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Daily IU news brief

Note: Some of the links to Herald-Times stories did not work in the earlier version of the Daily News Brief. We also have included several additional news articles.

Despite gifts, Herbert still criticized
Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 5 -- In the weeks following ongoing public criticism of IU President Adam Herbert from IU-Bloomington faculty, the University has announced more than $125 million in donations. Some faculty members have had mixed reactions to the recent successes in donations after criticizing what they had seen as Herbert's "poor job" of meeting with donors. Faculty members involved in the criticism had mixed reactions, saying they are glad IU has received so much gift money, but cautioned that it might not be due to a better performance from Herbert. Full story

Truth comes out about professor's background; 'Indy Star' columnist admits she was hoodwinked by prof
Indianapolis Star and Editor and Publisher, Dec. 4 - This column by Ruth Holladay talks about the resignation of William C. Bradford, associate professor at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. The resignation is effective Jan. 1. Bradford was featured in an earlier column by Holladay when he claimed that a faculty committee had voted against him for tenure. Full story1 Full story2

COAS dean might leave university
Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 5 -- IU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kumble Subbaswamy was named one of two final candidates for provost at the University of Kentucky Thursday. UK President Lee Todd announced the two final candidates in a campus-wide e-mail. He said both candidates will visit with faculty members and students. Subbaswamy will visit Dec. 12. Key quote from Jeannine Blackwell, dean of the UK graduate school and co-chair of the provost search committee: "We feel fortunate to have two outstanding candidates, with impeccable credentials. They have excellent reputations, both as scholars and academic administrators, and have a proven record for engaging the communities their institutions serve." Full story

Subbaswamy a finalist for U of Kentucky provost job; IU Arts and Sciences dean was passed over for Bloomington chancellor, angering many faculty
Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec. 3 -- Kumble Subbaswamy, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, is a finalist for a top administrative post at the University of Kentucky. Jeannine Blackwell, dean of the graduate school at Kentucky and co-chairwoman of the provost search committee, said Subbaswamy had the right mix of academic credentials and administrative experience. "We have a goal that by 2020 we will have 20 top-20 programs at the University of Kentucky; the Legislature has mandated that we do that," she said by telephone Friday. "We need somebody who's going to help us get to that point." Full story

Indiana University goes wireless; University network exec shares experiences and challenges of rolling out wireless across two campuses
Network World, Nov. 28 -- Rolling out wireless Internet access is tricky, especially when it comes to finding the best locations for wireless gear. Even more important is making sure that wireless communications are secure. Network World spoke with Mark Bruhn, Indiana University acting associate vice president for telecommunications, about these and other challenges that it faced in deploying nearly 1,600 wireless-access points across its two main campuses. Here are excerpts from the conversation. Full story

Is the MBA DOA at IU?; Fewer people have been opting for the master of business administration degree, putting a strain on programs and wallets
Bloomington Herald-Times and WFIE, Dec. 4 -- Fewer people have been opting for the MBA in recent years, putting a financial strain on programs at IU and other institutions. The number of students starting the program at the Kelley School dropped by 25 percent between 2002 and this fall, a trend that mirrors what's happened at business schools around the country. And while officials think the enrollment decline has ended, and may be reversing, there's uncertainty about the future of the traditional two-year MBA program. Full story Full story2

Many frustrations bubbling over at IU
Bloomington Herald-Times column, Dec. 4 -- From the outside looking in, it's easy to be flip about the controversies facing the Indiana University faculty, administration and trustees and cite the wisdom attributed to philosopher George Santayana - that in academe the fights are so intense because the stakes are so small. In many situations, this wry observation is accurate. People can get worked up over the darnedest things. But IU clearly faces a crisis under any definition. Full story

Remedies for AIDS in Africa
Washington Times, Dec. 1 -- An innovative program called the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Kenya (AMPATH) works to show holistic intervention in the lives of people with HIV can work minor miracles. Their approach is winning kudos from veterans throughout the aid community. AMPATH was launched four years ago as a partnership between two Kenyan medical schools and the Indiana University School of Medicine. It provides antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more than 15,000 HIV-infected Kenyans and, through generous U.S. government grants, aims to double that by this time next year. Full story

IU Establishes New AIDS Research Center
Inside Indiana Business, Dec. 1 -- Indiana University has added a weapon to its arsenal to combat the virus that causes AIDS. The Indiana University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) will support multi-disciplinary research in the prevention, detection and treatment of HIV transmission and AIDS. Full story

From Bloomington to Brussels
Indiana Daily Student editorial, Dec. 5 - Editors state that establishing a European Union Center exemplifies IU's commitment to an evolving international climate. Full story

An ode to college football 2005
Bloomington Herald-Times column, Dec. 4 -- H-T- columnist Bob Hammel offers his observations about IU football. "Pardon me if it's considered 'spin,' but what I look for in an Indiana University football coach was better fulfilled by Terry Hoeppner in his first season than by anyone since Bill Mallory, who went 0-11 in his," Hammel wrote. Full story

