Daily News Brief
May 6-8, 2006
IU launches quest for four more deans
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 8 -- Indiana University announced the formation Friday of search committees to identify candidates for four dean positions on the Bloomington campus. The searches are being launched as another one is ending. Three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be on campus for meetings in the next 10 days. Full story.
The tassels have turned; The class of '06
Indiana Daily Student and Bloomington Herald-Times, May 8 -- In the sea of black caps and gowns covering the floor and large blocks of seating in Assembly Hall, three caps sported writing in white tape, proclaiming messages that could be used to convey the collective emotions of IU's 177th graduating class. Full story 1. Full story 2.
IU plans to double minority enrollment; IU wants to double minority enrollment
Indiana Daily Student and Indianapolis Star, May 7-8 -- Under a new ambitious goal by the IU board of trustees, enrollment of under-represented minorities would double by the 2013-2014 school year. Full story 1. Full story 2.
Interim dean of COAS confirmed
Indiana Daily Student, May 8 -- As Indiana University continues its search to find a permanent replacement for the College of Arts and Sciences dean position, an interim leader for the largest school within IU was confirmed Friday. Full story.
Trustees: New hire to bring diverse students
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 8 -- Indiana University trustees welcomed Roger Thompson on Friday with enthusiasm and high expectations. They want the new IU Bloomington vice provost for enrollment management to help the campus raise its student academic profile at the same time it enrolls more students from under-represented minorities. Full story.
Trustees hear new IUSA president's agenda
Indiana Daily Student, May 8 -- The agenda and progress of the new IU Student Association government was presented to the IU board of trustees Friday, while they also heard remarks from IU President Adam Herbert regarding the plane crash disaster that took the lives of five music students and a presentation on how to improve civic engagement on campus. Full story.
Parking structure, new fraternity house approved
Indiana Daily Student, May 8 -- The IU board of trustees unanimously approved all four building proposals for the Bloomington campus during its monthly business meeting Friday. The resolutions included endorsements for a new parking garage, fraternity house, Honors College and a Herman B Wells Library renovation. Full story.
Not just any library
Indiana Daily Student, May 8 -- In an editorial, the IDS staff says "Closing the African American Cultural Center library isn't just closing a library, it's cutting out culture." Full story.
IU alumni honor three of their own
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 6 -- Bloomington residents Fred Eichhorn, George Taliaferro and James Weigand are among the five recipients of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the highest award given by the IU Alumni Association. They will receive the award at Indiana University's Cream and Crimson Alumni weekend June 16-18 in Bloomington. Full story.
Time to say goodbye; Put on those caps and gowns:Today is IU's commencement
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 6 -- Today is the day that 7,222 Indiana University Bloomington students have been working toward and waiting for, the day they can crowd into Assembly Hall with families and friends to receive their IU diplomas. Full story.
Graduation Day a tradition stretching back three generations for one family
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7 -- Tom Sparrenberger grew up immersed in cream and crimson, hearing stories about his grandfather's days at Indiana University and going to IU football games with his dad and brothers. But when it came time for college, his mother said IU was too big. Tom followed his older brother, Robert, to Western Kentucky University. "I had a good experience there, but part of me was disappointed," he said. Full story.
A sense of community
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7 -- It was only natural that Elizabeth Roush would serve on the Student Athletic Board when she came to Indiana University. Her mother, was on the board in the 1970s. Her brother, Matthew, followed a few years ago. Now she has joined her parents and brother as an IU graduate. She received a bachelor's degree in biology. Full story.
IU was the 'right decision' for business graduate
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7 -- When Amanda Adler was admitted to Indiana University, her mother gave her red and white balloons to celebrate. Both of Adler's parents graduated from IU, and she grew up hearing about the university -- even though the family lived in Bryn Mawr, Pa., near Philadelphia. "I learned the IU fight song probably when I was like 3 years old," Adler said. Full story.
