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Facebook for scientists: Map your expertise
Mind-bending displays, cyclotron tours set for IU Physics-Astronomy weekend open house
Indiana University to name SPEA Atrium in honor of alumnus Tavis Smiley
Entrepreneurial mayors to share thoughts as Spirit & Place public conversationalists
Indiana University awarded $5 million for Great Lakes environment project
IU Arts and Sciences to honor faculty, donors, alumni
'Sexploration at IU' to begin Monday in Bloomington
IU Theatre and Drama presents fresh vision of Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It'
'Above and Beyond' is theme for African American Arts Institute's 2009-10 season
SPEA Nonprofit Toolkit offers help for community organizations
Most colleges are learning what students are learning
IU professor and alumnus share Chicago Folklore Prize
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Facebook for scientists: Map your expertise -- Indiana University has received more than $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to collaborate on a $12.2 million, seven-university project designed to network researchers around the country. While the proposed new networking system will contain authentication mechanisms to protect sensitive data and intellectual property, it is being described as a Facebook for scientists. IU's portion of the project is led by Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science and director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at IU. Co-investigators with Börner at IU are Ying Ding, an assistant professor of Information Science, and Robert McDonald, associate dean for library technologies at IU and associate director for the Data to Insight Center at the Pervasive Technology Institute. Read the complete story.

Mind-bending displays, cyclotron tours set for IU Physics-Astronomy weekend open house -- The Indiana University open house to end all open houses, complete with a perilous bed of nails, streaking rocket cars, imploding oil drums and soda cans ripped apart by magnetic fields, will be brought to you Saturday (Oct. 31) by the IU Departments of Physics and Astronomy. "We usually get between 800 and 1,000 people at the event," said physics Associate Professor Hal Evans of the annual event that this year will also include a seasonally appropriate "Phreaky Physics" demonstration, a new hands-on electronics room and other hair-raising (literally, think Tesla coil) activities and events for the whole family. Read the complete story.

Indiana University to name SPEA Atrium in honor of alumnus Tavis Smiley -- The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) will name the atrium of its IU Bloomington building for one of the school's best-known and most distinguished alumni: TV and radio host, author, philanthropist, advocate and documentary filmmaker Tavis Smiley. John D. Graham, the dean of SPEA, contacted Smiley to request his approval for the renaming of the atrium, and Smiley consented. A renaming and dedication ceremony will take place Oct. 30. The School of Public and Environmental Affairs also announced that Smiley is donating $50,000 to the school to establish the Tavis Smiley Scholarship program for SPEA students from groups that are underrepresented in higher education. The school will match the contribution for a total of $100,000. Read the complete story.

Entrepreneurial mayors to share thoughts as Spirit & Place public conversationalists -- The public is invited to eavesdrop on a spontaneous conversation between two entrepreneurial public servants - John Fetterman, the 39-year old mayor of Braddock, Pa., and Bill Hudnut, the venerated former four-term mayor of Indianapolis - as the two men discuss how society creates and re-creates inspiring places. The 14th annual Public Conversation, featuring Fetterman and Hudnut in a dialogue moderated by Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders, will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis. The Public Conversation is the closing marquee event of the Spirit and Place Festival, a collaborative community project managed by The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Read the complete story.

Indiana University awarded $5 million for Great Lakes environment project -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Indiana University a $5 million grant to continue a project that measures levels of airborne toxic chemicals being deposited in the Great Lakes. The Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN) project is led at IU by Ronald Hites, Distinguished Professor, and by Ilora Basu, a research scientist in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The project began in 1990 under an agreement between the U.S. EPA and Environment Canada. Indiana University has been in charge of the U.S. portion of the study since 1994. The grant announced today continues the project for five years. Read the complete story.

IU Arts and Sciences to honor faculty, donors, alumni -- The College of Arts and Sciences will honor faculty, donors and alumni at its annual recognition banquet Friday, Nov. 6. The 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award winner is Don R. Knauss, BA '77 (history), chairman and CEO of the Clorox Company. Professor Portia Maultsby of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will be honored with the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award. And two young alumni have been chosen to receive recognition with the 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Ben Londergan, BA '98 (mathematics and LAMP), and Leigh London Redman, BA '00, (theatre & drama and English). Londergan is the co-CEO of Group One Trading LP in Chicago and London Redman is vice president of drama development for CBS Television. Read the complete story.

