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August 3, 2010

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2010 Wells Scholars announced at Indiana University
IU Health & Wellness: Back-to-school issue
IU receives $9.2 million from NSF to expand global networks and research
IU researchers awarded NIH grant to study prevention of deadly falls among elderly
IU School of Education faculty member chosen for Fulbright award
IU Jacobs School of Music student new 'Opera Idol'
IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus wins national competition
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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2010 Wells Scholars announced at Indiana University
Indiana University announced today (Aug. 2) that 18 entering freshmen and two current IU juniors will join the more than 440 others who have been named Wells Scholars since the first class enrolled in 1990. The incoming class includes several students who are the first from their high schools to receive this prestigious award. Among them is Lauryn Quick, who is the first Wells Scholar from Lebanon High School, from which Wells -- IU's late president and chancellor -- graduated in 1920. Read the complete story.

IU Health & Wellness: Back-to-school issue
The IU Health and Wellness back-to-school issue discusses the misuse of ADHD medications by college students and student-athletes; turning daily physical activity into a habit during the busy college years; when economic uncertainty pushes you toward college; and school funding during tough financial times. Read the complete story.

IU receives $9.2 million from NSF to expand global networks and research
Indiana University has been awarded $9.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead two high-speed international network services. The awards provide IU with $4.6 million to continue the TransPAC3 network connection to Asia, and an additional $4.6 million for a new connection to Europe, named ACE -- America Connects to Europe. Congratulations to Indiana University, the first institution to receive two awards in an IRNC competition," said William Chang, National Science Foundation IRNC (International Research Network Connections) program officer, and an Indiana University graduate. Read the complete story.

IU researchers awarded NIH grant to study prevention of deadly falls among elderly
Two researchers from Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation received a $359,975 award from the National Institutes of Health to continue their research into how to prevent debilitating and potentially deadly falls by older adults. The study is led by S. Lee Hong, assistant professor in the School of HPER's Department of Kinesiology, and David M. Koceja, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and is supported by geriatrician Douglas K. Miller and biostatistician Siu L. Hui, both from the IU School of Medicine. The two-year award is funded through the NIH's National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Read the complete story.

School of Education faculty member chosen for Fulbright award
The U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have selected an Indiana University professor for a Fulbright Specialists project in South Africa. Victor M.H. Borden, professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the Indiana University School of Education, will conduct a program at the University of KwaZula Natal next month. Borden will deliver the keynote address at the university's fourth annual teaching and learning conference and then deliver a series of workshops and seminars to develop capacity amongst academics to plan, implement, evaluate and improve projects and programs that enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning and promote student success. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music student new 'Opera Idol'
Michael Match, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is America's new "Opera Idol."
The countertenor learned July 26 that he had won Cincinnati's second annual Opera Idol Competition with his rendition of "L'angue offeso" from Handel's Julius Caesar. He will receive a $3,500 contract with Cincinnati Opera. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus wins national competition
Jake Harpster, who received a bachelor's degree in percussion performance last May from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won the Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition June 19-22 at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. He competed on the marimba. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

IU gets $9.2 million to expand global IT networks and research
Business Week, Aug. 3 -- Indiana University has been awarded $9.2 million from the National Science Foundation to lead two high-speed international network services. The awards provide IU with $4.6 million to continue and expand upon an existing network linking U.S. researchers with colleagues in Asia. An additional $4.6 million will support construction for a new connection to Europe, named ACE -- America Connects to Europe. IU officials, including President Michael A. McRobbie, made the announcement today at the university's new Global Research Network Operations Center in Indianapolis. Full story.

Breakup 2.0; A new book explores how technology has changed the way we end relationships
Newsweek, Aug. 2 -- The current state of the breakup is more accurately described in popular culture by this lament from Drew Barrymore's character, Mary, in the 2009 film He's Just Not That Into You: "I had this guy leave me a voice mail at work, so I called him at home, and then he e-mailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies . . . It's exhausting." Around the time that movie was being made, llana Gershon, an assistant professor of communication and culture at Indiana University, began to notice a curious phenomenon among her students. Full story.

Foster Lab tests DNA mutations
Indiana Daily Student, Aug. 1 -- Eleven years ago, microbiologist Patricia Foster came to IU hoping to be involved in an undergraduate educational setting and an environment of diverse research efforts. Since then, it seems she has found exactly what she was looking for, and perhaps more, as her research continues to result in publication and recognition. In 2008, Foster was honored as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, which recognized her for her work on mutagenesis of Escherichia coli (E. coli). Full story.

Speed matching partners IU programs, nonprofits
Indiana Daily Student, Aug. 1 -- A circle of tables filled a room at the DeVault Alumni Center on Thursday for a "speed matching" event, organized to connect IU offices with Bloomington nonprofit agencies for potential partnerships. This second annual event was created by the IU Civic Engagement Campus and Community Stakeholders Collaborative, which is made up of IU staff members, community representatives and students from a variety of programs who facilitate curricular services. Full story.

Technologies Help Adult Children Monitor Aging Parents
New York Times, July 29 -- Several academic studies have been undertaken to see just where the line between loving watchfulness and over-intrusion might be drawn. Other research suggests that having the monitors in place may be enough to give family members peace of mind, and that they are less likely than one might expect to spend time poring over the information. Kelly Caine, a researcher at Indiana University, is just completing a study that found that for all the handwringing over whether to install monitoring technology, the people who received the information from such systems "rarely checked in on the older adults using the monitoring technology more than once per day." Full story.

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