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July 27, 2010

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CTSI awards early-stage research grants to scientists at IU, Purdue, Notre Dame
IU to host second-annual speed matching event for IU offices, nonprofits
IU's WTIU introduces radio personality Pam Thrash as new co-host of 'The Weekly Special' TV
IU receives Environmental Stewardship Award for energy-saving Microsteam Power System
Indiana University announces 2010-11 Kelley Scholars
IU Jacobs School of Music 'Young Pianist' wins international piano competition
IU Jacobs School of Music student wins national singing competition
Indiana Disability Poll gives Indiana a C, says IU research and training center
Negative stereotypes shown to affect learning, not just performance
Firms inflated CEO pay by as much as 10 percent by benchmarking compensation with top-paying peers
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CTSI awards early-stage research grants to scientists at IU, Purdue, Notre Dame
Ten teams of Indiana scientists have been awarded $750,000 in grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), awards that will encourage statewide collaborations and speed the development of new medical treatments and services. Read the complete story.

IU to host second-annual speed matching event for IU offices, nonprofits
Indiana University campus groups, departments and offices will have the opportunity to connect with Bloomington-area nonprofits at the second-annual "speed matching" event at the IU Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center Thursday, July 29, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Barry Lessow, executive director for United Way of Monroe County, will provide opening remarks and Steve Veldkamp, director of IU's Student Activities Organization and assistant dean of students, will provide closing remarks. Read the complete story.

IU's WTIU introduces radio personality Pam Thrash as new co-host of 'The Weekly Special' TV
Public television station WTIU announced Monday (July 26) that former radio DJ Pam Thrash is the new co-host of "The Weekly Special," a program that looks at issues, events, people and other buzz-worthy topics in South and Central Indiana. Thrash will join Joe Hren as co-host for the local magazine program that is broadcast weekly on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. (with a rebroadcast on Fridays at 6 p.m.). Read the complete story.

IU receives Environmental Stewardship Award for energy-saving Microsteam Power System
Carrier Corp. has presented Indiana University with an Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of the university's commitment to sustainable systems and in celebration of the milestone reached by the energy-saving Microsteam™ Power System used for green power generation in Indiana University's Central Heating Plant. The microsteam has produced one gigawatt hour of electricity since it was installed in January. Read the complete story.

Indiana University announces 2010-11 Kelley Scholars
Ten Kelley Scholars have been selected by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The Kelley Scholars, all incoming freshmen this fall who intend to major in business at IU Bloomington, will receive full tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and funding for academic activities such as overseas study. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music 'Young Pianist' wins international piano competition
Yihan Chen, a student of Karen Taylor in the Young Pianists Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, captured the Grand Prize for Best Concerto Performance (all Young Artists levels) at the 54th World Piano Competition (WPC) July 1 in Cincinnati. He advanced to the finals after winning the Gold Medal in the Level 10 Concerto division. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music student wins national singing competition
Thomas Florio, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition July 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a $10,000 cash prize, a $1,000 gift certificate from Hal Leonard Publishing and a sponsored recital at Carnegie Hall next summer. In addition, he will be the featured artist at the 2012 NATS convention in Orlando, Florida. Read the complete story.

Indiana Disability Poll gives Indiana a C, says IU research and training center
Indiana cities and towns deserve a grade of C, on average, for progress in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a survey of people with disabilities, their family members and advocates. More than 835 people responded to the 2010 ADA in Your Community Poll, record participation for Indiana's annual Disability Poll, including the Report Card on ADA implementation. The landmark civil-rights law was signed 20 years ago today (July 26). Read the complete story.

Negative stereotypes shown to affect learning, not just performance
Negative stereotypes not only jeopardize how members of stigmatized groups might perform on tests and in other skill-based acts, such as driving and golf putting, but they also can inhibit actual learning, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers. While the effect of negative performance stereotypes on test-taking and in other domains is well documented, the study by social psychologist Robert J. Rydell and his colleagues in IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is the first to show that the effects might also be seen further upstream than once thought, when the skills are learned, not just performed. Read the complete story.

Firms inflated CEO pay by as much as 10 percent by benchmarking compensation with top-paying peers
Explosive growth in CEO pay has led some critics to question whether firms are biased in how they determine executive compensation. In fact, companies that used compensation peer groups to determine executive pay did artificially inflate such compensation -- but only by approximately 10 percent, according to research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

Family gives $1 million donation for Kelley School professorship
Indiana Daily Student, July 26 -- The Graf family, which includes four generations of IU alumni, gave a $1 million gift Thursday to the Kelley School of Business to endow the Graf Family Professorship. Full story.

Study: Boards Use Peers to Inflate Executive Pay
New York Times' DealBook, July 26 -- Corporate boards appear to routinely use compensation peer groups to artificially inflate pay for their chief executives, helping to contribute to the cascading increases in executive compensation over the last several years, according to an academic study on corporate governance. Michael Faulkender of the University of Maryland's R.H. Smith School of Business and Jun Yang of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, sought to answer these questions in a new study examining the use of comparable companies in the role of determining chief executive compensation. The study, "Inside the Black Box: The Role and Composition of Compensation Peer Groups" (an abstract is available here), found that companies usually benchmark their executive pay with peers in their industry group, but that they also choose peers that pay more than others. Full story.

Blind Spot
Insidehighered, July 26 -- A number of colleges have created new safeguards in recent years in an effort to reduce the risks. Among them are the eight campuses of Indiana University, which have enacted a series of reforms, including mandatory background checks of all employees, time clocks for non-salaried employees and a new whistle blower policy that encourages employees to come forward when fraud is suspected. Full story.

Teach For America, Peace Corps join forces
Indiana Daily Student, July 25 -- Applications for Teach For America positions are at a record high, reaching 46,000 applicants across the program. IU also saw an increase in applications with a total of 250. "We're really excited to see that there is a growing number of students at Indiana University, but also across the country, who are interested," James said. This year, IU has returned to the Peace Corps Top College Rankings among major U.S. universities. The Peace Corps offers IU students multiple options to volunteer for public service, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs has been very active in forming these important programs that very few universities offer. Full story.

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