CDW-G Provides Tools to Help University Medical Schools Meet Patient Care Regulations and Improve Student Service
Genetic Engineering News, May 8 -- Indiana University School of Medicine and Ohio State University Select CDW-G to Deploy Personal Digital Assistant Programs for Medical Students CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ:CDWC) and leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, today announced that Indiana University School of Medicine and Ohio State University have established personal digital assistant (PDA) programs with CDW-G for students, faculty and staff. The technology enables the schools to comply with industry standards, improve efficiency and enhance their students' learning environment. Full story.
Taylor U. mourns crash victims
Indianapolis Star, May 8 -- Students and faculty at Taylor University gathered Sunday night to remember four students and a staff member killed when a semitrailer crossed an interstate median and collided with their school van. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service at the evangelical Christian school in Upland, northeast of Indianapolis, to share stories about their friends, classmates and students. Full story.
Veolia Donates Money to Help Educate Tomorrow's Scientists
InsideINdianaBusiness.com, May 8 -- Veolia Water Indianapolis is donating $200,000 to help engage young people in science through Indiana University's Visualization and Interactive Spaces Lab and the IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science. The program, Discovering the Science of the Environment, will help address the educational and economic development needs in Indiana to develop students that are skilled in science and technology. Officials say the program will help address the shortage of science, math and technology professionals. Full story.
Internet Archive Releases New Version of Its Archiving Service
Information Today, May 8 -- Internet Archive announced the latest release of Archive-It 1.5, a subscription-based archiving service geared toward a broad range of institutions at a cost said to be considerably lower than other archive platforms. Archive-It enables subscribers to capture, categorize, and preserve online material from their own institutions' Web sites as well as from the World Wide Web. Users are able to explore these text-searchable collections without needing additional technical expertise. New features and applications of the Archive-It 1.5 release include enhancements to the user interface, improved access to collections, and advanced search and reporting capabilities. Current partners include the Library of Virginia, University of Toronto, Indiana University, and North Carolina State Archives, plus additional academic institutions. Full story.
Horses in classical art
Courier Journal, May 7 -- "Horses in Classical Art" at the Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington is high-charged scholarly entertainment drawn from 100 Etruscan, Greek, Byzantine and Roman artworks spanning 1,000 years. It is the deft creation of curator Adriana Calinescu, who works with an internationally envied ancient art collection. Full story.
IU voices in the news:
Students abusing ADHD drugs
Indianapolis Star and San Antonio Express-News, May 8 -- Many of today's stressed-out, sleep-starved students are turning to prescription amphetamines such as Adderall for an edge, especially with final exams coming up this month, doctors and counselors say. Others pop the pills for a new high, with a lower risk of getting caught. An Indiana University survey of school-age children last year found 7 percent of high school seniors admitted trying Ritalin without a doctor's order. National reports put the number closer to 10 percent. Studies of students at colleges have reported 16 percent or more had tried Ritalin. Full story 1. Full story 2.
Most e-mails need an 'emoticonoal' rescue
myDNA.com, May 8 -- The next time you are ready to fire off a quick reply to an e-mail message, think twice, advised a communication studies specialist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In fact, you might want to wait 24 hours before responding, particularly if it involves a controversial or emotional situation, said Jennifer Cochrane, a senior lecturer who teaches online and utilizes computer-mediated interpersonal communication, such as e-mail, with students and faculty almost exclusively. She also directs the online teaching and learning program for the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI's urban health sciences campus. Full story.
World's strongest glue poses sticky problem
The Guardian, May 8 -- A bug that cements itself to underwater rocks makes the world's stickiest glue - twice as strong as the best man-made "superglues". But unravelling the secret of Caulobacter crescentus' power is posing a sticky problem for the US scientists who are trying to copy it. It sticks to everything it touches, even the materials that are used to make it. "We tried washing the glue off. It didn't work," said Yves Brun, who led the team at Indiana University in Bloomington. Full story.
Children of single parents suffer in more ways than one
South Bend Tribune, May 8 -- Experts say they see single-parent households as another epidemic that leaves ruin everywhere, similar to what AIDS, gangs and crack cocaine have done to some neighborhoods. Statistics clearly show the nuclear family -- mom, dad and baby -- is becoming a thing of the past. Giving birth without being married can be a symptom of identity crisis, said Joann Beathea, a professor in the master of social work program at Indiana University South Bend. Full story.
