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Front Page News at Indiana University

December 19, 2007

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Supports IU Medical Simulation Center
Southern Indiana is greener, but for how long?
IU Bloomington to become tobacco free on Jan. 1
IU Informatics dean leading national initiative on importance of computing education
U.S. trails other countries in air traffic management
Statewide effort recommended for school discipline problem
New research at IU Southeast provides better understanding of the birds and the bees
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Supports IU Medical Simulation Center -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has made a $1 million grant to the Indiana University School of Medicine in support of the comprehensive medical simulation center currently under construction as part of Fairbanks Hall - Indiana University Clarian Education and Resource Center, which is a collaborative project by Clarian Health and the IU schools of medicine and nursing. Read the complete story.

Southern Indiana is greener, but for how long? -- Southern Indiana's rolling hills are greener now than they were a century ago, but the region's rate of reforestation may be on the verge of being outpaced by suburban sprawl's deforestation, according to a new report by Indiana University Bloomington and University of Minnesota researchers in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington to become tobacco free on Jan. 1 -- Indiana University Bloomington will become a tobacco-free campus on Jan. 1, 2008, in an effort to provide a healthy environment for all members of the campus community. The use or sale of tobacco products will be prohibited at IU Bloomington on university property and in university vehicles. Temporary exemptions are being granted to allow tobacco use in certain areas -- for example, near campus residential facilities. Read the complete story.

IU Informatics dean leading national initiative on importance of computing education -- A high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators -- chaired by Bobby Schnabel, dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics -- is delivering the message at federal and state levels that if the United States is to remain competitive in a global economy, computer science must be a critical component of U.S. education policy. Read the complete story.

U.S. trails other countries in air traffic management -- The United States lags behind other developed countries in the structure and financing of its air traffic control system. And its failure to adopt reforms may have serious consequences as air travel and air cargo continue to grow and the industry becomes an increasingly important part of the global economy. Read the complete story.

Statewide effort with an individualized response recommended to solve school discipline problem -- The state of Indiana should develop a support structure that helps schools work better on their own specific issues with discipline, according to a new report by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, both at Indiana University. "Improving School Climate and Student Behavior: A New Paradigm for Indiana Schools" offers recommendations to ease the problems with discipline that are statistically worse in Indiana than most other states. Read the complete story.

New research at IU Southeast provides better understanding of the birds and the bees -- Researchers from Indiana University Southeast and the University of Florida have discovered important information about the origin of flowering plants and how they reproduce. Their research discovered that when it comes to birds, bees, flowers and trees, looks do matter. Flowers are pretty so they will attract animals, such as birds and bees, for pollination. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Thursday, Dec. 20:
Women's Basketball: Cincinnati, 7 p.m., Cincinnati, Ohio

Schedule for Saturday, Dec. 22:
Men's Basketball: Coppin State, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Bastetball: West Virginia, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

Wood May Be Key to Confirming Captain Kidd's Ship
National Geographic, Dec. 17 -- The craftsmanship of 17th-century shipwrights could be a major factor in confirming that archaeologists have found the wreck of a ship that once belonged to the legendary Captain Kidd. Researchers announced last week that they'd found a wreck off the coast of the Dominican Republic that they think is the Quedagh Merchant, which belonged to Captain William Kidd, a Scottish privateer who was convicted of piracy and hanged in London in 1699. Charles Beeker, an archaeologist at Indiana University who made the discovery, said he's convinced the wreck is Kidd's ship. But he said it will take about two years of careful excavation to confirm the vessel's identity. Read the full story.

Ambulance revived for training purposes
Indianapolis Star, Dec. 19 -- Once bound for the scrap heap, the bulky body of a Riley Hospital for Children ambulance on Tuesday was hoisted by crane into Indiana University's new medical simulation center. Workers carefully slid the ambulance body into the fourth floor of the Fairbanks Hall-Indiana University Clarian Education and Resource Center, which is being built at 10th Street near the canal basin Downtown. The ambulance body will be used in the 30,000-square-foot center to train medical and nursing students, doctors and other health-care workers. Read the full story.

Charities Optimistic About Holiday Season
Inside Indiana Business, Dec. 18 -- The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has released its Philanthropic Giving Index for the holiday season. The report says fundraising organizations are reporting a fairly stable fundraising climate. However, nearly half of respondents said the economy is having a negative effect on fundraising. Read the full story.

McRobbie hints 'major announcement' in life sciences could come in spring
Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec. 19 -- In his last big speech of the calendar year, Indiana University president Michael McRobbie reiterated his plan for moving the school toward a top-tier public university ranking and lifting its graduation rates within the next five years. While speaking to the Economic Club of Indianapolis, McRobbie also hinted at a potential "major announcement" in the life sciences field in the spring of 2008. "Our neighbors are making sizeable investments in this burgeoning industry," McRobbie said. "If we stand still, others will pass us." Read the full story.

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