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Indiana University Front Page News

Aug. 2, 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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Center's Virtual Congress wins major grant support from CPB's American History and Civics Initiative
Comedian Kate Clinton to headline IU GLBT Alumni Association celebration
$11 Million NIH Grant Will Enhance Pediatric Research and Cardiac Care at Indiana University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Consortium Selects IU School of Medicine Dean Brater as First President
IU sees record increase in patent applications, start-up businesses
Professor's Biometrics Surveillance to Tackle Security Challenge
STAR TRAK for August
They turn out some of the best, but come to learn at IU
IUB biologist receives $530,000 grant to study beetle horn evolution
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Center's Virtual Congress wins major grant support from CPB's American History and Civics Initiative -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded the Center on Congress at Indiana University a $445,000 grant to support design work on Virtual Congress, an innovative online learning environment that uses role-play characters to give students an insider's view of representative democracy and help them understand their role as citizens. Read the complete story.

Comedian Kate Clinton to headline IU GLBT Alumni Association celebration; Alumni group celebrates 10th anniversary -- The Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni Association will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance by nationally renowned comedian Kate Clinton on Sept. 8 at the IU Auditorium. Clinton's IU show will cap off an evening of events celebrating the GLBTAA's anniversary. The festivities will begin with a reception and silent auction at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave., at 5 p.m. The GLBTAA will introduce its new board members during the reception. The reception will be followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and Clinton's show at 8 p.m. All proceeds from the auction, dinner and Clinton's performance will benefit the GLBTAA and its philanthropic activities, including student scholarships. Read the complete story.

$11 Million NIH Grant Will Enhance Pediatric Research and Cardiac Care at Indiana University School of Medicine -- The National Institutes of Health has provided $11.5 million in support to the Indiana University School of Medicine for the only institutional grant looking at the cause and treatment of heart failure in children. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in children and many of those structural abnormalities can lead to heart failure. This pediatric cardiology research grant is part of a strategy to encourage new collaborations among basic scientists, clinical cardiologists and heart surgeons. Read the complete story.

Internal Medicine Consortium Selects IU School of Medicine Dean Brater as First President -- D. Craig Brater, M.D., has been selected as the first president of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. Dr. Brater is dean and Walter J. Daly Professor of the Indiana University School of Medicine and vice president with responsibilities for life sciences at Indiana University. Read the complete story.

IU sees record increase in patent applications, start-up businesses -- Indiana University faculty and staff filed a record 116 patent applications in fiscal year 2007. The increase is likely the result of stepped-up university efforts to encourage its researchers to develop their academic work with an eye for the market. The IU Research & Technology Corporation, which keeps track of university technology transfer and development activities, also received 216 invention disclosures, executed 70 licenses and options and helped form five new businesses in FY '07 (through its Emerging Technologies Center), also a record. Read the complete story.

Professor's Biometrics Surveillance to Tackle Security Challenge -- Identifying a terrorist traveling incognito among passengers in a crowded, busy airport can be a security challenge akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) professor has received a $300,000 military grant to develop a video surveillance system for homeland security that uses a biometrics data technique - iris recognition - to identify suspects seeking to avoid detection. Read the complete story.

STAR TRAK; Perseid meteors peak in a dark sky -- The annual Perseid meteor shower is eagerly anticipated by skywatchers. This year's Perseids will peak in a moonless sky, creating ideal conditions for a meteor-watching party. This shower is one of the most popular every year because it happens on warm summer nights, when gazing at the starry sky is a pleasure that only clouds can spoil. The Perseids will peak the evening of Aug. 12-13, the same date as the new moon. You can expect to see 60 to 90 bright meteors per hour in a clear sky, and some will have smoke trails that last several seconds after the meteor has vanished. Read the complete story.

They turn out some of the best, but come to learn at IU; South Korean mathematics teachers spending month with School of Education -- Nineteen teachers from one of the world's top countries for student mathematics achievement are trying to improve their skills by spending a month at Indiana University. A select group of high school and middle school instructors from South Korea are here through the middle of August to learn best practices from instructors in the IU School of Education and other departments. Read the complete story.

IUB biologist receives $530,000 grant to study beetle horn evolution -- With the aid of a $530,000, three-year National Science Foundation grant, Indiana University Bloomington biologist Armin Moczek will continue his research into the origin and diversification of beetle horns. Horned beetles are increasingly being recognized as a new model system in evolutionary and developmental biology, and this is the second NSF grant given to Moczek to further develop his study system. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

The Hoosiers will resume action at the end of the month. 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

IU Sets New Record For Patent Applications, Start-Up Companies
Inside Indiana Business, Aug. 2 -- Indiana University says faculty and staff filed a record 116 patent applications in fiscal year 2007. The IU Research & Technology Corp. says it received 216 invention disclosures, issued 70 licenses and helped form five new businesses through the Emerging Technologies Center. Read the complete story.

IU starting life without Hep; Lynch vows Hoosiers will 'take care of business'
Indianapolis Star, Aug. 1 -- Interim Indiana University football coach Bill Lynch is doing his best to operate in a business-as-usual manner. But at every turn someone wants to know how he and his football team are handling life without coach Terry Hoeppner. As much as Lynch wanted to talk about IU's improved running game or concerns about who will punt, he spent much of yesterday's Big Ten Conference Media Day discussing how the Hoosiers plan to move forward. Read the complete story.

Indiana University considering locks to improve campus safety
Associated Press, Aug. 1 -- A task force at Indiana University is considering whether putting locks on the inside of classroom doors could improve campus safety. Schools across the nation are re-evaluating safety precautions since the Virginia Tech shootings in April that killed 33, but safety experts say some universities are overlooking the simple solution of locks. Read the complete story.

IU Receives Big Grant to Study Heart Failure in Children
Inside Indiana Business, Aug. 2 -- The Indiana University School of Medicine has received an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the cause and treatment of heart failure in children. The school says the research could also impact adults with congenital heart defects. IU says the research recognition from the grant will help IU recruit top cardiologists and pediatric cardiology researchers. Read the complete story.

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