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Record number of student scholarships awarded by IU Anniversary Class Campaign funds
Indiana statewide research institute gets boost with new federal grants
IU Professor Henry Glassie wins Haskins Prize for lifetime achievement
Leading Index for Indiana edges up for October, but is seen as anemic improvement
Presentation to explore importance of objects and memory after 9/11, other disasters
Judge to speak on judicial independence and 'intelligent design' case
IU Simon Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital announce affiliation agreement
IU Department of Theatre and Drama presents 'Palmer Park' reading as part of Themester
Holiday art sale, auction to benefit SoFA Gallery, Friends of Art
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Record number of student scholarships awarded by IU Anniversary Class Campaign funds -- Thirty-two undergraduate students at Indiana University Bloomington have been awarded a record $80,000 in scholarship funds through the Class Campaign Anniversary Scholarship program. The $2,500 scholarships are awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year. Gifts to the Class Campaign program are counted as part of the Matching the Promise fundraising campaign for the IU Bloomington campus, said Karen Hanson, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president. Read the complete story.

Indiana statewide research institute gets boost with new federal grants -- The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has received four supplemental grants totaling nearly $2.5 million that will strengthen its efforts to move laboratory discoveries by Indiana scientists to the bedside and the marketplace. Included is an award that will support the addition of the University of Notre Dame to the Indiana CTSI, and another that will bolster efforts to recruit participants who are crucial to conducting clinical trials of new drugs and devices. The Notre Dame-related award, for about $600,000, will provide pilot funding and project management assistance for research efforts that hold promise for new medical treatments. Read the complete story.

IU Professor Henry Glassie wins Haskins Prize for lifetime achievement -- Henry Glassie, College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, has been awarded the Charles Homer Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies. It is one of America's major awards for a lifetime of scholarly achievement. Glassie will deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Named for the first chairman of ACLS, the Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture series celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance. Read the complete story.

Leading Index for Indiana edges up for October, but is seen as anemic improvement -- The Leading Index for Indiana (LII) for October edged up from the month before, due largely to the relatively large uptick in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) and a rise in the value of unfilled orders in the auto sector. Timothy Slaper, director of economic analysis at the Indiana Business Research Center and director of the index project, said additional evidence from the auto industry shows a sector still in the doldrums. "While unfilled orders rose from September to October, the value of shipments dropped a notch," Slaper said. "Recent automobile sales forecasts for 2010 are rather bleak." Read the complete story.

Presentation to explore importance of objects and memory after 9/11, other disasters -- A keepsake two-dollar bill in a man's wallet. A firefighter's battered helmet. A sister's favorite handbag. Everyday objects, they became something more when retrieved from the ruins of the World Trade Center towers. Filmmaker Jonathan Fein will examine how people invest such ordinary objects with deep personal meaning in the aftermath of catastrophes in a presentation Tuesday (Dec. 1) at Indiana University. The illustrated lecture, "Objects and Memory: Identity and Material Culture after 9/11," will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public. Read the complete story.

Judge to speak on judicial independence and 'intelligent design' case -- U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, best known for his landmark ruling that the teaching of intelligent design in public schools is unconstitutional, will speak this week at Indiana University. Jones will speak at 4 p.m. Friday (Dec. 4) in Whittenberger Auditorium at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. He will discuss judicial independence in the context of his service on the bench and his role in the intelligent design case, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. Read the complete story.

IU Simon Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital announce affiliation agreement -- The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Clarian Health and Good Samaritan Hospital today announced an affiliation agreement. The agreement gives Vincennes, Ind.-based Good Samaritan Hospital access to the resources and services of the IU Simon Cancer, an IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health partnership. "This partnership with the IU Simon Cancer Center gives our patients access to world-class treatment right here in Vincennes," Matthew Bailey, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, said. Read the complete story.

IU Department of Theatre and Drama presents 'Palmer Park' reading as part of Themester -- As part of Indiana University's first themed semester, "Themester: Evolution, Diversity and Change," the Department of Theatre and Drama will present a staged reading of Palmer Park by Joanna McClelland Glass. Themester is organized and presented by IU's College of Arts and Sciences. The Palmer Park reading is also part of the first-ever Big Ten Common Script Project, a collaborative effort among the theater departments in several Big Ten colleges. Palmer Park is based on the 1967 race riot in Detroit, which resulted in a mass exodus from the area that came to be known as "white flight." Read the complete story.

