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Front Page News at Indiana University

December 14, 2007

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Indiana University discovers 1699 Captain Kidd Shipwreck
$69 million Lilly gift to increase excellence of law, music schools
Governor praises IU, SPEA for state policy contributions
As waters clear, scientists seek to end a muddy debate
IU and Sony Electronics announce strategic alliance
Indiana University - Moi University AIDS Program Beneficiary of $100,000 grant
IU Kelley School report details value of libraries to Hoosier economy
The only Native American astronomer?
New laboratory lets IU Informatics faculty study interactive social media
IU computer scientist's toolkit for digital data collection receives NSF funding
Aging With GRACE: Improving Health Care for Older Adults
AMPATH Gets Largest Private Gift to Date from Interactive Intelligence CEO
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Indiana University discovers 1699 Captain Kidd Shipwreck -- Resting in less than 10 feet of Caribbean seawater, the wreckage of Quedagh Merchant, the ship abandoned by the scandalous 17th century pirate Capt. Kidd as he raced to New York in an ill-fated attempt to clear his name, has escaped discovery -- until now. An underwater archaeology team from Indiana University announced Dec. 13 the discovery of the remnants. Read the complete story.

$69 million Lilly gift to increase excellence of law, music schools -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Dec. 12 that Lilly Endowment is giving the IU Foundation two major gifts, totaling $69 million, to secure the international standing of the IU Jacobs School of Music, provide its world-class music faculty and students with a state-of-the-art studio facility and propel the IU School of Law-Bloomington to the upper echelon of public university law schools. Read the complete story.

Governor praises IU, SPEA for state policy contributions -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels praised Indiana University and its School of Public and Environmental Affairs this week for providing research applied directly to helping address issues for state and local government. Read the complete story.

As waters clear, scientists seek to end a muddy debate -- Geologists have long thought muds will only settle when waters are quiet, but new research by Indiana University Bloomington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology geologists shows muds will accumulate even when currents move swiftly. This may seem a trifling matter at first, but understanding the deposition of mud could significantly impact a number of public and private endeavors, from harbor and canal engineering to oil reservoir management and fossil fuel prospecting. Read the complete story.

IU and Sony Electronics announce strategic alliance -- Indiana University and Sony Electronics have formed a strategic alliance to explore new applications for high-definition broadcast and media production technologies in higher education, and collaborate on projects that support digital workflows and lifestyles. Read the complete story.

Indiana University - Moi University AIDS Program Beneficiary of $100,000 grant -- The partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine and the Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya, has received a $100,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will support the Family Preservation Initiative, which helps get HIV-positive patients back on their feet and financially self-sufficient. Read the complete story.

IU Kelley School report details value of libraries to Hoosier economy -- The intrinsic value of libraries has been lauded for a centuries, but a new Indiana University study found that for each dollar of public library expenditures, the average Indiana community receives $2.38 in benefits. The market value of the goods and services they provide is estimated at $629.9 million. Read the complete story.

The only Native American astronomer? -- Dennis Lamenti believes he is the only Native American astronomer in the U.S. with -- or working on -- a graduate degree. He actively has sought others through conferences, speeches and committee meetings and comes up empty handed. But he intends to change that. Read the complete story.

New laboratory lets IU Informatics faculty study interactive social media -- Two IU School of Informatics faculty researchers have received a multi-year funding grant from One-to-One, a Boston-based digital marketing company that will bring to Indiana University's Bloomington campus a one-of-a-kind research laboratory to measure media and user engagement. Read the complete story.

IU computer scientist's toolkit for digital data collection receives NSF funding -- Beth Plale, associate professor in the Indiana University School of Informatics, Department of Computer Science, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a digital toolkit to help researchers more easily capture information about their scientific work. Perhaps most importantly, the new tools will create a kind of "digital tagging," keeping research intact as it passes from one scientist to another. Read the complete story.

Aging With GRACE: Improving Health Care for Older Adults -- Most older adults obtain their health care in the offices of busy primary care physicians or, in the case of those without physicians, in even busier hospital emergency departments. In either location, seniors often don't receive the recommended care for preventive services, chronic disease management and geriatric syndromes. Read the complete story.

AMPATH Gets Largest Private Gift to Date from Interactive Intelligence CEO -- Interactive Intelligence CEO Donald E. Brown, M.D., has donated $1 million in stock to the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership, a program designed to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. This is the single largest private donation since the program's inception. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Saturday, Dec. 8:
Men's Basketball: Freshman Jordan Crawford scored 20 points in his first career start and led the 15th-ranked Hoosiers to a 70-51 rout over border rival Kentucky. Read the game notes.

Results from Sunday, Dec. 9:
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team led by four points midway through the second half, but the Kansas Jayhawks went on a 23-11 run to close out the game and pick up the 69-61 win over the Hoosiers. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Saturday, Dec. 15:
Men's Basketball: Western Carolina, 8 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Dec. 16:
Women's Basketball: Bowling Green, 2 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Wrestling: FITE Duals, Rich East High School, Chicago, Ill.

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IU in the news

Tuition help is on the way
ScrippsNews, Dec. 13 -- There is a lot of holiday cheer around this university town and not all of it is stemming from the fact that the football team has finally broken the post season bowl drought and the basketball program seems headed back to expected heights after several blah seasons. A large portion of enthusiasm results from the fact that Indiana University is among a group of major institutions taking steps to make higher education more affordable to lower and middle class families. Read the full story.

IU team may have solved 300-year-old mystery; Underwater archaeologist is betting that wreck found in Caribbean is pirate's Quedagh Merchant
Indianapolis Star, Dec. 14 -- When she sailed the seas more than 300 years ago, the Quedagh Merchant was one of the greatest treasure ships of her day, bristling with 50 cannons and laden with such tempting booty as gold, silks and opium. Then she fell into the hands of Capt. William Kidd and soon after disappeared, leaving behind one of the greatest mysteries of the pirate age. The subject of countless rumors and repeated treasure hunts, the Quedagh, it turns out, may have lain all this time in less than 10 feet of water in the Caribbean Sea -- a discovery made with the help of Indiana University archaeologists. Read the full story.

Music, law schools receive 'transformative' $69 million gift
Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 10 -- A "transformative" $69 million gift will benefit the Jacobs School of Music and the IU School of Law for decades to come, University officials announced today. The gift from the Lilly Endowment aims to help both schools secure world-class faculty and facilities -- with $44 million going to the Jacobs School to build a North Studio Building and $25 million going to the law school to attract some of the nation's top legal experts. Both gifts are the largest in the history for the respective schools. Read the full story.

E-mail helpful and fast but brings problems too
Journal Review, Dec. 12 -- Thousands of quick notes have been sent through e-mails from friends, family members and businesses to greet or update people on the latest news of the day. The invention of e-mail has been a god-send to many people who want to write and receive information within minutes, instead of waiting on other traditional delivery methods that could take several days. An Indiana University associate dean has a solution on how to reduce e-mail pounds in a book called, "The E-mail Diet Book." The book was written by Marty Siegel, associate dean of the IU School of Informatics. Read the full story.

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