Job outlook for college graduates
WTHR, May 6 -- At universities across Central Indiana, Saturday's graduation ceremonies were marked by celebration, reflection, and great hopes for the future. Graduation for over 16,000 students was held at Indiana University in Bloomington. President Adam Herbert impressed upon the graduating class the importance of its future. Full story.
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 7 -- Todd Patrick had gamely started to sing when opera diva Martina Arroyo interrupted him -- three times. Held before an audience, a master class is a public lesson between a student and a "master" teacher or a seasoned artist, offering a glimpse into the art of performance. Whether the master is an opera star visiting the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music or a violinist working with teens at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, being in the "hot seat" can be inspiring, enlightening, intimidating or embarrassing. But -- whether there's terror or triumph -- the goal is always the same: to make the performance better. Arroyo, opera diva and professor of music at Indiana University, visited the opera class at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music last month for a master class. Full story.
For Indiana's economy: Gain or drain?
Indianapolis Star, May 7 -- Despite the fact that immigrants drive down wages -- and some would say take jobs from Americans -- in certain low-skill industries, many economists say immigration is actually good for the economy. It drives down costs for everyone. Yet some say the benefits come with a steep price. They say immigrants put a burden on schools and public agencies and consume more services than they contribute. Bill Witte, an associate professor of economics at Indiana University, says immigrants help companies compete globally by increasing the domestic labor supply. "If certain jobs aren't filled by immigrants at the going pay rate, then companies will end up getting those jobs done abroad," Witte said. Full story.
A twisted tale of murder, perversion
Chicago Sun-Times, May 7 -- It was late afternoon on May 7, 1976, when police found the butchered bodies of Frank, Mary and young Michael Columbo in their home in the quiet suburb of Elk Grove Village. Police took only 10 days to charge 19-year-old Patty Columbo with the murder of her family. Two months later, her 37-year-old lover, Frank DeLuca, also was charged. It was a crime that dominated headlines for more than a year, telling a sordid tale of sex, deceit and murder. And is it possible she cannot remember details of the night she and DeLuca killed her parents? "Yes," said Dr. Phillip Coons, professor emeritus in the psychiatry department at Indiana University School of Medicine. He cites studies of convicted murderers that "found somewhere around 40 percent had full or partial amnesia." "Trauma," he said, "can be forgotten and then re-remembered." Full story.
Professors' teaching goes beyond the syllabus
Indianapolis Star, May 7 -- Students often best remember professors who are skilled at creating a welcoming class environment. Laura Ewald, who graduated from Indiana University in 2002, said she has fond memories of Bruce Burgun, a theater professor who has "an unparalleled skill for creating a trusting, connected and open class atmosphere." "His classes felt like family," Ewald said, "and on a big campus like IU, that is very rare." Full story.
A breath of calm coming to airport
Indianapolis Star, May 6 -- A parking garage might not be a natural canvas. Yet Indianapolis artist Greg Hull has made it one. Hull's creation -- a suspended row of 11 red fabric shapes that appear to inflate and deflate -- has been chosen to grace the atrium of a mammoth new parking garage at Indianapolis International Airport. His floating work, called "Breath," is the latest that will one day become part of the airport's new terminal project, which is scheduled for completion in late 2008. An assistant professor at the Herron School of Art at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Hull said the work was probably his most significant to date."It's just pure creation," said the 43-year-old artist, who was born in Richmond. "It's very satisfying to do something that you feel very passionate about." Full story.
From the Chronicle:
The National Institutes of Health proposed on Friday to begin capping its reimbursements to colleges for tuition and other costs for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by its training grants. The agency said the controversial change would avoid large cuts in the number of trainees to control the program's growing cost. Full story.
Lawmakers from states where university athletics-team mascots have caused controversy have introduced legislation in Congress that would limit the ability of the National Collegiate Athletic Association to crack down on colleges with offensive American Indian mascots and nicknames. The bill would also allow colleges to sue the association if it punishes them for violations of its mascot policy. Full story.