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Autism Society officials: Report points to need for greater investment
Kelley School's Business Outlook Panel to provide economic forecast for 2010
New technologies take opera to next level in experimental performance
Early humans' forays into Europe the subject of international $1.81 million project
IU-Russian partnership focuses on environmental studies, language
IU School of Optometry professor named to federal advisory committee
IU Center receives NIH grant to improve privacy protection in medical research
IU Bloomington task force makes recommendations on undergraduate education
Jacobs School of Music fall ballet honors 100th anniversary of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes
Depression predicts increases in inflammatory protein linked to heart disease
Researchers at IUPUI to study goals, end of life decisions in advanced cancer patients
IU Department of Theatre and Drama presents Sarah Ruhl's award-winning play 'The Clean House'
IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club reunion at Indianapolis to feature Tavis Smiley, four days of events
Bob Dylan to perform at IU Auditorium Nov. 2
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Autism Society officials: Report points to need for greater investment -- A national report revealing that 1 percent of U.S. children ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder points to the need for a greater investment in understanding and responding to autism, according to an Indiana University expert and Autism Society official. "The increasing incidence of autism spectrum disorders further illustrates the importance for expanded services, training and resources for families and individuals living with this disability," said Cathy Pratt, chair of the Autism Society board of directors and director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at IU Bloomington. Read the complete story.

Kelley School's Business Outlook Panel to provide economic forecast for 2010 -- Last November, the Indiana University Business Outlook Panel toured the state forecasting how the economy would fare in 2009. As they predicted, this year's economy proved quite a challenge to predict, with a number of major disruptions shaking up the economic landscape. And forecasting where we're heading in 2010 is every bit as challenging, say the experts. For 36 years, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts through a series of presentations in 10 Indiana cities. Its tour will begin with a presentation at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Indianapolis at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle. Read the complete story.

New technologies take opera to next level in experimental performance -- What happens when a digital artist, an opera director, and a music ensemble decide to put on a show? One result is Annunciation + Visitation, a unique musical performance exploring two vastly different expressions of female sexuality. A combination of art and advanced technologies, Annunciation + Visitation: Operatic projections of her sexual insight stretches the boundaries of what defines "opera." The show's collaborators and co-directors are Margaret Dolinsky, associate professor of fine arts and a research scientist in information technology at Indiana University Bloomington; IU graduate Timothy Nelson, the award-winning artistic director of the American Opera Theater (and a guest director of IU's Summer Opera Workshop); and faculty and students from the IU Jacobs School of Music. Read the complete story.

Early humans' forays into Europe the subject of international $1.81 million project -- Indiana University Bloomington will join seven partners in Britain and the Netherlands to investigate early human settlements in Europe. The $1.81 million (1.1 million pound) Leverhulme Trust grant, spearheaded by the Natural History Museum in London, will be distributed to collaborators over four years. Paleontologist David Polly oversees IU Bloomington's participation in the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project. Among his several contributions, Polly will use diverse information to map Europe ecologically -- so he and his colleagues can get a better of idea of what human populations in different parts of Europe might have experienced. Read the complete story.

IU-Russian partnership focuses on environmental studies, language -- Indiana University students will learn about global environmental issues and develop their Russian language skills and IU faculty members will find opportunities for research collaboration with Russian scientists and scholars under a new, federally funded project. The project, a partnership with Russia's Tyumen State University and Tyumen State Agricultural Academy, is funded by a three-year, $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Read the complete story.

IU School of Optometry professor named to federal advisory committee -- Indiana University School of Optometry Associate Dean and Professor Dr. Joseph A. Bonanno has been named to the 12-member National Advisory Eye Council. The council, part of the National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute (NEI), provides advice on conducting and supporting research, health information dissemination, training and other programs that address blinding eye diseases and disorders, visual function mechanisms, sight preservation and health needs of visually impaired individuals. Read the complete story.

