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Front Page News at Indiana University

October 31, 2007

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IU taking a broader research approach to fighting the obesity epidemic
IU's Eden Medina earns electrical history award for research on Chile's technology use
IU Chamber Orchestra to perform at Ogle Center Nov. 9 as part of Moveable Feast
IU Simon Cancer Center doctor to run, bike 117 miles for multiple myeloma research
Next event in Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series coming up on Nov. 16
Indiana University's William Timberlake honored by Pavlovian Society
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU taking a broader research approach to fighting the obesity epidemic -- According to recent reports, Indiana has one of the highest levels of adult obesity in the nation, with more than 3.7 million Hoosiers considered overweight. While the issue has received much attention, Indiana University on Nov. 9 will host its first multi-disciplinary conference on obesity. The main purpose of "Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Policy Challenges" is to bring together scholars who have an interest in researching the issues and to look for common ground for working together. Read the full story.

IU's Eden Medina earns electrical history award for research on Chile's technology use -- Eden Medina, assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics, has been awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Life Members Prize in Electrical History for 2007 for her research paper "Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation: Socialist Cybernetics in Allende's Chile." Read the full story.

IU Chamber Orchestra to perform at Ogle Center Nov. 9 as part of Moveable Feast -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues IU's Moveable Feast of the Arts Series with the second of three performances this season at the Ogle Center on the campus of IU Southeast in New Albany, Ind. The IU Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jacobs Principal Guest Conductor Uriel Segal, will perform on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Read the full story.

IU Simon Cancer Center doctor to run, bike 117 miles for multiple myeloma research -- Most men in their late 40s typically do not start running at midnight. And most don't set out to cover more than 100 miles on foot and bike over a weekend. Rafat Abonour is not most men -- he's on a mission. Abonour is passionate about finding a cure for multiple myeloma, an incurable but treatable blood cancer. Read the full story.

Next event in Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series coming up on Nov. 16 -- Cook Group Inc. will host the next event in a workshop series designed by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business to assist Indiana's healthcare and life science companies in finding new ways to collaborate. The program, "Biological and Physiological Differences Across the Population: Implications for Research and Development Along the Life Sciences Value Chain," will take place Friday, Nov. 16, at Cook's corporate headquarters in Bloomington. Read the full story.

Indiana University's William Timberlake honored by Pavlovian Society -- The study of Pavlovian conditioning calls to mind dogs automatically salivating to a ringing bell that predicts food. An Indiana University Bloomington researcher is taking a deeper look at the contribution of the natural history and social behaviors of the subjects in Pavlovian conditioning procedures. William Timberlake, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, recently was presented with the Pavlovian Research Award by the Pavlovian Society. Read the full story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, Oct. 29:

Wrestling: The Indiana University wrestling team unofficially began their season Monday night with the Cream and Crimson Intrasquad scrimmage at the Brown County High School in Nashville, Indiana. Read how the wrestlers performed.

Results from Tuesday, Oct. 30:

Men's Golf: Ending its six-tournament fall campaign, the No. 19 Indiana men's golf team shared sixth place at the 15-team UNCG Bridgestone Classic on Tuesday afternoon. Read the tournament notes.

Women's Golf: The Indiana women's golf team had a solid final round with a score of 310 to move up three spots to 10th on the final day of the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, Oct. 31:

Men's Soccer: Kentucky, 7 p.m., Lexington, Ky.

Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 1:

Field Hockey: Big Ten Tournament, Columbus, Oh.

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IU in the news

IU's 'Matching the Promise' campaign starts off strong
Indiana Daily Student, Oct. 31 -- IU went public with its "Matching the Promise" campaign at a press conference Monday, but some students are already seeing the benefits. The University and the IU Foundation started the campaign four years ago to generate funding for scholarships, fellowships and new construction. Read the full story.

The Right Places to Learn Entrepreneurship
The New York Times, Oct. 30 -- Nearly 3,000 colleges offer classes in entrepreneurship, up tenfold in the last 20 years, according to the Kauffman Foundation, which is devoted to promoting "a society of economically independent individuals." Fortune Small Business spent seven months interviewing hundreds of entrepreneurs, professors, administrators, students and alumni to try to find out. The magazine answers the question this way: It found that the best places to get an undergraduate education were Babson College, Indiana University, Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Pennsylvania. Read the full story.

Resistant Bacteria: Go Kill Yourselves
Wired, Oct. 30 -- As traditional antibiotics prove increasingly ineffective against common infections, scientists think they've found a new treatment: telling bacteria to kill themselves. "We need multiple mechanisms to control these bacterial infections," said Clay Fuqua, an Indiana University professor specializing in intercellular communication, who was not involved in the study. "This provides us with a novel way of doing that." Read the full story.

Chemical trigger of Parkinson's found
DrugResearcher.com, Oct. 31 -- A group of scientists believe they have cracked the riddle of how Parkinson's disease is triggered -- a breakthrough that could lead to more effective therapies against the disease. As Nathan Pankratz and Tatiana Foroud from the Indiana University School of Medicine wrote in their paper 'Genetics of Parkinson Disease' (NeuroRx journal), one obvious difference between the cells in the substantia nigra and those in other parts of the brain, is the presence of dopamine. Read the full story.

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