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IU Press launches electronic content initiative online
National Optometry Hall of Fame to induct IU Vice President Edwin Marshall
IU teams receive research grants from the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research
Indiana University honored for excellence in fund raising
IUPUI study finds fast food not a weighty problem for kids
IU Distinguished Professor Janos Starker receives honorary professorship
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration set for June 26
Indiana University expert says nation's physicians support national health insurance
IU East to receive $50,000 match from IU for campus beautification initiative
IU's Midsummer Theatre Program trains aspiring actors
Pew Charitable Trusts honors IU Bloomington cell biologist Joseph Pomerening
IU School of Medicine to study cell phone use of teenage boys
IU School of Education collaboration to promote project-based math learning
IU Professor Stanley Ritchie receives lifetime achievement award
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Press launches electronic content initiative online -- Indiana University Press has announced the launch of IU Press Online, a robust collection of more than 200 of some of the press's best books and 75 themed journals. Offerings will address issues in five subject areas: African Studies, African American and Diaspora Studies; Jewish and Holocaust Studies; Philosophy; and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Books and journal issues will be added to these libraries on a regular basis, and during the course of the summer, the Press plans to add libraries of its award-winning music and religious studies titles. Read the complete story.

National Optometry Hall of Fame to induct IU Vice President Edwin Marshall -- Edwin C. Marshall, vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and professor of optometry at Indiana University, will be inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to his profession. Marshall will be inducted next Friday, June 26, in Washington, D.C., at Optometry's Meeting, the official annual meeting of the American Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association. He will join 47 other people -- including four with IU ties -- in the organization's Hall of Fame. Read the complete story.

IU teams receive research grants from the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research -- Five teams of IU researchers are the recipients of more than $230,000 in internal grants that are designed to provide start-up funding for innovative research addressing critical cybersecurity needs. The grants were awarded by the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR), part of the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University. Announcing the grants, CACR Director and Distinguished Professor Fred H. Cate said that the grants were designed to support research that would "help make information and information systems more secure." Read the complete story.

Indiana University honored for excellence in fund raising -- For the fourth time since 1999, Indiana University has received national recognition for excellence in fundraising from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The organization presents the CASE -- WealthEngine Awards for Educational Fundraising annually to educational institutions with outstanding fundraising programs and results. Indiana University received the award for Overall Performance in the Public Research/Doctorial Institutions category. Read the complete story.

IUPUI study finds fast food not a weighty problem for kids -- A new study by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) researchers contradicts the conventional wisdom that living near a fast food outlet increases weight in children and that living near supermarkets, which sell fresh fruit and vegetables as well as so-called junk food, lowers weight. The IUPUI investigators in economics, pediatrics, geography and urban planning compared children's weights over time before and after one of these food purveyors moved near the childrens' residences. Living near a fast food outlet had little effect on weight and living near a supermarket did not lower it. Read the complete story.

IU Distinguished Professor Janos Starker receives honorary professorship -- Legendary cellist Janos Starker, a distinguished professor in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, received the title of honorary professor of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, at a spring ceremony in Bloomington. Starker, who was born in Budapest in 1924, received the certificate and academy plaque from Hungarian Consul General in New York Viktor Polgar in recognition of his contribution to universal music culture, international music life and lifetime artistic achievements. Read the complete story.

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration set for June 26 -- The 11th annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, sponsored by Indiana University's Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and previously scheduled as two-day event, has been consolidated into a one-evening gala on Friday, June 26. Events begin at 5 p.m. in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Juneteenth is a significant date in American history. It recalls June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom. The commemoration of the beginning of freedom was dubbed "Emancipation Day" and is today the oldest national celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Read the complete story.

Indiana University expert says nation's physicians support national health insurance -- President Barack Obama spoke to the American Medical Association (AMA) June 15 addressing concerns about health insurance reform and the whole nation, including physicians from coast to coast, is listening. A study conducted by CHPPR at the Indiana University School of Medicine and published last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that 59 percent of physicians would support government legislation for National Health Insurance, a much more radical type of reform than that proposed by the Obama administration. Only 32 percent of physicians opposed national health insurance, according to the study. Read the complete story.

IU East to receive $50,000 match from IU for campus beautification initiative -- Indiana University East Chancellor Nasser Paydar received good news during the Tuesday (June 16) Celebration of Campus and Community. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie made a surprise announcement, stating that the university would match contributions to IU East's campus beautification initiative up to $50,000. "We have received tremendous support from President McRobbie and Indiana University as we have worked to grow this campus and have an even greater impact in this region," Paydar said. Read the complete story.

