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Moody's rates Indiana University credit at Aaa, its highest rating
Ostrom's new book encourages research collaboration across specialtiesn
IU Optometry, Ophthalmology team with Wishard to renew eye care for underserved in Indianapolis
Awards recognize students and mentors for research, creative activity
IU team receives grant to study empathy from many angles
IU Violin Virtuosi to give concert tour of Argentina
IU professor: Leave oil in ground as high-yielding financial investment
IU Jacobs School of Music students to perform in Kennedy Center program
Workshop hosts say state's sustainable energy growth should equate to economic, educational windfalls
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Moody's rates Indiana University credit at Aaa, its highest rating -- Moody's Investors Service has given Indiana University a credit rating of Aaa, the highest level possible. IU is one of only seven public universities to receive the Aaa rating. The result comes from a recalibration as Moody's moves to a "global" system that provides comparable rating scales for public and private debt. Under the old system, Moody's had rated IU debt as Aa1. "We are extremely pleased to be among a select group of universities that have received Moodys highest credit rating," said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. Read the complete story.

Ostrom's new book encourages research collaboration across specialties -- The new book Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice, published by the Princeton University Press, examines the advantages that can be gained from drawing on several different research methods and the challenges of a multi-methods approach. Read the complete story.

IU Optometry, Ophthalmology team with Wishard to renew eye care for underserved in Indianapolis -- A new agreement forged between Indiana University's School of Optometry, the School of Medicine's Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and Wishard Health Services will renew IU's commitment to provide eye care to underserved residents of greater Indianapolis. Read the complete story.

Awards recognize students and mentors for research, creative activity --Five Indiana University Bloomington seniors, Nicole Beckage, Juliana Dumas, Rebeca Hernandez, Shannon McEnerney and Ellen Weinzapfel, have been named recipients of the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Sponsored by the provost, the vice provost for undergraduate education and the vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, the award recognizes excellence in research and creative activity and celebrates the importance of such experience for undergraduates. Read the complete story.

IU team receives grant to study empathy from many angles -- An interdisciplinary team of Indiana University researchers from the humanities, life sciences, information sciences, and social sciences has received a $199,617 grant from the University of Chicago to study the virtue of empathy. The project, "Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Perspectives," is one of 19 awardees chosen from nearly 700 applications in a competition sponsored by the University of Chicago. Read the complete story.

IU Violin Virtuosi to give concert tour of Argentina -- The Violin Virtuosi, a collection of eight young violinists from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Pre-College String Academy, will leave May 25 to perform a series of concerts across Argentina, returning June 15. Read the complete story.

IU professor: Leave oil in ground as high-yielding financial investment -- As British Petroleum struggles to contain its environmental disaster in the Gulf, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Professor Rafael Reuveny said the "drill here, drill now" motto by Sarah Palin is shortsighted and destructive. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music students to perform in Kennedy Center program -- Six students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Friday, May 14, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the center's Conservatory Project, a weeklong concert series showcasing artists from America's leading music schools. Read the complete story.

Workshop hosts say state's sustainable energy growth should equate to economic, educational windfalls -- Advancing wind energy research in Indiana will mean more opportunities for green energy growth in the state and for students interested in research and technology that is tied to the sustainable power source, according to two leading researchers on the issue who hosted a recent wind energy workshop at Indiana University. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results for Tuesday, May 11:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team offered the crowning achievement in an 18-17 win over Kentucky in 10 innings on Tuesday at Sembower Field. Read the bame notes.

Schedule for Friday, May 14:
Women's Tennis: Vanderbilt NCAA Regional, 10 a.m., Knoxville, Tenn.
Baseball: Michigan State, 2 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Softball: Penn State, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Track: Big Ten Championships, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Track: Big Ten Championships, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, May 15:
Baseball: Michigan State, 12 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Softball: Penn State, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Tennis: Tennessee/Wintrhop NCAA Regional, 3 p.m., Knoxville, Tenn.
Women's Track: Big Ten Championships, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Track: Big Ten Championships, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Rowing: Aramark NCAA South/Central Region Sprints, All Day, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Schedule for Sunday, May 16:
Baseball: Michigan State, 1 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Women's Rowing: Aramark NCAA South/Central Region Sprints, All Day, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Women's Track: Big Ten Championships, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Track: Big Ten Championships, All Day, Bloomington, Ind

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IU in the news

Book encourages research collaboration across specialties
Arizona State University, May 11 -- The new book "Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice," published by the Princeton University Press, examines the advantages that can be gained from drawing on several different research methods and the challenges of a multi-methods approach. Co-author and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, founding director of Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, explains that right now in the social sciences there is a "'my method is better than yours, my discipline is better thank yours' mentality, which is destructive." Full story.

Dalai Lama: Eldest brother's memory lives on at Bloomington center he founded while at IU
The Republic, examiner.com, Fox28.com, May 13 -- The Dalai Lama said Thursday a southern Indiana Buddhist center founded by his eldest brother is a tribute to the Indiana University professor's memory. "Spirituality is very much alive here, so that means my late brother's spirit still very much exists here, so I am very happy," he said. The 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate's brother, who died at age 86, founded the center in 1979 at a heavily wooded site on Bloomington's southeast side. It has grown over the years into a hub for Tibetan educational and religious activity. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Virtual humans 'influence ethical decisions in gender-specific ways'
Oneindia.in, Sciencedaily.com, May 14, 13 -- Researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics have discovered that virtual humans are increasingly taking on roles that were once reserved for real humans. "Much evidence has accumulated showing that nonverbal behavior can have a profound impact on human judgment in ways we are hardly aware of and this research extends that work to the digital realm. This work demonstrates that presentational factors influence people's decisions, including decisions of moral and ethical consequence, presumably without their realizing it," said study co-author Karl F. MacDorman, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Program at the School of Informatics. Full story. Full story 2.

Indiana projects feel impact of stimulus funds
Wthr.com, May 13 -- From weatherization to transportation, taxpayers are giving Indiana almost $4 billion in stimulus cash. Jennnifer Bass works at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Kinsey got a two-year, $221,000 stimulus grant - just a small piece of a $16 million research pie at IU backed by the stimulus. "What we want to do is figure out why, for some people, condom use is so difficult," said Bass. The condom study in young adult heterosexual males aims to make it easier for that group to use condoms and protect their partners. Full story.

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