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Indiana University Front Page News

June 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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IU program turns out more ESL teachers
Non-smoking spouse, smoke-free workplace help quitters win
A Legacy of Leadership; HPER Dean and Professor of Kinesiology David Gallahue retires
IU Jacobs School of Music faculty to appear on 'A Prairie Home Companion' Saturday
Narendra Jadhav, Indian economist and noted author, visits Indiana University
STAR TRAK for July
Understanding the rich diversity of the Middle East
$10 million gift combines with state funds for IU-Notre Dame facility
'Celebrate IU' Week; Week-long schedule of events to become IU homecoming tradition
IU's Big Red supercomputer and Data Capacitor shine at International Supercomputer Conference
Pneumonia Leads List of Causes of Hospital Readmissions After Stroke
Bloomington and IU attract 2009 conference for GLBT students
Award-winning teachers compare notes, share ideas at IU
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU program turns out more ESL teachers; Accelerated certification program in School of Education awards 17 certificates -- The latest cohort of teachers has completed the Tandem Certification of Indiana Teachers (TACIT) program, a federally-funded program offered by the Indiana University School of Education to more quickly certify English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers for the state of Indiana. Seventeen teachers picked up TACIT completion certificates during this week's retreat on the Bloomington campus. Read the complete story.

Non-smoking spouse, smoke-free workplace help quitters win -- A non-smoking spouse and smoke-free workplace play key roles in long-term success for young adults who quit smoking, according to Indiana University research, which found environmental factors to be more influential than individual behaviors and beliefs when it comes to kicking the habit. Read the complete story.

A Legacy of Leadership; HPER Dean and Professor of Kinesiology David Gallahue retires -- When David Gallahue came to Indiana University Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation as an undergraduate, and even when he returned as a professor, he didn't imagine he would one day be the school's dean. "I never anticipated this or had this as a career goal," said Gallahue, who retires from that very position on June 30, after serving as dean for 5 years. "But it's been very gratifying in so many ways. I get a great thrill out of helping others achieve their goals." Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty to appear on 'A Prairie Home Companion' Saturday -- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson will appear in a live edition of Public Radio International's "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor" on Saturday (June 30). The live broadcast will be from the Koussevitzy Music Shed at Tanglewood, in Lenox, Mass., on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. Laredo and Robinson will perform several movements from "Suite for Two," which violinist Andy Stein wrote for them this year to celebrate 30 years of marriage and 30 years of performing together. Read the complete story.

Narendra Jadhav, Indian economist and noted author, visits Indiana University -- Narendra Jadhav, an economist and educational leader in India, and the author of best-selling books about his family's experience overcoming India's caste system, Tuesday (June 26) returned to visit Indiana University, where he met with university administrators and former professors, and toured the campus where he lived for more than four years. Read the complete story.

STAR TRAK; Venus and Saturn start July together, then move apart -- The planets Venus and Saturn will be very close in the western sky as darkness falls on July 1, with Saturn slightly higher. The bright star Regulus will be nearby to the left. Binoculars will give a spectacular view of all three. See them while you can, for this evening show is about to end. Each night during July, Venus and Saturn will appear lower in the sky and set earlier. Read the complete story.

Understanding the rich diversity of the Middle East -- About 80 faculty members at Indiana University's Bloomington campus have research or professional interests in the Middle East. They can be found from the Kelley School of Business to the Jacobs School of Music and in many specialized areas as well, such as designing national health care plans and government administration. The new director of IU's Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program hopes to involve as many of them as possible in the program's future activities. Read the complete story.

$10 million gift combines with state funds for IU-Notre Dame facility -- A gift of $10 million will combine with state funding in the same amount to support the construction of Harper Hall, a new building for expanded medical and cancer research initiatives at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend. Charles M. "Mike" Harper, retired chair and chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods and of RJR Nabisco, has made the $10 million gift to the University of Notre Dame. The state funding of $10 million recently was appropriated to IU for the project. The state funds were included in the budget bill, which passed the General Assembly on April 29 and was signed into law May 11 by Gov. Mitch Daniels. Read the complete story.

