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Feminist literary critic, cardiologist receive IU President's Medal of Excellence
Study: Mental illness stigma entrenched in American culture; new strategies needed
Chocolate farmers could benefit from newly sequenced cacao genome
New study finds big racial gap in suspensions of middle school students
IU, Alivio Medical Center partner with at-risk study of diabetes in Latino community
Eco-Entrepreneur Majora Carter visiting IU Bloomington as part of 'Student Empowerment Summit'
Media advisory: Indiana University expert available to comment on poverty data
Indiana University expert: Don't pin hopes on Burma's upcoming elections
IU Jacobs School of Music welcomes 2010-11 Jacobs Scholars and Jacobs Fellows
Cie Nicholson, Equinox's chief marketing officer, to join IU's Kelley School as Poling Chair
IU Auditorium opens season with 'New York Times' best-selling humor writer David Sedaris
IU's Wells Library offers free, public Constitution Day events
IU surgeon's new device to combat deadly birth defect earns support for further testing
Energy seminar series receives successful kick-off, seven speakers to follow during Themester
IU Bloomington Scoreboard
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Feminist literary critic, cardiologist receive IU President's Medal of Excellence
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has awarded the 2010 President's Medal for Excellence to Distinguished Professor Emerita of English Susan Gubar and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Douglas P. Zipes, emeritus director of the IU School of Medicine's Cardiology Division. The awards are among the highest honors an IU president can bestow. Read the complete story.

Study: Mental illness stigma entrenched in American culture; new strategies needed
A joint study by Indiana University and Columbia University researchers found no change in prejudice and discrimination toward people with serious mental illness or substance abuse problems despite a greater embrace by the public of neurobiological explanations for these illnesses. Read the complete story.

Chocolate farmers could benefit from newly sequenced cacao genome
A first draft of the cacao genome is complete, a consortium of academic, governmental, and industry scientists announced today. Indiana University Bloomington scientists performed much of the sequencing work, which is described and detailed at the official website of the Cacao Genome Database project. Read the complete story.

New study finds big racial gap in suspensions of middle school students
Middle schools across the country are suspending children with alarming frequency, particularly in some large urban school districts, where a third or more of their black male students are suspended in a given year, according to a new study by education researchers Daniel J. Losen of the Civil Rights Project and Russell Skiba, director of the Equity Project at Indiana University, and distributed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Read the complete story.

IU, Alivio Medical Center partner with at-risk study of diabetes in Latino community
Indiana University and Alivio Medical Center have partnered in a research study that may help identify Latinos genetically at-risk for diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latinos -- and Latina women in particular -- are among several demographic groups at greatest risk for Type 2 diabetes. Read the complete story.

Eco-Entrepreneur Majora Carter visiting IU Bloomington as part of 'Student Empowerment Summit'
Majora Carter, an environmental activist who has worked to create "green-collar" job opportunities for unemployed Americans and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius fellowship," will visit Indiana University Bloomington on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Read the complete story.

Media advisory: Indiana University expert available to comment on poverty data
Kristin Seefeldt, assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is available to talk to news media following the release Thursday (Sept. 16) of U.S. Census Bureau data on poverty and family income for 2009. Read the complete story.

Indiana University expert: Don't pin hopes on Burma's upcoming elections
The international community will be making a mistake if it focuses on encouraging Burma's military government to hold "free and fair" elections in November, says an Indiana University law professor who has advised the Asian nation's ethnic opposition groups. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music welcomes 2010-11 Jacobs Scholars and Jacobs Fellows
Eight new Jacobs Scholars and four new Jacobs Fellows began their studies this fall at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Selected from a large pool of incoming students, they are the recipients of the most prestigious and substantial scholarship awards in the school. Read the complete story.

Cie Nicholson, Equinox's chief marketing officer, to join IU's Kelley School as Poling Chair
Cie Nicholson, an alumna of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and executive vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) at Equinox Fitness Clubs, is joining the school as a leader-in-residence. Read the complete story.

IU Auditorium opens season with 'New York Times' best-selling humor writer David Sedaris
Indiana University Auditorium opens its 2010-2011 season Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m., with "An Evening with David Sedaris." Known for his satire and self-deprecating comedy, Sedaris is one of today's top humor writers. Read the complete story.

