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IU News Round-up

Feb. 10, 2011

IU police: Fliers contain graphic language but no specific threats
The Bloomington Herald-Times,, Feb. 10 -- Indiana University police are investigating numerous reports of fliers, containing graphic language and the appearance of blood, that have been distributed on campus. The fliers do not contain specific threats to the campus community, police report. Police received reports that numerous fliers were left at three campus buildings with "graphic language" about the current state of our "art world" and telecommunications, IU police chief Keith Cash stated in an e-mail. Full story. Full story 2.

IU receives most donations in 2010
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 10 -- IU ranks first among public universities in the amount of voluntary financial support it received in 2010. All eight IU campuses received a total of $342.8 million from the IU Foundation, Riley Children's Foundation and from non-governmental research grants. Together, these gifts resulted in a 38.5 percent donation increase from 2009. Full story.

IU Personalized Medicine Institute to develop targeted and individualized treatments,, Feb. 9, 10 -- Indiana University has announced a major commitment to research in one of health care's most promising fields with the creation of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine. The institute's members will be drawn from the IU schools of medicine, informatics and nursing, with $11.25 million in funding provided by the School of Medicine, the school's Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative and the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer. Full story. Full story 2.

Putting toxicology errors on trial
The Indianapolis Star, Feb. 10 -- In what was otherwise a routine drunken-driving trial, defense attorneys in Hamilton County this week attempted a strategy that legal experts predict might become increasingly popular -- and successful -- in Indiana courtrooms. They tried to put the state's Department of Toxicology on trial. Full story.

Philanthropy Center Announces Fellowship Report, Feb. 9 -- A $100,000 gift will help the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University prepare future nonprofit organization leaders and professors. The center has unveiled the Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame Doctoral Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies. Full story.

Flu spike hits central Indiana schools, Feb. 9 -- Indiana's colleges and universities say they are starting to see widespread flu cases on their campuses. Also, health professionals say the new flu strain this year is harder to diagnose. Indiana University is reporting that one out of every four students seen at the student medical center has flu-like symptoms -- almost 600 in one month. Full story.

Students thwart Facebook threat
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 10 -- Two doctoral students in the IU School of Informatics and Computing discovered a Facebook security vulnerability that allows malicious websites to access a user's personal information without permission. Facebook repaired the problem within a few hours of its notification. Rui Wang and Zhou Li discovered the vulnerability in the middle of January and studied the problem for a couple weeks before notifying Facebook. Full story.

New Android "sensory malware" listens in, steals financial data, Feb. 10 -- One such "sensory malware" application has been created by researchers from Indiana University in Bloomington and the University of Hong Kong. Dubbed Soundminer, the application has the ability to monitor Android users' phone calls and steal account numbers spoken or entered via the number pad. The mechanisms it uses to do this, however, are much more sophisticated that you might expect. Full story.

Strive for consistency in early education
By Shirley Aamidor, Associate professor, Indiana University Kokomo
The Indianapolis Star, Feb. 9 -- Full story.

University police should be restricted to campus issues
The Exponent, Feb. 10 -- The Indiana Senate should not pass a new bill has been that would remove jurisdictional problems and provide the police with more flexibility. Currently, university police officers are restricted to on-campus issues only. Police officials have said they would jeopardize a case if they were to attend to a matter off-campus. This bill would allow them to further provide resources to the city and county departments. Full story.

Some school changes supported in poll,, Feb. 8, 9 -- The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University's School of Education said its seventh survey since 2003 showed declining confidence in public schools in Indiana and a perceived need for more public education funding. Full story. Full story 2.

IU voices in the news

How do food labels measure up?, Feb. 9 -- Generally, large companies are being as assertive as they can to help consumers make the link between good eating habits and their products, said Greg Kitzmiller, who is senior marketing lecturer in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and has consulted with Fortune 500 firms on food and beverages. Full story.

From the Chronicle

Changes in Egypt Could Strengthen Scholarly Ties With U.S.
When Jerry W. Leach arrived at the American University in Cairo five years ago, he wanted to reach outside of that elite institution to students at Egypt's public universities. He was warned by colleagues about potential violence, political reprisals, and opposition from the Muslim Brotherhood and the mukhabarat, or secret police. Full story.

Colleges' Student Health Plans Would Offer More Protections Under Proposed Rules
Students on college-sponsored health-insurance plans would receive protections similar to those that last year's health-care reform law is providing to the general population, under regulations proposed on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story.

Wielding the Red Pen
In my six years of TA-ing -- first as a master's student in anthropology, and then as a Ph.D. candidate in history -- I spent far more time assessing students' work than I did on any other teaching activity. And I probably learned more from the experience of grading than my students learned from the feedback I gave them. Mostly I learned to use grading to help students learn rather than intimidate them from questioning my assessments. Full story.

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