Holiday art sale, auction to benefit SoFA Gallery, Friends of Art -- Indiana University's School of Fine Arts Gallery will present its annual holiday sale, this year titled "Silent Night: A Holiday Art Sale and Auction," Dec. 10-11. The two-day sale begins Dec. 10 at noon and features current work donated by faculty and students from IU's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts with additional works donated by local artists. Items for sale and auction will include photographs, paintings, prints, ceramics and textiles. Jewelry will be created specifically for the event by IU students and faculty who specialize in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, Nov. 26:
Women's Basketball: Virginia defeated the Hoosiers 84-79 in the first game of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. Read the game notes.

Results from Friday, Nov. 27:
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team went into Madison, Wis., Friday night and left with a 3-2 victory over the Badgers. Read the match notes.
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team took a 72-61 win over Charlotte in the consolation game of the Junkanoo Jam. Read the game notes.

Results from Saturday, Nov. 28:
Wrestling: The Indiana wrestling team remains unbeaten on the season after going 5-0 at the Hoosier Duals on Nov. 28. Indiana held all five opponents to single digits and went undefeated in five weight classes. Read the match notes.
Men's Basketball: The Hoosiers topped Northwestern State 90-72. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: A pair of school records were broken Saturday night during Indiana's 3-0 sweep at Iowa. The Hoosiers conclude the 2009 season with a 17-17 overall record while the Hawkeyes fall to 13-20 on the season. Read the match notes.

Results from Sunday, Nov. 29:
Men's Soccer: The up-and-down ride for the 2009 Indiana men's soccer team came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss at No. 4 North Carolina at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the third round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 1:
Men's Basketball: Maryland, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, Dec. 3:
Women's Basketball: Florida State, 6:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Swimming: US Short Course Nationals, Federal Way, Wash.

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IU in the news

Report: It's time to clear the air; Indiana power plants rank 4th in nation in emissions of carbon dioxide, data show
Indianapolis Star, Nov. 25 -- Indiana is one of the dirtiest states in the nation when it comes to harboring power plants that contribute to global warming, according to a new analysis of government environmental data. Duke Energy and other utilities have expanded their use of renewable energy. But the process has been slow, said Gabriel Filippelli, chairman of the earth sciences department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "I think it's imperative from a moral perspective to be concerned about this," he said at the news conference. Full story.

Once in, staying in tough
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dec. 1 -- Like many of her friends, UTC sophomore Mia Chaput always knew she would go to college, but not a day goes by when she doesn't think about giving up on her four-year degree. It's not that classes are too hard or that she can't afford tuition. The motivation just isn't there, she said. A new study of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student attitudes shows that some middle-income students -- even those with college-educated parents and sizable scholarships -- have thought about or are thinking about dropping out of college. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is preparing to unveil a new funding model this January that would tie state appropriations more closely to graduation rates and make schools more accountable for student outcomes. National experts say state leaders should be careful when devising a new funding formula for higher education, and they need to recognize that students are playing a role in lackluster graduation rates. "There is no way to ever associate complete blame to either party," said Gillian Zinzie, associate director for the Center for Post Secondary Research at Indiana University. "Student behavior, in terms of what they are doing in college, still indicates there is a lot of need (for) improvement." Full story.

Loneliness is contagious, researchers say
Washington Post, Dec. 1 -- Loneliness is like a disease -- and what's worse, it's contagious. Although it may sound counterintuitive, loneliness can spread from one person to another, according to research being released Tuesday that underscores the power of one person's emotions to affect friends, family and neighbors. The federally funded analysis of data collected from more than 4,000 people over 10 years found that lonely people increase the chances that someone they know will start to feel alone, and that the solitary feeling can spread one more degree of separation, causing a friend of a friend or even the sibling of a friend to feel desolate.The findings underscore the importance of social networks, several experts said. "For years, physicians and researchers thought about individuals as isolated creatures," said Stanley Wasserman, who studies social networks at Indiana University. "We now know that the people you surround yourself with can have a tremendous impact on your well-being, whether it's physical or psychological." Full story.

Hiring of relatives draws scrutiny in Anderson
Associated Press, Nov. 29 -- The city of Anderson is drawing scrutiny for nepotism in hiring as it trims jobs in an effort to close a projected $4.9 million budget shortfall. Several relatives of Mayor Kris Ockomon are on the city payroll, including his brother-in-law, Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Burmeister; his second cousin, Todd Leever, who was appointed street commissioner despite no prior supervisory experience; Burmeister's daughter Amy, a dispatcher; and nephew Jacob Ockomon, a water utility worker. A cousin, David Haston, worked for the city transit system but has since resigned. Critics question whether a City Hall peppered with family members is the best way to govern. James Perry, a professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said a son, daughter or niece who could do a job competently still might not be the best fit because such hirings create the perception that the city's business is conducted improperly. Morale can suffer as a result, he said. "The last thing you want to do is call into question your own competence by employing someone who may be a relative," Perry said. Full story.

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