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Indiana University remembers its 16th president, Myles Brand
Celebrate IU celebrations to include Homecoming, building dedications and more
Search committee formed to identify new IU Northwest chancellor
Search for IU Kokomo chancellor to begin
Fifth class of Cox Scholars selected at IU
Largest incoming class, first graduate take Cox Research Scholars program to new level
IU Jacobs School of Music to host Musical Ear conference
IUPUI School of Science partners with federal government; two-year contract granted to study explosive detecting K-9s
Breithaupt appointed Remak Distinguished Scholar by IU's Institute for Advanced Study
Inaugural Graduate Student Conference in Asian American Studies taking place at IU Bloomington
IU Auditorium and Bloomington AGO Chapter to present noontime organ recitals
Co-founder of microfinance organization Kiva.org to speak at IU Bloomington on Sept. 24
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Indiana University remembers its 16th president, Myles Brand -- Myles Brand, who served as Indiana University's 16th president from 1994 to 2002 and president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association since January 2003, died Sept. 16 at the age of 67. In January 2009, Brand disclosed that he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, but continued his efforts on behalf of 380,000 student-athletes, coaches and administrators participating in college sports at NCAA member institutions. Brand led IU through a period of remarkable growth, including record enrollments and national leadership in information technology and the life sciences, leaving a legacy impacting many Hoosiers beyond the university's eight campuses. Read the complete story.

Celebrate IU celebrations to include Homecoming, building dedications and more -- Throughout the state, all eight of Indiana University's campuses will honor the university's excellence and achievement in academics, arts and athletics this fall with "Celebrate IU," two months of academic activities, building dedications, Homecoming festivities, anniversary celebrations, philanthropic projects, and arts and entertainment events. In addition to a centennial celebration for the Indiana Memorial Union -- one of the nation's largest student unions -- at IU Bloomington will be an IU Blood Donor Challenge; IUPUI's United Way Day of Caring; IU South Bend Theatre Company's production of After Juliet; the Whitewater Valley Competition at IU East; the Joe B. and Denny Classic basketball tournament and fall festival at IU Southeast; IU Northwest's 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 18; and of course, IU Bloomington's Homecoming game, Oct. 17, featuring Big Red versus Illinois at Memorial Stadium. Read the complete story.

Search committee formed to identify new IU Northwest chancellor -- A 13-member search and screen committee has been formed to identify finalists for the position of chancellor of Indiana University Northwest, it was announced Sept. 16 by IU President Michael McRobbie. The committee, which will meet with McRobbie on Thursday (Sept. 17), will initiate a national search for a replacement for current IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland, who is retiring after having served as chief executive officer of the Gary, Ind., campus since July 1999. Read the complete story.

Search for IU Kokomo chancellor to begin -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie Sept. 16 announced the appointment of a 13-member search and screen committee to recommend finalists for the position of chancellor at the university's Kokomo, Ind., campus. Former IU Kokomo Chancellor Ruth Person left the position last summer to become chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint after serving since 1999. Stuart Green has been serving as interim chancellor since August 2008. He had formerly served as vice chancellor for the IU Kokomo Office of Academic Affairs. Read the complete story.

Fifth class of Cox Scholars selected at IU -- Twenty-one undergraduates at Indiana University's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Cox Scholarship for 2009-10. Now in its fifth year, the Cox Scholarship program was started with a $15 million contribution from IU alumnus Jesse Cox and his wife, Beulah. The Coxes initiated the scholarship fund to reward students who balance both work and school in the pursuit of an IU degree, just as Jesse Cox did during the 1930s. The Jesse H. and Beulah Chanely Cox Scholarship fund is IU's most charitable merit-based scholarship for working students who are in-state residents. The renewable scholarship provides 75 percent of the estimated cost of attendance at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Read the complete story.

Largest incoming class, first graduate take Cox Research Scholars program to new level -- A record number of 43 freshmen Cox Research Scholars have begun their college careers at Indiana University Bloomington this fall. The 2009 freshman class joins 49 Cox Research Scholars already on campus who are in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. The entering class includes 14 National Merit scholars. The Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Research Scholars Program offers a full-ride scholarship with a total value of more than $60,000 over four years, providing funds for tuition, fees, room and board, and a stipend for an undergraduate research projects, during which students and faculty mentors work together. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music to host Musical Ear conference -- The Music Theory Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host a one-day conference titled "The Musical Ear" Sept. 26. The unique conference will be devoted exclusively to issues of ear training and aural skills. Invited speakers are Elizabeth Aaron (Mannes College), Gary Karpinski (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and Nancy Rogers (Florida State University). The conference will conclude with a panel discussion featuring the three invited speakers and Jacobs Associate Dean for Instruction Mary Wennerstrom. Read the complete story.

IUPUI School of Science partners with federal government; two-year contract granted to study explosive detecting K-9s -- The School of Science at IUPUI announced today the Forensic and Investigative Science (FIS) program has engaged in a two year contract with the federal government to study explosive detecting canines. An expert in explosives, Dr. John Goodpaster received a contract for $473,000 to research the characteristics of explosives vapor and odor compounds to better train K-9s in detecting explosives. Read the complete story.

