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Front Page News at Indiana University

June 30, 2009

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IU campuses will remain open even without a new state budget
IU researchers find vibrator use to be common, linked to sexual health
IU School of Optometry named national vision research center
IU report: Indiana has been a top destination for foreign direct investment
Indiana University's Learnability Project receives $2.34 million NIH grant
John James Audubon subject of NEH-funded 'Picturing America' institute at IU Bloomington
IU Press publishes first book on IU-Kenya Partnership
'The Journal of American History' listens to the sounds of the frontier
AmeriCorps program at IU Bloomington to begin fourth year of health programs
IU Summer Symphonic Series includes world-renowned conductors, distinguished Jacobs faculty, guests
Dee Owens named board president of national organization
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU campuses will remain open even without a new state budget -- All Indiana University campuses will continue to operate under their existing budgets after Tuesday, June 30, if there is no state budget enacted for the new fiscal year. Summer classes will continue and employees will continue to be paid. The authority to continue operations was approved June 26 in a special meeting of the IU Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Committee, chaired by Trustee Thomas E. Reilly Jr. The resolution allows IU campuses to continue operations and expenditures under current budgetary authority until a new state budget is in place and IU trustees are able to adopt a new university operating budget. The action ensures that IU's 17,000 employees will continue to receive paychecks on time and vendors will continue to be paid for goods and services. Read the complete story.

IU researchers find vibrator use to be common, linked to sexual health -- Two Indiana University studies conducted among nationally representative samples of adult American men and women show that vibrator use during sexual interactions is common, with use being reported by approximately 53 percent of women and 45 percent of men ages 18 to 60. Not only is vibrator use common, but the two studies also show that vibrator use is associated with more positive sexual function and being more proactive in caring for one's sexual health. The studies, led by researchers at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, are the first to publish data about vibrator use from nationally representative samples of the U.S. population. Read the complete story.

IU School of Optometry named national vision research center -- A group of scientists working in Indiana University's School of Optometry and the Department of Biology will share more than $2.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to support their ongoing vision research. The grant from the National Eye Institute, an arm of NIH, places the Indiana University Bloomington campus among an elite group of vision research centers in the nation. By providing core services to investigators who have already independently received funding from NEI, the grants will accelerate the progress of vision research through support for widely used research services. Read the complete story.

IU report: Indiana has been a top destination for foreign direct investment -- A new Indiana University report released June 29 indicates that Indiana has been one of the nation's top beneficiaries of foreign direct investment (FDI) in this decade. Firms where a foreign investor or company had at least a 50 percent stake accounted for 4.6 percent of Indiana's total private sector employment in 2006, ranking the state ninth nationally and well above the U.S. average of 3.5 percent. About 148,000 Hoosiers worked for majority-owned U.S. affiliates (MOUSA) two years ago, up from 140,000 in 2005. Read the complete story.

Indiana University's Learnability Project receives $2.34 million NIH grant -- Indiana University's Learnability Project recently received a $2.34 million, five-year renewal of its National Institutes of Health funding, to continue through 2014. More than 1,000 children from across the state and beyond have received free, one-of-a-kind speech therapy through the program since its initial NIH funding in 1985. The Learnability Project is an interdisciplinary program of IU's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Department of Linguistics, both part of the university's College of Arts and Sciences. Read the complete story.

John James Audubon subject of NEH-funded 'Picturing America' institute at IU Bloomington -- High school teachers from across the country will converge in Bloomington on July 6 for a four-week Picturing John James Audubon Institute at Indiana University, the first of its kind. The institute is directed by Indiana University English Professor Christoph Irmscher and funded by a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through its Picturing America series of summer seminars and institutes for high school teachers. Alita Hornick from the IU Department of English helped organize the institute. Read the complete story.

IU Press publishes first book on IU-Kenya Partnership -- Indiana University Press has just published the first book on the IU-Kenya Partnership, author Fran Quigley announced last week. The Book, "Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership is Winning the Fight Against HIV/AIDS," is the first-ever book chronicling the historic partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine, Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, says Quigley. Read the complete story.

'The Journal of American History' listens to the sounds of the frontier -- We all have a mental picture of the sights that greeted European settlers when they first encountered the American West. But what about the sounds? In the June 2009 issue of The Journal of American History, historian Sarah Keyes describes how overlanders imposed their own aural environment on the native peoples and natural landscape as they crossed the continent from east to west. "From the moment European powers first stepped foot in the New World, they wielded sound to establish territorial dominion and cultural control," she writes in the essay "The Overland Trail as a Sonic Conquest," which won the 2008 Louis Pelzer Award from the Organization of American Historians. Read the complete story.

