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IU commencement ceremonies to be full of pomp and circumstance -- but not handshakes
IU will create public health schools on two campuses
Inaugural Onward! Curtis R. Simic Scholars selected at IU Bloomington
2009 IU Summer Music Festival includes collegiate premiere, orchestral concerts, chamber music
IU's Kelley School of Business ranked first in entrepreneurship research
Star crust 10 billion times stronger than steel, IU physicist finds
Flu reaction: Panic or prudence?
IU Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to accept Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio
Unique electronic system alerts doctors to latest clinical information on H1N1 flu
Distinguished professor emeritus elected into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Preserving Yiddish memory from before World War II
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU commencement ceremonies to be full of pomp and circumstance -- but not handshakes -- Indiana University graduates and their families can expect a traditional, stately commencement ceremony complete with pomp and circumstance as students accept their diplomas throughout the week (from May 9-15) on all eight of IU's campuses. Missing from the 2009 ceremonies on all IU campuses will be congratulatory handshakes from the president, chancellors and deans. Last week, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced that handshakes would be eliminated in order to comply with Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Monroe's recommendations that personal contact between people be limited to stem the spread of the H1N1 flu virus. Read the complete story.

IU will create public health schools on two campuses -- In response to long-standing public health needs in Indiana, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today announced a plan that calls for the formation of two schools of public health, one at IU Bloomington and the other at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. It is expected that the new school at IU Bloomington will be based on the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the third-largest school on campus, and will focus more on rural health issues, general wellness and other areas that build on the existing strengths of HPER. The school at IUPUI will grow from the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine and is expected to focus more on urban health issues. Read the complete story.

Inaugural Onward! Curtis R. Simic Scholars selected at IU Bloomington -- Five Indiana University students have been chosen as the inaugural recipients of the Onward! Curtis R. Simic Scholarship for Leaders at IU Bloomington. The $1.3 million endowed scholarship fund honors Curt Simic, president emeritus of the IU Foundation, for his years of commitment to IU and his lifelong focus on developing student leaders. Simic, who retired in September 2008, was an active student leader and president of the IU Student Foundation in his senior year at IU. Read the complete story.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival includes collegiate premiere, orchestral concerts, chamber music -- Featuring more than 50 free and ticketed events and running from June 21 to Aug. 11, the 2009 Indiana University Summer Music Festival on the IU Bloomington campus offers the collegiate premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza and a world-class array of orchestral concerts, chamber music, piano recitals, band concerts, percussion and other special events. Read the complete story.

IU's Kelley School of Business ranked first in entrepreneurship research -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has achieved another top ranking for entrepreneurship. In the just-released 2009 World Rankings for Entrepreneurship Productivity, Kelley's Department of Management and Entrepreneurship received the No. 1 ranking among 150 schools worldwide in the study. Read the complete story.

Star crust 10 billion times stronger than steel, IU physicist finds -- Research by a theoretical physicist at Indiana University shows that the crusts of neutron stars are 10 billion times stronger than steel or any other of the earth's strongest metal alloys. Charles Horowitz, a professor in the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics, came to the conclusion after large-scale molecular dynamics computer simulations were conducted at Indiana University and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Read the complete story.

Flu reaction: Panic or prudence? -- Just one week after the emergence and spread of Influenza A (H1N1) caused national and international declarations of public health emergencies, the media, pundits and members of the general public are beginning to question whether public health authorities have over-reacted to the outbreak and have inadvertently triggered unnecessary and harmful individual and governmental behavior. Read the complete story.

IU Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to accept Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio -- Indiana University's Menahem Pressler will accept a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Edison Foundation on behalf of the Beaux Art Trio at the annual "Edison Klassiek Gala" June 11 in The Hague. A Distinguished Professor in IU's Jacobs School of Music, Pressler is a renowned pianist and a founding member of the trio. The Edison Award is the oldest and most prestigious music award in the Netherlands, comparable to a Grammy Award. The awards ceremony at the Ridderzaal (Knight's Hall) will be aired live on national television and will include a short solo piano performance by Pressler. Read the complete story.

Unique electronic system alerts doctors to latest clinical information on H1N1 flu -- The Marion County Health Department made history at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday, April 29, when more than 3,000 physicians in Indianapolis were sent a critically important broadcast alert on "swine flu" (the H1N1 virus) through electronic alert technology. This revolutionary technology was developed by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. in collaboration with Marion County Health Department. Read the complete story.

Distinguished professor emeritus elected into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts -- Peter Bondanella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of comparative literature, film studies and Italian at Indiana University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Based in Salzburg, Austria, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is an interdisciplinary network of scholars from various fields who focus on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues concerning the region. Bondanella is the first IU scholar inducted into the academy. Read the complete story.

Preserving Yiddish memory from before World War II -- The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded two Indiana University faculty members $267,000 to preserve and annotate oral histories they collected from Yiddish-speaking residents of Eastern Europe and make the material available to scholars, educators and the public. Professors Jeffrey Veidlinger and Dov-Ber Kerler were awarded the grant through the NEH Preservation and Access program. Their project, which also received a 2005 NEH grant, is called Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories, or AHEYM -- aheym is the Yiddish word for homeward. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

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

Schedule for Thursday, May 7:
Women's Golf: NCAA Regional

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IU in the news

Women: Don't sit next to men when doing math
iTWire, May 5 -- A U.S. study has shown that women will do better at mathematics when they are aware of only positive stereotypes (like college educated) but do worse when only aware of negative stereotypes (such as men being perceived as better in math). Plus, it is not good for women to even sit between two men while doing math problems! Robert J. Rydell, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University (Bloomington), led a study that looked into women and their ability to perform complicated problems in mathematics. Full story.

Negative emotions linked to heart issues
Arizona Republic, May 4 -- Taking time to calm down, relax and simply enjoy life can do more than soothe your frayed nerves or troubled mind - it may save your life. Emotional upheaval - whether in the form of stress, worry, depression or anger - can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, a growing body of research indicates. "The current evidence suggests that there is a link between negative emotions and risk for heart disease," the leading cause of death in the United States, says Jesse Stewart, an assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Full story.

'Fate of this outbreak' may be determined this week
USA Today, May 5 -- Experts say the next few days will determine whether the swine flu outbreak will keep expanding or if it will recede in the fashion of seasonal flu at this time of year. "What happens this coming week will be essential in determining the fate of this outbreak," says pandemic model specialist Alessandro Vespignani of Indiana University in Bloomington. Last week, Vespignani released a pandemic model suggesting about 1,000 more cases nationwide in a "worst-case" scenario, in which no steps are taken like school closings or treatment with the two antiviral drugs that are effective against the swine flu. Northwestern University researchers with a different approach suggest about 1,700 cases in coming months. Full story.

Health Care Reform: Beyond Ideology
Journal of the American Medical Association, May 6 -- This commentary by David Orentlicher, MD, JD, Center for Law and health, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, grew out of sabbatical research funded by the Indianapolis IU School of Law. Full story.

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