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Pianist Dame Fanny Waterman to visit the Jacobs School of Music
IU Diversity Committees to meet in April
Traces of early Native Americans -- in sunflower genes
Long-awaited renovation project to get under way at IU South Bend
McRobbie joins NIST advisory group
IU Theatre and Drama to present Tony-Award winning Sondheim classic 'A Little Night Music'
IU Jacobs School of Music prepares to dedicate Seward organ
Inaugural Stewart Fellows to gain hands-on legal experience in India
IU's Bryan McCormick awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study mental illness in Serbia
IU Opera Theater closes season with 'West Side Story'
Physics faculty, students celebrate record-setting particle collisions, await new data stream
SPEA policy brief: Research shows pollutant levels decline slowly
Woon Joo Park wins Jacobs School viola competition
Special guests highlight African American Dance Company's spring concert April 10
Twenty years after Ryan White: HIV/AIDS education event at IU Bloomington
Perfect intellectual environment' at IU incubator aids in record profits, expansion for Optiform
IU Bloomington Scoreboard
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Pianist Dame Fanny Waterman to visit the Jacobs School of Music
The Jacobs School of Music welcomes one of the world's most celebrated piano teachers, Fanny Waterman, Dame Commander of the British Empire, for a two-day residency that includes master classes that are open to the public. Read the complete story.

IU Diversity Committees to meet in April
Indiana University diversity committees are scheduled to meet on five campuses in April. The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Dialogue Group will meet Wednesday (April 7) from noon to 2 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the University Place Hotel, 850 W. Michigan St., on the Indianapolis campus. The IUPUI Diversity Cabinet will meet April 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the IUPUI Lecture Hall, Room 105, also on the Indianapolis campus. Read the complete story.


Traces of early Native Americans -- in sunflower genes
New information about early Native Americans' horticultural practices comes not from hieroglyphs or other artifacts, but from a suite of four gene duplicates found in wild and domesticated sunflowers. In an upcoming issue of Current Biology, Indiana University Bloomington biologists present the first concrete evidence for how gene duplications can lead to functional diversity in organisms. In this case, the scientists learned how duplications of a gene called FLOWERING LOCUS T, or FT, could have evolved and interacted to prolong a flower's time to grow. A longer flower growth period means a bigger sunflower -- presumably an attribute of great value to the plant's first breeders. Read the complete story.

Long-awaited renovation project to get under way at IU South Bend
A financing plan is complete and preparations are now under way to take construction bids on the long-awaited renovation of the Education and Arts Building at Indiana University South Bend. The bonding plan received final approval by the Indiana Finance Authority last month, and work is now under way to finalize design plans, university officials announced today. Bids will be taken yet this year with construction expected to begin by winter. Construction is estimated to cost in the range of $20 million. Read the complete story.

McRobbie joins NIST advisory group
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has been appointed to serve on the primary private-sector policy advisory group for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory federal technology agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes national innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology. Read the complete story.

:IU Theatre and Drama to present Tony-Award winning Sondheim classic 'A Little Night Music'
Indiana University's Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center concludes its 2009-2010 season with the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music, under the direction and choreography of IU Professor George Pinney and musical direction of IU Assistant Professor Terry LaBolt. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music prepares to dedicate Seward organ
For the first time in its history, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has an organ of international distinction to equal the outstanding caliber of its organ faculty and students. The school is preparing a celebration at the end of the 2010 spring semester. Read the complete story.

Inaugural Stewart Fellows to gain hands-on legal experience in India
Six students at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law have been selected for summer internships in India as Milton Stewart Fellows in the law school's Center on the Global Legal Profession. This unique program offers students experiences in a variety of settings, including highly reputed law firms; rights-based, non-governmental organizations; and the Indian Solicitor General's Office. Read the complete story.

IU's Bryan McCormick awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study mental illness in Serbia
Bryan McCormick, associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies in Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to examine the influence of different levels of urbanization on the social interaction and psychosocial functioning of people with serious mental illness who live in Eastern Europe. Read the complete story.

IU Opera Theater closes season with 'West Side Story'
Indiana University Opera Theater will close its 2009-10 season with Leonard Bernstein's timeless West Side Story April 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center. Read the complete story.

Physics faculty, students celebrate record-setting particle collisions, await new data stream
Watching a live webcast yesterday from the Large Hadron Collider control room in Geneva, Indiana University physics professor Harold Ogren and Ph.D. candidate Denver Whittington, a generation apart, celebrated both the culmination and the continuation of a search to answer some of the most fundamental questions in their field. Read the complete story.

