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McRobbie proposes modest tuition increases
IU Trustees set July 16 public hearing on tuition rate increases
Eskew re-elected by alumni as IU trustee
Paul Sullivan is acting VP for administration at IU
IU Bloomington School of Informatics becomes School of Informatics and Computing
IU, TeraGrid facilitate massive data generated from powerful new electron microscope
Delirium in hospitalized adults: situation critical, no relief available
Indiana University announces 2009-10 Kelley Scholars
IU libraries dean takes position at University of Maryland
IU informatics students head to Egypt for international Microsoft competition
Indiana's largest city and town population gains come in the Indianapolis area and Lake County
New research shows key player in mitosis not required for chromosome alignment
Need for Chinese language teachers growing, IU responding
Summertime health tips from Riley Hospital for Children
IU Bloomington to host Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy
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McRobbie proposes modest tuition increases -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie July 6 announced that he will recommend to IU trustees a balanced program of spending restraints and tuition increases below the maximum 5 percent level recommended by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. McRobbie said the combination of tuition increases and spending reductions are necessary to prepare the university for a potential 6 percent cut in state funding in two years. McRobbie is recommending in-state undergraduate tuition and fee increases of 4.6 percent this year and 4.8 percent next year at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. At IU's five regional campuses, in-state undergraduate tuition would go up 4.4 and 4.6 percent respectively in the next two years. Read the complete story.

IU Trustees set July 16 public hearing on tuition rate increases -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, July 16, to hear student and public comment on proposed tuition and fees to be set for all IU campuses for the next two academic years. The hearing will get under way at 10 a.m. in Room 405 of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis. The public will also be able to view the proceedings live on the Internet at http://broadcast.iu.edu. IU officials will outline proposed tuition and fee rates for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years and describe how these additional revenues will be used to maintain and improve academic quality. Members of the public will be able to pose questions during the hearing at a phone number and e-mail address to be announced. Read the complete story.

Eskew re-elected by alumni as IU trustee -- Indiana University alumni elected Philip N. Eskew Jr. to a second three-year term as an IU trustee June 30. Eskew, who was first elected in 2006, received 9,173 of the 29,300 valid votes cast. Eskew, 67, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 from DePauw University and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1970 from the IU School of Medicine, is the retired director of physician and patient relations at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He has served the university in several capacities. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the IU School of Medicine and a life member of the IU Alumni Association. Read the complete story.

Paul Sullivan is acting VP for administration at IU -- Paul Sullivan, Indiana University's deputy vice president for administration, will temporarily oversee the executive portfolio of J. Terry Clapacs, who retired June 30 as vice president and chief administrative officer. Sullivan assumes the role of acting vice president for administration on Wednesday, July 1, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, and will serve in that role while President Michael A. McRobbie conducts a review of all the major activities in that department to determine how they will be managed in the future. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington School of Informatics becomes School of Informatics and Computing -- The Indiana University Bloomington School of Informatics was re-named the School of Informatics and Computing effective July 1. This change was made to reflect the composition of the school, which since 2005 has included both informatics and computer science programs. "The new name better depicts what we are as a school," said Dean Bobby Schnabel. "In addition, it positions us well with our peer institutions, such as Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, Cornell University's School of Computing and Information Science, Georgia Tech's College of Computing, and the University of California-Irvine's Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences." Read the complete story.

IU, TeraGrid facilitate massive data generated from powerful new electron microscope -- Advanced computing resources and scientific computing applications provided by Indiana University are now exploiting the potential of a powerful new electron microscope that may help scientists make breakthroughs in the study of viruses and other life science applications. Thanks to the IU Research Technologies High Performance Applications Group and IU's supercomputers, complex images created by the microscope can be turned into useful composite images that scientists can study. The new IU transmission electron microscope, acquired by IU late in 2008, is used for electron cryomicroscopy, a technique in which samples such as microscopic proteins are structurally analyzed at very low temperatures. Read the complete story.