Breithaupt appointed Remak Distinguished Scholar by IU's Institute for Advanced Study -- Indiana University's Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Fritz Breithaupt, professor of Germanic Studies at IU Bloomington, as Henry H.H. Remak Distinguished Scholar for 2009-10. On Oct. 2, 2009, Breithaupt will deliver a lecture on "Cultures of Empathy" at 3 p.m. in the Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union. His presentation is part of the 2009-10 Seminar on Empathy sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and the Poynter Center. Read the complete story.

Inaugural Graduate Student Conference in Asian American Studies taking place at IU Bloomington -- Graduate students from across the Big Ten and the University of Chicago who are involved in Asian American studies are gathering for an inaugural conference on the Indiana University Bloomington campus Sept. 25-26. Josephine Lee, president-elect of the Association for Asian American Studies and director of the Asian American Studies Consortium for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, will deliver the keynote address at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in Ballantine Hall 105. "Crossroads: Asian America/Asian Diaspora Across Disciplines" is the theme for the Graduate Student Conference in Asian American Studies. Read the complete story.

IU Auditorium and Bloomington AGO Chapter to present noontime organ recitals -- IU Auditorium and the Bloomington chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will present a series of free noontime organ recitals performed by the IU Jacobs School of Music organ students beginning Sept. 17 at 12:15 p.m. "We're very excited to provide these talented students the opportunity to perform on the grand IU Auditorium organ, and at the same time restore an IU tradition dating back to the 1950s," said IU Auditorium Director Doug Booher. "We look forward to opening our doors to the campus and the community, inviting folks to enjoy their lunch break while enjoying inspiring performances by members of the AGO." Read the complete story.

Co-founder of microfinance organization Kiva.org to speak at IU Bloomington on Sept. 24 -- Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org, the world's first person-to-person micro-lending Web site, will speak at Indiana University Bloomington next Thursday (Sept. 24). Jackley will speak on the topic, "Eliminating Poverty, A Conversation about Microfinance," at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Her lecture was rescheduled from this spring. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, Sept. 16:
Women's Soccer: Freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera's goal in the 79th minute lifted the Indiana women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Butler on Wednesday night. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Friday, Sept. 18:
Men's and Women's Cross Country: Indiana Intercollegiate, 3:30 p.m., Terre Haute, Ind.
Women's Volleyball: Western Michigan, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Soccer: Akron, 7:30 p.m., Akron, Ohio
Women's Soccer: Green Bay, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Golf: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Chicago, Ill.
Men's Tennis: IU Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Sept. 19:
Women's Volleyball: Alabama A&M, 10 a.m.; North Carolina A&M, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Field Hockey: Ball State, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Football: Akron, 3:30 p.m., Akron, Ohio
Men's Golf: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Chicago, Ill.
Men's Tennis: IU Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Golf: Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Albuquerque, N.M.

Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 20:
Men's Soccer: Florida International, 12 p.m., Akron, Ohio
Men's Tennis: IU Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Golf: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Chicago, Ill.
Women's Golf: Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Albuquerque, N.M.

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IU in the news

Mel Simon left his stamp on a city
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 17 -- When the U.S. Army drafted a rough-hewn young man from New York City and sent him to Fort Benjamin Harrison, who could have known the profound effect he would have on Indianapolis? Today, the local impact of Mel Simon stretches from Circle Centre mall to Conseco Fieldhouse to the Indiana University cancer center -- but his legacy encompasses the worlds of business, professional sports, philanthropy and politics. And his reach was global. He and Bren also gave more than $150 million to charity, including $50 million to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. It was the center's largest gift ever and among the largest anywhere to cancer research. Full story.

Indiana Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law
New York Times, Sept. 17 -- An Indiana law requiring voters to show identification, declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court just last year, was struck down Thursday by a state appellate court. The state court said the law violated the Indiana Constitution by not treating all voters equally. Critics of such laws, including many Democratic legislators, say they are intended to reduce the participation of low-income voters, and argue that while fraudulent names on voter rolls in registration drives may not be uncommon, few instances of fraud in actual voting have been detected. Michael J. Pitts, an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Law, agreed. "The state courts are much more amenable to these kinds of lawsuits than the federal courts are," Professor Pitts said, "and this is where these battles are going to be played out." Full story.

Be wise about your eyes as you age; Getting older can affect vision, but regular exams and proper care can help
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 17 -- One of the most common problems during these years entails work-related visual stress that's brought on by computer use. Symptoms include headaches, end-of-the-day fatigue, blurred vision or dry eyes. To prevent this, try the 20/20/20 rule, recommends Dr. Louis Cantor, chairman of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. About every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus on an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Blinking regularly and taking hourly computer breaks can also help. In its early stages, glaucoma can be treated, usually with eye drops. In some cases, lasers or surgery will also help prevent loss of sight, said Dr. Louis Cantor, chairman of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. Full story.

One Year Later: Lessons Learned From the Downturn
Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16 -- It's been one year since century-old Lehman Brothers lapsed into bankruptcy and sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin that's left few businesses unscathed. From the beginning of last September through the end of August, 83,885 businesses filed for bankruptcy protection, according to Automated Access to Court Electronic Records, an Oklahoma City-based bankruptcy data and management company. As for the companies that survived, many have gleaned lessons that are changing the way they do business. And although a lack of diversity among customers may entice owners to extend credit to boost sales, be leery about doing so too freely, says Donald F. Kuratko, the executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. "Be more conservative about who you extend credit to," he says. Then, when you hit a downturn, you'll have a cash reserve, and you won't have to spend your time chasing after customers who aren't able to pay, Kuratko says. Full story.

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