IU Center receives NIH grant to improve privacy protection in medical research -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $538,595 to the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research to support a two-year project titled "Protecting Privacy in Health Research." The IU-led project assembles a blue-ribbon panel of experts in medical research, privacy, security, law, ethics, and patient advocacy from eleven national and international partner organizations. The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) is part of the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University. Funds for the grant award were made available through the NIH as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington task force makes recommendations on undergraduate education -- An Indiana University Bloomington campus Task Force on Undergraduate Education has completed its work, and its report has been released by Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. The task force was appointed by Hanson in December 2008 and was chaired by Professor of History Michael McGerr. "I am deeply grateful to the members of the task force for their important work," said Hanson. "The committee's efforts will serve to enhance all aspects of this critical component of Indiana University's mission. We invite wider discussion of the report's recommendations, and we want to use that discussion to help guide the work of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The task force report will be invaluable as the campus works to provide the optimal experience for the students of IU Bloomington." Read the complete story.

Jacobs School of Music fall ballet honors 100th anniversary of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes -- Around the world, ballet companies from the Kirov to the Royal Ballet are planning performances that will honor the 100th anniversary of the first performance by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Joining the celebration, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Ballet Theater will present its fall ballet program, Diaghilev Tribute, Oct. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center. The evening will feature the work of two choreographers from the Diaghilev era, George Balanchine and Bronislava Nijinska, and new choreography from Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School Department of Ballet, as well as major collaboration with Jacobs' choral, piano and percussion departments. Read the complete story.

Depression predicts increases in inflammatory protein linked to heart disease -- Which comes first, depression or inflammation? To help solve this long standing chicken and egg conundrum, researchers led by Jesse Stewart, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis asked two critical questions. Does depression lead to elevated inflammatory proteins in the human body? Or does an increase in these proteins lead to depression? They found that the answer to the first question appears to be "yes," and the answer to the second question may be "no" among healthy adults. Read the complete story.

Researchers at IUPUI to study goals, end of life decisions in advanced cancer patients -- Imagine being told you have an advanced form of cancer that threatens to end your life. What goals would you set for yourself, how might those goals influence what kind of health care you want, and would the health care you receive match those goals? Dr. Kevin Rand, a psychology professor in the School of Science at IUPUI, and Dr. Larry Cripe, a professor of medicine and oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center, have launched a two-year, $330,000 American Cancer Society funded study to examine those questions. The project is titled "Goal-related thoughts & end-of-life decisions in advanced cancer patients." Read the complete story.

IU Department of Theatre and Drama presents Sarah Ruhl's award-winning play 'The Clean House' -- Indiana University's Department of Theatre and Drama continues its 2009-2010 theater season with the Pulitzer Prize-finalist The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jonathan Michaelsen, chair and producer of the Department of Theatre and Drama and the Brown County Playhouse. Playwright Ruhl has said the play was inspired by a comment she overheard at a party, where she heard a doctor say "My cleaning lady is depressed and won't clean my house. So I took her to the hospital and had her medicated -- and she still won't clean." Read the complete story.

IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club reunion at Indianapolis to feature Tavis Smiley, four days of events -- Nearly 30 years after its founding, an alumni organization that helps to steward Indiana University's African American legacy has planned a major celebration and reunion Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Indianapolis. Among the highlights of the 19th reunion of the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club will be an empowerment workshop with popular radio and television personality, author and IU alumnus Tavis Smiley, and a gospel concert by IU alumnus Dr. Leonard Scott and fellow Tyscot recording artists Nu Tradition. In addition, there will be a performance of selected scenes from the play, "sonnets for my sistahs," written by another IU alumnus, Vernon Williams. Read the complete story.

Bob Dylan to perform at IU Auditorium Nov. 2 -- Bob Dylan and his band will perform at IU Auditorium Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their fall tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. Performing more than 100 concerts each year for the past 15 years, Bob Dylan also appears on the radio each week on the satellite radio program Theme Time Radio Hour. In recent years, he has also received the big-screen treatment, courtesy of film director Martin Scorsese, with the critically acclaimed release of No Direction Home, the first feature-length film biography of Bob Dylan. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Oct. 2:
Field Hockey: The Indiana field hockey team used goals from junior Kelsey Kiper and redshirt freshman Morgan Fleetwood for a 2-1 win over Iowa on the road. Read the game notes.
Women's Soccer: Sophomore Carly Samp gathered a crossing pass from Orianica Velasquez Herrera and put home her fourth goal of the season with 21 seconds left give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Michigan State. Read the match notes.
Men's Soccer: Indiana fell by a 3-0 score to UCSB at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. Read the match notes.
Men's and Women's Cross Country: The Indiana men's cross country team took the team crown at the Paul Short Run, outrunning two ranked teams in the process. The women's team took third. Read the tournament results.

