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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 14, 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.


Pediatricians and Pathologists See Traumatic Brain Injury Differently
IT banking industry vet lauded for contributions to IU School of Informatics
Changing school calendar merits thought, but needs study; CEEP policy brief examines alternatives to the traditional school-year calendar
IU School of Informatics hosts international new media, IT conference
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Pediatricians and Pathologists See Traumatic Brain Injury Differently -- Confronted with the same hypothetical scenarios of traumatic brain injuries to children, pediatricians and pathologists were unable to agree half the time whether the deaths should be investigated as potential child abuse, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine found. The study demonstrates the need for improved, uniform definitions if research is to prevent such abuse, said Antoinette Laskey, M.D., M.P.H., a forensic pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and her colleagues. They reported on their efforts to develop a framework to help researchers compare cases in the April issue of the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of abusive death in children and is especially common in abused children under the age of 4. Fifteen hundred children a year in U.S. are killed because of traumatic brain injury and those who survive are often devastated. Read the full story.

IT banking industry vet lauded for contributions to IU School of Informatics -- Mark Hill, co-founder and president emeritus of Baker Hill, is the recipient of the Hermes Award from the Indiana University School of Informatics. Hill has been an active supporter and consultant to the school since its inception in 2001 and was presented with the award at a recent ceremony. The Hermes Award is based on service that advances the overall mission of the School of Informatics. The many contributions of Hill and his wife, Karen, have benefited both the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis campus and the IU Bloomington campus and include the installation of a computer lab in the Informatics Building in Bloomington. Read the full story.

Changing school calendar merits thought, but needs study; CEEP policy brief examines alternatives to the traditional school-year calendar -- As proponents of school reform consider whether the old school calendar still makes sense, researchers and school administrators should scrutinize alternative calendars and the use of the current school time, according to researchers at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. The new policy brief called "Alternatives to the Traditional School-Year Calendar" is authored by Terry Spradlin, associate director for education policy at CEEP, and Shaun P. Johnson, graduate research assistant at CEEP. Read the full story.

IU School of Informatics hosts international new media, IT conference -- Rupert Boneham, the bear-like, tie-dyed-wearing icon from the reality series Survivor, has a tongue-in-cheek warning for new media educators and professionals -- he'll vote them "off the island" if they miss the New Media Summer Converence. That's part of the video invitation touting the June 6-9 international conference hosted by the School of Informatics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. The gathering will attract a large audience of colleges, universities and top-level IT professionals in specialties such as digital video, Web design, streaming, animation and graphics. "This is one of the stellar events of the New Media Consortium, which serves as a catalyst for the many creative and innovative uses of information technology," said Darrell Bailey, executive associate dean. "The consortium includes representatives from nearly 250 academic institutions, including IU campuses at Bloomington and IUPUI, museums, corporations and other education-based organizations." Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Monday, May 14 -- No varsity action.

Results from Friday-Sunday, May 11-13

Women's Tennis -- Indiana advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday after defeating Boise State 4-2, but the Hoosiers fell to No. 5 Northwestern 4-1 on Saturday. Read Friday's story. Read Saturday's story.

Men's and Women's Track -- Freshman Vera Neuenswander and fifth-year senior Jessica Gall each claimed a Big Ten individual title in the first day of competition of the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Friday, May 11. On Saturday, Seniors Kiwan Lawson and Lorian Price claimed Big Ten individual titles in the long jump. Sunday, the Hoosiers' 4x100-meter relay team took second to earn Indiana's fifth medal of the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and Sophomore Blayne Burkholder became the fifth Hoosier to claim a league individual title as he won the men's pole vault. Read Friday's story. Read Saturday's men's story. Read Saturday's women's story. Read Sunday's men's story. Read Sunday's women's story.

Baseball -- The Hoosiers were defeated by Illinois Friday, Saturday and Sunday in their final Big Ten road series of the season. Read notes from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Women's Golf -- After Saturday the Hoosiers were third in the NCAA Central Regional, but fell to fourth on Sunday. A fourth place finish allows the Hoosiers to advance to the NCAA Finals. Read Saturday's story. Read Sunday's story.

Rowing -- Indiana's rowing team came in eighth in the Central Region and 15th overall at the Aramark South/Central Region Sprints on Melton Hill Lake on Sunday, May 13, to close the season. Read the complete story.


IU in the News

Student involvement encouraged in provost search; Open discussion of provost search set for Wednesday
Indiana Daily Student, May 14 -- IU needs a new provost, and it wants one soon. President-elect and current Interim Provost Michael McRobbie formed a committee to find candidates to interview by mid-June to take over McRobbies provost position when he takes the presidency in July, said Fred Cate, IU law professor and chairman of the search committee. However, unlike previous hunts for chancellors and presidents, this search will be entirely internal. Cate said he is glad the search is internal, and that it has its advantages, because people within the University will be familiar and comfortable with whomever is chosen. Read the full story.

Do babies born in spring do badly in studies?
Times of India, May 14 -- Babies born in the spring could be less intelligent because of the effect of pesticides, doctors warn. A study of more than 1.5 million children clearly showed that those conceived in the summer -- when pesticide use is at its highest -- are less clever than other youngsters. It is thought that spring babies may fare less well at school because they receive the most exposure to pesticides during the first few months of pregnancy -- a critical time for brain development. Researcher Paul Winchester, a professor of clinical paediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, said: "The foetal brain begins developing soon after conception. The pesticides we use to control pests in fields and our homes and the nitrates we use to fertilise our crops and even our lawns are at their highest level in summer. Exposure to pesticides and nitrates can alter the hormonal milieu of the pregnant mother and the developing foetal brain." Read the full story.

IU unveils new degree in musical theater
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 13 -- This year, the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama is introducing a new degree program, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. While it is new to IU, it is an established curriculum across the country. To find out more about the BFA, I spoke with program director George Pinney. Pinney explained that the BFA is considered a professional degree, while the BA is a liberal arts degree. "The goal of the BFA," he said, "is to launch a student directly into the profession upon graduation. Many schools concentrate on performance and related support courses, with less emphasis on general education courses." Read the full story.


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