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IU prepares for Welcome Week 2009, starting with freshman move-in day Aug. 26
Select agent lab is Indiana's first
Linder, Grew work together to represent IU in the Statehouse
Fun UV bracelets, healthy cooking demonstrations, cancer study and more available during Indiana State Fair
Indiana Memorial Union Board, Residence Halls present Welcome Week Concert N.E.R.D.
IU's first-ever themed semester to focus on evolution, diversity and change
Walters named interim dean of IU Libraries
Mock trial puts IU professors on the stand as characters from Shakespeare
IUPUC Announces Region's First Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
Waldron leading new Environmental Law Program
IU Art Museum extends conservation lab visits for Benton murals
Years of physical activity, training, put to the test at national swim meet
IU School of Education at IUPUC Receives Historic Recognition
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IU prepares for Welcome Week 2009, starting with freshman move-in day Aug. 26 -- From the start of new student move-in day at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, Indiana University will strive to make incoming freshmen and returning students feel at home on campus through "Proud Traditions: Welcome Week 2009," coordinated by the IU Office of First Year Experience Programs. Welcome Week is designed to connect students with the people, places and services of Indiana University and help make the transition to college life a little smoother. In addition to the many signature Welcome Week events, including Freshman Induction, CultureFest, Traditions and Spirit of IU and Taste of the Union, students will have three late-night opportunities to mingle with other incoming students: a game night at the Herman B Wells Library featuring video games, board games and food; a Student Recreational Sports Center event with volleyball, dodge ball, board games, snacks and a cannonball competition; and "Midnight Madness," in which students take shuttle busses from campus to a local discount store for school supplies and giveaways from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Read the complete story.

Select agent lab is Indiana's first -- Indiana University Bloomington is home to the state of Indiana's first "select agent" laboratory for the study of pathogens. Select agent labs are safe and secure, and are rigorously regulated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. IU Bloomington biologist Melanie Marketon is the first scientist to use the lab. Marketon studies Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague. Because of changes in human lifestyles and improvements in modern medicine, plague is an exceedingly rare disease in America, and in any case is highly treatable. Read the complete story.

Linder, Grew work together to represent IU in the Statehouse -- Jeffrey M. Linder, a senior executive at Clarian Health Partners Inc., has been named to the position of associate vice president for state government relations at Indiana University. Linder, an attorney and former state legislator from Shelby County, replaces Thomas A. Morrison as IU's chief liaison to the Statehouse. Morrison was promoted to vice president for capital projects and facilities last month. Linder will form a state relations team with John Grew, who was recently promoted to the position of executive director of state relations and policy analysis. Grew, a former senior fiscal analyst with the House Ways and Means Committee and executive assistant to the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon, works with IU fiscal staff and the president's cabinet to coordinate the development of legislative proposals and biennial appropriations requests. Read the complete story.

Fun UV bracelets, healthy cooking demonstrations, cancer study and more available during Indiana State Fair -- How can you teach kids the importance of protecting their skin from the sun while still having fun? Bring them to the Indiana State Fair where volunteers with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center will help them make UV bracelets as a way to learn how sunscreens help to protect the skin. White beads on a bracelet without any sunscreen applied to them turn different colors when exposed to sunlight. The different colors tell the bracelet wearer that he or she isn't protected. When coated with sunscreen, the beads remain white in the sunlight. When the beads remain white, it means the sun's harmful UV rays are being blocked. The UV bracelets are available to the first 300 children who visit the IU Simon Cancer Center booth Aug. 16 and 17. Also, colon cancer test kits, a cancer study, healthy cooking demonstrations, and more will be offered by the IU Simon Cancer Center during the fair. Read the complete story.

