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IU Bloomington Health Center receives 8,900 H1N1 vaccine doses
IU's Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center promotes community service through 'Kwanzaa-in-Action'
Forbes ranks IUPUI as 8th best public college in Midwest
Involving family in medical rounds benefits both family and medical team
IU physicists celebrate restart of world's largest particle accelerator
Blood tests for hallucinations, delusions may be available in future, IU researchers predict
National arts award recognizes work by Indiana University center
'Ardi' discoverer to speak at Indiana University
IU School of Law-Indianapolis ranks 44 in the nation by Super Lawyers Magazine
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Bloomington Health Center receives 8,900 H1N1 vaccine doses -- Indiana University Bloomington students and employees who made an advance H1N1 vaccine reservation for Week 1, Week 2 or Week 3 of the vaccination program will be vaccinated by Dec. 9. The IU Health Center in Bloomington has received 8,900 H1N1 vaccine doses and will distribute those to students and employees with the appropriate reservations beginning Dec. 2. There is enough vaccine for those with standing reservations for Week 1, Week 2 or Week 3 of the pre-reservation program. Read the complete story.

IU's Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center promotes community service through 'Kwanzaa-in-Action' -- "Kwanzaa-in-Action," the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration on Dec. 2 at Indiana University Bloomington, will focus on community service. The event is designed to incorporate the seven principles of Kwanzaa through friendly competition among IU student organizations to benefit the university and Bloomington communities. The public is invited to the pageant-style presentation and reception, where a panel of IU faculty and staff will judge the participating organizations' service projects and award a $500 prize to the winning organization. The event will feature entertainment and food, and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Read the complete story.

Forbes ranks IUPUI as 8th best public college in Midwest -- IUPUI is ranked eighth among the 10 best public colleges in the Midwest. That's the conclusion of a ranking of America's Best Colleges compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), which ranks U.S.-based undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of their students, and how much they achieved. According to Forbes, while some college rankings are determined largely by reputation, its rankings emphasize the quality of students a school graduates, as opposed to the quality of students it admits. Read the complete story.

Involving family in medical rounds benefits both family and medical team -- Involving family members of pediatric cancer and hematology patients in medical rounds benefits both the family and the medical team, according to a new Indiana University School of Medicine study. Riley Hospital for Children, where the study was conducted, is now one of only a small number of hospitals nationwide routinely offering the parents of pediatric cancer and hematology patients the opportunity to join their child's medical team as active participants in the discussion and planning of their son's or daughter's care. Read the complete story.

IU physicists celebrate restart of world's largest particle accelerator -- Fourteen years and billions of dollars later, physicists at Indiana University today are celebrating their collaboration in the successful restart of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. After more than a year of repairs, the LHC sent its first circulating particle beams around a 17-mile underground ring on Friday (Nov. 20). Then Nov. 23 scientists at CERN were literally raising toasts in the control room as the first low-energy collisions of proton beams occurred at the $5 billion particle accelerator. Read the complete story.

Blood tests for hallucinations, delusions may be available in future, IU researchers predict -- Research to be published online Nov. 24 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry may reveal the next step to developing an objective clinical laboratory blood tests for psychotic disease stations. Currently, there is no predictive blood test that identifies and prioritizes blood biomarkers for two key psychotic symptoms, one sensory (hallucinations) and one cognitive (delusions). The article provides proof of principle for an approach that may provide a breakthrough for diagnosing and treating diseases such as schizophrenia. Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, together with researchers at Scripps Research Institute, at the University of California - San Diego and SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, N.Y., studied gene expression in blood samples from patients with schizophrenia and related disorders, with phenotypic information collected at the time of blood draw, then cross-matched the data with other human and animal model lines of evidence. Read the complete story.

National arts award recognizes work by Indiana University center -- An Indiana University-based project focused on facilitating access to careers in the arts for people with disabilities was named in a national award presented to the Indiana Arts Commission for making the arts accessible and inclusive for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The award recognizes ArtsWORK Indiana, a grassroots organization developed by state arts commission in partnership with the Center on Aging and Community, part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at IU Bloomington. Read the complete story.

'Ardi' discoverer to speak at Indiana University -- Anthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie, who found the first fragment of the newly reported Ardipithecus ramidus skeleton nicknamed "Ardi," will talk about the discovery and its implications at Indiana University Bloomington. He will speak on "Ardi: Discovering and Interpreting Ardipithecus" at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 (Tuesday) in Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. The lecture is sponsored by the Stone Age Institute and Indiana University's CRAFT Research Center. Read the complete story.

IU School of Law-Indianapolis ranks 44 in the nation by Super Lawyers Magazine -- In its first annual ranking of U.S. law schools, Super Lawyers Magazine ranks Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis as 44th in the nation. IU School of Law-Indianapolis is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The law school ranking by Super Lawyers is based on the number of graduates who are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers magazine across the country. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to Super Lawyers lists. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Nov. 20:
Men's Basketball: Despite holding a lead for more than 36 minutes, the Indiana University men's basketball team could not put away Boston University, and the Terriers rallied for a 71-67 win in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Friday night. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: Senior Kelsey Hall paced the Hoosiers with 13 kills on 'Senior Night' inside University Gym Friday evening. Her Hoosiers came up short, however, dropping a 3-1 decision to Ohio State. Read the match notes.
Men's Swimming: The Indiana men's swimming team picked up a pair of victories and two second-place finishes in five events on day one of the Hoosierland Invitational. Read the meet notes.
Women's Swimming: A win by Kate Fesenko in the 500 freestyle and second-place finishes from Margaux Farrell, Allysa Vavra and the 400 medley relay teams highlighted day one of the Hoosierland Invitational Friday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Read the meet notes.

