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IU unveils $10 million Innovate Indiana Fund for investment in faculty research
IU's President McRobbie responds to Governor's cuts to state higher ed
IU celebrates Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel laureate in economic sciences
IU receives $1.5 million from NIH to explore cloud computing for use in health research
New report confirms IU's standing as an international university
H1N1 vaccinations resume Monday; additional 860 doses reserved for those eligible
IU Alumni Association to present 2009 President's Awards
IU entrepreneurship professor teams with the Crocodile Hunter's wife to launch new edition of book
IU Jacobs School of Music hosts state's first Indiana Guitar Festival and Competition
Indiana universities and partners create alliance to advance motorsports industry, promote state as training, education hub
A cappella sensation Straight No Chaser to return to IU Auditorium in April
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU unveils $10 million Innovate Indiana Fund for investment in faculty research -- Indiana University Dec. 4 unveiled a new $10 million venture capital fund aimed at investing in the development of innovations and technologies created at the university. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said the goal of the new Innovate Indiana Fund would be to assist in the translation of new concepts and technologies created at IU into the marketplace as commercial products, services and treatments developed by emerging technology-based companies. Read the complete story.

IU's President McRobbie responds to Governor's cuts to state higher ed -- Today (Dec. 4) IU President Michael A. McRobbie made the following statement regarding Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' announcement this morning about the state's financial difficulties and how higher education institutions in Indiana would be affected. The statement was made at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at the IU Board of Trustees Meeting. President McRobbie's statement: "I think it is appropriate for me to make just a few brief comments about an announcement I believe that the Governor is making this morning regarding the state's financial difficulties and the implications that will have for the funding of higher education in this state and for Indiana University in particular." Read the complete story.

IU celebrates Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel laureate in economic sciences -- Indiana University administrators, faculty and others honored Professor Elinor Ostrom on Wednesday (Dec. 2) as she prepared to leave for Stockholm, Sweden, to accept the Nobel Prize in economic sciences. "For the last seven weeks, the entire Indiana University community has been abuzz with the wonderful news of the extraordinary honor that Lin has received," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson, who hosted a Wednesday reception for Ostrom and her husband, Vincent Ostrom, at the IU Auditorium. Read the complete story.

IU receives $1.5 million from NIH to explore cloud computing for use in health research -- Researchers from the Pervasive Technology Institute Digital Science Center at Indiana University have begun work on an innovative project that will use cloud computing techniques to support life science research. The project is supported by a $1.5 million grant award from the National Institutes of Health and takes advantage of an earlier National Science Foundation grant to IU to construct an experimental supercomputing network called FutureGrid. Read the complete story.

New report confirms IU's standing as an international university -- Indiana University's standing as one of America's leading international universities was further confirmed by data recently published by the highly regarded Open Doors Report for 2009. According to the report, IU Bloomington increased its national standing from 19th to 11th in terms of its students studying abroad. And it ranks 15th among doctorate institutions for enrolling international students in its academic programs. Read the complete story.

H1N1 vaccinations resume Monday; additional 860 doses reserved for those eligible -- Indiana University Bloomington's H1N1 Clinic will be administering vaccines next week, Dec. 7-9, at Assembly Hall. An additional 860 vaccines are available to be administered to eligible recipients who may still make reservations for Dec. 8-9. If you qualify for an H1N1 vaccine, but have not received one, then please visit the H1N1 Reservation System (www.iub.edu) to reserve your shot. Read the complete story.

IU Alumni Association to present 2009 President's Awards -- The Indiana University Alumni Association will honor eight alumni with the 2009 IUAA President's Award for volunteer service to IU and their local communities. The awards will be presented Friday, Dec. 4, during a ceremony at Scholars Hall at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel in Indianapolis. Established in 1993, the President's Award is the highest award given by the Alumni Association to a volunteer leader. This year's recipients are: Daniel Michael Bade of St. John, Ind.; Clarence Wayne Boone Sr. of Gary, Ind.; Michael B. Engels of Decatur, Ind.; P. Nicholas Kellum of Mooresville, Ind.; Amanda Lynn Musgrave of Kokomo, Ind.; Mary Beth Ryan of Plymouth, Ind.; the Rev. Mark D. Wesler of Westfield, Ind.; and Jenny Wolf of Borden, Ind. Read the complete story.