Mock court makes its ruling on abortion; IU professors argue partial-birth abortion decision Saturday
Bloomington Herald-Times column, Dec. 4 -- Federal courts have ruled the partial-birth abortion ban that Congress approved in 2003 was unconstitutional because it didn't include an exception to protect the health of the mother. But a mock Supreme Court, meeting Saturday at IU Bloomington, disagreed. The panel of Indiana lawyers and judges ruled 5-to-4 that the law should stand. Full story

New gender studies Ph.D. will be first in the nation
Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec. 5 -- Indiana University is planning to offer the nation's first Ph.D. degree in gender studies, starting next fall. Faculty in the Bloomington gender studies department developed the program, and IU trustees approved it last month. It needs only approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Full story

'Wilfred Bain Musical Arts Center' has nice ring to it
Bloomington Herald-Times column, Dec. 4 -- H-T columnist Peter Jacobi suggests that if the Musical Arts Center is ever given a name, no matter where funds might come from for major renovation, it should be called the Wilfred Bain Musical Arts Center, "in honor of the longtime dean of the Jacobs School whose wisdom and tenacity made our musical life as rich as it is." Full story

Benefit raises more than $35,000 for Lee family
Indiana Statesman, Dec. 5 -- Over $35,000 has been raised for Ashley Lee, an Indiana University student diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, to help offset the cost of her medical bills. Lee was diagnosed with meningitis after attending a fraternity party at Indiana State University in September. She was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she remains for an indeterminate amount of time. Full story

If a Student Can Major in Piano, Why Can't a Player Major in Passing?
New York Times, Dec. 4 - In this opinion piece, author Dan McDermott writes that "we are living a double standard. This is even more apparent in light of the revelation that University High School, a correspondence school in Miami, gave athletes who struggled academically a quick and easy path to qualifying for college scholarships." McDermott makes reference to the thousands of graduates from Indiana University's School of Music. Key quote from McDermott: "Most of the students at Tanglewood came from Indiana University. Thousands of students graduate from Indiana majoring in clarinet, violin or voice, to name a few disciplines, every year. Yes, they do know how to read, but they can't balance a checkbook or operate a computer any better than the average athlete." Full story

Purdue police hope women will protect themselves
Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec. 5 -- City and campus police are urging women at Purdue University to take steps to protect themselves after three reported attacks against female students in a 24-hour period. Full story

ASU's Collins new AD at Ball State; ASU associate a frequent finalist
Arizona Republic, Dec. 4 -- Tom Collins, Arizona State senior associate athletic director, was named athletic director at Ball State Saturday. The hiring caps a lengthy pursuit of a head AD position for Collins, who was a finalist for a number of jobs recently, including Middle Tennessee, Illinois State and Montana. He also was among the candidates being considered for an opening at Akron. Full story

Ball State distributing First Amendment DVD
Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec. 5 -- Ball State University made an educational DVD about the U.S. Constitution, and is sending 4,000 copies to high schools nationwide in an effort to teach students about the First Amendment. Full story

IU voices in the news:

Session to include plenty of property tax debate
WTHR, Dec. 5 -- Property tax relief will resurface as a big issue in the upcoming legislative session, and that raises some pressing questions. Property taxes are widely expected to increase significantly over the next couple of years. Some fiscal analysts have predicted increases of 10 percent or more. Morton Marcus, a retired Indiana University economist who has tracked the Indiana General Assembly and the property-tax debate for years, said the issue in the upcoming session would include plenty of election-year, political posturing. Key quote from Marcus: "I see the simple fact that the state may not be able to afford to pay property tax relief and meet their own obligations." Full story

Family style looks out of fashion with Wall Street
Indianapolis Star, Dec. 4 -- Thirteen members of two insider families hold executive positions at Marsh Supermarkets, and they earned $4.1 million last year. The large family presence among the executive ranks leads analysts and others to conclude that Marsh still operates like a private, family-owned business even though it has been a public company for 52 years. Marsh's management has become a focal point, given the company's years of lackluster financial performance and Tuesday's announcement that it may sell. Key quote from Dan Dalton, head of the Institute for Corporate Governance at Indiana University: "The industry has tremendous pressure on it. It does not appear that Marsh has reacted well to it." Full story

Charities should get a close look
Knox News, Dec. 5 -- Experts on charitable giving suggest that consumers check out philanthropic groups before pledging donations. Tim Seiler, director of The Fund Raising School and public service at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, said to start by looking at a charity's Web site and at copies of its annual reports. Key quote from Seiler: "The No. 1 reason people give to a particular charity is that the charity asks them for money," he said. "That's rewarding the pushiest, not necessarily the best." Full story

Have you been buzzed?
Indianapolis Star, Dec. 3 -- A debate is heating up over the ethics of discussing products in casual conversations for marketing companies. A newly formed association of "word of mouth" marketers has denounced the secrecy tactic as "undercover marketing." Last month, a consumer advocacy group co-founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, Commercial Alert, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that buzz marketers, "are perpetrating large-scale deception upon consumers." Benjamin Schultz, a professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, isn't really worried about buzz marketing. Key quote from Schultz: "I don't like it, but that's what a lot of this country's about -- entrepreneurship, making a buck." Full story

