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Indiana University Front Page News

April 5, 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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Bayh calls for tripling of breast cancer research funds during remarks at IUPUI
Olin honored as outstanding geriatrics medicine student
Up close and personal with Mme. Butterfly
Herron students craft exhibit for Indiana Eugenics Project
Law school guest to address animal cruelty, dog bites, and canine profiling
Mini University Conversations: The Airline Industry
IU Bloomington athletics scoreboard

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Bayh calls for tripling of breast cancer research funds during remarks at IUPUI -- U.S. Senator Evan Bayh called for a dramatic increase in breast cancer research funding at a reception for recipients of the Marvella Bayh Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University's Cancer Research Institute on IUPUI's campus today. While recognizing the advances made since his mother's death from breast cancer in 1979, Bayh highlighted the list of unfunded priorities from national cancer organizations and announced plans that would triple U.S. spending on breast cancer research. The funding is part of a larger proposal Bayh outlined that has an overall goal of eliminating deaths caused by cancer by 2015. Read the full story.

Olin Honored As Outstanding Geriatrics Medicine Student -- Indiana University School of Medicine senior Amy Marie Olin has been awarded the Jeffrey C. Darnell Medical Student Geriatrics Achievement Award. Read the complete story.

Up close and personal with Mme. Butterfly -- IU Jacobs School of Music closes its 2006-07 Opera & Ballet Theatre season with Giacomo Puccini's exotic and deeply moving Madama Butterfly. Performing the lead role of Cio-cio-san (Madame Butterfly) is Jing Zhang, a lyric soprano and second-year masters student of vocal performance. IU student Jing Zhang will perform the lead role in "Madame Butterfly," which opens April 6 at the Musical Arts Center in Bloomington. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, Madama Butterfly -- which marked its centennial on Feb.17 -- will be stage-directed by internationally recognized Nicholas Muni, who will make his IU Opera Theater debut. David Effron will conduct the orchestra. The opera runs at the Musical Arts Center on April 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. During the opera's hectic final week of rehearsals, Ms. Zhang alighted and graciously answered a few questions for Live at IU. Read the interview.

Herron students craft exhibit for Indiana Eugenics Project -- In 1907 the Governor of Indiana signed into law a bill passed by the state legislature that is widely regarded as the world's first eugenic sterilization legislation. This law provided for the involuntary sterilization of approximately 2,500 of the State's most vulnerable citizens before it was repealed in 1974. This dimension of Indiana history can be explored through an exhibit designed by students and a faculty member of Herron School of Art and Design. Opening April 12 at the Indiana State Library, "Fit to Breed? The History and Legacy of Indiana Eugenics, 1907-2007," utilizes the unique architecture of the Indiana State Library to provide a visual experience that is both informative and thought provoking. The visitor is not only taken on a historical journey through Indiana eugenics, but also gets a glimpse into Indiana's genetic future. Read the full story.

Law School Guest to Address Animal Cruelty, Dog Bites, and Canine Profiling -- A senior director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will present "Cracking Down on Animal Cruelty, Common Sense Solutions to Dog Bites, and Canine Profiling" during a guest lecture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Read the complete story.

Mini University Conversations: The Airline Industry -- With so many airlines in financial trouble, why are consumers paying less for flights? Clint Oster of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, discusses the economy's influence on airlines, how the industry has changed in recent years, and ways travelers can improve their airline experiences. Hear the conversation or read the transcript. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington scoreboard

Schedule for Thursday, April: No varsity teams in action.

Results from Wednesday, April 4:
Women's tennis: The No. 34 Indiana women's tennis team went to 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 6-1 victory over No. 48 Ohio State on Wednesday, April 4, in Bloomington. Read the story.

Softball: Louisville got a dominant pitching performance from freshman starter Kristen Wadwell, and Indiana was only able to pick up a pair of hits on the day as the Hoosiers fell on the road to the Cardinals, 1-0, on Wednesday, April 4, at Ulmer Stadium. Read the game story.

Other IU athletcs news:

Spring Update: Hoosiers in the Backfield -- The Hoosiers return four running backs who saw action in 2006. Marcus Thigpen and Demetrius McCray saw the bulk of the carries last season, with Thigpen leading the group with 387 yards on a 3.9 average per carry. Thigpen also caught 18 passes out of the backfield last fall. Read the complete story.

Hoosiers kick back to community -- As the Indiana University men's soccer team continues its spring training, several student-athletes have taken time out of their schedules to volunteer at the Shalom Community Center...The Shalom Community Center is a daytime resource center for those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Sophomore midfielder Billy Weaver began volunteering with the center in the fall. He encouraged his teammates to join him once the season was over. "I am really proud of how many of my teammates stepped up and said they were willing to help out despite their busy class schedules," Weaver said. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

MAD MONEY, CNBC show host Jim Cramer prepares for live on-campus taping
Indiana Daily Student, April 4 -- Of all of the schools that wanted Jim Cramer to visit on his "Back to School Tour," Cramer said IU was not only an important one, but one with star power. Cramer, who was on campus Tuesday to tape a segment for the CNBC show "Stop Trading" and will do a live taping of his show "Mad Money" today, will host special guest IU alumnus and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban. Read the complete story.

Father of aerobics' to speak in Bloomington
Indiana Daily Student, April 4 -- "Father of aerobics" Kenneth Cooper, will be speaking at a lecture hosted by the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation on Wednesday. Read the complete story.

Schools Credited With Helping Some Pupils Limit Weight
Education Week, April 4 -- Schools may play a helpful role in keeping children at a healthy weight during kindergarten and 1st grade, scholars say. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus and Indiana University in Bloomington have found that children tend to gain weight during the summer between kindergarten and 1st grade. Read the complete story.

Treatments on target
Indianapolis Star, April 4 -- Every year, researchers are discovering new ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer, and the prognosis for patients is better than ever. Today, doctors able to use genetic testing to look inside the particular cancer and determine how aggressively it needs to be treated. That's good news for patients, because they won't be subjected to treatments that could be unnecessary for their case, said Dr. George Sledge Jr. of the Indiana University Cancer Center. "We always knew we were overtreating women, but we didn't know which women needed to be overtreated," he said, adding that now, doctors are able to "fingerprint the criminal and interrogate it at a molecular level." Read the complete story.

Plant hormone may hold hope for human cancer cure
Daily India.com, April 5 -- A collaborative study has for the first time determined how plant hormone, auxin, interacts with its receptor TIR1. The study, conducted by scientist from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Cambridge, may have important implications for the treatment of cancers that afflict human beings, as TIR1 is similar to human enzymes that are known to be involved in cancer. "Learning that auxin regulates TIR1 is a huge advance for plant biology that will probably have important implications for agriculture in the future," Nature magazine quoted IU Bloomington plant biologist, Mark Estelle, as saying. Read the complete story.

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