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Indiana University Front Page News

June 1, 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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IU and state holding workshops to improve math education using standardized test results
Five to receive IU's highest alumni award
Takin' it to the streets: School of Ed to partner with Indianapolis community agencies
Jupiter rules the night during June
Androids have higher calling than mechanical cousins, IU expert says
Entrepreneurship can triumph over globalization, author says
Ivy Tech and IU to provide expanded transfer opportunities
On a roll: Indiana tobacco sales to minors continue to drop
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU and state holding workshops to improve math education using standardized test results -- Indiana mathematics teachers can take advantage of four workshops this summer to examine best practices based on a national student assessment test and ISTEP. "Learning from ISTEP and NAEP" will feature two workshops in Greenwood, then another in Crown Point, with a final workshop in Jasper. The sessions are a combined effort of the Indiana University School of Education and the Indiana Department of Education to improve math education across the state. Read the complete story.

Five to receive IU's highest alumni award -- Five Indiana University alumni have been named as recipients of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is the university's highest honor reserved solely for IU alumni and provides recognition for outstanding career achievements and significant contributions benefiting the recipient's community, state and nation or IU. Read the complete story.

Takin' it to the streets: School of Ed to partner with Indianapolis community agencies -- A dozen Indianapolis community service agencies have begun the first step toward a formal partnership with the Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Representatives have met with School of Education faculty and plan a follow-up meeting later this summer to solidify a relationship that would allow agencies to draw on faculty expertise and school resources. Read the complete story.

Jupiter rules the night during June -- Jupiter, the giant of the solar system, will be visible almost all night as it crosses the southern sky during June. Unfortunately, the huge planet will be unusually low, still easy to see but not as spectacular as it would be if it were higher, where its light would have less of Earth's atmosphere to penetrate. Read the complete story.

Androids have higher calling than mechanical cousins, IU expert says -- Give a robot a realistic human face and body, carefully program it to mimic our mannerisms and traits, and you'll likely have a creature that interacts more closely with us -- one that can even help us better understand our own behavior. So says Karl F. MacDorman, an android and robotics science expert at the Indiana University School of Informatics. He will share his expertise at the International Robots and Vision Conference in Chicago, June 11-14. Read the complete story.

Entrepreneurship can triumph over globalization, author says -- Embracing innovation is the only way for Western businesses to succeed in the global market, says Indiana University economics Professor David Audretsch, whose new book, The Entrepreneurial Society, is due for release in July (Oxford University Press). He argues that labor will continue to be outsourced abroad as long as the tasks involved are routine and replicable, but companies that reward new ideas, niche markets and community collaboration can thrive on local employment. Read the complete story.

Ivy Tech and IU to provide expanded transfer opportunities -- Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University, the state's two largest post-secondary institutions of higher education, have teamed up to provide expanded transfer of credit opportunities for Hoosiers throughout the state. The two institutions have designated over 100 courses that will transfer from all 23 Ivy Tech campuses to Indiana University-Bloomington. In addition to the 100-plus courses, the two schools signed formal agreements to transition Ivy Tech two-year degrees to IU four-year degrees at campuses throughout the state. Read the complete story.

On a roll: Indiana tobacco sales to minors continue to drop -- Tobacco sales to minors in Indiana dropped for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest data from the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program, a joint venture of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University and the Indiana State Excise Police. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Friday, June 1:

No varsity teams in action.

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IU in the news

Ivy Tech, IU approve transfer pact
Journal and Courier, June 1 -- Ivy Tech Community College students can seamlessly transfer more than 100 courses and two-year liberal arts degrees at Indiana University under a new agreement between the colleges. "It is really exciting for our students and for Indiana," Lafayette campus Chancellor David Bathe said. "This will shorten your time and your cost and open opportunities that might have not have been offered to you." Read the complete story.

IUN, Methodist may team on new hospital
Northwest Indiana Times, June 1 -- A new teaching hospital linking Indiana University Northwest and Methodist Hospitals could anchor a massive development approved at a rancorous Gary city meeting Wednesday afternoon. Development boosters praised the plan while city residents and uninvolved developers derided the plan as a swindle, questioning everything from the city's asking price for the land to the bodily existence of the development's central financier. Read the complete story.

IU receives $330,000 grant to start online alcohol program: Incoming freshmen required to pass course
Indiana Daily Student, May 31 -- After summer orientation, all incoming freshman students will be required to take an online class called AlcoholEdu. IU received a $331,076 grant May 22 that will help finance the online class for two years. Dick McKaig, dean of students, said only a portion of the grant is going toward the alcohol education class. "The grant funds not only the program but funds a faculty-oriented research program," McKaig said. McKaig said Ruth Gassman, the executive director of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, will be heading the faculty that will be doing an evaluation to see whether or not the program is effective in changing abusive alcoholic behavior on campus. Read the complete story.

Cigarette sales to kids continue slide
Indianapolis Star, June 1 -- The number of tobacco sales to minors in Indiana declined for the sixth straight year, according to a state program that monitors retailers' compliance with state laws. The Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program, which is administered by Indiana University's Indiana Prevention Resource Center and state excise police, said the number of retailers selling to minors was down to 10.5 percent from 12.7 percent in the previous year. The number of retailers selling to minors was 40 percent in 2000 when the program was founded. Read the complete story.

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