IU News Round-up
July 26, 2010
Salary freeze reflected in most recent IU database
Exceptions include people who changed jobs or got promoted
The Bloomington Herald-Times,tmcnet.com, July 25 -- Indiana University's salary freeze is a cold reality for most of the 8,000 or so employees on the Bloomington campus. But university officials are quick to point out that it's a general freeze, with some exceptions. If you take a new position, you still can earn more money. That provision in the salary policy enabled Kelley School of Business professor Idalene Kesner to rocket up into the top 10 most highly paid employees on the Bloomington campus and claim the distinction of being the most highly paid woman on campus. Full story. (Complete salary database listed in The Bloomington Herald-Times 7/26/10) by subscription) Full story 2.
Emotional Abuse' at IUPUI?
28 Have left women's basketball program
The Sunday Star, Kentsterling.com, July 25 -- Posters of former star plays adorn the walls leading to the IUPUI athletic director's office. Two of them feature basketball player Julia Whitted - one for each of her first-team all-conference honors. Full story. (subscription) Full story 2.
IU creates partnership to offer IT training to alumni, groups
The Bloomington Herald-Times, July 25 -- University Information Technology Services has long provided training to students and staff at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. Now, the School of Continuing Studies will coordinate training sessions provided by the UITS Training and Education Group in conjunction with outreach efforts by the IU Alumni Association. Full story.
Early Puberty Tied to Obesity in Girls
Cfah.org, July 26 -- A review of more than 100 studies found overweight girls tend to reach puberty earlier than their peers do. The review appears online in the Journal of Adolescent Health. "Early puberty is one of the many outcomes of obesity," said Emily Walvoord, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "There are clearly other factors we don't understand that have affected the timing." While childhood obesity is a growing epidemic, she suggested other factors include a possible increase in hormone-disrupting chemicals in the environment and more chronic stress in children's homes. Full story.
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.
Hormones prompt men to think of sex
Weekendpost.co.za, July 26 -- It's difficult to conduct accurate research about this, as the studies rely on the questions being answered truthfully, but according to researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, 54% of men think about sex "several" times a day. This is compared to only 19% of women who think about sex several times a day. Full story.
FIRE grants IU speech policies 'yellow light'
Indiana Daily Student, July 25 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization that aims to defend students' rights on college campuses, has identified IU-Bloomington as a "yellow light" university, meaning FIRE has found several policies to be too vague and allow for too much discretion on the part of university administrators. However, other Big Ten universities did not fare as well. The University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin all received red light ratings. This means the universities have at least "one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech." 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.
Lasciarsi sul web. Quando il network separa invece di unire
Panorama (Italy), July 26 -- A couple of years ago, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, left his girlfriend right on the pages of the Encyclopedia online, changing their biography from a single boyfriend. She retaliated instantly put some clothes Wales auction on eBay. The two were pioneers of a new way to say goodbye: online. It 'just released in the U.S. an essay entitled The Breakup 2.0, where Ilana Gershon, professor of the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, explores the ways in which people use new media to put an end relations. It also assesses the consequences. Full story.
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.
Women's Institute teaches business practices
Indiana Daily Student, July 26 -- A decline in female business students has caught the attention of the IU Kelley School of Business. So, in 2006, the first Young Women's Institute was created to reach out to young women in high schools and introduce them to the opportunities in business degrees, said Kathleen Robbins, director and founder of the undergraduate program at the Kelley School. "We wanted the participants to feel well-educated with the choices they have in studying business and start determining the strength and interest of them in the business field," Robbins said. Full story.
Greenwashing abounds and it makes me feel dirty
The Bloomington Herald-Times, July 25 -- An Indiana University professor recently pointed out the backlash a company can face when it tries too hard to "greenwash" its image. The company's "Beyond Petroleum" campaign won a satirical "Greenwash Academy Award" at a 2002 Earth Summit for laying it on a bit too thick. You don't have to be too big a cynic to say, "We had no idea you were moving Beyond Petroleum to creating the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history." John Maxwell, a professor of business economics and public policy in the Kelley School of Business, focused on BP in an analysis he made with a co-author from the University of Michigan. The study describes Greenwash as "the selective disclosure of positive information about a company's environmental performance without full disclosure of negative information on these dimensions." Full story.
IU voices in the news
Indianapolis Star to be laid out in Louisville; local jobs likely lost
Indianapolis Business Journal, July 24 -- The Indianapolis Star soon will be designed and laid out in Louisville -- a move that has sparked outcry from union leaders and concern on the part of observers who fear the shift could eliminate the paper's local flavor. "This is a cost-cutting measure, pure and simple," said Jim Brown, executive associate dean of Indiana University School of Journalism at IUPUI. "It will lead to a homogenization of design among the Gannett papers, and will strip out the individual design and personality that Star designers with knowledge of this local community bring." Full story.
New unemployment claims soar
State to collect $4.4 million from Hoosiers deemed to be ineligible for stimulus
Newsandtribune.com, July 24 -- While Indiana saw positive year-to-year gains in employment in June, that was compared to low levels in 2009 according to Uric Dufrene, Sanders chair of the Indiana University Southeast school of business. The jump in unemployment claims is cause for concern in Indiana, he said. "I follow this report weekly, and this is one of the largest increases that I've ever seen for Indiana," Dufrene said. "So unfortunately, I think this suggests that Indiana may be hitting another rough patch on the employment front." Full story.
When a Justice and a Case Are Too Close
The New York Times, July 24 -- As important, said Gerard N. Magliocca, a law professor at Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, President Obama surely considered the future of his signature legislative accomplishment when choosing a nominee. "She may disappoint on some things," he said, "but she's not going to vote to strike down health care." Full story.
From the Chronicle
Great Colleges to Work For: Honor Roll
Listed are the institutions, in alphabetical order and categorized by size that were cited in the most individual recognition categories. Full story.
Economy Slows Colleges' Ability to Hire and Delays Retirements
Like many deans, William A. Schwab would like to hire more new faculty members. But with a hiring freeze in place at the University of Arkansas's main campus, where Mr. Schwab leads the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, his ability to hire full-time professors is limited, although the university's enrollment is growing. Full story.
Goodbye to Those Overpaid Professors in Their Cushy Jobs
There may still be full professors who teach three or four classes per year, head off to their cabins for the summer, and send their own children to college with a generous employer subsidy, all while enjoying job security denied to most other workers. But each year, fewer and fewer professors have it so good: An increasingly small percentage of those standing at the front of a college classroom are on the tenure track. For adjunct instructors, who now make up more than half of the professoriate, life is a scramble to piece together as much income as a bartender's. And the young academics who do win coveted tenure-track appointments are hardly coasting -- they're working harder than ever before. Full story.
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