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Pandemic news special includes work by IU's GLEaM team
JAMA Study: Effectively Managing Pain with Depression
IU Art Musuem honors 'Limestone Month' with rare watercolors by Hoosier Group painter Otto Stark
IU's Lilly Library showcases vintage autos
IU license plates fund scholarships for 28 IUAA Scholars
IU doctors explore myths, half-truths and outright lies about health
IU's Brown County Playhouse opens season with music of the 30s and 40s in 'All Night Strut'
SPEA professor publishes book on trust in social and governing institutions
2009 IU Writers' Conference features award-winning poets, novelists, essayists and journalists
Indiana University publication addresses challenges of carbon capture and storage
Industry must move quickly, through self-regulation, to protect consumer privacy in technology era
Kelley Indianapolis Embarks on First Undergraduate Study Abroad Program
Fourth 'Workshop on the Workshop' to take place June 3-6
IU's SoFA Gallery named '2009 Best Art/Entertainment Attraction'
IU's Asian Culture Center offers fun summer activities for kids
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Pandemic news special includes work by IU's GLEaM team -- Indiana University's network modeling group continues to draw attention with its work on the H1N1 virus, this time in "Anatomy of a Pandemic," a one-hour news special premiering Sunday on the Science Channel. The network modeling group is led by School of Informatics professor Alessandro Vespignani, an internationally recognized expert on how epidemics move. Read the complete story.

JAMA Study: Effectively Managing Pain with Depression -- Pain, the most common reason for adults to visit a primary care physician, and depression, the most frequent mental complaint requiring a doctor's appointment, occur together as often as half the time. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute report in the May 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that a strategy they developed of closely monitored antidepressant therapy coupled with pain self-management can produce substantial improvements in both depression and pain. Read the complete story.

IU Art Musuem honors 'Limestone Month' with rare watercolors by Hoosier Group painter Otto Stark -- The Indiana University Art Museum celebrates "Limestone Month" with the work of noted Indiana artists in two special installations in the first floor Gallery of the Art of the Western World through the end of August. A rare series of four, large-scale watercolors depicting the quarrying of Indiana limestone by "Hoosier Group" painter Otto Stark are currently on public display for the first time. Hoosier Group refers to Indiana impressionist painters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Stark, T.C. Steele, Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth and J. Ottis Adams. Read the complete story.

IU's Lilly Library showcases vintage autos -- To kick off the summer traveling season, the Lilly Library at Indiana University's Bloomington campus has opened an exhibition featuring collections relating to early automobiles and motor cars. "Are We There Yet? The Age of the Automobile" showcases vintage catalogs, books and materials featuring topics ranging from luxury roadsters to the first Indianapolis 500. Read the complete story.

IU license plates fund scholarships for 28 IUAA Scholars -- The Indiana University Alumni Association Scholars program, now in its 15th year, has awarded 28 scholarships for the coming academic year valued at $1,000 to IU students. Each recipient is the son or daughter of an IUAA member. One scholarship is designated for a qualifying applicant from each of IU's eight campuses, and the remaining awards are given on an at-large basis. Scholarships are granted based on academic achievement and financial need. Read the complete story.

IU doctors explore myths, half-truths and outright lies about health -- Fact or fiction? Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years. Cold weather makes you sick. You should never wake a sleepwalker. A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. Riley Hospital for Children physicians Dr. Aaron Carroll, associate professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Rachel Vreeman, assistant professor of pediatrics, both at the Indiana University School of Medicine, tackle these and other commonly held medical beliefs in a new book, laying out the science which proves or disproves them. Read the complete story.

IU's Brown County Playhouse opens season with music of the 30s and 40s in 'All Night Strut' -- Indiana University's Brown County Playhouse season opens June 11, with The All Night Strut!, an energy-charged musical for all ages showcasing some of the most popular, upbeat songs from the 1930s and 1940s, including "Chattanooga-Choo-Choo," "In the Mood," "Operator," "A Fine Romance" and "Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar." The All Night Strut! was conceived, and originally directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas with music and lyrics by legendary American songwriters including Frank Loesser, Cab Calloway, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, among many others. The show is directed and choreographed for Brown County Playhouse by Emmy Award-winner George Pinney, an IU professor of theatre and drama and director of IU's Musical Theatre Program, with musical direction by Terry LaBolt, musical director of IU's Musical Theatre Program. Read the complete story.

SPEA professor publishes book on trust in social and governing institutions -- In Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence, Indiana University faculty member Sheila Suess Kennedy discusses recent research suggesting that Americans have become less trusting of each other -- and the resulting implications for public organizations. Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, connects the growing levels of distrust of our neighbors and fellow citizens to our loss of faith in social and governing institutions. She argues that restoring trust in these organizations is the key to rebuilding our national psyche. Read the complete story.

2009 IU Writers' Conference features award-winning poets, novelists, essayists and journalists -- The annual Writers' Conference at Indiana University Bloomington, now celebrating its 69th year, will welcome eight nationally renowned writers to Bloomington June 14-19 for a weeklong festival of classes, workshops and readings. This year's conference faculty includes poets Thomas Lux and David Trinidad; novelist Julia Glass; Aracelis Girmay, a poet and author of fiction and essays; short-story writers Manuel Muñoz and Danit Brown; fiction writer Alyce Miller; and Tom Chiarella, fiction editor for Esquire Magazine. Read the complete story.

Indiana University publication addresses challenges of carbon capture and storage -- Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a promising tool that may help the United States meet future energy needs while controlling emissions of greenhouse gases linked to climate change, Indiana University researchers say in a new policy brief. But CCS presents policy and technical challenges that must be addressed if the nation is to make effective use of its plentiful supplies of coal, researchers say in the May 2009 issue of SPEA Insights. Read the complete story.

