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President McRobbie, Biocrossroads CEO Johnson and others dedicate Multidisciplinary Science Building II
IU Opera Theater to video-stream 'Roméo et Juliette' this weekend and next
IU Biocomplexity event goes public with timely 'Legacy of Frankenstein' talk Thursday
Designer molecule detects tiny amounts of cyanide, then glows
SPEA policy brief: U.S. shouldn't go it alone on climate-change measures
'Reclaiming the Right to Rock' conference at IU examines black experiences in rock music
Conference takes scholarship on Nazi Germany 'Beyond the Racial State'
Army ROTC at IU receives national recognition -- twice
IU art professor's work on display at the Smithsonian through January
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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President McRobbie, Biocrossroads CEO Johnson and others dedicate Multidisciplinary Science Building II -- Indiana University dignitaries dedicated Multidisciplinary Science Building Phase II, the Bloomington campus's newest science building, in a special ceremony on Thursday. The dedication was part of October's month-long Celebrate IU initiative. IU President Michael A. McRobbie led a platform party that included members of the IU Board of Trustees, Provost Karen Hanson, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bennett Bertenthal, School of Public and Environmental Affairs Dean John Graham, and Provost's Professor of Geological Sciences Lisa Pratt, who has also been chair of the MSB II Design and Oversight Committees. Read the complete story.

IU Opera Theater to video-stream 'Roméo et Juliette' this weekend and next -- Indiana University Opera Theater announced today (Oct. 21) that its second production of the season, Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, will be video-streamed live from the Musical Arts Center on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. The stream may be accessed at http://music.indiana.edu/iumusiclive and adds to a collection of numerous opera, ballet and orchestral productions previously streamed live by the IU Jacobs School of Music, which are available on demand at its IU Music Live! Web site. Read the complete story.

IU Biocomplexity event goes public with timely 'Legacy of Frankenstein' talk Thursday -- If "surgical manipulation of body parts . . . resurrection of life . . . the ethical consequences of engaging powers we've yet to morally know how to use" reads like a lead-in for a Halloween movie marathon then the public can expect much more next week when biologist David Stocum presents on the seasonally-timed topic of "The Legacy of Frankenstein: Regenerative Biology and Medicine." Stocum, director of the Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine, uses cellular and molecular analysis to study why, among other things, creatures like salamanders and frog tadpoles have the ability to regenerate limbs while froglets, mice and, well, humans, remain deficient at the process. Read the complete story.

Designer molecule detects tiny amounts of cyanide, then glows -- A small molecule designed to detect cyanide in water samples works quickly, is easy to use, and glows under ultraviolet or "black" light. Although the fluorescent molecule is not yet ready for market, its Indiana University Bloomington creators report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (now online) that the tool is already able to sense cyanide below the toxicity threshold established by the World Health Organization. "This is the first system that works in water at normal pH levels and can be modified at will to enhance its reactivity," said IU Bloomington chemist Dongwhan Lee, who led the research. "We are now looking at how to make the detector more sensitive." Read the complete story.

SPEA policy brief: U.S. shouldn't go it alone on climate-change measures -- A climate-change bill now before Congress is "ill-considered legislation aimed at a worthy objective," write Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Dean John D. Graham and a co-author in the October 2009 SPEA Insights. In a policy brief titled "How to Fix U.S. Climate Legislation," Graham and Art Fraas, visiting fellow with Resources for the Future, say the bill commits the U.S. to making economic sacrifices with no guarantee that other industrial nations will go along. Read the complete story.

'Reclaiming the Right to Rock' conference at IU examines black experiences in rock music -- Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike Turner and Jimi Hendrix. While these African Americans' contributions to the development of rock music are unquestioned, the role of black artists in this musical genre has often been obscured and even impeded by industry practices of marketing music along color lines. "These racially constructed boundaries have resulted in the dominance of rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop in academic and popular literature on black popular music, as well as the association of rock music with white musicians and the white experience," according to Portia Maultsby, director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University. Read the complete story.

Conference takes scholarship on Nazi Germany 'Beyond the Racial State' -- Over the past 20 years or so, scholars have delved deeply into the racial ideologies that became influential in the early 1900s and helped facilitate the rise of Nazi German. But has the pendulum swung too far? A conference this weekend at Indiana University Bloomington will examine the limits of the "racial state" model in explaining Germany's Third Reich and explore the role of other factors, such as nationalism and ethnic and class issues. Read the complete story.

Army ROTC at IU receives national recognition -- twice -- Army ROTC cadets at Indiana University Bloomington have something to be proud of as the school year gets into full swing. Once again, the program has ranked among the best in the nation in two major evaluations of leadership skills. IU Army ROTC earned a fifth-place ranking out of 273 ROTC programs in the nation in this summer's Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), which took place from June until August at Fort Lewis in Washington. Read the complete story.

