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Indiana University Front Page News

June 6, 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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Indiana University's Mini University closes registrations due to record enrollment
IUETC business helps life sciences companies comply with FDA regulations
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration has music, pageant and a parade
National composer awards go to four IU students
Conference offers help for those working with youth
Modeling the restless brain
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Gives $480,000 to Healthcare Literacy Project
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Indiana University's Mini University closes registrations due to record enrollment -- Registrations for Indiana University's popular Mini University have topped last year's record-setting enrollment of 468, prompting organizers to close registration for the first time in the event's 35-year history in order to preserve the Mini U. experience. People still wishing to attend the week-long program, which begins June 17, should call the IU Alumni Association at 800-824-3044 or 812-855-6120 to add their names to a wait list for enrollment or to be included on the mailing list for Mini U. 2008. Read the complete story.

IUETC business helps life sciences companies comply with FDA regulations -- Navigating complex U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations can be vexing for a young or understaffed pharmaceutical or medical device company. So it's fortunate Indiana life sciences companies can rely on locally owned Safis Solutions, LLC, for help. Safis Solutions graduated from the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC) in late May. Mark Long, president and CEO of IUETC, said that this is only the fourth company nurtured to independence by the Indianapolis-based life sciences incubator. "We are proud of the growth and success Safis Solutions has shown over the past several years. They brought a much needed service to our incubator community." Read the complete story.

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration has music, pageant and a parade -- Indiana University and its Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, in collaboration with the City of Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College, will present the ninth annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration on June 30 in Bloomington, featuring African and African American music, dance, food and crafts. The celebration, which is open to the public, will begin with a community parade that will start at 10 a.m. at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave., and conclude at Bloomington's Bryan Park, 1100 S. Woodlawn Ave. Festivities will continue at Bryan Park until 4 p.m. A new feature this year will be a Juneteenth King and Queen Pageant. Read the complete story.

National composer awards go to four IU students -- Three Indiana University Jacobs School of Music composition students and one alumnus have been named winners in the 55th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. No other school or university had more than one winner. IU captured four of the total 11 awards that went to young classical composers ranging in age from 15 to 25. IU student Clint Needham was named the winner of the William Schuman Prize, which is awarded to the score judged "most outstanding" in the competition. Read the complete story.

Conference offers help for those working with youth; 44th Munger Conference at School of Education -- More than 50 seminars on topics as varied as nutrition and pre-adolescent stress highlight the 44th Annual Paul Munger Conference for Youth-Serving Professionals on June 18-20 at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington. An optional Best Practices Summer Institute focusing on population-based services follows on June 21. The conference is aimed at a variety of professionals who work with youth, including counselors and psychologists from schools or agencies, teachers, social workers and administrators. Speakers include experts from the IU faculty and the state department of education, including an opening keynote address from Charlie Nelms, IU vice president for Institutional Development and Student Affairs, and a Tuesday address from Suellen Reed, Indiana schools superintendent. Read the complete story.

Modeling the restless brain; IU neuroscientists tie network structure to brain's spontaneous activity -- Indiana University neuroscientists Olaf Sporns and Christopher Honey find the 98 percent of brain activity that other researchers consider just background noise to be fascinating and important. Brains are always active, even when people are at rest. In this "resting state," waves of neural activity ripple through the brain, creating fluctuating and ever-changing patterns. Sporns and Honey's work on modeling this brain activity sheds new light on how and when these mysterious fluctuations occur and offers insights into what the brain does while idle. Read the complete story.

Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Gives $480,000 to Healthcare Literacy Project -- With a gift from a foundation bearing the name of a leading global pharmaceutical company, a group of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers hope to help bridge language and cultural gaps between physicians and their nonnative English-speaking patients. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednessday-Thursday, June 6-7:

Track and Field: NCAA Outdoor Championships, 1 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

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IU in the news

What the brain does while idle
News-Medical.net, June 6 -- Indiana University neuroscientists Olaf Sporns and Christopher Honey find the 98 percent of brain activity that other researchers consider just background noise to be fascinating and important. Brains are always active, even when people are at rest. In this "resting state," waves of neural activity ripple through the brain, creating fluctuating and ever-changing patterns. Sporns and Honey's work on modeling this brain activity sheds new light on how and when these mysterious fluctuations occur and offers insights into what the brain does while idle. Read the complete story.

Five in running for IU Bloomington provost position; Officials expect job to be filled by time McRobbie takes over as IU president
Bloomington Herald-Times, June 5 -- Five current or former Indiana University administrators are candidates for the position of IU Bloomington provost, and officials expect the job to be filled within the next month. The provost search committee began interviewing candidates last week and will continue to interview until Thursday, said Fred Cate, a law professor who chairs the committee. Cate would not identify the candidates. The committee will recommend two or three finalists late this week to Michael McRobbie, the Indiana University president-elect, who will select the provost, the chief academic officer for the campus. Read the complete story.

Entrepreneurship Can Triumph Over Globalization
CCN Mag.com, June 5 -- 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.

What if the tin can asked for looks?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 6 -- Karl MacDorman, a roboticist at Indiana University, worked in Japan on the Actroid Repliees, a series of social robots so lifelike they might lie on the other side of the uncanny valley. The robots can respond to touch and carry on conversations. But MacDorman said the engineers were careful never to show the android in a state of partial disassembly. Exposed wires would have ruined the effect and dropped the robot into the uncanny valley. Read the complete story.

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