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IU's Brown County Playhouse presents 'The Nerd,' a comedy set in Terre Haute, Ind., opening July 9
Economic development project by centers at IU and Purdue receives national honor
Recession disrupts population trends in many Indiana cities and towns
Vampire phenomenon feeds both on social change and tradition, says IU professor in book
Human trafficking experts to visit IU School of Law-Indianapolis
IU scientists in two collaborations see evidence that rules of particle physics may need a rewrite
Media alert: Change made in IU Summer Music Festival schedule
Contest educates youth about prescription drug abuse
IU School of Education summer math academy at Gary school caps first three years of partnership success
IU Bloomington Scoreboard
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IU's Brown County Playhouse presents 'The Nerd,' a comedy set in Terre Haute, Ind., opening July 9
The production will feature a cast composed of several Master of Fine Arts in acting students from IU and professional guest artist James Krag, whose credits include appearances on "ER" and "Prison Break" and the films Mercury Rising and While You Were Sleeping. The production is directed by the artistic director of Cardinal Stage Company, Randy White. Read the complete story.

Economic development project by centers at IU and Purdue receives national honor
A joint economic development project led by research centers at Indiana and Purdue universities has been honored with the 2010 Award of Excellence by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The project, "Crossing the Next Regional Frontier: Information and Analytics Linking Regional Competitiveness to Investment in a Knowledge-Based Economy," was carried out by the Indiana Business Research Center in IU's Kelley School of Business and the Purdue Center for Regional Development, in collaboration with the Rural Policy Research Institute, Strategic Development Group Inc. and other private-sector partners. Read the complete story.

Recession disrupts population trends in many Indiana cities and towns
Suburban areas in the Indianapolis metro area and Lake County have led Indiana's population growth over the last decade. The Town of Fishers nearly doubled its population since 2000 and Carmel, Noblesville and Greenwood each had population growth above 30 percent. Read the complete story.

Vampire phenomenon feeds both on social change and tradition, says IU professor in book
With the upcoming release of the latest Twilight movie and the popularity of at least two current TV series dedicated to vampires, it would seem that interest in the horror genre is peaking. Author Gregory A. Waller, professor and chair of the IU Department of Communication and Culture, says that the changing meaning and scope of the violent confrontation between the living and the undead has often been at the heart of an ongoing story. Read the complete story.

Human trafficking experts to visit IU School of Law-Indianapolis
George Edwards, international human rights law expert at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, and the school's Program in International Human Rights Law are hosting two law enforcers and a nongovernment organization official from the Philippines on Friday (June 25) to discuss the global human trafficking issue. The visit, held from 3-4 p.m. in room 267 of Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., in Indianapolis, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department pursuant to its Countering Trafficking in Persons project for the Philippines. The event is open to the public. Read the complete story.

IU scientists in two collaborations see evidence that rules of particle physics may need a rewrite
Two separate collaborations involving Indiana University scientists have reported new results suggesting unexpected differences between neutrinos and their antiparticle brethren. These results could set the stage for what one IU physicist calls a "radical modification of our understanding of particle physics." Read the complete story.

Media alert: Change made in IU Summer Music Festival schedule
Please note that the recital by pianist Evelyne Brancart, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor, this Saturday (June 26) has been replaced with a recital by pianist Edward Auer, also a Jacobs School faculty member. He will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. Read the complete story.

Contest educates youth about prescription drug abuse
Youth from across Indiana combined creativity with public health as they crafted video public safety announcements about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The second annual KeepRxSafe.com Video Public Service Announcement Contest drew submissions from more than 70 12- to 17-year-olds. Evan Trout, of Fishers, Ind., won the contest with his 30-second video "ER visits." Read the complete story.

IU School of Education summer math academy at Gary school caps first three years of partnership success
Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Indiana University School of Education held a summer math camp for selected students at Frankie Woods McCullough Girls Academy in Gary, Ind., last week, giving students a boost of learning just as the school learned it had made unprecedented strides in student achievement. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Scheduled for Thrusday, June 24:
Women's Track: Sarah Pease finished fifth in her heat and had the sixth-best time overall to advance to the Sunday final. Read the meet notes.

Scheduled for Friday, June 25:
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Des Moines, Iowa
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Des Moines, Iowa

Scheduled for Saturday, June 26:
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Des Moines, Iowa
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Des Moines, Iowa

Scheduled for Sunday, June 27:
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Des Moines, Iowa
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Des Moines, Iowa
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IU in the news

New kidney-failure therapy is proposed
UPI.com, June 23 -- U.S. medical scientists say they've determined a protein involved in the kidney's embryonic development might play a future role in treating kidney failure. Indiana University School of Medicine researchers led by Drs. Katherine Kelly and Jesus Dominguez say they have successfully treated acute kidney injury in laboratory experiments using cells that were genetically reprogrammed to produce the protein. They said their findings suggest a potential future treatment using such cells delivered intravenously instead of surgically. Full story.

Fishers tops list of growing cities
The Indianapolis Star, June 24 -- The recession has slowed down population growth across Indiana, but not in Fishers, which has nearly doubled its population since 2000. The town has gained 32,884 residents, accounting for the most growth of any city or town in the state, according to a study of U.S. census data released Wednesday by Indiana University. A wide range of factors play into a once-rural town's sudden growth, but for Fishers, the highly ranked school system and suburban space has had a big effect, said Matt Kinghorn, state demographer at the Indiana Business Research Center at IU's Kelley School of Business, which analyzed the census data. Full story.

IU Announces Grants For Faculty Research
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report, June 21 -- Indiana University Bloomington's Office of Vice Provost for Research is providing a boost for faculty seeking funding from outside agencies. The office's Faculty Research Support Program has awarded 13 grants this year totaling $733,500. Previous recipients have used the grants to help secure millions in external funding. Full story.

520 alumni, others in Bloomington for Indiana U's popular annual Mini University
The Republic, June 20 -- As most college students scatter for a summer of work or vacation, a wave of others has poured onto the Indiana University campus. The 39th annual Mini University has attracted about 520 students from 28 states this year for a week of learning, which began over the weekend. The Mini University is considered one of the country's leading adult-learning vacations. Full story.
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