IU's Midsummer Theatre Program trains aspiring actors -- A flock of teenage girls in various message T-shirts and sneakers struggle into their petticoats as a group of teen boys looks on ("Where's mine?" jokes one boy) for a "semi-dress" rehearsal in which the girls morph into giggling, dancing Shakesperean fairies. The 19 teens are in drama camp heaven for two weeks at Indiana University Bloomington, where the 2009 Midsummer Theatre Program is entering its 11th year. This year's camp began June 7 and culminates with a free, open-to-the-public performance Saturday (June 20) at 2 p.m. in the Wells-Metz Theatre. The performance will include a variety of scenes from both Shakespeare and popular musical theater productions. Read the complete story.

Pew Charitable Trusts honors IU Bloomington cell biologist Joseph Pomerening -- Joseph Pomerening, a cell biologist at Indiana University Bloomington, is a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced June 16. The honor is accompanied by a four-year, $240,000 award to support research and is reserved for early career scientists. Each awardee's institution must be invited to submit nominations, and as a result, the list of institutions represented by Pew Scholars classes typically enumerates the best science programs in the nation. Read the complete story.

IU School of Medicine to study cell phone use of teenage boys -- A $4.15 million, four-year National Institutes of Health grant will enable researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine to conduct the first health study of teenage boys using cellular telephones. The researchers, led by Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, professor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, will use text messaging to follow 72 males, ages 14-17 years, for three years. The adolescent males will be provided with cell phones and unlimited, free text messaging as long as they remain enrolled in the study. Read the complete story.

IU School of Education collaboration to promote project-based math learning -- A program developed by an Indiana University School of Education professor is the basis for a workshop on project-based learning for math teachers taking place next week and next month in Columbus, Ind. Fifty-six teachers from 11 counties will participate in Math Matters in Southeastern Indiana June 22-26, at the Columbus Signature Academy-New Tech High School. A second workshop takes place July 22-23. The workshops are based on the Math Matters program developed by Catherine Brown, professor of mathematics education. Brown has worked throughout Indiana to help teachers find innovative ways to engage students with math. Read the complete story.

IU Professor Stanley Ritchie receives lifetime achievement award -- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Stanley Ritchie was awarded Early Music America's (EMA) Howard Mayer Brown lifetime achievement award June 12 at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival. Ritchie is the first Indiana University faculty member to receive a lifetime achievement award from EMA, although one of its annual honors is named for former IU Early Music Institute Director Thomas Binkley. Read the complete story.

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Schedule for Friday-Tuesday, June 19-23: No varsity teams in action

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IU in the news

Donor aids IPFW engineers
Journal Gazette, June 18 -- IPFW mechanical engineering students now have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art machines, thanks to a company that donated equipment to the program. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne officials Wednesday opened the Haas Technical Education Center, in the Engineering Technology Building. Haas Automation Inc., a California-based manufacturer of computer numerical control machines, donated four machines worth $300,000 with a promise to not only maintain the equipment but to replace it with new models as they come out, said Gerard Voland, dean of the School of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. Full story.

Representative pitches health center funding
Palladium Item, June 19 -- The Indiana House of Representatives approved an amendment to Indiana's budget bill that would pay for the construction of a $17.5 million health and wellness center at Indiana University East. The amendment, which was proposed by Rep. Phil Pflum, now moves on to the Senate for consideration. "IU East's enrollment has spiked more than 30 percent in this summer session and we want to continue that growth," Pflum, a Democrat from Milton, said. "We need to insure that the facilities match student needs." The project, which has struggled to get widespread support from legislators during hard economic times, would serve about 6,000 students attending IU East and Ivy Tech Community College. Enrollment has increased rapidly in recent years at both campuses. Full story.

Hoosiers revisit retirement
South Bend Tribune, June 18 -- Many seniors are still working or have returned to work, primarily because the value of their homes and investments have taken huge hits. In 2008, 117,000 Hoosiers aged 65 and older were working -- some 9,000 more than in 2007 -- according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There's no doubt about it: The concept of retirement is changing. A generation ago, said Lane David, an economics professor at Indiana University South Bend, "You got the gold watch, moved out and younger people moved in." These days, more people stay in their jobs, either full time or part time, or leave to do something closer to their heart, like working for a nonprofit whose mission they support, he said. Full story.

The Talk about sex should be many talks with your kids
Kalamazoo Gazette, June 18 -- Talking about the birds and the bees is so much more than talking about the birds and bees. It's a challenging task to talk with your kids about sexuality, acknowledged Michael Reece, director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University Bloomington. Parents do not need to know all the answers, but they do need to be willing to talk about the questions, he said. "Just talk to your children and let them know there are a lot of confusing issues about bodies, relationships and making sexual decisions," Reece said. "Parents need to let children know they're open to being asked questions." Full story.

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