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New tuition rates are below Higher Education Commission guidelines
Budget plan restricts spending, yet meets key academic goals
IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health specialty programs ranked among best in the nation
IU physicist's study of nucleon interactions funded for NIST lab
Morrison named vice president for capital projects and facilities
Schnabel is named interim VP for research
RFID research paper recognized by AAMI
Cast nominated to serve as president of IU Board of Trustees
Can pen and paper help make electronic medical records better?
The 'flat' world is 'open': how technology is changing education
IU Opera Theater set to present collegiate premiere of 'The Light in the Piazza'
IU professor interviewed 25 South African filmmakers for new book, 'The Devil You Dance With'
IU's logo joins the Victoria's Secret PINK Collegiate Collection
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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New tuition rates are below Higher Education Commission guidelines -- Indiana University trustees July 16 approved tuition and fee rates for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years that are in keeping with all guidelines set by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The new fee schedule calls for in-state undergraduate tuition and fees to go up by 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 will go up 4.4 and 4.6 percent respectively in the next two years. The Commission for Higher Education had called for fee increases of no higher than 5 percent in each of the next two academic years. Read the complete story.

Budget plan restricts spending, yet meets key academic goals -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees July 16 adopted a budget plan for the 2009-10 academic year that includes several belt-tightening measures but still allows for increases in student financial aid on all campuses and provides funding to fill more than 100 faculty positions deemed critical to the university's academic mission. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said the spending restrictions include a salary freeze for most IU faculty and staff, a 50 percent reduction in travel funds, and increased restrictions on non-academic hiring. In remarks to trustees, McRobbie pointed out that Indiana and the nation are facing the severest economic downturn since the Great Depression and that state-mandated cuts to IU's operating budget were softened by one-time allocations of federal stimulus dollars. He said indications are the state's recovery will lag behind a national recovery and that there are no guarantees of more federal stimulus money being available in two years when lawmakers put together the next state budget. Read the complete story.

IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health specialty programs ranked among best in the nation -- Nine clinical programs at Indiana University School of Medicine and Clarian Health are ranked among the top 50 national programs in U.S. News & World Report's "2009-10 America's Best Hospitals" guide. Clarian's Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Hospital are the only Indiana hospitals included in the rankings, and are among only 174 hospitals recognized out of the 4,861 evaluated nationwide. Published in the July 21 issue of U.S. News & World Report, the guide ranks clinical programs at Clarian, a partner of Indiana University School of Medicine, in nine of the 16 specialties evaluated. This is U.S. News' 20th year of ranking America's elite medical centers "to help patients find the best hospital when the need is great"; it is Clarian/IUSM's 12th consecutive appearance in the guide. Read the complete story.

IU physicist's study of nucleon interactions funded for NIST lab -- Indiana University nuclear physicist Mike Snow's investigations into the weak interactions of low energy neutrons will advance using equipment funded by the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and then put into use at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. IU's Faculty Research Support Program will provide Snow $90,970 toward equipping a new high-precision neutron spin rotation facility at NIST's Center for Neutron Research in Gaithersburg, Md., so work can continue on parity-odd spin rotation in liquid helium, deuterium and hydrogen targets. Achieving precise measurements in low energy nucleon-nucleon (NN) weak interactions can address issues of fundamental importance in nuclear and particle physics. Read the complete story.

Morrison named vice president for capital projects and facilities -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie July 16 announced that he has appointed Thomas A. Morrison to the newly created position of vice president for capital projects and facilities. Morrison, who joined IU last year as associate vice president for public affairs and state relations, was the university's chief liaison and representative to members of the Indiana General Assembly during the 2009 session. In his new role, he will have university-wide responsibility for the construction, renovation and repair of buildings and facilities, acquisition of real estate, facilities programming and maintenance, and sustainability initiatives. He will also continue to represent the university in the legislature on capital projects and related budget issues. Read the complete story.

Schnabel is named interim VP for research -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie July 16 announced that Informatics Dean Robert B. Schnabel will serve as interim vice president for research while a search continues to permanently fill the position. Schnabel has served as dean of the IU School of Informatics since July 1, 2007, and he will continue in that role while also assuming the leadership role for pursuing and broadening new opportunities for research activities at Indiana University's eight campuses. The IU Board of Trustees approved the interim appointment today during a special meeting at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. McRobbie said he asked Schnabel to temporarily assume the additional duties because the national search for a permanent appointment was continuing and that some issues needed to be addressed immediately. Read the complete story.

RFID research paper recognized by AAMI -- Barbara Christe, program director of biomedical engineering technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and her colleagues and students were awarded the 2008 Outstanding Management & Technology Paper award from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) for their research on adapting radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to a clinical application. Christe; IUPUI Professor Elaine Cooney; Gregg Maggioli, president and CEO of BlueBean, LLC.; and IUPUI engineering and technology students Dustin Doty, Robert Frye and Jason Short were recognized for their paper, "Testing Potential Interference with RFID Usage in the Patient Care Environment." The study was published in AAMI's peer-reviewed journal Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. Read the complete story.

