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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 23, 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. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

College premiere of "A Wedding" marks season of firsts for IU Opera and Ballet Theater
Pulliam Trust grant boosts IUPUI research to help blind students
Mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus -- but it's not for the sex
IU honors founders, top faculty and students
Twenty-first Century Oil
Mini University Conversations: The theory of evolution
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


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. 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. The season also includes a tribute to Russian dance legend Vaslav Nijinsky as part of the annual fall ballet (Oct. 5-6), a new production of Puccini's opera La Boheme (Nov. 9-10, 16-17), which will be overseen by acclaimed stage director Tito Capobianco and designed by IU's C. David Higgins, and an opera-themed spring ballet (March 21-22) featuring a performance of Rossini Overtures with new choreography by Distinguished Professor and ballet icon Violette Verdy. Read the complete story.

Pulliam Trust grant boosts IUPUI research to help blind students -- A $115,000 award from a private trust will help School of Informatics researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis make computing more accessible to blind students. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grant will help faculty advance their design of an acoustic user interface (AUI) that replaces text or number-based titles and file names with easily memorized "sound symbols." Such a system would help blind students more quickly access contents and files stored on their computers. "By crafting short sound symbols around educational subjects, our project hopes to create a more powerfully memorable sound map of academic content to help those students for whom the marvelous advantages of computer technology are often a disadvantage: students who are blind or visually impaired," said Steve Mannheimer, professor of new media. Mannheimer is leading the project along with Mathew J. Palakal, associate dean for graduate studies and research and director of the Informatics Research Institute at IUPUI. Read the full story.

Mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus-- but it's not for the sex -- Why mitochondrial genes ditch their cushy haploid environs to take up residence in a large and chaotic nucleus has long stumped evolutionary biologists, but Indiana University Bloomington scientists report in this week's Science that they've uncovered an important clue in flowering plants. "Plants that reproduce clonally or are capable of self-pollinating have transferred more genes from the mitochondrion to the nucleus," said graduate student Yaniv Brandvain, lead author of the paper. That discovery, Brandvain explained, is unexpected. The most obvious benefit of being part of the nuclear genome is recombination, after all, but little recombination takes place in self-pollinating species. So what, exactly, might be luring mitochondrial genes to the nucleus? Read the entire story.

IU honors founders, top faculty and students -- In a ceremonial tribute to its founding fathers and colorful history, Indiana University will celebrate Founders Day on Sunday (March 25) at 2 p.m. in Assembly Hall. Fifteen award-winning, university-wide faculty will be recognized and top students will be acknowledged. IU President Adam W. Herbert will preside over the ceremony with a welcome and remarks. Charlers R. Bantz, executive vice president and chancellor at IUPUI, will announce the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which will be bestowed formally at a luncheon before the ceremony. Michael A. McRobbie, IU president-elect, provost and vice president for academic affairs at IU Bloomington, will present the IUB honor students, and Elizabeth Haugh Oates, an honor student in the College of Arts and Sciences, will offer remarks on behalf of her student colleagues. Twelve faculty members and three doctoral students will be recognized for outstanding teaching, research or service to the university. The award recipients teach at IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. Read the complete story.

Twenty-first century oil -- Mary Jane Frisby and Kenneth Crews negotiate "deals" over "the oil of the 21st century." Frisby, a 2000 graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, is an intellectual property attorney with the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg. Crews -- also an attorney -- teaches intellectual property law on the IUPUI campus and directs the law school's Copyright Management Center. "Intellectual property is the oil of the 21st century," Mark Getty, grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, reportedly once said. "Look at the richest men a hundred years ago; they all made their money extracting natural resources or moving them around. All today's richest men have made their money out of intellectual property." Read the full story.

Mini University Conversations: The theory of evolution -- What is at stake in the debate over human evolution? IU'sJeanne Sept, associate professor of anthropology, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the faculties, talks about the nature of scientific inquiry, its relationship with religion, and evolution's importance for teachers and students. This feature was adapted from Sept's class given during last summer's Mini University. Hear the conversation or read the transcript.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Friday-Saturday, March 23-25

Baseball -- The Hoosiers (8-8) host their first weekend series of 2007 against IPFW in a three-game set beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Sembower Field. The second two games are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Read game notes.