Indiana Memorial Union Board, Residence Halls present Welcome Week Concert N.E.R.D. -- Tickets are on sale now for N.E.R.D., Indiana University's Welcome Week 2009 concert, presented by Indiana Memorial Union Board and Residence Halls Association Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8:00 p.m. at IU Auditorium. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. N.E.R.D. broke into the music scene in 2001 as an American rock, funk and hip-hop group led by producers and songwriters Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who together redefined the course of American hip-hop with their raw rhythms and use of live instruments. They later mixed in some R&B and began working with pop icons such as Justin Timerblake, Madonna, Brittney Spears, Jay-Z and Gwen Stefani. Read the complete story.

IU's first-ever themed semester to focus on evolution, diversity and change -- Indiana University Bloomington will commence its first-ever themed semester this fall with "Themester 2009: Evolution, Diversity and Change." More than 40 related courses will tie in with the themes of diversity and evolution to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. Themester is grounded in the undergraduate curriculum and will draw parallels between different disciplines by offering a range of courses, performances and discussions surrounding related topics, said IU Professor Jean Robinson, associate dean for undergraduate education for the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Themester. Read the complete story.

Walters named interim dean of IU Libraries -- Carolyn Walters, who has served as executive associate dean of the libraries at Indiana University Bloomington since June 2005, has been named interim dean of the IU Libraries, Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson announced today. Walters will assume the duties of former dean Patricia Steele, who will begin a position as dean of the University of Maryland Libraries Sept. 1. "The University Libraries are central to the institution's mission, and the resources they offer are vital to IU's faculty, students and staff," said Hanson. "Carolyn's long association with the IU Libraries and her strong skills as an administrator will serve the libraries and the university well. She is both an effective steward of our great traditions and a leader committed to keeping IU at the forefront of the innovations that are transforming research libraries in the 21st century." Read the complete story.

Mock trial puts IU professors on the stand as characters from Shakespeare -- Indiana University students enrolled in the new "Shakespeare and the Law" Intensive Freshman Seminar will take part in open-to-the-public mock murder trials based on Hamlet and Macbeth at the historic Monroe County Courthouse, Aug. 20, at 9:30 a.m. Under the tutelage of Eve Brown -- the business law lecturer at IU's Kelley School of Business who created the course -- the students will spend their three-hour classes (Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-20) learning the basics about law, Shakespeare and college life at IU, all while having the chance to acclimate to campus life. Read the complete story.

IUPUC Announces Region's First Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree -- Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) recently announced the addition of a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The IUPUC program will be the first BSN program in southeast central Indiana (Region 9) which includes the following counties: Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland. Previously, potential students had to travel to Indianapolis, Muncie or New Albany to find a traditional BSN program or stair-step their nursing education by obtaining an associate degree in nursing at a college or university in Region 9 then transferring to another school to complete a bachelor's degree program. Read the complete story.

Waldron leading new Environmental Law Program -- Building on the foundation of a successful academic program and Conservation Law Center, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law has appointed Carolyn Waldron as director of its Environmental Law Program. Waldron, a 20-year veteran of environmental advocacy, will lead a new program to strengthen partnerships and bridge the academic resources of IU to better serve today's emerging environmental challenges. Waldron said that a key aim of the new environmental law initiative is to assist environmental and land trust organizations in their efforts to conserve natural resources while providing the best educational experience for students. Read the complete story.

IU Art Museum extends conservation lab visits for Benton murals -- The Indiana University Art Museum will extend public visiting hours for the conservation of two panels of the famed Thomas Hart Benton murals. The IU Art Museum's conservation lab will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from now through the end of September. The public viewings have been extended by a month because of the tremendous public interest in the project said Joanna Davis, manager of external relations for the IU Art Museum. Read the complete story.

Years of physical activity, training, put to the test at national swim meet -- Indiana University researchers, former IU swimmers -- including Olympians Gary Hall, John Kinsella and Alan Somers -- and other IU-affiliated competitive swimmers plan to take care of business this week at the U.S. Masters Swimming 2009 Long Course National Championship in Indianapolis. The 42-member DOC IU Masters Swimming team (Hoosier Daddies) includes swimming notables such as Olympic medalists Hall and Kinsella, Hoosier standouts such as Somers and Ed Silva, and local U.S. Masters swimmers Bob Wright, Doug Strong, Jutta Schickore and Karen Bowdre -- several who have won national championships. The team is named for legendary IU swim coach Doc Counsilman, who coached many of these athletes at IU. Read the complete story.

