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Indiana University Front Page News

July 23, 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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Study: Faith-based organizations serve neediest people
This week on Sound Medicine
IUPUI Study Finds Dandelions Grow Stronger with Global Warming
Patrick O'Meara to be vice president for international affairs
IUPUI Center Selected To Assist Commission on Local Government Reform
Indianapolis Public Schools and IU School of Ed join forces
Informatics designs tools to promote health care, independent living
Kelley School announces advisory board for life sciences effort
IU names Edwin C. Marshall vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs
IU study offers recommendations on school consolidation and shared services
Inaugural John W. Ryan Fellowship awarded
Indiana University earns top honors for innovative use of GIS technology
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Study: Faith-based organizations serve neediest people; Effects of welfare reform on help-seeking appear minimal -- A study of welfare recipients in Indiana demonstrates that clients who seek social services from faith-based organizations (FBOs) are more likely to have experienced homelessness, not having enough to eat and other forms of extreme poverty in comparison to those who seek help only from nonreligious organizations (NROs). The study, led by David Reingold, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor, also examined early effects of welfare reform in Indiana, and concluded that the reforms had not produced significant change in stated needs or help-seeking behavior. Read the complete story.

This week on Sound Medicine: Chemo brain; Summer camp for children with cochlear implants; Women and healthcare access; Honduras Family Medicine Program; and Mississippi infant death rates -- This weekend (July 21 and 22), Sound Medicine explores the side effect of chemotherapy called "chemo brain." Cancer patients have complained for years about chemo brain or "fog" in which the patient suffers from memory loss, lack of concentration, and a general fuzziness of the mind. Many doctors have disregarded those symptoms in the past, focusing on saving the patients' lives. But now physicians are taking chemo brain more seriously. David Flockhart, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the division of clinical pharmacology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses why doctors' attitudes are changing, what they are discovering about chemo brain, and what they still need to do. Read the complete story.

IUPUI Study Finds Dandelions Grow Stronger with Global Warming -- A new study reported in the current issue of Weed Science reveals that rising carbon dioxide (CO2) will drive dandelions to grow taller, stronger and more productive. IUPUI Biology Assistant Professor Xianzhong Wang and graduate student Tamara McPeek investigated how elevated CO2, which is among the "greenhouse gases" associated with global warming, affected reproduction and seed dispersal properties in dandelions. Read the complete story.

Patrick O'Meara to be vice president for international affairs -- IU President Michael A. McRobbie today announced that he has appointed Patrick O'Meara to the newly created position of Vice President for International Affairs. McRobbie said he was creating this new position because of the rapidly increasing importance of the international and global dimension in higher education. Read the complete story.

IUPUI Center Selected To Assist Commission on Local Government Reform -- When Governor Mitch Daniels decided earlier this summer to create a commission to examine and make recommendations on reforming and restructuring local government, he determined he needed two distinguished Hoosiers to co-chair it and a group of experts to host and staff the commission. Daniels announced July 18, 2007, that Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and former Governor Joe Kernan would co-chair the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Local Government Reform and it would operate under the auspices of the Center on Urban Policy and the Environment at IUPUI. The center will provide staff support and facilities for the commission. Read the complete story.

Indianapolis Public Schools and IU School of Ed join forces; Collaborative efforts formalized, new position created -- The Indiana University School of Education and Indianapolis Public Schools have formed a new partnership that aims to raise high school graduation rates, better prepare students for college, and enhance their ability to succeed in postsecondary education or the workforce. Read the complete story.

Informatics designs tools to promote health care, independent living -- An Indiana University School of Informatics-led team is creating a digital toolkit that enables elders to maintain their privacy, while taking full advantage of home-based computing for their health and personal safety. The project, which is funded by an $821,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, will construct a "living lab" with a select group of volunteers at Meadowood Apartments, a Bloomington retirement community. Read the complete story.

Kelley School announces advisory board for life sciences effort -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business July 19 announced the formation of a 14-member advisory board of life science industry leaders who will help faculty and students in continuing the momentum established this past year by its Healthcare & Life Sciences Initiative. Read the complete story.

IU names Edwin C. Marshall vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today (July 18) announced the appointment of Professor Edwin C. Marshall as vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs. Marshall, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs and student administration at the IU School of Optometry, replaces Vice President Charlie Nelms, who has resigned to become Chancellor at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Read the complete story.

IU study offers recommendations on school consolidation and shared services -- School consolidation does not appear to improve student achievement, according to a new report by Indiana University researchers. Neither are meaningful financial benefits consistently generated from consolidation, they said, but sharing certain services may be a route to cutting costs. The latest education policy brief from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP), "Assessing the Policy Environment for School Corporation Collaboration, Cooperation and Consolidation in Indiana," stresses that Indiana schools shouldn't expect an upturn in student achievement if they consolidate districts. Rather, the policy brief recommends administrators focus on operating efficiently within current budget constraints and exploring opportunities for shared services through collaboration. Read the complete story.

Inaugural John W. Ryan Fellowship awarded -- Emily Loehr, an honors graduate from the University of Minnesota-Morris who will join Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs as a master's student this fall, is the first recipient of a fellowship named for IU President Emeritus John W. Ryan. The fellowship draws from a $1 million endowment established last fall by alumni and other IU supporters connected to Ryan. Earnings from the endowment and matching funds from the university will enable the school to award four $25,000 fellowships annually when fully implemented. Read the complete story.

Indiana University earns top honors for innovative use of GIS technology -- Indiana University's work with geographic information system (GIS) software was recognized recently with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, Calif. IU stood out from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide that use GIS software to make a difference in the world. 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

School Conducts Anti-Phishing Research
Washington Post (Associated Press), July 22 -- As universities nationwide study ways to protect online security, methods at Indiana University are raising ethical and logistical questions for researchers elsewhere: Does one have to steal to understand stealing? Should study participants know they are being attacked as part of a study? Can controlled phishing ever mimic real life? Indiana researchers say the best way to understand online security is to act like the bad guys. Read the complete story.

Math model helps identify genes that attack Hepatitis C virus
Daily India, July 18 -- Boffins have developed a mathematical model that identifies genes that battle the hepatitis C virus, which attacks the liver. Researchers conducted a joint study led Dr. Milton Taylor, of Indiana University and Dr. Leonid Brodsky, of the Institute of Evolution of the University of Haifa. The hepatitis C virus, which is found mostly among patients who have had a blood transfusion or who share needles, attacks the liver and in extreme cases can cause cancer of the liver. Read the complete story.

IU names vice president to lead global programs
Lafayette Journal & Courier, July 23 -- A longtime Indiana University professor and administrator has been appointed to the new position of vice president for international affairs. In the new job, Patrick O'Meara will oversee implementation of a new, university-wide international strategic plan set out by new IU President Michael McRobbie, the school announced Friday. Read the complete story.

McRobbie appoints new administrators
Indiana Daily Student, July 23 -- Since IU President Michael McRobbie took office on July 1, IU administration has experienced several changes. With Edwin Marshall's appointment to vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, he joins many other newly appointed administrators in McRobbie's cabinet. Besides Marshall, McRobbie recently appointed Patrick O'Meara to serve as vice president for international affairs. This is a new position McRobbie created due to the rapidly increasing importance of the international and global dimension in higher education, according to an IU press release. Before his appointment, O'Meara served as dean for international programs at IU. Read the complete story.

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