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IU News Round-up
July 8, 2011
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity celebrates century of achievement with event at IU
The Bloomington Herald-Times, July 8 -- Thousands of members of the organization from across the country, along with their families, returned to IU to celebrate the organization's 80th Grand Chapter conclave and the centennial of the founding. The fraternity, begun Jan. 5, 1911, by 10 African-American college students, now has more than 150,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, as well as chapters internationally. Full story.
Interactive Intelligence Founder Don Brown Makes Gift to IU SOIC to Benefit Bioinformatics Students
Callcenterinfo.com, July 8 -- The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing recently announced that Interactive Intelligence founder and IU alum, Don Brown, has given the school a gift of $50,000 to be used to support a fellowship in bioinformatics. Full story.
Officials continue HPER fire inquiry
The Bloomington Herald-Times, July 7 -- Fire and university officials continue to investigate the exact cause of Tuesday morning's roof fire at the Wildermuth fieldhouse, while assessing overall fire, water and smoke damage to the building. Full story.
Sifting for the truth in medical myths: Fact or fiction?
Written by Dr. Rachel Vreeman and Dr. Aaron Carroll
USAToday.com, news-medical.net, July 7, 8 -- Many of us have tried-and-true rules for avoiding illness. But if you subscribe to the theory that heading outside with wet hair will make you sick; bubbles in soda can make your bones brittle; or hot peppers can cause stomach ulcers, think again. Those ideas just aren't true, says a new book that explores popular health myths. Full story. Full story 2.
Kinsey relationship survey: Men value cuddling, women sexual satisfaction
Boston.com, July 7 -- When it comes to predicting relationship satisfaction among middle-aged couples, a new survey from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University discards some very worn stereotypes. Full story.
Sexual reproduction works thanks to ever-evolving host, parasite relationships: study
Physorg.com, livescience.com, July 7 -- It seems we may have parasites to thank for the existence of sex as we know it. Indiana University biologists have found that, although sexual reproduction between two individuals is costly from an evolutionary perspective, it is favored over self-fertilization in the presence of coevolving parasites. Full story. Full story 2.
Newspaper Nude Sparks Controversy
Theindychannel.com, July 8 -- A revealing photo in Indianapolis' alternative newspaper is raising some eyebrows. The photo was featured in an art show at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Full story.
IU voices in the news
Effect of pilots' pre-flight commutes eyed
UPI, July 6 -- The report urged airlines to collect more data on pilots' commuting practices and educate pilots about potentially fatiguing effects of commuting, a release from the National Academy of Sciences said Wednesday. "Some commutes have the potential to contribute to fatigue in pilots, and fatigue can pose a safety risk, but at this point we simply don't know very much about actual pilots' commuting practices," said Clint Oster, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Full story.
Study: Indiana Is 15th Fattest State
Eaglecountryonline.com, July 8 -- An annual report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Indiana is the 15th fattest state in the country. Indiana University Health Obesity Prevention Program's Laura McCarthy says the fight against obesity starts at the grassroots level. "It's a great opportunity for Indiana University Health and other groups in the state to really fight in the attack on obesity. There will be lots of opportunities for community work," McCarthy said. Full story.
Death by keyboard: cursive writing instruction could be thing of past
Fox8live.com, July 8 -- The Times of Munster reports the memo says schools may continue to teach cursive as a local standard, or they may decide to stop teaching cursive altogether. Andree Anderson of the Indiana University Northwest Urban Teacher Education Program says teachers haven't had the time to teach cursive writing for some time because it's not a top priority. Anderson says students' handwriting is atrocious. Full story.
eCampus.com Partners with Best New Ad Ltd. to Give College Students Real-world Experience with Business Marketing Projects
sfgate.com, July 6 -- Every college attempts to provide their students with a curriculum that prepares them for life in the business world and a Best New Ad contest does just that. Craig Wood, an Indiana University Advertising professor whose class worked on the project, stated, "Working directly with eCampus.com through the Best New Ad contest provided students with a real-world experience in developing creative strategies and concepts for an actual client and service that was relevant to their everyday life. Full story.
Lauren Spierer news
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Lauren Spierer's disappearance: Smallwood owners, manager issue statement
The Bloomington Herald-Times, July 7 -- "We pledge our continued, unwavering support to the Spierer family. We thank them for their constant, astonishingly selfless support of our facility and staff. And we vow to them that we will deploy every resource at our disposal to finding their daughter and bringing to swift justice those responsible for her disappearance." Full story.
Lauren Spierer's parents invite searchers to reunion Saturday on IU campus
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Theindychannel.com, July 7, 8 -- Volunteers who have helped search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer are invited to attend a reunion on Saturday. Laps for Lauren, a searchers reunion, is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Woodlawn field and track off Woodlawn Avenue, between 10th and Ninth streets on IU's campus. Full story. Full story 2.
Lauren Spierer website relaunched
Wthr.com, July 7 -- A website devoted to the search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer has a new look and new features. Spierer's family has relaunched Findlauren.com. The site now features the Facebook and Twitter pages for Lauren on the front page. Full story.
From the Chronicle
The Last of the Tenure Track
This year's season of assistant-professor job offers has come and gone. The search committee has entered that awkward clinch with Dr. Top Choice, holder of a newly minted terminal degree. As for unlucky Dr. Backup, the silence after the campus interview has gone on too long to dismiss, and the obsessive parsing of the search-committee chair's sotto voce "You'll hear from us soon" has given way to the consideration of Plan B. Meanwhile, in some tiny, windowless graduate office, the freshly credentialed Dr. Top Choice joins the tenure track, experiencing what the poet Chris Green calls "jouissance in the oubliette" -- pleasure in a one-room prison. Full story.
What the U.S. Government Can't Do Abroad, Colleges Can
In his book The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria reflects on the "rise of the rest" -- India, China, Brazil, Russia -- and the relative weakening of unquestioned American preponderance in many fields, including economic growth and political power. The one exception he foresees is the continued unrivaled excellence of American universities. Full story.
Few Finance Chiefs Are Optimistic in Face of Slow Recovery
Fewer than one-third of college chief financial officers are more optimistic about the state of the U.S. economy today than they were a year ago, according to a new Chronicle-Moody's survey of nearly 500 college CFO's. Yet when it comes to the financial prospects of their own institutions, a tad more than that -- 39 percent -- are more optimistic today. Full story.
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