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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 15, 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.


New arts administration degree offered to IU undergrads
IUPUI's live link to the Middle East: Israel/Palestine seeking peaceful coexistence
America Learns recognizes IUPUI student for his success in quickly assessing his students' needs
Rivals collide in West Lafayette
Indiana Athletics to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 18


New arts administration degree offered to IU undergrads -- A new Bachelor of Science in Arts Management degree will be available through Indiana University beginning the fall semester of this year. The program is one of only a handful nationwide that prepares students for administrative roles in the arts. IU's program is unique in offering a balance of visual arts as well as performing arts management courses, said Susan Sandberg, program coordinator. "I don't know of any other programs that empasize both performing and visual arts -- usually it is one or the other," she said. Read the entire story.

IUPUI's live link to the Middle East: Israel/Palestine seeking peaceful coexistence -- Two professors at Hebrew University of Jerusalem—one who is Israeli and one who is Palestinian—will connect via videoconference with IUPUI to discuss their perspectives on and work toward peaceful coexistence. The conversation will take place at 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22 in ES 2132, the new state-of-the-art Global Crossroads Laboratory, a campus resource designed for international dialogue. Read the full story.

America Learns recognizes IUPUI student for his success in quickly assessing his students' needs -- America Learns announced today that a tutoring strategy created Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis sophomore Deven Kaufman has been named February's America Learns National Strategy of the Month. Kaufman's strategy was selected out of hundreds to be distributed for free by America Learns, LLC to thousands of individuals worldwide - teachers, teacher preparation students, tutors, mentors and parents. Read the full story.

Rivals collide in West Lafayette -- Embarking on the first of four road games its next five games out, the No. 19/24 Indiana men's basketball team faces Purdue in West Lafayette on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN Plus Local, with Wayne Larivee (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call. This is the second regular-season meeting between the two teams, with the Hoosiers taking out the Boilermakers, 85-58, on Jan. 10. Read Indiana games notes. Read Purdue game notes.

Indiana Athletics to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 18 -- Prior to the Hoosier women's basketball game against Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 18, the Indiana Department of Athletics will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Sunday will be a chance to meet IU female student-athletes, try new sports skills and learn about the benefits of participating in sports. Pre-game activities include interactive stations focusing on women's health, fitness, safety issues, academic successes and career opportunities. Those in attendance can visit booths hosted by IU Athletics teams, club teams, youth service organizations and IU academic departments. Doors will open at noon with the Hoosiers tipping off against Illinois at 2:05 p.m. Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Thursday, February 15:

Men's basketball -- IU versus Purdue at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena at W. Lafayette

Men's tennis -- IU meets DePauw at 10 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 5 p.m. at the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington

Results for Wednesday, February 14: No Hoosier teams in action

Other IU athletic news:

Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's week press conference -- Head coach Kelvin Sampson met with the media on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to discuss the win over Illinois and the upcoming game against Purdue. The Purdue game, which was to be played on Tuesday, was postponed and will be played in West Lafayette tonight. Read press conference comments.

2007 Big Ten Diaries: Will Bohonyi -- Throughout the course of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Ohio State, select Indiana swimmers and divers will check in with Read sophomore diver Will Bohonyi's account of the first two days. The championship, scheduled to begin today, has been rescheduled for tomorrow due to bad weather.


IU in the News

Helping foreign students in the U.S. feel at home
Voice of America, February 14 -- This week in our Foreign Student Series, the subject is college support services for students who come to the United States. The school we have chosen for our example this week is Indiana University in Bloomington. About ten percent of its almost forty thousand students are from other countries. The Office of International Services at Indiana University provides assistance to foreign students and scholars. For example, the office organizes a special week-long conference for new foreign students before the start of each semester. Read and listen to the story.

Tiny Dancers; Children get an early introduction to dance with the help of IU Ballet Theatre
Indiana Daily Student, February 15 -- Simon Brooks won't soon forget the first time he performed on stage at the Musical Arts Center. The second-grader played a mouse in the IU Ballet Theater's production of the "Nutcracker," and he's not too shy to admit his steps didn't go quite as planned. "The last time I performed, I didn't do so well," he said. "One time, I stood up at the wrong time and just stared up at the lights until the others stood up. When it first happened, I was like, "No, no," but then it was fine." The opportunity to perform in the "Nutcracker" with the "big dancers," as he called the ballet majors, arose from being part of the pre-college ballet program offered through the ballet department. The program, which began 20 years ago, was founded so children in the Bloomington community could be taught appreciation for the art of ballet, said Dorisha Sales, assistant director of the program and a faculty member in the ballet department. Read the full story.

Gen X-ers: Stingy or strapped?
U.S. News & World Report, February 14, 2007 -- Generation X-ers might not be getting out their checkbooks for charity as much as their parents' generation did, but they have some pretty good excuses. Americans 25 to 36 years old donated just $592 on average in 2000, while those in the same age range in 1973 (mostly pre-baby boomers) gave away the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $1,214, according to research by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy to be released this spring. The reason for the difference, however, is more complicated than mere stinginess. "There's been a marked decline in giving to organized religion," says Dwight Burlingame, associate executive director of the center. Older generations attend religious services more often than their younger counterparts do, "and attendance translates into giving," says Burlingame. Read the complete story.

Monday-morning quarterbacking is a science after all
Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 15 -- Few people would argue that the Indianapolis Colts weren't among the top teams in the National Football League in the 2006-07 season. Indiana University scientist Chuck Bower thinks they're mighty good. Plug the Colts' season-long play-calling into Bower's football analysis computer program, however, and you'll see Indianapolis in 25th place out of 32 teams. Immediately after Indianapolis won the Super Bowl, Bower's program showed that the Colts' conservative play-calling kept the Chicago Bears in the game until the end, despite the Colts' almost 2-1 advantage in yards gained, first downs and time of possession. Read the full story.

Why women have fewer babies
LiveScience, February 15 -- The number of children a woman in America has in her lifetime declined during the past two centuries, and it's not just because of the birth control pill. Historians are closing in on the socio-economic and cultural factors in family downsizing, a trend also found in most of Western Europe…"We know for sure that you don't have to reach a high level of per capita income for fertility to decline, but we don't know exactly what sets it off," said historian George Atler at Indiana University. "Whether it's general change or attitudes about birth control is still a question debated among demographers today." Read the entire story.

Drive-by Web attack could hit home routers
Tech World (The Netherlands), February 15 -- If you haven't changed the default password on your home router, do so now.That's what researchers at Symantec Corp. and Indiana University are saying, after publishing the results of tests that show how attackers could take over your home router using malicious JavaScript code. Read the full story.

Serine: simply sublime
Chemical Science (UK), February 15 --- Researcher Graham Cooks and his team in the US have come a step closer to understanding how some of the earliest biochemistry on Earth began…'This work could turn out to be very important,' said David Clemmer, an expert in analytical science at Indiana University, Bloomington, US. 'This adds to the mounting evidence that some amino acid clusters appear to be especially stable, readily formed and should be considered in models that aim to explain homochirogenesis.' Read the complete story.


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