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Cook: New life with life sciences; Cook Pharmica could turn former RCA/Thomson site into a life sciences magnet
Bloomington Herald-Times, Oct. 23 -- While other Hoosier communities continue to struggle with manufacturing job losses, the collaboration that went into attracting Cook Pharmica is an example of what can be done when people work together. The company plans a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new biomanufacturing facility this coming Friday. Education up to and including higher education will also be affected by Cook Pharmica. Along with encouraging people to consider jobs in the life sciences, there are planned partnerships with IU to provide internships and the company also will use some laboratory facilities at IU. There are also possible partnerships in the business school. Full story.

Damaged asbestos likely in 4 dorms; Former employee files grievance against university
Indiana Daily Student, Oct. 24 -- Extensive damage to asbestos in some dorms at IU is likely exposing students to the hazardous material, said Tomas Beauchamp, a former employee of the Office of Environmental, Health and Safety Management. Ceilings of some dorms and common rooms in Briscoe, McNutt and Forest Quads and Tulip Tree Apartments contain damaged asbestos, Beauchamp said, leaving open the possibility of inhalation of the substance's fibers by the public. Full story.

IUPD completes internal investigation; Capt. Cash explains police response in HPER parking lot
Indiana Daily Student, Oct. 24 -- The IU Police Department has completed an internal investigation of officer conduct and response to the incident outside the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation on the morning of Sept. 18 after a dance at the Indiana Memorial Union. It concluded that officers responded appropriately and within IUPD training procedures. The report recommended no disciplinary action or change in policy for IUPD. The Indiana Daily Student met with IUPD officials to discuss their findings on the investigation. Full story.

IU-South Bend, Notre Dame to dedicate research facility
Inside Indiana Business, Oct. 24 -- The Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and the University of Notre Dame will tomorrow dedicate a new $23 million building that will expand their research and educational partnerships. Full story.

Nineteen organizations receive inaugural awards
Inside Indiana Business, Oct. 21 -- Eighteen successful Indiana companies and one non-profit organization were the inaugural winners Thursday (Oct. 20) in a new awards program from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The award recognizes them for their growth, innovation and willingness to take calculated risks. Full story.

Leader chosen for development project around Crane
Inside Indiana Business, Oct. 20 -- Indiana Office of Rural Affairs Director Joe Pearson has been chosen to lead a new project involving the Purdue University Center for Regional Development, the Indiana Business Research Center and the State of Indiana. Full story.

Soprano Carol Vaness joins Indiana University faculty
Playbill, Oct. 21 -- Soprano Carol Vaness has been appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music. Vaness's appointment is the third high-profile hire made by the school as part of its "Commitment to Excellence" initiative. Pianist André Watts was appointed in 2004 and violinist Jaime Laredo earlier this year. Full story.

Debt load increasing for college graduates; Easier access to loans, rising tuition to blame
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Oct. 23 -- With tuition costs rising, each year more students nationwide are graduating from college with loan debt and the amount of that debt is increasing faster than the rate of inflation. A report released last month by the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington said the average student loan debt among those students who take out loans is at an all-time high, with last year's graduates collecting $17,600 in loans by the time they receive their diploma. Full story.

Governments are Indiana's top employers
Times of Northwest Indiana, Oct. 23 -- Who are Indiana's biggest employers? The Indianapolis Business Journal printed a list of the top 25 last week, and it is sobering. No. 1 on the list is the U.S. government with 33,511 Hoosier employees. No. 2 is the state, with 33,040. No. 4 and No. 5 are Indiana University (16,615) and Purdue University (13,868). Full story.

College's growing gender gap
WTHR-TV, Oct. 20 -- The number of women on college campuses, quietly increasing for decades, has reached a point students can't help but notice. IUPUI Director of Enrollment Services Dr. Rebecca Porter says the school is "concerned when we look at high school graduation rates and preparing students to be successful, we're seeing differences in the qualifications and in the interests in students based on gender." Full story.

A new record label
Louisville Courier-Journal, Oct. 23 -- Lots of places are putting out their own CDs these days, reflecting the growing convergence of personal computing and studio production. So it makes sense that Indiana University Southeast is establishing its own label, dubbed New Dynamic Records. Full story.

Purdue helps students realize their dreams
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 23 -- Victor Lechtenberg, Purdue University's vice provost for engagement, writes a rebuttal editorial to a recent column by David Brooks which called attention to the growing need for colleges and universities to do their part in making higher education accessible for all those who wish to pursue it. Full story.

OU officials not thrilled about Playboy party-school distinction
Athens Daily News, Oct. 24 -- Ohio University may have found a new way to recruit more male students, but university officials aren't exactly thrilled about it. Playboy magazine announced last week that it had named OU as one of its "Top 10 Party Schools." Full story.

