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Last modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Daily IU News Update

October 10, 2007

Top 10 Business Schools With The Best Classroom Experience;
The Best 290 Business Schools: 2008 Edition features a brand-new ranking list for students -- "Best Classroom Experience."
MSN Encarta, Oct. 9 -- 1. Indiana University-Bloomington. The Kelley M.B.A. commences with a 15-week integrated core curriculum "consisting of eight subjects taught by eight faculty members. It's an amazing learning experience." Students tell us that "the core is frustrating, challenging and fun all at the same time. The integrated curriculum helps students make connections between business functions." Full story.

Princeton Review ranks IU business school high
Indianapolis Business Journal, Oct. 9 -- Indiana University's business school placed No. 1 in this year's Princeton Review of business schools based on best classroom experience. Full story.

André Watts, Sylvia McNair Among Performers During Indiana University's 'Celebrate IU' Week
Playbill Arts, Oct. 10 -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host over 30 performances as part of "Celebrate IU" week, a university-wide series of special events from October 13-21 centered on the inauguration of a president and the opening of a new life sciences facility. Most concerts are free. Full story.

Starting Up: Learning to Pitch
Smart Money, Oct. 8 -- If your chance encounter with an investor leads to a more formal meeting, you'll want to be properly equipped. If your business concept includes something tangible, such as a product or a web site, work up a prototype that makes an impact, suggests Donald F. Kuratko, executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University. "In a formal setting, a prop is really important," he says. Full story.

IU study looks at impact of Bt corn on aquatic ecosystems
Brownfield, Oct. 9 -- A new study published in the journal Proceedings Of The National Academies Of Sciences indicates Bt corn could harm aquatic ecosystems. The two year study conducted by Todd Royer, an assistant professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IU SPEA) says pollen and other parts of the plant from Bt corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems if washed into streams. But Royer tells Brownfield the study does not suggest farmers should stop using the technology. Full story.

Indiana fighting fiber deal: IU, state pushing regulators to halt sale of I-Light vendor
Indianapolis Business Journal, Oct. 6 -- Indiana University and the state's Office of Technology have sought an emergency order from regulators to halt a Colorado company's further assimilation of an Indianapolis fiber provider it bought Oct. 1. They say Zayo Bandwidth's plans for Indiana Fiber Works may threaten a high-capacity data network, known as I-Light, used by the state's largest universities for advanced research. Full story.

Colleges go on offense against binge drinking, Oct. 8 -- To many college students, binge drinking and everything that goes with it -- beer pong, keg stands and $1 shots -- are a rite of passage, as integral a part of the college experience as midterms and all-nighters. But to college administrators, drinking too much is a hazard to students' health and safety. As a result, officials are addressing excessive drinking with tactics such as moving classes to Friday to prevent "Thirsty Thursdays," convincing nearby communities to limit drink specials like ladies' night, and requiring incoming students to take online classes about alcohol use. Full story.

Epigenomics AG Forms Medical Advisory Board For Colorectal Cancer Screening
Trading, Oct. 10 -- Epigenomics AG (Frankfurt:ECX) today announced the formation of its Colorectal Cancer Medical Advisory board and the appointment of its first four members. The board will advise Epigenomics on important aspects of the clinical development and commercialization process of the colorectal cancer screening test in the U.S. The inaugural meeting of the board will be held on October 12, 2007 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. The members of the board include Douglas Rex, MD, Chancellor's Professor and Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Full story.

BCA may file suit, seek NCAA rule; Keith blasts college football for lack of jobs for minority coaches
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 10 -- A report issued Tuesday by the Black Coaches and Administrators group discussed a potential lawsuit or NCAA rule to rectify what it said is a chronically poor minority hiring record in college football. In a teleconference with reporters, Floyd Keith, executive director of the Indianapolis-based BCA, did not explicitly support a lawsuit or an NCAA version of the NFL's "Rooney Rule," which requires that a minority be interviewed for a head coach opening. But Keith called the situation a "social injustice" and invoked the names of last year's Super Bowl coaches. None of the schools graded for 2006-07 was from Indiana. Indiana University was excluded because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the death of coach Terry Hoeppner. Full story.

Season ticket packages for students cut by 2 games
Indiana Daily Student, Oct. 10 -- Students who purchased IU men's basketball season tickets will soon have $30 of additional spending money courtesy of the IU Athletics Department. The department will refund part of the cost of student season ticket packages because it received a record number of applications -- about 9,200 -- for an 18-game ticket package. Full story.

Speaker wants to set the record straighton Little Rock Nine; Author Jacoway will talk Thursday on campus about notorious civil rights incident
Bloomington Herald Times, Oct. 10 -- Elizabeth Jacoway wants to clear the air. The internationally known scholar on race relations and Southern history says there are too many misconceptions about the Little Rock, Ark., integration crisis of the mid-1950s. Her book, "Turn Away Thy Son," aims to give a far more complete picture of what happened. She'll be speaking Thursday night in the Wright Education Building Auditorium on the Indiana University campus. Full story.

From the Chronicle

Congress Again Tries to Force Colleges to Curb Student Music and Video Piracy
In late July, college officials lobbied successfully to defeat a U.S. Senate proposal that would have forced some institutions to buy computer tools to detect student music and video piracy. But the administrators were in no mood to celebrate: It was only a matter of time, they said, before the House of Representatives brought up a similar measure. Full story.

Home-Schooled Students Rise in Supply and Demand
For Katelin E. Dutill, high school began as soon as she woke up each day. During her senior year she would tackle her hardest courses first, while her 20-month-old sister was still asleep. That often meant taking a math or chemistry test and then turning to the teacher's manual to grade it, or logging on to her Advanced Placement macroeconomics course. Later she might read for her literature class while keeping one eye on her sister, or conduct Internet research for her paper on the historical accuracy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels. Full story.

2 European Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Nanotech Discovery Used in Computer Hard Drives
The Nobel Prize in Physics this year will go to two scientists, from Germany and France, who in 1988 independently discovered a magnetic phenomenon that led to the hard-disk drives used in computers today. Full story.

MIT Receives $100-Million Gift for Cancer-Research Center
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received a $100-million donation for a new cancer-research center from an alumnus who is a prostate-cancer survivor, MIT officials announced on Tuesday. Full story.

Harvard Lives Up to a Public Mission
Harvard University, one of the originators of a statement of how institutions can serve the public good while commercializing technology, has taken the message to heart. Full story.