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An sRNA controls a bacterium's social life
IU physicists, in DZero Collaboration, announce evidence of matter-antimatter imbalance
IU study: Leisure time physical activity benefits some more than others
Successful IU program helping Greene County, Ind., math teachers leads to new award
Law students donate 125 hours to tax filing assistance
Six IU-connected startups get nod in new economic growth report from The Science Coalition
IU student volunteers win more free trees from Arbor Day Foundation
IU East sociologist researches civil strife, social change and land use
IU Alumni Association elects new officers
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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An sRNA controls a bacterium's social life
For the first time, biologists have directly shown how spontaneous mutation of a small RNA (sRNA) regulatory molecule can provide an evolutionary advantage. Reporting in this week's Science, Indiana University Bloomington scientists also identify the sRNA as a key regulator of social behavior in Myxococcus xanthus, a soil bacterium widely studied for its ability to cooperatively construct fruiting bodies that house stress-resistant spores when food runs out. Read the complete story.

IU physicists, in DZero Collaboration, announce evidence of matter-antimatter imbalance
Physicists at Indiana University are joining fellow DZero Collaboration researchers from around the world in announcing evidence of a 1 percent deviation between the amounts of elementary matter and antimatter particles being produced from high-energy collisions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Read the complete story.

IU study: Leisure time physical activity benefits some more than others
In his study involving more than 12,000 people in a nationally representative sample of U.S 20- to 64-year-olds, obesity expert Dong-Chul Seo found that obesity rates in general declined as the amount of weekly leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) increased. White women, however, saw the steepest decreases, particularly when meeting minimum national guidelines for weekly physical activity. Read the complete story.


Successful IU program helping Greene County, Ind., math teachers leads to new award
The project, a collaboration of the Indiana University School of Education, the IU Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences and five school corporations in Greene County, Ind., is concluding an original two-year grant, which focused on helping kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers learn new techniques for teaching math concepts. The new grant of $1,103,548 will extend the program to teachers in grades four through eight. Read the complete story.

Law students donate 125 hours to tax filing assistance
Students from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law helped local low-income residents file 54 tax returns this spring, resulting in thousands of dollars of refunds. The students, participating in the law school's inaugural Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, volunteered a total of 125 hours during the tax season. Read the complete story.

Six IU-connected startups get nod in new economic growth report from The Science Coalition
A new report demonstrating the link between federally-funded basic research and economic growth highlights six Indiana University startup companies. Four companies were included among the report's 100 "success stories" that were fueled by federally-funded research, while two other companies with IU ties were cited for originating from academic research. A number of the Indiana University-related companies received business support through the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp. (IURTC). Read the complete story.

IU student volunteers win more free trees from Arbor Day Foundation
The Indiana University Bloomington campus will be even more green thanks to a group of 75 student volunteers who won $2,500 in free trees for the campus from the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. IU won the Tree Campus USA's Dig In and Make a Difference contest by having the most students participate in a spring tree-planting event sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. During the Tree Campus USA tree-planting event in Bloomington, held on National Arbor Day (April 30), 75 IU students volunteered their time to plant 53 trees on campus. Read the complete story.

IU East sociologist researches civil strife, social change and land use
Wazir Mohamed, assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University East, did not plan for his life to lean toward academics and research. Mohamed was born and raised in the 1950s in a rural village with 12 families in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, where he was a rice farmer before he chose to pursue academics. He decided to go to college at the University of Guyana where he earned his Diploma in Public Communications and a bachelor's degree in communications. Read the complete story.

IU Alumni Association elects new officers
Michael Barlow of Chicago will take office as chairman of the Indiana University Alumni Association on July 1. Joining Barlow as the 2010-11 officers of the IUAA are Chairman-elect Christopher L. Craft of South Bend, Ind.; Vice Chairwoman Nancy L. Hamblin of Munster, Ind.; Secretary Patrick J. O'Connor of Indianapolis and Treasurer Barbara A. Popp of New Albany, Ind. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results for Thursday, May 20:
Baseball: Michael Earley and Ethan Wilson each hit two home runs as the Indiana baseball team took an 11-5 decision from Illinois on Thursday at Sembower Field. Read the game notes.
Men's Golf: The Indiana men's golf team opened Thursday's first round at the NCAA Central Regional with a 5-over-par 285 and share seventh place with Michigan. Read the complete results.

Scheduled for Friday, May 21:
Baseball: Illinois, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Golf: NCAA Championship, All Day, Wilmington, N.C.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 22:
Baseball: Illinois, 1 p.m. Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

Moody recognizes IU's financial health with highest rating
Indiana Daily Student, May 20 -- Moody's Investors Service has rated IU's financial health as one of the strongest public institutions across the country, giving the University the highest credit rating possible -- Aaa. "Only seven universities were given this credit rating, so IU feels very honored," University Treasurer MaryFrances McCourt said. "The credit rating indicates Indiana University has extremely strong financial health and will result in reduced financial costs in the future." Full story.

An sRNA controls a bacterium's social life
Sciencecentric.com, May 21 -- For the first time, biologists have directly shown how spontaneous mutation of a small RNA (sRNA) regulatory molecule can provide an evolutionary advantage. Reporting in this week's Science, Indiana University Bloomington scientists also identify the sRNA as a key regulator of social behaviour in Myxococcus xanthus, a soil bacterium widely studied for its ability to cooperatively construct fruiting bodies that house stress-resistant spores when food runs out. 'We'd been asking how one of our experimental lineages had re-evolved the ability to make fruiting bodies and ended up discovering a completely new aspect of Myxococcus biology,' said IU Bloomington evolutionary biologist Gregory Velicer. Full story.

More exercise leads to less obesity - often, but not always
Science Daily, The Medical News, Science Centric, Asian News International, News.oneindia.in, May 20, 21 -- It may seem intuitive that greater amounts of exercise lead to less obesity, but an Indiana University study has found that this conventional wisdom applies primarily to white women. The findings draw attention not only to racial, ethnic and gender differences regarding exercise but also to the role work can play. In his study involving more than 12,000 people in a nationally representative sample of U.S 20- to 64-year-olds, obesity expert Dong-Chul Seo found that obesity rates in general declined as the amount of weekly leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) increased. White women, however, saw the steepest decreases, particularly when meeting minimum national guidelines for weekly physical activity. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3. Full story 4. Full story 5.

Indiana opens 7th international business location
The Indianapolis Star, May 21 -- Indiana Economic Development Corp. has opened an office in Zhejiang, China. Indiana counts China as its largest Asian trading partner and sixth-largest export country in the world, the statement said. Export growth to China has accelerated dramatically from $294 million in 2004 to $930 million in 2008 according to a 2009 report by the Indiana Business Research Center. Full story.

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