Men's tennis -- Indiana (10-6) returns to its Big Ten schedule against No. 23 Minnesota on Saturday at 12 noon, and then Iowa on Sunday at 12 noon. Both matches are in Bloomington. Read match notes.

Rowing -- The Hoosiers row against Wisconsin on Bloomington's Lake Lemon at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Read about the team.

Softball -- IU (13-11) will open its home season by hosting the IU Classic in Bloomington. The Hoosiers open play on Friday at 12 noon against Illinois-Chicago and then meet Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Indiana plays Buffalo at 12 noon. A final game will be played on Sunday. Read tournament notes.

Water polo -- Indiana travels to Erie, Pa., for a Friday game with Gannon at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday the Hoosiers play Mercyhurst at 9 a.m. and Penn State Behrend at 12 p.m. in Erie, then take on Grove City at 7 p.m. in Grove City, Pa. On Sunday, it's Slippery Rock at 9 a.m. in Slippery Rock, Pa., and Washington and Jefferson in Washington, Pa., at 1 p.m. Catch up with the team.

Women's tennis -- IU (8-0) travels to Iowa and Minnesota on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Iowa match is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the Minnesota match is set for 10 a.m. Read match notes.

Results for Wednesday, March 22

Women's basketball -- The Hoosiers closed out their 2006-07 season with a loss to South Dakota State in the third round of the WNIT, 60-53. Read the game story.

Women's golf -- Indiana is in action at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend. Earlier this week, Hoosier Elaine Harris was named Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week. Read the story.

More athletic news

The Columbus Connection: A crew of Hoosiers -- When the Indiana men's soccer team takes the field on Saturday in a spring game against Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, the team will find a few familiar faces staring back at them from the other side of the pitch in former Hoosiers Ned Grabavoy, Danny O'Rourke and Jed Zayner. Numerous former Indiana soccer players have found success in MLS. The Hoosiers currently have more former student-athletes in MLS than they do in the NBA, NFL, MLB and WNBA combined. Through the first 12 MLS drafts, Indiana has had 22 players drafted, which ranks second overall for colleges. In no team is this relationship more evident than with the Columbus Crew. Read the full story.


IU in the News

Herron to offer master's degree in fine arts
Inside Indiana Business, March 23 -- Indiana University's Herron School of Art and Design will in August launch a new master of fine arts degree in visual art and public life. The program will focus on advancing the student's artistic vision while assisting them in developing career opportunities. Students are encouraged to work on projects that require professional practice and community collaborations. Read the full story.

Strangely serene on IU's hoops scene; Even if D.J. White tests draft, recruits look good
Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel, March 23 -- On a spring day when news broke that Tubby Smith was leaving for the University of Minnesota (are you serious?) and Steve Alford for New Mexico (isn't that where Bob Knight almost went?), all was quiet on the Indiana University basketball front.Hey, that's huge considering the Hoosiers have spent the past decade or so mired in all sorts of spring intrigue, from coaching resignations to choking allegations to zero tolerance to star players bolting to -- well, you get the picture. Now we have Kelvin Sampson, and instead of controversy, we have assessment of a program on the rise. Read the complete story.

Garrett paved way in Indiana; In 1947, Shelbyville star became 1st black to play regularly in Big Ten
Indianapolis Star, March 22 -- It is testimony to Bill Garrett's stature that the man to whom he most frequently is compared didn't play his position (center) or even his sport (basketball). Jackie Robinson was about making history, not baskets. Garrett did both. "I really don't know much about him, but I know the guy was a pioneer," said North Central High School boys basketball coach Doug Mitchell, whose Panthers, featuring Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Basketball favorite Eric Gordon, will meet East Chicago Central in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse. Sixty years ago, Garrett led Shelbyville to the 1947 state title and was named Mr. Basketball. Later that year, a few months after Robinson took Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to break Major League Baseball's color barrier, Garrett enrolled at Indiana University, where he became the first black basketball player to play regularly in the Big Ten Conference. Read the full story.

Clarian selected for national youth obesity study
Inside Indiana Business, March 22 -- Clarian Health, comprised of Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children, has been chosen to participate in a national effort to help identify and refine effective practices to prevent and reduce youth obesity. Clarian was one of eight hospital in the nation selected for the Youth Obesity Learning Collaborative. The Collaborative brings together members to exchange strategies and share data on preventing youth obesity. It will produce a guidebook of best practices for other hospitals. Read the complete story.


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