Cast nominated to serve as president of IU Board of Trustees -- Dr. William R. Cast, a Fort Wayne physician and surgeon, has been nominated to serve as president of the Indiana University Board of Trustees for 2009-11. The board's nominating committee met July 16 in Indianapolis to select a slate of officers for the next two years. The committee nominated Patrick A. Shoulders of Evansville to serve as vice president. Cast will succeed Stephen L. Ferguson, who will step down as president, as required by trustee bylaws, after serving two consecutive two-year term. The Board of Trustees will vote on the election of officers at its next meeting Aug. 14 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Read the complete story.

Can pen and paper help make electronic medical records better? -- The results of a new study of the pen and paper workarounds employed by healthcare providers who use an electronic medical record system may help make electronic medical records even more useful to health-care providers and the patients they serve. "Exploring the Persistence of Paper with the Electronic Health Record" appears in the September 2009 issue of the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Observing that doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and others who use electronic health records have not totally abandoned paper, including notes stuck or taped to a computer monitor, index cards, and even notebooks, the researchers, led by Jason Saleem, Ph.D., a Regenstrief Institute investigator and assistant research professor in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, documented how and why they were using paper. Read the complete story.

The 'flat' world is 'open': how technology is changing education -- A new book by an Indiana University School of Education professor takes a comprehensive look at how Web technology is changing worldwide education. The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley, was written by Curt Bonk, professor of instructional systems technology. It documents the many ways in which he says innovations have made it possible so that "anyone can learn anything from anyone else at any time." Read the complete story.

IU Opera Theater set to present collegiate premiere of 'The Light in the Piazza' -- The Indiana University Opera Theater's collegiate premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza (by Adam Guettel) will be guest conducted by Broadway veteran Dan Riddle, the associate conductor of the original hit Broadway show. Stage direction will be provided by Jacobs School of Music Professor Vincent Liotta, with sets and costumes designed by Jacobs Professor C. David Higgins. Tickets are on sale now at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center for the July 31 and Aug. 1, 7 and 8 performances. Read the complete story.

IU professor interviewed 25 South African filmmakers for new book, 'The Devil You Dance With' -- As South Africa continues to move away from its apartheid past, its film culture has taken a similar path of reflection on the past during the country's first decade as a democracy. "A lot of South African cinema is about reconciliation and memory, the past and a sense of justice. Those themes are to be expected," said Audrey Thomas McCluskey, an Indiana University professor and author of a new book featuring interviews with 25 of that country's filmmakers. Read the complete story.

IU's logo joins the Victoria's Secret PINK Collegiate Collection -- The Indiana University logo has been added to the Victoria's Secret (VS) PINK Collegiate Collection as part of the "Class of 2009." The new collection is available in 13 Victoria's Secret stores across the state as well as online and includes boyfriend pants, pullover hoodies and tees. In addition to launching the new line, VS PINK has sponsored an online voting competition to determine if IU Bloomington will be the featured campus for a specail event that will feature appearances by popular entertainers. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

China says recent Urumqi unrest was premeditated
Associated Press, July 19 -- The Chinese government acknowledged for the first time that police killed 12 people during July 5 unrest in western China but put the blame squarely on rioters, saying they stockpiled weapons and planned synchronized attacks on targets across the city of Urumqi. Gardner Bovingdon, a Uighur expert at Indiana University, said the government has followed the same formula with many large scale protests in recent Chinese history: saying the unrest was premeditated to suggest it has less legitimacy than if it were spontaneous. "They want to elicit sympathetic outrage at those violent Uighurs who attacked innocent Han Chinese," Bovingdon said. "They're engaging in spin by focusing exclusively on the violence to avoid addressing the source of the protest. They don't want people to be asking why Uighurs would be so angry." Full story.

Trustees approve 09-10 budget, freeze IU salaries
Indiana Daily Student, July 19 -- The IU board of trustees approved the budget for the 2009-10 academic year that will raise tuition for all students. In response to not receiving an increase in state funding and trying to balance in federal stimulus dollars, the University is tightening its belt for students and faculty, including implementing a salary freeze. "The world, the nation and Indiana University are facing economic premises we haven't felt since the Great Depression," said IU President Michael McRobbie on Thursday at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis. "The cuts to IU's budget have been softened by the federal stimulus budget, but it's important to remember that this is temporary." Full story.

Wal-Mart To Index Products' Eco Impact
NPR "Morning Edition", July 17 -- Wal-Mart is setting up an environmental ratings system for all of its products. The retailer's suppliers will be required to detail the environmental costs of making their products. John Maxwell, the George W. Pinnell Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business, is among those quoted. Full story.

IU East sets up new partnership
Palladium-Item, July 19 -- Registered nurses employed by Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, can earn a bachelor's degree in nursing through Indiana University East. The Ohio Board of Regents, a nine-member board that coordinates and implements higher education policies, approved the partnership through 2012. Students can begin taking courses this fall. "This is a wonderful opportunity for both institutions to work together in meeting the needs of a professional nursing workforce, which ultimately impacts quality of care for our citizens," said Karen Clark, IU East's dean of nursing, in a statement. "We are looking forward to collaborating with the hospital and the students who will be enrolled in our program." Full story.

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