Results from Saturday, Nov. 21:
Football: Joey Elliott threw a career-high four touchdown passes to help Purdue beat Indiana 38-21 on Saturday and retain the Old Oaken Bucket. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: In front of a nearly capacity crowd at University Gym Saturday night, the Hoosier Volleyball team gave them a show by going toe-to-toe with top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Penn State. Read the match notes.
Men's Swimming: Wins in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke, platform diving and 800 free relay by the Hoosiers highlighted day two of the Hoosierland Invitational. Read the meet notes.
Women's Swimming: Led by victories in the 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, platform diving and 800 free relay, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team wrapped up competition on day two of the Hoosierland Invitational. Read the meet notes.

Results from Sunday, Nov. 22:
Women's Basketball: Four Hoosiers reached double-digits in a hard fought battle against Missouri, however the Tigers came away with a 76-71 win over the Indiana women's basketball team. Read the game notes.
Men's Soccer: The Indiana men's soccer team continues its postseason run after a 1-0 victory over No. 12 seed Butler on Sunday afternoon in second round action of the 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. Read the match notes.
Men's Basketball: The Indiana men's basketball team battled the George Mason University Patriots (3-2) right down to the end, but the Patriots earned a 69-66 victory over the Hoosiers. Read the game notes.
Men's Swimming: Three victories, including a pair of individual first-place showings highlighted the final day of action of the 2009 Hoosierland Invitational. Read the meet notes.
Women's Swimming: Victories by Kate Fesenko in the 200 butterfly and Cassie Luhrsen in the 1,650 freestyle highlighted the final day of competition for the Indiana women's swimming team at the 2009 Hoosierland Invitational. Read the meet notes.

Results from Monday, Nov. 23:
Men's and Women's Cross Country: The Indiana women's cross country team finished 31st at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday. Andrew Poore finished 137th in the men's race, with a time of 31:16.4. Read the meet notes.

Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 26:
Women's Basketball: Virginia, 2:15 p.m., Freeport, Bahamas

Schedule for Friday, Nov. 27:
Women's Volleyball: Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Madison, Wis.
Women's Basketball: South Dakota State/UNC-Charlotte, Freeport, Bahamas

Schedule for Saturday, Nov. 28:
Wrestling: Cumberland, Ky., 9 a.m.; Northern Illinois, 11 a.m.; Chattanooga, 1 p.m.; Liberty, 3:30 p.m.; South Dakota State, 5:30 p.m.; Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Basketball: Northwestern State, 3:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Volleyball: Iowa, 8 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa

Schedule for Sunday, Nov. 29:
Men's Soccer: North Carolina, 2 p.m., Chapel Hill, N.C.

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IU in the news

Foul! Study Says Hoop Refs Try to Even the Score
ABC News, Nov. 23 -- They don't all need glasses. But if you always suspected basketball referees are biased -- well, you're right, according to a couple of professors who've studied the matter. Refs favor the home team, the academics say. They're big on "make-up" calls. They make more calls against teams in the lead, and the discrepancy grows if the game is on national TV. The professors studied 365 college games during the 2004-05 season and found that refs had a terrific knack for keeping the foul count even, regardless of which team was more aggressive. "Part of the reason for the study came from something my coach used to tell me," said study co-author Kyle Anderson, a visiting professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, who played at Division III Knox College. "He said a team can come in and push and shove and grab and hold, and by the end of the game, or end of the half, they've only got one or two more fouls because officials kind of get tired of calling it." Full story.

Gossip in the workplace is difficult to stop
Journal & Courier, Nov. 23 -- Barb Sterkenburg of West Lafayette doesn't believe gossip has its place in the workplace. "I think it can be destructive," the 48-year-old said. "I don't see a lot of use for it in the workplace." However, Indiana University researcher Tim Hallett says gossip is common in the workplace and has the power to be used either a gift or a weapon. His new research, published in the October issue of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, documents how gossip may be wielded as a reputational weapon. If you are attentive to gossip, it can tell you who has the informal power, who the movers and shakers are in a workplace and how things get done," said Hallett, who is an assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington. The study, which is co-authored by Indiana University sociologist Donna Eder and Brent Harger, a sociologist at Albright College, is based on a two-year ethnographic study of workplace politics at an urban elementary school. Full story.

Image of sweat lodges are misguided, experts say
Green Bay Press Gazette, Nov. 23 -- Ceremonial sweat lodges are an integral part of Native American cultures as a means to encourage spiritual and physical cleansing. Sweat lodges -- enclosed structures where heat from either steam or hot stones is used to make participants sweat as part of a cleansing ritual -- are a staple of Native American cultures in North and Central America, said Johnny P. Flynn, an assistant professor of religious studies and director of the American Indian program at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Sweat lodges have received attention recently because of an investigation into the deaths of three people at a lodge led by a new-age guru in Arizona who charged thousands of dollars for his retreat. Native cultures have historically used sweat lodges principally for healing or cleansing. In the late 1800s, the Bureau of Indian Affairs began establishing restrictions on where these ceremonies could take place, pushing them underground. The practice resurged in the 1970s, Flynn said. Full story.

Electronic, discreet vibrators
San Francisco Gate, Nov. 22 -- A study by researchers at Indiana University published in the June issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 53 percent of American women ages 18 to 60 had used a vibrator at least once and that nearly 25 percent of them had used one in the past month. Vibrator use was related to positive sexual function, and women who used vibrators were much more likely to have had a gynecological exam within the past year than those who had not. The study, which surveyed 2,056 women, was funded by Church & Dwight Co. Inc., which makes Trojan brand sexual health products. "Not only has using vibrators alone or with a partner become more mainstream, but so has talking about vibrators," said Debby Herbenick, associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of "Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction." Full story.

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