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Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2004

IU News

Edition for May 21-27, 2004

The Bloomington Early Music Festival begins today and runs through May 31. Look for more information below.

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Research:

IPFW professor and graduate student write textbook on terrorism
A few years ago, IPFW's Political Science Chair James M. Lutz was getting frustrated with the textbooks available for a course on terrorism that he had been teaching. At the time, which was before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Lutz said the available books that were suitable tended to focus on the Middle East and Islam, giving the impression that terrorism was specific to that region and religion. His wife, Brenda, who is working on her master's degree in sociological practice, challenged him to write a better textbook. Full story

Airport investments yield uncertain returns
Indianapolis is about to embark on a gargantuan public works project -- the $974 million Midfield Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport. Will this investment pay off for the city? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is uncertain, according to Sam Nunn, research director and senior scholar at the IUPUI Center for Urban Policy and the Environment. Nunn analyzed the effects of aviation investments in Indianapolis and eight comparison regions. Full story

Roeske named Innovator of the Year
IU School of Medicine researcher Roger Roeske, Ph.D., is the recipient of the second annual Innovator of the Year Award. Roeske, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is being honored for his contributions to the research on age-related disease and particularly for his pioneering research that led to the creation of Plenaxis. That drug offers a promising treatment option for prostate cancer patients; it received FDA approval on Nov. 25. Full story

Quality:

Malti-Douglas elected to American Philosophical Society
Fedwa Malti-Douglas, the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at IU Bloomington, has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the country. Malti-Douglas is only the fourth IU faculty member to receive this honor. Full story

IU Press launches Quarry Books
IU Press has been publishing regional books for more than 50 years. With the introduction of Quarry Books this fall, the press expects to stake a larger claim in the lucrative regional publishing market. Starting with five titles this season, the press plans to publish 10 to 15 regional books a year, a combination of new titles and updated classics. IU Home Pages article

Partnerships:

Market value of gifts invested for IU leaps to more than $1 billion
One-year increases that surpassed their benchmarks pushed the market value of gifts invested for IU by the IU Foundation to more than $1 billion. At the close of the third quarter, invested gift funds were valued at $1.010 billion. The record high was $1.045 billion in June 2001. Full Story

Surgeon named to professorship endowed by ex-Colts QB, Riley
A. Michael Sadove, M.D., will soon huddle up as the James Joseph Harbaugh Jr. Professor of Plastic Surgery at the IU School of Medicine. The professorship was established by the Riley Children's Foundation, with a portion of its funding coming from the Harbaugh Hill Foundation, a philanthropic entity launched by Harbaugh, a former NFL player who quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts from 1994 to 1997. Full story

Managed vision program donates thousands of eyeglass frames
Spectera Inc., one of the nation's largest managed vision care programs, honored the IU School of Optometry Thursday (May 20) for the school's participation in Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity, as well as for other teaching programs and community outreach activities. In recognition of the school's efforts, representatives of Spectera donated 3,000 pairs of eyeglass frames, valued at more than $200,000. Full story

Alumni:

Meet the man who best knows Clifford, the Big Red Dog
Norman Bridwell, a Hoosier and Herron School of Art graduate, brought us Clifford, the Big Red Dog and many other beloved characters. He has sold more than 44 million books and captured the hearts of countless children and their families. Bridwell has an inspirational success story, uncommon in its modesty. Alumni profile

Founding father
Earlier this year, Feisal Istrabadi, an IU-educated lawyer returned to the country of his childhood to help hammer out a framework for the new Iraqi state. As the legal adviser to a top Iraqi politician, Istrabadi has drawn admiration from U.S. and Iraqi officials for his plain-spoken determination to settle the most sensitive debates. Alumni profile

Arts and Culture:

Bloomington Early Music Festival opens today
The Bloomington Early Music Festival, now in its 11th year, is a celebration of music from medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and classical times. BLEMF this year 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

IU Southeast student publishes arts magazine
What began as a course project in a journalism class has turned into the startup of a brand new arts publication and a new career venture for IU Southeast student Nancy Salings. Salings, who is pursuing bachelor's degrees in fine arts, journalism and general studies, recently published the first issue of Angelo -- a magazine that profiles local artists who reside in the Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Full story

Athletics:

Hoosiers head to NCAA Regionals
Both the men's and women's golf teams at IU Bloomington have headed to NCAA Regionals. The men's team made its 17th NCAA appearance in the program's history on Thursday through Saturday (May 20-22). Earlier in May, the women's team finished 18th in a 21-team field at the NCAA Central Regional. Women's coach Sam Carmichael, an eight-time Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year, is retiring after this year's season.

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