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IU and Victoria's Secret partner to sponsor a philanthropic project and a free concert
One image, too much information: TILE grant will bring documents, knowledge together
IU expert: Effective H1N1 public health messages inform rather than scare
Joan Wood and James P. Holland lecturers study viruses, internal evolutionary conflicts
Momentum influences baby name choices, cognitive scientists find
IU faculty panel, talk by sustainability director part of '350 Bloomington' events
IU to break ground for IU Cinema, University Theater renovation
Three Indiana universities collaborating to fight leading childhood heart birth defect
From A-bombs to Imaginariums, Oppenheimer is focus of book tour, Monday colloquium
IU's Sage Collection, Monroe History Center present exhibition on evolution of children's clothing
IU School of Continuing Studies announces 2009-10 award recipients
IU Bloomington Law Day Fair scheduled for Oct. 20
Ambassador Arun Singh of India to visit IU Bloomington Oct. 23
IU Auditorium welcomes home Jacobs alumnus Dennis James for Halloween concert
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU and Victoria's Secret partner to sponsor a philanthropic project and a free concert -- The Indiana Memorial Union Board and Victoria's Secret PINK will present two nationally known musical groups -- Girl Talk and Cobra Starship -- at Indiana University Bloomington on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. Tickets for the event are free and available on the PINK Web site, at http://www.vspink.com/. A link to the ticket Web site is also posted on Union Board's Facebook Fan page and Twitter page (unionboardiu). IU Bloomington was selected to host the Victoria's Secret 2009 PINK Nation Party during a nationwide online competition among five American universities. Indiana Memorial Union Board, VS PINK, Relevant Productions and the IU Auditorium are collaborating on the PINK Nation Party. Read the complete story.

One image, too much information: TILE grant will bring documents, knowledge together -- For John Walsh, an assistant professor in Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science, a picture will soon tell so much more than a thousand words. Backed by $400,000 just awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Walsh will collaborate with peers from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) in Belfast, Ireland, to develop a new technical infrastructure designed for unleashing all of the knowledge connected to any one image or document, from a historic manuscript or painting to an image in a children's book or a graphic novel. Read the complete story.

IU expert: Effective H1N1 public health messages inform rather than scare -- So far, the communication strategies being employed by health care officials to warn people about the dangers of the 2009 H1N1 virus and needed precautions have been effective, said Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, an Indiana University professor and an expert on rhetoric. Rather than use strong, fear-arousing messages, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other agencies have struck a necessary balance that also has included sensible arguments about prevention. Read the complete story.

Joan Wood and James P. Holland lecturers study viruses, internal evolutionary conflicts -- A virologist and an evolutionary biologist are the latest honorees of Indiana University Bloomington's Joan Wood and James P. Holland lecture series. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Florida School of Medicine, will give a talk, "Structural studies of Adeno-associated viruses towards improved gene delivery applications," at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Myers Hall room 130. Abandje-McKenna studies the basic biology of viruses, with the goal to using knowledge of their 3D structure and host interactions to manipulate them for delivering treatments of diseases which afflict plants, animals, and humans. Agbandje-McKenna is the 29th Joan Wood Lecturer. Read the complete story.

Momentum influences baby name choices, cognitive scientists find -- An Indiana University School of Optometry researcher and the IU spinout company she formed to develop a new diagnostic camera have both received grants from federal agencies to advance work toward preventing vision loss in diabetes patients. Ann Elsner, director of IU's Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research, has been awarded $379,548 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), while Elsner's IU spinout company, Aeon Imaging, has received another $247,389 from the Small Business Innovation Research program of the National Eye Institute (NEI). Both the NIBIB and the NEI are agencies within the National Institutes of Health. Read the complete story.

IU faculty panel, talk by sustainability director part of '350 Bloomington' events -- A panel discussion by Indiana University professors on responding to climate change and a talk by the IU Bloomington director of sustainability are part of a series of "Bloomington 350" events leading up to an international day of action on climate change on Oct. 24. Faculty members will discuss "Best Approaches to Combating Climate Change: Short- and Long-Term Perspectives" from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday (Oct. 16), at the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. Panelists will include A. James Barnes, J.C. Randolph and Kenneth Richards from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Bennet Brabson, professor emeritus of physics. Read the complete story.