AmeriCorps program at IU Bloomington to begin fourth year of health programs -- AmeriCorps Improving Health Throughout Indiana, the 3-year-old nutrition and physical activity-oriented AmeriCorps program operated by Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has received funding for an additional year. A $126,000 award from the Indiana Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives will allow AIHTI volunteers to continue helping a variety of non-profit organizations with health programs they might otherwise not be able to afford. Read the complete story.

IU Summer Symphonic Series includes world-renowned conductors, distinguished Jacobs faculty, guests -- With four of the country's top conductors on the podium and a number of nationally renowned instrumentalists in their midst, the IU Summer Music Festival Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra once again bring world-class music to the Midwest in a series of five upcoming concerts in Bloomington. David Robertson, Mario Venzago and Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct the 2009 Festival Orchestra, which is composed of Jacobs School of Music students, faculty and invited guests and is considered one of the finest ensembles of its kind. Cliff Colnot will return to Bloomington to conduct two concerts by the student summer Symphony Orchestra. Read the complete story.

Dee Owens named board president of national organization -- Dee Owens, director of the Alcohol-Drug Information Center at Indiana University Bloomington, has been elected as board president for the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network (NRADAN). NRADAN is the only national program addressing the challenges of alcohol and other drug abuse in rural communities. It is a private, non-profit foundation that promotes networking between rural programs and professionals along with providing liaisons to key federal and state government agencies and private resources. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

IU golfer plays in US Open
Indiana Daily Student, June 28 -- Amidst men in their mid-to-late 30s, a 19-year-old attempted to make the cut for the 2009 U.S. Open during the third week of June. IU sophomore David Erdy spent time mingling with the likes of Tiger Woods and others at Bethpage Black, after being called up to play because of another golfer's injury. Shingo Katayama withdrew from the event, allowing Erdy to move from the first alternate spot to the playing field. Erdy said when he received the phone call to come up, he felt extreme excitement, and it was "one of the happiest moments of (his) life." Erdy said when he received the phone call to come up, he felt extreme excitement, and it was "one of the happiest moments of (his) life." But getting the call to play is only the beginning. A player still has to play to make the cut. Combine one of the most demanding courses in the nation with only 60 spots, and making the cut can be very difficult. Full story.

Professor: Don't mix moods and moola
Northwest Indiana Times, June 29 -- Money and emotions don't mix well. A bad day or argument with a spouse has caused many a person to drop a wad of cash at the mall, much the same way black moods drive us headfirst into a gallon of ice cream. But stress isn't the only trigger. Sometimes we spend if we feel we deserve a treat or if we're buoyed by the prospect of a fun outing and just have to have a new outfit. In our pre-recession society of excess, we grew accustomed to instant gratification. It's a hard habit to shake. "Anybody is going to do something they found rewarding in the past," said Karl Nelson, assistant psychology professor at Gary's Indiana University Northwest. "It's based on your learning history. Full story.

Is fast food making your kids fat?
Examiner, June 29 -- Over 12 million U.S. children are already overweight. It's long been assumed that living near fast food restaurant contributes to childhood obesity. Recent research now questions that theory. Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) looked at data from over 60,000 school age children collected over 11 years. One area targeted in the study was the affect a new neighborhood fast food restaurant had on a child's weight. By looking at weights over a period of years, researchers were able to identify trends. A fault of many previous studies is that they simply just looked at one 'snapshot' in time. Full story.

NFL asks for court ruling on merchandise case
Associated Press, June 29 -- In the legal equivalent of running up the score, the National Football League is going to the Supreme Court in search of a bigger victory in an antitrust tussle over team merchandise than it already won from a lower court. The Supreme Court could decide as early as Monday whether it will hear the case, which involves American Needle Inc.'s challenge to the league's exclusive contract for selling headwear such as caps and hats with team logos on them. Gary Roberts, dean of the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and an expert on sports law, said that the NFL senses it has a pretty favorable Supreme Court makeup. "They would like to have the Supreme Court resolve this single entity issue now," said Roberts, a former lawyer for the NFL. "Even though they risk losing this case, the potential gain for all sports leagues from having the Supreme Court affirm the decision would be huge." Full story.

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