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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 6, 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.

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Riley and Rotary reach out to hearts in Jordan
The art and technology of healing music
College premiere of 'A Wedding' marks season of firsts for IU Opera and Ballet Theater
Seminar offers unique hands-on science opportunity for Indiana high school students
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Riley and Rotary reach out to hearts in Jordan -- A team of heart doctors and nurses from Riley Hospital for Children will travel to the heart of the volatile Middle East to save the lives of as many as ten pediatric heart patients. The medical mission to Al Khalidi Hospital in Amman, Jordan begins March 1, with support from Rotary International. The Riley team will also work with Jordanian physicians to teach them the latest procedures and techniques for congenital cardiac defects. Four of Jordan's nine hospitals are located in Amman, which has been a staging area for referring Middle Eastern children with heart disease to the U.S. and Europe according to Dr. Mark Turrentine, cardiothoracic surgeon at Riley and professor of surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "While regional physicians provide quality care for many of these same children, the level of care can be greatly advanced by demonstrating the surgical and management techniques we use," added Turrentine. "As a result, more children should receive life-saving heart surgery in this region of the world." Read the entire story.

The art and technology of healing music -- Tibetan singing bowls, analog computers, electronic synthesizers … and Jell-O? Who knew that you could mold the mixture of arts and technology into so many variations? As part of the annual ArtsWeek celebration at Indiana University Bloomington and the City of Bloomington, the campus hosted a concert on March 3 of crystal and Tibetan bowls with vocal toning by world-renowned jazz singer and IU alumnaJaniece Jaffe, local teacher and healer Syndee Eartheart and IUB computer scientist Jonathan Mills. On its surface, the event didn't appear to involve any technology, says Mills, a professor and composer who blends the sounds of nature and Tibetan singing bowls -- some of which are hundreds of years old -- into his modern, orchestral and healing music. Delve deeper into the unusual mix of ancient artisanship, vocal toning and modern computing, though, and you'll discover innovative technology "that is so new it has only recently begun to be widely recognized in the informatics and computer science communities." Read the full story.

College premiere of "A Wedding" marks season of firsts for IU Opera and Ballet Theater -- Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater, which has staged a number of world premiere performances in recent years, will add to its list of firsts during its 2007-2008 season, announced today (March 5). The upcoming season at the IU Jacobs School of Music features the nation's first collegiate performance (Feb. 1-2, 8-9) of the opera A Wedding by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, who has commissioned IU Opera Theater for two previous collegiate premieres. IU Opera Theater delivered critically acclaimed productions of McTeague and A View from the Bridge in 1996 and 2005, respectively. Read more.

Seminar offers unique hands-on science opportunity for Indiana high school students -- Fifty of Indiana's top high school students will gain special insights into the worlds of science, medicine and genetics during the annual Molecular Medicine In Action Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine March 11-12. The two-day program, now in its eighth year, grants these select students the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation's top researchers in the labs of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results for Monday, March 5: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Tuesday, March 6:

Baseball -- Indiana takes on Indiana State in Terre Haute. IU is 3-3 in the young season, while ISU is currently 4-1. Read game notes.

Other IU athletic news:

Hoosiers host inaugural awards banquet -- The Indiana men's basketball team held its first annual awards banquet under head coach Kelvin Sampson Monday evening. Sampson and his staff handed out 14 awards and honored the team at Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union. Read the full story.

Hoosiers read at local schools -- Members of the Indiana athletic teams traveled to local schools recently to read to children as part of the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program to Read Across America. Student-athletes from the men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, wrestling and men's and women's diving teams all participated in the program. Read the full story.

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IU in the News

Environment influences kids' weight
Indianapolis Star, March 6 -- Dr. Gilbert Liu, a pediatrician and member of the Children's Health Services Research Group at the Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses his study on childhood obesity and environment. Read the full story.

Kids gain weight during summer break, study finds
Asbury Park Press (Associated Press), March 6 -- The nation's schools — under fire for unhealthy school lunches, well-stocked vending machines and phys ed cuts — may actually do a better job than parents in keeping children fit and trim. A study by researchers at Indiana University and Ohio State University found that 5- and 6-year-olds gained more weight over the summer than during the school year, casting doubt on the assumption that kids are more active during summer vacation. Read the complete story.

IU study: Most high school students bored
Indianapolis Star, March 6 -- Two out of three high school students are bored in class every day, according to a survey by the Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. The survey, which was released last week and polled more than 81,000 students across 26 states, found that fewer than 2 percent of students say they are never bored, while 17 percent of students report being bored in every class. "I believe how students feel about what they're doing in class, whether they're bored or whether they are interested or not, has a great impact on whether the student feels engaged or not," said Ethan Yazzie-Mintz, project director and author of the study. Read the full story.

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