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Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011

IU News Round-up

March 24, 2011

IUPD confirms name in student death
Indiana Daily Student, March 24 -- Students, friends and the University are dealing with the loss of freshman Kira Riley, who died in an apparent suicide Tuesday in her dorm room in Briscoe Quad. Riley, a native of Moores Hill, Ind., was confirmed dead at the scene, according to a press release from the IU Police Department. Full story.

New Interim Dean at IU Med School Report, March 24 -- Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville has appointed an interim assistant dean and director. Steven Becker is medical director, radiologist and medical staff president at St. Mary's Warrick Hospital in Boonville. He has been a practicing radiologist in the greater Evansville area since 1986. Becker succeeds Rex Stith, who has been in the position for the past 18 years. Full story.

IU Health's new center is source of hope for many
The Indianapolis Star, March 24 -- For those fighting despair, IU Health center embraces hope. Full story.

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital sign change will affect traffic, March 23 -- Beginning at 6:30 a.m. today and lasting until 4 p.m., traffic on University Avenue near Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital will be affected by work to install a new sign on the west side of the hospital's North Tower. Portions of University will be closed while two cranes are used to install the sign. The sign change reflects the name change when Ball Memorial's parent company went from Clarian Health to Indiana University Health. Full story.

Study: Smoking ban didn't hurt business
The Indianapolis Star, March 24 -- A smoking ban did not cut into business at an Indiana off-track betting facility, an Indiana University study found. The news come as the Indiana legislature considers passing a version of a smoke-free workplace law. The House earlier this session passed a smoke free bill that excluded gambling facilities and bars; the bill is still under consideration in the Senate. Full story.

Kelley Institute to Welcome Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Report, March 24 -- The co-founder of Ben & Jerry's is coming to Indiana University Bloomington next week to talk about social responsibility. Jerry Greenfield's March 30 presentation is being sponsored by the new Kelley Institute for Social Impact. Greenfield and Ben Cohen are known for building a $300 million ice cream empire through social responsibility and a creative management. Full story.

IU voices in the news

Lead, other chemicals taint some urban gardens, March 23 -- Gabriel Filippelli an earth sciences professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said Tim Beckman's test results were typical of what he sees around the city: Lead levels were higher in soil near the street, where cars burning leaded gasoline once drove, and near the area where water runs off the house, known as the drip line. Based on tests at about 60 gardens around the city, Filippelli said about 90 percent need some kind of work to make gardening safe. Full story.

How do cellphones affect young brains?, March 24 -- Some studies have suggested that the radiation can cross or affect the entire brain of children, who are still developing, versus a particular area in adults, said Dr. Stephanie Wagner, co-medical director of the neuro-oncology program at Indiana University Health and the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Full story.

Lay Down Some Rubber!, March 24 -- In terms of safe sex, are you smarter than a 12th grader? Maybe not. Groundbreaking new research on sexual health from Indiana University found that condom use is routine for teens, but not for adults. Why are we so passive about protection? For one, many adults in their twenties and thirties are in monogamous relationships. "When you're in a stable relationship, you are less concerned about sexual infections or pregnancy, so you may forgo using a condom," says Michael Reece, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and one of the study's authors. Full story.

Mideast Expert: Gadhafi Losing Grip on Reality — Will Use Mustard Gas
Newsmax, March 23 -- There is an "increasing slippage between him and reality," says Jamsheed Choksy, a Middle Eastern and Islamic studies professor at Indiana University. Even if Gadhafi and his son Saif were "mentally stable," he adds, "They certainly are not the sort of individuals who should be running any country ever. Full story.

From the Chronicle

Why Zombie Ideas Persist in Economics
The financial and economic crisis that pushed the world economy to the brink of collapse in September 2008, and created sustained mass unemployment in the United States and Europe, came as an almost complete surprise to the majority of economists. None were more surprised than specialists in finance and macroeconomics, for whom the crisis contradicted central tenets of the dominant research program. Full story.

New President of the Association of American Universities Sees Possible Trouble in Too Many Doctoral Programs
The AAU's outgoing president, Robert M. Berdahl, drew attention in 2009 when he asked whether the nation may need "fewer but better" research universities. His successor, Hunter R. Rawlings, who is due to take over in June, said in an interview with The Chronicle that he wasn't yet ready to opine on that or many other subjects. Full story.

Colleges Face Conflicting Pressures in Dealing With Cases of Sexual Assault
The work of investigating, hearing, and deciding sexual-assault cases is complex and excruciating. Often it revolves around acquaintances, alcohol, and hazy recollections. Criminal prosecutors decline to pursue many "he said/she said" cases, but colleges don't have that choice. Full story.

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