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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 1, 2008

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New Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities will advance faculty work
Jacobs School and UITS to video stream Joshua Bell-Jeremy Denk concert live to IU
IU trustees approve site plan for new student housing
School of Education seeks parents of young children with autism for research study
Trustees give go-ahead to downtown redevelopment plan in Bloomington
IU chooses architect to prepare master plans for all campuses
STAR TRAK for February
The Unknown Black Book: powerful testimonies by Holocaust survivors in Nazi-occupied areas of the USSR
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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New Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities will advance faculty work -- Information technology (IT) calls to mind sleek laptops, huge supercomputers, or possibly high-speed virtual collaborations among international scientists. It doesn't typically bring to mind Balanchine or Bach or Balzac. Now, a newly established Indiana University institute is set to digitally redefine scholarship and creative activity in music, dance, literature and many other arts and humanities fields. Read the complete story.

Jacobs School and UITS to video stream Joshua Bell-Jeremy Denk concert live to IU -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (Feb. 1) that it will live video-stream the Joshua Bell/Jeremy Denk concert on Sunday, Feb. 10, starting at 3:45 p.m., to the IU community. Read the complete story.

IU trustees approve site plan for new student housing -- A multi-stage plan to upgrade student housing at Indiana University Bloomington moved forward with IU trustees' approval Jan. 31 of the site plan for construction of the 803-bed Ashton student housing complex. Read the complete story.

School of Education seeks parents of young children with autism for research study -- The Indiana University School of Education invites parents of children with autism spectrum disorders age 5 and under to take part in a study examining a method of assisting in language development. An orientation for the free program More Than Words is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 3284 of the School of Education. Read the complete story.

Trustees give go-ahead to downtown redevelopment plan in Bloomington -- Indiana University trustees Jan. 31 approved an enabling resolution that will allow the university to form partnerships with the IU Foundation for redevelopment of certain university-owned parcels. Trustees also approved a concept plan for the first joint effort that will involve offering up to 12 acres of land on the northwest corner of downtown Bloomington for commercial and residential redevelopment. Read the complete story.

IU chooses architect to prepare master plans for all campuses -- David King, a nationally renowned architect with the leading architectural company SmithGroup/JJR of Washington, D.C., has been appointed to serve as Indiana University's new master planner and will oversee preparation of comprehensive master plans for all seven university campuses. Read the complete story.

STAR TRAK for February -- The full moon will turn an eerie color for several hours on the night of Feb. 20-21 as it passes through Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse. Viewers will see the moon's color gradually change from bright silver to dull copper as Earth's shadow engulfs it. Even if the weather is cold, this eclipse will be worth the effort to watch. The next total lunar eclipse won't happen until December 2010. Read the complete story.

The Unknown Black Book: powerful testimonies by Holocaust survivors in Nazi-occupied areas of the USSR -- Of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, more than 2.5 million died in territories controlled by the Soviet Union during World War II. The vast majority of this populace was murdered in open-air massacres, carried out in the very towns and cities where they had been living. The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories, edited by Joshua Rubenstein and Ilya Altman, provides a revelatory compilation of testimonies from Jews who survived these massacres and other atrocities enforced by the Germans and their allies. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, Jan. 31:
Women's Basketball: Five players scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team topped Wisconsin, 86-62, on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.
Men's Basketball: No. 13 Wisconsin held on to beat No. 11 Indiana 62-49 on Thursday night. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, Feb. 1:
Wrestling: Ohio State, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana Relays Open, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 2:
Women's Tennis: Kentucky, 10 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Iowa, 12 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana Relays Open, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 3:
Men's Basketball: Northwestern, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Wrestling: Michigan State, 2 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Basketball: Iowa, 2:05 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa

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IU in the news

New Thoughts On Language Acquisition: Toddlers As Data Miners
ScienceDaily, Jan. 29 -- Indiana University researchers are studying a ground-breaking theory that young children are able to learn large groups of words rapidly by data-mining. Their theory, which they have explored with 12- and 14-month-olds, takes a radically different approach to the accepted view that young children learn words one at a time -- something they do remarkably well by the age of 2 but not so well before that. Read the full story.

IU East master's program approved by trustees
Palladium-Item, Feb. 1 -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved a proposal Thursday to offer a master of social work degree at IU East in Richmond. The proposal moves on to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for final approval. If the proposal clears the final hurdle, the campus expects about 35 students to enroll in the inaugural class, slated for the fall 2008 semester, campus officials said. Read the full story.

Beating the blues with exercise
CHealth, Feb. 1 -- If winter, and the holiday season in particular, get you down or cause you to feel depressed - take heart. A clinical study showed that exercise is as effective as medication at beating the blues. "When compared to the widely accepted forms of treatments, such as antidepressants, counseling, or therapy, physical activity has been shown to work as well," said Dr. Jack Raglin, of Indiana University, an authority on exercise and depression. Read the full story.

Rate cut's effects? Not till next year; Experts say drop to 3% will stimulate business expansion
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 31 -- Another cut in short-term interest rates by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday promises to power up Indiana's economy -- next year, experts say. "This is a bold attempt by the Fed to push back the psychology of the markets and send a signal that they are willing and ready to ensure a crisis in the housing market doesn't create a contagion that affects the whole economy,'' said Philip Powell, a business economics professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Read the full story.

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