IU voices in the news:

Above all, Supreme court justice must be 'judicious'
Bloomington Herald-Times, Oct. 23 - Joe Hoffman, Harry Pratter Professor of Law at IU Bloomington is the author of this guest column. He urges the U.S. Senate to stop feuding over Supreme Court nominees and start remembering what judging is supposed to be all about. "No matter what your underlying political stripes may be, you should strive to restore a proper sense of the court as a judicial institution, instead of a political one." Full story.

Figures reveal dynamics of disaster giving
New York Times, Oct. 23 -- Donations for the victims of the earthquake that ripped through Pakistan and India have not come close to the level of giving that followed the tsunami that wreaked havoc around the rim of the Indian Ocean and Hurricane Katrina. "Giving for the tsunami was literally off the charts," said Patrick Rooney, director of research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which tracks giving. "There may be an issue of donor fatigue, it's too early to tell, but it looks like giving for the Pakistan earthquake is more typical of the historical response by U.S. donors to international emergencies." Full story.

Earthquake giving not matching tsunami
United Press International, Oct. 23 -- Donations for victims of the recent earthquake in Pakistan and India have not come close to the giving for the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. "Giving for the tsunami was literally off the charts," said Patrick Rooney, director of research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which tracks giving. Full story.

The unhealthy downside to marriage for black women
Houston Chronicle (nationally syndicated column), Oct. 23 -- Columnist William Raspberry writes that new research indicates that there is a negative correlation between marriage and health for black women. He cited research, "The Consequences of Marriage for African-Americans," co-written by Lorraine Blackman of Indiana University. Full story.

Professor exhorts local students to participate in democracy
Evansville Courier and Press, Oct. 22 -- With his voice rising and his arms waving, Alvin O. Chambliss is an imposing figure at a lectern. In his address Friday afternoon to Bosse High School students, the distinguished visiting professor at Indiana University sought to convey a message in which the substance equaled his style. Chambliss' message was, in essence, a call to get involved, participate in democracy and make it work for all. Full story.

Are residents living near tainted ground?; The state is investigating whether a substance linked to cancer and other health problems was dumped in Jackson County
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 24 -- State environmental regulators are investigating whether sludge containing a potentially harmful industrial pollutant was left behind on a farm from which it was supposed to have been removed decades ago. They also are looking into whether sludge laced with the substance, hexavalent chromium, was dumped in previously unknown sites, perhaps illegally. Dr. Gregory Steele, an associate professor of epidemiology at the IU School of Medicine and former Indiana State Health Department epidemiologist, reviewed laboratory results of soil samples given to him by Medora residents. He said the results showed chromium levels equal to or higher than levels found at many of the country's hazardous waste sites. Full story.

Love for thy neighbor is fading; Lifestyles limit time for interaction
Louisville Courier-Journal, Oct. 24 -- Laurel Cornell, an Indiana University professor who teaches landscape architecture and urban planning in the department of sociology, says the loss of neighborliness stems in part from technological advances. "The influence of air conditioning plays a huge role," she said. "People today spend a lot more time inside, especially in the summer, than they used to." Full story.

Cross-dressing spouse no cause for panic
South Bend Tribune, Oct. 23 -- So why do men cross-dress? There are different reasons, says Julia Heiman, director of the renowned Kinsey Institute of Indiana University in Bloomington, which studies sex and gender. It might be sexually arousing, at least at first, for men to wear women's clothes. Also, putting on women's clothing can be soothing to male cross-dressers because "it's a way of escaping the typical male role," Heiman says. "It reduces stress in some way." Full story.

Public lewdness a fact of life?
Whittier (Calif.) Daily News, Oct. 24 -- IU Professor Michael Reece has studied the phenomenon of cruising extensively. He said those who do it often do not identify with homosexuals. "They wouldn't hang out in gay bars, so this is kind of the only place left for them to meet other men," he said. Full story.

Lower expectations in Iraq to reach workable solution
Indianapolis Star op-ed, Oct. 24 -- Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at IU, writes about whether the United States should leave Iraq. Full story.

If it's not broken, should we fix it?
Indianapolis Star op-ed, Oct. 24 -- Sheila Kennedy, associate professor of law and public policy at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis, writes about Indiana's "really revolutionary changes -- like turning our prisons and roads over to corporations" and asks whether "we could rationalize the haphazard mess through which we deliver state services." Full story.

Save the children by buckling correctly
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 22 -- An editorial about how seat belt laws provide protection only when belts and booster seats are properly used highlighted how trained assistants at clinics throughout the state can help parents and grandparents learn to properly install child seats, according to Shayne Merritt, director of Indiana University's Automotive Safety Program. Full story.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

'BusinessWeek' will begin ranking undergraduate business programs next year -- BusinessWeek magazine, which has ranked graduate business programs since 1988, is taking steps to grade undergraduate business programs as well. The expanded rankings will use essentially the same consumer-oriented methodology that underlies the magazine's ordering of M.B.A. programs. Full story.

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