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July 23, 2010

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Waters: Kosovo decision means continued uncertainty, instability in Balkans
IU Violin Virtuosi member wins international competition
Angela Brown concert at IU Jacobs School of Music rescheduled for October
Family's $1 million gift to Kelley School will help in attracting and retaining world class faculty
Leading Index for Indiana continued its retreat into June
IU professor's new book, "The Breakup 2.0," looks at how people use new media to end relationships
Tony-winning 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' closes the 62nd season at IU's Brown County Playhouse
IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus wins international opera competition
IU Jacobs School of Music student wins national organ competition
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Waters: Kosovo decision means continued uncertainty, instability in Balkans
The opinion issued Thursday (July 22) by the United Nation's highest court on the legality of Kosovo's independence won't thaw the frozen conflict between Albanians and Serbs, but it will encourage disaffected minority groups around the world to view secession as a legal option, according to an Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor. Read the complete story.

IU Violin Virtuosi member wins international competition
Brian Allen, a 16-year-old member of the Violin Virtuosi and the String Academy Chamber Orchestra at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won the Lions Clubs International Global Youth Music Competition at the 93rd annual Lions Clubs International Convention June 30 in Sydney, Australia. It was his first international competition. Read the complete story.

Angela Brown concert at IU Jacobs School of Music rescheduled for October
Angela Brown's "Opera From a Sistah's Point of View" one-woman show, originally scheduled for July 30 as part of the 2010 Indiana University Summer Music Festival, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. "I'm so sorry I can't be with you for the original date, but I look forward to seeing you in October," said Brown. "Thank you for loving me, and I'll see you soon!" Read the complete story.

Family's $1 million gift to Kelley School will help in attracting and retaining world class faculty
A $1 million gift from the Graf family, which includes four generations of Indiana University alumni, will impact the lives of future students attending IU's Kelley School of Business. Alan B. Graf, Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer of FedEx Corp., and his wife Susan, of Memphis, Tenn., made the gift to endow the Graf Family Professorship at the Kelley School. Read the complete story.

Leading Index for Indiana continued its retreat into June
After falling in May, the Leading Index for Indiana (LII) continued its retreat in June. "Not only was the drop in June more rapid than in May, three of the five components of the LII lost ground, namely, home builders' sentiment, the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). A fall in three or more components of the LII for several consecutive months constitutes a warning sign that a recession is likely," said Timothy Slaper, director of economic analysis at the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Read the complete story.

IU professor's new book, "The Breakup 2.0," looks at how people use new media to end relationships
Leslie checked her Facebook profile late one day and discovered that she was suddenly single. Her now ex-boyfriend had met someone new and she learned this through the ubiquitous news feed that presented her personal rejection like a breaking news story. Read the complete story.

Tony-winning 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' closes the 62nd season at IU's Brown County Playhouse
Indiana University's Brown County Playhouse presents its final production of the 2010 season, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry, opening on August 6. After Ballyhoo, Uhry became the first-ever writer to win three of the most prestigious writing awards: the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Academy Award for his play (and film) Driving Miss Daisy and a Tony Award for The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus wins international opera competition
Ljubomir Puskaric, an alumnus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, received the gold medal in the Ondina Otta Opera Competition June 12 in the National Theater of Slovenia. The award includes a prize of 4,000 Euros and a performance with the Slovenian National Opera.
Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music student wins national organ competition
Dongho Lee, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the biennial National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance July 6 in Washington, D.C. The competition is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. In addition to the $3,000 and $1,000 cash prizes, respectively, Lee will record a CD on the Pro Organo label and will receive concert management from Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. for two years. She already has eight recitals scheduled in the coming year.
Read the complete story.

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Grafs donate $1 million to create endowed chair at IU's Kelley School; Family's gift to fund professorship at business school
Tradingmarkets.com, Commercialappeal.com, Times of Northwest Indiana, July 23 -- The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has received a $1 million gift from a family boasting four generations of IU alumni. Alan B. Graf Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer of FedEx Corp., and his wife Susan, of Memphis, Tenn., made the gift to endow the Graf Family Professorship at the Kelley School. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck Named Founding President Of The City University of New York's New Community College
The City University of New York, July 22 -- Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck, a professor of psychology and dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, has been appointed the Founding President of The City University of New York's new community college, which opens in 2012 as an innovative model for improving student performance and graduation rates, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced. Full story.

Understanding Language Development
USNews.com, July 22 -- Most children go through different stages as they learn to speak, some so fleeting that parents are not always aware of them. But these brief windows can reveal important insights into the process of word retrieval. For example, early in development, children often build their word bank slowly. Then, at about 18 to 20 months of age, they have a sudden brief vocabulary spurt, where many words are learned, and used, speedily. "They go from slow laborious learning, one word at a time, to a sudden rapid production," said Lisa Gershkoff-Stowe associate professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department and Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, and director of its Baby Language Lab. "They learn a word and begin to use it productively right away. What is happening there?" Full story.

Every black hole may hold a hidden universe
Newscientist.com, July 23 -- In an analysis of the motion of particles entering a black hole, published in March, Nikodem Poplawski of Indiana University in Bloomington showed that inside each black hole there could exist another universe (Physics Letters B, DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2010.03.029). "Maybe the huge black holes at the centre of the Milky Way and other galaxies are bridges to different universes," Poplawski says. If that is correct - and it's a big "if" - there is nothing to rule out our universe itself being inside a black hole. Now, in what is sure to be a controversial study, Poplawski has applied these ideas to model the behaviour of space-time inside a black hole the instant it starts rebounding (arxiv.org/abs/1007.0587). Full story.

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