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IU Summer Music Festival kicks off with array of world-class chamber music events
IU's 'Innovate Indiana' campaign wins national award
Kinsey Institute researchers awarded NIH grant
IU Maurer School of Law, Sungkyunkwan University launch J.D./M.B.A. program
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IU Summer Music Festival kicks off with array of world-class chamber music events -- Indiana University's 2009 Summer Music Festival enters its 16th year firmly established as Bloomington's signature summer event, attracting audiences from throughout the Midwest and beyond. The festival is increasingly gaining notice as one of Indiana's premier music festivals. A festival highlight this year is a world-class Chamber Music Series featuring an array of free and ticketed events that includes members of the prestigious Jacobs School faculty, as well as high-profile visiting artists. Read the complete story.

IU's 'Innovate Indiana' campaign wins national award -- Indiana University's Office of Creative Services has been honored with the top national award from the Council for Advancement of Education (CASE) for its "Innovate Indiana" campaign. The campaign included an Innovate Indiana Web site (http://www.innovate.indiana.edu/), print brochures and ads, billboards and a postcard series featuring economic development success stories from all eight IU campuses. IU was honored with a Circle of Excellence Gold Award in the category of Individual Public Relations and Community Relations Projects. Two silver medals and one bronze medal were also awarded in the category. Read the complete story.

Kinsey Institute researchers awarded NIH grant -- Researchers at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction have received a $423,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study barriers to correct condom use. Associate Scientist Erick Janssen, and Stephanie Sanders, assistant director of The Kinsey Institute, are heading a two-year project addressing barriers heterosexual men may experience using male condoms. Condoms have been shown to be effective in reducing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases during sex when used consistently and correctly, yet many individuals and couples start intercourse without a condom or take off a condom and resume intercourse without it. Read the complete story.

IU Maurer School of Law, Sungkyunkwan University launch J.D./M.B.A. program -- Leaders from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Sungkyunkwan University's Graduate School of Business announced today (June 5) the creation of a joint J.D./M.B.A. program believed to be the first of its kind between an American law school and an international M.B.A. program. The joint degree program will link two world-class graduate programs and provide students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies with an international component. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday-Thursday, June 10-11:
Men's and Women's Track: NCAA Outdoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.


IU in the news

Fiat won't walk away from Chrysler deal
Indianapolis Star, June 9 -- Thousands of Chrysler autoworkers in Kokomo and across the nation were left in limbo Monday when Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock won a bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to slow down and possibly overturn the sale of the struggling automaker to Italian carmaker Fiat. The sale hit a roadblock Monday when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a delay just minutes before 4 p.m., when the deal was to become official. "If the court goes ahead and asks for a hearing, it would be hard to see how they could do it quickly," said Gerard Magliocca, who teaches constitutional law at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. "The court isn't known for rushing these kinds of things." Full story.

Eye program is curtailed by economic slump
Indianapolis Star, June 5 -- An Indiana University School of Optometry program that helped provide free eye care to low-income individuals has put its efforts on hold for lack of funding, a casualty of the economic downturn. The Eye Care Community Outreach Program, known as ECCO, helped 2,841 people in the five years that it was in existence, providing about 1,500 of them with free eyeglasses. Housed at the Indianapolis Eye Care Center Downtown, the program connected those in need with local doctors willing to volunteer their services. It relied on outside funding, winning grants from foundations such as the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Hoover Family Foundation.
But this year, the grants dried up. Full story.

Some OTC Sleep, Cold Meds Could Harm Aging Brain
US News and World Report, June 4 -- Older people taking common over-the-counter drugs for pain, cold symptoms or help with sleep may increase their risk for cognitive impairment, including delirium, Indiana University researchers report. These drugs include Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM and Unisom. All of these over-the-counter (OTC) drugs contain benadryl (diphenhydramine), a molecule that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is essential for normal functioning of the central and peripheral nervous systems, the researchers explained. "Before taking any medication prescribed by your doctor or an OTC medication, make sure there is no negative impact of this medication on your brain," said lead researcher Dr. Malaz Boustani. Full story.

IU, Purdue to require more math credits in 2011
Chicago Tribune, June 9 -- Freshmen entering college in 2011 might want to bone up on their math skills. Both Purdue University and Indiana University are raising math requirements for those entering college in 2011. Purdue will require all incoming students to have taken four years of math in high school, making its math requirements the most strict in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana University will require students to come with seven math credits, or three and a half years of high school math. Full story.


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