'Sexploration at IU' to begin Monday in Bloomington -- Sexploration at IU, the second annual weeklong series of fun, interactive sex-positive events offering Indiana University students information about sexuality related issues, begins today (Oct. 26) on the Bloomington campus. Events include talks by the wildly popular sexuality expert and columnist Dan Savage and IU sex researcher Debby Herbenick, author of Because it Feels Good, A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction, free HIV testing, the 37th annual IU Health Fair and a "retrosexual film showing." Sexploration at IU is developed and organized by the IU Health Center's Health & Wellness Education Department. Read the complete story.

IU Theatre and Drama presents fresh vision of Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It' -- Indiana University's Department of Theatre and Drama continues its 2009/2010 theater season with a fresh take on William Shakespeare's As You Like It under the direction of Fontaine Syer, associate professor of acting and directing. Over the years, the bard's work has been open to countless interpretations, from more than 400 films to re-imaginings of Shakespeare's stories in books for children and young adults. IU's new production focuses solely on the exploration of "the human organism in love." The power structure has been altered, shifting the focus to a play about mothers and sisters (instead of fathers and daughters). Roles typically played by females have been switched to male roles while some typically male roles will be played by females. Read the complete story.

'Above and Beyond' is theme for African American Arts Institute's 2009-10 season -- Indiana University's African American Arts Institute has announced its concert season for 2009-10, which has been given the theme "Above and Beyond." Upcoming events featuring the the institute's three ensembles include the annual Potpourri of the Arts on Dec. 5 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave., and the African American Dance Company's studio concert on Dec. 10 at Willkie Auditorium, 150 N. Rose Ave. The IU Soul Revue will return to perform at Bear's Place, 1316 E. 3rd St., on Nov. 18. Read the complete story.

SPEA Nonprofit Toolkit offers help for community organizations -- The NonProfit Alliance of Monroe County and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs will present the Nonprofit Toolkit, a symposium designed to develop the skills of managers, employees and volunteers with community organizations. The symposium will take place Friday, Nov. 6, at Bloomington City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and presentations will last from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. with a break for lunch. Topics to be covered include major gifts, board development, event planning, internal dispute resolution, media relations and planned giving. Presenters will be faculty members from SPEA's top-rated nonprofit management program as well as community leaders and consultants. Read the complete story.

Most colleges are learning what students are learning -- Contrary to what many observers think, findings from a national study released Oct. 26 show that gathering information about what undergraduates learn during their studies is commonplace in most U.S. colleges and universities. However, the results are not always used and reported in ways that could improve student accomplishment and inform the public about institutional performance. Most institutions use multiple approaches to measure what happens to students during college in addition to assigning grades, with accreditation being the primary driver of such assessments. Read the complete story.

IU professor and alumnus share Chicago Folklore Prize -- A professor and an alumnus of Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology have been selected to share one of the most venerated awards in their field, the Chicago Folklore Prize. Offered jointly by the American Folklore Society (AFS) and the University of Chicago, the honor has been bestowed upon Michael Dylan Foster, an IU assistant professor in the departments of folklore and East Asian languages and cultures; and Ray Cashman, an associate professor of folklore at Ohio State University who earned his doctorate at IU. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Oct. 23:
Field Hockey: The No. 20 Indiana field hockey team put together an outstanding offensive effort in a 4-1 win over Penn State. Read the game notes.
Men's Swimming: Led by triple-individual winner Titus Knight and a team victory in the 200 free relay, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened the 2009-10 season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern. Read the meet results.
Women's Swimming: Senior Kate Fesenko picked up right where she left off last season with three individual wins and a pair of pool records as the Hoosiers took a 156-144 victory over Northwestern. Read the meet results.
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision on the road Friday night, taking on two-time defending national champion Penn State. Read the match notes.
Men's Tennis: Eight Hoosiers saw action at the Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Friday. Seven of those five advanced to the main draw of singles competition, up from just three in 2008. Indiana saw four play their way into the second round of the main draw. Read the match notes.

