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IU News Round-up

June 21, 2011

4 conference commissioners each get $1 million
Washington (AP),,, June 20 -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, the Big Ten board chairman, said his conference's presidents and chancellors believe Delany is worth "every penny" that he receives. "The board has enormous confidence in the commissioner, thinks that he's done an outstanding job," McRobbie said in a telephone interview. "We're very, very pleased with the progress in the conference under the commissioner's leadership." Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

New IU fee a heavy burden on hard-hit students, parents
The Indianapolis Star, June 20 -- Shame on Indiana University President Michael McRobbie. How can he say that students at IU need to chip in to pay for the repairs and maintenance of IU's buildings? I have two students in college. One has attended IU for the past four years. Each year there has been new fees tacked on for one thing or another. We have gone without food, vacations and new clothes to pay for her tuition. Full Letter.

IU is again rated a good place for tech professionals to work
The Indianapolis Star,, June 21, 20 -- For the second year in a row, Indiana University was named one of the best places to work for technology professionals. IU is one of only four universities to make Computerworld's 2011 list of Top 100 Places to Work in IT. Full story. Full story 2.

IU Health Debuts New Treatment Report, June 20 -- Indiana University Health Cardiovascular says it is the first facility in the state to offer a new valve replacement system called Trifecta. The organization says the new technology makes the procedure much less invasive. Hoosiers with aortic heart valve disease now have a one-stop shop for a new lease on life. Indiana University Health Cardiovascular is the first in the state to offer the Trifecta™ valve, a new stented tissue valve replacement for diseased, damaged or malfunctioning aortic heart valves. Full story.

Cancer center earns national accreditation
The Indianapolis Star,, June 19 -- The Cancer Center at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has again been granted three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons, one of the highest levels of accreditation possible, according to a press release. The award recognizes the facility's continued commitment to patients and the community. Full story. Full story 2.

Indiana University's 'Personal Clouds' Address Massive Virtualization Challenges, June 21 -- Virtualization of end users en masse, a problem that has resisted solution in many places, is being accomplished at Indiana University with a two-pronged approach. The eight-campus system expects to see 100,000 end users converted to virtualized applications by fall 2012. Some tentative attempts had previously been underway on a department-by-department basis. Central IT had to step in with a system-wide solution, said Sue Workman, associate VP of support, thereby upending projects that used different choices in vendor and approach. Full story.

Can we preserve the history and integrity of the Holocaust?
Jerusalem Post, June 21 -- Prof. Alvin H. Rosenfeld has placed himself astride the path of this out-of-control destructive tendency, attempting - as he writes in his book The End of the Holocaust - to articulate the "changing perception of the Holocaust within contemporary culture," Rosenfeld is well-placed, as chair of Jewish Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington and director of the Indiana University Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism, to set the record straight. Full story.

No more room for errors at lab
The Indianapolis Star,, June 21 -- State government officials and operators of the criminal justice system hope bad news is old news when it comes to the Indiana Department of Toxicology, soon to be under new management. The news isn't getting better. An independent audit of positive cocaine test results for criminal cases between 2007 and 2009 found that 32 percent of the tests fell short of accepted scientific standards. Full story. Full story 2.

Our opinion
Editorial: IU maintenance dollars critical
The Bloomington Herald-Times, June 21 -- Without spending money on rehabilitation of its cooling process, today could be the official beginning of a long, hot summer for Indiana University employees. The legislature has been reluctant to have state funding pay for R&R programs -- rehabilitation and renovation -- at IU. The result is what happened last summer and is likely to recur this year. Full story.

Indiana Univ. Undergrad Wins Investment Competition
India West, June 14 -- Sunjay Gorawara, an undergraduate student at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, May 25 won a major competition for aspiring stock traders. Gorawara, a 21-year-old senior from Buffalo Grove, Ill., majoring in finance, economic consulting and public policy, came in first place at the new competition, part of the prestigious Ira Sohn Investment Conference in New York. Full story.

Troubled economy fueling hospital deals, June 20 -- Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health -- a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana's outlying cities.
Merger discussions by the Kokomo-based hospital system carried on for two years leading up to the late-May vote by Howard Regional's board to approve a letter of intent to integrate with Indianapolis-based IU Health. According to the Kokomo Tribune, the merger could be complete by year's end. Full story.

IU voices in the news

Why can't Bloomington see value of I-69?
By Charles Trzcinka, the James and Virginia Cozad Professor of Finance in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
The Indianapolis Star, June 20 -- Economic vitality around the world is critically based on closer connections between people. A good standard of living and elimination of poverty are based on the ability of people to exchange their goods and services. Increasing this ability makes people better off; decreasing it, makes them worse off. Given this obvious point, it is disturbing that the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization has excluded I-69 from its annual transportation plan. Full story.