'Celebrate IU' Week; Week-long schedule of events to become IU homecoming tradition -- Indiana University's traditional homecoming weekend in October, sponsored each year by the IU Alumni Association, is about to outgrow itself. This fall, it will become a week-long celebration of the university's eight campuses, their 97,000-plus students, and a multitude of prestigious and award-winning programs. The schedule for the week leading up to the Saturday, October 21st homecoming football game with Penn State will feature so many special events that IUAA President Tom Martz has decided a renaming is required. Read the complete story.

IU's Big Red supercomputer and Data Capacitor shine at International Supercomputer Conference -- Indiana University's "Big Red" supercomputer is again ranked among the world's fastest, and IU accomplishments in advanced cyberinfrastructure are attracting attention and acclaim at the International Supercomputer Conference being held this week in Dresden, Germany. "Big Red" placed 30th on the June 2007 list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers unveiled today at the conference. Additionally, Indiana University's Data Capacitor team, with partners from Technische Universitaet Dresden, demonstrated impressive performance on a distributed transatlantic Lustre file system designed to move large amounts of scientific data quickly and easily. Read the complete story.

Pneumonia Leads List of Causes of Hospital Readmissions After Stroke -- Stroke is a leading cause of hospital admission among older adults. Yet more hospital readmissions after stroke are for pneumonia or for heart disease than for another stroke, according to a study published in the June 2007 issue of the journal Stroke. This finding may alter the standard medical management of post-stroke patients. Read the complete story.

Bloomington and IU attract 2009 conference for GLBT students -- The Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with Indiana University's GLBT Student Support Services Office, announced Tuesday (June 26) that the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference will be held on the IU campus Feb. 13-15, 2009. One of a series of regional conferences held around the country, the Midwest event has attracted hundreds of students over the years and has been held in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. This will be the second time the conference is being held in Indiana and the first time it has been hosted by IU. Read the complete story.

Award-winning teachers compare notes, share ideas at IU; Past, present Armstrong Teacher Educators participate in retreat at IU School of Education -- Some of Indiana's best and brightest teachers spent two days at the Indiana University School of Education over the weekend as a part of the annual Armstrong Teacher Educator summer retreat. Twenty-three past and current Armstrong teachers from across Indiana attended professional development seminars and discussed their current experiences Friday and Saturday. Eight Indiana University students also participated as well as School of Education faculty and staff. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

The Hoosiers will resume action in August. Keep track of upcoming games at the Indiana University Athletics Web site: http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/

Action begins:

Women's Soccer: Aug. 21, Missouri, 7 p.m., Columbia, Mo.

Women's Volleyball: Aug. 24,Western Kentucky, 5 p.m., DeKalb, Ill.

Men's Soccer: Aug. 25, New Mexico, TBA, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Football: Sept. 1, Indiana State, 8 p.m., Bloomington

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IU in the news

IUS breaks ground for dorms
Louisville Courier-Journal, June 28 -- Indiana University Southeast marked the start of construction yesterday on the first on-campus student housing in the New Albany school's 60-year history. During an hourlong groundbreaking ceremony held under a white tent near the IUS campus lake, Indiana University President Adam Herbert told a crowd of about 100 people that the campus housing project is "the realization of a dream." Read the complete story.

Informatics dean to retire; J. Michael Dunn established nationally-recognized school
Indiana Daily Student, June 28 -- Although Dean J. Michael Dunn holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is a former computer science professor at IU, his work shines in informatics. Perhaps that's because he's the one credited with bringing informatics to IU, as well as being the man who convinced the trustees and the University that creating a school of informatics would be worth their time - and the multi-million dollar price tag. Read the complete story.

Computerized Doctors' Orders Reduce Medication Error
Science Daily, June 27 -- Doctors are famous for sloppy scribbling -- and handwritten prescriptions lead to thousands of medication errors each year. Electronics to the rescue: U.S. hospitals that switched to computerized physician order entry systems saw a 66 percent drop in prescription errors, according to a new review of studies. At least one medical school in the United States, Indiana University in Indianapolis, teaches penmanship to students in hopes of avoiding errors. Read the complete story.

Smoke-free home, office key to help smokers quit
Reuters, June 28 -- If you're trying to give up cigarettes but can't manage to quit, surround yourself with non-smokers. New research by scientists at Indiana University shows that young people who want to stop smoking are more successful if they are not exposed to cigarettes at home or work. "Things around you influence your behavior" Jon Macy, the project director at the university, said in an interview. Read the complete story.

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