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Front Page News at Indiana University

January 26, 2007

Front Page News at Indiana University
Friday, January 26, 2007

Front Page News at IU delivers top headlines of the day from the campuses of Indiana University. It comes to you courtesy of IU University Communications in the Office of University Relations.


1. Indiana welcomes Michigan to Bloomington
2. Sound Medicine: Novartis in India, healthy brain strategies, memory skills study, stroke of Insight author, and cancer tatistics
3. New bioart explores consequences of recent scientific discoveries
4. Sarkodie advances to U-20 World Cup with U.S. National Team
5. No. 5 Buckeyes drop Indiana women's hoops, 72-62
6. From custodian to professor: A work in progress
7. Hometown Hoosiers: South Bend, Ind.


Indiana welcomes Michigan to Bloomington -- Michigan Game Notes: Returning home for the first time in 11 days, the No. 23/24 Indiana men's basketball team will host Michigan at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27. IU holds a perfect 10-0 mark at Assembly Hall this season and has won 12 straight on Branch McCracken Court dating back to last year. ESPN will televise the game nationally, with Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Rick Majerus (analyst) on the call. Read the complete game notes

Sound Medicine: Novartis in India, healthy brain strategies, memory skills study, stroke of Insight author, and cancer statistics -- Host Barbara Lewis interviews medical experts on a wide range of current issues in medicine, from Alzheimer research to the West Nile virus. Joining Ms. Lewis each week are faculty co-hosts from the IU School of Medicine: Drs. Steven Bogdewic, David Crabb, Eric Meslin, Kathy Miller, and Ora Pescovitz. To read about this week's program, get an RSS feed or the weekly Podcast, click here

New bioart explores consequences of recent scientific discoveries -- "Let man have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." (Genesis 1:26) To create the key element of his work Genesis, contemporary "bioartist" Eduardo Kac translated a sentence from the book of Genesis into Morse code and converted the code into DNA base pairs according to a conversion principle he specially developed for the work. He then implanted the resulting "artist's gene" into an unspecified bacteria, placed it in a Petri dish and allowed online viewers to cause -- through the use of ultraviolet light -- real, biological mutations in the bacteria.This action changed the biblical sentence in the bacteria, as well, leading Kac to declare on his Web site, "The ability to change the sentence is a symbolic gesture: it means that we do not accept its meaning in the form we inherited it, and that new meanings emerge as we seek to change it." Read this story

Sarkodie advances to U-20 World Cup with U.S. National Team -- Freshman defender Ofori Sarkodie helped lead the U.S. U-20 National Team to its sixth straight FIFA U-20 World Cup, as the United States went 2-0-1 in Group A of the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Panama City, Panama. The United States started off the tournament with a 4-1 win over Haiti on Wed., Jan. 17, before tying Guatemala, 0-0, on Friday, Jan. 19. The team closed out the tournament with a 4-0 victory over host country Panama on Sunday, Jan. 21. "The entire experience, from the first camp on Dec. 12 to the final game in Panama, was an absolute rush," said Sarkodie. "It was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to compete with players of that caliber, to fight with them for a qualifying spot, and in the end, qualify for the Under-20 World Cup. The team had great chemistry, and we're happy to put on that jersey every day to represent our country, and I felt like we did a great job doing that." Read the full story

No. 5 Buckeyes drop Indiana women's hoops, 72-62 -- Indiana held All-American Jessica Davenport to just three field goals and trailed No. 5 Ohio State by just five with less than a minute to play, but came up just short in its quest to upend the Buckeyes, falling 72-62 on Thursday, Jan. 25. A Brandie Hoskins jumper put Ohio State up 65-57 with 2:46 left in the contest, but freshman Jamie Braun countered with a 3-pointer to draw the Hoosiers as close as they had been since trailing by four with five minutes remaining in the first half. Hoskins added another jumper to push the Buckeyes' advantage to seven points at 67-60, but with 50 seconds remaining in the game, junior Nikki Smith converted a Kim Roberson steal into a layup to once again pull Indiana within five. That was as close as the Hoosiers would get, however, as Davenport and Star Allen combined to convert five free throws down the stretch to ice the game for Ohio State. Indiana battled one of the nation's top teams to the wire despite playing just six people. To read the entire story

From custodian to professor: A work in progress -- In every building on campus, at all hours of the day, there are employees on campus working. These people help shape the campus for all who work and learn here. Sometimes though, the campus helps shape the employee. This is the case for Nathaniel Spaulding. Read the entire story