Industry must move quickly, through self-regulation, to protect consumer privacy in technology era -- Self-imposed industry standards regarding the digital collection and use of consumer information are the preferred solution to protect consumer privacy and empower business innovation, according to faculty at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. If industry fails to set guidelines that recognize consumer needs and expectations regarding privacy issues, it risks the government doing so in a more aggressive and potentially stifling manner. Read the complete story.

Kelley Indianapolis Embarks on First Undergraduate Study Abroad Program -- More than a dozen representatives of the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis will study international business culture in Strasbourg, France, during the school's first study abroad program. Eleven students and three advisors will depart May 24 en route to France for a week of intense learning never experienced before by Kelley Indianapolis students. The trip is preceded by two weeks of classroom study on campus at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis followed by an additional week upon the group's return. Read the complete story.

Fourth 'Workshop on the Workshop' to take place June 3-6 -- Part serious academic conference, part celebratory reunion of friends, colleagues, teachers and students, the fourth "Workshop on the Workshop" will take place June 3-6 at Indiana University Bloomington. The conference celebrates and augments the research and scholarship of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, established in 1973 at IU Bloomington by political scientists Vincent Ostrom and Elinor Ostrom. The Workshop on the Workshop takes place every five years. Read the complete story.

IU's SoFA Gallery named '2009 Best Art/Entertainment Attraction' -- Indiana University Bloomington's award-winning School of Fine Arts Gallery can add another accolade to its expanding list. At the Seventh Annual Bloomington Hospitality Awards -- presented during a reception last Thursday (May 14) at the new Showers Inn -- the gallery was honored as the "2009 Best Art/Entertainment Attraction" in Bloomington. The Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau presents the Hospitality Awards each year during National Tourism Week to highlight the local tourism industry. Read the complete story.

IU's Asian Culture Center offers fun summer activities for kids -- The Asian Culture Center (ACC) at Indiana University Bloomington will hold its 10th annual Culture Camp for Children. The center is offering free workshops July 13-24 to groups of children between 6 and 12 years of age. Our two-hour workshops are designed to foster awareness and appreciation of the global community," said Melanie Castillo-Cullather, the ACC's director. "A single program showcases one Asian ethnic culture -- which participants get to choose in advance -- and features fun and interactive activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, traditional games, exploring music and language, and cooking demonstrations." Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, May 21:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team (30-25) rocked second seed and 21st-ranked Minnesota (35-16) to the tune of a 12-3 win. Read the game notes.

Results from Friday, May 22:
Baseball: The Indiana bats continued to sizzle, bashing 16 hits in a 13-3 victory over top-seeded and 27th-ranked Ohio State on Friday night at the Big Ten Tournament. Read the game notes.

Results from Saturday, May 23:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team finished off its Big Ten Tournament run in familiar fashion, upending No. 2 seed Minnesota 13-2 in the Tournament Championship Game on Saturday night. It is the first tourney title for IU since 1996 and the second in school history. The Hoosiers also earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, May 29:
Men's and Women's Track: NCAA Mideast Regionals, 11 a.m., Louisville, KY
Baseball: Louisville, 7 p.m., Louisville, KY
Women's Rowing: NCAA Championships, Camden, N.J.

Schedule for Saturday, May 30:
Men's and Women's Track: NCAA Mideast Regionals, 11 a.m., Louisville, KY
Baseball: Middle Tennessee State/Vanderbilt, Louisville, KY
Women's Rowing: NCAA Championships, Camden, N.J.

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IU in the news

When Myth Trumps Science
Newsweek, May 27 -- Rachel Vreeman and Aaron Carroll weren't looking to start a controversy. They're both pediatricians at Indiana University who, as a side project to their day jobs, put together a study on a few medical myths that many doctors believe. The results weren't exactly earth-shattering: they revealed that you don't actually need to drink eight glasses of water and nails do not continue to grow after death. And the research definitely wasn't new. "We looked through old research and basically put it all together," explains Vreeman. But from the reactions that Vreeman and Carroll got, you'd think they were questioning the very flatness of the earth. They received hundreds of e-mails from strangers and dozens of media requests. Full story.

As Flu Retreats, Scientists Brace for Its Return
The Wall Street Journal, May 28 -- Over the next several months, the new H1N1 flu virus is likely to continue to spread around the world, reaching into the southern hemisphere along with winter, then possibly staging a resurgence in the northern hemisphere come fall. Alessandro Vespignani, a professor of informatics at Indiana University who has modeled scenarios for the spread of H1N1 flu, predicts a second wave would strike more than the hundreds of thousands of people he expects to be hit by the first wave. "It's good we had the first wave," he said. "It gives us time to understand more about the disease." Full story.

Skin cancer remains a risk for all people
Indianapolis Star, May 28 -- Many people of color assume that their skin offers sufficient protection, not just against the sun but also against the cancers it can cause. But the experts say that's not necessarily the case. While people with darker skin tones have a lower risk of melanoma, they are not immune to it. In fact, perhaps because it is less common, patients and their doctors may be less likely to find it in the early stages, says Dr. Keeter Sechrist, a dermatologist with metro area Dermatology Inc. Dr. Lawrence Mark, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, agrees: "A higher percentage of those patients die of melanoma because they didn't think that they can get it." Full story.

Sexual Partner Status Affects A Woman's, But Not A Man's, Interest In The Opposite Sex
Science Daily, May 28 -- A study by Indiana University neuroscientist Heather Rupp found that a woman's partner status influenced her interest in the opposite sex. In the study, women both with and without sexual partners showed little difference in their subjective ratings of photos of men when considering such measures as masculinity and attractiveness. However, the women who did not have sexual partners spent more time evaluating photos of men, demonstrating a greater interest in the photos. No such difference was found between men who had sexual partners and those who did not. Full story.

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