SPEA policy brief: Research shows pollutant levels decline slowly
It has been almost 35 years since the manufacture of polychlorinated biphenyls was banned in the United States, but the chemicals, known as PCBs, are still very much with us, according to research from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Read the complete story.

Woon Joo Park wins Jacobs School viola competition
Indiana University Bloomington student Woon Joo Park is the winner of the Jacobs School of Music's annual Viola Concerto Competition. A student of Jacobs Professor Atar Arad, Park will perform Ernest Bloch's Suite for Viola and Orchestra with the Concert Orchestra under the baton of guest Kevin Noe on Sunday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center (101 N. Jordan Ave.). The alternate winner was Aglaya Gonzalez, also a student of Arad. Read the complete story.

Special guests highlight African American Dance Company's spring concert April 10
Indiana University's African American Arts Institute Dance Company will feature guest dance and musical performers as part of its 36th annual spring concert on April 10. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., in downtown Bloomington. Read the complete story.

Twenty years after Ryan White: HIV/AIDS education event at IU Bloomington
Indiana University will host a public event honoring the 20th anniversary of Ryan White's death and the profound influence the Indiana teenager had in the area of HIV/AIDS awareness. This event will feature White's mother, Jeanne White Ginder, who has been a tireless and effective spokesperson for AIDS education and the rights of people with HIV/AIDS. Read the complete story.

Perfect intellectual environment' at IU incubator aids in record profits, expansion for Optiform
After posting record profits in 2009 and projecting revenues of $2.5 million this year, an innovator of information capture solutions has recognized it's now time to graduate from Indiana University's Emerging Technologies Center business incubator and into a larger home. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Scheduled for Friday, April 2:
Baseball: Michigan, 3:05 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Purdue, 5 p.m., West Lafayette, Ind.
Women's Rowing: Dale England Cup vs. Boston Univ., Central Florida, Dayton, Miami, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 3:
Women's Tennis: Purdue, 11 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Michigan, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Water Polo: Michigan, 1 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Softball: Iowa, 2 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa
Men's Golf: Adidas Hoosier Invitational, All Day, Bloomington, Ind. (IU Golf Course)
Women's Rowing: Dale England Cup vs. Boston Univ., Central Florida, Dayton, Miami, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.

Scheduled for Sunday, April 4:
Baseball: Michigan, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Iowa, 2 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa
Men's Tennis: Illinois, 2 p.m., Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

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IU in the news

Letters to the editor
My View: Fast Broadband gives state its edge
By Michael A. McRobbie
The Indianapolis Star, March 27 -- Recently, the Federal Communications Commission released its long-anticipated National Broadband Plan, which stated that "broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century." The cultural and economic consequences of high-speed, broadband connectivity can hardly be overstated. In the 19th century, the development of basic transportation systems such as roads, railways and canals proved to be wise investments that drove economic development. In the last century the interstate highway system further integrated the U.S. economy, fueling economic growth and prosperity. But if we are to maintain our edge in an economy that is increasingly global and interconnected, we must be prepared to develop and use the infrastructure upon which the modern emerging economy relies. Full story.

College students give high marks to new loan program
The Indianapolis Star, March 31 -- Three years ago, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis decided to switch to federal direct loans to give the school more control and students in need of loans a quicker response, said Kathy Purvis, director of Student Financial Aid Services. "The decision was made to benefit the students, and the fees are lower than working with a private lender," Purvis said. "It's been a win-win situation, both for students and our office." Full story.

IU celebrates role in physics milestone
Indiana Daily Student, March 30 -- The second floor of Swain Hall West was a scene of celebration Tuesday morning. Non-alcoholic champagne flowed as a TV played coverage of a scientific milestone: beams of protons collided together at energy levels of 7 trillion electron volts at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, three times the previous best. While the breakthrough resulted from the efforts of thousands of scientists across the globe, IU physicists played significant roles in the collider's creation. "It would have been nice to be there, but instead I got up at 7:30 and watched it on my computer," IU physics professor Harold Ogren said. Full story.

They got game, but do NCAA players graduate?
The Indianapolis Star, April 2 -- There are huge differences among colleges, with University of Illinois and Indiana University having rates higher than 80 percent, and University of Maryland having a rate in the teens. The list of Final Four schools since 1991 hearkens back not quite to IU's basketball glory days, but close. IU graduated 83 percent of its players from Final Four teams under Bob Knight in 1992 and Mike Davis in 2002. Asked if IU can get back to the Final Four and maintain that graduation rate, Athletic Director Fred Glass said, "We'll be back, and we'll be back the right way." Full story.

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