Hometown Hoosiers: South Bend, Ind. -- (As part of an ongoing series, will take a look at the hometowns of Hoosier student-athletes throughout the year. The sixth in the series is South Bend, Ind.) South Bend, Ind., is seen to outsiders as a town that revolves solely around Norte Dame athletics; just imagine a scene from the film "Rudy." But to those who know the truth understand that the campus of Notre Dame University is really located just north of South Bend, on Notre Dame, Ind., soil. Nonetheless, South Bend is a place where residents grew up rooting for the Fighting Irish. With Notre Dame athletics leading the way, this town is also home to a quite a few national landmarks that attract their own set of annual visitors. Located at the heart of downtown, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Morris Civic Auditorium are just two of the attractions that six Hoosier student-athletes are proud to mention as they share their own thoughts about growing up in South Bend. To read the entire story


Indiana University Scoreboard, Thursday, January 25, results:

Women's basketball -- IU's women lost in a competitive game to No. 5-ranked Ohio State in Columbus, 72-62. The Hoosiers held Buckeye's All-American Jessica Davenport to just three field goals.

Weekend schedule, January 26-27, Friday and Saturday

Men's and women's Track and Field -- IU hosts Gladstein Invitational, Gladstein Fieldhouse, Bloomington on Friday and Saturday. Competition begins at noon on both days. For meet notes, click here

January 27, Saturday

Men's basketball -- No. 23-ranked Indiana will host Michigan at noon in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have won 12 straight games now on Branch McCracken Court. ESPN will televise the game. To read, click here

Women's tennis -- The Indiana women's tennis team takes on DePaul and Bulter on Jan. 27 at the IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers play DePaul at 10 a.m. before battling Butler at 3 p.m. Read match notes here

Men's swimming -- Indiana will face No. 19 Purdue (6-6, 3-4 Big Ten) on Saturday, Jan. 27, in W. Lafayette, at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Read meet notes here

January 27-28, Saturday and Sunday

Women's water polo -- The Indiana women's water polo team will open the 2007 season at the Michigan Kick-Off, held at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 27-28. The Hoosiers will take on UC-Santa Cruz at 11:15 a.m. to start the tournament on Saturday, Jan. 27, and close out the day against host Michigan at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, IU will take on Colorado State at 8 a.m. to start the day and will wrap up the tournament against Marist at noon. Read tournament notes here

Women's basketball -- IU's women face Michigan at 2 p.m. in Ann Arbor at Crisler Arena. Get further game information here

Wrestling -- No. 16-ranked Indiana visits Ohio State for a 2 p.m. match in Columbus' Rec Hall. To read match notes, click here


IU in the News:

University funding, lottery privatization discussed in Statehouse committee; IU president says more funds for higher education will help state economy

Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 26 -- Indiana University President Adam Herbert appealed for increased state funding Thursday, telling lawmakers IU needs more money to train the state's work force and boost its economy. Members of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee didn't quarrel with that idea, but some questioned Herbert about his support for privatizing the state lottery to help higher education. Herbert said he's not wedded to the lottery idea, floated last month by Gov. Mitch Daniels as a way to pay for hiring more faculty and stemming the "brain drain" of students. Click here for the full story

State Honors Women With Torchbearer Awards, Jan. 25 -- The Indiana Commission for Women has honored women from around the state who have overcome obstacles and made Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family. Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive associate dean for research affairs at the IU School of Medicine, was one of the winners. Read the full story

Airliners can spread avian flu virus (Netherlands), Jan. 26 -- H5N1 avian influenza, commonly referred to as bird flu, has not yet resulted in a pandemic influenza because the virus lacks the ability to spread efficiently and sustainably among humans. However, public health officials are greatly concerned that a human flu strain could be triggered by the H5N1 virus, which is found in bird flocks around the world and has repeatedly crossed the species barrier and infected people. An Indiana University School of Informatics-led team of researchers has devised a model that predicts how a rising epidemic influenza might spread across the globe by airliners."The threat of a pandemic is pushing the international community to discuss scenario analysis and develop adequate preparedness plans," said Vittoria Colizza, one of the investigators in the study. Read the complete story

Indiana's Wilmont driven by the 'bubble'

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Jan. 25 -- It's about the bubble, Rod Wilmont says.The bubble? "Whoever gets 10 or more rebounds gets to sign the bubble," Indiana University's senior guard says. We seek the reason for Wilmont's season-long rebounding frenzy — forget the two-rebound Illinois effort, we're looking at the big picture here — and it starts, but certainly doesn't end, with a practice rebound drill designed to motivate and inspire. Specifically, it involves the bubble that is placed over Assembly Hall baskets in practice. A coach or a manager tosses a ball at it, it bounces off and players battle as if their scholarships depended on grabbing it. "In practice, getting rebounds is a big deal," Wilmont says. "It was never that way before. Coach (Kelvin Sampson) makes it fun." Read the full story


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