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IU News Round-up

August 22, 2011

Students receive $2,500 scholarships in new hospital foundation program
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 15 -- Ten students each received a $2,500 scholarship from a new scholarship program, launched by the Bloomington Hospital Foundation, designed to help future health care providers. Two winners are Indiana University students -- Heather Gray, who is studying dietetics and plans to graduate in the spring of 2012; and Amanda Meyer, who is studying speech therapy and plans to graduate in the spring of 2012. Full story.

NxStage Celebrates Seven Year Anniversary of IU Health's Home Hemodialysis Program and Patient Milestones
PR Newswire, Aug. 15 -- NxStage® Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, is celebrating Indiana University Health's (IU Health) seventh anniversary of its program to offer home hemodialysis to patients with the NxStage System One™. IU Health started its home dialysis program by partnering with NxStage on its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the System One for home use. In addition, three IU Health patients who were among the first ever to receive dialysis with the System One, are celebrating more than seven years with the therapy. Full story.

IU Health policy: You can't smoke at work or on off-campus break,, Aug. 15, 12 -- Grabbing a smoke while on a lunch break soon will be a thing of the past for Indiana University Health employees -- even if they are miles from the tobacco-free campus. Beginning Aug. 22, workers at IU Health's Downtown hospitals will not be allowed to smoke or use smokeless tobacco products during their work days. It is one of the most restrictive smoking policies in the nation. Full story. Full story 2.

Nonprofit Hiring, Wages Up
Inside Indiana Business, Aug. 15 -- A report out of Indiana University shows nonprofit employment and wages in Indiana both increased between 2005 and 2009. Researchers say the numbers are especially significant because the gains came at a time when jobs were decreasing in other sectors of the state's economy. IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Professor Kirsten Grønbjerg headed up the research, and says there are several reasons nonprofit employment has been growing in Indiana. Full story.

IU voices in the news

100 years ago, the fair crowned beautiful babes, Aug. 14 -- But baby contests around the nation also reflected a broader public health movement, said Ruth Engs, professor of applied health science at Indiana University. Eugenics, post-Nazi Germany, became pejorative, she said. But in the early 20th century there also was the positive connotation of "eat well, brush your teeth, wash your hands," that sort of thing. (Of course we're still talking about primarily white babies in contests that reflected all the racial and cultural bias of their era.) Full story.


Pushing all to college dumbs down degrees
The Indianapolis Star (Letter to the editor), Aug. 12 -- As I read the Aug. 7 article "The pathway to college," I found myself wondering whatever happened to the idea that colleges and universities were institutions of higher learning for those who are intellectually qualified and academically prepared. Apparently, that theory has given way to the belief that everyone is entitled to a college education. I suppose that is just another in that huge list of entitlements that has been created by so-called progressives. Full letter.

CU-Boulder should ax in-state tuition, says professor Roger Pielke Jr.
The Daily Camera, Sept. 14 -- A University of Colorado professor has a pitch that he thinks could help solve the university's budget woes: Charge one flat tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state students. Environmental studies professor Roger Pielke Jr.'s commentary, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, suggests eliminating the differential tuition rates for Colorado students and their non-resident peers. Full story.

Overhaul to make state schools more affordable may not work, some say
The Middletown Journal, Aug.13 -- One of the questions surrounding Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro's plan to overhaul Ohio's 14 four-year public universities goes to the heart of whether more Ohioans can achieve their dreams of higher education: Will the plan make college more affordable? Full story.

From the Chronicle

U.S. Appeals Court to Weigh the Speech Rights of Public-College Faculty Members
In a case emerging as a major test of the free-speech rights of faculty members at public colleges, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is being asked to decide whether Northeastern Illinois University could legally punish a professor who advised student activists by deeming her own statements of protest to be job-related. Full story.

Toward a Rational Response to Plagiarism
Plagiarism is making us crazy. No, the mere thought of plagiarism is making us crazy. Collectively, as a professoriate, we're obsessed with it. Consider "The Shadow Scholar," an anonymous confessional by a man who purportedly produces student papers on demand. Originally published in November of 2010, it remains one of the most-viewed articles on The Chronicle's Web site and has received, to date, more than 600 comments. Full story.

Lauren Spierer news

Missing student's parents release poster, letter, The Republic, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 14, 15 -- The parents of an Indiana University student who's been missing for more than two months have released a new "missing" poster of her and a new letter online in which they plead for information about her. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

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