IU School of Education at IUPUC Receives Historic Recognition -- The IU School of Education at IUPUC has received national recognition for three of its teacher preparation programs. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) recently recognized IUPUC's Elementary Education, English as a New Language Dual License, and Special Needs Dual License programs. This was IUPUC's first attempt at receiving national recognition for teacher preparation programs. Read the complete story.


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To reduce pilot fatigue, FAA moves to revise rules
Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 6 -- Pilot fatigue has been on the National Transportation Safety Board's list of "most wanted safety fixes" since 1990. This year, something might finally be done to address it. The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Randolph Babbitt, himself a retired pilot, this week said he would expedite the establishment of new rules to guide how many hours pilots can fly each day and each month. Pilot lifestyle can also contribute to fatigue, say aviation experts. Some pilots choose to live far from the cities where they're based. As a courtesy, most airlines allow pilots to fly for free so they can get to work in various cities - a practice called "dead-heading." "A complicating factor is how pilots choose to live their lives - in particular, where they choose to live relative to their base of operations," says Clint Oster, an aviation analyst at Indiana University at Bloomington. "It's certainly not true for all pilots, but you do get pilots who do a lot of dead-heading because they don't want to live where they work." Full story.

New Alzheimer's Gene Discovered
Science Daily, Aug. 7 -- A UC Irvine study has found that a gene called TOMM40 appears twice as often in people with Alzheimer's disease than in those without it. Alzheimer's, for which there is no cure, is the leading cause of elderly dementia. Having the harmful form of TOMM40 significantly increases one's susceptibility when other risk factors - such as having a gene called ApoE-4 - are present, the new study reports. People who have ApoE-4 are three to eight times more likely to develop Alzheimer's. Supporting the UCI discovery is research presented recently at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Austria. Duke University scientists found that patients with TOMM40 developed Alzheimer's an average of seven years earlier than those without the gene. In addition to Potkin, who is also the Robert R. Sprague Chair in Brain Imaging and director of UCI's Brain Imaging Center, UCI scientists Dr. Fabio Macciardi, Guia Guffanti, Dr. Anita Lakatos, Jessica Turner, Dr. Frithjof Kruggel and James Fallon worked on this study. They collaborated with Andrew Saykin of Indiana University, Dr. Michael Weiner of UC San Francisco and Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative patients and investigators. Full story.

Balancing India and China
Council on Foreign Relations, Aug. 6 -- As India and China, Asia's two rising powers, gain greater importance economically and strategically, their future relationship will affect geopolitics in the region as well as U.S. interests in Asia. The two countries have growing cooperation on trade and have been closely aligned on multilateral issues such as climate change. But long-standing border disputes, China's relations with India's rival Pakistan, and suspicions regarding each other's strategic intentions bedevil bilateral relations. Sumit Ganguly, a professor at Indiana University, says the two countries must be more transparent about their military expansion to avoid potential conflict. India and China have been upping their defense budgets, modernizing their militaries, and are increasingly competing with each other in their race for energy and resources to sustain their growing economies. Full story.

Purdue to Lead Electric Vehicle Education Consortium
Inside INdiana Business, Aug. 6 -- President Barack Obama announced Wednesday (Aug. 5) that Purdue University will receive a $6.1 million grant to develop degree and training programs for electric vehicles. Purdue will partner with Notre Dame University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University Northwest to develop the program. The goal is to educate and train the work force needed to design, manufacture and maintain advanced electric vehicles and the associated infrastructure. The Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium will develop certificate and associate degree programs for vehicle technicians, bachelor's and master's degree programs for electric vehicle design and manufacturing engineers, and a certificate program in electric vehicle safety for emergency responders. It also will develop an outreach program to secondary schools and a Web site to provide information on electric vehicles to the general public. Full story.


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