IU's Wells Library offers free, public Constitution Day events
The Indiana University Libraries is planning several events to honor Constitution Day, which is Friday, Sept. 17. The Government Information & Kent Cooper Services Department of the Herman B Wells Library and the Political and Civic Engagement program are sponsoring a series of events Friday and and also Monday, Sept. 20. All events are open to the campus and the public. Read the complete story.

IU surgeon's new device to combat deadly birth defect earns support for further testing
An Indiana University School of Medicine congenital heart surgeon and inventor has been awarded $2.1 million to continue development of a heart pump being designed to combat a form of congenital heart disease that is the leading cause of death from birth defects in the first year of a child's life. Read the complete story.

Energy seminar series receives successful kick-off, seven speakers to follow during Themester
An impressive speaker series on climate change and energy, titled by organizers "The Grand Energy Challenge," received a successful launch Wednesday (Sept. 15) as part of Indiana University's fall 2010 Themester: "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet." Read the complete story.
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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Scheduled for September 17:
Men's Cross Country: Indiana Intercollegiates, 3:30 p.m., West Lafayette, Ind.
Women's Cross Country: Indiana Intercollegiates, 4:30 p.m., West Lafayette, Ind.
Field Hockey: Miami of Ohio, 5 p.m., Oxford, Ohio
Men's Soccer: Brown, 7 p.m., Providence, R.I.
Women's Soccer: Kent State, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: IU Invitational, all day, Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Duke Fab 4 Invitational, all day, Durham, N.C.
Men's Golf: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational Sept. 17-19, all day, Chicago, Ill. (Olympia Fields CC)
Women's Golf: Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, all day, Albuquerque, N.M.

Scheduled for September 18:
Women's Volleyball: DePaul, 1 p.m., Oxford, Ohio
Football: Western Kentucky, 5 p.m., Bowling Green, Ky.
Women's Volleyball: Miami of Ohio, 7:30 p.m., Oxford, Ohio
Men's Tennis: Duke Fab 4 Invitational, all day, Durham, N.C.
Women's Rowing: Lemonhead Regatta, all day, Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Golf: Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, all day, Albuquerque, N.M.
Men's Tennis: IU Invitational, all day, Bloomington, Ind.

Scheduled for September 19:
Field Hockey: Missouri State,12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Soccer: Massachusetts, 1 p.m., Amherst, Mass.
Women's Soccer: Central Michigan, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Duke Fab 4 Invitational, all day, Durham, N.C.
Men's Tennis: IU Invitational, all day, Bloomington, Ind.
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IU in the news

Cancer center back to health: Highly specialized institute sees a financial turnaround
The Indianapolis Star, Sept. 15 -- The proton beam's rare precision is what makes it superior for treating cancers of the head and neck. But it is not what makes the institute hum financially. For years, the institute suffered losses despite providing a highly advanced treatment. Then, two years ago, IU and Clarian put cost controls in effect, and the institute started treating a far more common and easy-to-treat disease: prostate cancer. Full story.

Indiana University Named "Bargain" Among Big Ten Schools
WIBQfm.com, fox59.com, Sept. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Education has revealed IU has the lowest "average net price" among the eleven schools in the conference. That's the average amount in-state undergraduates pay, after financial aid, for tuition, room, board and living expenses. Full story. Full story 2.

IU's cacao DNA research success could help increase production of chocolate
CNN.com, Foodconsumer.org., Sept. 16 -- For researcher Keithanne Mockaitis, it was a project that looked too good to be true. The proposal would make full use of the Indiana University Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, where she serves as sequencing director. It could improve the lives of millions of small farmers in some of the poorest regions of the world. And it was all about chocolate. "How could I say no?" said Mockaitis, who like most people, considers herself a chocolate fan. Full story. Full story 2.

IU president says universities are driving life-science research
Courier-journal.com, Sept. 16 -- Universities are increasingly becoming the engine rooms of innovation and research in the life sciences, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said Thursday. "There's a fairly tight correlation between large, academic medical centers and places where there (are) growing health sciences, biotech industries," McRobbie said during a forum on employment trends in health care and that sector's role as an economic engine. Full story.

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