . . or nothing at all. "I don't pay any attention to this stuff because it's bunk," says Anne Pyburn, an anthropologist at Indiana University who studies the Maya. Among followers of New Age religions, though, and particularly among those who like to celebrate the equinox at the Mayan ruin Chichen-Itza on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, the belief that the year 2012 will mark a global transformation is widespread. Full story.

Protective order ruling is welcomed
Indianapolis Star, April 30 -- For years, advocates concerned with domestic violence have argued that court-issued "nonviolent contact orders" provide no meaningful protection to victims. And now the courts also have taken a step in that direction. The practice made news last summer when an Indianapolis man under such an order shot and killed his ex-wife, April Wills, in front of her 13-year-old daughter. The appellate opinion this month does not stop judges from allowing contact between victim and abuser, said Seth Lahn, who directs the Protective Order Project at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. But it discourages that practice in cases where there is past abuse. Full story.

Clapacs to retire by month's end
Indiana Daily Student, May 4 -- If it weren't for Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Terry Clapacs, the Arboretum would be a parking lot. That's what Director of Facilities Michael Crowe said of Clapacs, his boss and friend, who will retire May 28. "When I was first hired and we were getting ready to demolish the 10th Street football stadium, Terry faced a lot of pressure to turn it into a parking lot," Crowe said. Clapacs has been at IU since his freshman year of college in the early 1960s. During his time in Bloomington, he has had a hand in the beautification of the University, the development of buildings across the eight campuses and athletics. Full story.

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