Study links Alzheimer's, diabetes
Argus Leader, Dec. 5 -- Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes? That's the tantalizing suggestion from a new study at Brown University Medical School that finds insulin production in the brain declines as Alzheimer's disease advances. Key quote from Dr. Hugh Hendrie, a professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders at Indiana University Center for Aging Research in Indianapolis: "There is now increasing evidence primarily from observational studies that diabetes, its predecessor metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance are implicated in increasing risk for Alzheimer's disease." Full story

Got chocolate Milk? It's surprisingly good after long workouts
The Free Lance-Star, Dec. 4 -- Candy, energy-boosting bars and sports drinks, such as Gatorade, are popular with athletes. But Indiana University kinesiologist Joel Stager recommends something else to help athletes restore energy after long workouts: chocolate milk. Key quote from Stager: "I did a little background reading on recovery nutrition, and the data there suggested something like chocolate milk would be effective." Full story

Alito fight is ideology against experience
Detroit Free Press, Dec. 5 -- As supporters and opponents of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito prepare for his confirmation hearings early next year, the battle has been joined over whether it's fair game for Democrats to oppose him based on his philosophy alone. That fight -- playing out in TV ads, public debates and senatorial meetings -- is part of an argument that has intensified as presidents' nomination strategies have shifted, leading them to choose younger, more ideological justices. Dawn Johnsen, an Indiana University law professor, suggests that because presidents take ideology into consideration in choosing nominees, it makes sense for the Senate to do so. She has cited Reagan-era Justice Department documents indicating ideology and judicial philosophy were considered in picking nominees. Full story

Expert: Prayer ruling follows Supreme Court guidelines; IU law professor says there is precedent for recent decision on prayer in Legislature
Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec. 5 -- Dan Conkle, professor of law at Indiana University, hopes critics of federal district Judge David Hamilton's ruling Wednesday understand it conveys established U.S. Supreme Court precedent. "The opinion by Judge Hamilton is very carefully reasoned," Conkle said. "Judge Hamilton is not creating new law, but rather has attempted to honor what the Supreme Court itself has required for this particular context." Full story

Tips on getting your kids to behave in restaurants
The Plain Dealer, Dec. 5 -- In 1998, a researcher at Indiana University South Bend spent a day in a local restaurant watching parents manage their children while waiting to be served. Her finding: "The results clearly indicate that neither coercive management nor telling a child 'No' works at all with children, even to a slight degree." However, rewarding and praising a child for good behavior works. Full story

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

IU-Duke sticker stirs up lawsuit
Kevin Hughes said he does not particularly hate Duke, nor is he a big fan of the Indiana Hoosiers. Yet he saw an opportunity in what he called a "big rivalry" between the two schools—and capitalized on it. Hughes, a resident of Norwich, Ohio, made cartoon decals of a boy in an Indiana University cap urinating on the Blue Devil mascot. He sold only six of the stickers on eBay for a profit of $36 before IU pursued legal action, seeking penalties of $9,000 for trademark infringement. Full story

Jeff Sagarin brought science to sports rankings. That's why some people hate him
Jeff Sagarin's statistical formulas have brought more precision to the messy art of ranking sports, but not without controversy. As he has learned, some fans and colleges will always find fault with formulas, no matter how mathematically sound. Every year he receives dozens of angry e-mail messages from fans who think his calculations have somehow wronged their favorite teams. In 2000 Mr. Sagarin started a company called Winval with a former MIT classmate, Wayne L. Winston, a professor of decision sciences at Indiana University at Bloomington. They developed a calculation to help National Basketball Association teams evaluate how different combinations of teammates perform. The Dallas Mavericks pay Winval about $100,000 a year for its analyses. Full story

Scholars assess state of democratic movements in Middle East
Social scientists and the news media often display a faulty understanding of the process of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa, three scholars said during a panel discussion last month at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. The scholars expressed varying levels of optimism about the near-term prospects for democracy in the region. But all agreed that political scientists and popular writers lean too heavily on religious and cultural explanations for the persistence of tyranny in Arab countries and in the broader Islamic world. The tenets and institutions of Islam are not necessarily a serious barrier to democracy, said Feriha Perekli, a graduate student in Middle Eastern studies and linguistics at Indiana University at Bloomington. The Islamic tradition of consultative governance is theoretically compatible with modern democratic institutions, she said. Full story

NIH Program Seeks to Speed Grant Process for New Applicants
The National Institutes of Health has announced a pilot program designed to expedite the grant process for young scientists who have never won an award from the agency. If successful, the NIH might extend the revised procedure to all investigators, who often complain about delays. Full story

Colleges Lose Nearly $10-Million as 2 Programs Are Killed From Federal Spending Bill
Fifty-one colleges will lose a total of $9.5-million from two community-outreach programs that were eliminated from the 2006 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which President Bush signed into law last week. Full story

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