IU entrepreneurship professor teams with the Crocodile Hunter's wife to launch new edition of book -- As the world gathers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Indiana University and Australia Zoo's Terri Irwin (widow of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin) join forces to urge entrepreneurs to use their skills to capitalize on a crisis to help save the planet. In a ground-breaking new book to be launched in Melbourne on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Donald F. Kuratko, IU's Kelley School of Business professor of entrepreneurship, and Australia Zoo's Terri Irwin propose that a new breed of entrepreneurs could well be the saviours of the planet. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts state's first Indiana Guitar Festival and Competition -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host the First Indiana Guitar Festival and Competition March 27-28, 2010, with plans to continue the festival annually. It is the only guitar festival and competition in Indiana and only the second guitar festival in the Midwest (the first is St. Joseph's Festival in Missouri). "To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the guitar department at the Jacobs School of Music, we decided to organize a festival and competition that will enhance our activities -- and, at the same time, offer the opportunity for young, talented guitarists to enjoy our ideal halls for the guitar, Ford-Crawford and Auer," said Ernesto Bitetti, chair of the department. Read the complete story.

Indiana universities and partners create alliance to advance motorsports industry, promote state as training, education hub -- Indianapolis is known internationally as the racing capital of the world. Now several Indiana colleges and universities, a racing association and the state's lead economic development agency are joining forces in order to advance the motorsports industry and raise global awareness of Indiana as the place for motorsports education, training and research. Read the complete story.

A cappella sensation Straight No Chaser to return to IU Auditorium in April -- A cappella group Straight No Chaser will perform at Indiana University Auditorium April 12, 2010, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature songs from the band's newest contemporary album, which is scheduled for release in April 2010 by ATCO/Atlantic. "While many of us have known for years that Straight No Chaser was a local treasure, now the entire country has been treated to their incredible talent and they have become a true national phenomenon," said IU Auditorium Director Doug Booher. "We look forward to bringing them back to IU so that their first fans and followers -- along with a new audience -- have the opportunity to experience their energetic, spirited show." Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Tuesday, Dec. 1:
Men's Basketball: Maryland took an 80-68 victory over Indiana Tuesday night, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Read the game notes.

Results from Thursday, Dec. 3:
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 9/12 Florida State, 82-74, in the third annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.
Men's and Women's Swimming: A select group of Indiana men's and women's swimmers took to the pool on day one of the U.S. Short Course Nationals at the Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Read the day's results.

Schedule for Friday, Dec. 4:
Men's and Women's Swimming: US Short Course Nationals, Federal Way, Wash.; OSU Diving Invitational, Columbus, Ohio
Wrestling: Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.

Schedule for Saturday, Dec. 5:
Men's and Women's Swimming: US Short Course Nationals, Federal Way, Wash.; OSU Diving Invitational, Columbus, Ohio; Kentucky Swimming, 10a.m., Lexington, Ky.
Wrestling: Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.

Schedule for Sunday, Dec. 6:
Women's Basketball: Michigan State, 12 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Men's and Women's Swimming: OSU Diving Invitational, Columbus, Ohio

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IU in the news

Philanthropy as Enterprise; Donors Look for Hands-On Approach to Giving, With Greater Transparency, Return on Money
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4 -- Philanthropic endeavours are usually one of the first things to fall by the wayside when the wealthy are faced with tougher times. There are no Europewide statistics on philanthropic giving. But trends are likely to mirror what has being happening in the U.S., experts say -- and the picture there isn't good. The American Philanthropic Giving Index, produced by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, revealed giving fell dramatically in the first half of the year. The PGI, similar to a Consumer Confidence Index for charitable giving, is now 64.8, a 21.7% decrease from just six months ago and a 27% decrease since December 2007. The index found that fundraisers' assessment of the current giving environment fell to its lowest level since records began in 1998. Full story.

Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would 'Shock', 'Confuse' Consumers
Wired News, Dec. 1 -- Want to know how much phone companies and internet service providers charge to funnel your private communications or records to U.S. law enforcement and spy agencies? That's the question muckraker and Indiana University graduate student Christopher Soghoian asked all agencies within the Department of Justice, under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed a few months ago. But before the agencies could provide the data, Verizon and Yahoo intervened and filed an objection on grounds that, among other things, they would be ridiculed and publicly shamed were their surveillance price sheets made public. Full story.

Cancer drug preserves insulin cells in diabetes
Reuters, Nov. 25 -- Rituxan, a drug used to treat cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, may help slow the development of newly discovered type 1 or juvenile diabetes, researchers reported on Wednesday. The drug may interfere with the body's mistaken destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, the researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. "What this study does is open the door to a whole new way to approaching type 1 diabetes," Dr. Mark Pescovitz of Indiana University, who led the study. Full story.

IPFW hosts Indiana's largest robotics tournament for kids
Fort Wayne Daily News, Dec. 4 -- The FIRST® LEGO® League championship tournament is always a spirited experience at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). This year will be particularly festive as FLL celebrates the 10th anniversary of the state-wide championship tournament. Paul Gudonis, president of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), will present an award to IPFW and ITT, corporate sponsor since 2000, for their ongoing participation and support. Indiana children ages 9 to 14 are among the record 160,000 students around the world who have risen to the 2009 FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL) "Smart Move" Challenge. Full story.

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