IU to break ground for IU Cinema, University Theater renovation -- Indiana University officials will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17, for a project that will renovate the University Theater and convert it to a state-of-the-art cinema facility, while also adding classroom, rehearsal and performance space for the Department of Theatre and Drama. The renovation will create a 300-seat IU Cinema, which will accommodate film studies courses, campus film festivals and series, student-directed works, and visits by well-known filmmakers and scholars. It also will add a small studio theater, a movement studio and other amenities for the Department of Theatre and Drama, in addition to a large loading area for the stage of the IU Auditorium. Read the complete story.

Three Indiana universities collaborating to fight leading childhood heart birth defect -- Indiana University's Research and Technology Corp. is moving forward with prototype development of a heart pump for infants invented through a collaboration between an IU cardiothoracic surgeon and a Purdue University engineer. IURTC President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Armstrong said the university's not-for-profit economic development agency has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Rose-Hulman Ventures, a program of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, to develop a prototype of a cavopulmonary assist device that could reduce deaths in children born with only one functional heart ventricle. Read the complete story.

From A-bombs to Imaginariums, Oppenheimer is focus of book tour, Monday colloquium -- Award-winning science writer and University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism professor KC Cole will speak here Monday (Oct. 19) about her new biographical memoir of atomic bomb developer Frank Oppenheimer. Cole will discuss Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up, which has been described as a love story about physics and what it means to be human. The special colloquium entitled "The Uncle of the Atom Bomb: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up" is being hosted by the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics. The public event gets underway at 4 p.m. in Room 122 of the IU Chemistry Building. Read the complete story.

IU's Sage Collection, Monroe History Center present exhibition on evolution of children's clothing -- When did childhood become a commodity to be marketed and sold? It happened gradually -- and in part through the evolution of children's fashions -- says Kate Rowold, curator of The Sage Collection at Indiana University and co-curator with Kelly Richardson of "Child's Play: Aesthetics, Gender and Children's Clothing," a new exhibition at the Monroe County History Center opening Oct. 17. The exhibition explores the dynamics of aesthetics, gender and fashion using artifacts from The Sage Collection with related objects from the Monroe County History Center. Read the complete story.

IU School of Continuing Studies announces 2009-10 award recipients -- Eleven individuals were recognized by the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) at a luncheon held recently at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. This year's recipient of the IU School of Continuing Studies Distinguished Alumni Award is Brenda L. Bickel, a graduate of IU South Bend. Bickel earned her Associate of General Studies in 1980 and her Bachelor of General Studies in 1982. She is now a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services in Mishawaka, Ind., and has served on the Continuing Studies Alumni Board for nine years, including three as board president and three as immediate past president. She is also a member of the IU Alumni Association and a past member of the IUAA Executive Council. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington Law Day Fair scheduled for Oct. 20 -- Students considering a career in law can learn first-hand exactly who and what law schools are looking for at the Indiana University Law School Fair, Tuesday (Oct. 20), in Bloomington. The fair, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union's (IMU) Alumni Hall, will feature representatives from more than 111 institutions -- over half of the nation's total law schools -- on hand to meet one-on-one with students.They will address a range of questions commonly asked by potential students about topics ranging from grades needed to be considered for admission, to the personal statements required on most admission forms, to financial aid needs. The fair is free and open to the general public. Read the complete story.

Ambassador Arun Singh of India to visit IU Bloomington Oct. 23 -- Ambassador Arun K. Singh, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of India to the United States in Washington, D.C., will speak at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, Oct. 23. Singh will discuss the topic, "India and the U.S.: The Challenges of Partnership," at 5:30 p.m., at India Studies House, 825 E. Eighth St. His presentation is part of IU India Studies' fall lecture series. The event is free and the public is invited. Read the complete story.

