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Indiana University Front Page News

May 29, 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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Phishers can use social Web sites as bait to net victims: Informatics study
Baxter BioPharma Solutions exec accepts IU Informatics advisory post
I-Stem Resource Network Receives Lilly Endowment Grant
H1B visas: not just IT issue, says expert
Indiana teens can network with pros at IU Summer Technology Workshop
IUB Scoreboard

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Phishers can use social Web sites as bait to net victims: Informatics study -- Internet sites such as MySpace and Facebook are popular ways for friends to stay in touch, but they also can be used by cyber sharks posing as "friends," enabling them to steal personal and financial information. That's one of the conclusions found by researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics. In their study, "Social Phishing," the scientists claim to have established for the first time a baseline for the success rate of individual phishing attacks, both traditional and with social context. Read the complete story.

Baxter BioPharma Solutions exec accepts IU Informatics advisory post -- Kelly L. Zaleski, senior director of information technology at Baxter BioPharma Solutions (BPS), is the newest member of the Dean's Advisory Council at the Indiana University School of Informatics. She joins a group of business, community and industry leaders who advise the school on curriculum and program development, public and private sector funding, research support, long-range planning, student guidance, external relations and institutional advancement. Read the complete story.

I-Stem Resource Network Receives Lilly Endowment Grant -- The Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (I-STEM) Resource Network announced Friday that it is the recipient of a $3.4 million operating support grant from Lilly Endowment. The I-STEM Resource Network is a statewide consortium of higher education institutions, including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), dedicated to measurably improving K-12 student achievement in the STEM disciplines by focusing on professional development for K-12 STEM teachers, the creation of formal relationships between K-12 STEM teachers and institutions of higher education, and hands-on activities and learning opportunities for students and families. It will also focus on the relationship of STEM studies as an important factor in regional workforce development. Read the complete story.

H1B visas: not just IT issue, says expert; Senators should consider local and long-term effects of proposed immigration changes, IU researcher says -- Lois Wise researches patterns of use of H1B visas and is available to comment on how increasing H1B caps as described in the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act would affect different regions and economic sectors. Wise, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said there is a high demand for H1B visas within and beyond IT, but their use may be fostering dependence on a foreign labor market. Read the complete story.

Indiana teens can network with pros at IU Summer Technology Workshop -- Indiana high school students who are interested in computer technology or want to consider a career in computer programming, networking or technology can get a taste of the field during a free workshop sponsored by the Pervasive Technology Labs (PTL) Community Outreach Program at Indiana University. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Tuesday, May 29:

No varsity teams in action.

Results from Saturday, May 26:

Track and Field: The Indiana track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Missouri in Columbia on Saturday, May 26. The women finished 36th with 3 pts. and the men finished 19th with 13 pts. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

IU expects big, high-achieving freshman class; Plan to raise admission standards at Bloomington campus being implemented faster than scheduled
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 29 -- Indiana University is on track to enroll another big freshman class loaded with high achievers, according to the top IU Bloomington admissions official. "It's been a great year. It just raises the bar for next year," said Roger Thompson, the IU vice provost for enrollment management. Some 28,800 prospective first-year students applied to IU, up a remarkable 17 percent from last year, he said. And it appears there will again be a big rise in the academic standing of freshmen, after a 10-point increase in the average SAT score of new students in 2006. Read the complete story.

Phishers can use social Web sites as bait to net victims
PhysOrg, May 24 -- Internet sites such as MySpace and Facebook are popular ways for friends to stay in touch, but they also can be used by cyber sharks posing as "friends," enabling them to steal personal and financial information. That's one of the conclusions found by researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics. In their study, "Social Phishing," the scientists claim to have established for the first time a baseline for the success rate of individual phishing attacks, both traditional and with social context. Read the complete story.

Ask the Doctor: New study examines treatment for Alzheimer's
Indianapolis Star, May 29 -- Dr. Martin Farlow, professor of neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses a trial of a possible treatment for Alzheimer's. Read the complete story.

They're here!
Northwest Indiana Times, May 25 -- Expected for weeks, now come the cicadas -- just in time for graduation parties, weddings and summer picnics. The insects, after 17 years underground, have begun to emerge in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. "The cicadas are not synchronous," said Keith Clay, professor of Biology at Indiana University. "They do not all appear at the same time, but should be out within the next week." Read the complete story.

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