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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 28, 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.


Natural or supernatural? Traditional barrier between medical and spiritual healing coming down
Students are bored, many skip school, lack adult support; High school students from 110 schools in 26 states participate in IU study
Hamilton to address White House response to Iraq Study Group recommendations
Mini University combines summer vacation and learning
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Natural or supernatural? Traditional barrier between medical and spiritual healing coming down -- In recent national surveys, more than 80 percent of Americans said they believe that God supernaturally heals people in answer to prayer. That doesn't mean they shun conventional medical treatment. "People who need healing are willing to try anything," said Candy Gunther Brown, associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University Bloomington. "There's an American penchant to have it all -- both the MRIs and the miracles." Read the full story.

Students are bored, many skip school, lack adult support; High school students from 110 schools in 26 states participate in IU study -- oday's high school students say they are bored in class because they dislike the material and experience inadequate teacher interaction, according to a special report from Indiana University's High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE). The findings, released today (Feb. 28), show that 2 out of 3 students are bored in class every day, while 17 percent say they are bored in every class. More than 81,000 students responded to the annual survey. HSSSE was administered in 110 high schools, ranging in size from 37 students to nearly 4,000, across 26 states. Read the complete story.

Hamilton to address White House response to Iraq Study Group recommendations -- Former congressman Lee H. Hamilton, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group and director of the Center on Congress at IU, will deliver a talk entitled "Iraq: What's Next?" at the bi-annual Capitol Hill Colloquium sponsored by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Washington, D.C., on March 13. Read the full story.

Mini University combines summer vacation and learning -- Indiana University's Mini University, a nationally-recognized learning vacation for adults, is scheduled for June 17-22 in Bloomington. The week-long program gives participants the chance to study exciting topics and interact with world-class faculty while enjoying the beauty of the Bloomington campus. "Mini U" participants attend up to 15 noncredit mini-courses that they choose from more than 100 offerings taught by many of IU's most distinguished teaching faculty. Each course lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes and is designed to encourage discussion. Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results for Tuesday, February 27: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Wednesday, February 28:

Men's basketball -- IU will close out its road schedule for this season at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., with the game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EST in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Read IU game notes here. Read Northwestern game notes here.

Men's tennis -- The Hoosiers host DePaul in the IU Tennis Pavilion at 1 p.m. today. Read match notes.

Other IU athletic news:

Braun named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, McKay earns all-Big Ten honors -- Freshman Jamie Braun was named the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, as decided by the league's coaches, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Senior Sarah McKay also received postseason honors after being named to the All-Big Ten Third Team by the league's coaches and earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention from the media. Read the full story.


IU in the News

Is this what we'll become?
Indianpolis Star, Feb. 28 -- The life sciences are moving forward faster than most of us know or can comprehend. 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. Read the 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. Read the complete 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. Read the 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. Read the full story.


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