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Do better babies make better Hoosiers?
Pfizer to support Indiana University informatics search for pathways to new medical discoveries
Construction kicks off Thursday on Habitat for Humanity build at Indiana University Bloomington
IU responds to report of bed bugs on campus
National organization touts School of Education doctoral dissertation tying extra-curricular activity to student success
Patent law conference will reflect on 'Claim Scope'
10th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at IU on Friday in Bloomington
IU 'Design Matters' forum focuses on sustainable design
IU appoints new Presidential Student Intern
IU Singing Hoosiers to take part in Lee Hamilton Event in Washington
IU, community representatives collaborate for Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010
IU-based folklife center presenting local band at Kennedy Center and Library of Congress
Leading Index for Indiana in August shows that state's economy continues to face challenges
IU Singing Hoosiers pays tribute to Hoagy Carmichael
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Do better babies make better Hoosiers?
The September 2010 special issue of the Indiana Magazine of History examines Indiana's leadership in the early 20th-century practice of eugenics -- the effort to breed a better human race. Read the complete story.

Pfizer to support Indiana University informatics search for pathways to new medical discoveries
An Indiana University data mining expert will use a grant from Pfizer to create a public resource exploring connections between chemical compounds and their biological activities. IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing Professor David Wild will use large-scale semantic Web-based data mining and network methods to seek to uncover previously undiscovered historical links between chemical compounds, drugs, biological pathways, targets, genes and diseases. Read the complete story.

Construction kicks off Thursday on Habitat for Humanity build at Indiana University Bloomington
While Indiana University's football team takes on two gridiron opponents -- one later this month and another in early October -- a different kind of team will be building a partnership outside of Memorial Stadium. Read the complete story.

IU responds to report of bed bugs on campus
Indiana University staff responded promptly and aggressively after the discovery this week of two bed bugs in an office cubicle on the IU Bloomington campus. Mike Jenson, IU director of the IU Office of Environmental Health and Safety, said an IU Wells Library employee found one bed bug on a wall in the library Monday. IU public-health staff inspected the area and set out traps, one of which caught a second bed bug. Read the complete story.

National organization touts School of Education doctoral dissertation tying extra-curricular activity to student success
The Institute for Education Leadership in Washington, D.C., is citing as a major contribution to the field a study by a recent Indiana University School of Education Ph.D. graduate suggesting a relationship between higher participation in extra-curricular programs and better grades at an Indianapolis community school. Read the complete story.

Patent law conference will reflect on 'Claim Scope'
Many of the country's top intellectual property scholars and practitioners are expected to convene at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on Sept. 23-24 for a major conference on patent law. The conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication of "On the Complex Economics of Patent Scope," a seminal work in the field of patent law by Robert P. Merges and Richard R. Nelson. Read the complete story.

10th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at IU on Friday in Bloomington
Floating lunacy in the form of creative cardboard boats skippered by Indiana University students, deans, community members and others will once again entertain crowds during the 10th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday (Sept. 24) at the IU Outdoor Pool in Bloomington. Read the complete story.

IU 'Design Matters' forum focuses on sustainable design
Leading designers and architects will gather at Indiana University on Oct. 1 (Friday) for a free, open-to-the-public panel discussion on how the "built environment" has been impacted by sustainability initiatives. Each speaker will provide professional insights on sustainability in the areas of design media, manufacturing for the built environment and design practice and implementation. Read the complete story.

IU appoints new Presidential Student Intern
Esther Uduehi, a senior at Indiana University Bloomington majoring in biochemistry and mathematics, has been selected as IU's Presidential Student Intern for 2010-11, it was announced today (Sept. 23). As IU's second-ever Presidential Student Intern, she will serve on a new committee, recently established by IU President Michael McRobbie, which is examining the university's approaches to teaching and learning and their impact on student achievement. Read the complete story.

IU Singing Hoosiers to take part in Lee Hamilton Event in Washington
On Oct. 5, a small ensemble within Indiana University's Singing Hoosiers will travel to Washington, D.C., to celebrate and recognize former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton's dedication and work with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a post from which he is now retiring. Read the complete story.