IU art professor's work on display at the Smithsonian through January -- The work of ceramic artist Christyl Boger, an assistant professor of ceramics in Indiana University's School of Fine Arts, is on display through Jan. 3, 2010, at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. "Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009" also includes the work of fiber artist Mark Newport, glass artist Mary Van Cline and ceramic artist SunKoo Yuh. The exhibition explores how the artists use elements of theater in the conceptualization and presentation of their work. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, Oct. 21:
Men's Soccer: No. 25 Indiana fell behind early and could not get an offensive rhythm going in a 4-0 loss to No. 8 Louisville. Read the match notes.

Resultes from Thursday, Oct. 22:
Women's Tennis: Sophomore Megan Matter placed herself into the 64-person main draw of the ITA Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a three-set win in her qualifier match. Read the match notes.
Men's Tennis: Three Hoosiers saw action on day one of the Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship. Freshman Alex van Gils recorded the first two victories of his collegiate career and sophomore Will Kendall and freshman Isade Juneau recorded wins. Read the day's notes.

Schedule for Friday, Oct. 23:
Field Hockey: Penn State, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Swimming: Northwestern, 5 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Women's Volleyball: Penn State, 8 p.m., University Park, Pa.
Women's Tennis: ITA Regional, Cincinnati, Ohio
Men's Tennis: Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Campionship, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Oct. 24:
Football: Northwestern, 12 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Women's Volleyball: Ohio State, 7 p.m., Columbus, Ohio
Women's Tennis: ITA Regional, Cincinnati, Ohio
Men's Tennis: Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Campionship, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Oct. 25:
Field Hockey: Pacific, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Soccer: Iowa, 2 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Soccer: Northwestern, 4 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Women's Rowing: Princeton Chase, Princeton, N.J.
Women's Tennis: ITA Regional, Cincinnati, Ohio
Men's Tennis: Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Campionship, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Monday, Oct. 26:
Men's Tennis: Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Campionship, Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

Study on "Why People Give" Surprises Researchers
WFPL, Oct. 22 -- A new study from Indiana University's Center for Philanthropy aims to help nonprofits perform better at fundraising by indentifying why people donate. WFPL's Elizabeth Kramer has more. IU researchers collected data from more than 10,000 households and found that reasons for giving correlated with education levels and income, no matter the region. The study challenges earlier research that states people in different regions throughout the country give for different reasons relating to shared regional values. The center's Melissa Brown says people with incomes more than $100,000 say they give to improve their communities, while different reasons were behind responses from households earning the median income of $50,000. "People with that median income level and lower, responded that 'meeting basic needs' and 'helping the poor help themselves' -- those were the kinds of things that mattered to them in their giving," she says. "Those were their top motivations." Full story.

Winston has thoughts on everything NBA -- and stats to match
CBS Sports, Oct. 22 -- Wayne Winston has a lot to say about basketball. "I think LeBron is way better than Kobe," he says. "And I think Dwyane Wade and LeBron are the two best players in the NBA." And this: "I actually think Lamar Odom is at least as much of a contributor to the Lakers as Kobe Bryant." And: "Kevin Durant is an overrated player." The best player of the decade, according to Winston? Kevin Garnett. The 10th best? It's a tie between Rasheed Wallace and Manu Ginobili. Most underrated? Brad Miller. "And it pains me to say that," Winston said, "because he went to Purdue." Who is Wayne Winston? Maybe we should begin by telling you who he is not. He is not some barstool fan or uninformed sportswriter who fuels his opinions with information gleaned from SportsCenter highlights or newspaper box scores. He is a professor of decision sciences at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, and until this year was the statistical guru for the Dallas Mavericks. He is author of the book Mathletics, which explains what statistics really tell us about sports. Full story.

Secondhand smoke's cost adds up for county
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 22 -- Secondhand smoking costs Marion County $47.5 million or about $54 per person annually in medical expenses, a study released Wednesday by Indiana University researchers finds. The report, which comes a week before the City-County Council will vote on a stricter workplace smoking ban, cited expenses for ambulatory care, clinic visits, prescriptions, hospital visits and loss of life among nonsmokers. It was sponsored by Smoke Free Indy and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. Smoking "is not only a significant health problem but also an economic concern," said Terrell Zollinger, associate director of Indiana University's Bowen Research Center and study author. "Who pays for these costs? We all do." Full story.

Indiana leads U.S. in September job growth
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 22 -- Indiana added more workers than any other state in September, fueled mainly by gains in the hard-hit manufacturing sector. Forty-three states reported job losses in September, while seven gained jobs, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The numbers underscore the uneven nature of the nation's economic recovery. Teresa Voors, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, was encouraged by the added jobs but said, "It's still too early to say we have turned the corner." Matt Kinghorn, economic research analyst with Indiana University's Indiana Business Research Center, agreed. "It's really encouraging news in seeing Indiana make improvements and (in some sectors) really dramatic improvements. . . . It's still too early to say that Indiana is out of the woods." Full story.

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