Results from Saturday, Oct. 24:
Football: Stefan Demos kicked a 19-yard field goal with 21 seconds left Saturday and Northwestern completed a comeback from a 25-point deficit to beat Indiana 29-28. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: IU Volleyball's comeback at Ohio State came up short, falling in four sets. Read the match notes.
Women's Tennis: Three Hoosiers advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio, each winning their Saturday morning matches before bowing out in the afternoon session. Read the tournament recap.
Men's Tennis: Freshman Josh MacTaggart won two matches, including a remarkable comeback for his first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent at the Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship. Read the match notes.

Results from Sunday, Oct. 25:
Field Hockey: The Indiana field hockey team ended the home season with a 3-0 win over Pacific on Senior Day, with goals from seniors Meg O'Connell and Haley Funk and freshman Brooke Borneman, all coming in the second half. Read the game notes.
Women's Soccer: Redshirt freshman Lex Dickison made a diving save to her right on a penalty kick by Iowa's Alex Seydel in the 87th minute to preserve a one-goal lead for the 24th ranked Hoosiers and they would go on to claim a 2-0 victory over the Hawkeyes. Read the match notes.
Men's Soccer: No. 25 Indiana fell behind in the 63rd minute and could not mount a comeback in a 2-0 loss at No. 12 Northwestern. Read the match notes.
Women's Rowing: The Indiana rowing team had two crews compete in the annual Princeton 3-Mile Chase on Sunday, Oct. 25, on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. Read the race results.
Men's Tennis: Freshman Josh MacTaggart suffered the first defeat of his collegiate career, ending a remarkable run in the Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship that included a win over a nationally-ranked player. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 27:
Wrestling: Intrasquad Scrimmage, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Wednesday, Oct. 28:
Men's Soccer: Evansville, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, Oct. 29:
Women's Soccer: Penn State, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

Swine Flu: Why a shortage? Is the government doing enough?
Washington Post, Oct. 27 -- David P. Fidler, professor at Indiana University and a leading expert on global health and international law, was online Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:45 a.m. ET to discuss whether the government's ability to combat the H1N1 virus is enough to cope with the spread of the disease. Read the full transcript.

Real horror of Halloween: Pedestrian deaths
USA Today, Oct. 27 -- Kids face real dangers on Halloween night, but not from ghosts. Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. More than 540 kids under age 14 are killed in pedestrian accidents each year. In an analysis of deaths from 2002 to 2006, the group found an average of 2.2 children are killed in pedestrian accidents from 4 to 10 p.m. on Halloween, compared with one child every other evening at the same time. Parents should be far more concerned about cars than other bogus Halloween dangers, such as poisoned candy -- one of the most persistent urban legends, say pediatricians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman at Indiana University School of Medicine. Police have never substantiated an actual case in which children were harmed when strangers poisoned their Halloween candy, they write in their book, Don't Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health. Full story.

Jill Behrman 5k Run/Walk raises $17,000
Indiana Daily Student, Oct. 26 -- Before he visited, Jill's House was the last place Mike Baxter said he wanted to stay while receiving cancer treatment at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. "When you sign up at the treatment center, they have a list of places you can stay at nearby," he said. "I just wanted to be alone." Students, community members and former patients such as Baxter attended the 10th-annual Jill Behrman 5k Run/Walk on Saturday at IU's Memorial Stadium. The run attracted 1,250 registered participants and raised an estimated $17,000, said Chris Geary, race coordinator and director of research and programming at Recreational Sports, in an e-mail. Half the money will go to Jill Behrman Emerging Leader Scholarship, which honors selected student leaders who work for Recreational Sports. The other half will go to Jill's House. Full story.

Tiny clock reminds IUPUI freshmen not to waste time getting diploma
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 26 -- IUPUI freshman Steven Junkersfeld can tell you -- exactly -- how long it will be before he graduates in 2013. Hanging around his neck is a tiny digital clock, ticking off the days and hours to the day he's scheduled to receive his diploma. "You look at it, and it's like, 'Man, that is so far away,' " said Junkersfeld, a freshman from Anderson. "But it's a reminder to me . . . I can't waste time." Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis issued the credit-card-sized clocks to about 700 freshmen this year, hoping to drive home the need to get in and get out in four years with a degree. Too many don't. In fact, on average, only three of 10 freshmen get it done in four years at public universities in Indiana. The rest take six or more, adding thousands of dollars in debts in the process. Full story.

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