IU, community representatives collaborate for Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010
The Indiana University and Bloomington communities will come together at Bryan Park Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to celebrate Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010. Formerly known as the Bloomington Multicultural Festival, the popular event changed its composition last year to combine the annual Soul Food Festival, the Moon Festival and Festival Latino. Read the complete story.

IU-based folklife center presenting local band at Kennedy Center and Library of Congress
The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band has been selected to represent Indiana's vibrant tradition of bluegrass music in the nation's capital. Based in southern Indiana, the band will perform at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as part of the center's 2010 Homegrown Concert Series. Read the complete story.

Leading Index for Indiana in August shows that state's economy continues to face challenges
After a marginal increase in July, the Leading Index for Indiana (LII) continued the slide that started in April and returned to its lowest point for 2010. Consistent with movement in the LII, the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI), which is another economic measure, fell by 1 percent in August after increasing 1.7 percent in July. The PCI's authors describe the August result as discouraging, but note that the August PCI is still far from double-dip territory. Read the complete story.

IU Singing Hoosiers pays tribute to Hoagy Carmichael
One of America's most popular show choirs will pay tribute to one of the nation's most popular composers in a free concert Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and repeated at 8:30 p.m. in Auer Hall at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The IU Singing Hoosiers, directed for 15 years by Jacobs Professor Michael Schwartzkopf, will take the audience on a musical journey through the life of one of Bloomington's favorite sons in "Hoagy Carmichael and Friends." Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results for Scheduled for September 22:
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team (12-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss of the 2010 season Wednesday night, dropping a 3-1 tally to the visiting Purdue Boilermakers (10-2, 1-0). Read the match notes.

Scheduled for September 24:
Field Hockey: Penn State, 6 p.m., State College, Pa.
Women's Soccer: Northwestern, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Soccer: Penn State, 7:30 p.m., State College, Pa.
Women's Volleyball: Northwestern, 8 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Women's Tennis: Hoosier Classic Sept 24-26, All Day, Bloomington, Ind.

Scheduled for September 25:
Softball: IUPUI, 11 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: IUPUI, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Football Akron, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Scheduled for September 26:
Softball: Kirkwood Community College At Indiana St, 12:30 p.m., Terre Haute, Ind.
Field Hockey: Bucknell, 1 p.m., Lewisburg, Pa.
Women's Soccer: Wisconsin, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Butler At Indiana St., 4 p.m., Terre Haute, Ind.
Men's Golf: Windon Memorial Classic Sept. 26-27, All Day, Chicago, Ill. (North Shore CC)

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IU in the news

Robots on TV: Rescue bot knows, um, what you mean
Newscientist.com, Sept. 23 -- Matthias Scheutz, a computer scientist from Indiana University in Bloomington, and colleagues have developed a robot that can cope with these ungrammatical speech patterns. Their design filters out disfluencies and helps the robot translate natural speech into clear instructions. The robot can also give feedback, saying "OK" to show that it understands an instruction. Full story.

New building to unify UITS staff, official says
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 22 -- The new building is scheduled to be completed in May 2011 and will be the core of the tech park. It will also provide a base for the UITS staff. UITS staff and administrators are currently spread out across a number of locations throughout IU. The new building will allow the staff to work together and collaborate in one consolidated building. Full story.

University to Mark 40 Years
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report, Sept. 24 -- Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next month. The school will be marking the milestone October 7 with a community celebration and the release of a magazine highlighting the university's history. IUPUC says when it first opened its door in 1970, the school employed two full-time staff members and only part-time faculty members. Full story.

IU net price best value for Big Ten
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 23 -- IU's average net price for 2008 and 2009 was $10,367 according to the published rankings. That is $8,500 less than the most expensive school, Penn State, which is $19,056. IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre said one of the reasons for the low price is President McRobbie's commitment to expanding the amount of money available for student financial aid. Full story.

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