Delirium in hospitalized adults: situation critical, no relief available -- Every year as many as seven million adults in the United States experience delirium during hospitalization. In a systematic review of the scientific literature on delirium prevention and treatment, investigators from the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University, and Wishard Health Services found that despite the significant health and financial burdens of delirium for hospitalized adults, no effective way to prevent or treat the condition has been identified. "Having delirium prolongs the length of a hospital stay, increases the risk of post-hospitalization transfer to a nursing home and doubles the risk of death. We need to identify a safe and effective drug to prevent and treat delirium. With our review, we are challenging the scientific community to come up with new therapeutic options," said Malaz Boustani, M.D., senior author of the study which appears in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Read the complete story.

Indiana University announces 2009-10 Kelley Scholars -- Nine Kelley Scholars have been selected by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The Kelley Scholars, all incoming freshmen this fall who intend to major in business at IU Bloomington, will receive full tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and funding for academic activities such as overseas study. The award is for four years and has an annual value of more than $15,000 for recipients who are Indiana residents and about $30,000 for non-residents. The Kelley Scholars Program is funded by a $23 million gift from E.W. Kelley and his family, made to IU in the fall of 1997. The university named its school of business for the Kelley family in acknowledgement of the gift. Read the complete story.

IU libraries dean takes position at University of Maryland -- Patricia Steele, Indiana University's dean of University Libraries, has accepted a position as dean of University Libraries at the University of Maryland, Provost Karen Hanson announced July 6. Steele was scheduled to retire from Indiana University this fall. Hanson said that an interim dean will be appointed soon and that a search committee, which was convened during the spring semester, will continue its work to find a new dean. Steele has served as the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University Bloomington since 2005. She has been a national leader in efforts to improve access to library collections by digitizing the content of academic libraries, including the Google Books Project. She is a co-founder of the HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for the nation's great research libraries. Read the complete story.

IU informatics students head to Egypt for international Microsoft competition -- Two Indiana University School of Informatics graduate students are bound for Cairo, Egypt, to solve some "wicked problems" at Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a global challenge focused on finding solutions to real-world issues, which this year drew over 300,000 student competitors. Inspired by the 2009 Imagine Cup theme that technology students take on challenges identified in the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals report -- from halting the spread of HIV/AIDS to providing universal primary education -- Tuang and Zhao won the United States qualifying competition and earned a trip to Cairo by designing eXchangeFun, a platform aimed at facilitating the trade and exchange of pre-owned property between residents of a community. Read the complete story.

Indiana's largest city and town population gains come in the Indianapolis area and Lake County -- The U.S. Census Bureau released July 1 population estimates for all cities, towns and townships in the United States, as of July 1, 2008. The Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, as a part of its role as the state demographer and Indiana's official representative to the Census Bureau, has analyzed these population estimates and share the following insights. Notably for Indiana, the largest population gains among cities and towns within the last year were concentrated in the Indianapolis metro area and in Lake County. However, four of the state's six largest cities have seen population decline since 2000. Read the complete story.

New research shows key player in mitosis not required for chromosome alignment -- K-fibers, structures long thought to play a key role in the alignment of chromosomes prior to cell division, are not required after all, say Indiana University and New York State Department of Health scientists. In their report to Nature Cell Biology, available online but not yet in print, Claire Walczak, a cell biologist in IU Bloomington's Medical Sciences Program, IU biochemistry graduate student Shang Cai, and colleagues describe their series of experiments that conclusively show most chromosomes will move to the equator of the cell division apparatus -- in preparation for separation -- in the near- or total absence of k-fibers. Read the complete story.

Need for Chinese language teachers growing, IU responding -- The third annual Chinese Pedagogy Institute concludes this week on the Indiana University campus after two and a half weeks of intensive work to prepare more teachers of the Chinese language. The institute is a project of the Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (CCLP) within the College of Arts and Sciences. The study is worth four to five graduate credits through the IU School of Education and counts toward requirements for secondary teacher certification in Chinese. Read the complete story.

