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Daily IU news update

February 28, 2007

IU provost to succeed Herbert; IU Names New President; Reports: McRobbie will be new IU president; IU to Announce Michael McRobbie as New President; IU trustees expected to name new president
Indianapolis Star, Inside Indiana Business, Bloomington Herald-Times, WISH, Times of Northwest Indiana (Associated Press), Feb. 28 -- Michael McRobbie, Indiana University's chief academic officer, will be named the new university president tomorrow. Sources close to the presidential search confirmed the decision this morning. Trustees are expected to make it official at a meeting Thursday. Full story 1. Full story 2. Full story 3. Full story 4. Full story 5.

IU Study: Students Are Bored in High School -- Seek Attention; High school students bored, risk dropping out: survey
Inside Indiana Business, Reuters, Feb. 28 - A study released by Indiana University shows that two out of every 3 students in high school say they are bored in class. The study found that adult support may play a large role in student engagement. Thirty-one percent of respondents say their boredom is due in large part to no interaction with their teacher. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed say they have considered dropping out of school because there was no adult that cared about them at school. Full Story 1. Full story 2.

Herbert might leave by July
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 28 - Clearing house for his successor and the University's next leader, IU President Adam Herbert will probably leave office July 1, said trustee Sue Talbot - about a year before his contract is set to expire. Full Story.

Indiana University To Host Centennial Observation Of The First Alzheimer's Disease Patient
Alzheimer's/Dementia News, Feb. 28 - The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alois Alzheimer's study that defined Alzheimer's disease with a three-part lecture series from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 28, April 3 and April 11. Full Story.

Sorority Accused Of Being Skin Deep
WFMY News, Feb. 28 - A national sorority's decision to dump two-thirds of the sisters in one of its Indiana houses, possibly because of their looks, is getting national attention and a review from the school of its sororities and fraternities. The New York Times reported Sunday that national officers of Delta Zeta were worried about a negative stereotype and declining membership in its DePauw University chapter in Greencastle, Ind. Full Story.

New partnership: Jasper Memorial & IU Cancer Center
WFIE News, Feb. 28 - Jasper Memorial Hospital is partnering with the Indiana University Cancer Center, a formal affiliation that's never been done before. Patients will have access to some of the best doctors in the state without having to drive to their offices in Indianapolis. Full Story.

Unprecedented cooperation for NWI
Munster Times, Feb. 28 - Calling the collaboration unprecedented, the heads of nine region hospitals signed an agreement Tuesday with Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest that they hope will provide local access to major clinical research trials. Full Story.

Free speech goes on after Life
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Feb. 28 - They knew what was good art and what was not, which is to say, whatever is acceptable to them. So offended were their delicate sensibilities, good Christians all, that they threatened to withhold funding to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne unless the university canceled it. Full Story.

Doctor touts new way to find colon cancer
South Bend Tribune, Feb. 28 - Colon cancer kills about 52,000 Americans each year, but relatively few people are screened for it. That's because the standard screening, the colonoscopy, is not only expensive, it's also invasive and inconvenient. But a doctor at the Indiana University School of Medicine proposes that a simple, inexpensive fecal blood test approved by the Food and Drug Administration be used instead of the colonoscopy for general screening. Full Story.

IU students to question Dow speaker about Bhopal leak
Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 28 - Indiana University students intend to question the head of Dow Chemical Co. today about the company's responsibility for a 1984 chemical leak that killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India. Full Story.

The spirit of unity
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 28 - In the spirit of "umoja" a Swahili word for "unity," more than 150 members of the Bloomington community celebrated life, cultural identity and the deep ancestral roots of people of African descent. Full Story.

Students at IU-South Bend successfully launch napping club
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 28 - IU-South Bend students Michael Duttlinger and Joe Spencer wanted to help other students sleep, so they started a nap club for their peers to rest between classes. The idea began as a joke until they realized that providing an opportunity for napping on campus could benefit students - and that the university would allow it. Full Story.

Braun named Big Ten's Sixth Player of the Year
Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 28 - Indiana freshman Jamie Braun was named the Sixth Player of the Year by the Big Ten coaches as the conference announced its postseason awards Tuesday. Full Story.

Plans for life-sciences training facility unveiled
Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 28 - Building on Ivy Tech campus to be financed with TIF revenues. The 25,000 square foot Indiana Life Sciences Education and Training Institute, which will help train life-science workers for jobs of the future, is expected to take shape this summer. Full Story.

Baton Rouge Bassoonist to join Jacobs faculty
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 28 - This fall, bassoonist William Ludwig will join the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music. Ludwig began playing the saxophone in middle school because he wanted to become a jazz musician. He went on to study at the University of North Texas, which is known for its jazz program. Full Story.

IU voices in the news:

Condom Excuses
Men's Health, March issue - A new survey by the Kinsey Institute found that 40 percent of men reported losing an erection while putting on a condom at least one of the last three times they had intercourse. The article quotes William Yarber, a professor in IU Bloomington's Department of Applied Health Science. No link available.

Is this what we'll become?
Indianpolis Star, Feb. 28 - The potential impact of all of our biological dicing and splicing is the focus of the exhibition "Human Nature II: Future Worlds" at Indiana University's School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery, 1201 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. The free show features the work of nine artists who give us visions of a future in which genetic tweaking and bio-interference have led to all sorts of mutations. Full Story.

TeraGrid chief to share expertise
Laboratory Talk, Feb. 28 - Director of the USA's largest supercomputing initiative will share his expertise at March 8-9 meeting of the Data and Search Institute at the Indiana University School of Informatics. Full Story.

Primitive Yeast Yields Secrets Of Human Cholesterol And Drug Metabolism
Science Daily, Feb. 28 - By first probing the way primitive yeast make cholesterol, a team of scientists has discovered a long-sought protein whose human counterpart controls cholesterol production and potentially drug metabolism. The collaborative study by investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University and Eli Lilly Co., was published in the February issue of Cell Metabolism. Full Story.

Informatics Phil, Pro Arte Singers shine
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 28 - On Saturday afternoon, School of Informatics professor Christopher Raphael gave a demonstration of what might just be the most exciting musical development since the metronome - Music Plus One. Full Story.

Neighborhoods influence obesity risk for kids
South Bend Tribune, Feb. 28 - Battling childhood obesity might take more than diet and exercise. A new study has found that where children live influences their weight status. "We seem to be losing the battle to prevent childhood obesity by dealing with diet and exercise in individual children," said Dr. Gilbert Liu, assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. Full Story.

Local experts say drop simply a correction
South Bend Tribune, Feb. 28 - So, the Dow dropped nearly 550 points Tuesday before recovering to end the day down 416.02, or 3.3 percent, at 12,216.24. "Since we're so interconnected, it affects everybody's economy," Hunt said. That's exactly it, said Ying Li, an assistant professor of finance at Indiana University South Bend. Full Story.

In the Chronicle:

Students Attending Low-Cost Colleges May Get Higher Pell Grant. Students attending the lowest-cost community colleges may soon be eligible for the maximum Pell Grant, under legislation passed on Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. Full story.

New Study Finds 'Most Narcissistic Generation' on Campuses, Watching YouTube. Poor Narcissus: He could only gaze into a pool. Today's college students can watch themselves endlessly on Flickr, MySpace, and YouTube on their 27-inch, flat-screen LCD monitors. But does that make them narcissists? Full story.

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