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Last modified: Friday, May 14, 2004

IU News

Edition for May 14-20, 2004

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IU Kokomo professor recognized by two international organizations
Two international scholarly institutions recently recognized the work of John Kofas, professor of history at IU Kokomo. Kofas was selected by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research as one of 22 scholars to present papers at its conference next week in Hamburg, Germany. He also was invited to join the World Association of International Studies, part of the prominent Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Full story


Indiana Biocomplexity Consortium hosts major conference
Indiana University Bloomington this week hosted the Indiana Biocomplexity Consortium conference, "Complex Behavior in Unicellular Organisms," Wednesday through Sunday (May 12-16). This is the sixth in a series of workshops organized to address important topics in the field of biocomplexity -- a cross-disciplinary area fusing physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and the life sciences. Full story

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Ground to be broken for Simon Hall on June 3 at IU Bloomington
One of the leading philanthropic families of Indiana is providing a major gift in support of a life sciences research building at IU Bloomington. IU announced earlier this month that members of the Simon family will contribute $9 million toward construction of the 140,000-square-foot research and teaching facility, which will be named Simon Hall. A ground-breaking ceremony will take place on June 3. IU Home Pages article

IUB treading gently on environment
Thanks to an innovative collaboration between the IU Bloomington Purchasing Department and a for-profit floor covering manufacturer, the final resting place for thousands of square yards of old carpeting will not be a landfill site in south central Indiana. IU Home Pages article


Guidant Foundation gift to boost biomedical engineering at IUPUI
A $1.7 million gift from Guidant Foundation will act like a time machine for biomedical engineering at IUPUI. Propelling the department forward 10 to 15 years -- the time it would otherwise take a young faculty member to develop into a senior faculty member -- the Thomas J. Linnemeier Guidant Foundation Chair in Biomedical Engineering officially establishes a new department in biomedical engineering and will enable the campus to recruit a leading biomedical engineer. Full story


Old School meets Hip-Hop at Indiana University's Camp S.O.U.L
Between September and May, Tyron Cooper directs a talented group of Indiana University student performers in the IU Soul Revue. This summer, Cooper is looking forward to working with an even younger group of musical performers, with arguably more potential for success. The first-ever Camp S.O.U.L. will prepare a group of 25 Hoosier high school students for future success in music and college. Full story

Fox News' Chris Wallace to speak at IU South Bend
Chris Wallace will bring 30 years of news experience and political savvy to a talk on Monday (May 17) in the Northside Hall auditorium of IU South Bend. Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, will be the guest speaker at the Teachers Credit Union annual meeting. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $1 for TCU members and $5 for non-members. For information call 800-552-4745 or go to Full story


From IU East to Ms. Mayor
Shelley Miller, who made history as the first woman mayor of the city of Richmond, Ind., began courses at IU East back when there was only one building on campus. The IU East Alumni Association honored Miller with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the campus' commencement ceremonies today (May 14). An accounting major, Miller credits IU East for providing the solid financial background that has proved essential in her work in city government, banking and the insurance industry. Full story

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Bloomington Early Music Festival to serve more of state
It's become such a large and successful event that the Bloomington Early Music Festival decided to share this year. An annual celebration of music from medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and classical times, now in its 11th year, BLEMF will expand its offerings to the state level. The 2004 festival, which will be May 21-31, will feature G.F. Handel's grand oratorio Solomon, to be performed in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Lafayette by the Lafayette-based Bach Chorale Singers and the BLEMF Orchestra. Learn more

Brown County Playhouse to open season on June 10 with Steel Magnolias
The IU Theatre Department's Brown County Playhouse will open its 56th season with a beloved comedic drama where friends cope with everything from nail polish to relationships as they come together in the local beauty shop. This charming play goes straight to the heart, finding laughter through tears in the lives of five memorable women who face life together in good times and bad. The play will run June 10-13, 16-20, 23-27 and 30-July 4. Web site/ticket Information


IU trustees approve student athletics fee for one year
IU trustees last Friday (May 7) approved a $30 student athletics fee that will remain in place for one year while a long-term plan is developed to reduce a deficit in the university's athletics department. The trustees also agreed they would not increase student ticket prices or reduce the amount of student seating available for basketball games during the one-year period. The athletics fee proposal was approved following a wide-ranging discussion among trustees about how to reduce a $5 million athletics department deficit that is increasing each fiscal year by about $2 million. Full story

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