Summertime health tips from Riley Hospital for Children -- Spray or rub on? SPF 15 or 30 or 45 or even higher? What kind of sunscreen is best for children? Riley Hospital pediatric dermatologist Patricia Treadwell, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine professor of pediatrics, says that a water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and which is broad spectrum, providing protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, is best. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington to host Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy -- For three days this month (July 21-23), 50 Latino students from nearly two dozen Northwest Indiana high schools will live on Indiana University's Bloomington campus and attend workshops at the state's third annual Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy. The academy is a program of the Hispanic Organization Promoting Excellence (HOPE), founded by Lake County Indiana Sheriff Roy Dominguez. The academy's executive director is José Arredondo, who created the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy. Read the complete story.


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State obesity rate: Thin improvement
Indianapolis Star, July 2 -- Five years ago, Indiana's adults ranked fourth-heaviest in the nation in a state-by-state ranking of obesity. Now, they've improved to 16th -- but there's not much reason to celebrate. Essentially the same percentage of adult Hoosiers (27.4 percent) as in the previous year are obese, according to the report released Wednesday by the Trust for America's Health. Indiana's ranking improved from 11th in the previous year because adult obesity rates continued to increase in 23 other states, and no state experienced a statistically significant decrease. Health experts were somewhat relieved that Indiana's adults, on average, were maintaining their weight rather than getting heavier. They expressed hope, too, that efforts -- including a statewide obesity prevention initiative and a network of trails -- ultimately will help Hoosiers slim down by making it easier to exercise and eat better. "There has been no significant change, which I do think is important," said Eric Wright, director of Indiana University's Center for Health Policy. "But it's not a good thing, given where the rates are. The message is obesity is still a major problem, and we need to deal with it." Full story.

Relax and don't fight the water; Swimming expert urges beginners to leave their anxieties poolside and focus on being streamlined
Toronto Star, June 27 -- It may seem counterintuitive to a beginner, but the first thing a water newbie must do is relax in the drink. "That's one of the truths of swimming, whether you are a beginner or an Olympic swimmer," says Joel Stager, one of North America's top swim experts. "The reality is that you can't beat the water. So what you have to do is use the water to work for you. Or, at least, don't fight against it." Stager, who is director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming and professor of kinesiology at Indiana University, can dissect a stroke, talk about "mitochondrial mass for aerobic capability," and get a swimmer to shave seconds off her best personal time. While understanding the science behind swimming is important in racing, Stager says a firm grasp of the mechanics is also vital for beginners. After all, even the world's best swimmers were once novices. Full story.

A Trend With Teeth
New York Times, July 1 -- The symptoms are unnerving: a taste for fresh meat - rare, if you please; an aversion to sunlight; and a passion for spectral-looking, fine-boned rakes. All are indications that the sufferer has been bitten by the vampire bug. Vampires, of course, are part of a hoary tradition that harks back to Nosferatu and Bram Stoker's "Dracula" at least. Anne Rice updated the genre, introducing the ghoulishly aristocratic vampire Lestat. But the undead are returning with a vengeance, in part because they "personify real-world anxieties," said Michael Dylan Foster, an assistant professor in the department of folklore at Indiana University in Bloomington. "Especially during these post-9/11 times of increased vigilance, representations like the 'Twilight' series reflect a kind of conspiracy-theory mentality, a fear that there is something secret and dangerous going on in our own community, right under our noses." Full story.

The Only Thing Toxic About The White House Kitchen Garden Is The Misinformation: Scientists Correct The Record On Contamination
Huffington Post, July 2 -- I think it's irresponsible that Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center For Food Safety, who claims to be "one of the country's leading environmental attorneys and authors," is trying to use the White House Kitchen Garden as a symbol for environmental tragedy in America. In a sensationalistic piece right here on Huffington Post, Mr. Kimbrell claims that the White House Kitchen Garden is producing toxic crops, and cites the National Park Service's lead test result of 93 parts per million as evidence of "alarming contamination." But a lead reading of 93 ppm is "ridiculously low" for any urban garden, according to Dr. Gabriel Filippelli, chair of Geology at Indiana University, and associate chair of the Center for Environmental Health. "It would be nearly impossible to find a garden anywhere with [a lead level] less than 93 ppm," Dr. Filippelli said, and added that it's absurd to claim contamination based on this test result. Full story.


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