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Front Page News at Indiana University

November 26, 2007

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$60 Million USAID grant goes to Indiana and Moi universities' AMPATH program to combat AIDS in Kenya
AMPATH: Restoring Lives Not Just Immune Systems
HIV and AIDS research from Indiana University
Merck Company Foundation expands immunization training program through IU School of Medicine, Moi University partnership
Lecture by Chinese ambassador to U.S. cancelled
IU team wins Ethics Bowl regional
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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$60 Million USAID grant goes to Indiana and Moi universities' AMPATH program to combat AIDS in Kenya -- AMPATH, a program that grew out of the partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine and the Moi (Kenya) University Teaching and Referral Hospital, has received a 5-year, $60-million grant to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Kenya. In addition, the IU School of Medicine will augment this with $6 million over the 5 years of the grant. Read the full story.

AMPATH: Restoring Lives Not Just Immune Systems -- The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa is decimating populations, depressing economies, deepening poverty and destabilizing traditional social orders. Various programs to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS have been developed, but few have demonstrated the capacity to make an on-going difference to a large number of affected individuals, their families and their communities. A study published in the December issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine reports on why AMPATH, a program which broadly defines health care, is successful in fighting AIDS and improving lives. Read the full story.

HIV and AIDS research from Indiana University -- This tip sheet discusses some of the AIDS- and HIV-related research conducted by Indiana University Bloomington sexual health experts, who discuss how the sexual behavior of young, rural singles is no less risky than their non-rural peers, bisexual men and AIDS/HIV prevention, and motivation for correct condom use. Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Read the full story.

Merck Company Foundation expands immunization training program through IU School of Medicine, Moi University partnership -- A grant that funds immunization training centers coordinated by the Indiana University School of Medicine and its Kenyan partner Moi University School of Medicine has been renewed by The Merck Company Foundation. The Foundation has committed $200,000 a year, up to a maximum of $600,000 over three years. Read the full story.

Lecture by Chinese ambassador to U.S. cancelled-- A lecture scheduled for this Thursday (Nov. 29) in Indianapolis by Zhou Wenzhong, China's ambassador to the United States, has been cancelled. Zhou is no longer planning to visit Indiana. The reason for the cancellation is because a high-level government contingent from China also is scheduling a U.S. visit this week. The ambassador hopes to reschedule the lecture and other events in Indianapolis sometime within the next year. Read the full story.

IU team wins Ethics Bowl regional-- The Indiana University Ethics Bowl team, sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at IU, won the fall 2007 Ethics Bowl Regional in Indianapolis, beating 14 other teams and earning the opportunity to compete in the national event in February. Read the full story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Nov. 23:
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team knocked off Wichita State, 64-54, in their second game of the 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament held at the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team grabbed an early lead in all three games Friday night at Northwestern before eventually falling 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-25) to the Wildcats. Read the match notes.
Men's Basketball: No. 8 Indiana held off a second-half charge to beat Illinois State 70-57 on Friday night in the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Read the game notes.

Results from Saturday, Nov. 24:
Wrestling: The wrestling team defeated all five opponents during the Hoosier Duals in Bloomington.
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 10/11 Texas A&M, 60-48, in the final game of the 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: The 2007 Hoosier Volleyball season came to an end Saturday as Indiana dropped a 3-1 match at Michigan State in the season finale. Read the match notes.
Men's Basketball: Xavier handed the eighth-ranked Hoosiers their first loss, beating them 80-65 in the final of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Saturday night. Read the game notes.

Results from Sunday, Nov. 25:
Women's Soccer: The Indiana women's soccer team was defeated by Duke, 2-0, in the NCAA Round of 16 on Sunday. The Hoosiers finish the 2007 season with a 13-7-3 record after making the first trip to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in school history. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 27:
Men's Basketball: Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

Fewer Heart Attacks after Smoking Ban
eFluxMedia, Nov. 23 -- The number of heart attacks among nonsmokers in Monroe County declined by more than two-thirds in the months after a countywide smoking ban took effect, showed a study led by Indiana University professors. According to the researchers, smoking bans can quickly lead to a considerably improvement in nonsmokers' health. They based their theory on the fact that the findings in Monroe County did not match the data in Delaware County, which has similar demographics but no restriction to smoking. Read the full story.

Bill Lynch will be the Hoosiers football coach through 2012
The Journal Gazette, Nov. 26 -- Bill Lynch guided Indiana's football team to its first winning season since 1994. Monday, he was rewarded with a contract to remain the Hoosiers coach through 2012. "Bill Lynch and his staff showed great leadership under trying circumstances," IU athletic director Rick Greenspan said in a statement. "We are confident that the program can achieve consistent success under Bill's leadership." Read the full story.

IU gets $3.1M to study technology in teaching
Indianapolis Star, Nov. 24 -- Indiana University researchers are embarking on a study to determine how teachers should use laptops, the Internet and other technology in the classroom. No national study has ever looked at how teachers use technology in lessons and how students learn from it, said Jonathan Plucker, director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at IU's School of Education. Read the full story.

Editorial: Large effort in small world rewarded with big IU grant
Indianapolis Star, Nov. 26 -- The $60 million federal grant bestowed upon an Indiana University School of Medicine program to fight AIDS in Africa is a profound example of the power of connections. No, not political pull. Rather, a recognition of relationships -- two sets of them, one of which makes the pandemic a discouragingly formidable enemy, the other of which gives the fighters the capability to push it back. Since its inception nearly two decades ago, AMPATH, the partnership between IU and Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya, has operated from the premise that treatment of people with AIDS is futile by itself. Read the full story.

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