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Front Page News at Indiana University

June 17, 2011

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IU Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' performances open with world-class chamber music series
Funding for new multidisciplinary projects announced
Cream and Crimson Alumni Weekend brings together alumni leaders, reunion attendees
Indiana CTSI awards nearly $3 million to promising, innovative medical researchers
IU biologist Pikaard one of 15 in nation to benefit from $75 million plant science initiative
2011-12 Cox Scholars announced for Indiana University Bloomington
Effort to spread project-based learning to southern Indiana teachers booming
Sold-out Mini University to kick off 40th anniversary
IU Kelley School's Leading Index for Indiana for May suggests a "wobbly" recovery
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' performances open with world-class chamber music series
Indiana University's inaugural Summer Festival of the Arts moves into top gear June 20 with the opening performance of the Jacobs School of Music's Chamber Music Series, a world-class collection of free and ticketed events that feature high-profile visiting artists and members of the prestigious Jacobs School faculty. Read the complete story.

Funding for new multidisciplinary projects announced
Two major multidisciplinary projects -- "The In/Visibility of America's 21st Century Wars" seminar and lecture series, and "New Latin@ Film Festival and Conference" -- have been funded with seed money from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs' Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminars Fund. Read the complete story.

Cream and Crimson Alumni Weekend brings together alumni leaders, reunion attendees
Indiana University's annual Cream and Crimson Alumni Weekend will take place this weeked (June 17-18) on the IU Bloomington campus to welcome and salute IU alumni from around the world. Read the complete story.

Indiana CTSI awards nearly $3 million to promising, innovative medical researchers
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has awarded nearly $3 million to a new generation of medical students and researchers at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame to encourage home-grown innovation in Indiana. Read the complete story.

IU biologist Pikaard one of 15 in nation to benefit from $75 million plant science initiative
Indiana University Bloomington biologist Craig Pikaard has been selected by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as one of the nation's most innovative plant scientists. He will take part in a new initiative that boosts much needed funding for fundamental plant science research. Read the complete story.

2011-12 Cox Scholars announced for Indiana University Bloomington
Jesse and Beulah Cox Scholarships have been awarded to 63 first-year and returning students at Indiana University Bloomington, including the first recipients of Cox Engagement, Access and Exploratory scholarships, new awards that were created this year. Read the complete story.

Effort to spread project-based learning to southern Indiana teachers booming
More than 200 educators are participating in the third annual collaboration between Indiana University and a southern Indiana coalition of business, education and community leaders to spread project-based learning (PBL) principles to area schools. Read the complete story.

Sold-out Mini University to kick off 40th anniversary
Mini University, a weeklong learning vacation sponsored by the IU Alumni Association and IU Bloomington Continuing Studies, holds its 40th annual program June 19-24. Read the complete story.

IU Kelley School's Leading Index for Indiana for May suggests a "wobbly" recovery
According to the Leading Index for Indiana (LII) in May, prospects for the state's economic recovery would seem more tenuous. "The recovery looks increasingly wobbly," said Timothy Slaper, director of economic analysis at the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, which reports the monthly report. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Scheduled for June 22:
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.

Scheduled for June 23:
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.

Scheduled for June 24:
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.

Scheduled for June 25:
Women's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.
Men's Track: USA Track and Field Jr and Sr Championships, All Day, Eugene, Ore.

Nothing further is scheduled through June 30

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IU in the news

What's different: a chance to earn a college degree
The Indianapolis Star, June 16 -- Early college programs, such as the one at Tech High School, are just one of several programs that allow high school students to take college-level courses. Students also can take individual dual-credit courses offered through a number of other colleges, including Purdue University and Indiana University. Full story.

New Children's Museum Exhibit Draws Big Crowds
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report, June 13 -- The Underwater Science team from the IU School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), has been working to preserve, analyze and document the Kidd shipwreck since its surprising discovery, which made headlines around the world. Full story.

IU Cancer Doctor Weighs in on New Sunscreen Guidelines
Whiterivernews.com, June 16 -- The FDA is planning to change the guidelines for sunscreen. In addition to SPF numbers, manufacturers are going to have to tell us if the sunscreen is "broad spectrum." Indiana University Cancer Center Dr. Bill Wooden says "broad spectrum" means the sunscreen will be able to offer protection to different lights and energy. Wooden says the guideline changes will be positive. Full story.

The many health perks of good handwriting
Los Angeles Times, June 15 --"For children, handwriting is extremely important. Not how well they do it, but that they do it and practice it," said Karin Harman James, an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. Handwriting can change how children learn and their brains develop. IU researchers used neuroimaging scans to measure brain activation in preliterate preschool children who were shown letters. One group of children then practiced printing letters; the other children practiced seeing and saying the letters. Full story.

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