IU Auditorium welcomes home Jacobs alumnus Dennis James for Halloween concert -- Indiana University alumnus Dennis James returns to IU Auditorium to perform his annual Halloween organ performance, this year accompanying Alfred Hitchcock's film Blackmail, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Audience members who arrive by 7:30 p.m. will be eligible to compete in the B97-sponsored costume contest in the categories of "Scariest Costume," "Most Creative Costume" and "Best Overall." An IU Jacobs School of Music student during the 1960s and 70s, James is now an internationally renowned silent film organist. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, Oct. 14:
Men's Soccer: The No. 23 Indiana men's soccer team took advantage of three second half goals to pick up a 3-0 win on the road at Notre Dame Wednesday night at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Friday, Oct. 16:
Men's Tennis: Louisville Tournament, Louisville, Ky.
Women's Volleyball: Iowa, 5:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Hoosier Hysteria: The 2009-10 basketball season tip-off, 6:30, Bloomington, Ind. More info.

Schedule for Saturday, Oct. 17:
Men's and Women's Cross Country: Sam Bell Invitational, 11 a.m., Bloomington
Field Hockey: Northwestern, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Louisville Tournament, Louisville, Ky.
Football: Illinois (Homecoming), 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Oct. 18:
Women's Volleyball: Wisconsin, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Soccer: Michigan, 2 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Men's Soccer: Michigan State, 2 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Louisville Tournament, Louisville, Ky.

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IU in the news

Pioneering Nobel Prize winner influenced Alaska, resources
Anchorage Daily News, Oct. 12 -- The first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics also has bolstered the credibility of Alaskans who worked for decades to instill the concept of public ownership of the state's natural resources. Elinor Ostrom, 76, and Oliver E. Williamson of the University of California Berkeley shared this year's economics prize, announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday. A political scientist at Indiana University, Ostrom studies the management of common resources, like fish, grazing lands and forests. She shed light on examples around the world -- including Alaska's fisheries -- in which people have worked cooperatively to sustain their resources rather than destroying them. Full story.

Redefining Dementia as a Terminal Illness
Time, Oct. 14 -- Dementia is most often thought of as a memory disorder, an illness of the aging mind. In its initial stages, that's true -- memory loss is an early hallmark of dementia. But experts in the field say dementia is more accurately defined as fatal brain failure: a terminal disease, like cancer, that physically kills patients, not simply a mental ailment that accompanies older age. That distinction is largely unfamiliar both to the general public and within the medical field, yet it is a crucial one when it comes to treatment decisions for end-stage dementia patients. Dr. Greg Sachs at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research says a lack of appreciation of the nature of dementia leads to misguided and often overly aggressive end-stage treatment. Five years ago, Sachs wrote a paper on such barriers to palliative end-of-life care for dementia patients, but he ran into difficulty explaining the findings to the editors of the major medical journal that published it. "The editors kept coming back to me and saying, 'But what do the patients die of? You don't die from dementia.' And I kept saying, 'Yes, they do. That's the whole point of the paper,' " says Sachs. Full story.

Like Humans, Monkeys Fall Into the 'Uncanny Valley'
U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 15 -- Princeton University researchers have come up with a new twist on the mysterious visual phenomenon experienced by humans known as the "uncanny valley." The scientists have found that monkeys sense it too. Experts praised the Princeton report. "This study makes a significant contribution to existing knowledge of the uncanny valley," said Karl MacDorman, an associate professor in the School of Informatics at Indiana University, who has led important experiments in the fields of android science and computational neuroscience. "The research design is novel, the experiment is carried out with a high degree of rigor, and the results are compelling, important, newsworthy, and support the [hypothesis]." Full story.

Teaching Hospitals Provide Significant Economic Impact
Inside INdiana Business, Oct. 16 -- A study from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows the Indiana University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals boosted Indianapolis' economy by an estimated $7.96 billion in 2008. The report says the IU School of Medicine, Clarian Health, Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital and Wishard Health Services provided more than 52,000 full and part-time jobs. It also estimates that spending by out-of-state patients and visitors totaled $56 million, not including money spent at the hospitals or the school. Full story.

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