Life expectancy deceptive issue in Medicare debate
By Aaron Carroll, special to CNN, June 20 -- Carroll is the associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the university's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. Full story.

Clinical Trials: What Needs to Change?, June 20 -- Kathy D. Miller, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis holds a Roundtable discussion covering several topics related to current issues in clinical trials. Full story with video. (39:36)

The Elevator Pitch: Promote and Position Your Personal Brand
Student Branding Blog, June 21 -- Heather Trulock, associate director of student services for the Undergraduate Career Services Office in the Kelley School of Business, is the author of an article about how students can turn internships into future employment opportunities. Full story.

Financial training is in demand and Emerging markets plug gaps in demand
CTV (Globe and Mail) and The Financial Times, June 20, 21 -- Although western economies are struggling and the eurozone faces a continuing crisis, one business is flourishing: financial training. And as in many other areas, demand from emerging markets is driving this growth. At Kelley Direct in Indiana, for example, the online MSc in finance is proving particularly popular with senior -- often board level -- managers, most of whom already have an MBA, says Sreenivas Kamma, head of the finance department at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and of the Kelley Direct online program. "They want to get up to speed and up to date with the latest thinking on finance," he says. Full story. Full story 2.

IU: Recovery "Wobbly"
Building Indiana Blog, June 20 -- 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. Full story.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Let's make a deal, or not
The Indianapolis Star, June 18 -- Couponing is cool again. Thanks to a recovering economy and deal sites such as Groupon, Living Social and their knock-offs, bargain hunting is the hip way to map out your future purchases. Many businesses are developing around the idea of collaborative action, says John Talbott, assistant director for the Center for Research and Education in Retailing at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. "We depend heavily on our friends for marketing advice," Talbott says. "Companies are embracing these social tools so much that it sometimes becomes yelling instead of a whisper across the fence." Full story.

Why virtual weight loss programs could lead to better health habits
CBS Smart Planet, June 16 -- When Club One approached Anne Massey about studying the success of its new virtual club in Second Life, she accepted the opportunity with some skepticism. An expert on the intersections of technology, business and society, Massey wondered whether a 3D weight loss club would be as effective as its real-world counterpart. I spoke last week with Massey, a professor of information systems at Indiana University, about the surprising results -- and about how what this virtual experiment means for the future of weight loss programs. Full story.

Equal Opportunity Cheating: Women and Men Cheat at Same Rate,, June 21, 20 -- Researchers from Indiana University in Bloomington administered questionnaires to more than 900 participants in order to determine the factors that most often lead to infidelity among both sexes. "You may not have same performance concerns with somebody you don't know very well," said Kristen Mark, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at Indiana University. She added that 19 percent of women and 23 percent of men reported cheating, statistics that seem to reflect a closing of the cheating gender gap. Full story. Full story 2.

Neighborhoods abandoned to crime
The Indianapolis Star, June 20 -- "We shouldn't be surprised by this," said Jim White, a public-safety lecturer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "If someone is not in a home, it becomes a target for opportunists, a catalyst for wrongdoing, no matter where it is." Full story.

Lauren Spierer news

Driver of white truck ruled out as suspect in Lauren Spierer case, say Ind. cops, The Bloomington Herald-Times,,, June 20, 21 -- Police said Monday that the white truck seen near the time and place of Lauren Spierer's disappearance has been ruled out as a potential lead in the case of the missing Indiana University student. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3. Full story 4.

Leads dwindle in finding missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer
The Indianapolis Star, June 21 -- The investigation into the disappearance of an Indiana college student more than two weeks ago yielded no visible results Monday as police confirmed that a truck seen in the area near the time of the coed's disappearance was not connected to the case. Full story.

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From the Chronicle

Yale U. Will Replace Anti-Semitism Institute With a New Center Under Different Leadership
Yale University, which has come under fire this month for its decision to shut down a small research institute on anti-Semitism, announced plans on Monday to create a new center that will deal with the same topic. The new center, to be known as the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism, is expected to begin its work this fall. Full story.

Civil War History: an Intervention
Just as Gary W. Gallagher judged historians off track regarding Confederate defeat, he now considers them derailed on the question of what mattered most to victorious Northerners -- the concept of the Union. Writing recently on a New York Times blog, Gallagher remarks that "as we approach the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the meaning of Union to mid-19th-century Americans has been almost completely lost. Americans today find it hard to believe that anyone would risk life or fortune for something as abstract as Union. A war to end slavery seems more compelling, the sort of war envisioned in the film Glory." Full story.

Reverse-Transfer Programs Reward Students and Colleges Alike
Community-college officials must have a special love-hate relationship with the motivated, successful students who leave their institutions with a good number of credits, but no degree, to transfer to four-year institutions. Such students should be counted as institutional successes rather than failures, but until recently, little could be done to officially record them as such. Full story.

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