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Front Page News at Indiana University

September 10, 2007

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Adding school time doesn't always mean adding quality
IU India Studies announces its lecture series
Educating growing groups "not optional"
IU announces the second largest university-wide enrollment on record
IU's Department of Communication and Culture hosting major film conference Sept. 14-16
IUPUI's Jafari achieves second campus-to-marketplace venture
Hello, my name is Indiana University
Eleven IU doctoral students receive Fulbright-Hays grants
NIH funds oral health research institute study of dental sealants
IU School of Education Web site features Career Information System
IU endowment earnings beat benchmarks
University Library's digitization dontinues with John Tipton papers, WWI
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Adding school time doesn't always mean adding quality
At a time when schools are considering everything from longer school days to longer school years in an effort to address education shortfalls, a new report, "School Time Issues: A Look at the Relationship Between Time and Academic Achievement" from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at the Indiana University School of Education concludes there's not enough research to determine if alternative scheduling produces positive academic outcomes. Read the full story.

IU India Studies announces its lecture series
Gen. V. P. Malik, former chief of staff of the Indian Army and chairman of India's Chiefs of Staff Committee, this Thursday (Sept. 14) will open Indiana University's India Studies Program's lecture series. Strobe Talbott, former U.S. deputy secretary of state, and Jaswant Singh, former foreign minister of India, will be featured speakers in October. Read the full story.

Educating growing groups "not optional"
The former chief policy officer of the NAACP and senior policy advisor in the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, will speak on the Indiana University Bloomington campus this week about what he sees as a potential problem for the U.S. economy -- failing to properly prepare some of the fastest-growing segments of the population. Read the full story.

IU announces the second largest university-wide enrollment on record
Official fall enrollment figures were released today (Sept. 7) for Indiana University's eight campuses. They show a record enrollment for the Bloomington campus of 38,990, up from last year's 38,247, and a university-wide total number of 99,122 students, up from 97,959, on all eight IU campuses. This university-wide enrollment is the second highest in the university's history, with the record total set in the fall of 2003-04 at 99,164 students. Read the full story.

IU's Department of Communication and Culture hosting major film conference Sept. 14-16
The inaugural Film Indiana conference, "Screening Shorts," at Indiana University Bloomington next weekend (Sept. 14-16) will showcase the university's film archives and cinema-related collections. Read the full story.

IUPUI's Jafari achieves second campus-to-marketplace venture
For the second time in his career at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a professor's laboratory research has gone commercial. In late August, the first of Ali Jafari's commercial ventures, ANGEL Learning, Inc., announced plans to more than double its workforce to about 200 programmers, analysts and sales/marketing personnel and relocate to new offices in Indianapolis' INTECH Park. Today (Sept. 6, 2007), The New York Times introduced an online initiative that allows college and university faculty to pair The Times articles, graphics, videos, webcasts and other content with course materials and make them available online to students. Read the full story.

Hello, my name is Indiana University
The Indiana University Office of Creative Services recently released five short videos of IU students on the popular Web site YouTube, the online place where anyone with a video camera can become a producer. The videos are geared toward high school students who visit YouTube to find out what IU students and life on campus are like. Read the story and see the videos.

Eleven IU doctoral students receive Fulbright-Hays grants
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced that 11 IU students have received prestigious Fulbright-Hays grants for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad for the 2007-08 academic year. "The Fulbright-Hays program is extremely competitive and demands of its recipients very high levels of scholarship," McRobbie said. "Indiana University is very proud of these 11 recipients who strive to excel in their fields. This is a significant honor for each of these students and reflects IU's commitment to the attainment of even higher levels of academic distinction." Read the full story.

NIH funds oral health research institute study of dental sealants
Dental sealants have long been an effective tool in preventive dentistry, and their use through school-based initiatives such as the Indiana University School of Dentistry's statewide SEAL INDIANA program has helped bring low-cost preventive care to underserved populations at high risk for dental disease. Read the full story.

IU School of Education Web site features Career Information System
The newly-revamped Web site for a center in the Indiana University School of Education can help students get on a path toward a career at an early age. The new site for the Center for Research and P-16 Collaboration includes the "Career Information System," or CIS, an information delivery system that allows users to enter information about themselves to learn what careers might interest them. Read the full story.

IU endowment earnings beat benchmarks
Indiana University's endowment, managed by the IU Foundation, earned 21.5 percent, net of managers' fees, in the fiscal year ending June 30. Earnings exceeded the Foundation's total target weighted index, which returned 18.3 percent during the same period. The Foundation's index includes appropriately weighted benchmarks in relation to the asset allocation targets of the endowment portfolio, such as the S&P 500, the Russell Midcap Index and the MSCI EAFE Index, among others. Read the full story.

University Library's digitization dontinues with John Tipton papers, WWI
The IUPUI University Library is collaborating with a number of libraries and other state agencies to preserve more historical documents in digital libraries, making Indiana's history more accessible to Hoosiers and others.
University Library, Indiana State Library and Indiana Historical Bureau will collaborate in the digitization of collections of the papers, journals, letters and memoranda of 19th century Indiana Senator John Tipton. Read the full story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, Sept. 10:

Men's Golf: In a field featuring five of the top-12 teams in the country and nine teams ranked in the top 35, the Indiana men's golf team turned in a sterling effort on the first day on the Inverness Intercollegiate on Monday. The Hoosiers shot a 36-hole total of 579 (285-294) and sit in a share of fourth place in the loaded 16-team field at the Inverness Club. Read the full story.

Schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 10:

Men's Golf: Inverness Intercollegiate, Toledo, Ohio

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IU in the news

IU safety panel holds meeting to discuss campus procedures in light of Virginia Tech shootings
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 10 -- A panel of IU officials met Friday to discuss the changes being made in University security since the Virginia Tech shootings. IU Dean of the Faculties Jeanne Sept said the panel focuses on how individuals can work together to avoid a situation similar to the April 16 tragedy. "None of us needs to face a situation in isolation," she said. Department officials and University professors attended the panel, which Sept said will continue to meet regularly, early and often. Read the full story.

IU researcher leads fight against infections; Study of how to reduce hospital superbugs could help save lives, money nationwide
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 10 -- Working with every hospital system in Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine researcher Dr. Bradley Doebbeling is conducting a study that could help save lives, prevent infections and save hospitals money. The hope is that hospitals will change policies that could reduce the number of patients in intensive care units who develop infections that are resistant to frontline antibiotics, such as penicillin. Read the full story.

Professor receives Humboldt Award for physics: IU physicist to travel to Germany with research grant
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 10 -- IU professor and physicist Hans-Otto Meyer remembers a year ago when his colleagues in Germany said they were nominating him for an award, but admits he largely forgot about it. Needless to say, Meyer was caught off guard when he learned that he had received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award for his lifetime achievements in nuclear physics. "I am proud that something I did in my research was recognized by someone; work that actually had some practical implications," Meyer said. Read the full story.

New IU food degree to give students a lot to chew on
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 11 -- Indiana University has cooked up a new degree -- a doctorate in the anthropology of food. The program, one of the few of its kind, will accept its first Ph.D. candidates this year for the 2008-09 school year. Unlike degrees in nutrition or agriculture, which focus on the production, consumption or composition of food, IU's program will allow students to delve into those areas as well as how people think and feel about food, said Richard Wilk, program director. Read the full story.

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