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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

IUPUI Motorsports Team Earns Front Row at Purdue Grand Prix
Mini University Conversations: The U.S. Supreme Court
Where the rubber meets the road: IU computer science students test robotic vehicle
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IUPUI Motorsports Team Earns Front Row at Purdue Grand Prix -- The IUPUI Motorsports Team surprised the field by qualifying on the front row for the 2007 Purdue Grand Prix go-kart race. Thirty-three karts will compete in the 160-lap, 50-mile race scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2007. The track is located on the Purdue campus, just north of Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Northwestern Avenue and Cherry Lane. IUPUI's driver, Jon Laski, qualified second fastest during trials on Monday. It is the best starting position that an IUPUI team has ever earned for the race. Last year's IUPUI team qualified eighth and was running as high as fourth in the race before a tangle with another kart caused a broken tie-rod. Read the full story.

Mini University Conversations: The U.S. Supreme Court -- Craig Bradley, the James L. Calamaras Professor of Law at IU Bloomington, discusses the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, the legacy of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and his impressions of the new chief justice, John Roberts. Read the transcript or hear the conversation.

Where the rubber meets the road: IU computer science students test robotic vehicle -- Fueled by curiosity and powered by computer technology, students at the Indiana University School of Informatics are poised to test drive a class project using unmanned vehicles. Three groups of computer science graduate students will demonstrate and analyze their development of autonomous Global Positioning System navigation of a computer controlled vehicle on the IU Bloomington campus Thursday (April 25). The exercise is part of the class' final exam for the Department of Computer Science's Embedded and Real-time Systems course. "This vehicle -- a modified golf cart -- provides a hands-on way to learn what autonomous robotics is all about," said instructor Steven D. Johnson, professor of computer science. "The project is a platform for education in embedded systems aimed for research in both computer system design and artificial intelligence in robotics." Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Monday, April 23 -- No varsity teams in action

Results from April 20-22 --

Baseball -- Ohio State got eight runs in the first inning to emerge with an 11-3 victory over the Indiana baseball team in the final game of the teams' four-game series. The Buckeyes moved to 23-10 (8-6 Big Ten) with the victory, while IU is now 14-22 (4-12). Read the game story.

Golf (men's) -- The Indiana men's golf team finished in seventh place at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational on Sunday, April 22. The Hoosiers finished the tournament with a team total of 872 (298-286-288) for the tournament. Read the tournament story.

Golf (women's) -- The Indiana women's golf team finished in a tie for eighth place at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, held at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. The Hoosiers wrapped up the event with a team total of 968 (317-321-330). Read the invitational story.

Softball -- Indiana could not contain No. 9/8 Michigan's hot bats as the Wolverines swept a Big Ten doubleheader on Sunday, April 22, 9-0 and 11-0 at the IU Softball Field. Both games ended in five innings. Read the game story.

Tennis (men's) -- Despite upset victories in singles and doubles, the Indiana men's tennis team fell to Penn State, 4-3, on Sunday, April 22, to close out the regular season. Read the full story.

Tennis (women's) -- The No. 27 Indiana women's tennis team clinched a second-place finish in the Big Ten with a 5-2 victory over No. 25 Michigan in the Hoosiers final match of the season on Sunday, April 22. Read the match story.

Track and field (men's and women's) -- Freshman Eric Werskey recorded another regional qualifying mark as the Indiana track and field teams concluded competition at the Cardinal Invitational, hosted by the University of Louisville, on Saturday, April 21. On the women's side, Three Hoosiers recorded regional qualifying marks as the Indiana track and field teams concluded competition at the Cardinal Invitational. Read the men's story. Read the women's story.

Water polo -- The Indiana water polo team fell to No. 19 Michigan, 8-6, in overtime of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Western Division Championship on Saturday, April 22. It was the third consecutive year in which the two teams had squared off for the title, with Michigan taking all three games. Read the full story.


IU in the News

The Machine's Got Rhythm; Computers are learning to understand music and join the band
Science News, April 21 -- Christopher Raphael, a professor at Indiana University, begins the third movement of a Mozart oboe quartet. As his oboe sounds its second note, his three fellow musicians come in right on cue. Later, he slows down and embellishes with a trill, and the other players stay right with him. His accompanists don't complain or tire when he practices a passage over and over. And when he's done, he switches them off. Read the full story.

Interracial couples invest more in kids
Live Science, April 23 -- Parents who are of different races, such as a white father and an Asian-American mother, spend more time and money on their kids than parents who are both of the same race, new research shows. The advantage, or higher investment, can be explained as a counterweight or response to the social challenges faced by interracial couples, said study author Brian Powell at Indiana University Bloomington. Read the full story.

Survey of parents to grade schools
The Fayette Observer, April 23 -- Your child's school wants to know how it's doing. Starting this week, the Cumberland County schools will conduct a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected parents. Researchers from Indiana University will ask parents about 25 questions about their child's school, including their impressions of its condition, security, teacher quality and whether they are able to communicate well with the school. Read the complete story.

IU alum selling rare art; Auction of Neiman collection to raise millions for university
Indianapolis Business Journal, April 21 -- Who knew an untimely injury to Indiana University basketball star Scott May in 1975 would net the school millions of dollars 32 years later? It was May's injury and IU's subsequent defeat that led Indianapolis businessman Barton Kaufman to New York in March 1975, when he met famous painter LeRoy Neiman. Over the years, Kaufman commissioned 28 original paintings from the artist known for his handlebar mustache, an East Coast flare and works often depicting the world's most famous sports scenes. Now, Kaufman is auctioning off 26 of those paintings and plans to donate the money to IU, where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1962 and law degree in 1965. "This collection goes way beyond someone who just found pieces in a gallery," said Mark Ruschman, operator of the local Ruschman Art Gallery. "The fact that Neiman has a worldwide recognition much like Rockwell should make this a good sale." Read the complete story.


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