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Front Page News at Indiana University

September 26, 2007

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Indiana University announces new communication system
License agreement in hand, high-tech business will open in Bloomington
IU Jacobs School of Music to perform trio of concerts in New Albany, advancing Moveable Feast of the Arts
IU Optometry Dean Search Committee announced
Lilly's Sidney Taurel will help dedicate Simon Hall
Indiana students achieve well in math and science, but there are concerns
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Indiana University announces new communication system -- Indiana University announced it has selected the Connect-ED communication service by the NTI Group, Inc. (NTI) to provide a notification system that will be capable of reaching faculty, students and staff on all eight campuses within minutes. The service, part of the broader "IU-Notify" initiative, will be implemented with limited capabilities in October, tested in phases through fall, and should be fully functional by the end of the calendar year. Read the full story.

License agreement in hand, high-tech business will open in Bloomington -- SpheroSense Technologies Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp. to develop market-ready biosensor technologies. SpheroSense has chosen a headquarters for its research and development activities on Bloomington's south side. Read the full story.

IU Jacobs School of Music to perform trio of concerts in New Albany, advancing Moveable Feast of the Arts -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues IU's Moveable Feast of the Arts Series with three performances at the Ogle Center on the campus of IU Southeast in New Albany, Ind., this season. The Indiana University Wind Ensemble, one of the premier ensembles in the Jacobs School, will perform on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. This marks the beginning of the third year of the Moveable Feast of the Arts initiative, which is designed to showcase the university's cultural resources to Hoosier communities and IU campuses across the state. Read the full story.

IU Optometry Dean Search Committee announced -- A search committee has been formed to seek a new dean for the Indiana University School of Optometry, said Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor of Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis. In announcing the committee, Bantz noted the accomplishments of Jerry Lowther, dean and professor of optometry at the IU School of Optometry. Lowther will retire as dean after 10 years of service in that position. Read the full story.

Lilly's Sidney Taurel will help dedicate Simon Hall -- Eli Lilly and Company Chairman and CEO Sidney Taurel will give the keynote address at the dedication of Simon Hall, Indiana University Bloomington's newest science building. The dedication is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and will also include presentations by IU President Michael McRobbie, IU Bloomington Provost Karen Hanson and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bennett Bertenthal. Read the full story.

Indiana students achieve well in math and science, but there are concerns -- A new study from Indiana University researchers indicates Indiana students are doing well in mathematics and science but suggests more should be done to maintain and build on their achievements. The latest policy brief from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) is called "Indiana's Mathematics and Science Performance: Do We Measure Up?" Read the full story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday, Sept. 26:

Men's Soccer: Butler, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

New committee to assess ideal student living
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 26 -- IU President Michael McRobbie might not be a professor in the traditional sense, but that didn't stop him from assigning homework to his newly formed Vision of the Ideal College Environment committee at the IU-Bloomington and IU-Purdue University Indianapolis campuses last Wednesday. Chairman of the steering committee Alex Shortle said he has been given the task of "(defining) the ideal student experience today and identify areas of weakness." Read the full story.

Hoosier kids continue to ace this math test
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 26 -- Indiana students earned higher scores on a national math test this year, continuing a 15-year trend that experts attribute to clear statewide teaching guidelines and more focus on math in schools.The average score for fourth-graders taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress rose five points from the last test, in 2005, and 24 points since 1992. That boosted Indiana's rank at that grade level to seventh in the nation. "The biggest gains have been made by the kids at the bottom," said Peter Kloosterman, associate dean of education at Indiana University. "Clearly with Indiana's standards and things going on in Indiana's schools, it's working." Read the full story.

Bridgestone America's Unit Sets Law Scholarship
Tire Review, Sept. 24 -- Bridgestone Americas Holding's Firestone Natural Rubber Co. division has donated $50,000 to the Indiana University School of Law to help rebuild the University of Liberia's School of Law in Monrovia. The grant will provide scholarships and help with living expenses for students from Liberia to study at Indiana University. Read the full story.

Could I Be a Better Patient?
Washington Post, Sept. 25 -- You think you've got this being-a-patient thing down pat: You put on your paper gown (opening in the back), flip through a dog-eared People magazine, have your blood pressure taken, see the doctor for five minutes, answer his or her questions, pay your co-pay and get back to work. But is there anything you can do to get more out of that doctor visit? A lot, according to three experts: Richard Frankel, a geriatrics professor and senior research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute of the Indiana University School of Medicine; Carolyn Clancy, director of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); and Richard Kellerman, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). And you'll help your doc do a better job, too. Read the full story.

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