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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 30, 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.


Making a difficult situation worse: stigma and mental health in children
Anyone can golf in one form or another
This week on Sound Medicine: Down Syndrome screening, Tourette Syndrome, kids and sports concussions, FDA warning-anemia drug and chemotherapy, Kenyan male circumcision, and mosquito nets for Africa
Adventures abroad
IU Bloomington scoreboard


Making a difficult situation worse: stigma and mental health in children -- Children with depression or ADHD and their parents not only face the challenge of an illness, but may confront the stigma that accompanies treatment and social rejection, according to the first-ever national study to examine Americans' views of mental health issues in children. The four-part study, conducted by sociologists at Indiana University and colleagues from the University of Virginia and Columbia University, found a high level of skepticism regarding psychiatric medications, with 66 percent of respondents saying the medications just delayed solving the "real" behavior-related problems, and 86 percent saying physicians overmedicate children for common behavior problems. Most Americans were concerned about confidentiality and the immediate and long-term effects of treatment on children's futures. Read the full story.

Anyone can golf in one form or another -- People with disabilities, such as hearing or vision impairments, paralysis and amputations, can take up golf or continue to play at the onset of disability, said Gary Robb, executive director of the National Center on Accessibility at IU Bloomington and president of the NCA-affiliated National Alliance for Accessible Golf. Federal law and regulations require no physical barriers from the parking lot to the last hole. This includes clubhouses, restrooms and other facilities. Robb said the more challenging barriers involve the attitudes and stereotypes held by golf course staff. Golf course policies and procedures, such as whether to allow coaches for blind golfers, special telephone equipment so someone who is hearing impaired can reserve an early tee time, or other adaptive equipment, seem to be the issues golf course operators can have difficulty resolving and are areas where staff can find themselves looking to golfers for direction -- which is why golfers with disabilities need to be informed. "I play golf a lot with a golfer who is paraplegic," Robb said. "It's an educational experience every time we play. Usually, it's a very positive experience for golf course personnel and for other golfers." Read the full story.

This week on Sound Medicine: Down Syndrome screening, Tourette Syndrome, kids and sports concussions, FDA warning-anemia drug and chemotherapy, Kenyan male circumcision, and mosquito nets for Africa -- Sound Medicine is presented with support from the IU Medical Group, the clinical practice of the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty physicians; The Lilly Clinic, where healthy volunteers help develop new medicines; and Clarian, with its Call to Change to a healthier lifestyle. Read more or to listen.

Adventures abroad -- Since its inception in the summer of 2000, the Edward L. Hutton International Experiences Grant has funded 1,618 students studying in 73 different countries around the globe. In 2006 alone, there were over 56 academic majors represented by the program. More than half the overall recipients of the International Experience Program Grant have been Hutton Honors College students and the majority of 2006 recipients have maintained grade point averages of 3.5 and above. Seven students here relate their recent experiences abroad. Read student essays.


Indiana University Bloomington scoreboard

Schedule for Monday, April 30 -- No varsity teams in action.

Results from April 27-20 --

Baseball -- The Indiana baseball team took an 8-7 victory over Penn State in the series finale between the two teams. Jon Fixler had two hits and four RBIs, while Andrew Means went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs in the victory. Chris Squires pitched the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits to garner his first career win in relief for IU. Read the series story.

Golf (men's) -- Sophomore Jorge Campillo finished in a tie for 12th as the Indiana men's golf team wrapped up the Big Ten Championship in a tie for sixth. The Hoosiers had a team total of 1213 (299-303-300-311) on the OSU Scarlet Course. Read the championship story.

Golf (women's) -- Freshman Anita Gahir finished tied for 15th at her first Big Ten Championship as the Indiana women's golf team wrapped up the event in fifth place. The Hoosiers had a team total of 1244 (311-315-304-314) at the event. Read the championship story.

Rowing -- Indiana's second varsity four won bronze and the Hoosiers finished seventh as a team at the 2007 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Lake Wingra on Saturday, April 28. Read the championship story.

Softball -- Big Ten leader Ohio State swept a doubleheader from Indiana at Buckeye Field on Sunday, April 29, taking game one by a 5-2 count and completing the sweep with a 9-0, five-inning win in game two. Read the series story.

Tennis (men's) -- Junior Thomas Richter upset No. 48 Brian Hung at No. 1 singles, but the Indiana men's tennis team fell to Michigan, 4-1, at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Michigan. Read the championship story.

Tennis (women's) -- The Indiana women's tennis team was eliminated from the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, April 28, with a 4-2 loss to Michigan. "It was a great college match," head coach Lin Loring said. "This is the first close match that we haven't won this season. We played really well in singles today. Both teams played hard. The good thing is that we still finished second in the Big Ten and we will still be a No. 2 seed at an NCAA regional, we just won't get another shot at Northwestern." Read the championship story.

Track and field (men's and women's) -- A trio of Hoosiers competed late in the evening on Sunday, April 29, at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, hosted by Stanford University, in Palo Alto, Calif. Read the results.

Water polo -- Junior Brooke Zimmerman recorded her second hat trick of the championships as the No. 5 seeded Indiana water polo team defeated No. 2 seed Michigan, 5-3, on Sunday, April 29, to finish in third place at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championships. Zimmerman was also named the Player of the Game for her efforts. Read the championship story.


IU in the News

Public perceptions harsh of kids, mental health
USA Today, April 30 -- A study out today is the first of its kind to examine American attitudes toward mental health in children. Though the subject has been analyzed in adults, until now there has been limited research illuminating how the public perceives children with mental disorders such as depression and attention deficit disorders, according to experts from Indiana University, the University of Virginia and Columbia University. The findings are published in the May issue of Psychiatric Services. Read the complete story.

At 100, Helen still helping her students
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 30 -- The man on the other end of the phone thought there must be some mistake. Charles Webb remembers the call he got about 15 years ago, when he was dean of Indiana University's School of Music. The dean of faculties office was calling and they were checking some facts and figures. "The man said to me, 'There must be an error, because this list is showing an 85-year-old staffer at the school of music listed as working full-time and getting full-time benefits,'" Webb recalled earlier this month. "I replied, 'Could you, by chance, be speaking of Helen Clouse?' " Yes, that was who the man meant. Webb offered to introduce the man to Helen and her work, which involved arranging practice rooms for music students. "He came over, met her, saw what she did and how she interacted with students, and he was amazed," Webb said. "The upshot is that the man has since passed away, and Helen is still working." Read the entire story.

The RIAA's worst nightmare: computers that understand music
Ars Technical, April 30 -- Computers and music have been linked since the earliest days of the mainframe, when giant machines controlled primitive synthesizers. Recently, however, a significant advancement has taken place in the field of computer music with the development of software that can not only transcribe polyphonic music in real time, but can also play back complex harmonies alongside human performers. For instance, at the annual Music Information Retrieval Exchange (MIREX) competition, Christopher Raphael of Indiana University demonstrated a system that can understand live music well enough to accompany a musician. Read the complete story.

IU's collection is always in style; 21,000 items preserve fashions of historic and social interest, especially to Hoosiers
Indianapolis Star, April 29 -- Fitzgerald is quiet and still in the corner. Top fashion designers Prada, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are sharing space with legendary Indiana University leader Herman B Wells. Fort Wayne native Bill Blass is there, too, in a signature tweed suit with a stub of a cigarette between his fingers. It's an odd gathering of power players, a place where haute couture and Hoosiers mix, and closely. They're all part of IU's 21,000-piece Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume collection. Read the complete story.


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