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IU News Round-up

September 26, 2011

McRobbie: Sports a big part of building connections for IU
IU president to serve second year leading Big Ten athletics council
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 25 -- When Indiana University President Michael McRobbie agreed last summer to be the first to lead the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors for a second consecutive year, it raised a few eyebrows. McRobbie's acceptance of a second year leading the Big Ten athletics council was a practical matter. The council, which holds ultimate policy and financial authority for the Big Ten Conference, decided to end its rotating annual chairman tradition and move to a system under which the executive committee nominates a leader to a two-year term. As the sitting chairman, the IU president agreed to remain in the role for another year and start the process. Full story.

Mickey Maurer to give Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship address
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 25 -- Mickey Maurer, namesake of Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and chairman of the board of the National Bank of Indianapolis, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship next week. Full story.

Carlson wins Innovator Award
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 25 -- Erin E. Carlson, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award, intended to stimulate innovative research and support promising new scientists. The award will provide $1.5 million over five years to support Carlson's research, which deals with developing improved treatments for drug-resistant infections. Full story.

IPFW faculty asks Purdue to retain chancellor, Sept. 24 -- Faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne want Purdue to allow longtime Chancellor Michael Wartell to stay on for two more years even though he's nearly reached the school's mandated retirement age. The Journal Gazette reports that the IPFW Faculty Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a resolution to formally ask Purdue to grant a two-year extension for Wartell, who's been chancellor for 19 years. Full story.

Blind Employees Helping Reduce Hospital Noise Levels Report, Sept. 26 -- Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises, which employs 75 blind or visually impaired employees, is helping reduce noise at Indiana University Health hospitals. Workers have outfitted approximately 400 linen, delivery and other carts with new sealed ball bearings. Bosma employees package surgical and medical exam gloves for veterans hospitals throughout the country, in addition to working on various projects, including IU Health's noise reduction program. Full story.

Occupational Therapists Renew Lost Art Of Handwriting, Sept. 24 -- Occupational therapists from across Indiana gathered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Saturday to teach young students how to better use their hands and fingers to write. Educators said that handwriting has become overshadowed and somewhat outdated by the technology of laptops and smartphones. Full story.

The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books
By Dan Cohen, Sept. 23-- On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild sued the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University over digital copies of books from their vast libraries. Many of these scanned books are no longer in print and of interest only to scholars, but the lawsuit reflects the growing tension between professional authors and the libraries that hold their work. Full story.

NYC Private Detective Slams Police In Spierer Case, The Bloomington Herald-Times,, Sept. 26, 23 -- A nationally known private detective tapped by the family of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is publicly critical of the way Bloomington police are handling the case, likening the city's police chief to Gomer Pyle. Dietl went on to say that drug abuse is rampant on the Indiana University campus, a characterization that some take exception to. Full story. Full story 2. Video.

The Proposed American Jobs Act, Sept. 26 -- The high net-worth individuals targeted by the Obama administration make up less than 3 percent of households in America but, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, represent somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of all individual charitable donations. That's more than $100 billion in charitable gifts annually. Full story.

'Princess Diaries' author shares memories of Elm Heights home involved in Jacobs project
The Bloomington Herald-Times,, Sept. 26 -- The author of "The Princess Diaires" series and other popular books for young adults lived from the age of 9 in a two-story house at 505 S. Ballantine Road, which Jacobs wants to move to another lot in the neighborhood so that two new residences can take its place. Full story. Full story 2.

Area food banks will receive fresh produce, Sept. 25 -- Gleaners Food Bank, Indiana University Health, the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation announced Wednesday they're teaming up on the project to be known as Indy Urban Acres. "This resource, which is in our own back yard, has the ability to get healthy foods into the hands that need them the most," said Cindy Hubert, Gleaners president and chief executive. Full story.

IU voices in the news

Taking iPads into battle, Sept. 26 -- "The military is opening themselves up to serious problems," said Chris Soghoian, a privacy and security researcher at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University. "It seems stupid to use a platform that thousands of people are trying to hack." Storing data on the phones will end up disclosing military information, or showing the enemy precisely where the troops are through the devices' GPS transmitters, Soghoian said. "It's a recipe for disaster. Full story.

Hamilton: Fixing Congress has to involve procedural changes to reduce partisanship
By Lee Hamilton, Sept. 25 -- It has been years since Congress acted as if it took seriously its responsibility, as the separate and coequal branch of government envisioned in the Constitution, to make the country work. Yet that is precisely how it needs to behave at this moment -- it should not require an attack on our shores to boost its standing. Full story.

IUPUI sociology professor's work is especially personal
The Indianapolis Star, Sept. 4 -- Carrie Foote, an IUPUI sociology professor, is gaining a national profile. Last year, she was appointed to the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, which advises the national director of the office of AIDS Research as well as the secretary of Health and Human Services and other government officials on AIDS research. On the first day of class, Foote makes an announcement that shocks her students: "I have HIV/AIDS." Full story.

Rethinking U.S. Policy Toward Iran, Sept. 23 -- The rift between Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei publicly surfaced in April when Khamenei reversed Ahmadinejad's decision to fire an intelligence minister. Since then, many of the Iranian president's closest supporters have either been arrested or are under investigation by the judiciary. "At the heart of the tussle between Ahmadinejad and his former clerical mentors," writes Jamsheed K. Choksy of the Center on American and Global Security, "is the question of whether the Islamic republic and its system of velayat-e faqih, or governance by an Islamic jurist, should endure or be discarded" (CNN). Full story.

Nearly all U.S. doctors are now on social media, Sept. 26 -- "The rise in social media has been so meteoric," said Dr. Bosslet, an internist at Indiana University Health and an affiliate faculty member at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics in Indianapolis, which sponsored his research. The time that passed between data collection to his study's results being posted was like a "generation later," he said. Full story.

Lauren Spierer news

Vanished From Her College Campus, Sept. 23 -- Nearly four months ago, college junior Lauren Spierer disappeared into thin air after a night of partying. Her parents tell Evie Salomon how they picture her abductor -- if he exists at all. Full story.

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