Results from Saturday, Oct. 3:
Field Hockey: The Indiana field hockey team earned a 1-0 win over California on Grant Field in Iowa City, Iowa. Read the game notes.
Football: Ohio State took a 33-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday night. Read the game notes.
Men's Tennis: Sophomore Maxime Armengaud and freshman Alexander van Gils both fell in second round action of pre-qualifying action at the All-American Singles Championships. Read more.

Results from Sunday, Oct. 4:
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Read the match notes.
Women's Soccer: Indiana and Illinois met in a 1-1 tie on Sunday. Read the match notes.
Men's Golf: The Indiana University men's golf team fired their second consecutive team score of 295 in the final round of the Windon Memorial Classic. For the tournament, Indiana finished in 10th place. Read the complete results.

Schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 6:
Men's Tennis: All-American Qualifier, Tulsa, Okla.
Women's Golf: Johnie Imes Invitational, Columbia, Mo.

Schedule for Wednesday, Oct. 7:
Men's Tennis: All-American Qualifier, Tulsa, Okla.
Men's Soccer: Butler, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, Oct. 8:
Men's Tennis: All-American Main Draw, Tulsa, Okla.
Women's Soccer: Purdue, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

A Cost-Effective Way To Keep Diabetes At Bay
Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6 -- Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, a chronic condition that raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation of lower limbs and kidney failure, and is the nation's seventh leading cause of death. Of these, over 90% have Type II or adult-onset diabetes, a disorder whose risk has been shown to decrease drastically with weight loss and even modest physical activity. The national Diabetes Prevention Program showed that aggressive intervention can prevent or delay diabetes in a diverse group of Americans at risk for the development of the chronic disease. Then an Indiana University team got similar results with a 16-week course modeled on the DPP. Full story.

Mom was wrong; Debunking the myths we commonly hear from people we thought we could trust
Winnipeg Sun, Oct. 6 -- Believe it or not, eating at night does not make you fat. You do not need eight glasses of water a day. And a dog's mouth is not cleaner than a human's. It's all lies, lies and more lies! Seems we're suckers for myths and misconceptions. None of these are true -- even if your doctor told you so. So say myth-busters, doctors Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman. They've exposed a litany of lies in Don't Swallow Your Bubblegum: Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health (St. Martin's Griffin). "There is no one good answer for how and why these myths stick... Likely some of them have staying power because we hear them from people we trust as experts, such as parents, teachers and doctors," says Carroll. "Doctors are people too, and sometimes are just as likely to believe myths." Sometimes, these myths seem to take hold because they help us explain what's going on around us, adds the pediatrics professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. Full story.

US on defensive as Obama shuns Dalai Lama
AFP, Oct. 5 -- The Dalai Lama on Monday started his first Washington visit in nearly two decades to lack a presidential meeting, as Barack Obama's administration insisted it still respected the Tibetan leader. Fellow Tibetan exiles welcomed the globetrotting 74-year-old monk as he arrived at his Washington hotel, starting a week in the US capital to feature spiritual teachings and talks with congressional leaders. But for the first time since 1991, when the Dalai Lama held his first presidential meeting with George H.W. Bush, the White House declined talks with the Nobel Peace laureate. Elliot Sperling, a Tibet expert at Indiana University, said the Dalai Lama's team was putting a good face on a bad situation as China's influence grows. "Tibet's government-in-exile is in a sense playing along, hoping that this will make China more amenable to speaking with the Dalai Lama," Sperling said. "But China's policy is very clear -- to bide its time until the Dalai Lama dies and in the meantime to whittle away whatever influence he has," he said. Full story.

Indy doc part of White House push for reform
Journal & Courier, Oct. 5 -- Dr. Andrew Loehrer, a surgical resident at the Indiana University of Medicine, said he was motivated by his patients to fly to Washington today to help President Barack Obama make a push for health care reform. There was the patient who said a hospital wouldn't admit her for a gallbladder infection because her health insurance was being cut. And there was the woman who couldn't afford to pay for pain medication she needed the day after major surgery. "Eight hours before I saw her, she had an open abdomen in the operating room," Loehrer said. "She was writhing in pain simply because her insurance company would not pay for the medications." Loehrer was one of about 150 doctors from around the country who stood with Obama in the White House Rose Garden while the president urged them to speak out on behalf of a new health care system. Full story.


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